Tool’s “Fear Inoculum” displaces Taylor Swift at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, announce major North American headlining tour

Progressive metal juggernauts Tool have once again reached a big millstone. The band is celebrating their third consecutive #1 debut on Billboard’s Top 200, with Fear Inoculum (RCA Records) reigning over the U.S. sales charts, selling 270,000 units.

The news of Fear Inoculum’s impressive debut comes amidst news stories of the album release being met by lengthy lines at retailers as music lovers clamored to get a copy of the limited edition, physical version of the CD. The spectacular, groundbreaking packaging boasts a 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) released a rare statement, describing the event-like album release: “Several stores had well-attended midnight sales on Thursday (it was my store’s first midnight sale in 10 years). When we returned to work on Friday morning, there were lines at the door… the TOOL release was the biggest thing to hit retail in years.”

The success wasn’t isolated to the U.S., with the album debuting at #1 in Australia, Norway, New Zealand, and Belgium, as well as Top 5 debuts in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and Finland.

News of Fear Inoculum’s impressive debut follows the announcement of TOOL’s first North American tour in support of the album.

October 13 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival

October 15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

October 16 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

October 18 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena

October 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

October 21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

October 23 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena

October 25 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

October 27 Houston, TX Toyota Center

October 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

October 31 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum

November 2 Indianapolis, IN Banker’s Life Fieldhouse

November 3 Chicago, IL United Center

November 5 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena

November 6 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

November 8 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena

November 9 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena

November 11 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

November 12 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

November 14 Boston, MA TD Garden

November 16 Newark, NJ Prudential Center

November 18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

November 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

November 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Arena

November 22 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall

November 24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena

November 25 Washington, DC Capitol One Arena

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