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List of Tool concert tours

Grammy Award winning American metal band Tool has toured worldwide extensively.

Tool has performed songs by other artists occasionally in their live sets, including "Spasm" and "You Lied" by Peach, "Stranglehold" by Ted Nugent, "Demon Cleaner" by Kyuss, "No Quarter" by Led Zeppelin, and "Commando" by The Ramones.[1]

The song "Ticks & Leeches" is only rarely performed live due to the immense strain on Keenan's voice. However, they have performed it at least a few times during their 2001 (Irvine, California) and 2002 tours including appearances in Sacramento, California, Tacoma, Washington, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Katowice (Poland), London (England), and Berlin (Germany), with Keenan using heavy vocal effects and distortion.[citation needed] Tool added 'Ticks & Leeches' back to the set list for the 2012 North American Winter Tour.

Tour history

In 1991, Tool played a number of small clubs in the Los Angeles, area and were signed to a major label. The two live tracks of the Opiate EP were recorded during a December 31, 1991, performance. Tool Embarked on a U.S. club tour in 1992, playing only one Canadian and one Mexican date. The band often played on a small stage, with minimal or no lighting, sometimes to only a handful of people. The set list would change from night to night, but would usually include most (if not all) of Opiate and a handful of then unreleased songs from Undertow. Some were performed with working lyrics such as "Undertow" and "Bottom".

Tool toured extensively in 1993. The band found themselves on many European festivals as well as the U.S. Lollapalooza festival. They were drawing such a crowd playing the second stage at Lollapalooza, that they were moved up to the main stage, midway through the tour. The band debuted the songs "Intolerance", "Prison Sex" and "Flood" on January 26, 1993. The set list would vary from night to night, depending on the time slot Tool was allotted, but "Sober" and "Prison Sex" were always played.

Tool Toured Europe and the U.S. again in 1994. The band debuted their cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter" as well as the songs "Disgustipated", "Pushit" and "Stinkfist". "No Quarter" often transitioned into "Disgustipated", and "Opiate" would be played back-to-back with "Flood", transitioning smoothly between songs and skipping the lengthy intro to "Flood". During this time, Tool's stage show began to grow and better reflect the band. During a show in London at Shepards Bush, the band had a man dressed as Jesus join them on stage. At the same show, future Tool member (then member of opening band Peach) Justin Chancellor joined the band for the song "Sober". Around the same time, tensions began between Keenan and D'Amour. As in previous years, the set list would change from night-to-night for most of 1994.

Tool only played a small number of shows during 1995, but it was a very important year for the band. Debuting the songs "Eulogy", "H" and "Ænema", all in early forms with working lyrics. Tensions were very high between Keenan and D'Amour during this time, and April 14, 1995, would be D'Amour's last live show with the band.

In 1996, Tool began their extensive touring for Ænima in Pomona, California, where they debuted "Forty-Six & 2", "Hooker with a Penis", "Jimmy" and "Third Eye". This was also Chancellor's first show with the band. "Die Eier von Satan" was played once on December 19, 1996. They also played South Park's 'Spirit of Christmas' animated Christmas card during the show. During this year, Tool started extending "Prison Sex" by adding an extra verse—known by fans as "Prison Sex OTRM" ("on the road mix" or "over the rainbow mix")—and the intro to "Sober", which later appeared on Salival as the track "Merkaba". Tool's stage show grew with the addition of two giant projection screens. Keenan would paint himself blue and white for his performances, and Chancellor would also sometimes be painted with spots. Although the band was changing the set list up quite a bit at the beginning of the tour, they fell into a 'comfortable' set list during November which was played for the rest of the year with one or two wild card songs. A typical 1996 set list would look like this:

As an opening band

Year Headliner
1991 Fishbone[2]
1991 Green Jellÿ
1991 Rage Against the Machine [2]
1992 Corrosion of Conformity[3]
1992 Rollins Band
1992 White Zombie[4]
1995 Primus

