concert reviews firsthand, immediate, from the heart
10/02/2001
(hey it's a palindrome)




Review written by: Papo (comfynumb3@hotmail.com)
Review posted on: 10/02/01 19:36:41 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

I want to start of by saying thank you to the band for making music the way it should be made. From the heart, and for the art. My two friends and I have been to 5 shows this tour thus far including last nights MSG show.( CT, Wilkes-Barre, Hershey,Philly MSG,----Washington.) There luckyasses have been to 6. Even though I did not have pit tickets this show i felt it was just as personal as the others. Each show I have been to has topped the last. The 1st MSG show was by far the most suprising, and the most..."MIND EXPANDING"...ha...show that i have been to thus far. The setlist was incredible. Sober second? Undertow ! Eulogy was phenominal. And the most suprising part of the night, TRIAD!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!! That was key.- AR,MR. Pushit(Salival) was also a nice little treat.Since i had barrier for the last 3 shows I've been to, i hadn't really had a chance to realize how well put together the screen was. I could actually see the music with them. Almost like it the music was the soundtrack for the screen, OR, vice-versa. Following this tour has trully been an experience for me personally. I wish i had the time and money to do more. And if by any miracle the band members stumble upon this, -Keep "Sweeney", he runs shit. Keeping this short and sweet. THANKS The dude with the Khaki Colored hat.

This is the nyc1 show review. I enjoyed the show. I did not like the moshing, the nosebleed seats, the missing links screaming O! O! O! O! OO! Prison Seeeex! Fantomas Sucks! etceteraetc. Of course, I like to sing along and light my lighter, but who said I can't mosh. I would like an autograph on my breast please. I thought the variety of the enter was great. Does anybody like arena shows? Could have been worse. I liked it but it could have been better. Why all this television and dances? Why can't I see the band, I heard that they glow every 7th Monday bi-annually. What a gut. On the bright side, we are all alive (as of the time stated above) ie; no mustard or anthrax or burning fire from the heavens (no short term effects in 95% of woman, 94.331323of the moman, long term yet to be discovered) Just because I cannot control my body spasms does not mean i cannot control my electrical shorts in my brain. I like Budweiser and the cherry water but how does one know when one has had too much to think about it? Why doesn't Tool play more interludes and un-moshable music so I can dance on my legs and feet and touchdown and bang my head to a little ethnic music. Good show, solid, perfect if I were alone, but we can't have it all. maybe in 22 years. I will go again soon, but not now. I was alone, easy as pie, focus on it. Have you ever liked all the exibits at the zoo? i do , and I like Tool. Please no opinions on my opinions, i would like to know how you feel. Opinion=assholes. We all have one and they all stink. Please disregard this message. Thank you and dog. i like to belong. As you may have speculated, there are no contradictions her

Review written by: D.C. (legacy202@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/02/01 23:29:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 16th Tool show

Lets see, I'm going to attempt the impossible...writiing a review and having it actually get posted. Especially since a lot of you idiots out there think this is a Post Forum for Stupid People. Don't waste space with "not a review but I have 1 extra ticket blah blah" or "no I'm teri! No I'm teri!". Talk about the band's show. Shit... I went to the Tool show which happened 10-1-01. And I tried to post a review last night but...long story short, my computer sucks. Fantomas wasn't as bad as I was expecting them to be. I do consider them a failed mad-scientist kind of band...collective noise. But nevertheless, they had a couple of good songs. I could've been happier without the yelling (gave me a headache, not good when you want to yell out while Tool is playing), but again, they were ok. I actually liked the drummer. He was awesome, I was fortunate enough to sit on the left side of the stage and saw -everything-! But enough about them, Tool. I went to the May 20th show and I had a better experience then only because I was all the way in the front, it was surreal. But the Oct 1st show was still fucking awesome. They played Eulogy, one of my many favorites, and it fucking rocked. And this time I knew the lyrics to the Lateralis songs, so I sang to every song. Pushit was awesome as well as AEnima. We needed that...thanks guys. And the contortionists who hung themselves upside- down for nearly a half an hour (plus) long...nice! And also, before I go...I just wanted to say Adam is a fucking genius. Hardly anybody gives him enough credit. I liked it when he was on the stage alone just playing 4 notes...he fucking rules! Thanks, I had much fun. Tool fan for life here!

Review written by: David (fetusarm@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 00:09:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Just wanted to say, compared to yesterday, today was much better, audience still stupid, full of kids smoking and drunk frat guys yelling at anything, fantomas were great, I wish tool wouldn't repeat what they said, it looses meaning, and then turn up the house lights for the hug at the end, that is cheap applause, other than that great show.

Review written by: David Huynh (L4teralus@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 00:34:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I actually went to both nights. I think that last night was better mainly because of eulogy but tonight kicked ass because of stinkfist and the "Oh baby you and me" interlude. Kick ass. TOnight's concert was alot similar to the hammerstein show...it's ok..Triad is the shit. THe way it's performed live kicks SO MUCH ASS LIVE! I was sitting on section 7 row c. And these dudes in the front started moshing to opiate and just destroyed all the front seats including mine. that was not cool. and how do you mosh to lateralus when it's in that part that goes.."Witness the beauty too...bathe in the fountain too..?anyways. Awesome show but fans can get pretty crazy for stupid reasons. Bleh. Still good. .

Review written by: David Huynh (L4teralus@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 00:35:11 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I actually went to both nights. I think that last night was better mainly because of eulogy but tonight kicked ass because of stinkfist and the "Oh baby you and me" interlude. Kick ass. TOnight's concert was alot similar to the hammerstein show...it's ok..Triad is the shit. THe way it's performed live kicks SO MUCH ASS LIVE! I was sitting on section 7 row c. And these dudes in the front started moshing to opiate and just destroyed all the front seats including mine. that was not cool. and how do you mosh to lateralus when it's in that part that goes.."Witness the beauty too...bathe in the fountain too..?anyways. Awesome show but fans can get pretty crazy for stupid reasons. Bleh. Still good. . ONE MORE THING. ANYONE HAVE A TPAE OF THIS SHOW? ANYONE WHO TAPED THE SHOW AND IS SELLING IT. PLEASE CONTACT ME!

Review written by: Penny (penny492@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 00:54:35 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

- The Grudge - Stinkfist - Forty Six & 2 - Pushit - Eon Blue Apocalypse - Patient - Schism - Parabol - Parabola - Disposition - Reflection - Triad - Opiate - Lateralus Setlist from memory. Correct me if I'm wrong. This was my first tool show. I had seen Maynard before in an A Perfect Circle show but this was way better. The band played almost exactly like their albums with variations on some songs like Pushit and Triad. I was surpised to hear Maynard talk as much as he did. He said some of the same things as before but he also asked the crowd to help him sing Happy Birthday to one of roadies. The only thing that disappointed me was that they did not play Sober from yesterdays setlist but they did play Opiate and that just exploded the crowd. The whole show was just beautiful, from the hard choruses in Parabola to the sweet verses from Patient. The two people from the Schism video were there and they entertained during the song and suring intermission. They hung from ropes while they hugged eachother nude. It was fucking crazy. This show was very awesome and I intend to see many more tool shows.

Review written by: Alex (carrottopmustdie@pingry.k12.nj.js) Review posted on: 10/03/01 01:03:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Here was the setlist: The Grudge (-) Ions Stinkfist Forty Six & 2 Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Pushit Schism Disposition Reflection INTERMISSION with the Schism People Triad Parabol Parabola Opiate Lateralus The show was awesome, but I was really disappointed that Tool played only one song from Opiate, and none from Undertow! Looking at the setlist from last night's show, I wish I went to that one. The visuals were amazing and the most spectacular thing to watch by far was Danny and the ease it takes him to pull off things that seem impossible. I am not a drummer, actually a guitarist, but it really seems as though he is the most talented in the band in terms of skill in playing; although Maynard is probably the most gifted and Adam with Justin can write some kick-ass riffs. The show was great but the opening band Fantomas was godawful. I'd rather be kicked in the nads then sit through their set again. They make a root canal seem pleasant. Other than that the show ruled!

Review written by: Mithrandir (mithrandir888) Review posted on: 10/03/01 01:16:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Well i was expecting something extra special after lastnights energy charged unpredictable setlist but this one was much more run of the mill save for triad. of course it was good, its still Tool but lastnight was incredible. Of course lastnight i also had GA tickets and tonight I had nosebleed. but nosebleed does have its advantages. I noticed for the first time that the images on the screen are also being projected down on Adam and Justin, and even Danny though its hard to tell with the drum set obscuring it. This is especially cool in the begining because Adam and Justin stand in the middle of the Lateralus eye circle thingie. And from where i was perched i could watch Danny behind the drumset instead of a front view and after tonight i'm afraid that John Bohnam will never be at the top of my Greatest Drummer List ever again. Danny if you are reading this, from one drummer to another, you are a god. One left. See y'all in Albany

Review written by: The Usual Suspect (tool@theseth.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 01:16:11 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Two nights of Tool in New York. Whew, I am tired... First... Happy Birthday R(or D)ick!! Hey, MJK asked me to. And, although I think for myself, question authority, and strive to be unique, I think I will allow that request. After all, you are the guy who keeps it all running so the boys can play. And boy, can they play. Each show had its high points, but the first, palindromatic show on 10.1.01 took the cake. Tonight, I was wowed as the whole floor seethed and churned at the intensity of Stinkfist. Reminded me of my first Tool show at Roseland, where the whole floor was one constant bucking pit. And Opiate was a delicious nugget to savor at the end of the show, with another swipe of enthusiasm across the general admission section. Another treat was getting treated to both Salival (last night) and the original studio version (tonight) of pushit. Hearing both in such a close context really justifies the bands' 'label' as artists, not just musicians or (forbid!) rock-stars. Their ability to explore their art, and to go beyond the bounds of simple song-writing to evoke two musical extremes wrapped around one set of lyrics, is further proof of their dedication to pushing musical boundaries ever further. And thank goodness for that! And a big thank you, MJK, for introducing us to the keyboard player who helped whip up such a groovy Triad. Now, I was honestly a little taken aback (read my review of last night's show if you are wondering why) -- so much so that I forgot to remember who the mystery musican was. But I am sure someone will post that info here so I can sop up all of the groovy memories I left behind in a cloud of purple haze. And those people will also pose the set lists and all of your other statements, so I won't. Seemed like there were a few electronics problems during The Patient tonight -- or was it just my imagination? Also seemed like the band had a few missteps at the beginning of the show, and that MJK's voice was shaky for the first few numbers before clarifying into crystal clear music. I'd like to hear other people's observations on this as well. This was the time on this tour that I had a clear, direct line-of- sight to Maynard's silhoette, writhing in fanciful shapes against the hallucenegenic videos. It was captivating, like the wicked snake from the biblical apple tree or the whisp of an angel wriggling in its wings. Captivating. Who needs music videos? Thanks for the great shows, guys. See you next time you are through, hopefully before the next album.

