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Prog metal band Tool performs at PPL Center in Allentown on Nov. 7

Prog metal band Tool performs at PPL Center in Allentown on Nov. 7
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From a press release:

It was announced today that progressive metal band Tool will return to the road this fall, expanding on their recently announced festival appearances (Power Trip, Aftershock, and Louder Than Life) with a six-week North American tour of 26 shows throughout October and November that includes PPL Center in Allentown on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Since the 2019 release of their critically-acclaimed album “Fear Inoculum,” the Los Angeles-based group has won a Grammy Award (Best Metal Performance for “7empest”), completed sold-out tours of both the United States and Europe, and headlined Bonnaroo, Welcome to Rockville, and the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival.

Last year, Tool marked the 30th anniversary of their “Opiate” EP with the release of “Opiate2,” a reimagining of the title track, released in tandem with a breathtaking 10-minute short film crafted by Adam Jones and visual artist Dominic Hailstone (“Alien: Covenant,” “The Eel”).

Reviews from the sold-out 2022 tours praised the four-piece, with Loudwire dubbing the performances as “a masterclass of immersion, sound and stage design, musicianship … and levels of ungodly tightness.” The Austin Chronicle described the incomparable live experience as an “unbridled exchange of catharsis between performers and fans.” Revolver, covering Welcome to Rockville 2023, said, “Tool delivered a stunning … set featuring classic fan favorites, newer ‘Fear Inoculum’ standouts, and choice deeper cuts … the striking visuals also included a psychedelic laser and projections show bar none.”

Doors at PPL Center (701 Hamilton St, Allentown) open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. via Tool Army has opened additional memberships, with pre-sale tickets available exclusively to members on Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m. A limited number of VIP packages will also be initially available to Tool Army members, with remaining options, including premium tickets, sound check access, exclusive merchandise, and more, available to the general public as the on-sale begins on June 9.

“Fear Inoculum” arrived following many 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). They have 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).