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09/08/2001



Review written by: Nick. (edved07@aolcom)
Review posted on: 09/09/01 02:07:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Setlist: The Grudge Ions Stinkfist 46&2 Prison Sex Schism Pushit (Studio-with one Salival part) Disposition Reflection Encore: Parabol Parabola Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Aenema Lateralus. Our show was a little different than the previous shows. Maynard said several things to the crowd, unlike the reviews I previously read. The setist had a few alterations in the order but nothing big. I can't describe how emotional and inspiring the show was. If you've read any of the reviews you have heard it all before....nothing is like a live Tool experience...and thats the truth. If you get a chance I too encourage you to go check it out. Its something to see! The Osseus Labyrinth characters were amazing during Schism and Parabol/Parabola. They get more and more creative. And yes the visuals were neat as well..a very nice compliment to the music. Maynard said "Hi" to the crowd either before Prison Sex or after. Doesnt matter really. He said something along these lines: "So you brought candy? I hope there's enough for everybody else." Then he thanked the crowd several times for their"support". Welcome. He gave the "Good News/Bad News" speech before Eon Blue and Patient. Then he gave the "positive energy" speech before Lateralus. On a side note....fuck all you bastards moshing to Aenema and Lateralus. Instead of hearing the music...try "listening" to it..he might just be talking about "you" in several songs. I can't believe you waste your money. And one other thing...Meshuggah does not belong on this tour. They just fall into that mediocre ballpark every other band does today. I hope Tool didn't pick them...sorry I was not impressed at all. Awesome show.....can't wait til Louisville.....Danny Carey is GOD! NG.

Review written by: Kyle Degler (dtrain56@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 02:09:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

A great show...never failing to disappoint...here's the setlist... The Grudge... Stinkfist...extended..."white lines running through my mind" Forty Six and Two...very powerful song...one of the night's best... Prison Sex...another very powerfuk song...extended mix Schism...Maynard on guitar...Indy fans rush stage...osseus labyrint from Schism vidoe perform on stage during this song... Pushit... Disposition...very good...Maynard plays guitar again... Reflection...Maynard on guitar until the last verse... ------------------------------ Intermission -- osseus labyrinth performs Parabol...calm before the storm... Parabola...the storm...osseus labyrint perform during these two songs...suspended by their feet above the stage...it was amazing... Eon Blue Apocalypse... The Patient...Maynard's voice sounded the best on this song... Aenima...fucking unbelieveable...this song is so powerful live... Lateralus...this song allows the whole night to come full circle... This show flat blew my mind. That's all you can really say. Those four together are a powerful force. Maynard kept to himself until the end of the show...he had on all black leather during the first haplf of the show and then was in a speedo with a blue stripe painted down his face for the second half...he told us to avoid the "mediocre horseshit" that the vampires are feeding us...and to do something positive with the experience we all had tonight...I will do my best to do so...and by the way...those of you that brough candy...be sure you have enough for everyone...haha...Peace...

Review written by: Discopij (spijanow@ND.EDU) Review posted on: 09/09/01 02:36:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Just got back from the show... they get better every time... besides Maynard singing every note with a seemingly stronger voice than ever before, every note was perfectly aligned just as the studio albums were... the only exception was the amazing energy i felt running through me the entire 2+ hours Tool played. In general, the crowd was very good, but too impatient during the slower instrumentals. Many were yelling for Sober or Opiate and just needed to listen to the creativity that was flowing from the stage and be less occupied with the songs theyve heard at concerts previous to this one. I was very excited that I got to hear just about the entire Lateralus album, and I was overly impressed with Tool's ability to captivate me with every note. As you have read from the above entries, almost the entire set was from Aenima and Lateralus. While i would have been happy to hear JerkOff or perhaps Crawl Away, I left being grateful just to have been lucky enough to experience the "creative artistry" that is Tool once more. The band plays as one better than anyone ive ever seen, and 'group hug' at the end further convinced me that Tool truly care about each other both artistically and emotionally. Anyone possessing a ticket to the next month or two of shows is in for the ride of a lifetime. Enjoy.

Review written by: George (geoevansiii@netmail.net) Review posted on: 09/09/01 02:43:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. If nobody has, you ought to. The less duplicated info, the easier it is for everyone to read these. Especially your mom. Ok, so you've seen the set list, such that it was. Only ever seen one live performance that was better than Tool's on this night, but I really think that the masterfulness and power and visceral nature of that amazing band and its music is lost amidst the distractions served up ad naseum on the video screens. I can watch Tool videos at home. I went to the show to see the band. And, quite frankly, didn't. In fact, it's only through the grace of an earlier review that I can now tell a particularly vituperative friend of mine "what Maynard was wearing." And the fact that the ponderous Cirque de Soleil intermission was almost as long as the rest of the show...well...I'm thinking there's a problem there. Would like to have seen the band and its music front and center. Bigger than bigger than life. And that just didn't happen...at least not on this night, with this show and this tour. I'll gladly wait for the next over-commercialized DVD release to get my fix of Tool videos. Let's see a show, guys. Musical performance on a scale of 1-10 -- an 11. The show, the staging, my first "Tool" experience? Maybe a 5. A 6 if Jenn bitches and moans hard enough. On the real picky side - not enough of the older music which is by far their best stuff. Seeing Tool, live, only serves to underscore this fact.

Review written by: Shane Thompson (redbaron@icrontic.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 02:51:12 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Here's my review -- Meshuggah ------------- Contrary to what the hell people are saying, I thought Meshuggah was really good. Then again, I am a fan of Static-X, and I think they sounded alot like them. Just depends on your taste. TOOL ------- God damn, where do I begin? I had 5th row center, and I brought my friends along who had upper pavilion. They were Tool virgins, and now are Tool fans. The set started with The Grudge. I thought it was amazing as I had never seen Tool before, and the people that inspired me most were right infront of my eyes. Incredible. We then moved to a shortened version of (-)Ions that was just Adam playing a few notes on his guitar. I wouldn't really count it as the full song. Stinkfist was next, and Tool impressed me so much. I was still in awe at this point, and they extended the song a bit before the "I'll keep digging till I feel something" portion, and it was awe inspiring. At this point, I stopped shaking and actually came to realize Tool was on stage and playing right infront of me... Next up was 46 & 2... one of the best songs from Tool and one of the best performed of the night. Everyone was on key and it was fantastic. Prison Sex was next, and it was the extended version with the extra verse. (OTRM I think it's called) Maynard was twitching around and just being Maynard... and just watching everyone play kicked ass. After this was Schism, and the fucks behind me started going over seats and rushing the stage. A few times the guys behind me were getting so pissed at the people rushing the stage they started shouting at them and getting the security over there, which was extremely distracting, but Tool kept my interest nonetheless. Pushit was awesome. They extended it a bit and played a verse of the Salival version, other than that it was completely studio. Disposition/Reflection was awesome. Maynard was on guitar, and the sound was just beautiful. There was a small sea of lighters which just added to the feel of the concert. Truly incredible. There was a small break between Reflection and the next songs, Parabol and Parabola. Osseus Labyrint peformed during the intermission, strapped by their ankles and hanging. Behind them, on the video screens, they played the video of the Salival creature spinning, and that's what Osseus Labyrint were doing. It was great. Parabol and Parabola were next. The whole place went nuts after Parabol... before that, however, there was another sea of lighters and EVERYONE was singing or humming along. Parabola was flawless and perfectly executed. After that, they played Eon Blue Apocalypse and The Patient, both great songs from Lateralus. Before The Patient, Maynard was saying, "Art saves lives". Before the song, he gave us a speech that I'll go over at the end. As one reviewer said, Maynard sounded great during this song. ∆nima was next, and it was in my opinion the SECOND best song of the night. This song is so amazing live, words cannot describe it. I'm not going to try. Lateralus was last, and the BEST song of the night. This song is the perfect closer, and just made you think about the whole night, and how it was more than likely the best time of your life. Maynard said alot to us tonight. The first thing he said was this, and I think it's exact, "Good evening. Those of you who brought candy, I hope you brought enough for the rest of us." Maynard gave us the good news/bad news speech. He said how the bad guys are winning, and they are feeding us "mediocre horshshit". Amen! And lastly, before Lateralus, he said how they were only the messangers to how being creative can bring about positivity. He gave us the talk to go out and do something positive with our feeling. Will do Maynard, will do. At the end of Lateralus, all 4 hugged in the middle of the stage like true brothers. All I know is when those 4 get together, they create music that is just incredible. See you soon Tool... see you soon.

Review written by: Geo (an addendum) (geoevansiii@netmail.net) Review posted on: 09/09/01 02:53:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

As for Meshuggah....I've have bouts of diarrhea that sounded better.

Review written by: mbomb97 (mdogg33@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 03:05:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This was a great show. The setlist was very solid, and really showcased the new material. Some people think Tool's old stuff is a lot better, but I disagree. They grow with each album IMHO. Anyways, the stage set-up works really well too. The visuals got a little repetitive at times, but overall added a lot to the music. The performers from the Schism video were cool too. People who have tickets to upcoming shows are in for a treat. Good music, Good setup, good setlist, good times. And the crowd (in indy at least) was very laid back and fun also.

