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Tool, Deftones, and Alice in Chains tributes rock Ritz Theater in Scranton together on Sept. 16

Tool, Deftones, and Alice in Chains tributes rock Ritz Theater in Scranton together on Sept. 16
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From a press release:

Fans of alternative metal can go back to the 1990s and early 2000s to experience the dream lineup of Tool, Alice in Chains, and Deftones when tributes to all three bands perform together in downtown Scranton.

It was announced today that Schism, the world’s first and longest-running national touring tribute to Tool, will headline a night of musical recreations with Alice in Chains tribute Deny Your Maker and Deftones tribute Diamond Eyes at The Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Hypnotic Buddha, an ethereal performance art rock band from Baltimore that blends dreamy vocals and grooving self-produced electronica by experimental artists Kelly Ann Richmond and Steve Shorts, will open the 21+ concert.

Doors at The Ritz (222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton) open at 7 p.m., and the music starts soon after at 7:15 p.m. Tickets, which are $20 in advance or $30 at the door, are on sale now via Schism’s website. There are no physical tickets; the purchaser’s name will be on the will call list at the venue.

Not many cover or tribute bands out there ever attempt to engage in the raw talent, mysticism, and magic that is Tool. But those who talk to four brave souls from New York City – Keith Williams (guitar), Angelo Rivera (vocals), Pierson Milazzo (bass), and Donald Pusateri (drums) – will find that their love and passion for this music led them to form Schism, the only Tool tribute to be recognized and endorsed 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 20 years now. This isn’t something you tap your foot to – this is more of an interactive experience for listeners. These songs are compositional masterpieces which will be studied for years to come. It’s where music and art collide.”

A national touring act since 2001 and an international touring act since 2006, the Manhattan quartet 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: “Tool is currently not on tour. If you’d like to see Tool, go see Schism.”

For those who have never had the chance to see Tool live, here is a local opportunity to hear fan-favorite songs by one of the most influential rock bands of the last 30 years, played by a group who has been studying and performing those songs for over 20 years.