Tool Shuts Down Concert to Help Fans Receive Medical Assistance – Billboard


The tool ensures that their fans are taken care of. On Tuesday, February 22, the hard-rock veterans performed their tour at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., but took a moment mid-show to ensure a fan in attendance could receive medical assistance.

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Frontman Maynard James Keenan spotted the fan – who Rock Feed said had collapsed – with the help of members of the public, and asked attendees to clear a path for medics to reach the person.

“Wait, we have a little problem here. We’re going to make sure that person is okay before we continue,” he told concertgoers. “Make way for the paramedics, please.”

As medical staff made their way to the scene, Keenan filled the silence with a joke about the pandemic. “I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a bit of a cough. … Is there anything I should know? he joked. The Tool frontman was open about his two bouts with COVID- 19, and also lambasted coronavirus deniers.

Billboard has contacted the band for comment.

Tool is currently in the middle of their 2022 tour, which kicked off January 10 in Eugene, Oregon. The group sold 120,000 tickets in January and earned the group a total of $13.8 million, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The feat led Tool’s tour to be the No. 1 tour of January 2022, although it was the weakest for a No. 1 tour since February 2020 due to complications and cancellations following the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Other artists have also recently paused their shows to ensure fans who might need help get it. Billie Eilish stopped her Feb. 5 show to help get a fan an inhaler, saying, “I’m waiting for people to be okay until I continue.” A few days later, John Mayer also ended his February 9 series when it emerged that a woman may have passed out and was waiting for him to hear she was fine. The extra caution comes after 10 people died during a wave of crowds at the Astroworld music festival in November.

Watch Keenan pause Tool’s set for their fan in the video below.


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