As the headlining band

Tour Years Opening bands
Opiate 1992 Failure, The Flaming Lips, Peach
Undertow 1993 Failure, The Flaming Lips, Paw, Headswim, Submarine, Peach
Ænima 1996–1999 The Cows, Failure, The Melvins, Psychotica
Lateralus 2001–2002 Cortizone, Fantômas, Cosmic Psychos, King Crimson, The Melvins, Meshuggah, Pablo, Tomahawk, Tricky
10,000 Days 2006–2007 Isis, Mastodon, Kinski, Melt-Banana, TU, Big Business, Russian Circles, Trans Am
2009 Tour 2009 Tweak Bird
2010 Tour 2010 Wovenhand, Dälek, Rajas
2011 Tour 2011 Jakob
2012 Tour 2012 Intronaut, YOB
2013 Tour 2013 Jakob
2014 Tour 2014 Failure
2016 Tour 2016 Primus, 3Teeth


Tour Role Years
All Points West Headline 2009 Alternative Nation Festival 1995
Area4 Headline 2007
Arvika Festival Headline 1994
Big Day Out Headline 2007, 2011
Big Mele Headline 1993
Bonnaroo Headline 2007
Coachella Headline 1999, 2006
Copenhell Headline 2019 [5]
Download Festival Headline 2006
Edgefest Headline 2001, 2012
Epicenter Headline 2009
Hurricane Festival 2001
Lollapolooza Main stage 1993 (Side stage and Main stage),[6] 1997, 2009
Lowlands Headline 1993, 2007
Metaltown Headline 2006
Mile High Music Festival Headline 2009
Monster Mash Music Festival Headline 2015
Northern Invasion Headline 2018
Norwegian Wood Headline 2002 (didn't play since Ozzfest was canceled)
Nova Rock Festival 2006
Ozzfest Main stage 1998, 2001, 2002, 2013
Pinkpop Main stage 2001 (3FM Tent), 2006
Popwerk Main stage 1993[7]
Pukkelpop 1993, 2007
Quart Festival Main stage 2006
Reading Festival Main stage 1993
River's Edge Headline 2012
Rock am Ring Headline 2002
Rock on the Range Headline 2018
Rock Werchter Main stage 1994 (Side stage), 2001, 2006
Roskilde Festival Main stage 2001, 2006
Ruisrock Headline 2006
Southside Festival 2001
Summer Sonic Festival Headline 2006
Street Scene Headline 2006
Sziget Festival Headline 2007
Voodoo Music Experience Headline 2001, 2016
Boston Calling Headline 2017
Governors Ball Music Festival Headline 2017
Øyafestivalen Headline 2007

Guest musicians

These musicians have joined Tool on stage.

