TOOL has canceled all of their 2020 tour dates and the hard rock band has confirmed they have no plans to try and reschedule them for the rest of this year or even into 2021.
An announcement shared to the band’s Facebook on Thursday reveals that while they’ve attempted to determine whether pushing their spring and summer 2020 dates back to the upcoming fall months is possible due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, it just doesn’t seem worth the effort as the live events industry remains on indefinite hiatus for the foreseeable future. TOOL returned to touring last year in support of their 2019 chart-topping studio album, Fear Inoculum.
A statement shared to TOOL’s social media page on Thursday reads,
When we played what would be our final show of 2020, March 11 at Portland’s Moda Center, we believed we would be back on the road sometime this Fall. As we worked towards that goal we’ve come to realize that there is absolutely no certainty in re-scheduling dates for this Fall or 2021. State and local ordinances vary widely and no one can predict when high capacity events will safely return.
At the same time that we were working to reschedule this tour, we read your messages. Messages of job losses, illness, emotional and financial pain. We could continue to postpone or reschedule dates for some time into 2021 but ethically, we do not think this is the right course of action. In our opinion, tying up our fans’ money for months, if not a full year, is unfair. With that in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the tour so we can help support the people who have supported us for years.
The 30 total dates which have been outright canceled include the shows which were supposed to have taken place in North America throughout the spring dating back to March 12th in Eugene, OR, and up through June 23rd in San Francisco. Fans who purchased tickets through the band or the promoter can expect to receive an email in the coming days confirming the event cancellation and refund details.
The band’s last full run of dates took place this past winter prior to the arrival of COVID-19 in North America.
Click here to revisit Live For Live Music’s on-site coverage of TOOL’s November 16th, 2019 concert at New Jersey’s Prudential Center.