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Tool releasing expanded book edition of ‘Fear Inoculum,’ played “Merkaba” live first time in 17 years

Tool at United Center
Tool in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)

Tool are on tour now with Killing Joke in support of their very good first album in 13 years, Fear Inoculum, and they just revealed that the album will get a new physical release on December 13, which comes with a book.

It includes “5 x 3D lenticular cards with exclusive graphics, an expanded 56 page booklet with additional never-before-seen art, a download of the groundbreaking immersive visual experience (video), ‘Recusant Ad Infinitum,’ and a CD.” Pre-orders are available here. You can see a photo of the bundle below.

Meanwhile, this tour has recently seen Tool starting to revisit part of their instrumental “Merkaba,” which began as an extended intro to “Sober” during their late ’90s tours and then became known as “Merkaba” and got released on the 2000 box set Salival. They played it for their first time since 2002 in Pittsburgh on 11/8, and according to various reports, they just did a small portion of the song and then led into a jam. Since Tool are cracking down on cell phones at shows, we haven’t seen any video of it, but one sneaky fan uploaded audio of it from the Detroit show (11/9). It’s (unsurprisingly) not the best recording, but you can hear it below.

The tour treks on, hitting Boston’s TD Garden on Thursday (11/14), followed by stops at Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday (11/16), Philly’s Wells Fargo center on Monday (11/18), Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Tuesday (11/19), Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino Arena on 11/21, Aatlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on 11/22, and more (tickets). Updated dates are listed below.

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Tool — 2019/2020 Tour Dates
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 Capital One Arena
January 10 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
January 12 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
January 15 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
January 17 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
January 18 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
January 21 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
January 22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
January 28 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
January 29 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
January 31 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
February 1 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center

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