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Grammy-winning prog metal band Tool performs at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on May 1

Grammy-winning prog metal band Tool performs at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on May 1
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From a press release:

It was announced today that progressive metal band Tool, who recently took home the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song “7empest,” has added a stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on Friday, May 1 as part of an extensive spring tour of North America.

Special guests Blonde Redhead will open this show presented by John Scher/Metropolitan Entertainment. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are $65-$125, plus fees, go on sale to the general public this Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at the arena’s NBT Bank Box Office (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre), ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-745-3000. A limited number of VIP packages will be available exclusively to Tool Army members via toolband.com/VIP-package this Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.

There is a four-ticket limit per order. If tickets remain, they will be available at the box office at Mohegan Sun Arena beginning Saturday, Feb. 29. Box office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tool previously performed at the Wilkes-Barre venue when it was called the First Union Arena on Sept. 24, 2001 with Fantômas featuring vocalist Mike Patton, who will also be back in Northeastern Pennsylvania this summer when his band Faith No More comes to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Aug. 27. Tool returned to Wilkes-Barre when it was the Wachovia Arena on Oct. 2, 2006.

The tour news arrives as the Los Angeles-based band wraps up a sold-out Australian tour, with the final two shows of the trek, back-to-back sold-out performances at Auckland’s Spark Arena, happening later this week. The Sydney Morning Herald described the live offering as “an immersive art-rock experience that forced you to feel a little of everything. It was an intricate collage of light, sound, and imagery.”

The Fear Inoculum Tour, which has seen the band performing in some cities for the first time in over a decade, has received widespread accolades, with the Los Angeles Times calling it “impeccable,” the Chicago Tribune describing the performances as a “twisting multimedia roller coaster of a concert,” and the Arizona Republic describing the shows as “a visually breathtaking night of dystopian art-rock spectacle.”

“Fear Inoculum” arrived on Aug. 30 following years of anticipation. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200, shattering sales and radio records while also earning widespread critical praise. NPR said, “‘Fear Inoculum’ was worth the 13-year wait,” The Atlantic declared the release “precise and devastating,” Revolver dubbed the 10-track album “a masterpiece that will be dissected for years to come,” and Consequence of Sound said “Fear Inoculum” finds “Tool in peak performance.”

Tool formed in 1990, releasing 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 box set “Salival” (2000). The band has won four Grammy Awards: Best Metal Performance (1998, “Ænema”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”), Best Recording Package (2007, “10,000 Days”), and Best Metal Performance (2020, “7empest”). The band is Danny Carey (drums), Justin Chancellor (bass), Adam Jones (guitar), and Maynard James Keenan (vocals).