Tool Keep Their Word, Confirm North American Arena Tour

More dates expected to be announced next week.

Back in late May, after tickets for Tool's brief 15-date club run were gobbled up in mere minutes by some of the band's fans — and a great many scalpers — bassist Justin Chancellor echoed the words of frontman James Maynard Keenan, promising that the group would return in late summer for another trek around North America — and that this tour would be one "people will be able to get tickets for."

Tool fans will be pleased to know the band is keeping its word: The first nine shows of what will be an eight-week arena tour have been released (see "Tool Announce North American Club Tour"), and according to the band's publicist, additional shows will be announced next week, with the run's full routing to be delivered by mid-July.

In early May, Chancellor said that the tour's launch would hinge on Mother Nature's mood: Keenan, who is a wine connoisseur, plans to return to his Merkin Vineyards near Sedona, Arizona, at some point this summer, to oversee the harvesting of this year's grape crop. He plans to release a 2004 Nagual de la Naga, a 2004 Nagual del Sensei and a new Primer Paso before year's end (see "Tool Planning Summer Tour Around Keenan's Wine Harvest").

The gigs announced thus far include a couple in early August — Tool will be appearing at the Street Scene festival in San Diego on August 5, and are booked to play Fresno, California, on August 6 — followed by a working weekend in Honolulu two weeks later. Then, the group heads north for gigs in Canada, Washington state and Salt Lake City.

The band, currently overseas playing European festivals, is touring in support of its fourth studio LP, 10,000 Days, which debuted atop Billboard's album chart in early May (see "Tool, Pearl Jam Claim Billboard Chart In The Name Of Rock").

Tool tour dates, according to the band's publicist:

  • 8/5 - San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium (Street Scene 06)

  • 8/6 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena

  • 8/18 - Honolulu, HI @ Neal S. Blaisdell Center and the Waikiki Shell

  • 8/19 - Honolulu, HI @ Neal S. Blaisdell Center and the Waikiki Shell

  • 8/22 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place

  • 8/24 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome

  • 8/25 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place

  • 8/27 - George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre

  • 8/29 - West Valley City, UT @ E Center