Maynard James Keenan Announces The Opening Band Of Tool’s 2022 Tour


Tool’s Maynard James Keenan recently revealed the band he chose to support Tool’s upcoming tour in May 2022. He stated that he chose Blonde Redhead as they are significantly different from Tool, and he wanted to make room for people to discover unique sounds.

The pandemic outbreak had put a halt to all public gatherings and events since Spring 2020, and the music industry was highly affected by the restrictions. Some bands postponed their tours to summer 2021 or even further to spring 2022. Tool was one of those bands that decided to resume their 2019 tour in 2022.

The fans knew that Tool would be headlining the upcoming tour but didn’t know who would open for the band. The frontman Maynard James Keenan announced that the Blonde Redhead will be supporting Tool and explained why he chose them. He shared a video of him playing one of their songs and accompanied it with a caption stating his reasons.

He explained that the band has ‘incredible melodies’ and is far from ordinary and ‘traditional.’ He emphasized the importance of being open to new sounds that are different from the headlining band. Although they are not like Tool at all, they are very talented and should be given a chance to be discovered.

Here is what he stated in the caption:

“The approach or criteria I usually take when it’s my turn to choose an opener is Diversity. 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 nontraditional arrangements. But Nothing like Tool. And Not meant to be. Obviously.

If it’s not your thing, don’t worry. What you came to hear will soon follow. But if any of what you hear resonates, Blonde Redhead has a deep catalog for you to get lost in for years to come.

Thank you in advance for welcoming Blonde Redhead into your ear holes. Looking forward to playing for all of you very soon.

Happy New year.”

Blonde Redhead was founded in 1993 by Kazu Makino and the twins Simone and Amedeo Pace in New York City. They created one of the best-known songs in the soundtrack of the adult cartoon Rick and Morty, ‘For the Damaged Coda.’ The song became very popular in no time and was repeated in the future episodes of the series, such as the ‘Evil Morty’ episode. The song’s fame increased after it became an internet joke, a ‘meme,’ to describe sad moments.

You can have a listen to ‘For the Damaged Coda’ below.