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Tool Draw Ire Of Fans For $810 Autographed Ultra Deluxe Vinyl Edition Of “Fear Inoculum”


A forthcoming ‘ultra deluxe’ LP pressing of enigmatic alternative metal band Tool‘s gold-certified, GRAMMY Award-winning 2019 comeback album “Fear Inoculum” has drawn the ire of some of the band’s fans. A limited number of copies said to be taken from the group’s own personal advance allotment of the pressing of the elaborate, etched 5-LP set were recently offered to select markets of the band’s immediate touring plans.

While that set is expected to be released to the public at large this April, the revered quartet opted to autograph this advance allotment and make it available to those who purchased VIP packages to the band’s immediate live shows. While some decried the extremely limited availability, others were floored by the price tag the band charged for the set at the merch booth at those shows: $810 USD.

Speaking of the package via their Instagram, Tool offered:

“There’s some late breaking news from the band. Having just received their personal allotment of the forthcoming (TBA) FEAR INOCULUM ULTRA DELUXE LP, they were inspired to offer for sale this very limited number of advance pressings to TOOLARMY VIP PACKAGE holders (taking advantage of their early merch access) beginning with tonight’s show in Philadelphia and extending to the remaining shows in Elmont, Newark, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and so forth, or until there are no more available (prior to the worldwide release that’s projected for sometime in April).

Furthermore, these early vinyl arrivals (only a tour item for the time being) have been AUTOGRAPHED, adding a personal touch to the cover imagery. The package contains 5 discs of industry best 180g vinyl, with audio tracks on one side and etched art on the reverse of each side of the disc.Though the quantities are very limited, should there be any remaining copies, they will be made available to concert goers at the general merch booth.”

Should that be too rich for your blood, you can see what the set looks like in the below video. Tool‘s U.S. tour continues on with The Acid Helps opening, here’s what remains:

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

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