Tool have given their Australian fans something to well and truly remember, debuting their epic Fear Inoculum cut “7empest” in Sydney on Tuesday night.
For Tool’s Australian fans, they’ve been waiting for almost six years to see the band make their welcome return to our shores. Armed with Fear Inoculum – their first record in 13 years – and an appetite to stun their loyal followers, the group kicked off their latest run of shows in Perth last Friday.
With a setlist that borrowed heavily from their new record, yet featured plenty of older material, these shows were exactly what audiences had been hoping for. However, even their recent run of international tour dates featured a glaring omission in the set, with many wondering if (and when) Tool might finally debut their 15-minute epic, “7empest”.
A masterful piece of prog-rock, the lengthy jam has been heralded by many as the highlight of the group’s latest record, with many assuming its technical composition may have lead to problems replicating it live. However, when Tool took to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Tuesday night for their second show in the city, they were prepared to finally unleash the beast.
Making an appearance as the penultimate song of their main set, “7empest” was met with rapturous applause from the crowd who had eagerly awaited its live arrival. Surprisingly, fan-shot footage of the event has emerged from the night, with audience members apparently defying the ban on using phones and cameras to capture some shaky documentation of the musical milestone.
Joking with fans after its debut, frontman Maynard James Keenan was quoted as making fun of the lengthy nature of the track by quipping: “Can we… Can we try that one more time?”
Tool are set to continue their Australian tour in Brisbane tomorrow night, before heading to Melbourne for a two-night residency at Rod Laver Arena.
Tool @ Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney 18/02/20 Setlist
‘Eon Blue Apocalypse’
‘Forty Six & 2’
‘Chocolate Chip Trip’
Tool Australian Tour 2020
With special guest Author & Punisher
Thursday, February 20th (Sold Out)
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages) Saturday, February 22nd (Sold Out)
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages) Sunday, February 23rd (Sold Out)
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)