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Tool, Etc. Frontman Maynard James Keenan Explains What He Looks For In Opening Acts For The Band’s Tours


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Maynard James Keenan, the enigmatic frontman for the likes of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, has offered some insight into how he selects the opening artists for his band’s tours. While he’s not the only member of Tool to decide on the opening acts, his choice for the first leg of the band’s impending run has found him once again enlisting Blonde Redhead as support.

Speaking of that via social media, he offered the following explanation:

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“The approach or criteria I usually take when it’s my turn to choose an opener, is Diversity. No point in choosing something similar to us. Most are only here for the headliner anyway.

But for those with open hearts and minds, I choose something I feel is compelling in its own way. Blonde Redhead is my pick for this upcoming run. Incredible melodies, complex & subtle rhythms, and non traditional arrangements.

But Nothing like Tool
And Not meant to be. Obviously.
If it’s not your thing, don’t worry. What you came to hear will soon follow. But if any of what you hear resonates, Blonde Redhead have a deep catalog for you to get lost in for years to come.

Thank you in advance for welcoming Blonde Redhead into your ear holes. Looking forward to playing for all of you very soon.”

Tool‘s immediate touring plans include the following U.S. & European/UK tours:

With Blonde Redhead:

01/10 Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
01/11 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
01/13 Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center
01/15 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
01/16 San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
01/18 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
01/19 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
01/21 Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
01/22 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
01/25 Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
01/27 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
01/29 Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor World Arena
01/30 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
01/31 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
02/02 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
02/04 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
02/05 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
02/08 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
02/09 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
02/10 Miami, FL – FTX Arena

With The Acid Helps:

02/19 Boston, MA – TD Garden
02/20 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
02/22 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
02/23 Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
02/26 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
02/27 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
03/01 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
03/03 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
03/04 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
03/06 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
03/08 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
03/10 Chicago, IL – United Center
03/12 Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center Arena
03/13 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
03/15 Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
03/17 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
03/18 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
03/20 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

With Brass Against:

04/23 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
04/25 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
04/26 Stockholm, SWE – Avicii Arena
04/28 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
04/29 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
05/02 Manchester, UK – AO Arena Manchester
05/04 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
05/06 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
05/09 London, UK – The O2 Arena
05/12 Paris, FRA – AccorHotels Arena
05/13 Antwerp, BEL – Sportpaleis
05/15 Berlin, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
05/17 Cologne, GER – Lanxess Arena
05/19 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
05/21 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena
05/23 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
05/24 Budapest, HUN – SportAréna

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