Tool seemingly exploded out of nowhere in the early '90s with their debut album, Undertow. Unlike other bands, the members of Tool were relatively unknown and seemingly mysterious.
But Tool's four original members (vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bassist Paul D'Amour) were relatively known to other musicians in LA's growing alternative music scene. Carey and D'Amour played with LA band Green Jellö, and Keenan was longtime friends with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
With their EP Opiate and debut album Undertow, Tool suddenly gained popularity alongside bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, and Soundgarden. Despite their best-selling albums, they've managed to remain highly enigmatic with few media appearances and long gaps between albums. In fact, since Tool's formation in the '90s, they've only released a handful of albums: four studio albums, one live album, and one EP.
With rumors swirling about a new album - their first since 10,000 Days in 2006 - now is a good time to learn some of the weirdest facts about Tool.
'10,000 Days' Is Named For Keenan's Mother, Who Was Paralyzed For 27 Years
Keenan Formed Tool Because He Was Sick Of The Superficial Musicians Who Dominated The LA Scene
Guitarist Adam Jones Worked On Special Effects For 'Terminator 2' And 'Jurassic Park'Photo: TriStar Pictures
'10,000 Days' Has A Hidden Song That Requires Splicing Three Separate Tracks Together
Keenan, Les Claypool, And Pauly Shore Worked On A Ridiculous Green Jelly Song In 1992Video: YouTube
'Lateralus' References The Fibonacci Sequence And The Golden Spiral