Review written by: jonathan Feit (guitaryoni@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 01:42:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I got to see them at the hammerstein in may that was amazing the only thing missing from that show was the patient which I got tonight but we didn't get anything from undertow which is no where near a disapointment because its tool. I was tricked though I wasn't expecting opiate espeacial after maynard did the timothy leary opening of salvial third eye. I would have love third eye. the crowd seemed ok. there were a couple assholes behind me screaming for osseus labryth to jump that was just stupid. tool are just so amazing I most likely wont have a voice tomorow let alone any muscles in my neck yeah if any readers were around section 304 i was the long hair going insane with orgasmic joy. Hell I lost my glases three times. Maynard on guitar was cool that and his loin cloth. cannot wait for the next time thought fantamos were fucking hysterical when the lead singer asked if any one had any compplaints pure genius. The visuals were even better than I had remebered

Review written by: FDeuce (flounder76@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 01:43:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

After seeing last night's show and tonight's, the two of them together made for an awe inspiring setlist. I was so happy that they mixed it up tonight. Sound quality wise, I think tonight sounded a little cleaner. I thought the first show was very echoey (is that a word?) I was a little disappointed that there were no songs from Undertow tonight, but Opiate at the end was an unexpected treat. They were all over Aenima tonight with Stinkfist, 46 + 2, and the album version of Pushit. I wonder how long it's going to take them to bust out Ticks & Leeches? Strange, last night I thought that Fantomas was pretty worthless, but tonight I really enjoyed them. I was with different friends this time around, so maybe that's why I was able to get into it more. All in all, the past two nights have been worth the years of waiting to see TOOL again. I live on Long Island, and I'm very tempted to go up to Albany to see them again. Is that too much TOOL? We will see...

Review written by: Jay (ALeadenGrudge@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 01:55:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

As posted above this was my first Tool show, which I feel I deserved very much after waiting in line for 7 hours and not getting ticktets to the Hammerstein show back in May. I'm sure many of you can relate. Anyhow, Tool's music is life/mind-altering, and even more so when it's live. I used to be an aetheist, but I witnessed four gods upon a stage this evening. I've been to many, many shows. But never has a show felt so personal before, especially during Pushit. I don't know, man. I can't describe it as perfectly as it deserves to be. And if by some chance the band is reading these, I just wanna say thank you. Thank you for the motivation, inspiration, and all the other things that your music gave me the capability to believe.

Review written by: sharon (bes976@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 02:01:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Sorry if this becomes a multiple post.Working on a laptop here,ain't used to it. Anyways,this was the third show i caught on this tour.Hartford was great.Last night down on the rail(hurray for bruises!)was tremendous.After last night i felt it couldn't be topped.I was wrong.This night I had seating right on the side of Adam & Maynard.Proved to be very good seats despite not being able to see the visuals upfront.The setlist was already posted so i won't bother listing them..Tonights show was more intense I found than the night before.Pushit was the highlight for me.At the climax of the song I found myself tearing up.So beautifully done.All the years I've been going to gigs(I've been doing this before many of you posting were even born)this is by far the greatest band I've seen.From "big name bands"to bands that should remain nameless,the Tool experience outshines them all.Their excepitional musicianship,that voice, the heart that is put into every preformance,no one holds a candle to them. I truly appreciated the past couple of nights if not outright treasured them.Thank you,Maynard,Danny,Adam&Justin.Peace and love to all.

Review written by: Made In Canada (druphis@sympatico.ca) Review posted on: 10/03/01 02:06:50 ET

This was this reviewer's 1 Tool show

To all those who seem to think Maynard should have said something at your NYC show about the happenings on 09- 09-11.... Why should He?... will He make the pain go away, will something He says make it all go away? Tool as a unit is the healing the world needs, not some 2 line phrase that Maynard would say to the Chant of USA. USA. Fret for your Guns and Fret for Your Flag, Learn to Heal... Leave your Shadow behind

Review written by: Eilas Iefil Ruoy (i_d0_n0t_want_this@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 02:15:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

The set: 1. The Grudge 2. - (ions) 3. Stinkfist (with Elvis verse twice and extended bridge) 4. Forty-six & 2 5. Eon Blue Apocalypse 6. The Patient 7. Pushit 8. Schism 9. Disposition 10. Reflection (extended ending) 11. (break with osseus labyrint) 12. Triad 13. Parabol 14. Parabola 15. Opiate (with Salival Third Eye intro) 16. Lateralus Wow...this was a pretty damn good show. I went went with my best friend, as well as another close friend of mine. While the energy in the air was not as great as it was in the Hammerstein Ballroom show, it was still great. I was thrown off by the extended bridge of Stinkfist; I was starting to scream "I'll keep digging..." and realized Maynard wasn't singing yet. Then I was just plain unsure at first whether they were going into the Salival version of Pushit or Eon Blue Apocalypse, but soon after discovered it was the latter. I was upset and figured they weren't going to play Pushit (my favorite song), but they played it right after The Patient...all I can say is wow. It was the a really awesome performance of Pushit. Then Maynard picked up a headless guitar and played on Schism through Triad. Adam did a good job at extending Reflection at least an extra five minutes. I swear there were at least 15 times when I thought he was going to stop playing the last riff, but then continued on. The osseus labyrint performance was quite interesting...I didn't think humans could stay upside down for that long of a period of time. After the amazing performance of Parabol and Parabola, Maynard started in with the "Think for yourself, question authority" bit similar to the Timothy Leary sample used on the Salival version of Third Eye, which caused us to believe they we going to play Third Eye, which resulted me hugging my best friend, almost squeezing him to death. It was a slight let down when they didn't play Third Eye, but Opiate rather. Then Maynard spoke for a little while, and they concluded the show with Lateralus. Afterwards, Justin threw paper airplanes into the crowd, Danny threw drumsticks and 2 drum heads, Maynard threw a water bottle, and Adam wrote something on a piece of paper and threw it in the crowd, and then all four had a group huddle and hug. It was amazing, despite all the wannabes at the show. NO ONE can ever top TOOL when it comes to performing.

Review written by: jason. (kurtz@sdf.lonestar.org) Review posted on: 10/03/01 02:37:53 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

There are moments in life that are turning points. Most of them, I've noticed, are more negative than positive. The challenge, then, is to learn from negativity and turn such events/emotions/ideas into positive action. Positive Negativism, if you will. Tonight, for the second time, I went to a Tool concert. Tonight, for the second time, I have been thrown out of context and see that I need to evolve my ideas, reevaluate my position in the world, discard old goals and replace them with a new path. Just before "Lateralus," Maynard spoke to the audience in a hesitant voice. He said "...take whatever experience you've had here tonight, and, in the coming weeks, try to build something positive from it." I know that he's said that every night on this tour, but it never meant anything until I heard it tonight. Straight review: Fantomas are... wow. There's no doubt in my mind now that Mike Patton is a gifted musician and artist. I'm very curious to find out how much of their set was preplanned and how much was improv. There were times throughout when the entire band looked to Patton, who was conducting as if in front of an orchestra, and took cues from him. Their set was a too short forty minutes or so, and really put the hook in me to check them out next time they come 'round to New York. Rumor has it that will be sometime later this month. I'd love to see them in a small, intimate setting. Tonic, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom would be perfect. Tool. As above, I do not have the words to describe the range of emotions and ideas I went through during their performance. But, to write a fair report, I'll try to detach myself. The set was too short. House lights came on with ten minutes to spare before the MSG curfew of 11:00pm. Surely we could have been treated to something off of Undertow in that time? Prison Sex? Sober? The title track? (All three of which were played the night before.) Yes, I suppose we were treated to extended versions of songs like Reflection and Triad, plus the addition of Parabol (which, combined with Parabola, nearly had me in tears) but to skip an entire album's worth of material seems a bit out of the ordinary. And, speaking more of one of their top songs, the P/P pair, don't think I didn't notice how the women in the audience went nuts during Parabol, and the guys got their turn during Parabola. I think I have a lot more thinking to do on the nature of the relationship between the sexes before I can put forth any definite theories... suffice it to say that I'm once more not sure if I'm capable of having any sort of meaningful interpersonal relationship at this point. I need to understand people much more. It's something that I desperately want, but I don't think I'm entirely able to treat another person the way that she deserves right now. Straight Review: Set list and emotional dysfunction quibbles aside, the band was on. Tight, together, and as flawless a presentation as I've ever seen. They not only played the music, but made the audience feel it. I've seen a lot of bands in my time as a concert goer. None of them ever made me want to quit my job and sit in my room striving to create a single work of art as brilliant as each of the songs played tonight. The thought came into my head sometime during Pushit. And never left. See my emotional response above. Because I think that's what seeing Tool live comes down to. It is not a band playing in front of fans. It is a physical, mental, and emotional experience. Went to the gig with Jeffrey, a good friend from work. We were sitting on the first row up from the floor, even with the sound board. A few empty seats around us. More beautiful women than I think I'd ever like to be faced with again. Perhaps that was the seed of the loneliness I felt during Parabol/Parabola, Schism, and The Patient. Fill in the blanks. The closing song, Lateralus. My favorite off the new album, and perhaps one of my top three favorites they've ever written. I went completely outside my self. Entered a world of anger and empowerment. My body convulsed. I had no control. I changed. Walking out of the Garden I happened to look to my right. Walking next to me was Sam and Jeff, two old friends of mine from Manhattanville. As surprised as I was, it felt completely natural. We went for drinks at a bar on 8th avenue and 46th Street, and caught up. I hadn't seen them since February or March. We sat, drank, and talked. All was right with the world. I learned tonight that no one can exist on their own. We all need each other, to some extent. It is up to each of us to set limits on that need, and to work with others, and not to shut them out, and not against them. Foremost, we must know ourselves. Without that understanding we can not, in peace and happiness, exist. Respect to all.

