After almost two years of being away from stages, TOOL finally kicked off its 2022 tour last night, reuniting with fans at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. Watch the videos shortly after, down below.
In support of the “Fear Inoculum” album, Tool kicked off its 2022 tour, marking its first live performance after its trek was forced to be called off due to the pandemic in March 2020. So, all of the fans have been waiting eagerly ever since for Tool to get up on stages, which finally happened last night. The regarded metal band gave its audience a tasteful night full of music, while also there are several videos of Tool performing live after two years also have been shared from the special night, giving other fans much more excitement that are waiting for their turn to Tool show up on their towns’ as well.
On the other hand, it was also revealed a year ago by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan that he had caught COVID-19 for the second time around “mid-November  and ended up in the ER on December 1.”
Maynard James Keenan also shared his experience while battling COVID-19 twice earlier in October 2020, reflecting on his suffering from the disease’s symptoms in February 2020. During his conversation, Tool’s vocalist also revealed that he was still recovering eight months later, saying “I’m still dealing with the residual effects,” at the time. “But it was ugly. I survived it, but it wasn’t pretty. So I definitely had to deal with that.”
In the meantime, we also mentioned earlier that Tool is also among the bands that have been taking strict measures to secure their audience’s health in their shows along with Metallica, as the two regarded bands hired specially trained dogs that sniff for traces of COVID-19 in members of their crew or anyone who also passes backstage.
So, after battling with the disease and its outcomes taking highly measures, Tool finally met its fans on the first show of their 2022 tour. And before getting up the stage after almost two years, the regarded metal band also shared a video of them rehearsing with their eagerly waiting fans, as well. During the four-minute-lasting video, we saw bassist Justin Chancellor and drummer Danny Carey along with him while playing Tool‘s beloved songs “The Patient” and “The Pot,” before they launch their 2022 U.S. arena tour, last night on Monday, January 10.
Ultimately, Tool finally kicked off its tour on January 10 with the support of its 2019’s “Fear Inoculum” at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, before they will pass over to Europe in April, after all. The tour’s setlist also consists of all of the five albums of Tool, while “Fear Inoculum” is leading it off and 2001’s “Lateralus” also follows it getting around four songs each.
Here is also the setlist Tool performed in order during its performance last night:
- Fear Inoculum
- Opiate (extended version)
- The Pot
- Pushit (first time since 2014; album version)
- The Grudge
- Right In Two (first time since 2011)
- Hooker With A Penis (first time since 2014)
- Descending Intermission
- Chocolate Chip Trip
- Eon Blue Apocalypse
- The Patient
Tool caught its actual debut with its third album, titled Ænima, in 1996, along with winning Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for it in 1998. But they went on a hiatus afterward, because members were handling legal battles with their label.
So, Tool came back in May 2001, releasing its new album, Lateralus, which hit on top place on the US Billboard 200 chart in its debut week, immediately. As their single Schism also won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2002, the band went on another break again for five years. And after Tool came back again, the beloved band released its new album, titled 10,000 Days, and sold 564,000 copies in just a week. The album also won another Grammy Award for Best Recording Package, as it also was on top on the Billboard, as well.