Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, and Justin Chancellor are the members who make up the heavy metal band Tool. In 1989, Keenan and Jones were introduced by a mutual friend and started a band. They wanted to add a drummer and bass player to the group, finding Carey after Jones’ high school friend Tom Morello made an introduction. Another friend of Jones’ also connected them with bassist Paul D’Amour, who stayed with the band from 1990 until 1995 when Chancellor took his place.Read More ...
After playing gigs around the Los Angeles area for two years, Tool signed a record deal with Zoo Entertainment and in 1992, released their first six-song EP, Opiate. It sold over one million copies, becoming certified Platinum. The band made a bold statement with the music video for the song “Hush” from the album. As a way to promote the band’s views against music censorship (something supported by the Parents Music Resource Center), the video featured the band members fully nude, their privates covered by parental advisory stickers and mouths covered with duct tape. This type of controversial messaging became a central theme for Tool, both in the band’s music and public appearance.
To start creating a buzz about their music, Tool toured as an opening act for bands like Rage Against the Machine, White Zombie, Rollins Band and Corrosion of Conformity in the early ’90s. The group went on to headline major tours, with The Flaming Lips and Failure opening the shows.
Just one year after Opiate was released, the band’s first studio album, Undertow, was released. It was the only full album release that D’Amour played on. Due to the nature of the album’s content, it was sold with a censored cover by some big-box retailers like Walmart. The album earned platinum status in 1995 and the song “Sober” won Billboard’s Best Video by a New Artist award. The band has also won three Grammy Awards.