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Tool Announce Plans to Hit the Road Summer 2009

March 26, 2009 12:06 PM ET

Last year was a quiet one for Tool, with frontman Maynard James Keenan concentrating on Puscifer and not much activity to follow up Tool's 2006 album 10,000 Days. But the band's vacation will end soon, as the Tool Website has revealed plans for a summer tour. No dates have been confirmed as yet, but "once they are finalized and official, we'll be sure to announce them on the site," the band writes. According to a press release announcing the performers at Denver's Mile High Festival on July 18th and 19th, Tool are confirmed headliners.

The announcement of the summer trek comes as a minor surprise, as Tool tour rumors have been buzzing about the Internet. Tool was last week mentioned by the Chicago Tribune as one of the bands possibly headlining this year's Lollapalooza festival, so the fact that the band revealed plans to tour this summer lends credence to that theory. Plus, Tool took part in the 1993 and 1997 mobile Lollapaloozas, and with rumored headliners like Jane's Addiction, the Killers, Beastie Boys and Kings of Leon all having previously played the fest through the years, Tool's addition makes sense.

The band's last tour was an 18-month world-spanning jaunt that kicked off at April 2006's Coachella Festival and wrapped up December 14th, 2007 in Las Vegas. In between, the quartet headlined a night at the 2007 Bonnaroo. If you really can't wait until this summer to see Tool, there's some good news: Keenan will be hosting a wine signing at the Whole Foods Market today, March 26th in Houston, Texas and tomorrow at a Whole Foods in San Antonio. The Tool site promises that the tour dates will be "posted soon," so check back with Rock Daily soon for all the details.

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