Tool is undoubtedly one of the best rock bands ever formed on this planet and any rock music junkie wouldn’t deny this fact. Unlike many metal rock bands out there, Tool’s layered and complex sound and lyrics with deeper meaning have earned it a legion of hardcore fans.
Only their fans can understand that Tool’s music is a kind of art that needs multiple listening sessions. The more you listen, the more interesting it gets. Tool proved to the world that you don’t need shredding guitars, throbbing double bass, and growling screams for something to be metal. Formed back in 1990, the Grammy-winning band comprises of vocalist, Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, bassist Justin Chancellor, and drummer Danny Carey.
They have dominated the charts with top-selling albums, Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001), and 10,000 Days (2006). The band creates something brand new and fresh, making fans to desperately wait for a new album which is long overdue. They are set to be back with their new album later this year, which has given the fans a glimmer of hope in this ‘Tool-less universe’.
But, no matter how big a fan of the band you are, you may have still missed a few things about them. Today, we have rounded up 5 facts about the progressive rock and metal band that you may not have heard of.
#5. Worked in Movies
Adam Jones, the lead guitarist of the band has been placed ninth in Top 100 Greatest metal Guitarists by Guitar World and ranked the 75th Greatest Guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone.
However, many fans may not have known that Jones has been involved, behind the scenes, in many blockbuster movies. He worked on the make-up and setup design in films like in Men In Black, Jurrasic Park, and Terminator 2. The artistic nature of the guitarist can be evidenced through a lot of Tool’s music videos, including Stinkfest and Sober. Talk about being multi-talented.
#4. Maynard James Keenan Served in the Army
Before breaking out as a musician, Maynard served his time in the US Army. He enlisted in the army after being influenced by Bill Murray’s character in the movie, Stripes hoping that G.I. Bill would fund his dream of going to art school. Initially, Keenan served as a forward observer before attending West Point Prep School from 1983 to 1984.
During his military career, he adopted his nickname “Maynard” that later went on to be his celebrated name. Keenan declined an appointment to West Point as he wanted to pursue a music career.
Thanks to this decision the fans have been able to headbang for more than two decades. After getting out of the military, he achieved a degree in interior design from Kendall College of Art and Design and decided to put his knowledge to use in designing pet stores.
#3. The Fibonacci in Lateralus
Without going further into boring mathematical calculations, Let us explain Fibonacci series as the numbers in the sequence, where a number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. It goes as 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144,... and so on .
The band has been able to turn maths equations into a song. The title track from their third studio album Lateralus makes use of the Fibonacci series. The band was able to incorporate the series in each line completing the sequence which is not an easy feat in any sense.
#2. An Album Sold Via Mail
Everybody starts somewhere. Before being the renowned band as they are now, they have had their share of struggles. The band has been very creative in their album promotions from the start. Before the success of their first studio album,Undertow in 1993, they had already dropped an album entitled 72826 back in 1991. The album was released in limited quantities of only 1500 and sold through the mail for $5. Simpler times!
#1. Inspiration to their Songs
Maynard James Keenan’s mom, Judith Marie was diagnosed with a rare condition called aneurysm which made her paralyzed for roughly 10,000 days. She later passed away in 2003 due to complications of the condition. Distraught by the loss of his beloved mom, Keenan composed the songs, Wings For Marie and10,000 Days in her remembrance.
Originally a rock band, Tool made an exception and released these songs which have a very sympathetic meaning behind them without excessive use of instruments. Rightfully, these songs are considered to be the best songs that have come from the band.
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