Aussie Tour kicks off tonight!

Aussie Tour kicks off tonight!

It’s here my friends – the Tool Australian and New Zealand tour of 2020 kicks off in Perth at the RAC Arena. Good luck to all our Western Australian comrades who are getting along to the show!

I saw a really cool article online the other day from PLSN (Production, Lights & Staging News) which talks to several of Tool’s crew members about the epic light, video and laser production that is the Fear Inoculum tour. The article has some great photos as well. Perhaps avoid if you don’t want set spoilers though!

I’d also add that Blair announced on Toolband that we well be getting some tour posters, details are below:

Tour posters for our friends in Australia include artwork by ALEX GREY, ADI GRANOV and MILES JOHNSTON. Look for them at the Merch kiosks. and remember that he band is not responsible for any huntsmans that might be hanging around at these booths with unbridled admiration.

https://toolband.com/news/2020/australian-tour-posters/

Finally, as I may have mentioned before, I’ll be in Brisbane and Melbourne for the Tool shows, and there will be a catchup in each town:

Brisbane 20th: the Entertainment Centre isn’t exactly in the middle of a busy partying district, so the catchup here will be reasonably informal and short. Provided I can find it (I’ve never been to the venue), I’ll be planning on hanging at the Beer Garden Bar from around 6:30 onwards. Here’s a Facebook event for those inclined to come along.

Melbourne 22nd: on the afternoon prior to the show we’ll be having a get together at the Beer Deluxe venue, at Federation Square kicking off at 4pm (I might be there earlier if time permits). Once again there’s a Facebook event, so feel free to join. Depending on how keen we all are, we may repeat the experience the next day prior to the second gig.

See you all there!

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bent eye
bent eye
7 months ago

Really hoping Adi has done the Melbourne posters.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  hellboy1975
7 months ago

Yeah possibly. Just trying to clear some stuff in the arvo.

TOOL_Rules
TOOL_Rules
7 months ago

Enjoy the shows Down Under, folks. You all really deserve it. It has been a looong time. We are so spoiled here in the U.S. And seeing as they played 7empest in its entirety with MJK at the New Orleans sound check 2/1, it’s likely that at least a few of your shows are going to get it first. Looking forward to Aussie reviews of the shows.

itoolizer
itoolizer
Reply to  TOOL_Rules
7 months ago

I was at the show in new Orleans,but not the sound check. Did 7empest really happen?!

TOOL_Rules
TOOL_Rules
Reply to  hellboy1975
7 months ago

Wrong. Told ya, Matt! Congrats, Sydney. Sounds like it was a helluva show.

CaptBlood
CaptBlood
7 months ago

Any merch or poster snaps?

CaptBlood
CaptBlood
Reply to  hellboy1975
7 months ago

Thanks Hellboy.

bloo-mune
bloo-mune
7 months ago

Is Tool using the new rear, immersive audio in Australia? If so, how does it add to the experience?

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  bloo-mune
6 months ago

It’s almost like comparing mono music to stereo. Instant new dimension to their sound.
Wish they had been able to have it since the earlier years…

davincidreamz
Reply to  Maynerd
6 months ago

Good comparison. My only slight gripe is that it (the huge trunk of power cables from floor to ceiling) blocked part of our view from dead-on center seating, which normally would be some of best seats in house. Something to consider.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  davincidreamz
6 months ago

Yeah I noticed those cables the moment I came in. Would have definitely been annoying. I’ve seen tonnes of shows there and can’t remember seeing cabling like that hanging down.
Seeing FNM there in May so I’ll look to see if it’s common practice.

davincidreamz
Reply to  Maynerd
6 months ago

The power cables are exclusive to Tool and power the surround sound ceiling system. Hellboy posted an article specifically on this newly-added feature a month ago maybe.

disog
disog
7 months ago

2nd Night SYD quick fire review No spoilers but the curtain/light projections and lasers were fricking awesome. Maynardism before Aenema ‘ Hello Sydney de ja vu’ lol then ‘Sydney aye, right by the harbour’ learn to swim. They struggled to keep time on the Patient – I noted danny shrugging and grinning at Justin when they lost time. Maynard also came in early with the ‘wait it out’ part. Pneuma was pretty awesome great to hear it live. Jambi riffage sounded so gnarly it was brilliant and Adam nailed the talkbox solo. I was pissed when I sussed out I… Read more »

Laos
Reply to  disog
7 months ago

Great Review – Can’t wait to see them both Melb nights inc a VIP session. I’m taking a friend who’s never seen them and actually isn’t familiar at all with them so I’m looking forward to checking his reaction. That security you mentioned sounded way Over The Top – I also strongly agree with the no phones directive, but taking it to a physical altercation isn’t cool. I saw them twice in LA last year and the security there were forceful but polite and there were no issues. Bring on Tempest! \../ PS. I have a spare seated ticket (My… Read more »

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  Laos
6 months ago

And your review of the VIP?

