Tool Surprise Fans With First-Time Ever Performances During Viral Madison Garden Show

Tool delighted fans at their recent Madison Square Garden concert with rare performances by playing ‘Flood’ from their 1993 debut album ‘Undertow’ for the first time in nearly 13 years and closing the show with ‘Schism’ in a never-before-seen fashion.

The band’s winter tour started on January 10 in Baltimore, Maryland, and the show on January 12 marked a significant shift in their setlist. Replacing ‘Jambi’ with ‘The Pot,’ and ‘Culling Voices’ with the newly reintroduced ‘Flood,’ Tool also broke tradition by closing with ‘Schism’ from their album ‘Lateralus’ for the first time ever.

A Long-Awaited Comeback Of ‘Flood’

‘Flood’ had been absent from Tool’s live performances since their 2011 appearance at Australia’s Big Day Out festival. This long hiatus made its return at Madison Square Garden all the more special for fans, especially considering some tracks from ‘Undertow’ like ‘Disgustipated’ and ‘Crawl Away’ haven’t been played live since the ’90s.

Tool’s Future Plans

As Tool continues their North American tour, fans have more to look forward to with their scheduled headline performances in Europe. The band, set to be supported by Night Verses, is also planning for the future beyond the tour. According to bassist Justin Chancellor during a November appearance on Loudwire Nights, Tool will start working on new music following their Europe tour. He noted:

“At that point, we’re looking at a bit of a break, but we’re also looking at a long stretch at home when we’re going to be ready to start meeting up again. But we’ve already started. We’ve got a few things on the table.”

Chancellor also mentioned later in another chat that Tool has a lot of material left from their 2019 album ‘Fear Inoculum,’ mainly in the form of demos and stored ideas, which they might use for their new project. After their North American tour, Tool will be touring Europe from May to June.

You can watch the footage from the show below.