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Published on July 13th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Tool FINALLY turns up on streaming services–at least a little bit.

Along with Garth Brooks and a few other holdouts (either on principle or as the result of contractual issues), Tool has been absent from all streaming music services. You want their music? Buy the CD or vinyl.

That, however, has begun to change.

Back in 2017, there were mutterings that the band was going to get with the program before any new album came out. Then earlier this year, we noticed profiles for Tool on both Spotify and Apple Music. And with a new album (allegedly) due August 30, now’s the time to make good on that 2017 promise.

Stage one is offering up their 1991 demo tape, 72826. You can find it legally on Apple Music, YouTube, YouTube Music/Google Play, and Spotify (although when I checked this morning, the album was listed but not playable. I imagine that’ll change soon).

So what’s next? Tool fans believe that other music will appear on a weekly basis leading up to August 30. And if you plot out all of Tool’s releases in chronological order, the scheduling works perfectly.

It would mean Opiate is set to be made available on Friday (July 19), followed by Undertow (July 26), Ænima (August 2), Salival (August 9), Lateralus (August 16), and 10,000 Days (August 23).

But we’ll see, won’t we?




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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