Review written by: LUKIN (smashedfrog@excite.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 03:15:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 12th Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. If nobody has, you ought to. The less duplicated info, the easier it is for everyone to read these. Especially your mom. 1st-The Set List --- 2nd-Maynard's Qoutes The Grudge Ions Stinkfist (w/ extended guitar solo) 46 & 2 Prison Sex (w/extended lyrics and inst. jam) Schism (Maynard in guitar & 2 body contorsionists walking on hands & feet like the video- amazing!) Third Eye Drum Solo/Pushit (Aenima version w/ Salival middle and extended guitar solo) Disposition Reflection (Both w/ Maynard on guitar) ------INTERMISSION W/ BODY CONTORSIONISTS-------- Parobol Parabola (w/ body contorsionists perfoming) Eon Blue Apocolypse The Patient (!!!!!- they actually played it) Aenima Laterlus Maynard's Words- He greets the crown after "Stinkfist" with "How are you tonight? For those of you who brought candy, I hope you have to share w/ everybody" During "Eon Blue Apocolypse", he claim there's good news and there's bad news (just like the previous concert). "1st, the bad news. The bad guys are winning (crowd boo's) There are people that are keeping down the creative people. They are giving you this mediocar bullshit. They are living off of you. They are sucking your blood. (He's refering to corporate bands). The good news is that it is not too late." B/f "Laterlus" he says "This feeling that you are having tonight, right here, right now. Take it or leave it. Take it home w/ you and use it. Use it in the next few weeks to create something positive w/ it." - very inspirational the way he said it. Overall- the show was profound and extremely moving. Tool's lights & background video screens are very LSD-like- there's just no other way to explain it. Very powerful and one of the most uplifting shows I have been to in the 12 times I have seen Tool.

Review written by: LUKIN (smashedfrog@excite.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 03:19:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 12th Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. If nobody has, you ought to. The less duplicated info, the easier it is for everyone to read these. Especially your mom. 1st-The Set List --- 2nd-Maynard's Qoutes The Grudge Ions Stinkfist (w/ extended guitar solo) 46 & 2 Prison Sex (w/extended lyrics and inst. jam) Schism (Maynard in guitar & 2 body contorsionists walking on hands & feet like the video- amazing!) Third Eye Drum Solo/Pushit (Aenima version w/ Salival middle and extended guitar solo) Disposition Reflection (Both w/ Maynard on guitar) ------INTERMISSION W/ BODY CONTORSIONISTS-------- Parobol Parabola (w/ body contorsionists perfoming) Eon Blue Apocolypse The Patient (!!!!!- they actually played it) Aenima Laterlus Maynard's Words- He greets the crown after "Stinkfist" with "How are you tonight? For those of you who brought candy, I hope you have to share w/ everybody" During "Eon Blue Apocolypse", he claim there's good news and there's bad news (just like the previous concert). "1st, the bad news. The bad guys are winning (crowd boo's) There are people that are keeping down the creative people. They are giving you this mediocar bullshit. They are living off of you. They are sucking your blood. (He's refering to corporate bands). The good news is that it is not too late." B/f "Laterlus" he says "This feeling that you are having tonight, right here, right now. Take it or leave it. Take it home w/ you and use it. Use it in the next few weeks to create something positive w/ it." - very inspirational the way he said it. Overall- the show was profound and extremely moving. Tool's lights & background video screens are very LSD-like- there's just no other way to explain it. Very powerful and one of the most uplifting shows I have been to in the 12 times I have seen Tool.

Review written by: subversion (satanicmallrat@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 03:24:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I have to say this, because it hasnt been said enough...Meshuggah was absolutely terrible. By far the worst opening act ive ever seen (and thats saying a lot being that i saw Skid Row and Ted Nugent open for Kiss...ugh.) Not too much to say about tool that hasnt been said. Extended versions of Stinkfist and Prison Sex make the songs twice as good. I was impressed that they didnt play Sober...fuck all those assholes that only went to hear the radio hits. Pushit is amazing.

Review written by: Scott (SomaCherub@aol.xom) Review posted on: 09/09/01 03:25:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Wow, I cannot believe what I have seen tonight it was truly amazing. Amen to almost everything else has said. I didn't see Meshuggah, and from what I have head, I must say I am glad I didn't waste my time. All of the music was superb, sounding better than the studio version. I cannot wait for another show, because tonight's was one of the best performances I haver ever seen. The only part of the evening I would say was less than perfect, was when all the jizz monkeys behind me on the lawn began a mosh pit at the end of the show. They completely missed the message, and were somewhat distracting to everyone else. Other than that, the crowd was pretty laid back and cool. If you haven't seen a tool show. do yourself a favor and purchase a ticket, but not from Karma!

Review written by: Chris D. (stillborn_renaissance@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 03:28:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I have been waiting quite a long time to finally be able to submit one of my own reviews...and needless to say, the patience has paid off in spades. There has not been a time in recent memory when I have felt that moved..that alive..by experiencing something outside of deep interpersonal relationships. From tthe opening bassline of The Grudge through the powerful jacckhammer riffs of Forty Six & 2 and all the way through the sheer musical genius of Lateralus...everything seemed right. There was never a moment when I did not feel a part of the music and the fellow TOOL fans in the crowd. I must say that I have not been to many concerts during my life, but I can truly state that TOOL is a live experience all its own. Downloading bootegs, seeing pictures, and even reading reviews (irony, eh?) do not do anything toward truly understanding this amazing experience. Art does save lives.

Review written by: scott w (arsenal3344@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 05:27:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 5st? Tool show

What a great evening to see one of the most important bands that doesn't dissappoint it's fans. Like everyone above have stated,the show was mindblowing. The vibe of the entire show was fist pumping, head knodding , and causually relaxed. Eye candy was the order as far as what the video screen was presenting. Some new and some old visuals were present. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing that as they performed. This show ranks as the 2nd best show I have seen of them. Nothing will come close to the first show I saw of them (hell I never even heard of them) when they opened for Living Colour and Bad Brains back in '92. You will never spend your money wiser than to see them on this tour. Have fun at the shows!!

Review written by: James (vegeta36ch@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 06:08:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. If nobody has, you ought to. The less duplicated info, the easier it is for everyone to read these. Especially your mom. In my opinion the only bad things about the show were: the opening band, the idiots moshing/complaining instead of absorbing the message, and... that the experience had to end. I can't really describe the overall feelings of elation, inspiration, and understanding I experienced tonight. I feel that I am changed...

Review written by: benrt (benrt420@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 06:58:53 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Shit Yea!!!......mutherfuckers

Review written by: PINGO (PINGO@HOTMAIL.COM) Review posted on: 09/09/01 10:32:59 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WRITE THE FUCKING SET LIST????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????

Review written by: Dave Sibley (sibleydj@uindy.edu) Review posted on: 09/09/01 11:55:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Let me start out with some helpful hints for concert goers. Noone cares if you have a laser pointer; leave it at home. Unless everyone behind you is a towering 9 feet tall, don't get on people's shoulders. Not everyone wants to mosh. Meshuggah (which I believe is Swedish for "Advocates of the Strobe Light) took the stage. They were a technically proficient band, but just not my style. The crowd seemed to be enjoying them by cheering at the end of each song. That was until the singer announced they were playing they're last song, then the audience cheered even more (have some respect even if you don't like the music). Tool took the stage and, as you guessed, were amazing. I don't think I need to say much about it. Maynard's voice was absolutely perfect. The band was tight and didn't miss a note/beat. Great setlist. Great video. Great everything. Highlights: 46 & 2 Pushit Lateralus All the drunks and stoners that stopped singing during the "fuck all you junkies and fuck your short memories" line of Aenima (how funny) Low Points: The couple making out during Meshuggah's performace right in front of me The drive home (talk about a ridiculous wait time) The "Show me your tits" segment of the audience I was in.

Review written by: R (ryan_s_rigsby@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 12:21:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

This was a very energetic show. The best performance live visually and emotionally. All except for the drunk that puked on the the lawn behind us. The video, and the artists that performed tonight only added to the live experience and could have been topped by nothing. Life feed on life and art saves lives. These four gentleman just may save you life in a time that you are down or even elevate you when you need that extra leg up. You will only know what you are missing after you have seen the light, and bought yourself a ticket. Maynard, was a little stand offish, and Justins notes hit me with every wave. I was very inspired by the whole thing and will never miss another concert in my area. I don't know what the hell I was thinking all of these years.

Review written by: a-ron (acepinky2001@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 12:39:29 ET

This was this reviewer's 3 Tool show

everyone else has basically covered all the bases here, only thing different i have to add is, i noticed maynard was passing out water bottles this show to the crowd. i had read reviews in other cities and people said he walked off while rest of band handed out or threw picks and cymbils. me and my wife and the four friends we brought had a great time, and it seemed tool did also from the group hug at the end. the hillbillies in front of us were distracting at times, with backward baseball hats and making fun of those enjoying the show(stay home or wait for garth brooks show next time). i notice a lot of people who from their apc shirts, hair gel and dockers pants, were probably new to tool(thats great yr opening yr minds somewhat). these folks seemed to run away in fear and disgust along with the hillbillies when meshuggah was playing. the timing changes in meshuggah's music was exxelent, they use very strange rythims in their music, i liked them and respected their talent being a fellow musician, but its not something i would listen to every day, im glad tool didnt pick some candy ass corporate band like stain'd to open, then i would be dissapointed. when the dancers were hanging from ceiling bald and naked with maynard directly below in speedos, i felt this was maynard's way of symbolizing the male and female sides within him, goes with the stripe on face, excellent show, god bless tool!

