They were originally called Melodic or Concert Tom-Toms for use in symphonic (read: concert) settings. Hence, concert toms. They existed well before the concept of a rock concert, so it couldn't have come from rock drummers using them.
There were a few anomalies however, most notably the Trixon Speedfire kit with its single-headed toms c1957.
I don't like them, I don't use them, and whoever named (and invented) them should be held liable for his impropriety.
Concert toms are alright. I guess I've always somewhat disliked them for two reasons. First, I believe the tuning of the resonant head to hold the subtle mysteries behind the manifold nuances we can harvest from a drum. Delete the resonant head, and one-dimensional tonality seems to take hold. Second, concert toms are asymmetrical, and I like symmetry. What's at the top of a drum should also be at the bottom. Let's cross all t's, dot all i's, and keep things in proper order. Just as you should wear a shirt and pants when you leave home, your toms should have a top and bottom as well.
On the upside, concert toms do provide a rather nice attack, an abbreviated punch that can be quite appealing. They're also quintessentially 1970s. Disco wouldn't have been disco without them. Charlie's Angels might not have made it without concert toms, and a world without Jaclyn Smith would be a grossly deficient one.
I thought he might like to bang on it. He bangs on walls, his cage, his table, everything. He doesnt bang on the drum. He likes to stand on it, and likes to look at himself in the lugs and say pretty bird. It's pretty funny.
I used them and liked them back in the 70's and 80's. If I had the space for a second kit in the future I might consider custom ordering it with 8, 10 & 12 concert toms, but anything 13" through 18" would be be standard double headed toms.
I grew up playing concert toms (which were Crestlines without the reso heads and rims included when my Dad bought them). Nowadays, I can't really stand them. I want the option of tuning up that reso head the way I like. If I want a little deader sound, I slap on some hydraulics.
My converted Pearl kit that I cut down for small stage set ups uses a concert mounted and floor tom. Mine are shallow so I have Evens Hydraulic heads on them to keep the low and a littler warmer, less like timbales.
I don't use them now and I don't know if I like them anymore either. I used them in the 70s and early 80s because that's just what you did LOL. They weren't actually concert Toms I had just removed the rezo heads and filled the lugs up with cotton so the Springs wouldn't vibrate. I liked them back then
I know a drummer who likes the sound of concert toms but disapproves of their look. He reconciles that dilemma by cutting out his resonant heads, leaving his hoops and tension rods in place. To me, that's a waste of a resonant head, but he has no complaints.