Tool’s ‘Fear Inoculum’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Albums Chart

Photo by Travis Shinn

Tool‘s Fear Inoculum — the band’s first new album in 13 years — has earned the band their third consecutive No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart, moving 270,000 units across the week ending September 5th in the U.S., as tabulated by Nielsen Music. Of that number, 248,000 were actual album sales. In debuting at No. 1. Tool bumped bumped Taylor Swift from the top spot — her latest LP, Lover, was in tis second week. Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! came in at No. 3.

Around the rest of the world, Fear Inoculum debuted at No. 1 in Australia, Norway, New Zealand and Belgium, and made Top 5 debuts in the U.K., Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and Finland.

The official word on Fear Inoculum’s big week comes shortly after the announcement of Tool’s big fall North American tour with Killing Joke (see the full itinerary below) and the news that the limited edition, physical version of the CD had sold out, compelling Tool to produce a second, limited pressing of the collector’s item. The groundbreaking packaging boasts a 4-inch HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, two-watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card.

Tool tour dates:
October 13      Sacramento, CA           Aftershock Festival
October 15      Denver, CO                   Pepsi Center
October 16      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                Arena
November 14 Boston, MA                   TD Garden
November 16 Newark, NJ                   Prudential Center
November 18 Philadelphia, PA           Wells Fargo Center
November 19 Brooklyn, NY                 Barclays 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