Tool Drummer Cites Influence Of Neil Peart On His Style

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Tool drummer Danny Carey cited the influence of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, jazz legend Tony Williams and Rush's Neil Peart on his own style when he accepted Tool's Grammy on Sunday night (January 26th) for Best Metal Performance.

Later on backstage, Carey spoke in particular about Peart, with whom he was friends before the latter passed away earlier this month: ["Neil just kind of, he was so defined and he was such a precise composer in the way he played that that was a big influence on what I wanted to do with the band -- to be in a band that did compositions, and it wasn't just jamming and stuff like that. So luckily I found the right bandmates to do that with."] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . do that with.)

Tool won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for "7empest," a track from its 2019 album Fear Inoculum. Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor accepted the award in the pre-telecast ceremony. The other artists that Tool beat in the category included Candlemass, Death Angel, I Prevail and Killswitch Engage.

Tool is currently finishing up the most recent North American leg of its world tour in support of Fear Inoculum, and will head to Australia and New Zealand next month before kicking off a new round of dates here on March 9th in Spokane, Washington.