Tool has announced a handful of spring and summer tour dates in what will be the band's first gigs in about a year.
The perpetually mysterious alternative band is planning performances across North America, the U.K. and Europe from May 5 through July 2.
The tour announcement comes during a period of increased Tool-related activity, as fans eagerly await official word on Tool's forthcoming new album — what will be its first new offering in 13 years.
Band members Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor and Adam Jones have worked on the new material for the better part of the last 10 years. Singer Maynard James Keenan revealed in early 2018 that he was back to composing his vocals after a series of revisions by his band mates on the instrumental versions of the new songs.
Tool finally entered the studio in February or March of last year to begin recording drums, bass and guitar with producer Joe Barresi. Keenan laid down his vocal parts sometime in the fall of 2018 and the band began the "long process of mixing" the album earlier this winter.
Last week, Tool shared a captionless but nonetheless encouraging photo to its official Facebook page depicting Carey, Chancellor, Jones and Barresi with mastering engineer Bob Ludwig at what appeared to be Ludwig's studio in Maine.
The photo signals the end of the album production process is at hand, but the band has yet to offer any confirmation.
Tool 2019 Tour Dates
05-05 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
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 – Spring Center
05-16 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
05-17 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
05-19 Bridgeview, IL – Chicago Open Air Festival
06-02 Berlin, Germany - Mercedes-Benz Arena
06-04 Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena
06-05 Vienna, Austria - Wiener Stadhalle
06-07 Nuremberg, Germany - Rock Am Ring Festival
06-09 Nuremberg, Germany - Rock Im Park Festival
06-11 Krakow, Poland - Impact Festival at Tauron Arena
06-13 Florence, Italy - Firenze Rocks Festival
06-16 Donington, England - Download Festival
06-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
06-20 Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell Festival
06-25 Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
06-28 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival
06-30 Madrid, Spain - Download Festival Spain
07-02 Lisbon, Portugal - Altice Arena
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