Review written by: Tony Cook (WSUAnthonyCook@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 12:48:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Listening to Tool is the closest thing I have to religion, and seeing them live is the closest thing to a holy experience I've ever been fortunate enough to feel. The setlist has already been posted, so I won't be superfluous by repeating it for its own sake. I could have literally thrown a pass to Maynard from my seat; I estimate that I was no more than 20 yards away. Given how great my seats were, you can only imagine my anticipation after the Meshuggah set (which, contrary to what most say, was better than expected) was complete. My heart was literally pounding with suspense as the lights went down and I was drawn into the beginning of an emotional roller coaster such as I had never imagined. Tool does a spectacular job of organizing their setlist in such a way as to elicit the most emotion from the audience. It is, again, almost like a roller coaster ride. The Grudge, Stinkfist, and 46&2 have you screaming at the top of your lungs, rocking back and forth uncontrollably. Prison Sex and Schism then let you return to a more trance-like state, albeit with more intense moments. Pushit then threatens to make you weep--and you almost do, before Disposition/Reflection finally gives you a chance to refill your already drained emotional reservoir. And just as you once again have the capacity to appreciate the experience, the rest of the set pushes you to your limits, with Parabola, The Patient, Aenema, and Lateralus leaving you in a state of utter awe and longing for more. For me, the non-musical highlight of the show occurred when the band hugged on stage after the show. That single act seemed to encompass everything that we all felt at that moment; I looked around to see, scattered around the audience, several groups of people embracing. After this show, I cannot help but think that the only people in attendance who appreciated the concert more than me were the members of Tool themselves--indeed, that was an indispensable part of the experience. I am counting down the days to Dayton, where Tool is playing at my school-- Wright State (and on the first day of fall quarter, no less).

Review written by: Jina (toolgrl001@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 13:12:35 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This show was amazing. I feel so complete now... after waiting years of wanting to see Tool just once, it's not enough. I can't stop thinking about it, it was incredible. Tool still stands to be the best band that I have ever known. They really know how to put on a show...they really know what they are doing....the feeling they give me is just beyond explainable...but I will hopefully find some way to express that feeling, if not puting it into words.. Although my seat really sucked, I would love to see them as much times as possible in that same seat. I am really in love with this band. All I could do was just stand there in shock, it was amazing, i could not believe I was finally there. And they are finally coming to Louisville?! It doesn't seem real or possible at all. I really wish that I could meet them, althought I wouldn't know what to say really, just being in their presence or surrounded by their art or music just puts me in the utmost state of euphoria. They are indescribable...they are mind blowing. I highly admire them.

Review written by: Brian (brianb96@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 13:31:37 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I was at the Tool show in Indy last night and it was totally amazing!! It was everything I expected and more. By now you know the setlist but does it really matter?? I mean its Tool. They are going to rock no matter what they play!!

Review written by: esp (ersparker@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 14:16:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I've been a Tool fan since 7 years and this was my first chance I got to see them. Firstoff, in my mind Mushugga was a less than great choice for an openning act. I would have like to have seen a band that could have created a more conducive mood for what was to come. Tool's preformance was absolutely beutiful. The music definately achieves a greater connection when it comes straight from the source. Unfortunatly it took a few songs for the mooks to calm down where I was, inhibiting my ability to connect right away to the music. Once that connection was achieved though it was a thing of beuty and esoteric experience.

Review written by: brad (drama987@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 15:47:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Unfuckinbelievable, This was my first Tool show and it was everything i hoped and..... well what happened to playing SOBER....i mean its my first Tool show and i hearing people screaming out that they want to hear sober but unfortunally it never got played. Aenima, Prision Sex, 46&2, and Reflections were the highlights. Osseus labyrint were awesome, their performance was unlike anything I expected to see at a Tool concert. Hope to see them again.

Review written by: jon (Butr4u@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 16:27:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

where too start.... meshuggah perhaps. i though meshuggah was very boring because of the fact that nearly every song sounded the EXACT SAME! the titles for their songs were ridiculous. I found myself laughing at them at a couple of points because of the titles. Tool they were every thing i hoped they would be . no mistakes not a single error. i just stood there in awe from my 8th row seats. there was so much going on i couldnt even begin to absorb it all. my favorite song of the evening was "The Grudge" it just makes you move ,badass song.then reflection, it was an awesome song live ,it just kinda puts you in a trance. during "Schism" the two people from the video came out and did there little "elk walky deal" that was pretty sweet. also in the intermission they were hung in front of the large video screens and did a really cool ass performance dangleing bvy their feet.overall the best show ive ever been too by far. adam jones is brilliant, he stared at the video screens several times during the show. i guess he put all the sweet ass videos together.danny had his new set,the brass one, he is just an absolutely amazing drummer.maynard sound good for most of the show but at certaiun points the pa made him sound very high pitched, but this wasnt tools fault it was just verizions pa. also there was just a little too much bass to the sound the bass drum over shadowed eveything. you could barely hear the guitar some times. justin sounded very good, never missed a beat. hes such a bad ass. all i gotta say is go see tool

Review written by: Shean (screamking69@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 16:43:29 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Amazing show. Best concert in my life. All the band members hugged at the end, and danny threw some stuff to the crowd. Im not sure what all of it was, but i know i saw a drum head. Also, after maynard said good evening, he said "for those of you who brought candy.....i hope you brought enough....for everyone" the visuals are just stunning. im still in euphoria.

Review written by: Jason (goukipoo@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 17:03:14 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Before I start my rant, I must say that this show was so amazing. Ok, this is the 2nd time I've seen Tool, and the 4th time I've seen Maynard. Now I know this is Indiana and everything, and that we are known for being a backward state. I've lived in this state for all my life, and not once have I ever heard the words "Faggot", "Nigger", and "Jew" more tiems in one place, other then in High School, in all my life, and that includes the 7 times that I've went and seen Pro Wrestling in the past 4 years. I apologize for the language, but think about hearing that all night while trying to enjoy Tool. And I would move to, and it seemed that no matter where we were, there were ignorent fucks all around us. It seemed like most of the crowd up on the Lawn, (I was second in line at Kroger, and I still didn't get Pavilion), didn't really give a shit about Tool, most wanted to just mosh, or get high and drunk (wich I have nothing against). But other then all the Dipshit's it was an amazing show, last time I saw them was on Ozzfest, and I bleieve they were louder on that show, but the music was so much more personal this time. Hope all the real Fans got to go. And to all you stupid fucks out there, don't you realalize that if Tool and most bands had thier way, you dumbass's wouldn't be let in. OK, enough of my Soapbox. Peace

Review written by: Jeff Martin (jeff@porous.net) Review posted on: 09/09/01 17:27:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

As you have read before this show was a magical experience...i risked all that i hold sacred in life to get to this show. I drove across 3 states to get here and it was worth every last mile. WOW that is all i can say. This is certainly the most tuned in band ive ever seen. I didnt know 4 people could be so linked as these. Absolutely amazing. My jaw is still on the floor 1 day later!!! You know the set list already. The night...mystical, the music...awe inspiring...the trip...worth it...the band...TOOL

Review written by: John (johnathan_46755@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 17:33:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I think the concert was damn good...You sounded just like the cd's crystal clear... the only problem i had was the crowd was to far spaced apart and i try crowd serfing and ended up on my ass. JOhn (noble county)

Review written by: Jamie Robinson (aztec_sun_god@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 17:43:03 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

The entire concert blew my mind. My first Tool experience was a totally unforgetable one. The opening band, Meshuggah, in my opinion, was completely awful. They played about seven songs, the only difference between any of them was the key in which they played it in. Tool on the other hand was spectacular. Maynard sounds superb, Justin's was felt more than it was heard, which I love, Adam's guitar was great, and Danny...words don't even desribe how moving and incredible his rhythms and sounds were. I'll admit that their only cds of theirs I have are Lateralus and Undertow, but to hear the songs that were new to me definately opened my eyes to what I was missing. The only complaints I really have are the fact that they lawn monitors didn't show the band, and the utter lack of intelligence most of the people on the lawn had. A lot of the people there were more concerned about getting drunk or high than embracing the music and the message. The entire time of the intermission, some lady behind me was screaming about Maynard and for them to start playing again. I'm surprised she didn't run out of breath and pass out. All in all, though, it's by far one of the best concert experiences that I've ever had.

Review written by: Lisa H (mslisa@bnin.net) Review posted on: 09/09/01 17:56:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. If nobody has, you ought to. The less duplicated info, the easier it is for everyone to read these. Especially your mom. I am just going talk about how making the band made me feel. There are several excellent reviews above that describe in great detail the setlist, visuals, and Maynard comments. I can't think of anything that hasn't already been described in detail above, but I just have to post a review to express my feelings and connect to all the other great Tool fans out there. As most people above noted, it was an unbelievable show. It's hard to comprehend, but i thought it was even better than the Chicago show I saw in May. The dancers were freaky and cool, and the crowd around me mostly stood in awe and absorbed the spectacle that is Tool. I wish I could see a show once a week, but I'll have to settle for once every couple of months or so. I was really happy to hear a couple of songs that they hadn't done in May, and I hope they keep evolving the setlist thruout the year so I can hear them all live eventually. I am so grateful to the band for their creativity and energy, and the inspiration they give to so many different people. Keep preaching your gospel, Maynard, and maybe we can change the world. See ya all soon. Lisa

Review written by: The Musicologist (egimenez@indiana.edu) Review posted on: 09/09/01 18:27:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Let's start with a disclaimer: By no strech of the imagination am i the biggest tool fan (heck i don't even own one of their albums [that will be rectified quite soon]). But i am a big fan of live music and performance art, both of which i got in spades at my first tool show. I just want to make a few general comments on the band and the show: A: It was quite interesting that Maynard was only visible as a shadow against the screen, very anti-rock star. As a whole, i appriciate the emphasis on the screens and the staging, over the band members themselves. It recalls Pink Floyd during The Wall tour, during which the band placed an emphasis on Gerald Scarfe's animations by building a wall infront of the stage, and using it as a screen. B: Musically, this is one of the most technically difficult rock out there, both rhythmically and harmonically. Yeah, it's loud and rocking, but it has so much just below the surface, turst me, this stuff is deep, I've got a friend who's doing a graduate level music theory project on Lateralus. I've seen the work, It's nuts. C: As for the performance art duo, I've got to say this: I've seen some out there performance art, and Parabola totally crushed everything in the Avant Garde category (And compared to a Laurie Anderson work I've seen, that is saying A LOT)! I think that soon, Tool's legacy will be fixed in the cannon of rock, and music history, not as much as musicians, but as performance artists. I say this, because many bands throughout the years have been forgotten about after a few years, but the music and the concerts are so cutting edge that people will be writing about them and listening to their music for hundreds of years to come. This is total rock Gesamkunstwerk, Tool is yet another in artists dating back to Wagner in conveying a total image with the music. Enjoy the concerts!

