Tool dedicate their Rock On The Range headline set to Chris Cornell

Written by Bianca Davino on 22nd May, 2018
Tool dedicate their Rock On The Range headline set to Chris Cornell

Last Friday marked a year since the passing of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Since then, tributes from his peers have poured out honouring the frontman’s legacy, celebrating his impact on alternative music.

On Sunday night, alt metal titans Tool took to the stage to headline Rock On The Range festival, alongside Stone Temple Pilots, Avenged Sevenfold and more, tearing through a vast majority of their back catalogue.

As reported by Alternative Nation, the band opened their set with ‘The Grudge’ off 2001’s Lateralus, after which frontman Maynard James Keenan said,  “We’d like to dedicate our entire set to the friends and family of Chris Cornell.” 

Throughout the band’s set, they played a slew of fan favourites including extended versions of ‘Schism’, ‘Stinkfist’ and ‘Opiates’, in which Maynard took the opportunity to discuss the band’s collective fear of bananas.

Watch the band tear through ‘The Grudge’ below:

During the set Maynard also took the opportunity to update the crowd on the status of the new Tool album, confirming that things are progressing, however, the rate at which it is moving is “slow as fuck”.

“We fear the end of your patience,” Keenan told the crowd. “Things are progressing. Slow as fuck, but progressing”, said Maynard. Maynard recently used a Tool concert to publically “beg” his bandmates to finish the long-awaited album, as he discussed his recent fondness for wearing riot gear onstage.

“A lot of people recently have been asking me, Maynard James Keenan, what’s with the fucking riot gear?” he began. “Well, I’ll tell you. I’m afraid of bananas, and other forms of fruit, because eventually you wonderful people are going to run out of fucking patience.”

Alice In Chains also took to the stage of Rock On The Range over the weekend, dedicating their performance to Chris Cornell and Soundgarden, performing two covers of Soundgarden tracks including the group’s very first song, ‘Hunted Down’, from the 1987 Screaming Life EP, and ‘Boot Camp’, the very last song on 1996’s Down On The Upside. 

The article was originally published on Tone Deaf