In the same way that Willie Nelson is able to appeal to both rednecks and hippies, prog metal wizards Tool find faithful fans in everyone from Cro-Magnon WWE Smackdown attendees to jazz nerds who read nothing but music theory textbooks and Dungeon Master's Guides. There's just something about front man Maynard Keenan's operatic howls that connects with the basest of animal instincts, while the structure and dynamics of the band's songs also attract a nerdier brand of metalhead. Find out what happens when these two tribes meet in the middle of a pit when Tool performs at 8 p.m Thursday at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory St. Tickets range from $25 to $57.50. Call 214-373-8000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Thu., Sept. 14, 8 p.m.