Review written by: smellietoes (ontherooftops@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 02:56:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

they played pushit... and i'm still weeping in the wordz of peripheral: "Thank you Boyzz" peace

Review written by: Contraband (hopewell@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 03:02:09 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st! Tool show

First off, the night of the concert was my 21st birthday. That in itself is enough to make it a memorable night, but seeing Tool was a amazing gift. When we got to our seats, the opening "band" came out and "played". They sure did "suck". It sounded like haunted house music mixed with whale mating calls. I'm pretty understanding of opening bands, since I play guitar and I know how hard it can be to be on stage playing, but man, please learn more than one chord before you start a band. It's just simple logic. Anyway, once Tool opened with The Grudge (I think that was it) I completely forgot about the torment of the opening "act". A really great song to start off a show with, the way they started off the CD. I don't really remember the setlist, but you can read what other people posted. Really, the whole experience just felt like one long blur of joy, so itís hard to explain the show. I'm still just in awe of how great of a show this band played. I've seen APC open for NIN, which was awesome, but there is nothing like Tool. When Maynard wished his tour manager a happy birthday, it felt almost like it was for me, since it was my 21st birthday. Then reality hit, which is that I'm just some goober sitting in the nosebleed sets, and not, in fact, his tour manager. The only bad part, besides that opening "band" was the way some of the crowd acted, but that happens at every concert. Don't make cell phone calls during the show, don't stand in the isle with a stupid look on your face pretending to be confused about your seats just so you can jump to better seats, and most of all, don't be a jackass. Enjoy yourself, but don't make it worse for other people. One thing that really pisses me off is the people trying to sell T-shirts DURING the show. Nothing like getting into a song and then having a person shoving Tool merchandise in your face trying to make a buck off of you. Sorry, just some pet peeves I had to get off my chest. I did however meet some nice people in front of us, or on the train ride back up etc.. which just goes to show that the majority of people are really nice. This was certainly one of the greatest experiences of my life. I am a absolute music nut, so getting to see one of my favorite bands in concert was just amazing. Best birthday ever.

Review written by: 420 (stewpidazole@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 03:14:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 3 Tool show

To All...well...The Misconstruded Audience ...rule nymber one: 1- READ THE FREAKIN' LYRICS!!!! 2- REFER TO RULE NUMBER ONE! All of the hostility towards the band can solved if you refer to rules! The rules have not changed...since '92 They are not words to live by....but to make you a skeptic. The lyrics are poeticly strung...they could stand alone!!! Add the music....ahh...gravy. Politics, Religion, and Humanity...in every bite! Who's hungry? THANK YOU TOOL!!!!! Sincerly, 420

Review written by: halo33 (halo33@optonline.net) Review posted on: 10/03/01 04:26:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

as was said before, i do believe that the first show was better only because they played eulogy and undertow, but for those of us like myself who were fortunate to go to both shows would have found it the perfect mix when put together as one collective show. I however also went to the philadelphia show and between all 3 shows,found that the triad was complete indeed..especially tonite with the addition of opiate..hearing both versions of pushit was an added bonus..to all the people who are bitching about moshing..why didnt you get a seat??...anyways..i dont even mosh that much anymore i kinda just get into my little groove...you know,. that comfortable space..tool really are amazing artists and they are the true meaning of the word. they do nothing but create art for us to enjoy..and to most of the people in GA...you guys rock!..tool fans really do form a sense of community...from seeing this band at lollapalooza to now, the measure of their improvement is nothing short of grand...they only get better and better and i cant wait for the next phase..THANK YOU! please never stop.

Review written by: Vickie (bonghit54@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 08:47:41 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

I was lucky enough to see both NY shows. I can't say that one was better than the other, because they were so different. The first night was a lot more mellow, kind of a welcome to MSG night (It was their 1st time there), but kicked ass. Last night was like "Hi! We're TOOL. We will be fucking you up tonight. We just wanted to warn you and get that out of the way. Enjoy the show!" It was balls-to-the-wall, spinning out of control, all twisted inside-out. The setlist was awesome. The energy was incredible. Hearing Pushit 2 nights in a row, each one a different version was amazing. I'm still reeling from the experience. Last night I had a chance to get into most of the visuals. Try and check them out every once in a while, they are absolutely breathtaking. Everyone was on, again, as usual. Maynard was going crazy up there on his little stage. There were a couple of points where he had so much momentum from jumping up and down that I thought he was gonna go flying right off his stage and head first into Danny, I liked the fact that Maynard spoke a little bit more to the audience tonight. he didn't say a lot, but it was better. I thought the house was gonna fall down when Maynard thanked us all for making TOOL's MSG experience a good one. I have no complaints about anything. Except for the fact that when we sat in our seats, we were right behind the scaffolding that holds the video projectors. There were some empty cases stacked on it, which of course were directly in my view. But it was fixed when my husband explained the situation to some event staff and they brought him over to "The Guy" in charge of that stuff. He again explained, and the guy was mad cool and moved the stuff...THANKS AGAIN MAN!!!! I still feel like I'm at the show right now...the feeling hasn't left, and I hope it won't for a long, long time. Thank you, again TOOL. See you in San Diego!!!! Vickie

Review written by: peeuu (mikescott999@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 09:08:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

After seeing Tool three times in the last week, and allowing the initial amazement to sink in, last night during pushit I finally got it. For whatever reason, it brought me to a level of enlightment I have never experienced. It was truly incredible.

Review written by: Namuh (Kyle@dutch-east.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 09:29:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

I'd have to say, of my 4 shows this was my least favorite but still inspirational and absolutely amazing. Half my problem was my seats. I was promised a guest list spot by the Big Mean Germans and when that fell through I was buying tix for the top row or the highest teir on the farthest end of MSG. But that's not Tool's fault. I also think this was probably their weekest setlist. I'm thrilled they played The Patient, and 46&2 and Opiate are must haves. Closing with Lateralus is a must have, but some of my favorite moments of previous Tool shows was standing with thousands of others screaming "learn to swim". All that aside, their performance was amazing. Danny is Vulcan with his hammers. I love how alot of the intros were done by all of them tweeking effects and not just canned tunes. Durring the into to Triad I thought I thought I heard them leading into a cover of "Run Like Hell" from Pink Floyd which had my jaw on the floor but I can't say I was disappointed. I suppose the changed setlist was also a good thing. I started telling my friend who had never seen them before what I though they were gonna play next. "Ok, after Patient they'll do Prison Sex, they always do Prison sex" or after Opiate, "I know what comes next... hey hey hey hey hey, they always closed with that, now it's the last one before Lateralus." Well... I was wrong every single time. I suppose predictability is more upsetting the having the formula screwed. New set every night... NO SLEEP 'TILL ALBANY!

Review written by: Jay (ALeadenGrudge@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 09:34:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

As stated above this was my first Tool concert, which I think I deserved very much after waiting in line for 7 hours and not getting tickets for the Hammerstein show back in May. I think many of you can relate. Anyhow, the show rocked, for lack of a better term. I used to be an aetheist, but I saw four gods upon a stage this evening. I've been to many shows in my lifetime, and never has one felt so personal, especially during Pushit. I dont' know man. I can't describe it as perfectly as it deserves to be. But if for some chance the band sees these reviews, I just wanna say thank you for the motivation, inspiration, and the capability to find myself (which I did last night), but most of all, the capability to think for myself.

Review written by: hy.ponix (dead_hero16@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 10:00:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

anybody going to the oct. 21 show in kansas city should email me at dead_hero16@hotmail.com or my friend at blackened58@hotmail.com this will be each of our first tool shows and damn i can't wait. thank you

Review written by: Paul (noneofyourbusiness@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 10:01:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Well I too was fortunate enough to catch both shows. I probably shouldnt even post this because it seems the only thing lacking from this board right now is a setlist and Im afraid I cant be of any help. As soon as the first note's hit from sober (the 1st night) and Stinkfist (2nd night), that was it, I was completely sucked in, totally oblivious to all sight and sound around me... besides the stage and the music I heard and saw nothing. The whole place could have burned down around me and I wouldnt have known until they stopped playing. They are utterly amazing in every aspect, I've never felt so high while being 100% sober before, it was a truly amazing expreience, one that will never be forgotten. Thank you Tool, you've changed me in a positive way. P.S. Just wondering, why does everyone feel the need to post the same review over and over and over and over again? Once is plenty people, hit the submit button ONCE

Review written by: Chris (Spankthebastrd@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 10:43:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Another amazing night...being smack in the middle of a tool show (that is watching from a seat and not jumping around like a fuckin idiot) puts a person who appreciates it in such a euphoria, it might just be better than drugs.. _Grudge _Stinkfist- (that extended bridge is fuckin beautiful) _46n2 _EonBlue/ Patient _Pushit _Schism _Disposition _Reflection _Triad _Parabol/Parabola _Opiate _Lateralus

Review written by: seasoned tool fan (wicked5708@AOL.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 11:29:00 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

I bought tickets to the Oct. 2nd show at the Garden because I thought the set list would be better. WRONG! NO UNDERTOW, NO EULOGY, NO AENEMA! The show was nonetheless fucking supurb as anticipated, but I had anticipated seeing atleast ONE song off of undertow. Triad was an interesting surprise, and thank god they played the origional pushit, much better. Next time I'll get tickets to both the shows.

