Tool BDO Tour 2011

Tool Tour Update

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.

Second Sydney Big Day Out tickets “2 for 1”

It looks like the second Sydney Big Day Out isn’t selling as strongly as expected.  An announcement from Big Day Out organisers today tell us that all tickets for the event on the 27th of January can now be used to get an extra guest in for free:

The Big Day Out has announced a very special Christmas gift for punters in Sydney – all ticket holders for the Sydney Thursday, 27 January Big Day Out 2011 event will be allowed to bring a friend for free; no tricks, no gimmicks.

The announcement explains that “The high demand for the 26 January Australia Day show, combined with the overwhelming number of international tours and events this summer has necessitated a choice to be made for the good of the event. Because our audience is such a valued part of the show, we felt you deserved a reward for 18 years of support. For those with tickets to the first show on Australia Day, please accept this as a plus, not a minus: You and a friend have a chance to catch the acts you missed the 1st day. For half price!”

There are no forms to fill in to take advantage of this special offer. All you need to do is arrive with your guest at the ticket trip point on the day. All the same conditions of sale and admission apply to you and your guest, so please check your ticket or the Big Day Out website for further details.

To help with general queries, Big Day Out has issued some basic Q & As:
Q: Do I need to have the person with me?
A: Yes, they will need to be with you at the ticket trip point at entry.
Q: Can I meet them later to let them in?
A: Not if you are already in. Once your ticket is scanned, the offer is void.
Q: Can I swap my Australia Day ticket for the 27 January show?
A: No.
Q: Will there be tickets available on the day?
A: Not if it sells out in advance.
Q: Is there a meeting point outside the entry?
A: Best choose a location away from the main entry to meet up.
Q: Are there any pass outs?
A: No.

Sounds like a cheap way to catch an extra Tool show if you and a mate live in or can get to the Harbour City…

Big Day Out timetables released

The timetables for the 2011 Big Day Out has been released, and it looks like Tool are only getting 75 minutes this year, unlike 90 minutes that headliners get in previous years.  Not sure what’s up with that, but I imagine there’s plenty of disappointed Tool fans out there.

Hopefully the sideshows many of us are going to have no such restriction…

Tool ticket updates, A Perfect Circle winding up

I was at work on Friday so wasn’t able to update you guys about an extra release of tickets for the Brisbane Tool side show.  Luckily for us all though, Gold Standing tickets are still available as I write this!  If you missed out the first time then make sure you get on top of this pretty quick, since I imagine there aren’t many left!

Hawaii ticket sales seem to have gone well for most of you. My understanding is there’s still tickets available for that too.

As far as other Tool shows go, the Melbourne sideshow is sold out, and there’s a thread you can use to get tickets hereBig Day Outs in Melbourne and the Gold Coast are sold out, as is the first Sydney Big Day Out, however you can still get tickets to the New Zealand, 2nd Sydney, Adelaide and Perth Big Day Outs.  I expect that the NZ, Perth and Adelaide Big Day Outs will all sell out sometime prior to the show, so don’t leave your tickets too late.

A Perfect Circle play their last tour date today in Las Vegas, ending their short West Coast mini tour.  Reports from Fourtheye readers indicate the shows have been great.  Billy has been dropping hints that they’ll be back in February.  If this is true it’d be late February as Tool will be in Australia until the 6th and I’m sure Maynard would like a little time to visit his vineyards before he heads out on the road again.

Tool sales wrap-up, APC do Arizona

Ticket sales for the two side shows have now pretty much wrapped up, with Melbourne sold out, and Brisbane being close to it – at time of writing there were some silver tickets only left, all single seats.  Ticketek sales for the Brisbane show went pretty smoothly, and Ticketmaster for Melbourne not so.  My experience this morning with Ticketmaster was that at about 9:00:15 there were only GA tickets left, and by 9:03:00 they were all gone. 

No point going again into the debacle that was the Ticketmaster/Toolarmy Pre-sale, but I hope everyone has been able to get a ticket to the show they desire, even if it wasn’t in the seating position of their liking.  As usual, scalpers will be making a killing, with GA Melbourne tickets at around $250 online, and Gold tickets anywhere between $350-$900.  Take care if you are planning on heading down this route, and be aware that any tickets you try to buy and sell on Fourtheye must be at face value plus reasonable postage costs.  Leave the scalping for Ebay.  If you are looking at trading tickets, then please use the trading thread I’ve just created.

A Perfect Circle have kicked off their West Coast US Tour with the first three dates in Arizona.  Talking to people who attended the shows, it was a great, although short experience, as the band played their nominated album on the night, and not much else.  Don’t go expecting a two hour (or even 90 minute) set and you won’t be disappointed.  Here’s a review plus a couple of photos for those interested.

Pre-Sale Wrap Up, Adam Jones Interview

Well the pre-sales happened earlier today. Brisbane went about as smoothly as you’d hope. Tickets may even still be available if you haven’t got them already. Melbourne on the other handle was a cock up of epic proportions. In between wrong passwords, My Ticketmaster pre-sales and the late availablilty of Gold Tickets, there’s a wide range of fans, myself included who feel a little pissed that they missed out. Good news it that we at least have Monday to try again, and getting lawn tickets at the back wasn’t all that hard. Anyone who wants to help me out with with a gold ticket should let me know.