Review written by: D. Hicks (painfulembrace@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 19:13:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Last night, September 8th 2001, I saw Tool for the first time in three years. Before the band played Lateralus, Maynard talked to the crowd. I canít quote directly, but part of what he said is why Iím writing this. He told us to use this experience, this energy weíre feeling, to create something positive in the weeks to come. This is my attempt. A Groan Of Tedium Escapes Me Lollapalooza 1997 Ė This is the first time I ever see Tool in concert!! Up until then, I couldnít really call myself a fan, at least not the one that I am today. Yes, I had heard Sober and Prison Sex, but had never gone to buy Undertow. At this point, I didnít even KNOW that Opiate existed. This concert, this ďexperienceĒ is what made me a fan. I went the next day and I bought Undertow and Aenima. I listened to these albums everyday for probably 6 months straight. Tool quickly became one of my very favorite bands. Ozzfest 1998 Ė The chance arises to see Tool once again, I take it. The day is a great day. I get to see several good bands, but cannot wait for Tool. Finally the time comes. Maynard walks out on stage and asks the crowd, ďAre you here for the word of God?Ē This of course was answered with thundering cheers from the crowd. ďWell, you came to the wrong place then,Ē he replies. They break into their first song, and thatís when hell breaks loose. This is an outdoor venue, the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville Indiana, known at the time as Deer Creek Music Amphitheatre. Bottles, CDís, and trash of all kinds filled the air. More importantly though, people started to tear up the sod and throw it as well. It turned disastrous. People cleared the lawn section, and parts of the pavilion to avoid being hit. Several people sustained injuries, some minor, some not too minor. I will admit, that at this time I contributing to the ensuing chaos. It took someone being hit in the face for me to stop though. I knew then that this wasnít fun anymore; it was dangerous, and stupid. I have no idea how I could verify the validity of this, but I was told later that Tool cut their set short because of the ongoing idiocy. 9/08/01 Ė Aside from the opening band, the night was off to a beautiful start. My spirits were soaring for what was about to occur. My first witnessing of the wonder that is Tool for the first time in three years. Eerie music was playing for quite some time before the lights faded. The moment that happened, I felt chills running up and down my spine. It was incredible. They opened with The Grudge, and from then on, the night is pretty much a blur. It was a non- narcotic induced high that couldnít be topped. The band sounds incredible live, and Maynardís voice is unparalleled. And then something happened, that didnít fit the unscathed portrait I had painted of the evening. A very dear friend of mine was attending her first Tool concert ever. She was having a great time, until a chunk of sod, approximately 18ĒX18Ē pounded her hard in the head. Needless to say, she was in pain. She had dirt in her eyes; it had become more of a nightmare. There she was, crouching in pain and fear, surrounded by a sea of 30,000 other people. This, of course, meant that she missed the duration of the show. As it turned out, she was okay only after visiting the medical center. Even after that, there was a throbbing in her head. The next day, all was well, we can be thankful that it was no worse than what it was. Shortly after my friendsí departure, a moron in front of me, who had snuck in their choice of alcoholic beverages, decided to toss the glass bottle into the crowd. Itís blatant stupidity like this that gives a good rock show a bad name. Anyone who has ever been to any concert knows the energy that comes from such an event. There are outlets. Iím very pro-moshing, although I donít do it myself anymore. People get into a moshpit, knowing the consequences. When random debris strikes you in the head, thereís no way of defending oneself. People getting hurt because of their own decisions arenít something that should be punishable. People hurting someone else because of their decisions is something no one needs to put up with. We go to these shows to pay respect to the bands we love, and in turn they pour their blood, sweat and tears into their performances. Tool bears no responsibility for the actions of others, as do no other bands. Everyone loves to have fun, but use your head, use your sensibility. When I have gone to any concert, whether it is Slipknot or John Fogerty, Nine Inch Nails or Counting Crows, there is a sense of love emanating from the crowd like no other ever felt. We all share a common bond. There are just a select few that canít handle what they feel, or perhaps they just want to ruin the experience for all others around them. Stereotypically, the people that listen to this type of music are dubbed as unintelligent, and these are some of the reasons why. Iím thankful for my friendsí health, Iím glad sheís okay. Despite the injury, I know she enjoyed her Tool experience, as did everyone else. Itís always a special and unique experience.

Review written by: Karl (novus14@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 19:54:12 ET

This was this reviewer's 19th Tool show

WOW! What a great concert. I actually heard them play the patient. That was one song I didn't want to go away from this tour with out hearing. I can't wait to see what they will play in cleveland and detroit.

Review written by: Brad S (Starrflare@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 20:41:02 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Setlist is posted above, so I won't rehash it. I hate to insult musicians, so I will say this. I feel that Meshuggah was a poor choice for an opening act. I didn't personally enjoy Meshuggah, and though I'm sure people do I think that Meshuggah belonged on a Slipknot or Soulfly tour, but not a Tool tour. So I can't say I really enjoyed the first hour or so of the show, but eventually that ended. I had been at the center lawn section up to that point. During the set change I hooked up with a friend of mine and we traveled back and forth down the main aisle separating the lawn from seated sectinos (to look like we were actually moving). I was still down there when the lights went off. We were up on the small amount of cement behind the last row of seats in a second. Some really cool people in the seats allowed us to hop the rail and stand behind them in the row, and I thank them for this it made the first few songs of the concert a lot more comfortable. Hearing extended versions of Stinkfist and Prison Sex was really cool, and I spent most of my time looking at Danny Carey and his drumset while glancing at the screens from time to time. Really awesome show, and one of the highlights was Schism. A little before the aggressive part between two verses, 150 people stormed the gate closest to me leading down to the VIP section. My friend and I of course joined the crowd, and so it was that for about 15 minutes I ended up 60 feet from the stage. Definitely one of the best times in my life being that close to Tool =) Overall the whole show was really cool. People have complained about the long intermission after Reflection, but if you drummed like Danny Carey or sang like Maynard you'd need a break too. As for the music video-like screens, I don't really have an opinion. Having screens focusing on the band would have been cool, but on the other hand the images were really awesome too. I loved the show, and am going to look at how I can get VIP tickets for the next one!

Review written by: jacob (jacob__k@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 21:14:47 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

First off I would like to thank both Tool and Meshuggah for making music which continually inspires people. I dont have much to say for either bands set except for that I dont think Meshuggah deserves the bad wrap they have gotten on these reviews. Tool is not the type of band who would fall into any commercial ploys for opening bands. They would only take truely creative and sincere bands with them to tour. For as much as negativity and comparison to other bands that I heard other people making towards Meshuggah, I cant help but think of how many of the mainstream hot at the moment bands they listen to that have been influenced by Meshuggah. Its just a shame to goto a concert for a band like Tool who stresses so much on being open minded, and be surrounded by negative closeminded people while the opening band is playing.

Review written by: Julie (DevilBunny@msn.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 21:30:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

OK. First of all I was on the lawn which sucked, but also made it easier for me to see EVERYTHING. There were 8 giant screes with images of sex, videos, and revelations from a trip. Maynard at first was dressed all in leather, then came out in this black speedo thing. And for everyone who thought his tattoo was of a spinal cord, well its not. Its a scorpion. Anywho, there was this really long trippy intro, with 2 ppl from the sex video hanging upside down naked by ropes. Right on!!! They played all songs off Lateralus cept Ticks and Leeches, about 5 from Aenima and 2 from Undertow. Sadly enough, no Opiate was played. It was a great concert considering the wankeres forgot to stamp my hand so I couldn't drink, and my idiot friends made me miss the opening act. Maynard said, "Take this feeling you're feeling right now, take it home with you, and over the next few weeks, use it to create something." Preach on reverend, preach on.

Review written by: josh clark (ratm95@msn.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 21:39:12 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

First of all, why is so many people dogging Meshuggah? These guys are fucking talented. They may not fit into the same "category" as Tool, but they are a very intricate and talented band. Also, if any of you so called "biggest fans" read the Spin article on Tool(June 2001), Adam Jones stated that Meshuggah (as well as other "death metal" bands) was one of his favorite bands that he is currently listening to. So that anwers the question of why tool would pick this band. Other than that , the show was amazing, and I love the fact that Danny Carey was up front and turned about 60 degrees so you could see how amazing this drummer is. Also, you'll always have redneck billies at a show, no matter what the band is. Just tell 'em to fuck off and light their hair on fire or something. See ya in 5 years at the next show (Ihope not!)

Review written by: Utterly Amazed (defred15@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 22:29:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Three words: Pretty fucking cool. (all the other shit that happened has already been posted)

Review written by: Utterly Amazed (defred15@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 22:29:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Three words: Pretty fucking cool. (all the other shit that happened has already been posted)

Review written by: Utterly Amazed (defred15@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 22:29:53 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Three words: Pretty fucking cool. (all the other shit that happened has already been posted)

Review written by: Aaron (ap@zoomtown.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 22:45:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

An unbelievable, mind-opening show. I'll be thinking about it all week. I just wanted to add that Maynard said how Tool was just the messengers, the prophets. That's why Maynard was hidden. He is just the messenger, listen to his messages.