Review written by: FDeuce (flounder76@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 12:21:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

After seeing last night's show and tonight's, the two of them together made for an awe inspiring setlist. I was so happy that they mixed it up tonight. Sound quality wise, I think tonight sounded a little cleaner. I thought the first show was very echoey (is that a word?) I was a little disappointed that there were no songs from Undertow tonight, but Opiate at the end was an unexpected treat. They were all over Aenima tonight with Stinkfist, 46 + 2, and the album version of Pushit. I wonder how long it's going to take them to bust out Ticks & Leeches? Strange, last night I thought that Fantomas was pretty worthless, but tonight I really enjoyed them. I was with different friends this time around, so maybe that's why I was able to get into it more. All in all, the past two nights have been worth the years of waiting to see TOOL again. I live on Long Island, and I'm very tempted to go up to Albany to see them again. Is that too much TOOL? We will see...

Review written by: Greg (Sava333@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 12:24:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

All I can say is that if I didnt see both shows I would have been pissed at myself... They complemented eachother nicely. Neither one was better. The subtraction of Aenema, Eulogy, Undertow and Sober was fine with me 'cause the addition of Stinkfist, 46&2, Parabol (which they skipped at the first show), The Patient, and the original version of Pushit was enough to satisfy me again and again. They played the Salival version of Pushit the first night, and Stinkfist had the little 'jam' part in the middle that was very cool. If it was the same exact show as the first I would have been happy, but being the way it was made me extremely happy. I can now die happy. Can't wait to see them again. No one does it better than Tool. -Greg www.cataklyzm.com

Review written by: ericH (everydayatrocity@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 12:29:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I haven't read anyone else's review so I may be repeating a lot of stuff... but I don't care. the setlist: the grudge - (-) ions - stinkfist - 46&2 - eon blue apocylypse - pushit - schism - disposition - reflection - break/ contortionist climb the ropes - triad - parabol - parabola - opiate - lateralus At the last minute me and my buddy Jeff decided to make the journey from Cranston, Rhode Island to New York City. We had just gone to the show at the Tweeter Center on 9/21 and it was so goddam good that we decided it would be well worth it to go to New York. So about a week before the show I go online to order tickets and to my utmost suprise we got 2 tickets in sec. 59 row C, which are seats amazingly close to the stage. So the day of the show arrives and we drive for about 3 and a half hours and park and walk to the Garden. We get searched Jeff managed to sneak in a camera and we walked to our seats. We sit down and we're both like "what the fuck?" It was at that point we realized why those seats were probably some of the last seats sold. From that vantage point we had a great view of Justin, an OK view of Maynard, an obstructed view of Danny and we wouldn't have been able to see Adam at all, but we knew we'd get around it somehow. At 7:30 Fantomas comes to a practically empty Garden. Mike Patton was wearing a Lakers jersey and one point he said "am i wearing the right colors tonight?" and it was funny because I think he genuinely pissed off a lot of people in the crowed. Fantomas played a really tight set, it seemed a lot shorter than their set at the Tweeter Center, but a lot tighter, and they got a better response this time around. Next the wait for Tool. It didn't take long for the Garden to fill up and at around 8:45 the lights went down and the crowed stood up. From our seats we could see Danny jump roping through a crack in a curtain. The Lateralus eyes appeared on the video wall, the band came out on stage and went right into 'the grudge'. Being so close to not only to the stage but to the speakers the sound was incredibly loud and therefore a little jumbled, but it didn't matter cuz it still sounded good... and we were so fucking close! Maynard was wearing all black and had part of his face and a stripe down the middle of his head painted black and the others were dressed casually as usual. Next (-) ions happened and this went into the extended 'stinkfist'. I truely love this version. I love how when it gets to what everyone thinks will be the "i'll keep digging..." part that everyone starts to sing and then they stop... it's just funny... and I love how when it actually gets to that part there's a big build up and then the electronic drum sounds from the beginning of the song go on for a couple beats then that part comes about. After that wonderful piece of music almost immediately came '46 & 2' which, for me, was one of the highlights of the night. Danny's solo was flawless. It was great having such an amazing view of Danny. The man is beyond amazing. Following '46&2' was 'eon blue apocylypse/the patient'. I was quite suprised to hear this one so early in the show. I watched Danny for most of this song. I watched Danny for a whole lot of the show. Then after 'the patient' was the album version of 'pushit'. Played perfectly... "i must persuade you another way" Blew a load in me trousers. Next came 'schism', for whatever reason this one didn't hit me too hard tonight. The best thing about this performence were the contortionists. Those are some weird motherfuckers. I think the problem was the fact that Maynard was playing guitar. I don't like it when Maynard plays guitar. It's the best when he moves around all weird and freaky style. Then came a nice peaceful moment in the show 'Disposition' with lots of pretty blue light then 'Reflection'. I love the video they play during 'reflection' it's fucked up shit. Now, I belive it was during 'reflection' where something very interesting happened. A woman and a little girl came out from backstage and sat down right next to me. I take a quick look at them and something about the little girl, who seemed to be 5 or 6, struck me. She looked exactly like Adam Jones. She looked... EXACTLY... like Adam Jones. At some point I lean over to the lady, who looked like she was in her late twenties, possibly early thirties and said something like "this may seem weird or whatever, i'm not sure who you are... but this little girl here looks exactly like Adam Jones." and at this point she plays dumb and is like "what? is adam jones the one with the black shirt and the red strip? what? you think this is his kid?" then she just started to laugh, and I just laughed too... but I'm still convinced that it was Adam's daughter cuz after the show they walked backstage without any passes or anything and during the show Jeff could've sworn he heard her yell daddy... and during one song Adam just stared in our general direction for a good 15 seconds... and I'm guessing he was looking at her... so, yea, I thought that was really funny. I'm fucking sick of typing. They played 'Triad' which was fucking cool. It was the tour managers birthday, Maynard had us say happy birthday to him. For a minute I REALLY thought they were gonna play third eye, but they played 'opiate' which was find by me. They closed with 'lateralus', they hugged, it was beautiful. Then they were gone. The best songs of the night were 'parabola' and '46&2'. ericH - NTA spiral out... keep going...

Review written by: Athanasy (mydick@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 13:44:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This is mikey from L-town out in long island. first of i would like to say that i've only been a fan of TooL for the past 3 or so years. yeah i used to listen to rap that shit sucks now though. but thats another story. as for the concert. i must admit i didn't know what to expect. the first band (famto something or other) came on and well they had no meaning. it was just lots of noise and more noise. i think i have seen better garage bands (H3ADBOR3D). but yeah it was so gay and boring that two of my friends actually fell asleep a lil. thats how boring and dumb this band was. then came the greatest band ever. yes TOOL! i mean their lyrics are oustanding and beyond anything else i've ever heard. their are bands out there that try to be political and spiritual but none compare to TooL. i'm not sure what the order of the songs was but they opened up with The Grudge. I would have loved it if they opened up with Stinkfist but of course this is a "Lateralus" tour so yeah. but amazing beginning to the nite. stinkfist was awesome though. when they played i felt so energized and by mistake i elbowed this lady next to me. it was good though because the two girls next to me would not stop talking about stupid shit. i wanted to boot them right in the jaw. at one point Maynard was talking about how whether people were having a good experience or a bad one, to use that engery towards good. then people started shouting out "USA." fucking robotic idiots that they are. i thought i would be in a well round crowd of smart people but nope i was corrected. fucking usa what the hell was that shit about. thats not what he was talking about. but then again people are too ignorant to notice. well anywho my favorite song from the new album was played. althought its really to songs but Parabol/ Parabola is the best fucking sickest song. once i heard that i went fucking nuts. the only thing that upsets me is to hear that they played sober, eulogy and aenima in the first show (oct. 1) and not this second. oh man if i heard aenima omg i don't know what i would have done. ending the nite up with Lateralus was a good and mellow way to do it. i must say that last nite if not the best, one of the best nites of my life. TooL fucking rocks!! I wish last nite would have never ended. but it did. so for now to my cd's......

