Tour Buzz: Flogging Molly, Tool and William Fitzsimmons


Flogging Molly play the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan on March 15

Dublin Down
Short of capturing a leprechaun and scoring three wishes or a pot of gold, I don’t think there’s a better way to usher in St. Patrick’s Day than with Flogging Molly, who bring their Green 17 tour to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan on March 15 ($36). The instruments are traditional, the songs are original, and the spirit is genuine Irish punk. Flogging Molly plays every set with unflagging energy and emotion, so load up on green beer, find a spot in the mosh pit and prepare yourself for a memorable evening.

Celebrating MJK Day
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan likes to take his time. Keenan—who turns 50 in April—has a lot of interests outside the music industry, so between juggling three bands (Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer), MJK makes time for winemaking, occasional acting gigs, writing his autobiography and various philanthropic efforts. There hasn’t been a new Tool album since 10,000 Days (2006), and A Perfect Circle has been mostly silent since 2004’s eMOTIVe, other than a new song (“By and Down”) on last year’s greatest-hits compilation. Of course, none of that matters to Tool fans. The band plays Axis at Planet Hollywood on March 15 ($80), and there won’t be an empty seat in the joint.

On Sale Now
You know how some television commercials make you cry? William Fitzsimmons is one of those indie folk musicians with the long beard, the flannel shirt and the wool cap who can play a lot of instruments and writes the kind of songs that help you ease into (and out of) relationships. Fitzsimmons is touring with a new album (Lions), and you can support him at Vinyl on May 27 ($17-$22).