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Tool drummer Danny Carey diagnosed with serious Staph infection, played Aftershock Festival against doctors wishes

on October 24, 2016, 9:49am

Tool kicked off their latest US tour over the weekend, but not without a bit of drama.

Hours prior to taking the stage at Sacramento’s Aftershock Festival on Saturday night, drummer Danny Carey was diagnosed with a serious Staph infection.

Guitarist Adam Jones recounted the harrowing situation in an Instagram post, writing,  “I truly have to respect Mr. Danny Carey who played the entire show with a very serious Staph Infection. At first on Friday morning, he was misdiagnosed with a poisonous spider bite on his upper leg. Then later Friday night the quarter sized wound was cut opened & drained. By Saturday [Carey] was still aching from head to toe & from what I heard the Local Doctor recommended we skip the show. But Dan with headaches & painful joints played anyway.”

Thanks to Carey’s perseverance, Tool successfully completed their 10-song set at Aftershock, which included an extended version of “Opiate” featuring new instrumentals. Watch fan-shot footage below.

Third Eye (Extended outro)
The Grudge
Opiate (Extended “New” Version)
Forty-Six & 2
Stinkfist (No extended bridge)

Tool 2016 Tour Dates:
10/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
10/26 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
10/28 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
10/29 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience