Video: Here’s Tool’s “Forty Six & 2” Performed By a String Quartet


There are few metal bands whose work is so widely accepted by fans of both high- and lowbrow art as Tool. Something about the Cali quartet’s progressive nu-metal (or whatever the fuck you want to call it) connects with lovers of everything from goregrind to jazz. So it’s awesome, while not exactly surprising, to hear the Vitamin String Quartet perform the band’s track “Forty Six & 2” so well.

As you’ll see in the video below, the VSQ’s cover of “Forty Six & 2” may not bring the band’s grimy hippie vibe, but it certainly works well with Maynard’s vocal melodies. The cover captures the original’s pained melancholy, and maybe even enhances it. The crew, who have recorded several string-versions-of-this-metal-band albums, definitely know what they’re doing with this song. Overall, it’s the kind of song you might find yourself hearing at a fancy dinner and not recognizing until a minute in. Then, of course, you’d have to flip the table and take a hit from your dugout.

Check out the cover below:

Meanwhile, traditional fans can catch Tool at one of their upcoming live dates:

February 10 Miami, FL FTX Arena [tickets]
February 19 Boston, MA TD Garden [tickets]
February 20 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center [tickets]
February 22 Washington, DC Capital One Arena [tickets]
February 23 Belmont Park, NY UBS Arena [tickets]
February 26 Newark, NJ Prudential Center [tickets]
February 27 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center [tickets]
March 1 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena [tickets]
March 3 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena [tickets]
March 4 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center [tickets]
March 6 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena [tickets]
March 8 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena [tickets]
March 10 Chicago, IL United Center [tickets]
March 12 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Arena [tickets]
March 13 Minneapolis, MN Target Center [tickets]
March 15 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center [tickets]
March 17 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center [tickets]
March 18 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center [tickets]
March 20 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse [tickets]

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