Not sure if Tool has been working on this new album for the entire 13 years since their last studio album in 2006, but the wait was sure worth it for fans. Their new album Fear Inoculum has achieved some remarkable feats within just one week of release.
Debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 which means they dethroned Taylor Swift’s album Lover released on August 23rd with 178,000 album units moved within its first week. This obviously has not sat well with “Swifties” causing a stir among respective fanbases on social media. Talk about revenge of the dads.
Taylor Swift stans learning who Tool are because they're currently selling more copies than "Lover" is really something special pic.twitter.com/k398YRDzvZ
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) September 4, 2019
According to Nielsen Music, Fear Inoculum sold more than 270,000 equivalent album units for the week that wrapped up on September 5. the highest sales in the rock genre in over a year. Of that sum, 248,000 were in album sales. According to Billboard Fear Inoculum achieved this “without the assistance of a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, any sort of album pre-order/pre-sale access code promotion, or a single merchandise/album bundle — all of which have become the norm for most major albums in recent years as artists struggle to sell albums through more old-fashioned or traditional methods.”
Fear Inoculum marks Tool’s third No. 1. following their 2001’s Lateralus and 2006’s 10,000 Days. 10,000 Days opened at No. 1 on the May 20, 2006-dated chart with 564,000 copies sold in its first week.
In support of their long-awaited album, Tool announced a North American tour set to kick off in October. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 6, at 10 a.m. However, a limited number of tickets will be available to Tool Army members on Wednesday, September 4.
According to the itinerary, the tour kicks off on October 13 at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California, and continues for the next six weeks before wrapping up in Washington, D.C., on November 25.
Dates are as follows:
October 13 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
October 15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
October 18 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
October 21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
October 23 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
October 25 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
October 27 Houston, TX Toyota Center
October 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
October 31 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
November 2 Indianapolis, IN Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
November 3 Chicago, IL United Center
November 5 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
November 6 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
November 8 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
November 9 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
November 11 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
November 12 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
November 14 Boston, MA TD Garden
November 16 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
November 18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
November 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclay’s Center
November 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
November 22 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
November 24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
November 25 Washington, DC Capitol One Arena
Without further ado, here is the album tracklist