Tool coming to Prague’s O2 Arena

The band is expected to release their first album in over a decade

American alternative metal band Tool is coming to Prague’s O2 Arena on June 4, 2019. and tickets are on sale through the Ticketportal network.

Prague will be just the second date on the European tour, following the launch in Berlin. The relatively short tour ends in Lisbon a month later.

Tool has been in Prague twice before, in 2002 at Ozzfest and in 2006 headlining their own show.

Despite being around since 1990, Tool has just four studio albums, with their most recent being 10,000 Days, released in 2006. The band took a hiatus from 2008 to ’15, and some legal issued have been delaying the release of new material. One band member had also been struggling with an undisclosed illness. The legal and health issues have reportedly been settled, though. Tool is now ready to record and tour again.

The coming tour will likely include new material. Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan said over Twitter in September a new album might be released in 2019. Scratch vocals have been recorded and that guitar work was almost finished. Final vocals were scheduled to be recorded next, and then mixing. “Step back. Adjust. Mix. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Master. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Long Way 2 Go But Much Closer. #TOOL #2019,” he said.

Aside from Keenan, the lineup includes Justin Chancellor on bass, Danny Carey on drums and Adam Jones on guitar.

Keenan said some of the delay is has been due to the approach of his bandmates. “I like to release records and write things a little more quickly than those guys like to write. Their process is very analytical,” he said previously.

The band in its career has won three Grammy Awards, with two for Best Metal Performance and one for Best Recording Package.

The band since its early days has faced a lot of controversy over their songs, and had album covers censored in some areas and videos that music stations were reluctant to play. But that didn’t stop all of their albums from going platinum.

Their debut album Undertow took a while to catch on, and only reached number 50 in the US charts. The follow-up, called Ænima, reached number two and the next two albums, Lateralus and 10,000 Days both reached number one.

Their single “The Pot” from their still most recent album is the only one to hit number one on the US Mainstream Rock chart, though “Stinkfist” from Ænima hit number one on the Canadian alternative charts.

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