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Tool coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

The prog-metal veterans haven’t played Tampa in more than a decade, but they’ll be back here before you know it.
Tool will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 19. [Travis Shinn]

Tool fans waited 13 years for Fear Inoculum, their first album since 2006. They won’t have to wait nearly as long for a concert in Tampa.

The prog-metal giants on Monday announced a large North American tour that includes a stop at Amalie Arena on April 19 — a mere eight weeks from today. Blonde Redhead will open the show. Tickets start at $61.25 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.

For Tool fans, it’s hard to overstate how big a deal this is. The band hasn’t played Tampa since 2007. The mystique and mythology around the long-gestating Fear Inoculum only intensified interest in the band, to the point where this summer, they’ll headline Bonnaroo. They recently won a Grammy for the album’s 15-minute opus 7empest, and once again received acclaim for their intricate visual presentation, something that dates back to their landmark videos for ’90s singles like Sober, Ænema and Stinkfist.

If you feel like doubling up on this rare chance to catch Tool in Florida, they’re also playing Orlando’s Amway Center on April 17. Tickets to that concert start at $62 and go on sale Friday. Click here for details.