Without a full tour to support them, it seems Tool are taking their VIP show on the road. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday the 13th, with a Toolarmy pre-sale kicking off on the 11th. Rumour is that tickets are $500, which I expect will raise a few eyebrows.
Here are the details:
TOOL MUSIC CLINIC: A RARE IMMERSIVE DISSECTION AND PERFORMANCE WITH DANNY CAREY, JUSTIN CHANCELLOR AND ADAM JONES
A SERIES OF INTIMATE DISCUSSIONS TAKE FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES INTO THE INNER WORKINGS OF ONE OF ROCK MUSIC’S MOST MYSTERIOUS BANDS
April 9, 2018, LOS ANGELES – Tool, one of rock music’s most mysterious and speculated about bands, give fans a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes via a series of intimate music clinics.
The discussions include drummer Danny Carey, bass player Justin Chancellor and guitar player Adam Jones walking attendees through a handful of the band’s songs, from the process of writing them to playing them live. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions via an open discussion, as well as mingle with the band following the session.
Ticket holders will receive commemorative merchandise, exclusive to the series of events and limited to the number of people in attendance. An accompanying, traveling exhibit will be on display at each event, featuring unique items from Tool’s history.
May 11 St. Paul, MN Myth Live Event Center
May 14 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
May 15 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National
May 16 Royal Oak (Detroit), MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 17 Columbus, OH Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
May 19 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
Tickets are on-sale this Friday, April 13 at 10 am local via (links). A limited number of tickets have been set aside for Tool Army members, which will be available on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 am pacific via the band’s webstore (http://www.toolband.com/store/music-clinics).
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the limited number of tickets that will be available for the pre-sale, TOOL ARMY MEMBERS who are interested in attending the clinic are urged to act quickly (On WEDNESDAY, APRIL, 11 at 10:00 am PDT) to secure a spot for this unique Tool experience.
I’m guessing with all these kind of bunched together we can expect them to announce more dates.
I don’t expect so. I think one of the band members (Maynard from memory) is on record of saying there won’t be other Tool shows in 2018
You don’ t think they’ll be any more music clinic dates either?
I hope they do – I’m kind of interested in attending but really don’t want to travel to any of these locations. What a weird selection of venues.
They are keeping it in the midwest to stay close to Rock on the Range, which is closing out these dates.
Seems very steep. I paid $500 for the VIP experience which included a concert. Very sweet experience, but I’m wondering what they’re going to do to justify that price?
What if this included what they did for their buddies at the loft and play the whole album? That’d be fucking incredible!
I may have to go to this…might be only chance for something like this and I don’t mind paying $500. I’ve blown lots of money on stupid shit before, at least this would be a unique experience…
I’d pay for this if there were dates in California but what’s up with these locations?
Well…being a lifelong Midwesterner, it fits perfectly between Northern Invasion in Somerset Wi and ROTR in Columbus Oh. 11th – St Paul (minutes from Somerset) 12th – APC Concert 13th – TOOL Concert 14th – Chicago (couple of hours from Somerset) 15th – Indy (good stop driving away from Chicago) 16th – Royal Oak Mi (makes sense) 17th – Columbus 18th – APC concert 19th – Cleveland 20th – TOOL Concert (& APC official album release) Easy to see the flow West to East…..does feel a little like a money grab but the similar offering in Tempe in 2015 before… Read more »
Ah yes that all makes sense now. Well cool hopefully it’s a wonderful experience for those who attend (no doubt it will be).
I attended Tempe 2015 VIP. It was awesome. Friend gave me the ticket as a birthday present.
VIP was awesome in Sacramento last year as well but this is something completely different.
This is utter shit.
A new low for the band. Seriously.
$200 would be reasonable.
$500 is an insult.
An insult? Lol….
I’d pay $500.00 if it guaranteed a listen to at least 2 tracks off the upcoming release and a handshake or fist-bump with Keenan.
I was pondering the same point on TDN not long ago. $500 if you were guaranteed to hear some new stuff would be a lot more enticing.
That’s somewhat of a capitalist nightmare though.
It’s considered a “clinic”, so they are teaching some shit about their music. The stuff Adam showed and talked about in the VIP session that was leaked was very incitedul and cool, and this is with 3 of them. The MERCH you get is probably $100 is value and the whole experience is highly unique and of course the possibility of hearing them jam a few new riffs is worth price of admission alone for me. See y’all in Cleveland!
Put me down for Cleveland too!
King Crimson’s VIPs were similarly priced…and what did it get? They now are building their own rehearsal space for future projects and releases.
Somehow i think this’d fund more of Tool’s personal lives (kids etc) and all good, but imagine if that money went to other shit? Paying off chances are MORE legal battles after this new album, gear, etc?
Whiny entitled children. The lot.
I don’t really see any reason to be concerned with how they spend our money. If people are willing to pay for it then they deserve to do whatever they want with the money.
Do you find it valuable to go to a clinic with 3 members of TOOL or not is what is boils down to. I would personally find it very valuable and $500 is a pretty small price tag in my opinion.
I don’t care what they do with the money they are earning it.
That’s what people don’t get: Tool are independent. When someone called it a money grab, sure, if that means they’re funding the recording of their record. This is a way to keep them afloat, like Mastodon’s guitar lessons before gigs (or really, like the last ten years of Tool shows).
The only criticism I have is none of this would be necessary if Adam allowed the band to sell music online the last ten years. It makes zero sense to say “the album has to be heard in whole” and then split the songs up in concert.
Independant? Thought they were signed to BMG?
Pretty cool they are doing something like this. I would not miss it if I was an aspiring / serious musician. Doubt any of them really need the money or need to do this for it. It would not surprise me if these did not fully sell out but at least the price will definitely keep the budweiser drinking rif raf out which is probably one of the considerations.