Review written by: Anya (alta32@bolt.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 13:50:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

*** *** *** *** *** I just have to say Ė wow! What a rush!!! What a feeling! As I stated in my review of yesterdayís show, there might not be anything else on this earth to give me such an intense and perfect feeling as TOOL made me feel these past few days. As of now itís a fact! It was THE BEST feeling in the world! I am standing on the edge of the pit, no one is moshing much, "with my feet upon the ground I move myself between the sounds and open wide to suck it in I feel it move across my skin..." I FELT IT ALL! (And the rest of the song.) I felt the music not coming out from the speakers and I didnít hear the music with my ears - I felt the sound so big, surrounding me, reflecting off of walls and I felt it with my whole body. It was unreal. Another optimistic note: with the tragedies that happened recently, you know what TOOL/Maynard think about it? - "Spinning, weaving round each new experience. Recognize this as a holy gift and celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing."! When he was singing that I was really glad I was breathing, and we were celebrating life with them there. I hope that this experience would inspire some of you - give you hope and reason to live. How much does TOOL prove that "we are eternal. all this pain is an illusion"? We have to live and appreciate every moment as long as we can and thatís what Maynard means when he says to make something positive. Whatís the problem with him repeating the phrase? If you think about it, just the way the performance is, you hear songs over again, no one minds that, but if there are songs with no words so are there Ďsongsí with no music. What he says is a reminder, in case you forget or donít know why you came to see TOOL. He reminds you that you came here to experience something beyond this earth - something they have already discovered and are sharing with us, to feel influenced, to "feel the rhythmÖ feel inspired, to fathom the power, to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain, to swing on a spiral of our divinity and still be a human". That relates to watching the band but so is life full of beauty and mystery, to hopefully open your mind, so that then you go home and keep that feeling with you and do something with it. Create art, write music, or just feel your own divinity, because we are divine, we are capable of being more than we think we are. Proof of that (besides the band themselves) was the couple performing upside down. I was close in gen. admission, I saw it well Ė they were naked, painted silver, in their full natural beauty. Did you see the way their bodies moved? It was more than something beautiful Ė it was emotional, it was something you canít make. I donít know who created humans but we are full of grace, beauty and capabilities. Thatís why so many of the videos playing at the show had nude people/bodies. You just canít exceed that, (close if you do 3D animation) and it only gets perfected when put together with incredible music like this. - Something else I would like to say to all those constantly complaining about moshing at a TOOL show. It wasnít that bad. Some guys feel the music that way; some are just having fun; some are being dumb. It wasnít bothering me too much. Also whatís funny is how cool most of ĎLateralusí is for the fact that itís so spacey and flowing that the guys who want to mosh just canít Ė just donít have enough jerk, (but only till they hear "Schism" or "pushing me, shoving meÖ"). Thatís when it was time for me to enjoy myself. And let me tell you I did. Maynard was better visible this time, he gave us what we wanted - he was beautiful as well Ė wearing practically nothing. His head was painted with a wide black stripe going from the back of his head, over the top and down to the bottom of the chin, encompassing the eyes as well. At some point I tried to move the way he did, he really feels the music Ė I had no doubt. Adam, Danny and Justin were incredible too. Maynard was messing around with peopleís heads too, love how he does it and you donít see it coming. I feel like crying, in fact I did, because Iím happy. Iím the happiest I have probably been in a long long time. Maybe ever since I was a kid. But now itís conscious. I felt myself, my being Ė felt complete and completely happy. As much as I would want to see TOOL again and again, itís not possible at this time - I am glad for having seen them 2 days in a row. But what I received from them has filled me with so many ideas and so much energy, in so many ways Ė those "things" that I took home with me, that I feel it will be enough to hold me up, to carry me on, to "lead me through each gentle step by step by inch by loaded memory" to the next TOOL show, whenever they decide to bless us with their presence again. This time my last word would be a quote from someone I still canít believe I met yesterday: "The meaning of life is the search for the meaning of life." Ö something to add to that: "Ö and we will come to find that we are all one mindÖ" etc. (There are a lot of things to be found.) p.s. I doubt it but if TOOL could ever hear this, I would greatly like to thank you for bringing out my "hope and reason" and just for everything Ė for your existence, persistent creativity, your search, and for sharing it with us. Could I say I owe my current life to you? Ė A large fraction of it Ėyes. THANK YOU! See you soon and hopefully more of us will be in a better place when we meet again.

Review written by: IZM (IZMGRAPHIX@AOL.COM) Review posted on: 10/03/01 13:52:22 ET

This was this reviewer's Tool show

I went to both MSG shows and all i can say is amazing from the FANTOMAS to OSSEUS LABRINTH to TOOL all were just amazing. The feelings i encountered and the visuals that stimulated my eyes were overwhelming. The last time i had saw them was during Lalapalooza and they were my favorite then and im so honered to have been alive at this time to watch there music grow and take new meaning as i was growing. But anyway heres the setlists for both nights: 10/1/01 10/2/01 GRUDGE GRUDGE SOBER STINKFIST UNDERTOW 46&2 PARABOLA THE PATIENT EULOGY PUSH-IT (AENIMA) SCHISM SCHISM REFLECTION REFLECTION DISPOSITION DISPOSITION --INTERMISSION-- --INTERMISSION-- TRIAD TRIAD PUSH-IT (SALIVAL) PARABOL AENIMA PARABOLA LATERALUS LATERALUS Such great songs and such a spectacular show. I am an artist and TOOL has been a great influence on me, by keeping my head straight on my art and by inspiring me in many ways. I thank you TOOL and wish you the best. --izm

Review written by: Aceldama (Aceldama777@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 13:58:59 ET

This was this reviewer's 9th Tool show

The show was amazing! I was on the rail right in front of Justin (I think he smiled at me, but it's probably just wishful thinking). I could not ask for anything more, 2 hours with Tool was wonderful. Fantomas was also great I enjoyed them alot. I do have one complaint, most of you have seen Sweeney "the head security guy for Tool" (the guy who looks like Steve from the Jerry Springer Show) and the other guy at every Tool concert Mohawk Boy (he looks like he's part of security). Well anyway, the girl next to me got to go backstage at the Hershey, PA show and I asked her how, she told me she talked to Mohawk Boy and asked him and he gave them to her but he only gives passes to girls NOT GUYS! I being a girl myself asked him for a pass and he walked away. Apparently your boobs need to be hanging out and you need to look like a slut to get backstage. My ow personal opinion of Tool has dropped a few notches after this experience. The girl next to me asked Sweeney for passes and I couldn't hear what he said to her, but a few minutes later Mohawk Boy came by and gave her two passes one for her and one for her friend. That is when I grabbed Mohawk Boy's arm and asked him for a pass and he walked away. The thing is I happen to be very attractive but was also covered up (IT WAS COLD!) I wore a sweater so if I had worn something more revealing I possibly could have gotten backstage. The sad part in all this those two girls there did even like Tool their boyfriends did. The two girls never got into the music, never really moved, they never even sang a line just hung onto the railing and waited to go backstage. Please email me if you have experienced something like this because it is really breaking my heart (it shouldn't but it is). Maynard and Adam are married men why would they want to meet just hot chicks? It makes no sense unless these girls are for the roadies...Enjoy sucking roadie dick bitches? Anyway I just don't know how I feel right now I am kind of pissed because I have seen them 9 times flown out from the east coast to the west coast to see them and saw my first show in 1994 in Providence, RI. Mohawk Boy made me feel ugly and insecure with myself because I didn't look like those two other chicks, what up? This is a big concern, because now I feel with Tool playing bigger venues, I will never meet them, I just want to say hello to them and thank them personally, is that so bad? I really hope this changes and that guys too will get a chance to meet this bad and not have to go through Mohawk Boy or Sweeney the faggot! To Sweeney and Mohawk Boy - you guys suck! Anywho, I still loved the show and the way the music makes me feel has not changed. But I think the way I feel about the band has changed, I think...I still need more time to process this. I have written from my heart and how I feel. Thanks, Aceldama (please email me with your experiences with this sort of thing) Aceldama777@hotmail.com

Review written by: teophelia (teophelia@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 14:06:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Hey guys, saw the oct.2nd show last night and it was the most amazing experience....truely spiritual. that was my first tool show and it made me love them even more seeing them live. very trippy images on the screen and even though i was in the nose bleeds, the people hangin' from the screen were pretty intense as well. the set list was amazing and of course hoped for "my song" to be played but enjoyed the night to the fullest. this guy in front of me was rockin' out utterly and was inspiring to see how free people can be when motivated by art. tool is art. tool is a spiritual awakening...if you listen and experience it all. free your mind and let them in, you won't be disappointed. Maynard is God/Satan incarnate, thanks for everything! Inspirational words at the end of the show made the night complete. Thank You from all the fans! With body mind and soul, teophelia

Review written by: 420TOOLFAN (stewpidazole@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 14:13:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

THE FIRST BAND WAS THE LEAD SINGER OF FAITH NO MORE. HE HAS EARNED ENOUGH RESPECT TO GO UP THERE AND DO WHAT EVER HE FUC&*NG WANTS!!! TO SAY IT SUCKED IS PRAISE TO HIS EARS..........AT LEAST YOU WERE LISTENING. I DO NOT KNOW... I LOVE TECHNO...ALOT OF IT SOUNDED SWEET AND SOOTHING. I THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL TO SEE MIKE AGAIN...IT HAS BEEN TO LONG. IT ONLY WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF THEY PLAYED LONGER. THANKS........MR BUNGLE AND FNM. - 420 FAN

Review written by: teophelia (teophelia@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 14:15:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Hey guys, saw the oct.2nd show last night and it was the most amazing experience....truely spiritual. that was my first tool show and it made me love them even more seeing them live. very trippy images on the screen and even though i was in the nose bleeds, the people hangin' from the screen were pretty intense as well. the set list was amazing and of course hoped for "my song" to be played but enjoyed the night to the fullest. this guy in front of me was rockin' out utterly and was inspiring to see how free people can be when motivated by art. tool is art. tool is a spiritual awakening...if you listen and experience it all. free your mind and let them in, you won't be disappointed. Maynard is God/Satan incarnate, thanks for everything! Inspirational words at the end of the show made the night complete. Thank You from all the fans! With body mind and soul, teophelia

Review written by: Ron (ron_721@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 14:23:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Hey all. This was my 2nd time seeing Tool. My first was at Lollapalooza '97. This show was incredible. Tool was too great for words. I had the pleasure of being right up front. I was at the stage, next to the speaker system by Adam. It was fantastic. As soon as they bursted out with The Grudge and closed with Opiate it was a night that is not going to be forgotten. They also had such a great stage show. The 'silver people' from Schism out on the stage and then when they were on the bungee chords on stage. It was too fuckin cool. The only problem I had with the show was the opening act. I don't think Fantamos (or however you spell it) were talented at all. I know it was made up with a bunch of members from other bands, but all it was was noise. The singer with his yelling like a retard it was ridiculous. But overall TOOL KICKS ALL SORTS OF ASS and proved it last night!

