Tool Drummer Danny Carey Arrested for Assault at Kansas City Airport: Report

by Chris Haney
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On Sunday night, police arrested the drummer for the rock band Tool, Danny Carey, after he got into a fight with another man inside of Kansas City’s airport.

While flying out of Kansas City International Airport last night, the famous drummer got into an altercation. Not many details about the actual fight have been released. However, police did confirm that the two men fought while inside the terminal, according to TMZ.

Airport police responded to the incident and separated the pair before arresting Danny Carey. They then transported Carey to a nearby police station where authorities charged the Tool drummer with misdemeanor assault. TMZ also reported that he is not in custody at this time, and that police released Carey on bond.

Further, officials shared that the police report from the incident has been handed over to prosecutors. Following their review of the altercation, Carey could face more charges because of the scuffle.

The drummer was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, and is a huge fan of his hometown Kansas University Jayhawks. This weekend, Carey played the drums alongside KU’s marching band at the school’s basketball game against the Missouri Tigers. No. 7 Kansas blew out Missouri 102-65 on Saturday with Carey in attendance and participating with the band.

The 6’5″ drummer has been known to wear Kansas Jayhawks basketball jerseys while on tour. He’s an original member of Tool, and has been performing with the Los Angeles-based prog-rock band since 1990.

Tool’s Danny Carey Ranked No. 26 on Rolling Stone’s ‘Greatest Drummers’ List

Danny Carey is widely considered one of the greatest drummers to ever grace a drum kit. His rhythms are often hailed as unique, and unconventional compared to other rock drummers. He’s the driving force behind Tool’s patented polyrhythms and odd time signatures. Alongside bassist Justin Chancellor, the pair form one of the most original rhythm tandems in all of music. In fact, Rolling Stone ranked Carey at No. 26 on their “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” list.

“It doesn’t mean anything if you just hear the drums doing tricky things,” Danny Carey once said, according to Rolling Stone. “I don’t want to have people say, ‘That guy is burning.’ I would rather hear them say, ‘That reminds me of the Moors running down the hill, or Scotsmen attacking with their heads on fire, butt-naked in the middle of winter.’”

Like so many other bands, Tool postponed their 2020 tour due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They also delayed the tour further in 2021, but will hit the road once again in January 2022. For now, the band has 51 concerts scheduled across 12 countries in support of their most recent album, 2019’s Fear Inoculum. You can still get tickets to their 2022 tour here.