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The Tool Page: An Article

Publication: Circus magazine

Date: January, 1997

Transcribed by
Adam Morrison (family.morrison@sympatico.ca)


  page: 
 title: Tool fact kit
author: Unknown

PART 1: About the band members
Tool is:

Maynard James Keenan
INSTRUMENT: vocals     
GREW UP ON: the East Coast   
CURRENT HOME: Los Angeles

Adam Jones
INSTRUMENT: guitar  
GREW UP IN: Libertyville, Illinios  
CURRENT HOME: LA           
FORMER JOBS: sculptor, special effects designer

Justin Chancellor
INSTRUMENT: bass  
AGE: 25 
FORMER BAND: Peach from UK  
JOINED: 11/95

Danny Carey
INSTRUMENT: drums 
GREW UP IN: Paola, Kansas  
FORMER BANDS: Green Jello, Pygmy Love Circus
MUSICAL BACKGROUND: played drums in his grammer school band  
QUOTE: "Energy is primary and the illusion of matter is secondary"

Tool Was:
Paul D'amour was Tool's original bassist. Hailing from Spokane, WA,
D'amour left in Sept. '95 to play guitar in a band called Lusk.

Lost And Found:
-One of drummer Carey's hobbies is ritual magic. He wants to let
everyone know he's looking for books by Austin Osman Spare and Scarlet
Woman.
-Singer Maynard Keenan is looking for a copy of "The Joyful Guide to
Lacrymology"

Part 2: ABOUT THE BAND
How the band formed:
Guitarist Adam Jones and singer Keenan became friends after they moved
to LA in the '80's from the Midwest and East Coast respectively. Both
being musicians, they soon jammed together. Luckily, Keenan's 
downstairs neighbour, Danny Carey, was an accomplished drummer who 
agreed to sit in with them. Someone who knew both Jones and original 
bassis D'amour introduced the 2, and soon D'amour completed the line 
up of the soon to be named band, Tool.

HOW A NEW BASSIST WAS HIRED
"I met Tool about 4 years ago by a quirk of fate, now I'm part of the
recipe."-Justin Chancellor was chosen over Kyuss' Scott Reader, and
Filter's Frank Cavanagh as the new Tool bass player.

TOOL STATS:
DATE FORMED: April '91  
BANDS TOOL HAS OPENED FOR: Rollins Band, Fishbone, Rage
BANDS WHO HAVE OPENED FOR TOOL: Failure
LABEL: Zoo Entertainment. Signed in November 1991, just 7 months after 
forming.
BANDS TOOL HAS BEEN COMPARED TO: Rage, Korn, Helmet
"Weirdest" GIGS(according to Tool): 2 sold-out shows at LA's Church of
Scientology Celebrity Center in April 1993
LOLLAPALOOZA HISTORY: Tool was at the 2nd stage at Lollapalozza 1993.


PART 3: About the Music:
ALBUMS: Undertow: released 4/93 on Zoo Entertainment
        AENIMA: released 10/96 on Zoo Entertainment

Marko Fox of Pygmy Love Circus, a band that drummer Carey once played
for, shouts in German on "Die Eier Von Satan".

EP'S: Opiate: released 3/92 on Zoo Entertainment

SINGLES:
"Sober" and "Prison Sex" were the singles from Undertow. Aenima's 
first single is : Stinkfist.
SALES: Opiate was certified gold(500,000) in Jan. 1996.
       Undertow went gold in Sept. 1993, and platinum in Dec. 1995.
VIDEOS: both videos from Undertow, Sober + Prison Sex, were done in
stop-motion animation by guitarist Adam Jones
AWARDS: Tool won the 1993 Billboard Music Video Awards for Best New
Artist, and their video for "Sober" won for Best Clip, Hard Rock/Metal
-Prison Sex was nominated for 1995's MTV Music Video Awards' Best
Special Effects category.
MOST CONTROVERSIAL SONG: "Hooker With A Penis" from AENIMA.
ALBUM DEDICATIONS: AENIMA features a panel of artwork depicting 
comedian Bill Hicks in a white lab coat testing the joints of a mutant 
boy with leg braces. The panel is captioned: Bill Hicks, another Dead 
Hero".
At the end of "Third Eye", the album's final track, there is a part of 
a Bill Hicks routine. Hicks, a comedian known for his black, realist 
humor died of a pancreatic cancer fairly recently, was a friend of the 
band.

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