Tool Launches U.S. Tour with Surprises and Deep Cuts in Oregon Concert (Watch Fan Footage)

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Rock Cellar Magazine

Prog-rock/metal masters Tool began their anticipated North American tour on Monday night in Eugene, Oregon.

The group’s first performance in 670 days due to the pandemic (after its planned 2020 tour was shelved due to the pandemic), the set list was starkly different from the band’s 2019 tour. That is to say, some of Tool’s most well-known songs like “Schism,” “Parabola” and “Stinkfist” were absent in Eugene.

In place of some of the expected standards were a few songs the band hasn’t played in quite some time. The Aenima track “Pushit,” for example, hadn’t been performed since 2014. “Right In Two,” from 2006’s 10,000 Days, hadn’t been played since 2011, Aenima‘s “Hooker with a Penis” since 2014, and so on.

A result of the band’s strict no-cell-phone-use-during-the-concert rules, there isn’t much footage available from the show, though here’s “Right In Two”:

And “The Grudge,” a fan favorite from 2001’s Lateralus:

As directed by enigmatic front man Maynard James Keenan from his perch in the shadows behind his band mates, fans are allowed to use their phones for the final song of the evening — which was “Invincible,” from 2020’s Fear Inoculum.

That resulted in this multi-cam fan footage video compilation that fully captures the scene:

The set list from the night, with details per

Fear Inoculum
Opiate (extended version)
The Pot
Pushit (First time since 2014, album version)
The Grudge
Right in Two (First time since 2011)
Hooker With a Penis (First time since 2014)
Chocolate Chip Trip
Eon Blue Apocalypse
The Patient

That’s a pretty great way to kick off a tour.

Assuming the rest of the outing goes as planned without any COVID-19-related delays or postponements, here’s the schedule:

January 11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
January 13 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center
January 15 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
January 16 San Francisco, CA Chase Center
January 18 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
January 19 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
January 21 Phoenix, AZ Footprint Center
January 22 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
January 25 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
January 27 Denver, CO Ball Arena
January 30 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
January 31 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
February 2 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
February 4 Houston, TX Toyota Center
February 5 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
February 8 Orlando, FL Amway Center
February 9 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
February 10 Miami, FL FTX Arena
February 19 Boston, MA TD Garden
February 20 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
February 22 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
February 23 Belmont Park, NY UBS Arena
February 26 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
February 27 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
March 1 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
March 3 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
March 4 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
March 6 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
March 8 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
March 10 Chicago, IL United Center
March 12 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Arena
March 13 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
March 15 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
March 17 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
March 18 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
March 20 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

April 23 Copenhagen, DK Royal Arena
April 25 Oslo, NO Spektrum
April 26 Stockholm, SE Avicii Arena
April 28 Hamburg, DE Barclaycard Arena
April 29 Frankfurt, DE Festhalle
May 2 Manchester, UK AO Arena Manchester
May 4 Birmingham, UK Resorts World Arena
May 6 Dublin, IE 3Arena
May 9 London, UK The O2 Arena
May 12 Paris, FR AccorHotels Arena
May 13 Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis
May 15 Berlin, DE Mercedes-Benz Arena
May 17 Cologne, DE Lanxess Arena
May 19 Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome
May 21 Krakow, PL Tauron Arena
May 23 Prague, CZ O2 Arena
May 24 Budapest, HU SportAréna

Blonde Redhead opens on dates from Jan. 10 to Feb. 10. The Acid Helps opens from Feb. 19 to March 20.

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