Laos
Reply to  Maynerd
6 months ago

Not as good as the one I saw @ 7 Years ago – It’s still a great unique experience that money can’t buy so regardless I’d still recommend it. I bought a VIP experience for a mate of mine and he loved it.

CaptBlood
CaptBlood
6 months ago

Can anyone share any info about the VIP experience in Australia so far? Merch, sound check etc? Cheers

CaptBlood
CaptBlood
Reply to  CaptBlood
6 months ago

I’m champing at the bit.

Maynerd
Maynerd
6 months ago

Hellboi, can you confirm start time after show tonight?
Usually 9pm at Rod Laver but hearing conflicting reports that they have begun at 8:45 at other shows…

mattw
mattw
Reply to  Maynerd
6 months ago

They’ve been dropping the houselights and coming on at 8:45pm. Did so in San Diego both nights, did so in Sydney both nights. Both Sydney gigs finished around 11:05pm to 11:10pm.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  mattw
6 months ago

Props

CaptBlood
CaptBlood
6 months ago

Well that was an absolute shitshow to get a poster. Hopefully with the VIP tomorrow is less stressful.

CaptBlood
CaptBlood
Reply to  CaptBlood
6 months ago

Shouldn’t bitch I know, got posters both nights. Last night was absolutely staggering. Unbelievable show, they’ve sound checked 7empest so I’d expect we get it tonight.

mattw
mattw
Reply to  CaptBlood
6 months ago

Maybe a little Swamp Song or The Pot as the 3rd track in…??

CaptBlood
CaptBlood
Reply to  mattw
6 months ago

Tonight we got The Pot, Parabol and 7empest instead of The Patient, Part of me and Descending. Unbelievable gig, better than Saturday IMO. 7empest was absolutely killer.
Couldn’t possibly ask for a better weekend, wouldn’t change a thing.

mattw
mattw
Reply to  CaptBlood
6 months ago

Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it all

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  hellboy1975
6 months ago

Can you confirm your thoughts on the sound from the 1st Melbourne show and the second?
Was one significantly better?

itoolizer
itoolizer
6 months ago

Did anybody rip any of the videos of 7empest from YouTube before they disappeared?! I’d love to have a look if possible!

Maynerd
Maynerd
6 months ago

Saw the show last night. Was very pleased with the new quadraphonic/surround styled sound system, and the lighting was unlike any Tool show I’ve ever seen too. Vastly superior. When Danny hits the intro sounds on Fear Inoculum they pass from the front speakers right across to the rear speakers then back to the front speakers. The moment you hear it happen it’s like instant pleasure. All between song sound effects/tapes and stuff is all surround now, which was SO different to how they have ever sounded. Pneuma, Tempest, and Invincible were probably the highlights for me. The Pot, Jambi,… Read more »

bent eye
bent eye
6 months ago

Both shows were mindblowing. Pneuma and Jambi melted my face off, 7empest was everything I expected it to be and it was great to hear The Pot and The Patient. I was in the middle of the floor on night 1 so got a great look at the visuals and up the front on night 2 right in front of Justin. It was great being up close watching the guys go to work. The sound was fantastic from all points and I have no complaints.

itoolizer
itoolizer
6 months ago

Did anybody rip 7empest from YouTube before it disappeared?

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
6 months ago

Have the VIP sessions changed much or is it the same speech as always from Adam? I’m still going to buy it at the Golden 1 Center show coming up in June but I’m just curious as to what the experience has been of late?

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  Z-Werewolf
6 months ago

After reading the review of the VIP from Australia you’d have to be crazy.

