Maynard James Keenan recently revealed which bands he has added into his upcoming tours. Many bands are satisfied to let industry suits pick their opening acts are generally based on Spotify plays, algorithms, demographics. However, that is not the case with Tool. The prog-metal prankster-philosophers have always handpicked their tour support, and as a result, have ended up with a string of several bands.
Maynard James Keenan reveals the opening acts
The openers for Tool’s imminent 2022 run are similarly wide-ranging, spanning the eccentric stonerisms of the Acid Helps (from February 19th to March 20th), the horns-heavy reimaginings of Brass Against (in Europe), and the nuanced indie-rock of Blonde Redhead (January 10th to February 10th). It turns out that the last of those three acts was selected by Maynard James Keenan himself, and the singer has opened up about the choice. It was previously noted that Tool’s first 2022 rehearsal was without Maynard James Keenan.
“The approach or criteria I usually take when it’s my turn to choose an opener, is Diversity,” Keenan wrote in a thoughtful Instagram post. “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. Blonde Redhead is my pick for this upcoming run. Incredible melodies, complex & subtle rhythms, and non traditional arrangements.
“But Nothing like Tool.
And Not meant to be. Obviously.”
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