It may not feel like it, but it’s already been four years since Tool released Fear Inoculum. Maybe that’s just what getting older is like as the years kinda melt into each other, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is it’s been a minute since Tool put out new music.
Now, I know what you’re going to say — we waited forever and a day between 10,000 Days and Fear Inoculum, so waiting for new Tool music is nothing new. Fair. But apparently, we may not end up having to wait too much longer, as bassist Justin Chancellor revealed in an interview with The Vinyl Guide podcast that the band’s got some ideas cooking for their followup and they might hit the studio in 2024.
“We’ve got many ideas cooking. We haven’t recorded anything yet. But we’re quite busy until — I guess until after the spring of next year touring. So once that’s done, we’re gonna get back in the studio and knuckle down and put some of it together. We’ve already had a few pretty decent sessions of writing. So we’ve got the ingredients in place. We’ve just gotta really bang it out and spend that time when we’re not touring.”
Tool’s been busy as of late, touring all over the place. Hell, just this past weekend they headlined Aftershock and then went on to help Metallica close out the Power Trip festival. With yet more shows planned in the coming months, they’re going to be busy still.
Chancellor was also asked about whether Tool had any b-sides from the Fear Inoculum sessions or any previously unreleased tracks that could potentially make their way to a new album. As you’d expect from an insanely creative band like Tool, they’ve definitely got some music in the vault somewhere.
“Yeah, tons from the last album. We have tons of ideas, but not recorded to the standard we’d put on an album. Just kind of, I’d say, lots of demoed stuff. And then just tons of ideas just kind of stored away.”
So yeah, we might not have to wait too much longer for new Tool music. In the meantime, there’s plenty of chances to catch them live, as evidenced by the tour dates listed below.
TOOL 2023 Tour:
October 11 Salt Lake City, UT Delta Center [Tickets]October 12 Idaho Falls, ID Mountain America Center [Tickets]October 14 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center [Tickets]October 15 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena [Tickets]October 17 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Center [Tickets]October 19 Portland, OR Moda Center [Tickets]October 20 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome [Tickets]October 22 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place Arena [Tickets]October 23 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena [Tickets]October 25 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place [Tickets]October 27 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome [Tickets]October 29 Winnipeg, MB Canada Life Center [Tickets]October 31 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center [Tickets]November 1 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum [Tickets]November 3 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boiling Arena [Tickets]November 4 Charleston, WV Charleston Coliseum [Tickets]November 6 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena [Tickets]November 7 Allentown, PA PPL Center [Tickets]November 10 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena [Tickets]November 13 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena [Tickets]November 15 Boston, MA TD Garden [Tickets]November 16 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center [Tickets]November 19 Montreal, QC Bell Center [Tickets]November 20 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena [Tickets]November 21 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena [Tickets]
TOOL 2024 tour dates:
January 10 Baltimore, MD CFG Bank Arena [Tickets]January 12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden [Tickets]January 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden [Tickets]January 18 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood [Tickets]January 19 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood [Tickets]January 21 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center [Tickets]January 23 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena [Tickets]January 24 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena [Tickets]January 26 Birmingham, AL The Legacy Arena at The BJCC [Tickets]January 27 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum [Tickets]January 31 Austin, TX Moody Center [Tickets]February 2 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center [Tickets]February 3 Oklahoma City, OK Paycom Center [Tickets]February 5 Denver, CO Ball Arena [Tickets]February 9 Phoenix, AZ Footprint Center [Tickets]February 12 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center [Tickets]February 14 Los Angeles, CA Crypto.com Arena [Tickets]February 15 Los Angeles, CA Crypto.com Arena [Tickets]February 17 Ontario, CA Toyota Arena [Tickets]February 18 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena [Tickets]
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