Watch: Tool Drummer Gives A Stellar Performance As A Snare Is Replaced Mid-Song

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Tool drummer Danny Carey has more than proven himself when it comes to his craft; with incredible speed, adrenaline, and precision, Carey is a force on the drums. For each Tool show, Carey works with an impressive rig; so, when the Tool drummer is in the midst of a crushing performance, it takes one hell of a drum tech to step in when something goes awry.

During a recent show, Tool drummer Danny Carey found himself in a situation where, mid-song, he needed a snare replaced. In comes band drum tech Joe Slaby. In a video Slaby posted to Instagram (which you can find below), you’ll find Carey playing to the band’s song “Grudge;” at one point in the video, as Carey is going at his rig, he keeps looking behind him (as if he is in need of something).

Slaby then comes in around the Tool drummer, unhooking a snare in front of him. Carey continues to keep drumming, Slaby eventually returning to hook up a new snare in front of Carey.



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Damn talk about smooth! Footage like this is just more evidence of how much the Tool drummer rocks. He’s a force to be reckoned with, especially in cases where band frontman Maynard James Keenan is trying to play Jenga directly behind Carey as he is drumming. In other band related news, Tool played their song “Undertow” for the first time in 20 years recently.

Danny Carey has been the drummer for Tool since the band formed in 1990. The band is currently on tour and you can find the remaining Tool 2022 tour dates below.

5/10 – Chicago, IL United Center
5/12 – Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Arena
5/13 – Minneapolis, MN Target Center
5/15 – Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
5/17 – Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
5/18 – St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
5/20 – Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Watch: For The First Time In 20 Years, Tool Play “Undertow” Live


Words by: Michael Pementel