Review written by: Brandon (outtahand420@msn.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 23:15:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This was my first TOOL live experience, and I will never see a live show in the same light again. I'ts going to be VERY hard to top what I saw and heard last night. I was fortunate enough to get pavilion tickets in the first row of section H, right behind the disabled section, so we had a clear view of everything. It's so hard to put into words the way I feel about the show. Amazing. Spectacular. Inspiring. Maynard seemed very talkative compared to other shows that I have read reviews of. Meshuggah sucked balls, I very much admire them for their talent as players, but their music was not my "cup of tea" and I did not enjoy it at all. There were a lot of fucking sumbasses in the crowd that kept trying to rush the stage, failing each and every time. I've been to a shitload of sold out shows for various artists, but I have never seen so many people at a show before.....I mean, they were PACKED in there!!!! So many fucking people. What I couldn't understand is how everyone listened to Maynard discussing about positive energy, yet in the parking lot, everyone was only concerned about themselves. No one besides me and a few other cars had the courtesy to let people in and out. Enough bitching, I don't mean to criticize so much about the greatest show I have ever witnessed. It's just too bad a bunch of meatheads have to ruin the experience for others who respect and take to heart the magic of the evening. peace outtahand420@msn.com

Review written by: Catie (maribostrk@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 23:24:59 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

From what I saw/heard of the show, it was amazing... encompassing all that everyone has already said, some of the best things in life are just undescribable.. Unfortunately (and as usual) the stupidity and lack of thought from others attempted to ruin an "holy" and individual experience. I guess I won't go into detail about the sod-throwing/moshing neanderthals who overwhelmed the lawn area, but being a 5'5 girl and having a 6+ foot, 200 lb gorilla knock into you several times leaves bruises and yes... can even hurt quite a bit. The only thing I regret of the show is not being able to truly understand and give my complete attention to the experience of tool's live music for fear of being pushed down or trampled over. Thank you so much to the two guys from Lexington who stood behind of my friends and me and attempted to block the dim-witted, it's reassuring to see humans acting like humans.

Review written by: AC (Evol1080@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 23:33:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

hey all this was my 1st TooL show people tried to tell me what it was going to be like but still even how good they expained it, it was no compair to the real thing it was truely the best night of my life. I loved all the speached maynard made i am sure u have read them all up there in someone eles. to tell anyone who likes TooL and is reading the review they can't even match up with the really thing with all the energy in the show and all the energy that TooL puts into the show after touring all the time. HEY I DO HAVE ONE BAD THING TO SAY WHAT THE FUCK IS WITH THE MOSHING IT TOTALY FUCKING DISTRACTED ME HALF THE TIME IT REALLY PISSED ME OF I WANTED TO SEE TOOL NOT A HOLE BUNCH OF DRUNKING FAT ASSES TRYING TO KILL THEM SELFS AND EVERYONE AROUND THEM AND THAT WAS ME IN THE OUTSIDE RING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAWN ALLMOST IN THE CENTER WHERE THAT PIT WAS. hey the guy with the cool black NC heels hat if u read this thanks and e-mail me sometime... Later aaron DANNY CAREY IS MY GOD I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO PLAY LIKE THAT!!! MAYNERD YOU ARE MY GOD TOO!!!

Review written by: Joe W. (hardwork8@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 23:37:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

This show was my first and I was absolutely blown away like nothing ever seen before. The artistic imagery was fantastic and Maynard's voice was outstanding. It really was a great experience except for the horrible parking situation at verizon music center. Also $7.00 for a beer. Never do that place again.

Review written by: steven (sbean12345@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/09/01 23:41:24 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

ive never felt that much anticipation in my life.though the traffic was less than satisfactory,we still made it in time.a rush of adrenaline struck me as i embarked upon the lawn,and then the stage,where i saw Danny's utterly beautiful drum set.after a few minutes of standing around with my 2 friends,talking about the band,the lights went out.after a few minutes of haunting groans and feedback, the band members appeared.they seemed so small from the lawn,but then the lights came on.Adam and Justin's shadows lit up on the side of the stage,making them appear gargantuan in size.Maynard was on his stand,along with a smaller projection screen.Danny's brass drums shimmered in the lights,which was quite beautiful.then,the very first thing i heard was the thunderous beginning of "the grudge".rather than jump in the pit with the countless other neanderthals,i simply let the vibrations and the music move my body.i felt euphoric and otherworldly as the ambeince cut right through my physical being,making me feel,for once,happy!during the intermission,i noticed this scowling girl next to me,so i told her to cheer up,she's at a Tool concert.i think she smiled after that.after an excellent performance by ossues labyrinth,the 2nd half of the show started with Parabol/a.hearing those lyrics in person really made me think about how the privelege to see them was the "gift" he spoke of.and i can honestly say i never felt more alive than at the Tool concert.i couldnt ask for a more perfect evening.thanks Maynard,Danny,Justin and Adam.can't wait to see you here in memphis! p.s.....the "candy" Maynard mentioned was delicious.

Review written by: constraint (constraint@musician.net) Review posted on: 09/10/01 00:08:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

I can't believe that these 4 people continue to get better every time I see them. I just don't understand how the best band I've ever seen continues to out do their last performance. I miss the smaller venues they played in on the last tour, but the new material and show about make up for it. The sound guys screwed up alot of the show. At times there was so much treble that it made my ears hurt, eventhough I was out in the lawn. Still the show was excellent, due to the incredible musicians that were on stage. There is just no other musician or group in the same league with Tool. None.

Review written by: Brooke (gleneth_333@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 00:35:02 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

A lot of you already have the setlist so I won't repeat it.....Anyways-I was completely fucking speechless during the whole thing. I couldn't even yell or cheer for them because I was so mesmerized by it all. They had an awesome set list- but I wished they wouldve played a little from Opiate. A lot of people were dancing around and what not-but I just stood there and stared at the band the whole time I was that contend and moved by it all. I honestly could've cried because I was so happy I was there and actually seeing them play. haha I know that's corny but true...Anyways it was fucking awesome for my first Tool concert...I'll always remember this one... as for other things: The opening band sucked....I couldn't tell one song from the other...plus I hate the screaming thing-especially when its every song....the concert could've done without them. I agree with Nick about the moshpit....I was right in front of one and it kinda ruined Lateralis and AEnema for me since I was getting pushed and what not....IMO Tool's just not a band you mosh to. Anyways-it's indescribable....I totally suggest that if you haven't seen them that you do......Later BG

Review written by: J (cr_bass@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 00:59:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I didn't expect this show to even compare to the one at the Riviera in Chicago earlier this year. I was wrong. Even though the setlists were virtually the same (Eon Blue Apocalypse/The Patient instead of Sober and no Opiate), this show ranks right up there. The only downside was the HUGE crowd. The Riviera show was much more intimate and the crowd was full of hardcore Tool fans. At Indy, I think at least half the people there only attended to hear Schism or to mosh. Luckily, I had lower pavillion tickets and was pretty safe from the masses who tried to rush the stage when they played Schism. Anyway, unlike at the Chicago show, most of the older songs were changed/added to. For example. Prison Sex had the extra verse, Stinkfist had several extra pieces (a guitar solo!), and before Pushit I was in disbelief because they started jamming on what sounded like a part of Third Eye! Also, the actors from the Schism video were unbelievable. You have to see this to believe it. If you couldn't make it to this show, go to the Louisville one! Trust me. Maynard on guitar: As usual, Maynard held a guitar during Schism and Disposition/Reflection. One of my friends thought he saw him play it, but I couldn't be sure. However, my friend also said that Maynard was holding the guitar lefthanded right before they played Schism and then switched to righthanded for the actual song. While I can't verify this either, I don't think that he played at all (unless he just did a few short fills while Adam played something else). I thinks he's just fucking around... GO SEE TOOL... but not because everyone else is, because YOU want to... See you in Louisville. See you auntie. J PS. Sorry to Nnana that we got there late and missed part of Meshuggah... It was Mitch's fault!

Review written by: Maynard is god (korndogg_420_99@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 01:28:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

this was my 2nd tool show and at the least was the most dissapointing. not that any tool show would be dissapointing. despite all the inevitablely musically disforutaned morons that cant see musical talent if it smacked them in tha face. Meshugga is a good band. From most of tha reviews i have seen, people are all about tool and not inclined to hear tha talent of any other band. Meshugga doesnt sound like tool and thats why people dont like them. they are a hardcore band that real hardcore music lovers can get into. so what if they dont sound like tool. they have their own sound and that is good for the rock music world. Enough about Meshugga. i have seen tool twice and a perfect circle once. this was prolly the best show i have seen yet. i thought that the crowd would get into it more than what i saw but, u will have that. i started in tha lawn at verizon wirless center and somehow, dont ask me how, found myself walking in the pavilion section on the way to get something to eat.(damn the luck) me and my MAYNARD IS GOD shirt made it to the 8th row before tool came on. i bout got kicked out 3 or 4 times for tryin to get to tha front, so i had to find a different entrance. i made my way to the right side of the stage and hopped a few seats and ended up in the front row, right on the rail. i have been to many concerts and have seen bands from korn to creed, from limp bizkit to fuel and many more. i am generally a very hyped up concert goer and like to mosh and cause chaos. but when maynard hit the stage i was caught in awe of the greatest lyricist to walk the planet since jim morrison. i could barely move i was so struck by the amazement of seeing maynard. not even in my previous experiences have i felt this way. tool as usuall was in sink, and performed fabulous. best sound i have ever heard. the stage show was better than any other show i have ever seen. 98' ozzfest was good but this blew that away. great performance, dont miss this show i wanna take a min. to address the concert illiterates that have previously made their reviews. its a rock concert, how u gonna go to a tool show and not expect moshing??? there are 30,000 hardcore rock fans packed into one place and u dont expect moshing to go on?? moshing is a part of rock music, i was there i didnt see hardly any moshing at all. there were a few pits but all u had to do was move a few rows if u didnt like it. mosh pits dont take up the whole lawn, its not hard to move a few rows if u arent happy. anyway, all in all, best show ive seen in a long time, if u havent seen tool, make sure u do, im goin to tha next show no matter what, come see them with me. later, and MAYNARD IS GOD

Review written by: Brain Candy (metalmmaniac31@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 01:28:28 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

...Another great show, though I agree they played tighter at this show (like they aren't alway's great), my favorite would still be the May/Chicago show, simply because it was a small venue which makes you feel more personable to the band than a huge venue like VWMC. Maynard: We love it when you talk, but dont worry...someday in the future hopefully we'll get an hour long TV special with lots of interview time for everyone to druel over!

