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In place of Wilkes-Barre show, Tool performs in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 20, 2022

In place of Wilkes-Barre show, Tool performs in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 20, 2022
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From a press release:

Today, Tool announced a mammoth 2022 tour, with the progressive metal band spending three months traversing the United States, followed by a month of European dates.

Unfortunately, a makeup date for their planned stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on May 1, 2020 is not included in this run.

The Los Angeles-based group has elected to kick off their next highly-anticipated trek in Eugene, Oregon as a nod to the abrupt halt to their 2020 Fear Inoculum Tour. Slated to play the Matthew Knight Arena on March 12, 2020, the show, along with the band’s remaining tour dates, was canceled as nationwide lockdowns began to take effect that evening.

“Let’s finish what we started. Shall we?” vocalist Maynard James Keenan said.

Instead of Wilkes-Barre, Tool will play a few dates in the tri-state area, starting with the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia) on Sunday, Feb. 20 with The Acid Helps, followed by the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York on Feb. 23; the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Feb. 26; the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York on Feb. 27; and the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on March 1.

“It is with great pleasure I get to announce our return to the road,” drummer Danny Carey said.

“These past 18 months have been trying, to say the least, but from great trials come great lessons and great rewards. We are genuinely looking forward to sharing them with you.”

Tickets for all U.S. dates go on sale this Friday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Tool Army members can purchase tickets in advance on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. during a 36-hour pre-sale window. A selection of exclusive packages, which include a pre-sale ticket, will also be made available to Tool Army members on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m.

Tool previously performed at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza when it was named the First Union Arena on Sept. 24, 2001 with Fantômas featuring vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle), drummer Dave Lombardo (Slayer), guitarist Buzz Osborne (Melvins), and bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk). They returned to Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 2, 2006 when it was called the Wachovia Arena.

Before it was interrupted by COVID-19, the Fear Inoculum Tour, which has seen Tool performing in some cities for the first time in over a decade, 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, 2019 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).