How much should an autographed TOOL vinyl box set cost?

Car payments, be damned... gimme TOOL!
TOOL's Maynard James Keenan
TOOL's Maynard James Keenan Photo credit Sandy Caspers/Redferns/Getty Images
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Rhetorical question, obviously... But how much should a signed box set from Los Angeles rockers TOOL cost? For longtime fans of the progressive rock behemoths, the answer can be tricky.

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According to Tool’s Instagram, the band will be making available an Ultra Deluxe vinyl version of their 2019 album, Fear Inoculum, at performances for their Toolarmy fan club members. Attendees to upcoming dates on their current tour who went for the VIP option will be offered a chance to pick up the beautifully packaged, autographed set, which includes five 180-gram hunks of vinyl with music on one side and artwork etched into the other. How much? $810. Comparatively, you could pay off three months of my car lease, or get your mom a nice drone for the same price.

Fans are having their not-so-nice say about the lofty price tag, with some claiming the cost of being a follower of the band, which tends to keep them waiting on the hook for new music over years, is becoming unsustainable. On the other hand the time, energy, collaboration, and care that has gone into all of the group's releases -- artistically and musically -- lends a bit of air to the fee. Not hundreds of dollars worth over a respectable asking price in this fan's opinion, but air nonetheless. Ultimately, it's going to come down to not just how big of a fan you are, but also how much your bank account can spare.

Additionally, Tool is celebrating 30 years since the release of their first commercial offering, Opiate, with a "re-imagined and extended version" of the EP’s title track and an accompanying 10-plus minute short film, serving as the band’s first new video in 15 years. Opiate2 (pronounced Opiate Squared according to the band) will be available via streaming services on March 1, with a Blu-ray-only visual release available on March 18.

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