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Review written by: JR-LAX (
Review posted on: 08/07/01 07:13:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Well, Holy Shit is about all I can say about this show! First off, the Paramount is a great place to see an intimate show with Tool. Stage setup was similar to past shows with Adam on the left, Maynard next to him but back a little (mini- projection screen behind him), Danny was next to Maynard with his new set that is made of melted cymbols (see newsletter for July), and Justin was next to Danny towards the front of the stage. Before I forget, King Krimson was really good and very "trippy." I am looking forward to a second listen tomorrow so I can better comprehend what it was that I heard. Some really cool shit! After a half hour, the four gods appeared on stage (Maynard dressed as the "hellraiser"). The setlist went as follows: - The Grudge - Stinkfist (With video) - 46&2 - Parabola (No Parabol) - Schism (With Video) - Eulogy (Very pleasant surprise) - Disposition/Reflection --INTERMISSION-- - Sober - Pushit (Slow/Salival Version) - Opiate - Lateralus Maynard was rather quiet during the show. A couple of hello's, the "Creative Oath," and the positive feeling from the show/experience speech. It made no difference though. At the end of the show, all four band-members stood and waved to the crowd for a minute or two as the whole venue erupted with applause and admiraiton. The show was fucking magic. Best one that I have seen to date. I am having trouble describing the experience with words because my brain is going 100 miles an hour. I can't wait to go back tomorrow.

Review written by: Berj A. Doudian ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 08:01:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

First review pretty much says it all... Only the 2nd Tool show I've been to (3 more in the coming weeks) but I can say with authority that there was definitely something magical about the energy and experience of this show. King Crimson was just *amazing*, and their influences on Tool were very apparent... I had never heard them before, so I didn't know what to expect, but I was very pleased with their performace. During and after their hour long performance, the crowd showed them a TREMENDOUS amount of respect... absolutely no booing, only one or two calls of `TOOL!`, and at least a minute of roaring applause after they finished... very cool. One reason for Maynard being quite might have been the 11:00 curfue for the band.... some Seattle law apparently, they had to be off stage by 11 (this might have also been the cause of Parabol not making an appearance, and the 2nd half of the show only consisting of 4 songs.) For those of you who haven't been to one of the recent tours... the "Creative Oath" and positive feeling speech were pretty fucking cool.... please, other reviewers, don't spoil it for others? =) The band members standing and grinning at the coaring crowd was just NUTS, it was really an experience..... the entire show was beyond words. -Berj

Review written by: Dean ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 08:28:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Great to see the site back up. Perhaps this site needs the reign of a NW tool experience huh? I waited in line to get my tickets at a disc jokey for nearly 4 hours. To get two more tickets I waited another six. It was very special, this sixth day of August. My brothers and I have been patient while waiting for tool to come back to the northwest. None the less, this experience left me with an impression to remember. Afterwards It gave me the sense of becoming more of a whole. The two thousand some that were lucky to see this show must agree what happens on stage tonight was breathtaking! Anyway, I got off work late today, same with my brothers... we left for the show at 5:30, and got to the parking garage at around 6:30. As we arrived the local radio station (107.7) did their games to give away tickets. Everyone had a painted smile somewhere within them waiting to burst. Security was usual. The paramount was all seating. The theater itself is a site to see. King Crimson rocked their diehard fans. I myself was in my own little world waiting to hear my favorite melodies and epics. As tool hit the stage this gigantic family of tool fans erupted giving the most intimate feeling of security and comfort. I have never felt so 'home' at a concert before. Anway, I'm still a wee bit breathtaken, so ill just highlight a few things. -Adam Jones' brother was on hand, i hear he was a nice guy. -Very diverse crowd. Black, WHite, Brown, yella, pink, you name it, we had it. Very impressive people -Played salival version of pushit -Didn't know maynard played guitar :) -Webcast Teeshirts were onsale for a whopping $50! Only played 1 song respectivly from opiate and undertow (sober, opiate) maynard has a couple good catchphrases I dunno, its a site to see folks, hope they come to your town!

