Is Tool a stadium band? Answers from Adam Jones

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2021-05-13

Tool – Cat Badra Story, photo by Travis Shinn

Tool’s Adam Jones talks about the band’s desire to keep gigs small or at least not too big

Tool is an extremely popular and popular band, and they can easily sell out arenas all over the world. But, when it comes to playing in stadiums, that might be a bit too much for the guys.

In a new interview, guitarist Adam Jones talks about the idea of ​​playing stadiums and mentions that the band actually turned down those kinds of offers. Speaking to Metal Hammer, he gave a few reasons, including the band’s live show aura, massive production, opening acts and more.

Asked about the band’s preferred type of venue and whether Tool would like to perform in smaller venues than usual, Jones said: “We were offered stadiums, and we turned them down, because we think that at this size there are only so many people who can actually enjoy this show.

When asked to elaborate, Jones added, “It’s not about you anymore. See the Rolling Stones and you’re back in the stadium and you’re basically looking at a Jumbotron, you know? I’m not into it – we’d rather do two nights in a smaller place than one night in a huge place. As for the room type, it’s just cool whatever they throw at us. Sometimes we play in smaller places. A few nights ago, in Oslo [Norway] we played in this rectangular room, usually you would be at the end of the rectangle, but we were in the middle of the rectangle, it was very strange, but really cool.

“There’s something to be said about playing in a club, that intimacy,” he continued, “and we talked about doing that Rolling Stones thing where they did a club tour and had a higher ticket price, and that seems like something that could be good.”

Jones went on to describe the band’s current tour, stating that it is “epic” and “designed to make the worst nosebleed seat look awesome”. We definitely focused on someone who sits far back, these are almost the best seats just because of the visuals and the way we designed the whole thing. Like I said, we’ve got this three-dimensional thing…it’s gonna be a good show!

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