Tool Is Playing St. Louis Holy Shit

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Heads up, fans of prog rock, the fibonacci sequence and witchy shit, your favorite pseudo-intellectual band, Tool, is coming to the Enterprise Center (1401 Clark Avenue, 314-662-5400) on Monday, May 13.

The Los Angeles-based rock band will be making its first appearance in St. Louis since its sold-out show at the Chaifetz Arena in January 2016. Before that Chaifetz show, Tool hadn’t played in St. Louis for [checks journalistic sources] approximately 12,000 years.

With a new album finally seeming to come together after a thirteen-year wait (pause for laughs from beleaguered Tool fans), one could expect more shows announced in other cities soon, but so far this St. Louis date is one of only ten dates announced in the entire United States this year.

It’s a pricey event (with tickets ranging from $75 to $125), but with Tool it’s always worth it if only to see The Best Drummer in the World™, Danny Carey, do his thing.



Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m., which isn’t a lot of time to scrape together your benjamins, but Tool fans are used to this kind of situation. It’s all part of being a fan of the band.

As we once said:
Tool can do no wrong in the eyes of its fans. In fact, the band inspires so much respect from its audience that it's nearly creepy. Tool gets away with things that would cause lesser bands to be written off or completely forgotten: There have been huge gaps between album releases (up to five years), infrequent tours, high ticket prices and band members who have been known to play in the dark and barely address the audience.

But all of this somehow works in Tool's favor. Far from feeling slighted or ignored, fans are supremely excited when an album comes out and are willing to pay as much as necessary for the rare live show. And instead of regarding band members as egotistical jerks, fans view them as mysterious and humble. This kind of blind worship is part of what makes the Tool experience so amazing.

Get your tickets this Friday at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. A six-ticket limit will be strictly enforced.

Email the author at jaime.lees@riverfronttimes.com
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