Tool Announce Six-Week North American Fall Tour

Photo by Travis Shinn

It’s here! It’s actually, finally here! Prog-metal prankster-geniuses Tool have released Fear Inoculum, the band’s beyond-highly anticipated new album and their fifth overall, and fans still cannot believe it. It’s like Christmas — if Christmas only came after an excruciating 13-year wait full of rumors, hype and misinformation. Fear Inoculum features seven tracks in its physical edition, 10 in its digital edition, and spans over 79 minutes in both. Singer Maynard James Keenan only appears on six of the cuts — “Fear Inoculum,” “Pneuma,” “Invincible,” “Descending,” “Culling Voices” and “7empest” — but each of those exceeds 10 minutes in length, so never fear, there’s plenty of MJK on the album. In an unusual move, the band released Keenan’s lyrics — which have been typically kept under wraps by the group — to the press ahead of the LP’s release, so you can read those here. Between his words and guitarist Adam Jones, bassist Justin Chancellor and drummer Danny Carey’s knotty, expansive instrumentation, Fear Inoculum is a heady, trippy, epic ride — just as you would hope and expect.

In addition to releasing the album, Tool have announced a massive North American tour for this fall, joined by U.K. post-punk pioneers Killing Joke. Tickets are on-sale September 6th at 10 a.m. local time, with a limited number of tickets will be available to Tool Army members on September 4th. Tool Army information, as well as VIP package details, can be found via Toolband.com. See tour dates below.

But that’s not all: Tool also surprised by fans by finally posting most of their stunning classic music videos — specifically, the visuals for Undertow’s “Sober” and “Prison Sex,” Ænima’s title track and “Stinkfist,” Lateralus’ “Schism” and 10,000 Days’ “Vicarious” to YouTube. The clips had previously only been available via low-quality rips. Notably absent so far are the videos for Opiate’s “Hush” and Lateralus’ “Parabola.” No music videos have been released yet in support of Fear Inoculum, but Jones has said that the band has “big plans” and that a couple clips are in the works.

Tool tour dates:
October 13    Sacramento, CA       Aftershock Festival
October 15    Denver, CO               Pepsi Center
October 18    Salt Lake City, UT    Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 20    Los Angeles, CA      Staples Center
October 21    Los Angeles, CA      Staples Center
October 23    Glendale, AZ             Gila River Arena
October 25    San Antonio, TX       AT&T Center
October 27    Houston, TX              Toyota Center
October 29    Tulsa, OK                  BOK Center
October 31    Milwaukee, WI          Fiserv Forum
November 2  Indianapolis, IN        Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
November 3  Chicago, IL                United Center
November 5  Cincinnati, OH          US Bank Arena
November 6  Cleveland, OH          Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
November 8  Pittsburgh, PA          PPG Paints Arena
November 9  Detroit, MI                  Little Caesars Arena
November 11 Toronto, ON             Scotiabank Arena
November 12 Toronto, ON             Scotiabank Arena
November 14 Boston, MA              TD Garden
November 16 Newark, NJ              Prudential Center
November 18 Philadelphia, PA     Wells Fargo Center
November 19 Brooklyn, NY           Barclay’s Center
November 21 Uncasville, CT         Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
November 22 Atlantic City, NJ       Boardwalk Hall
November 24 Raleigh, NC             PNC Arena
November 25 Washington, DC     Capitol One Arena