With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing the concert industry to a screeching halt, focus has shifted to the millions of tickets that are currently in limbo as the future of live events is still to be determined.
For fans stuck holding tickets and unable to get refunds since most tours are postponed rather than cancelled, money that could be used during these times of rampant unemployment and mounting financial needs is unavailable. In order to get refunds, the tours need to be cancelled outright, and very few touring companies are ready to throw in that towel quite yet. That’s where Tool comes in.
The band has scrapped its entire 2020 tour specifically in order to reimburse ticket costs. “At the same time that we were working to reschedule this tour, we read your messages,” the band shared. “Messages of job losses, illness, emotional and financial pain. We could continue to postpone or reschedule dates for some time into 2021 but ethically, we do not think this is the right course of action. 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.”
Tool’s current tour in support of the band’s 2019 album Fear Inoculum was among the hottest tickets of the year. So hot, in fact, that it was just this past February that the group expanded the jaunt to hit more cities along the way.
Read Tool’s full statement on the tour cancellation below.