Guest musician Instrument Touring with Song Notes Reference
Heitham Al-Sayed Vocals Senser,
multiple Joined Tool several times at their concerts in London in 1994 and 1997 for "Bottom" and "Pushit" and in Paris in 2006 for "Opiate". [8]
Mike Bordin Drums Ozzy Osbourne,
Faith No More
"Triad" Ozzfest at Donington Park in 2002 and again during the U.S. tour of 2002 [9][10]
King Buzzo Guitar The Melvins multiple "Stinkfist", covers of Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold", and Peach's "You Lied" & "Spasm" [11][12]
Dale Crover Drums The Melvins "Opiate",
Final show of the Ænema tour at San Jose, California on August 30, 1998
The Australian leg of Tool's 2002 tour
John Dolmayan Drums System of a Down multiple Ozzfest 2002 at Antwerp and Dublin performing "Triad", both performances in Las Vegas in 2007 he joined Danny Carey in performing "Lateralus" [14][15]
Aloke Dutta Tabla N/A "Pushit" Tool's spring-1998 "mini-tour" [16]
Robert Fripp Guitar King Crimson "Soundscapes" Played during the intermission during the Tool/King Crimson mini-tour of 2001
On a few occasions, he was joined by Adam and Justin; sometimes remained onstage playing "Soundscape" (segues) as Tool went into the first song of the second set.
Tomas Haake Drums Meshuggah "Triad" When Meshuggah supported Tool during their U.S. tour in the fall of 2002 [18]
Tricky Keyboards
N/A "Reflection",
U.S. tour of 2001 [19]
Kirk Hammett Guitar Metallica "Sober", "Lateralus" Blaisdell Concert Hall on Hawaii, August 18, 2006 and January 14, 2011 [20]
Hawkman Vocals Tricky "Reflection" U.S. tour of 2001 [21]
Dave Lombardo Drums Fantômas "Triad" When Fantômas supported Tool during the U.S. tour of October 2001 [22]
Herman Li Guitar DragonForce "Lateralus" Played during band's 2007 appearance at Brixton Academy [23]
Pat Mastelotto Drums King Crimson "Triad" Tool/King Crimson mini-tour of 2001.
On a related note, Danny Carey joined King Crimson onstage on one occasion, playing the second half of "Red" during this tour.
Perry Melius Percussion Tricky "Triad" 5 Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Oct. 20, 2001) [25]
Tom Morello Guitar The Nightwatchman "Lateralus" Provided extra guitar during the band's 2007 Bonnaroo appearance. [26]
Mike Patton Synthesizer Tomahawk,
"Triad" U.S. tour of 2002 [27]
Scott Reeder Bass guitar Kyuss "Demon Cleaner" Concerts in Los Angeles (March 27, 1998) and San Diego (March 29, 1998) [28]
Zack de la Rocha Vocals Rage Against the Machine "Bottom" Tool concerts in Irvindale, California on August 7, 1993, and Paris, France on September 9, 1993 [29]
Chris Pitman Vocals several "Bottom" Concert in Ventura, California on December 15, 1995 [30]
Layne Staley Vocals Alice in Chains "Opiate" Lollapalooza concerts in Houston (July 31, 1993) and Dallas (August 1, 1993), at The Big Mele Music Festival at Kualoa Ranch, HI on August 15, 1993, a Tool's concert at Bremerton, WA on May 28 and a fundraiser concert at The Palladium, Hollywood, CA on July 1, 1994. [31]
John Stanier Drums Tomahawk "Triad" U.S. tour of 2002 [32]
Statik Machines Collide "Triad" multiple occasions [33]
Phil Campbell Guitar Motörhead "Sober" Arena Leipzig on December 5, 2006 [34]
Brann Dailor Drums Mastodon "Lateralus" 10,000 Days tour, June, 4 2007 Duluth GA (USA) and September 2, 2007 Athens (GRE)
Brent Hinds Guitar Mastodon "Lateralus" 10,000 Days tour, Athens
Bill Kelliher Guitar Mastodon "Lateralus" 10,000 Days tour, Athens
Troy Sanders Bass guitar Mastodon "Lateralus" 10,000 Days tour, Athens
Serj Tankian Vocals System of a Down "Sober" Big Day Out 2007, Auckland
Trey Gunn Bass TU "Lateralus" 10,000 Days tour, Texas
Pat Mastelotto Drums TU "Lateralus" 10,000 Days tour, Texas
Terry Bozzio Drums N/A "Lateralus" 10,000 Days tour, Austin, Texas, on November 14, 2007
Sebastian Thomson Drums Trans Am "Lateralus" 10,000 Days tour, Victoria BC on December 1, 2007
Jello Biafra Vocals Dead Kennedys "Holiday in Cambodia" 10,000 Days tour, San Francisco on December 11, 2007
Tim Alexander Drums Primus "Opiate",
Final show of the Ænema tour at San Jose, California on August 30, 1998
10,000 Days tour, San Francisco on December 11, 2007
Till Lindemann Pyrotechnics Rammstein "Lateralus" Big Day Out, Adelaide, February 4, 2011
Christoph Schneider Drums Rammstein "Lateralus" Big Day Out, Adelaide, February 4, 2011
Angelo Moore Vocals Fishbone "Bottom" Live in Grenoble,France on October 6, 1993 [35]
Jason Reece and Aaron Ford Percussions Trail of Dead "Lateralus" 10,000 Days tour, Bologna, Italy on September 2, 2007


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