A Review of the Late 1995 Not-a-Tour

Date: December 14

Posted-Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 20:02:51 -0500
From: jwinn (gRendelsmom@usc.edu)

Hey Kabir,

That was the first time I saw tool.  I liked it very much.  The band that 
opened, "ZOM", I think it was, with guitars by Paul D'Amor was actually 
pretty terrible.  Paul's guitar playing was anonymous at best, and their 
singer was really untalented.  The rest of the band mixed in with the 
woodwork, and the whole opening set seemed like a bad fright band at a 
VFW haunted house on halloween.

Tool, however, was incredible.  They played a half and half set -- a new 
song, then one from untertow, etc, and encored with OPIATE.  The new 
stuff is heartbreaking, cathartic.  I can't wait for the album.  I drove 
over a hundred miles to see them in Bakersfield (Ventura was sold out).  
It was in an old movie theatre, and they played for a bunch of drunken 
rural high school students.  I wonder if they chose these small 
town venues because they are like the towns where Maynard lived and where 
nobody ever bothered to tour.