Some are hoping there might be some kind of second pre-sale to make up for the mistakes made on the first. I think this is pretty unlikely to happen, so don’t go getting your hopes up.

In more interesting news, there’s a short interview with Adam on Gun Shy Assassin where he talks about Faith No More amongst other things…

I ask Adam if he’d please tour with Faith No More. Then, I get the answer I wanted to hear. “I’m up for anything,” Jones tells Gun Shy. “I’m the guy in the band who wants to tour, who will drop what he’s doing and hit the books. But there’s just…you know, I’m married to three other guys and we’re all very different, so…I am [down to tour with Faith No More], and if something like that happened, it would be amazing but…hey, it is what it is.”

A Faith No More/Tool tour would be the greatest tour in history.

Tool Pre-Sales opening soon

Just in case you’ve forgotten, Tool pre-sales start in about 20 minutes in Melbourne, and then about an hour later in Brisbane. You should already have the details via Toolarmy or your ticketing agent. As we all know by now, this pre-sale isn’t very exclusive.

I get the feeling todays sale won’t end well for many. A few people have reported that Ticketmaster is already slow. Unfortunately I don’t have access to Ticketmaster here at work, so I’m reliant and a good friend getting me a ticket, so I can’t join in the fun on refreshing every 10 seconds with you guys.

As with the recent A Perfect Circle gigs, if and when you don’t get the tickets you want, please try and act like adults and refrain from pointless “Fuck you!” type posts. I reserve the right to delete any unnecessarily negative posts, and certainly will be removing ones that are offensive in nature. Remember you will have another bite of the cherry on Monday, and the world won’t come crashing to an end.

Also, for what it’s worth, there’s no point blaming Blair and Toolarmy. I’m pretty sure he can’t control what Ticketmaster and Ticketek publish on their sites. Be thankful that we have some kind of pre-sale at all…

Also – Good luck!

Pre-sale FAQ

I’ve had about 20 or so emails today asking about the pre-sales, so in an attempt to try and minimize the amount of time I spend logged into Gmail, here’s a compilation of what little we know about the presales.  As more information comes to hand I’ll try and keep this post updated.


Pre-sale details, which include a link and password to the sales are now up on Toolarmy. Tickets go on-sale at midday tomorrow, and according to Ticketek it will be 12:00PM AEST, which suggests it’s local time rather than daylight savings time. Please log into Toolarmy to view them, and remember that under no circumstances are they to be published anywhere on Fourtheye.

What we know:

  • Ticketmaster have details of a fanclub pre-sale for the Melbourne show on their site, which claims that tickets will go on sale on the 4th of November at 12:00pm.  12:00pm is usually lunchtime, not midnight.
  • Ticketek have no details on the Brisbane gig on their site.
  • Both sites are listing ticket prices at between $108 and $140.
  • Blair said in a Toolarmy exclusive post:

I am still waiting for a link from the promoter for ToolArmy member pre-sales for the 2 ‘solo’ shows in Australia. As SOON as I get this, I will post the information.

They are all the facts we have.  Anything else out there is speculation.


How I think it’ll go down:

I imagine some time, probably on Thursday morning Australian time, Blair will post a password as a Toolarmy exclusive post.  This will probably include a link to the page on the appropriate ticketing agents site, though I doubt this link will be private.

Some speculate that Toolarmy members may get individually emailed passwords.  This may happen, but I’d be a little surprised if this were the case.

Should I join Toolarmy?

The answer is yes, probably.  Presuming the password gets posted as an exclusive post on Toolarmy, then the US$40 you’d spend to join is probably good value for money.  However, joining Toolarmy probably won’t guarantee you a ticket.  The presale will most likely be limited to a certain amount of tickets, so there is still probably an element of first in first served.  Nothing is guaranteed though, so don’t complain to me if you join Toolarmy and miss out.

Note: under no circumstances will the password or link to the pre-sale be published on Fourtheye.  Any comments which do so will be immediately removed.  Please don’t bug me for it, I won’t be giving it to anyone.

Pre-sales confirmed

Blair has confirmed that there will be a Toolarmy pre-sale for both Australian side shows.  Details will be posted before tickets go on sale, which is at 12:00pm on the 4th of November.  Technically 12:00pm is lunchtime by the way, so I presume it’s then and not midnight.  I hope this gets clarified, as I’d rather no stay up until midnight the night before unless I have to…

Melbourne Tool show Pre-sale

According to Ticketmaster, the Tool show at the Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl will have a fan club pre-sale. According to the website:

Event Info

Running Times
Gates Open – 6:00pm
Support Act – 7:00pm
Interval: 7:30pm
Tool: 8:00pm
Finish Time: 9:45pm
*All times are approx and subject to

Onsale Dates & Times

Onsale to General Public

Start: Mon 08/11/10, 09:00

Fanclub Presale

Start: Thu 04/11/10, 12:00
End: Sun 07/11/10, 23:59

Price Range

AU $108.00 – AU $140.00

No further information has been given in regards to this presale, and there is no information on Ticketek for the Brisbane gig as I write this. 

Will there be a pre-sale?  I don’t know, I’m a little skeptical to be honest, but would be great if there was one!  Thanks to chiaroskura for spotting this for me.

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