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Tool and Rage Against the Machine tribute bands perform together at Stage West in Scranton on March 13

Tool and Rage Against the Machine tribute bands perform together at Stage West in Scranton on March 13
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From a press release:

Tickets are nearly sold out Tool’s recently announced concert at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre on May 1, and Rage Against the Machine reunion tickets are being scalped online for $300-$500, so local fans who are looking for an alternative way to hear their favorite songs by both bands live can see touring acts decided to recreating their music this Friday.

Schism, the “world’s first and longest-touring tribute to Tool and “the only Tool tribute actually endorsed by Tool,” and Revolution Trax: A Tribute to Rage Against the Machine will perform at Stage West (301 N. Main Ave., Scranton) on Friday, March 13.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the 21+ concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are $17 in advance, are on sale now via Prekindle.

The following night, Schism will visit Stage West’s second location in State College for a show with Deny Your Maker: Tribute to Alice in Chains .

Some actual members of Tool and Rage Against the Machine knew each other before their bands officially formed in Los Angeles in the early 1990s, and they later toured and shared stages like Lollapalooza together, remaining friends to this day. One of Rage’s most well-known songs, “Know Your Enemy” from their self-titled 1992 debut album, features guest vocals by Tool singer Maynard James Keenan, and while they collaborated on another song for the “Judgment Night” soundtrack, it was never officially released.

Not many cover or tribute bands out there ever attempt to engage in the raw talent, mysticism, and magic that is Tool. But if you talk to four brave souls from New York City – Angelo Rivera (vocals), Sean Murray (bass), Donald Pusateri (drums), and Keith Williams (guitar) – you’ll find that their love and passion for this music led them to form Schism, the only Tool tribute to be listed on Tool’s websites.

“We started this back in 2001 after seeing a Tool show at Madison Square Garden. We simply loved the music and wanted to share it live with other Tool-minded fans,” Williams said.

“We’ve been a national touring act for over 10 years now. This isn’t something you tap your foot to; this is more of an interactive experience for listener. These songs are compositional masterpieces which will be studied for years to come.”

A national touring act since 2001 and an international touring act since 2006, Schism provides two to three hours of nonstop music with multimedia projections and visualizations to create a must-see experience of the collective unconscious. As members of Tool have simply put it on their website, “Tool is currently not on tour. If you’d like to see Tool, go see Schism.”

If you’ve never had the chance to see Tool live, here’s your local opportunity to hear all your favorite songs by one of the most influential rock bands of the last 30 years.

Revolution Trax is a Brooklyn-based rock band dedicated to honoring the music of Rage Against the Machine. The band was formed on the premise that Rage Against the Machine’s music and messages are as relevant today as they were back in the 1990s. The group – Matthew Carola (vocals), Richard Huddleston (guitars), Neil Holstein (bass), and Greg Gonzalez (drums) – looks to introduce new fans to this great body of work and inspire others to speak up and be heard.