Tool is an American rock band, which is described as a style-transcending band and part of art rock, psychedelic rock and progressive rock music. The band was established in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, and consists of Danny Carey (drummer), Justin Chancellor (bassist), Maynard James Keenan (vocalist) and Adam Jones (guitarist). The band has won several awards, including three Grammy Awards. Their albums have spawned multiple hit singles and the band is known for performing global tours. If you are looking for Tool tickets, get them here now.
Tool is based out of Los Angeles, where all of its members moved to in the 1980s. Jones and Keenan met in 1989. Jones was immediately impressed by Keenan’s voice and talked him into starting a band of their own. They started jamming and were on the lookout for a bassist and a drummer. Soon Carey showed up. The lineup was complete when Paul D’Amour (he would be later replaced by Justin Chancellor) joined them as a bassist.
The band initially performed locally for two years when they were approached by record companies. They signed a record deal with Zoo Entertainment. Tool’s debut EP, Opiate was released in 1992. Tool itself described it as “slam and bang” heavy music. The EP became famous due to two singles, “Opiate” and “Hush”. Enjoying early success, Tool was soon touring with Rage Against the Machine, Fishbone and Rollins Band.
The band’s debut studio album Undertow was released in 1993 and peaked at No.50 on the US Billboard 200. It was certified Double-Platinum in the US and spawned hit singles such as “Sober” and “Prison Sex”. It was a heavy metal album, which is credited with helping heavy metal and progressive rock music in remaining prominent and helping other bands to break through to the mainstream.
In 1996, Tool’s second studio album Ænima was released. Unlike its predecessor, this album was heavy on alternative metal sounds. The album peaked at No.2 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified Triple Platinum in the US. Kerrang! ranked it at No.6 on its most influential albums of all time list. Some of the biggest hit singles from this album were “Ænima,” “Forty Six & 2,” “H.” and Stinkfist.” In 1998, the album’s title track won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Tool’s third studio album Lateralus was released in 2001. It debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200, Canadian Albums Chart and ARIA Charts. It was also certified Double Platinum in the US. One of the singles from the album, “Schism” won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2002. The album was ranked at No.123 on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Definitive 200” list.
Tool’s latest album 10,000 Days was released in 2016. It also debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, ARIA Charts and the Canadian Albums Chart. It was certified Platinum in the US. It spawned three Top 10 singles, “Jambi,” “The Pot” and “Vicarious.”
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