Tool’s new album will debut with Seattle show

  • By Victor Balta / Herald Writer
  • Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:00pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Tool is finally putting out a new album, and the band is coming to Seattle to celebrate.

The melodic metal band’s long-awaited fourth full-length release, “10,000 Days,” its first new album in five years, goes on sale May 2.

That’s also the day Tool kicks off a 15-date tour of small venues across the country, starting with The Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster.

8 p.m. May 2, Paramount Theater, Seattle; $66. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster. Call 206-628-0888 or check

No band has defined mystery the way Tool has in the past 15 years. While other bands and genres have come and gone, Tool has remained steadfast with its signature blend of melody and punishing rock.

The band has transcended labels, surviving the early comparisons to heavy metal, then industrial, then grunge behind the work of singer Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, bassist Justin Chancellor and drummer Danny Carey.

The band is still best known by mainstream audiences for its 1993 radio hit, “Sober,” but has established a devout following since then, despite generally shunning the spotlight.

You won’t find Tool on MTV’s “TRL” or gracing the cover of “People” magazine. The band doesn’t star in its own music videos and annoys radio stations that prefer 3-minute hits to Tool’s average 7- or 8-minute overtures.

Still, the band sells millions of albums and packs theaters worldwide, despite making fans wait about a half-decade between records.

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