Not long now until Tool hit the road for the first time in 2011 (and hopefully the last time before recording!).  As we all know, Tool are playing the Big Day Out tour here in Australia in New Zealand, which also includes a couple of sideshows in Melbourne and Brisbane.  As an added bonus Tool will be playing a show in Hawaii the week before this tour.  Support band for the tour are Kiwi post-rockers Jakob, who play with Tool on the Aussie sideshow dates.  Not sure if these guys join them in Hawaii as well…

For those still considering checking out the band, tickets are still available for a range of these gigs.

The Hawaii show at the Neal S Blaisdell Arena still has tickets available via Ticketmaster.  There also seems to be a massive bunch of readers in attendance, so join the tropical party!

The Melbourne show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was sold out, but has recently had some further GA tickets released.  These are also available via the Aussie version of Ticketmaster.  Having said that, there are plenty of Fourtheye readers looking to sell tickets in the forum, so rather than using Ticketmaster, consider helping out one of your Fourtheye comrades first.  Prior to the Melbourne show there will be an official Fourtheye BBQ, details of which are still being nutted out here.

In Brisbane tickets were on sale for a while, but a quick check this morning shows that it’s now sold out!  As with the Melbourne show though there are Fourtheye readers with tickets to sell, so check out the tickets thread for details.

The remaining dates are all Big Day Out shows.  Of these the Gold Coast, Melbourne and 1st Sydney dates are sold out, with tickets available for the rest.  Get them from the usual ticketing outlets.  There are a few BDO tickets for sale in the ticketing thread, so make sure you check them out if you’re in the market.  Note that day 2 of the Sydney Big Day Out is now a 2 for 1 type deal, which is pretty good value if you ask me!

No word yet if there will be any special merchandise or posters for the tour.  Presumably there will be some kind of tour shirt available, but I know there are several Fourtheye readers keen to get their hands on an autographed poster should they become available…

Over the next couple of days I will be creating threads in this forum for each of the shows.  In order to retain the element of surprise for some Fourtheye readers (including myself) set lists from gigs will only be allowed to be posted in these threads.  Setlists posted outside of the official thread (including in blog comments) will not be looked upon kindly.