Surprise! It looks like Tool’s new studio album will see a 2019 release date after all. On Wednesday (May 8), the California-founded band confirmed the fall time release of their much-anticipated fifth studio effort. The still-untitled, upcoming record is due out Aug. 30.
While the group made the official announcement earlier in the day on social media, some lucky fans witnessed the exclusive reveal firsthand. During a recent gig’s intermission (May 7 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Legacy Arena at the BJCC), a video screen displayed the text “August 30.” Thanks to cameras and social media, fans were quick to share the news.
Shortly after the show, the band took to social media to make the formal announcement themselves. The post features a simple six-second clip with the band’s name, August 30th, and MMXIX (2019 in Roman numerals) displaying in front of a dark screen.
The official release date comes months after drummer Danny Carey mentioned in an interview that the highly anticipated album would be released in mid-April. Frontman Maynard James Keenan later said that a May to July release time frame was more realistic.
Over the weekend, Tool appeared at Welcome to Rockville, one of the many music festivals on their tour itinerary for this year. During their time slot, they performed two new songs; “Descending” and “Invincible.”
Welcome to Rockville, and their show at the Legacy Arena, aren’t the only shows the group has up their sleeves. Tonight, they will perform at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. After that, there are a handful of other North American arena shows before wrapping it all up at Chicago Open Air. Check out Tool’s full tour itinerary here.