Review written by: dabel-AP (vertigod0000@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 14:27:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 6st Tool show

There is nothing to say, really. This second show kinda completed the over-all feeling I recieved through these last two days. The z-axis, if you may. I love harmonizing over Parabol with Maynard, in 3rds, if you know what I mean. Danny did a good job harmonizing over Schism while playing that funky-ass rhythm. Tall guys sing low octave ranges, near-contra shit...fast, they walk very fast. The 'White Lines' addition to Stinkfist was absurd but fitting. That was done in Berkeley too...hmm... When MJ walked over to DC after 46 and 2, I knew we were in for a treat. Somehow, without verbal communication that I could see, AJ strutted into Aeon Blue Apocalypse...The Patient. I must keep reminding myself of this/I must keep reminding myself of this/I must keep reminding myself of this/I must keep reminding myself of this Into Pushit... two versions, two nights in a row. Patient/Pushit back to back, we must have been good boys and girls this year............... Plus the complete Disposition/Refelction/Triad again, with a guest synth puncher (Juilio Franco?? What was his name?) It sounded like they played Triad differently on the second night, can anyone confirm these Q's? To think that Tool have been performing live shows since May, almost every night, all accross the world and giving it their best each time is completely extraordinary and should be way appreciated and conceptualized by every one of us. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to James, Adam, Justin and Danny. Thank you for following your intuitions and insprirations, your spirals, giving everything you got during this time of relativity and rationality. You could just close your eyes, tap your feet and play the bare minimum, and get away with it too, but you keep pushing it to new levels and mixing it up and keeping it fresh and loud and clear. Your extra effort is recognized by us, and is inspiring. I am learning more about myself and our life in general. I am patience as this cycle begins it's ascent. I stand willing and prepare for it's return. I feel the importance too. to. 2. We are one.

Review written by: Chazz (cjfdotcom@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 14:47:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

I just want to say one thing. All of you supposed "tool fans" are pretty fuckin ignorant. And another thing, your city, just got bombed. And all you can do is argue or try to say that you are the "TRUE" tool fan. It is a sad thing. One day you will realize that there is more out there.

Review written by: Will (will@burning-cold.org) Review posted on: 10/03/01 14:50:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

my 2nd MSG show, and fuck it was just as mind-blowing as the first. I actually dug this one more personally, considering they hit a few more tracks off of Aenima. The Patient was a highlight, but the Parabol/Parabola/Opiate sequence was something I'll never forget. My favorite part of the show. Stinkfist w/ the extended bridge was great of course. For some reason I found the MSG crowd wishing their tour manager a happy birthday really fuckin' funny, Maynard has that low-key sort of humor, cracks me up. Like when a fan asked him what the song "Bottom" was about, to which he replied "it's about bottoms." Anyway, thank you TOOL for 2 performances that will be etched in my memory until the day I die. - Will http://burning-cold.org

Review written by: Matt (xxkornxx13@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 15:45:29 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Well I just witnessed my 2nd Tool show and it was awesome. The high point had to be going from nosebleed seats to being in GA. Tonights show was cool cause Maynard actually talked to the crowd lol. Setlist: The Grudge (-) Ions Stinkfist 46&2 Pushit (AEnima) Schism Disposition Reflection Triad Parabol Parabola Opiate Lateralus Tonight show was awsome. I wish they would have played more older songs instead of Triad, Disposition and Reflection which I saw the previous night but thats ok. Best song had to be Opiate those opening bass harmonics just sent chills down my spine. Parabola also sounded a lot better then the night before probably because it was played with parabol. And I have much respect for Adam Jones who I was right in front of all night, he broke a string during Reflection and didn't miss a beat he is awesome. I wish I could go see Tool again but I guess I'll have to wait till next tour. Later.

Review written by: Brian C (fearthemullet@wildmai.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 15:49:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Ok I already wrote a review for the concert on Oct. 1, so here is my review for the Oct.2 show. Fantomas-> never had heard their music before the Oct. 1 show. As much as people bitched I think that Mike Patton has a tremendous amount of energy, and Buzz from the Melvins was lightning fast. Opened with the Grudge as usual. Stinkfist extended was good but some of the drunk people in the pit lost their focus and started making up their own words to the extended verse it was definitely comical. 46 & 2 was good. A little Eon Blue and then came the patient. I was skeptical of this song, because it's not my favorite on the new album, but the crowd reaction from people at the Garden that had seen them play it in Philly was energetic. I personally thought it was awesome live. Then into pushit. It was good to hear the regualar version after hearing the salival version the day before (i love that song so much). During pushit i love the visuals on the screen --its the black and white spiraling circle, i bet it's even better if you are on hardcore/designer drugs.......anyway the osseus labryint came out during schism while maynard was on guitar...it was interesting to say the least. they left only to come out moments later chained to the ceiling as adam extended disposition which the visuals were also ridiculous for...amazing... then after the intermission they played triad, unbelievable hearing it for the first time on monday and then again on tues. into parabol/a which was good as always. Then Maynard starting talking to the crowd telling us to thank the guy that played the keyboards on triad. then he said to wish the tour manager a happy birthday. then after the famous positiv energy speach, he said repeat after me "speak for your self question authority" i could have sworn that they were gonna play Third eye but instead they kicked into Opiate, the best song of the night , and went to lateralus after that. Definitely an awesome show, visuals were great. These two and Hammerstein were the three best nights of my life. The switch in the setlist was great, the band was so awesome. I am so lucky to have been in the GA both nights and at Hammerstein. I never got to write a review for Hammerstein because I was so mesmerized that by the time I could finally put it into words, they stopped accepting reviews... i am so exhausted, danny carey is unbelievable. -----Brian

Review written by: Al (as71874@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 15:56:49 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I am baffled by those who say that the show sucked. Utterly baffled. The beauty of Tool is that they take the venue in which they are playing, and transform it into another realm..another world. A Tool show is not about moshing, or getting hammered. It's about the acknowledgement. The Acknowledgement that they give us for being music fans, and the acknowledgement we give them for their brilliance that echoes from their instruments and from the voice that is Maynard. Tool does not insult us. They always give the gift of quality and amazing music, and do not attempt to insult our intelligence. Their hard work and talent gleams like the brightest of lights, from their performance. The Oct 2nd performance at MSG, was a fantastic voyage. I did not leave my seat once. I didn't want to walk away from Rock and Roll perfection. Danny Carey was electric on the drums. Each thump was clear, precise and echoed thru out MSG. Adam Jones, played probably the most perfect 10 minutes of a solo I have ever heard. And Justin's riffs on the bass were flawless. And then there was Maynard. I hope that my Grandkids will witness a voice like his in their lifetimes. Never again will I hear a voice that literally crawls inside you and moves you. The man is a freak of nature and because of him I will be a fan of Tool forever. The Artistry displayed last night was something that I will only see again, if I go to yet another Tool show. True, they did not play all their classics. I would have liked to hear "Sober", "Intolerance", "Cold and Ugly", and "Sweat", amongst others..but what I witnessed last night was nothing short of what I've come to expect from Tool. Greatness.

Review written by: Al (as71874@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 15:57:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I am baffled by those who say that the show sucked. Utterly baffled. The beauty of Tool is that they take the venue in which they are playing, and transform it into another realm..another world. A Tool show is not about moshing, or getting hammered. It's about the acknowledgement. The Acknowledgement that they give us for being music fans, and the acknowledgement we give them for their brilliance that echoes from their instruments and from the voice that is Maynard. Tool does not insult us. They always give the gift of quality and amazing music, and do not attempt to insult our intelligence. Their hard work and talent gleams like the brightest of lights, from their performance. The Oct 2nd performance at MSG, was a fantastic voyage. I did not leave my seat once. I didn't want to walk away from Rock and Roll perfection. Danny Carey was electric on the drums. Each thump was clear, precise and echoed thru out MSG. Adam Jones, played probably the most perfect 10 minutes of a solo I have ever heard. And Justin's riffs on the bass were flawless. And then there was Maynard. I hope that my Grandkids will witness a voice like his in their lifetimes. Never again will I hear a voice that literally crawls inside you and moves you. The man is a freak of nature and because of him I will be a fan of Tool forever. The Artistry displayed last night was something that I will only see again, if I go to yet another Tool show. True, they did not play all their classics. I would have liked to hear "Sober", "Intolerance", "Cold and Ugly", and "Sweat", amongst others..but what I witnessed last night was nothing short of what I've come to expect from Tool. Greatness.

Review written by: KC (kcijones001@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 16:08:52 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

I had a seat in section 348. I was a little pissed about that, but when I got there....Couldnt have asked for more....We were directly facing the stage......To make the xperience even better, who was sitting next to me?...David Cross!! For all those TOOL fans that went to the show at Hammerstein a few months back will know who Im talking about. Or, any TOOL fans that know what professional Maynard dabbled in before he became one of the greatest vocalists alive, will know who Im talking about

Review written by: Angel (DaKeeper45@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 16:35:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I must start by saying that Tool is the most incredible band that puts on the most incredible show ever. At the beginning I could feel the energy, everyone's anticipation..and when you saw their shadows on stage..you jump up and scream your loudest. They opened with The Grudge..then went right into Stinkfist, next was 46 & 2, then Eon Blue Apocalypse and The Patient, surprizingly they played Pushit, which was amazing, then they did Schism, and Maynard picked up a guitar...weird. Then they did the entire Disposition/Reflection thing...Adam spaced out, playing that closing riff for about 10 minutes, then the others came back onstage and they played Triad. Everything quieted down and they started Parabol..everyone was silent...when the first notes of Parabola came on everyone jumped to their feet and went nuts. Then after a quick joke from Maynard, they went into Opiate, which made the crowd even wilder..he wished us all a good night, and they closed with Lateralus. I was blown away...I could barely contain all that energy. Quite a show it was, and next time..I'm getting floor seats.

