January 31, 2006

According to The Los Angeles Times, TOOL have been confirmed for the seventh edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which will take over the small desert town of Indio, California on April 29 and 30. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

More than 80 acts are on the bill. Among other notables: DEPECHE MODE, FRANZ FERDINAND, PAUL OAKENFOLD, THE YEAH YEAH YEAHS, SIGUR RÓS and COMMON.

TOOL's set for the Sunday show would revisit the festival's first year, 1999, when that band memorably joined RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE on the closing night.

The concert is staged at Empire Polo Field and, although considered a big gamble in its early years, has become a template for U.S. stand-alone festivals. Last year, the festival single-day crowds reached 50,000, said Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice Presents, which created and promotes the event.

As previously reported, TOOL are one of the first three acts to be confirmed for this year's Roskilde Festial, set to take place June 29 – July 2 in Roskilde, Denmark. Also scheduled to appear are FRANZ FERDINAND and KANYE WEST. It was also reported by Norwegian national TV channel TV2 that TOOL will play Norway's Quart festival in early July. Both the Roskilde and Quart performances are likely to be part of a European festival tour in the summer.

TOOL are currently in the mixing stage on their new album and are reportedly looking at an April or May release for the disc, their first since 2001's "Lateralus". A video directed by guitarist Adam Jones is also said to be in the works, with members of the band preparing to embark on an an international press tour for the new effort. More information will be made available soon.

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