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MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Explains How He Picks Openers For TOOL

Basically don't be Tool.

Tool's upcoming tour dates include openers Acid Helps, Blonde Redhead, and Brass Against – none of which are even close to Tool's sound. And that's exactly how vocalist Maynard James Keenan wants it. According to Keenan, he specifically chooses artists that aren't like Tool because there's "no point in choosing something similar to us." It's a solid strategy that has great potential to show fans of one genre something completely different.

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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. @blonderedheadofficial is my pick for this upcoming run. Incredible melodies, complex & subtle rhythms, and non traditional arrangements.

"But Nothing like @Toolmusic.

"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, @blonderedheadofficial have a deep catalog for you to get lost in for years to come.

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

Catch Tool at one of the dates below.

w/ Blonde Redhead

1/10 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
1/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
1/13 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center
1/15 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
1/16 San Francisco, CA Chase Center
1/18 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
1/19 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
1/21 Phoenix, AZ Footprint Center
1/22 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
1/25 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
1/27 Denver, CO Ball Arena
1/30 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
1/31 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
2/2 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
2/4 Houston, TX Toyota Center
2/5 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
2/8 Orlando, FL Amway Center
2/9 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
2/10 Miami, FL FTX Arena

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w/ The Acid Helps

2/19 Boston, MA TD Garden
2/20 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
2/22 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
2/23 Belmont Park, NY UBS Arena
2/26 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
2/27 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
3/1 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
3/3 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
3/4 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
3/6 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
3/8 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
3/10 Chicago, IL United Center
3/12 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Arena
3/13 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
3/15 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
3/17 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
3/18 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
3/20 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

w/ Brass Against

4/23 Copenhagen, DK Royal Arena
4/25 Oslo, NO Spektrum
4/26 Stockholm, SE Avicii Arena
4/28 Hamburg, DE Barclaycard Arena
4/29 Frankfurt, DE Festhalle
5/2 Manchester, UK AO Arena Manchester
5/4 Birmingham, UK Resorts World Arena
5/6 Dublin, IE 3Arena
5/9 London, UK The O2 Arena
5/12 Paris, FR AccorHotels Arena
5/13 Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis
5/15 Berlin, DE Mercedes-Benz Arena
5/17 Cologne, DE Lanxess Arena
5/19 Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome
5/21 Krakow, PL Tauron Arena
5/23 Prague, CZ O2 Arena
5/24 Budapest, HU SportAréna

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