Tool's Danny Carey Nearly Burned Down Studio While Recording 'Fear Inoculum' | Revolver

Tool's Danny Carey Nearly Burned Down Studio While Recording 'Fear Inoculum'

Producer "Evil" Joe Barresi: "That was one of the most insane moments"
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On the latest episode of Kerrang!'s new podcast Inside Track, Tool dig into the making of their latest studio album, Fear Inoculum, including the story of how drummer Danny Carey nearly burned down the studio while tracking. Producer "Evil" Joe Barresi tells the harrowing tale, explaining that on studio days, the crew "always liked to set up the room so it's visual." "Dan's got, like, some geometry thing behind him and there's always a PA and candles," he says in the podcast. "It's always very vibey." As fans know, Carey has a deep interest in sacred geometry and the occult, and sets up his drum kit in a corresponding manner. 

Barresi continues, "I remember the drum tech Bruce Jacoby was in front of the console and I saw this look of panic in his face, and I was like, 'What ... what is going on?' All of a sudden he just bolts out of the control room through this back door and he gets behind Danny's drum kit where I guess Dan was playing with such power that one of the candles fell over on his floor tom and started burning the floor tom so that the head of the floor tom went on fire. There are sprinklers in the ceiling, so we were trying to get the fire out before the sprinklers went off and the whole recording would be ruined ... That was one of the most insane moments, actually. Dan almost burned down the studio." You can check out the full episode wherever you listen to podcasts.