Are Tool about to premiere material from their new studio album on their upcoming tour dates?
Well, according to frontman Maynard James Keenan, that’s a distinct possibility.
There’s still no official word exactly when the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days will arrive, with the vocalist checking in back in February to say: "Midway through mixing. Most likely be a few recalls, then some arguing, then mastering, artwork, video, special packaging etc.
"Best ballpark guess – release date somewhere between mid-May and mid-July. More focused updates to follow as we progress."
But fans attending shows in the US and Europe over the coming days and weeks could be in for a treat.
Keenan posted a meme on Twitter of the band, with a thought bubble from him saying: “Feeling cute. Might play some new material on this upcoming tour. I don’t know.”
It was accompanied by the hashtags #riotgearretired and #whileyouwerewhiningwewereworking
Tool’s live shows will get under way this coming weekend when they play a set at Welcome To Rockville.
They’ll then play further shows across the US, before heading to Europe in June for more performances – including a headline set at Download UK.
Eyes on @tool. #riotgearretired #whileyouwerewhiningwewereworking @tool2019 pic.twitter.com/y71dFL3xT9May 1, 2019