Rock giants Tool spent most of their October and November trekking through North America on their first stateside tour in support of their fifth studio album (and first in 13 years) Fear Inoculum. Featuring support from the lively Killing Joke, the outing cruised through our area last month for gigs in NY, NJ, PA and CT.
We caught the Brooklyn show at Barclays Center which marked Tool‘s first proper, non-festival headlining stint in the Big Apple in a really long time. Kicking off the show, the band performed Fear Inoculum‘s title-track while surrounded by a massive see-through mesh curtain and with their familiar psychedelic visuals looming in the background. With a fresh new tune to warm up the evening, the guys would go on to perform huge favorites like “Ænema,” “The Pot,” “Parabol / Parabola,” “Schism,” and “Jambi.” As expected with most Maynard James Keenan-related tours, the concert had a strict no camera / cell phone use policy anywhere near the performance area, and you better believe security was out in full force making sure the rule was being followed.
Fear Inoculum tracks “Pneuma,” “Chocolate Chip Trip,” and “Invincible” were also included in the band’s 14-song spectacle, with the latter two songs being performed following a brief intermission. Tool sounded immense, and the stage visuals were equally tremendous (laser lights galore), with Maynard (surprisingly) being somewhat visible this time around. More highlights from the set include a performance of the seldom performed “Part of Me,” and closing track “Stinkfist,” which Keenan started by introducing NYC to artist Alex Grey, who designed Tool‘s most recent album covers. Security was also asked to stand down during the last song so fans could finally snap photos to their heart’s desire.
We captured a ton of shots as well, which you can view below!
Tool will return to the road next month, performing more U.S. shows followed by a handful of gigs in Australia and New Zealand. All dates are HERE.
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