Review written by: Anthony (amphdogg@yahooo.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 02:41:41 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Everyone else has the set list posted already, so I will save the space. To understand how truly great this show was, you must really appreciate the level of artistic greatness that this band has achieved. I have seen many bands perform, but Tool is simply the best, they sound so good that it blows my mind, I was in awe the entire time, and cannot wait to see them again this Saturday in Cleveland. If any of you have not seen them yet, you must, and when you do, please, out of respect for their talent and beauty, go with an open mind, and get ready to be blown away! the Verizon Wireless Music Center is a great place to watch a show. As for the fans, I could tell that a lot of them did not know some of the songs from their previous album's. Ny suggestion: buy them and listen to them until they are part of you. Thank you Tool, for being so damn good!

Review written by: Danny R. (the_rock71@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 03:03:11 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Well pretty much everything to say about this show has been said but what the hell I'll talk about it anyway. First of all, all the rampant Meshuggah haters don't realize technical skill when they see it. If you don't like the music, that's fine, but hey, at least realize they're a very talented band (although the lead singer may be a bit suspect). Their ability to play the kinda rhythms they do and still sound good takes talent and they're definitely skilled. Just a few things I observed during the show: The contortionists didn't link together at the first try before they started swaying; they couldn't quite make it and had to swing a bit before they caught hands. They played a really emssed up video during 46+2. It had some weird creatures with 3 bulges in the anterior and a tail- like posterior and no other apparent appendages walking around some dirty-looking concrete rendered room. They had a person feeding them some sort of objects and they had a room that appeared to be like a bathroom with rendered stalls and toilets. They also had a slug-like creature with an adolescent face with braces making anguished faces clipped in from time to time. During the Stinkfist the crowd yelled out the "I'll keep digging" as they started playing the extended guitar part of it, not anything big just cool that the crowd was that into it. In AEnema he changed the "fret for your..." parts, I think I caught something like fret for your crumble and fret for your humble. He also changed around the order where he says fuck everything. As the info indicates I've been a Tool fan since Undertow (gimme a break I was only 9 when Opiate came out) and it was a little disappointing to see them only play Prison Sex from that and no songs from Opiate, but I'm not complaining, best show I've ever seen, bar none. And I'd also like to get in touch with anyone that I talked to during the concert I was the one in the middle of the lawn on the concrete that looked like he was having a seizure/going crazy the entire time and had the maroon Deftones Inc. shirt on before the show started.

Review written by: Amanda N. (amanda@idontcareaboutyou.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 09:29:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I just want to say that tool is the closest thing to god that we will every see. They were amazing. I could not believe how wonderful they sounded. I thought that the opening band sucked really bad. They did not belong anywhere near tool. I had never been to a Tool show before but if they come around again i will definitly go. They were great. Maynard was standing in front of a screen on a little platform and the images were some of the most creative things i've seen. Maynard talked to the crowd more than he did in other places (or so reviews from other locations have told me). He thanked us for our support and told us about "bad news/good news". The music was so moving and if people would have actually listened (rather than have been in the mosh pit) they would have truly been able to experiance tool. The show was great (as i've told all of you) and i strongly encourage you to see it if you can. I doubt you've seen anything this incredible. AN

Review written by: Miah (jjwester@iupui.edu) Review posted on: 09/10/01 10:42:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I thought Tool did an excellent job, but I was extremely disappointed with the crowd. As soon as Tool went on stage, someone from the lawn, or in the back part of the upper pavilion seats, decided it would be a great idea to throw a BEER BOTTLE into the crowd. This bottle hit a girl in the side of her head hard enough that it bounced off her head and into the walkway between the 2 pavillion sections. Her head began to gush blood, this is as soon as Tool began to play, and she was rushed to the emergency room. I think it is fucking ridiculous! Who throws a fucking beer bottle into a crowd?!? There were also random drinks thrown towards the stage the whole night, but I think the beer bottle incident was by far the worst. Most of these reviews say, "The crowd was good.....awesome show...", I want to know what show these people were at because between the stage rushing, the moshing, the fights, and oh yeah THE STUPID MOTHERFUCKER who threw the beer bottle, the show wasnt that great. It was a total buzzkill for the people in that section and represents ignorance. This also will be taken by the public as behavior of Tool fans. Im sure the violence was not caused by true Tool fans, but this is just another example society will use to point at the youth of america and say "See, this is how your concerts are...." And as the violence at these rock shows increases(and it has!!!!), I can imagine the future holding concerts only through some sort of media, like a live webcast or pay-per-view........All thanks to people who need to throw beer bottles at a Tool show.

Review written by: Jeremy (jeremy.gibson@piusa.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 10:48:24 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Meshuggah was great! Everything and more that I would expect from a death metal band. Very cutting edge. I think I had the worst seats in the place. I was on the extreme left hand side of the pavilion. The speakers blocked Maynard, all video screens, and the contortionists. I stood in the isles as much as possible. The music was amazing, and I wish I could have recieved the full effect of the visuals. Floor tickets for Conseco would have been better. However, Promise Keepers was at Conseco all weekend. Argh! Can't wait for VA show. I will actually be able to see this time. -Jer

Review written by: Jim (beac1706@kettering.edu) Review posted on: 09/10/01 10:53:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

First off, not only was this my first Tool show, it was the first concert that I have ever been too, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Being a college student, I don't have too much money to spare, but I gladly forked it over to finally see the band I've been worshipping for years now. My friend and I both had lawn seats, and with worrying about not getting a good view and my inexperience with concerts, we got there as early as possible. When we finally made it into the parking lot and got out of the car (about 4:45) we could hear them playing Stinkfist during their soundcheck. I swear my heart skipped a couple beats. I had all these visions of what a Tool concert would be like and how they would sound, and then when I heard it and realized that the four greatest musicians on the planet were within the same mile radius of me, I completely forgot about all those preconceptions and kind of floated there. Of course, getting there so early, we had to wait a very long time, but it paid off, since we were in the second row of the lawn right in line with the center of the stage. I've heard so-so reviews of Meshuggah and I could see where they came from. Some of the things they played sounded good, but most of the sounds blended together too much and it was pretty tough to understand what the lead singer was saying. Once they left the stage and all the guys came out to set up Tool's stuff, I remembered what it was I was so anxious for. They unveiled the most amazing drum kit I have ever seen and when they shined all the lights on it at the same time, it was like the sun was right there in the middle of the stage. As the lights went out and I could see their shadows moving across the screen, it was bliss. The highlight of the show for me was The Grudge. Seeing Adam standing perfectly still while his hands wildly played, Justin's huge shadow on the wall to the right of the stage, Maynard stomping his foot at the crash of the cymbals which Danny just about shattered in half right before he chucked his sticks into the crowd as "the scream" approached. It was absolutely awesome. Not to say that the show went downhill from there at all though. The visuals were great. I especially liked the comets and stars during Aenima. The contortionists' intermission and Parabol/Parabola performances were also great. It seemed that most of the energy coming from the stage was from Danny thrashing at the drums like a mad man. I can't believe someone can play stuff that hard and loud and still be technically perfect. I've heard people complain about the stage setup and the fact that Maynard's back is usually to the crowd, but I thought it added a great effect since he almost became part of the visuals on the screen. This was by far the most exciting experience I have ever had, and I feel guilty for telling my fiance I can die happy now. But after seeing the four greatest musicians on the planet in a group hug at the center of the stage while over 20,000 people screamed in the open air with the bright half moon breaking through the clouds, the wedding better be very good or it's gonna be second place.

Review written by: Jeremy (face2411) Review posted on: 09/10/01 11:02:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

First off, mushrooms and Meshugga were not a good combo for my brain. Their songs seemed timed correctly, but I'm just not into that genre of music. I saw many people that were enjoying them, so who am I to judge other people's musical tastes. Hey, I enjoyed the strobe lights but I also was tripping pretty hard. Second, let me just thank everyone who was sitting around me in the pavillion. (D section row V) I came up from Cincinnati by myself and the guys and gals who were sitting next to me, at least for the majority of the show, who were cool enough to embrace me and talk to me when I told them I was there solo. I feel so bad for the girl who so very nice, but also became so very drunk and missed a majority of the show. Everyone else around me was also very courteous and civilized. Sorry to all the REAL fans who had to deal with all of the idiots ruining your show out in the lawn. The show itself was tight, precise, and sounded great from were I was standing. Only thing that sucked was the huge speakers which hung down and blocked part of my view of the video screen, but oh well. I love how TOOL can send me into a reckless thrashing of my head with the opening Grudge and then send me into a slight sway for Disposition. My personal highlight of the evening was the closing Aenema and Lateralus. They are not my favorite songs, but the crowd vibe was definitely at a peak then. Though every time I hear Lateralus it seems to grow on me, more than any other songs off the new album. In closing, any fans who have not been to a concert, what in the fuck are you waiting for!? For the rest of you who want to ruin the experience for others please let your parents drop you off somewhere else. See ya in Dayton and Columbus. P.S. There is nothing better than writing a concert review at work.