Review written by: Gutter ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 08:36:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Wow! I just got back to Vancouver from my first Tool show ever and I am amazed. I was disappointed Maynard was quiet, as I expected a bit more speech from previous reviews I had read. But the setlist was fantastic, and the SAlival version of Push it was great. They changed the drum solo in the middle and added some guitar rifts which was great!! I can't wait to see them again, and hopefully this time I won't near to drive down from Vancouver BC.

Review written by: David Teel ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 15:36:52 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Wow, what can I say. King Crimson was alright, they sure had energy if nothing else. Tool was amazing, I think it went Grudge, stinkfist, 46&2, eulogy, parabola, schism, deposition, reflection, pushit slow, opiate, lateralus. Great set, croud was very good as well, much calmer than expected. When maynard was greating his guitar, surprise for me, looked like Danny started laughing then him and other had a huddle while he played with it. Amazing.

Review written by: Mike ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 15:37:49 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

*TOOL REVIEW FOR SEATTLE 1* Wow...What can I say? It was my first time ever seeing TOOL, and it was much more than I ever could have imagined. I could be wrong but I think TOOL really loves playing in Seattle...The fans were sooooooo appreciative of the band. Most of the time all Maynard could get out was a, "Thank you very much." The only song that I wanted to hear (but didn't) was The Patient, but oh well....It was still an incredible show. King Crimson was interesting to watch as well...By the way...All you people yelling "Get off the stage" or "We want Tool" should hit yourself...hard...Can't you show a little respect? Anyway...Awesome show! "Think for yourself, question authority, strive to be unique, strive to be different, never repeat what other people have already said (whoops)." -Mike

Review written by: Sean ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 17:54:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Incredible show! Best Tool performance I have seen to date. We had front row balcony seats - what a treat! Really weird to not see a pit, though. The stage was interesting. I found it odd that Maynard was silhouetted the entire time - no spotlight on him. No matter - he still awed the crowd with his voice and movements. The video playing behind the band was amazing. Cool variation for "Sober". Adam's guitar was SO loud! Really rocked the place. And I had no idea how many different sounds on Lateralus were attributed to Justin's playing. And does Danny ever break a sweat? I had no idea what to expect out of King Crimson; they were great! I think it's safe to say that they had some influence on Tool. Trippy guitar work, and their bass player with that solo?!?! Wow. I may just go out and buy one of their cds. Describing a Tool show is a hard task. It's better to simply experience it. I wish I was going again to tonight's show. -Sean

Review written by: X ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 18:23:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

The show was as expected (ingoddamnedfuckingcredible). The only thing that could have made it better would have been if the audience members could find a different way to show their respect than screaming every time it got quiet. Part of the magic of Tool is the space, and it would be nice to be able to enjoy that space. Another part of the magic of Tool is the exceptional vocal ability of MJK, and it would be nice if everyone in the audience could admit to themselves that they will never be able to sing even remotely as well as he does and actually let him do his job by himself. The only thing that surpasses my love for a live Tool show is my disappointment in the audience for failing to respect music's most sacred institution.

Review written by: princess buttercup ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 19:22:37 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

The best part of the show was when people would scream "YEEEEAAAAAHHHHH TOOOOOOLLLL" between each song It reminded me that I wasn't there to see just King Crimson. Oh wait, crap.....I'm sorry, the best part was the stereo effect I got during Eulogy "HE HAD A LOT TO SAY...." from the people all around me. You guys should call up Dolby... Woops...forgot....what made the show for me were the people running around horribly drunk screaming about how excited they are and relating to me how long they've waited to see Tool. Nah, the best part was when I reminded myself that I don't really like 99% of most tool fans I meet because they just aren't people I enjoy being around for long periods of time...a friend of mine would refer to them as Trogs (look it up) HOWEVER, once every two years or so when Tool goes on tour I try and utilize all my abilities to tune people out so i can enjoy a show by one of my favorite bands. Once I can do that, I have a great time. It was a great show. The sound got better after a couple songs and then it was perfect and I expect nothing less from them this evening as well. Stage presence, talent and inteligence are hard to find in a single band these days.