Review written by: FDeuce (flounder76@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 22:22:05 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

After seeing last night's show and tonight's, the two of them together made for an awe inspiring setlist. I was so happy that they mixed it up tonight. Sound quality wise, I think tonight sounded a little cleaner. I thought the first show was very echoey (is that a word?) I was a little disappointed that there were no songs from Undertow tonight, but Opiate at the end was an unexpected treat. They were all over Aenima tonight with Stinkfist, 46 + 2, and the album version of Pushit. I wonder how long it's going to take them to bust out Ticks & Leeches? Strange, last night I thought that Fantomas was pretty worthless, but tonight I really enjoyed them. I was with different friends this time around, so maybe that's why I was able to get into it more. All in all, the past two nights have been worth the years of waiting to see TOOL again. I live on Long Island, and I'm very tempted to go up to Albany to see them again. Is that too much TOOL? We will see...

Review written by: Wow (badasstool@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 22:24:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 23rd Tool show

Wow, of all the shows I've seen.....this was the best!!!!!!!!!!

Review written by: mike (errhfnsf@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 23:15:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

sorry but this isnt a review, ive been hearing some negative feedback about some of these shows and im goin to my first tool show 0ct. 19th and i want it to rock and not be boring like everyone is saying. if anyone from tool happens to see this please make that show kick ass. this is my favorite band and this show needs to be perfect.

Review written by: mike (errhfnsf@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/03/01 23:16:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

sorry but this isnt a review, ive been hearing some negative feedback about some of these shows and im goin to my first tool show 0ct. 19th and i want it to rock and not be boring like everyone is saying. if anyone from tool happens to see this please make that show kick ass. this is my favorite band and this show needs to be perfect.

Review written by: Melissa (violetfemme420@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 02:29:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

A day later and I'm still reeling from the phantasmagoric jelly that exuded from the joy of the path to omniscience... morrison was there; he felt it too, gyrating like a goddamn shaman on the rooftops...just as he ended the war w/ "unknown soldier", tool have helped us to sink down into the muck of viscera and emerge cleansed... jeepers creepers, david cross was there! anya, you're awesome, glad u got it too... ride it out... and feel it

Review written by: Princess Drea (princess_drea_diggit@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 06:24:00 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

WAS THAT SHOW FUN OR WHAT??????? First off, I would like to compliment the New York audience. I really do not feel that anyone interfered with my enjoyment of the show either here or at Hammerstien. I was not dissapointed in part because I was just gratefull to still be alive to see TOOL. I think less like a consumer these days and more like refugee when it comes to enterntainment, something I am priviliged to be able to partake of. My friends and I had a fantastic time. I wore my FUCK TERRORISM tee shirt and you can get one too for yourself at http://gyromart.com/ (my chest does not ordinarilly attract the kinda attention that tee shirt was getting). Maynard sang with fewer effects on his voice, sometimes adding an unexpected inflection or trill. There is something very human and sensitive about his delivery (I used to think he was an alien, but now I feel I am more of a stranger to this world than he). Most of the songs differed, if only in a subtle way, from the album versions unlike the boutique tour. I found myself screeming "Danny, oh my GOD!" a few times because his playing has an element of surprise to it. Brilliant! I play guitar, and I think playing an instrument really does change the way you see other musicians. It takes the mystery out of much of what you hear. Adam has something that can't be taught, it has to be discovered: simplicity, relaxation, and focus. Justin is just having one big Mahamudra with the whole frickin world!!!!!! Group hug highlight: Maynard slipped his hand down, cupped Adams left asscheek and gave it squeeze. Crowd reaction--> ME: "wish I was Maynard" BRIDGET: "wish I was Adam" And there it is. Fontomas, I will quote both my friend Joseph "they can't be a real band" and the guy two rows behind me to the right "you suck!!!!" I like shadows now because they encourage me to see what's in the light clearly (and you never know if your favorite rock star might be lurking in one).

Review written by: Johnny Smoke (john@megawebchat.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 07:02:38 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

A mind fuck, nightmare and religious experience. Brutal, Suttle and all the time beautiful. Maynard is a voice crying in the wilderness...

Review written by: Master Reviewer (elohdaeh78@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 12:42:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Just a few things about fantomas and mike patton that you closed minded asshole don't realize. For the people that say mike patton was once a good singer you need to understand that fantomas is not about catchy songs with good vocals. Mike patton uses his voice as an instrument in fantomas. In his other bands, (tomahawk, peeping tom, mr bungle) he sings. If you think he can't sing anymore why don't you open your eyes and ears and listen to mr bungle or any of those other bands i listed. Fantomas was tight as hell whether you like their style or not you have to be a complete fool to not realize how great those musicians are. And if you didn't like their style thats fine, if it was not catchy enough for you thats fine, but i hope you do realize that mike patton is in 5 or more bands that combined have a range of music that tool can't and never will be able to come close to. From pure death metal to catchy pop songs , mike patton can do it all.

Review written by: TheDog (ej_111@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 12:55:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

My two cents on these shows: I thought their first appearance in New York back in May (5/20) was better than either of these shows, for the most part - although musically these two shows were slightly stronger. It's other factors - the venue, the setlist (esp. on Monday), the minimalist break in lieu of intermission, the videos - that made these latest shows slightly less satisfying than May 20th. Of these two shows, I thought Tuesday was better. Mainly because the transition from high energy to tranquility a la Philip Glass was accomplished better on Tuesday. I did not at all care for Adam Jones' extended minimalist ending to Reflection. On Monday it bored me to tears, on Tuesday it was a welcome call to a bathroom break. Suffice to say that I left when he began, and when I returned he was still going with the same 3 chords. Both shows were excellent musically, but the theatrical elements - video and acrobats - were more of a distraction than anything else. Tool uses elements of minimalism in some of their music, especially on the new album (Disposition, Reflection, Lateralus). But the videos were too steeped in minimalism, too repetitive. Also, they need to upgrade some of the imagery they use to fit their evolved aesthetic better. They didn't play anything off Undertow, but many of the videos felt like they fit better with that album. Too dark, simple, and repetitive. Not that Undertow is any of that - it is an absolute masterpiece - but the repetitive, dark imagery didn't work well for me this time around. The more abstract videos worked better for me than the "dirty toilet imagery." That being said, I enjoyed myself tremendously. I spent a good deal of the evening on Tuesday watching Danny Carey from my seat in Sect. 77. Daaaaamn..... These guys are one of the very best bands around today, in my opinion. It was great to hear them mix up the set list on Monday so much from the shows since September 14th, and also for Tuesday to include different songs from Monday like 46 & 2, Pushit, the Patient, Parabol/Parabola (I don't know why they played Parabola without Parabol on Monday) and Opiate. Although admittedly I would rather have heard Aenima again on Tuesday instead of Opitate, and I was really hoping to hear Intolerance and Ticks and Leeches. Finally, Tuesday was also interesting because the group I went with included 3 or 4 newbies to Tool - had little or no experience with the material. This is not easy listening and it's not gonna work if you don't know the material well, never mind not at all. The reaction of these people kind of underscored that point for me, their primary reaction seemed to be perplexion. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. Oh, and it was nice to see Maynard comfortable and the crowd so welcoming. Of the two nights, there was no "USA! USA!" chanting - up until the very end of the show on Tuesday when a few yahoos in the pit couldn't resist. But Maynard was more talkative and in better spirits than any of the post-tragedy shows I read about. Great shows if you focused on the band and knew when the "secret intermission" was.

Review written by: Jennifer (jeni24@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 14:22:34 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

I have two extra tickets to the Pepsi arena concert...Section 120, Row H, seats 2 and 3. AWESOME seats!!! All I'm asking is face value...$40 each. Call 914 527 9797...will be in Albany by 6pm...can meet you there.

Review written by: Melissa Kaehler (Mkaeh@cs.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 15:51:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. ......Wow. I can't even begin to descibe the feelings that came over me during every Tool show that I've seen so far on this tour. For starters, I went to the Portland, Me. show....Unbelievable....This was the first time I had seen Tool since Ozzfest...All I could do was just stand in awe of it all, overwhelmed that I was finally experiencing Tool up close and personal (I was in the front row!!) That night was nothing compared to the following night in Mansfield, Mass. I don't know if it was due to the Equinox or what, but there was some kind of unknown, unfamiliar, feeling in the air...It's disappointing to me that I may never feel that extrodinary energy again...It felt as though the concert was designed and coordinated for me only...the others I went with felt the same way...It was amazing to me what I realized during this show, it was as though everything made sense...and Tool had it figured out a long time ago...I thank them for that....For example, it seemed to coincidental that the lyrics in the songs for this set list all related to the tragedy that we all all about to face....songs such as the Grudge, The patient, Opiate, Laturalus etc...all can make one realize, if open-minded enough to, that we are in for a world of hell in these coming days of War...are we to blame for our ignorance and greed? have we made are on destructive path in life?....what will the consequences be. I could go on for hours about the things I saw at this show. In fact immediatly after, I bought tickets to Pittsburg and both Madison Square Gardens shows. Pittsburg was excellent, a lot more colorful...but the sound was no as good. madison Square Garden was inbelievable...still not quite to the point of the Mass show, but close...being in NY was trippy enough, and to see Tool during this was unimaginable. The second night in NY was better than the first, the sound had improved and the power was overwhelming.... This sureal experience was a million times more than I imagined....I suggest it to anyone, if you are mentally prepared...

