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Preview: Tool with Primus

The groups team up for a double header at Champions Square Jan. 31



Tool and Primus are finally touring together, consummating the second strongest collective rock pining of the 1990s (No. 1: Temple of the Dog, DOA/RIP). Like drama-mask versions of one another — Maynard James Keenan can't smile; Les Claypool can't stop — the bass-throb deities ruled the learner's-permit subset of that decade like knowing overlords, defining the angst and absurdity of teenage affliction with eight albums between them. There hasn't been much new to say about them since: As with sneaking out of the house or stealing your parents' car, there wasn't much use for either other than nostalgia. Then Primus returned like adult acne with 2011's Green Naugahyde, and followed it up with the even more absurd Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble (ATO), a self-made Dark Side of Oz confection. Tool emerged victorious from its eight-year litigious labyrinth (the band was sued by a contributing artist, then sued again by the insurance company it had hired for protection) and began playing new passages live from its long-awaited follow-up to 10,000 Days, issued a mere 3,500 days ago. "It's not good when it's done, it's done when it's good," guitarist Adam Jones has taken to saying in interviews — a perfect circle if ever there was one. 3TEETH also performs. Tickets $57.50-$77.50.

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