Tool has been one of the spring's most anticipated tours. Playing their first string of US shows since 2012, the band has played to packed houses during the first 6 dates of their 12 performance tour.
The band has employed an 11-song set throughout the tour, which as true fans know will total over 90 minutes. Staples such as “Schism”, “Lateralus”, “Jambi”, “Forty-Six & 2”, “Ænema”, and “Stinkfist” have been played on each date. The group also takes a time to highlight individual band members during the King Crimson cover “B'Boom” as the 7th song. The band has opened with “Hooker with a Penis” or “Third Eye” during each performance thus far.
The remaining dates of the tour include March 14th in Fresno, March 15th in Vegas, March 16th in San Diego, March 24th in Cedar Park, March 25th in Houston, and March 27th in Phoenix The overall average of Tool tickets on the secondary market for these dates is $192.95, with the cheapest being The Selland Arena in Fresno ($81 average asking price). March 24th at the Cedar Park Center is the most expensive date with a $237 asking price.
Despite being 8 years since the release of “10,000 Days”, Tool remains one of the most highly influential bands in the genre. Each of their 4 full length albums has been certified platinum by the RIAA, and three of the four have hit number 2 or better on the Billboard 200. Some of the early 2000's most successful alternative bands, such as System Of A Down, the Deftones, Chevelle, and Linkin Park have each expressed their admiration for the alternative metal innovators. The aforementioned Linkin Park are still going strong and will the road with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI this summer in support of their 6th studio album. Even with Linkin Park's more mainstream success, Linkin Park tickets for the “Carnivores” tour average 5% less than Tool's remaining performances. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Black Sabbath, whom are one of the many influential 70's rock bands to have an effect on Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan are also touring. With just a few North American dates left, Black Sabbath tickets are currently fielding an asking price of $216 on the resale market.
Tool are rumored to have their next studio album nearly complete, and anticipate a late 2014 or early 2015 release.