Review written by: andy (andu_88@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 16:39:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

i did not go to this show, i am seeing tool oct. 19th in st. louis, but i would like to get some things off of my chest. One big thing is that people saying "maynard you rock", "maynard you are a genious", ok the guy is a good singer/songwriter, but what about the other 3 people in the band, justin chencelor, adam jones, danny carrey, and hell for those of you who are really tool fans know of paul D amour, not one of these guys gets the credit they deserve, they are all second best to maynard. i find this repulsive, in a band you should all be equal, everybody does their part, and what happens can only be described as magic. i am sorry for this little rant i just wanted to get that off my chest and try to open some new tool fan;s third eye so they learn that there is alot more to tool than maynard james kennon

Review written by: Lauren (EuphoriaJT@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 17:41:41 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This was my first TOOL concert - and I consider myself very very very lucky!!! Not only did I manage to get General Admission tickets, but I was one of the first people to enter the pit - so I had my choice of where to stand!! Of course, I ran to the railing facing the CENTER of the stage directly up front - by far the best place to be in the entire arena (besides backstage of course!)!! I grabbed onto the railing at about 6:40 (after we were let in) - and didn't let go until the entire band walked off stage around 11:00!! The concert was INCREDIBLE!!! I was able to watch each member as they produced the beautiful music we all know and love. Maynard came out in this really strange costume that seemed to have strings hanging off of it, and a zipper in the back. As close as I was, I couldn't figure out exactly what the outfit entailed because it was too dark where he was standing. They opened up with The Grudge - really hard and intense - I felt the entire pit move forward (straight into my back) and I could feel the movements of the crowd throughout the entire show. It really added to my experience, not only did it add a sense of belonging with the crowd (my fellow Tool-Junkies!) but it made the music that more meaningful when everyone around me felt the same way I did about the music. After about two more songs, Maynard went behind the stage, and when he returned - the costume was off, and all he had on was this little black speedo-type underwear! Of course, he looked amazing in them - we were able to see his Scorpion tatoo perfectly!!! There are pics of him on Toolshed with part of his face painted white (around his eyes to half his cheeks - down to his chin), he had that same design tonight except it was black - very cool looking close up. And he had a little squarish patch of dark hair in the middle of his scalp, and the rest was bald. Danny had a sports Jersey tank top on that said "Carey" on the back (If you're reading this Danny - thanks for signing my SALIVAL box set!!!), which I doubt anyone in the back was able to read. His drum set looked different than in any of the pictures I've ever seen, that black picture with the symbols drawn on it wasn't there - it was just a plain (gold-like) set without any pictures on it. They put up a very large circle (about 7 feet tall) with Dissectional.com-like circles and symbols all over it right next to the drums, on a black-light type cloth that was very cool looking in the dark with all the lights flashing around it. The setup of the stage was very unique. Adam and Justin were in the front at opposite sides of the stage, and Danny was in the back right (if you're facing the stage). To the left in the back was a small raised stage with a screen behind it that showed the same videos as the huge screens behind the band. There was a lone microphone on the stage, and that was were Maynard sang for the entire show! His back was right up against the screen, so the light from the images shone on his body for an amazing effect. He did his classic little "dances," during the show, with his body arched downward as he sang so that he was almost facing the floor instead of the audience. I saw A Perfect Circle a few months ago in NYC, and Maynard moved in pretty much the same fashion, but considering the TOOL songs are a lot 'harder,' he was much more intense at this show. I'm sure you've all heard about the two people from the Schism video that bounced around the stage and swung around high up on the cables. But the view from the front row on the floor was probably a lot different than anyone in the back! Their heads were shaved and their bodies completely painted in silver, and they weren't wearing ANY clothes! This is how we were able to tell that one was a man and the other was a woman, so we saw a little more than we bargained for - but I guess that just adds to the experience... Unfortunately I missed the Oct. 1st show where they sang Sober, Aenima and the Salival version of Pushit (my all time favorite Tool song). I was really surprised that they played the entire Lateralus CD, except for Ticks and Leaches (and everyone was pleasantly shocked when they played Triad!!) - I was really hoping for more of their old stuff. Mantra and The Patient (my favorites off Lateralus) was beautifully done, and Maynard sang it with so much raw passion that was definitely felt by the audience. Opiate was by far the biggest treat of the night, and also the most fun! It was one of the last songs, and it came so unexpectidly (I had been praying for it all night!) that the audience went insane when they played the first cord! That was the only song where I heard almost everyone in the pit, and probably most of the people in the seats sing along to every word as loud as they possibly could. Singing along with the band and thousands of fans was definitely an amazing experience, and a sound that I will never forget. They added a few new versus to Stinkfist and Reflection, which sounded incredible. 46&2 and Pushit (with a Salival Third Eye into) were two other highlights of the night! During the show one of Adam's guitar strings broke, and in the middle of a song (I forget which one) someone from the back came out and gave him a new one, while Justin kept the song going so well that you couldn't even tell that a guitar was missing for a few minutes of the song! I thought that I knew all there was to know about TOOL - but I never knew that Maynard plays the guitar too!! He joined Danny, Adam and Justin in playing Triad and blew me away! He was standing up on his little stage with his little black underwear and a guitar hung over his shoulder! They closed with Lateralus, then the band all got together for a group hug!! They seemed very happy and excited - it was sooo adorable! Then Maynard thanked us for coming and said "take whatever experience you've had here tonight, and, in the coming weeks, try to build something positive from it." Before they walked off the stage, all four of them walked to the front and sorta waved to the audience, taking in all the screaming and applause ... Maynard was the first to walk off, then the rest of them followed slowly behind, getting a last glimpse of the tremendous MSG stadium filled with thousands of screaming fans. It's really hard to put into words how incredible the night really was. TOOL has been my all time favorite band for the last 7 years or so, and has been a huge part of my life (Thank You for Nathan!!! -- hi!) This was by far one of the best nights of my life - the music that I love so much came alive right before my eyes! THANK YOU MAYNARD, DANNY, ADAM AND JUSTIN FOR CONTINUING TO MAKE SUCH BEAUTIFUL AND POWERFUL MUSIC!!! -Lauren (The chick in the front who wouldn't stop screaming!!!! Thanks for the encouragement Sweeny!!) (**If the girl who was standing next to me up front at the railing (or her boyfriend) who went to High School with one of the Security Guards - and got VIP passes for her and her boyfriend are reading this - PLEASE e-mail me about what happend after the show!!! I'm dying to find out!!!!**)

Review written by: Tony T. (ddiggler55@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/04/01 22:47:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

I can now die a happy man. My dream came true last night. The girl sitting next to me, was friends with Maynards bodygaurd. She had an extra VIP pass and gave it to me. They led about 25 of us into a plush room somewhere inside the Garden. They had ice cold beer and soda for everyone. About 30 minutes later Maynard walked in wearing a black suit and drinking a glass of red wine. About twenty minutes later he made his way over to my corner of the room. The girl who gave me the pass introduced me. I actually shook Maynards hand and got him to sign my ticketstub. He was so quiet and soft spoken. Not at all what I expected. I then met Justin who was a man of very few word. He had an English accent and some kicking bo. Danny was the nicest guy in the world. I talked to him about boxing for about a half hour. I was actually hanging out, drinking beers, with the best band in the world. The only member that I didnt meet was Adam. I didnt get any pictures even though I did have a camera in my pocket. Photos are not allowed backstage. Autographs are even frowned upon, but I needed some momento from the greatest day of my life. I left MSG at around 1am. The band was going to a birthday party for their tour manager. Lin, if you are reading this, Thank you. You made my dream come true........ P.S. It was stuffed white doves that Maynard threw into the crowd after the show......

Review written by: Joe aka Sonic (regulus820@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/05/01 02:38:28 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

My experience in attending the Tool concert was one of excitement and wonder. Excitement in the sense that being able to see and hear such powerful and intense music live would have been too overwhelming. I was full of curiosity and wonder for the fact that not only was I new to this new hidden secret that many have been lucky enough to experience (like my friend Lauren who invited me to this concert), but I was still an amateur to the scene and didn't know what to expect. I found out the invitation was more than I could bargain for, and that I would be forever grateful to my friend Lauren who gave me a night of joy and ecstasy. The entire experience of listening to Tool gives me a release in which is uncomparable to anything else. The band's performance on stage became an art, a dance of imaginative and sensual motions that heightens the song and feeds the starving eye. The crowd was hypnotized, the band gave out its soul-Tool became a part of you. You have no control and the music is your only guide. You have no choice but to give yourself to the music. Tool satisfied all your lost cravings and found forgotten pleasures. That one night of joy and ecstasy is undescribeable. It is beyond words-and only through the music can you really travel to your final destination of euphoria. Let Tool be your guide, your guru. Many can come to enjoy the show, but few can experience the journey. I have started the journey that evening, not knowing it, and found happiness.

Review written by: jason (jgudzik@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/06/01 15:38:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

What can I say? Did anyone expect the show(s) NOT to rock? Both nights were nothing short of perfect. I'm really glad they realized most of us would be there both nights and made completely different set lists. I still get this overwhelmingly pleasant feeling of community at Tool shows. I run into the same gang of friends, Matt, Chris, Mike and Jen, usually I'd go with Camille or Dan. On top of that, sharing the experience of a Tool concert with a stranger is very cool (hi Corinna). I felt a strong sense of unity between the Tool fans that I didn't feel from any of the pot smoking Gold's Gym member drunken annoyances. The pleasure that comes from a Tool concert comes from something way beyond the music. The music is what brings Tool fans together, but there's something deeper there. Maybe that's what Maynard's talking about in Lateralus. Well either way, the show rocked. We were front and center on the floor, we stayed there the whole time, the people crushing wasn't as bad as at Hammerstein, a good time was had by all. Plus, I welcome my new respect for Mike Patton. I've heard people describe him as a musical genius, but now I've seen it for myself. And what was up with Tool hugging each other after the shows? Seeing them as real people who need that kind of affection was something else. I love those guys.