Review written by: Jeremy (face2411@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 11:16:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

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Review written by: Whackamatt (Whackamatt@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 11:38:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

THIS IS JUST A POST ABOUT MESUGGAH. Enough with the bitching already. You obviously went to see Tool, or you wouldn't be here at this site. Did I like the band? No, but Tool chose them for an opening band, and I respect that. Don't boo because you don't like their music, be patient. Has Tool taught you nothing?

Review written by: Sevensins (sevensins2222@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 12:28:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

all I have to say - Ingenius, Smart, Art, and every synonym. When Maynard hit that long high note twards the end of Pushit, I got chills and goose bumps, I felt like crying. I felt that a few times during the concert, just to be there to see, to hear, to FEEL. They had a long, long intro before they came out, I almost couldn't take it, not because it was long, just because I knew that it was going to be the greatest fuckin night.....If I had the money and the time, I would see every show I could on this tour.

Review written by: Ben Cecilio (bcecil@umich.edu) Review posted on: 09/10/01 12:53:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

The setlist is covered, but i just wanted to add to all reading that they dont do justice to what was actually played. ive only been to one other show, but to me this show seemed like they were trying to do something special. maynard was eloquent in his dialogue between songs, and during prison sex, they added the "show me something" portion, they threw a little salieval-esque portion into the middle of pushit, and played stinkfist differently then i have ever heard previously, even on bootlegs. im a tool fan, and i usually like other tool fans, but i didnt like the ones around me at this show. the moshers (i was up on the lawn) would throw themselves at anybody within range, not respecting the fact that maybe we paid ticketmaster a good sum of money and drove down from michigan to actually see and hear our favorite band and not get the piss beaten out of us or giant clods of earth heaved upon us. but thats just a little sidenote. i get to see them again tomorrow in grand rapids, and then sunday in detroit, so ill be able to find out if they truly were throwing themselves out to us, or if this type of show is what they planned for the tour. no matter what, it was better than my first show, which i didnt think would be a possibility, and i cant wait to see them again. they had a group hug after lateralus, and waved and tossed water bottles and drum sticks, and it looked like danny whipped a cymbal into the crowd, but i could be wrong. these are special guys, messengers as maynard titles himself and his band mates. thanks for reading.

Review written by: Rob Howe (howerobe@msu.edu) Review posted on: 09/10/01 13:09:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

Another great performance by TOOL. I've read the setlists and they seem acurate. I would like to point out the fact that Prison Sex included the extra verse that untill this point I've only heard on bootlegs. I was also impressed by the performers that came onto the stage. I'm pretty sure they are the same people from the Schism video. Their acrobatic display was synchronized wonderfully with the video. Thanks to TOOL for putting so much effort and patience into their music I look forward to seeing the show again in GR except this time with my Dad.

Review written by: joe (joe_metal@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 13:39:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

the show was awesome, as you should know from all the other reviews. i am tired of reading that people thought meshuggah sucked, they obviously are very skilled, which should have been obvious due to the asymetric time signatures of which they played. i had never heard of them before, but they've been around longer than Tool and i think people should have showed a little respect regardless of whether or not you could get into it. i'm also upset by the fucking drunks moshing during the show, i mean, its fucking Tool, i thought people new it was a show that was meant to be visualized and felt on an emotional level. i guess not, at the first sound of The Grudge i got hit in the back of the head with a piece of sod. i will never return to iniana again.

Review written by: Billy Boutwell (billabong555@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 13:41:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Setlist: The Grudge Ions Stinkfist 46&2 Prison Sex Schism Pushit (Studio-with one Salival part) Disposition Reflection Break w/Osseus Labyrint Parabol Parabola Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Aenema Lateralus. Well, it has been since 97 at Lollapalooza since I have had the pleasure and utmost joy of seeing, and being with Tool live. Although, I was not quite the person then as I am now and did not enjoy the music as much as I did on September 8th, 2001. I was a big pothead then. Anyway, one of my friends worked at the venue so I had to drop her off, but when I did, I heard soundcheck and listened to The Patient. Talk about feeding the flames. I could hardly sit still. My friend Autumn mananged somehow to get us 3rd row right up front. It didn't matter too much about the seats. We chilled and leaned up against the barrier that security stands behind the whole show. Many tried to do it also but security didn't let them. I felt like an earthquake was happening inside the whole time before the show. Not much to say about the opening act, Meshuggah. They were pretty chaotic. A death metal style, I s'pose. Not much melody, obviously. lol Anyway..The lights dimmed and out walked the four sections of the sphere..the conduit and attempting interpreters to some universal feeling and energy that is TOOL. The Grudge was magnificent. I especially watched Danny the whole song and awaited with great anticipation for the awesome drumming at the end. He fucking rules. I almost caught a drumstick at the end of the show, I should've jumped, but I hesitated. Damn me. heh. Stinkfist was fucking great and I loved the added part. Weird, before I heard it I knew what it would sound like. Or at least to some extent. Ah, my friend in 46 & 2. The imagery was very fitting for that song, and for the whole show. This particular imagery consisted of a grub of sorts with a child's face who had braces. His look was that of apprehension, frustration, pain and despair. Or he could just be really constipated. By the way, I'm surprised I'm even writing this review, considering I leave for work in an hour, plus...Ever leave a concert or some major gathering and feel like you weren't there? Like you can hardly remember it? Well I feel like that but it's coming back as my fingers move across these keys. Prison Sex had me jumping and dancing. They still do the same version they've always done. The one that is not on the album of Undertow. For Schism, Adam and Justin stood in front of the other and timed the opening perfectly. Maynard had his guitar out, although I'm not quite sure what part he plays exactly. Osseus Labyrint came out for 30 seconds doing that 4 appendaged walk while swinging their heads. I saw the female member's vagina. Good job of shaving. I only saw half of Pushit because I was fucking thirsty. I waited til they got to the softer part. But I saw a couple people I knew as I walked toward the line for refreshments at an assraping price. Didn't even get in line cuz it was either too long or I'm too damn impatient when I want water. Both probably. Disposition was done very well and flowed into Reflection like ocean waves into some canal dug by a child on the beach. The drumming was excellent. Although, I must say Maynard wasn't quite as full as other songs on this one. But I suppose you get to 37 and can't do certain things. But I am grateful nonetheless. After the song, Maynard was the first to leave the stage. Then Danny, then Justin and Adam. Adam stood out their for a good 5 minutes doing the riff. Then harnesses were lowered and Osseus Labyrint was hoisted into the night air. They performed their way, I guess. Swinging, hugging, turning around. Tool then came out. Although I shouldn't say Tool came out. Rather, the four people that make it possible for Tool to come out, came out. Even though Maynard said that they have no part in what you hear, I must disagree with him. The sound that occurs from their patience, love and receptivity with eachother could not come out as exactly as it does through someone else. It is great no matter what. No matter from who it comes from. Maynard was wearing a speedo, I think. Parabol and Parabola were performed exquisitely while Osseus Labyrint did their thing upside down. Not very good for your brain though. The nerves in the brain are so delicate. You think your hair is thin? It is nothing compared to the nerves in your brain. 10,000 nerves in your brain together could make up a thickness of a hair. Perhaps that is why man became concious as he did. Gravity continues pulling the blood down and only such a complicated system could exist with such minute blood reaching to it. When you rush the blood to it, it kills it. Perhaps 3 seconds would be good though. Give your brain a bath. Anyway, I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE I WAS THAT CLOSE! I stood most of the time the first half, but when they came back out, I danced like hell. Latihan dancing. Even though there was music, but hey, I still loved it. "ART SAVES LIVES", says Maynard. I know what he's saying. The Patient somehow touches somewhere inside me when I hear it. It did the deepest touching this time. Lovely. ∆nema was sooooo fucking good. Ya know, I feel silly saying good and great and fucking awesome. But those words probably do a better job with trying to explain feeling than others. Fuck a cliche but thats how it is sometimes. Just for the record, 70 people went to the hospital that night and 45 were arrested. I wonder how much of that happened during ∆nema? Hmm? :P They finished with Lateralus. I stress the word finished. They put the remainder of what ever energy they used into that song. I was deeply moved. Everyone was on key and then some. Then they embraced eachother onstage, waved, threw out some water bottles (I could have used one, I was cottonmouthed like a mahfucka), and Danny threw his sticks. I ALMOST GOT IT! Fuck it. Then we left, went to BSU to some little party. I guess there were a lot of fights that night. Ah well, Thank you Maynard, Danny, Adam and Justin. Thank you Kabir. Love thyself and watch, today, tomorrow, always. :)---Billy

Review written by: steve (stephenstoll@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 14:36:09 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Best concert and band ever. Ditto to everything mentioned above about Tool and the concert. Regarding Maynard's proposition to "do something positive" with the feeling we all experienced at their live show, I thought I'd make a suggestion: Make an active effort to introduce Tool to as many people as possible. I am 100% convinced that there are thousands (millions?) of music fans out there who have not been exposed to/taken the time to appreciate what their music is all about. For instance, I'm sure there are Pink Floyd fans out there who haven't given Tool a chance because they have lumped them into a narrow (and inaccurate) category along with bands such as Korn, Metallica, etc. nothing against either of these bands - They are both quite talented but for me do not have the unbelievably intense emotion coming from ALL 4 INSTRUMENTS (vocals, drums, bass, quitar) that can only happen when musicians listen to each other the way the members of Tool do. Buy Lateralus for a friend and you will: 1) enhance someone else's life ("save it"?) 2) further support the best band ever Thanks.

