The band kicked off their 2023 headlining tour last night in Colorado
Last night in Loveland, Colorado, Tool kicked off their 2023 headlining tour at Blue Arena (formerly the Budweiser Events Center). The band opened up the show with their 10-minute opus, “Fear Inoculum,” and proceeded to churn out hits like “The Pot,” “The Grudge,” and “Stinkfist,” among others. Most Tool shows aren’t complete without a rare gem or two, thought. Last night was no exception, as the crowd got to hear “Rosetta Stoned” in full, with vocals, for the first time since 2009. Check out the fan-filmed footage below.
The rarity “Rosetta Stoned” comes from their 2006 effort, 10,000 Days. The record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and featured the hit singles “Vicarious,” “The Pot,” and “Jambi.” The album has since gone on to be certified double-platinum by the RIAA, and garner the band a GRAMMY® Award for Best Recording Package. After the album came out, it would take Tool more than a decade to follow it up with another LP.
This weekend, Tool are headlining two major festivals in California – Aftershock in Sacramento, and Power Trip in Indio alongside Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, AC/DC, and Guns N’ Roses. Their headlining tour rolls on through November, wrapping up with two shows at Scotiabank Arena on November 20 and November 21 in Toronto, Ontario. All Canadian dates are the band’s first since 2019.
The band’s latest studio effort Fear Inoculum arrived in 2019 following years of anticipation. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shattering sales and radio records while also earning widespread critical praise. The band toured in support of the record that same year, and returned to the road in 2022 after previously cancelling their remaining tour dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tool subsequently released a massive ultra-deluxe 5-LP vinyl box set of the album, and a black vinyl edition as well.
Last March, Tool released “Opiate2” – a re-imagined version of the title track from their first EP in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Visual artist Dominic Hailstone (Alien: Covenant, The Eel) worked with Tool guitarist Adam Jones on a 10-plus minute film for the song, which was the band’s first new video in 15 years. Dominic and Adam also collaborated on the filmed pieces featured on the band’s Fear Inoculum Tour.
Tool formed in 1990 and have released four multi-platinum studio albums:Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006); two EPs: 72826 (1991) and Opiate (1992) and the limited-edition boxset Salival (2000). The band has won four GRAMMY® Awards: Best Metal Performance (1998, “Ænima”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”), Best Recording Package (2007, 10,000 Days) and Best Metal Performance (2020, “7empest”).