Tool Dominated the Rock Charts Last Year


Tool Had the Best Selling Rock Record of Last Year

2019 was a huge year for rock band Tool who released their first album in 13 years with “Fear Inoculum” in August, According to BuzzAngle Music‘s year-end report of U.S. music industry consumption, it was the highest-selling rock album of 2019 and still continues to break records.

The report analyzes several different aspects of music consumption, and separates top albums by total consumption, actual album sales, top vinyl sales, top soundtrack albums by sales and topped streamed albums. Fear Inoculum was the eight highest selling album of 2019 — with 344,285 total. That was good enough to make it the top selling rock album of the year. The first seven spots were dominated by pop stars including Taylor Swift, Billy Eilish and rapper Post Malone.

To be fair, Tool would have done better had they not sold out of their limited edition versions of their album.

2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of Foo Fighters debut album. Grohl would remark on the occasion

“Holy Expletive!!! 25 years?! Thank You guys for being with us year after year … for singing along and making every show the best night of our lives.”

 “We’re JUST getting started, so … Buckle Up, 2020… it’s going to be an INSANE year full of some seriously crazy expletive.”

Foo Fighters have already announced some touring plans for 2020, which you can view here. Taylor Hawkins told Loudwire of the band’s upcoming album

“It’s hard to say what the direction of that thing would be, but we’re definitely chugging along and Dave [Grohl]’s certainly got a lot of ideas, that’s all I can say. He really is. He never stops, and he’s just got such conviction and faith in whatever he is working on. There’s never any second guessing with Dave, and I really respect that about him. I’ve learned so much from that guy, and I just continue to.”

Foo Fighters have just started laying out their 2020 tour plans, as you can see here.

Foo Fighters debut album dates back to the early 90’s when Dave Grohl had already written and presented some songs to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Check out our retrospective of the album below!

Skid Row Almost Never Recorded “I Remember You”

Without a doubt one of Skid Row’s best known songs is “I Remember You,” which was found on the band’s debut album. It’s hard to believe the band almost never recorded the song. That’s what we look at today. Check it out below!

Mike Portnoy Had to Remain Quiet About Neil Peart’s Cancer Battle

Dream Theater Drummer Mike Portnoy had to remain quiet about the Rush drummer Neil Peart’s cancer battle for the past few years. During an interview on Sirius XM (transcribed by Blabbermouth)

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“I’ve known for about two years now and was held to secrecy,It was something that he and everybody in his camp, obviously, went to great lengths to keep private and keep secret. And that was Neil – he was a very, very private guy.”

“Even though I’ve known for this amount of time and I kind of have had time to psychologically prepare for, knowing that it was inevitably coming, it didn’t make it any less shocking. … It just took the wind out of me when I heard it on Friday.” He added that he couldn’t imagine how shocking it was for “the whole rest of the world that didn’t know about this.”

Portnoy recalled reading emails from Peart in his final years and as he put it “had a big, big cry” going on to say

“You’ve read his books, you’ve read his tour programs, you’ve read his blogs on his website, and that’s the way he wrote even in his emails,” So whenever I would get an email from him, it was very, very lengthy, very thorough, went into a lot of details of whatever he was going through.”

Portnoy met Peart in person during Rush’s farewell tour in 2015 where his son was able to play Peart’s drum kit and hung out with him in the dressing room.

They last met during Rush’s farewell tour in 2015, when Peart let Portnoy’s son play his drum kit and welcomed them in his dressing room. Despite the heavy emotional weight of losing his friend Portnoy said it was “nice” to be asked to talk about his late friend in interviews while also adding

“But it hurts,. This one’s a big one for me, personally. I haven’t felt like this since maybe John Lennon or John Bonham or Frank Zappa. It hits on that level as a fan, as it does for millions of Rush fans around the world. But this has a whole new level for me as well, because I didn’t know John Lennon or John Bonham or Frank Zappa, but Neil I did know and had a relationship with. So there’s that whole level as well, which just makes it horrible.”