Froudie
Froudie
6 months ago

I went to the VIP session on Saturday in Melbourne and then had seats on the Sunday night; SATURDAY I arrived at 3pm to join the queue outside, the first of many queues to come. I was around 50th in line. We were told later there were 150 people in VIP that night. Around 345pm the waiver form made its way down the line as the guy running the show outlined the rules for the evening. From around 4pm, the processing began: Queue for security screening Queue for ticket scan Queue to hand in phone, receive wristband and drink token… Read more »

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  Froudie
6 months ago

That sounds entirely different than what I have experienced in the US. First of all… we do not have GA areas for TOOL in the US unless they are playing festivals. Rows of seats are bolted together on the floor and you stay in your assigned seat. As for the VIP experience, was there no back room where Adam came in and spoke to the VIP crowd for an hour or two? No playing guitar for VIP? That’s what I experienced in 2017 and then everything else you experienced on top of that… That to me was way worth the… Read more »

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  hellboy1975
6 months ago

That’s just crazy to me… What’s even more insane is the poster pricing. I love collecting posters and my office walls are covered in them. If I was there I love having the poster… these people hop in line and buy as many as they can and then they are unsigned and on ebay for well over $200…. Outrageous…

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  hellboy1975
6 months ago

I agree. Hard limit of 2 would be great. I can’t believe some of the pricing on these posters. I tried to get one at the show in Vegas and they were out in minutes. Looked them up on ebay and the lowest price is $129 + shipping and it has all kinds of creases and flaws in it… Ridiculous! There must be a market for it…

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  hellboy1975
6 months ago

The poster situation was nuts. I managed to score one for both nights, and I put that down to Melbourne enforcing the 1 per person rule.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  hellboy1975
6 months ago

A mate of mine did the VIP on Sunday and from his feedback it sounded a lackluster. He enjoyed the soundcheck and being up close and personal with the band while they performed FI, but the merch was very low quality. The hoodie looked like something you’d pick up at a bargain store. Other than meeting the band there wasn’t much else to recommend.

mattw
mattw
Reply to  bent eye
6 months ago

Yeah the Aussie VIP also means you don’t get a guaranteed seat on the floor like they did in the US. The VIP is okay if it means you’re sitting 5 rows back right in front of Justin and Danny etc. But early entry to the GA in Australia isn’t much extra after seeing them do one song in soundcheck. Lacklustre is a good description here.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  mattw
6 months ago

I wasn’t VIP but ended up on the fence with my mate who was VIP. We were directly in front of Justin. GA doors opened up about the same time as the VIP guys came down.

Laos
Reply to  bent eye
6 months ago

I agree with that – Has he received his photos yet? Mine haven’t come through.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  Laos
6 months ago

Not sure. He hasn’t said anything yet

Froudie
Froudie
Reply to  bent eye
6 months ago

Has anyone received their VIP photo yet? Saturday night attendee and still donuts.

Laos
Reply to  Froudie
6 months ago

I just received my link for them this morning.

Froudie
Froudie
Reply to  Laos
6 months ago

Haha, what a joke. I got my collection of blurry photos this afternoon with an apology for the delay and for the photo quality.

Maybe they can buy a new *&%$ing camera with my $700!!

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  bent eye
6 months ago

Was there a VIP poster for the VIP attendees? I got one in 2017… It would be nice to get the poster and also access to merch ahead of time. In 2017 we got access to merch and it was all 50% off except for the signed posters of course.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  Z-Werewolf
6 months ago

No GA? Just because Tool decided that or every band in an arena generally?

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  hellboy1975
6 months ago

Very weird

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  Maynerd
6 months ago

I think it’s TOOL’s choice. Many other bands have GA. There are a bunch of knuckleheads out here as far as TOOL fans are concerned that’s for sure. I think TOOL want everybody to have a good visual experience rather than running around knocking people unconscious. When I saw that at Glen Helen Amphitheater up on the lawn they had two giant circle pits with a bonfire in the middle of each… Insanity…

TOOL_Rules
TOOL_Rules
6 months ago

At the Open Air Festival last May in Chicago, because it was a festival and GA, people were moshing their asses off to Gojira. There was a designated area in the middle of the soccer field for it and a few dudes definitely were injured. But when TOOL came on there was really nothing but attention paid to the headliners. If U.S. shows were ever GA again I don’t think people many, if any, would partake. Occasionally here and there U.S. shows are GA, but I don’t ever read about moshing; just a few people complaining about the lack of… Read more »