Tool’s Stage Crew Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Peak at Their Laser, Light and Video Production

If you’ve seen Tool live before, you know it’s an extravagant experience. The band is well-known for the visual assault on the senses the utilize to intensify their performance, and now their production team has revealed some behind-the-scenes information about the lights, lasers and video production on the upcoming Fear Inoculum run to the folks at

Frontman Maynard James Keenan has long been known for performing shrouded in darkness, but on this tour he decided he wanted to change that up. Mark “Junior” Jacobson, who’s a part of Tool’s lighting crew, shared:

“After 18 years of requesting no light, the timing this time around just felt right to start lighting Maynard. He has come to me and requested certain times that he wishes to be lit. I think if he is expecting the light to come on, it’s fine. We try not to surprise him and throw him off balance.”

Breckinridge Haggerty, who’s on the video crew, revealed the absolutely staggering amount of set cues that go into a Tool show. In just one song, “Pneuma,” there are 42 video cues, 70 lighting cues and 20 laser cues throughout the course of the 12-minute epic. Needless to say, his fingers must be very tired after every gig.

If this sounds cool to you (which it should — lasers!!!), check out Tool’s upcoming tour dates below. It’ll be worth it:

02/28 Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena [tickets]
02/29 Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena [tickets]
03/09 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena [tickets]
03/11 Portland, OR – Moda Center [tickets]
03/12 Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Center [tickets]
03/14 Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena [tickets]
03/16 Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center [tickets]
April 16 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena [tickets]
April 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center [tickets]
April 19 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena [tickets]
April 21 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center [tickets]
April 22 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena [tickets]
April 24 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena [tickets]
April 25 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum [tickets]
April 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre [tickets]
April 29 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre [tickets]
May 1 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena [tickets]
May 2 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Centre [tickets]
May 4 Toledo, OH Huntington Center [tickets]
May 5 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena [tickets]
May 29 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome [tickets]
May 31 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena [tickets]
June 2 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place [tickets]
June 4 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place [tickets]
June 6 Minneapolis, MN Target Center [tickets]
June 7 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center [tickets]
June 9 Madison, WI Kohl Center [tickets]
June 10 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center [tickets]
June 12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival [tickets]
June 13 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center [tickets]
June 16 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena [tickets]
June 17 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Center [tickets]
June 19 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena [tickets]
June 22 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center [tickets]
June 23 San Francisco, CA Chase Center [tickets]

[via The PRP]

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