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For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
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By Sean Daly
Published May 24, 2007
Lead singer Maynard James Keenan is smarter than your average metalhead.
Remember the movie Scanners, director David Cronenberg's splattery thriller about world domination through psychic power? It was an epic battle of eeevil men with eeevil pulsating brains, and by film's end, most of the heads had exploded into millions of gooey pieces.
The band Tool reminds me of Scanners - only not as funny.
Born in Los Angeles in 1990, the popular quartet mixes prog-rock, thrash metal and great meltdowns of personal angst to lure millions of dark overlords (and, uh, my neighbor's kid) to seriously intense live shows. Tool is decidedly not for the dainty, and yet the band isn't for the dumb either. Lead singer Maynard James Keenan (pictured here) is smarter than your average metalhead, and 2006 album 10, 000 Days went platinum and won a Grammy on the strength of songs that deftly explored life and death - ALBEIT VERY LOUDLY.
Tool performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the USF Sun Dome, Tampa. $50.50. (813) 974-3002.