Tool drummer Danny Carey almost burnt recording studio down

Two months ago fans were finally graced with the long-awaited and highly anticipated Tool album Fear Inoculum

Of course, the new Tool album was an incredible listen, swiftly gaining widespread critical acclaim and praise from fans. Recently, however, Tool recording engineer Joe Barresi opened up about the process, revealing a horror story about Danny Carey.


In a recent interview about Tool, Barresi revealed that Danny Carey’s intense drumming style was so fierce that it almost burned their recording studio to the ground.

“We were tracking. We always like 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. It’s very vibey.

“And 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’s 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 the head went on fire.”

“And there’s 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. So that was one of the most insane moments, actually — Dan almost burning down the studio.”

Despite the story being pretty funny, we are glad that the studio didn’t actually go up in flames. Who knows if fans could have possibly handled another delay in the release of Fear Inoculum. Either way, Carey has a new reason to brag about his powerful drumming.