Published Jun 04, 2020After being forced to postpone their North American tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tool have now cancelled the trek entirely, issuing a statement to fans explaining why the band are choosing not to reschedule any of the dates.
Tool stated they cannot "ethically" keep fans' money tied up in ticket sales, and as such, they have opted to fully cancel the tour with the hopes that they can return to the road as soon as it is safe to do so.
"As so many music lovers have come to realize over the last several weeks, there is no playbook that artists, promoters and venues can pull from in these unprecedented times," they wrote in a press release. "As we worked towards that goal we've come to realize that there is absolutely no certainty in re-scheduling dates for this Fall or 2021. State and local ordinances vary widely and no one can predict when high capacity events will safely return."
The unprecedented economic impact of the pandemic has moved Tool to fully cancel rather than tentatively reschedule dates that they may not be able to commit to.
"In our opinion, tying up our fans' money for months, if not a full year, is unfair. With that in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the tour so we can help support the people who have supported us for years."
The tour would have seen the band performing in Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg, as well as several American cities. Tool performed in Toronto last year following the release of Fear Inoculum.
"Please know, we want nothing more than to return to the road, to play these songs for you and to celebrate our shared recovery," Tool wrote in conclusion. "When the time is right, we will do just that."
Ticketholders for the cancelled tour are being advised to keep an eye on their inboxes for information about refunds.
See the full list of affected dates in the band's Facebook post below.