In his senior year of high school in Paola, Kansas, Carey joined the high school jazz band and began to study under drumming great Ben Kelso specifically for jazz drumming training. Jazz would later play a huge role in his signature approach to the drum set in a Rock setting. As Carey progressed through high school and later college at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, he began expanding his studies in percussion with theory into the principles of geometry, science, and metaphysics as well as delving into Sacred Geometry and certain hidden aspects of life and the occult. Carey also played jazz while attending college and got to experience the jazz scene in Kansas City.
After college, a friend and bandmate convinced Carey to leave Kansas for Portland, Oregon, where he played briefly in various bands before moving to Los Angeles, California, where he was able to perform as a studio drummer with Carole King and perform live sets with Pigmy Love Circus. He also played in Green Jellÿ as Danny Longlegs and recorded the album Cereal Killer. He would later find his way to TOOL after coming to know singer Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Adam Jones and practicing with them in place of drummers the two had requested but had never shown up. Besides TOOL, Carey also finds time for other projects new and old such as Pigmy Love Circus, VOLTO!, and ZAUM.
As previously announced, TOOL are working on some NEW music. Up until know, in typical TOOL fashion the band have been very mysterious about the status of their fifth studio album and have only been communicating with the outside world via their webmaster.
The Rock FM (New Zealand radio station), recently conducted an interview with TOOL's drummer Danny Carey. During the interview Carey discussed the progress of the NEW TOOL album, the effect that their music has on millions of people worldwide and his involvement with Jason Bonham (son of John Bonham from LED ZEPELLIN) on the NEW Superman soundtrack. Listen to the interview at this link:
When asked by Chilean radio station Futuro about the album arriving in the near future, Maynard James Keenan directly replied: “No NEW disc, not this year.” When pressed further replied: “I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing.”
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