Tool are set to headline the Welcome to Rockville festival on Sunday to kick off the tour for their imminent new album, but on Friday, the festival was forced to undergo an emergency evacuation due to severe weather in Jacksonville, Florida.
The festival tweeted, “Due to severe weather approaching the festival, we must evacuate the venue to keep everyone safe. Please follow instructions of festival and security staff along with local law enforcement to exit the venue in a safe, calm, and orderly fashion.”
They later tweeted to a fan, “We are rain or shine. However, in severe weather or high winds, when the festival site becomes dangerous, we must pause and evacuate for safety. Please standby for further instructions.”
The festival reopened on Saturday, and hopefully the weather is good on Sunday for Tool’s headlining set. The Sunday night forecast for Jacksonville shows PM Thunderstorms, stating, “Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High near 85F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.”
Tool 2019 North American Tour Dates: 05/05 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville Festival 05/07 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BCC 05/08 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center 05/10 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum 05/11 – Concord, NC @ Epicenter Festival 05/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center 05/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center 05/16 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena 05/17 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena 05/19 – Bridgeview, IL @ Chicago Open Air Festival
The new Tool music is awesome so I can see this happening. Loudwire
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Tool fans are rabid. They are poised to help the band unseat Taylor Swift in the #1 chart position in the United States. Part of the reason for that success has been the blockbuster success of the limited, physical edition of the album.
The physical edition has a ton of perks, including a booklet, expanded artwork and a 4" HD screen that displays exclusive visuals not available anywhere else. The pre-orders sold out almost instantly. The band put up a second pressing last night, and that sold out right away as well. So where does one go to get a copy?
eBay! And these auctioneers are charging hundreds of dollars for these physical copies of the album. Take a look at the listings here. We're seeing price ranges from $115 – $159, almost a 4x markup. Look at this insanity:
So, uhh, I guess some people really want this album? If you are among those, and to whom money is no object, you can get to bidding here.
You're probably better off spending that money on seeing Tool live. Tickets went on sale today. Here's the routing:
October 13 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival [Tickets] October 15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center [Tickets] October 18 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena [Tickets] October 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center [Tickets] October 21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center [Tickets] October 23 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena [Tickets] October 25 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center [Tickets] October 27 Houston, TX Toyota Center [Tickets] October 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center [Tickets] October 31 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum [Tickets] November 2 Indianapolis, IN Banker’s Life Fieldhouse [Tickets] November 3 Chicago, IL United Center [Tickets] November 5 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena [Tickets] November 6 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse [Tickets] November 8 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena [Tickets] November 9 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena [Tickets] November 11 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena [Tickets] November 12 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena [Tickets] November 14 Boston, MA TD Garden [Tickets] November 16 Newark, NJ Prudential Center [Tickets] November 18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center [Tickets] November 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclay’s Center [Tickets] November 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Arena [Tickets] November 22 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall [Tickets] November 24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena [Tickets] November 25 Washington, DC Capitol One Arena [Tickets]
Tool's new album, Fear Inoculum, is out now. Listen to it here.
This is great news for metal and rock bands, it can still happen if you put out some sick ass tunes and make good decisions!
"Part of the reason for that success has been the blockbuster success of the limited, physical edition of the album.
The physical edition has a ton of perks, including a booklet, expanded artwork and a 4" HD screen that displays exclusive visuals not available anywhere else. The pre-orders sold out almost instantly."
Each New Tool Song, Including Interludes, Enters Billboard Top 25
Tool’s dominance on the Billboard charts has continued following the monumental release of Fear Inoculum. The band’s first album in 13 years has now completely filled the Hot Rock Songs chart, with all 10 tracks, including interludes, securing a position.
This is absolutely absurd. The unrivaled might of Tool continues to make history, as Fear Inoculum debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart while every Tool album broke the Top 20 simultaneously. They also filled the entire Top 10 of the Rock Digital Songs chart and secured the longest song in history, “Fear Inoculum,” to break into the Hot 100. Tool also hit No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart.
Each accolade is extremely impressive, but when noise interludes are outperforming highly successful singles, you know you’ve got a once-in-a-generation phenomenon. “Litanie Contre La Peur” is currently at No. 10 and “Legion Inoculant” sits at No. 11 on the Hot Rock Songs chart, beating “The Hype” by twenty one pilots and even Ed Sheeran’s “Blow.”
Even “Mockingbeat,” which is essentially just nature sounds, is higher on the chart than Volbeat’s “Last Day Under the Sun” and Vampire Weekend’s “This Life.”
As for the Top 10 of the chart, “Fear Inoculum” hit the high mark at No. 3, while “Pneuma,” “Invincible,” “7empest” and “Descending” take up spots 4 through 7. “Culling Voices” resides at No. 13, while the Danny Carey drum feast “Chocolate Chip Trip” hit No. 15.
Tool '7empest' Riff 'Probably' From Before Bassist Joined in 1995
Tool's Fear Inoculum has been out for two weeks, smashing records and giving fans ample time to properly digest the lofty 13-year-in-the-waiting release. "7empest" has gathered a lot praise and in an interview with Visions magazine, bassist Justin Chancellor explained it has a riff that's "probably" from before he even joined the band in 1995.
The group's writing process is meticulous. Chancellor explained in the interview that even if one member thinks a part or song is great, it's not a keeper unless everyone has the same exact sentiments. Laboring for four hours a day, four days a week, they'd each go home and play around with ideas to further understand them.
"When I do that I'm often inspired to write something completely different. Plus there's also a lot of new ideas that come into existence when we three play together," said the bassist.
Not all ideas are new and he confessed that there's older material that found a home on the new record. "Sometimes we also use unused fragments from the past that we wrote ages ago but never found their place," Chancellor went on. "'7empest,'" he singled out, "actually contains a chorus riff that Adam [Jones] carried around for ages. Probably even from before I joined the band."
Tool's bassist, who initially turned down the invite to audition, mentioned that the riff almost worked on their last record. "We tried to use that riff on 10,000 Days but it was only good, not great, so we didn't use it," he confirmed. "In the end, our way of writing music is a long process of experimentation. We enjoy the luxury of taking this very seriously and giving it the time that it needs."
It's only part of "7empest" that was culled from older material. Earlier in the interview, Chancellor spoke about taking his dogs on walks and how rhythms will pop into his head on these outings. "7empest" is the byproduct of one of these walks as he said, "The last real song on the album is '7empest.' That's based on a real crazy riff that goes on for 21 bars [hums part of the riff] the basis for that actually popped into existence on a walk. The first draft was very rhythmic and then we tried to build in harmonies."