Review written by: josh (dnos@dnos.net) Review posted on: 09/10/01 15:37:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

all i can really say is 'awesome'. i thought it was an excellent show. i've never really experienced the feeling i had there from any other concert....i didn't get the chills like i usually do at a concert, it was something different. maybe it was just the atmosphere and being around thousands of other tool fans, but whatever it was, i liked it. :) although, i couldn't really get 'into' the music as much as i would have liked because i had to defend myself from drunk idiots moshing right friggin behind me to every damn song they played; and whenever there was a slow part in a song, they would yell out "come on!", etc. but, i guess there will always be idiots at concerts. also, on a similar note, it was almost sad feeling 'at one' with the audience, then having that feeling sucked away by watching 'road ragers' in the parking lot cursing and almost getting into fights trying to get a good spot in traffic.

Review written by: Ryno (ryno3599@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 15:56:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. If nobody has, you ought to. The less duplicated info, the easier it is for everyone to read these. Especially your mom. I saw tool for the 2nd time the other night in Indy, it was better than the first time back in Detroit in May. The band captivated me with every song they played, I screamed along with maynard during the whole show. Multiple times i would just stop, listen and enjoy the sounds, but most the time i could not help but sing along. Indy was a very good for it being outside n watchin it from the lawn n all. If you have not ever saw tool or havent saw them this year, get out and see them. The most overwelming show you'll ever see. I'm seeing them again in Dayton, Oh sept. 12th and in louisville, IT'S AN ADDICTION!

Review written by: JMG (architecture101@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 17:32:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Thank you MJK and the guys, it was a night I will never forget. Tool isn't just a band but a stream of conciousness. The show was an emotional rollercoaster that was like making "love" to the Art. I Have been going on this emotional trip w/ my best friend recently and I have to say the concert was the best thing that could happen for me. Love ya Guys PS I'm doing my Homework right now. PSS. Dearcreek sucks took us like 2HR to get on the highway tool and everyone else should boycott that venue.

Review written by: n*ah (mdrnlab@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 18:40:14 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

WOW!!!!!! TOOL IS THE SHIT!!!!!!! I could not comprehend why TOOL would choose a band like messugah for an opening act though???? TOOL is so moving, the experience of seeing them will put you in awe! Everything was perfect! The sound quality, timing, stage show, and whole show was so perfect! I wish they would have played 3rd eye all of the way through but the way they threw stinkfist in there was exceptional. The things Maynard said were inspirational as always! I wish the concert didn't end! Osseus Labriant were awesome preformers!!!!! COOL how Maynard ended up in his underwear only. TOOL IS ALL YOU MAY NEED?!!!!!!!!

Review written by: Jim L. (jim@qwconcepts.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 19:10:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

About a year ago or so, i listened to my first TOOL song, that being Opiate. Since then i have become a major tool fan and have realized their greatness and superiority above all other bands. September 8th was the best night of my life so far. This concert was one of the most inspirational and moving experiences of my life. From the grudge to lateralus, I was put into a state of near nirvana. I become engulfed in the music. Being surrounded by fellow tool fans was an added benefit of the whole concert. It was if all that i had ever hope that concert be it was and more. It surpassed all of my expectations. I still get a chill everytime I look back to the concert. It was an amazing experience. The best way to sum up the concert is WOW!

Review written by: Wes Buchanan (p_y_l_o_t_rocks@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 20:18:03 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I would just like to say that that was the best night of my life...Everything felt right...Tool and friends what more can you ask for? Meshugga was a good band but not exactly my style..there is just something so neanderathal about music like that...Before Tool started this chick in front of me got nailed in the face with a huge chunk of grass and dirt...that was funny but it also showed how fucking stupid some people are...When the lights went out i have to say it was the most antisipated time of my life...I would like to thank Tool for concieving thier music and gracing the world with it...i love Tools music because it is just so intelligent.. live it takes you to another world where there is nothing wrong its, like a high, trully a religious experience...Tools positive messages about creating something positive really touched me and when the band hugged on stage it showed me how good these guys really are...not only as musicians but as people. The only bad thing about it were the drunk idiots...but hey there are stupid people everywhere you go...I cant wait until louisville..Fantomas hopefully opens because mike patton and every member of tool are the musicicans who influence me in my music the most...that concert may have a chance to top this one....GO SEE TOOL!

Review written by: not relevant (sqeegeed3rdeye@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 22:40:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

It is nearly immposible to truly describe/review any tool show as those of you whom have experienced it do know, none the less I will do my best. Had great lower pavillion seats dead centerabout 20 rows back so I could see really well. Meshugga was great I hadn't heard them since I was like 16, half the people weren't even there yet so I saw them from the 2nd row I could see Justin on the side of the stage really getting in to them. I nearly shit a brick when the crew remove the blanket from Danny's recycled-cymbal-derived drum kit- fucking beutiful it glowed. The lights dimmed and a loud Didgredoo-esque intro began w/ the the eyeballs from the Lateralus cd apearing on the screen. I couldn't tell who came out in what order, they all seemed to appear from the shadows, Maynards sillouette (which was all that was ever seen) appeared and began .....you know being Maynard. The grudge was the opener as is has been on this tour, followed by a bit of ions into stinkfist, 46+2, prison sex, Schism that included the amazing osseus labyrinth, then a sort of mer-ka-ba intro to pushit- the oringinal version that is followed by Dispositionand Reflection, I noticed that adam was controling the synth w/ pedals at the end he continued playing for a few minutes then left, osseus labyrinth then hosted themselves up infront of the screen and hung/swung.. upsidedown for a good 10 minutes. Everyone returned to their respactive places on stage and parabol beagan with o.l. still hanging upside down from ropes in he scaffoldiing then....parabola, they began sqirming like worms in water god that song is amazing, even more it's meaning. Then reverend Maynard gave a very moving speech (not word for word) " we good news and bad news the bad news is that the bad guys are winning you are continuously fed mediocore bullshit and expected to enjoy it , the good news is its not to late ect.... ART SAVES MINDS this song in for all the vampires ect" aeon blue apcyolypse and the ......oh yea .....the Patient I was ecstatic! then Anemia folowed by another speech as the crowded around Danny " what is taking place tonight is the result of four peoplr listening to each other we are not here to force anything down your throat take it or leave it, remember this feeling that you have tonight take it home w/ you and use it in the coming weeks to do some thing positive" Enter Lateralus, fucking amazing!!!!!!!!! Then it was off to Chicago.................

Review written by: gargamell46 (gargamell46@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/10/01 23:37:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

TOOL was the most amazing thing that I have ever seen in my life. That is all I haft to say.

Review written by: E (hollering@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/11/01 00:39:37 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Before I get started, I would like to point out something to the guy who trashed Meshuggah and then proclaimed Danny was God. It's kind of ironic since Meshuggah happens to be one of his favorite bands....and yes, Tool picked them. However, I do agree that they didn't seem to fit on this tour. But while the opening act was a little loud for my taste, I still have respect for them. They must be doing something right or Tool would not be sharing a stage with them. Now....about the main event. I still wonder if that whole night was real or not. Not only did I get to see Tool, which was something I had been desperately wanting to do since I first heard them six years ago, but I got to see them from about 20 feet away. Some friends and I were lucky enough to come across some VIP tickets. Normally I'm a cheap bastard but in this case I choked up the cash without hesitation...best $160 I ever spent. Tool was just amazing! I had read reviews of a lot of their shows, but to tell you the truth I really had no idea what to expect. Yes, I knew how the stage would be set up and that there would be people hanging from the top of the stage....and I knew they would be playing mostly new material...but what I discovered was that words really cannot describe the experience. It is a truly unique and wonderful show. The imagery was simply amazing. I won't describe it because words really don't do it much justice. I will say that most of the clips were made to go along with the music. There were many clips that seemed to dance to the songs. I was both thrilled and disappointed with the way Tool tended to blend into the stage. If I had not been in the 8th row I'm sure I could not have seen the band members at all. Having said that, I was really shocked that there was not that much to see from the band. Adam Jones moved about 3 times during the almost 2 hour set. Justin made some motions every now and then, but nothing much. Danny played his drums with an intense look on his face the entire time. He really looked like he was getting into the music. Maynard didn't move as much as I expected. He mostly stayed in front of the screen and moved with the music. The whole show was so much to take in. I found myself constantly looking at everything and everyone, trying not to miss ANYTHING, but it was so much to take in. Needless to say they played flawlessly. The really great thing about being up close is that I could see how some of those strange and interesting sounds off the CD were made. Most interesting was the way Maynard sang on Reflection....no special effects....that's all his voice!!! He just moved his head different distances from the mic to create that sound of fading in and out. The songs of the night had to be Aenima and Lateralus. Maynard really seemed to get into Aenima. They played with such enthusiasm that it honestly brought tears to my eyes. This was the first song of theirs I ever heard, and it was great to hear them play it up close and personal. After the song....Maynard gave a challenge to the crowd. He said to remember the feeling we had at that moment...and take it home with us and use it to create something bequtiful. Then he said something about how the world needed more creative people....amen to that! Then they played Lateralus as their final song.....again the band seemed to really get into the music...giving it all they had for one last stretch. After the song they all came together at center-stage....gave each other a few hugs, and waved to crowd as they walked off stage, throwing whatever possessions they had available to the crowd. To the lucky guy who got Danny's drum head....contact me...I will pay good money for that if you're willing to part with it! There are many other things I would like to write about the show....but then this review would be extremely long and even more boring than it probably is now. In closing, I would just like to say that everyone needs to see this band. The reviews you read here or anywhere will never be able to describe the experience of the show. As Maynard said at APC, it is truly one intimate moment between the band and the audience...nothing can describe, or replace it.