Tool Guitarist Says The Band Won’t Play Stadium Shows, Would Prefer “Smaller” And More “Intimate” Settings

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Via an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer, Tool guitarist Adam Jones recently shared how the band go about picking their supporting acts (and how they pay those bands). In that same interview, the Tool guitarist also spoke to why the band don’t want to play stadium shows.

Speaking to why the band won’t play in stadiums, Tool guitarist Adam Jones says that the band prefer to play in more intimate settings; he says the band would “rather do two nights in a smaller place than one night in a huge place.”

Per Tool guitarist Adam Jones:

“We’ve been offered stadiums and we’ve turned them down, because we think that at that size there are only a certain amount of people that can actually enjoy that show. It’s not about you anymore. Seeing The Rolling Stones and you’re all the way back in the stadium and you’re basically watching a jumbotron, you know? I’m not into it, we’d rather do two nights in a smaller place than one night in a huge place. As far as what type of room, it’s just cool whatever they throw us. Sometimes we do play some smaller places. A few nights ago, in Oslo we played this rectangular room, usually you’d be at the far end of the rectangle, but we were in the middle of the rectangle, it was very strange, but really cool.

“There is something to be said for playing a club, that intimacy, and we’ve talked about doing that Rolling Stones thing where they did a club tour and had a higher ticket price, and that seems like something that could be good. Right now, though, we have this epic show, it’s designed so that the worst nosebleed seat is great. We definitely directed focus to someone that is sitting far away, it’s almost the best seats just because of the visuals and how we have designed the whole thing. Like I said, we have this three-dimensional thing…it’s going to be a good show! (laughs).”

What do you think of what Jones had to say about stadium shows? Would you still like to see Tool perform in a stadium?

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