The Story Behind “Arizona Bay” Artwork On The Tool Album Ænima

Inside the Tool album Ænima behind the CD there is a lenticular map of the western part of the United States of America showing California before and after an earthquake basically creating an “Arizona Bay.”

Arizona Bay Tool Ænima California Earthquake

In the Tool song also titled “Ænima” the lyrics include the words

“Learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay”  

“Arizona Bay” is an album by the late comedian Bill Hicks which whom the album Ænima is dedicated to.  In his skit “Arizona Bay“, Hicks stated how happy he’ll be when the next big quake will sink Los Angeles into the ocean.

“Ahhh, it’s gone, it’s gone, it’s gone…All the shitty shows are gone, all the idiots screaming in the fucking wind are dead, I love it…leaving nothing but a cool, beautiful serenity called Arizona Bay. That’s right, when L.A. falls in the fucking ocean and is flushed away, all it will leave is Arizona Bay.”

Here is a cartoon of Hicks and Maynard James Keenan that is included in the albums sleeve.

Bill Hicks Arizona Bay Tool Aenima

Hicks was a friend of the band and had opened for Tool during the 1993 Lollapalooza Tour.  After Hicks died of cancer in January of 1994, Tool intended to raise awareness about Hicks’s material and ideas. Tool felt that Hicks and their band “were resonating similar concepts”.  The closing track on the album “Thrid Eye” contains samples from Hicks’ Dangerous and Relentless.

Layne Staley Performing With Tool In Hawaii 1993

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