Review written by: Gilles Comeau ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 20:26:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

OK, WTF was up with the cuddle fest I witnessed at Tool last night. I've loved this band forever, and I mean the music sounded fucking awesome last night and it didn't hurt that I was on more drugs than I have fingers on one hand. Regardless, the lack of energy, terrible venue, endless disgusting yuppie couples smooching and cuddling and swaying was making me sick. And then to have some bitch tell me after that it's all about the music, and that I must not be a REAL tool fan. Fuck you! I didn't come out to see Radiohead or Pink Floyd, shit they probably have more action at their concerts. I swear, those pussies'll be playing fucking power ballads in two more albums. And if you like most of the songs on the new album, I've got a few off the Mettalica black album you might like too, "sad but true", "nothing else matters" and all of that crap! And remember how much they started sucking around that album. Thanks maynard. This is my impression of tool now. You picked the venue, you picked the crowd. See if you can slow the next album down a little more, maybe you can get the NSync fans out too. Hope this is what you wanted, cause this is what you getting!!!! Choke!

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 21:24:53 ET

This was this reviewer's 3 Tool show

the above review is the most crap I have ever heard. Everyone on this site KNOWS that Metallica is the gayest bunch of homos. EVER. This is a Tool page. If you wanna post about Metallica, Get The fuck out! And you don't sound like a real tool fan either. get a life. TOOL ROCKS

Review written by: Morfiend ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 22:53:43 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Wow, I was finally able to see the mighty TOOL! When they came here three years ago with the Melvins the tickets sold out right before I got to the ticket office, needless to say I was very disappointed. Thankfully, my friend and I were able to get 2 balcony tickets to this show otherwise I would have gone totally insane. King Crimson were very interesting, this was the first time I'd ever heard their material and although their set got a little boring at the end they put on a good show. TOOL was just as I expected, flawless. These guys so sound incredibly good live, and the big screen only added more greatness to the experience. I am so glad they played Eulogy, which is my favorite TOOL song. I was also impressed by how good the new material sounded live, especially Lateralus. Anyway, what a show, I hope TOOL comes to the northwest again soon.

Review written by: Doc Floyd ( Review posted on: 08/07/01 23:22:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

Well, that was pretty sweet. Deepest show since Red Rocks '98 (just personally, I haven't seen every show since). Red Rocks a couple nights ago was a bit disappointing only because the sound wasn't so hot. Then my buddy Dana from Colorado (the guy with TOOL tattooed inside his lower lip) came back with me to Seattle for more shows. The Paramount show was Tool at their finest. First set was as good as you could imagine, then they came back after the break and brought to a whole other level... Pushit was so pure, so deep, it just blasted the flesh from my bones. This was more of a ritual then a show. It was the "Nonconformists' Oath" that Maynard recited, by the way, not the "Creative Oath".

Review written by: nephilim ( Review posted on: 08/08/01 01:47:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Excellent show. Not the best i have seen, but none the less good. I did like the paramount just not the chairs. I feel pretty much the same way as X and princess buttercup about the crowd there. I sure won't forget who i am seeing with everyone yelling tool every 5 min. and I could swear i paid to listen to manyad sing the songs not the crowd. He can't even finish a sentence without people yelling like idiots. I know i sound like an asshole about those people really piss me off. The only other thing of intrest was manyard ?playing guitar?

Review written by: jeremy weisberg ( Review posted on: 08/09/01 05:17:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

Since I have seen them so many times, i still can't believe that they just keep going and going. First of all, king krimson was the worst open since the cows at the ups field house. Danny stole the show, mjk was mjk, and i thought it was quite possibly the best yet.

Review written by: marinermagik ( Review posted on: 08/09/01 21:40:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 9th Tool show

cuddle fest? what the f are you talking about.....just because people arent jumping all over each other like apes doesnt mean the show wasnt full of intensity and emotion, its rare that a bands music can make the balcony section groove to each song and actually "feel" whats going on, rather than just midlessly bump into other sweaty guys ......tool has always been about more than just "rockin out to heavy shit" there music is a perfect blend of intensity and mellow hypnotic, building up to a climax........all you metalhead tool fans make me sick, all you care about is maynard and moshing....go to a pantera show if you want to act like a neandrathal.......jesus tap dancing christ, why do you even like tool?