Sunday saw a bit of eerily connected news as Tool drummer Danny Carey was arrested at the Kansas City airport for assault just as British drumming prodigy Nandi Bushell shared a cover of Tool’s “Forty Six & 2” over 4,000 miles away. The synchronous events arrived on the precipice of Tool’s 2022 international tour, set to begin on January 10th in Eugene, OR.
Kansas native Carey had traveled home to perform with the University of Kansas‘ band during a basketball game against the University of Missouri on Saturday. Fan-shot video shows Carey sitting in with the Jayhawks student band, lending his hands to a rendition of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Fire”. Fast-forward a little over 24 hours later, and Carey is seen on a cellphone video being arrested for assault at Kansas City International Airport.
In footage obtained by TMZ, the drummer is seen speaking to two police officers outside the airport. He prompts the cameraperson to “Record all of this” as he continuously asks the uniformed officers “Who did I assault?” and exclaims, “I just want to get the f*ck out of here!” The video cuts briefly and returns as the officers cuff Carey before he eventually is pressed up against the glass and ordered to stop resisting. TMZ also reported that at one point Carey told the officers he is the drummer for Tool.
Reports indicate that Carey allegedly assaulted an airport security worker, with a police report stating that he shoved two fingers in the person’s chest and yelled an expletive and a homophobic slur. The drummer faces misdemeanor charges and a fine of up to $13,900. He is currently out on bond as prosecutors review the police report to determine if charges will be filed.
Tool Drummer Danny Carey Arrested At Kansas City Airport
Meanwhile, across the pond, 11-year-old YouTube sensation Nandi Bushell shared a cover of “Forty Six & 2”. The young multi-instrumentalist gained significant traction with a series of drum challenges against Dave Grohl and has gone on to square off against Roger Taylor (Queen). She has used her platform to advocate for such causes as climate action and, as of this publication, has not been accused of yelling homophobic slurs at airports. Bushell made her arena debut back in August when she joined Foo Fighters onstage for “Everlong”.
Nandi covers the Ænima track with ease in the clip, showing once again that she can hang with the best in the game. Is it a coincidence? Of course it is. Still, if Tool needs anyone to fill in on drums in the near future, we know a pre-teen in the U.K. they can call.
Nandi Bushell – “Forty Six & 2” (Tool)