Tool talks new music and its daylong band-curated event at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino
Tool has proven to be a band that doesn’t cave to convention.
Since forming in Los Angeles in 1990, the Grammy award-winning heavy rock band known for hits such as “Sober,” “Schism” and “Stinkfist,” has enjoyed global success, critical acclaim and garnered hordes of die-hard fans even though it has experienced extended periods of inactivity and has only released four full-length albums.
Amid circulating rumors back in March that vocalist Maynard James Keenan (who also fronts rock acts A Perfect Circle and Puscifer) had entered the studio to lay down vocal tracks for the band’s fifth album, its first since 2006’s “10,000 Days,” Tool announced a batch of North American tour dates that included its previously announced headlining sets at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 28 and The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City on June 2.
Though Southern California was left off the initial announcement, a month later the band teased an aerial photo via social media of a sprawling outdoor concert venue with the Tool logo Photoshopped onto the grassy lawn, along with the date, June 24. Savvy local fans instantly picked out that the venue was in fact Glen Helen Amphitheater (formerly San Manuel Amphitheater) in San Bernardino, however the image sparked further rumors of an album announcement or release date for fans elsewhere.