On a hot summer night in Veracruz Mexico circa 1982, Consuela Espinoza stumbled out of her dilapidated shanty and into Rock N Roll history. What began as an innocent night of snorting horse tranquilzers in a hotel room with seven members of the village jai alai team went on to produce the greatest metal band to ever live. Unhampered by a steady regime of tequila and ill advised sumo lessons, nine months later five bastard children where born. Unable to care for her hungry offspring and concerned that motherhood would seriously interfere with her Tuesday night Karaoke league, Consuela hastily packed the babies into the saddlebags of a burro and sent her children off to America in search of a better life. Against all odds, 14 years later, and nearly dead from dehydration, the burro knelt down to drink from the stagnant waters of the Rio Grande just ouside of Juarez Mexico –mere yards from the U.S. border. With one fleeting burst of energy the brothers Espinoza cinco climbed from their leather restraints and scampered the vast reaches of the river, collapsing onto the sweet amber hue of American soil. As if by destiny, lodged in the sand beneath their tanned faces was a record sleeve upon which were the words “PARANOID” and “BLACK SABBATH”. For many years to follow, this definitive black metal album served not only as a teacher and a mentor..but also as a friend. From these bleak and humble begins grew the seed that would eventually be the band we know today. Often referred to as the greatest heavy metal band to ever live..always referred to as…METALACHI.
We are a group of friends who love Tool. Mike and Kenny have been playing music together for over a decade, including covering several popular bands like Tool, Deftones, and RATM, as well as an original project called Disavow. Steve and James have also been performing in tribute bands in the DFW area for several years, covering bands like Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down, and more.
In 2017, Mike, Kenny, and Steve joined to form a tribute band to Deftones named Elite, and the three met James after playing shows with his bands Six Hits Nine and Rebel Sol. James, having already performed several Tool songs before, began joining Elite on stage to sing the Maynard parts of Passenger, and that’s where a discussion began about joining together to create a tribute to Tool.
Next, in an effort to create the most faithful tribute possible, the band recruited their friend, Patrick, to arrange and perform live visuals for their shows. With lots of practice and a whole new appreciation for the technical brilliance of Tool’s music, The TOOLs are now performing live shows, and we would love to see you come out and enjoy the music of Tool with us.
So why did we choose “The TOOLs”? Mike’s young son has always known Tool was his dad’s favorite band, and when asked for their name he would simply yell, “THE TOOLS!” Everyone that heard it got a kick out of how excited he was to tell us. So when it came time to choose the name for our new tribute band, we just couldn’t get away from it. We were The TOOLs, and Mike’s son is more excited than ever.