1991 in Los Angeles
Tool was formed in 1990, in Los Angeles by Maynard James Keenan (vocals), Adam Jones (guitar), Paul D'Amour (bass) and Danny Carey (drums). Their debut E.P., entitled Opiate, was a political statement about the injustices of censorship. They toured Europe along with Rage Against the Machine and returned to the U.S. to tour with the Rollins Band. After touring, they went right back into the studio to record Undertow, a darkly enticing album that reveals a more vulnerable side to the band, covering difficult subject material gracefully with lyrical. The band enjoyed platinum success with the album, and went on tour all over the United States and elsewhere, including a stint with Lollapalooza, the wildly popular alternative music tour, in 1993. After touring, they went back to the studio with new bassist Justin Chancellor. Their efforts produced Aenima, and it went straight to the top of the charts at the end of 1996. It quit just before it hit number one, and remained there for a while with songs such as “Aenema”, and “Stinkfist.” After 1996, the band went on a four-year hiatus while a vicious legal battle ensued between the band and their former label, Freeworld Entertainment. It took two years to settle all of the details, and the frazzled band members agreed to take some time off. Keenan teamed up with former Tool and Fishbone guitar tech Billy Howardel to form A Perfect Circle, who did very well with their debut release. Tool did get back together to release some prerecorded live material, as well as some new material on the compilation series titled Salival, which not only included a CD of 8 songs, but also a full color photo book and VHS/DVD of the band's videos.