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10/05/2001



Review written by: Kali (kalidurga1@yahoo.com)
Review posted on: 10/07/01 07:04:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Having now seen Tool from the g.a. pit at the outdoor amphitheater in Virginia Beach and in a seat along the side of an arena at the MCI Center in Wash. DC, I have to say that Tool is not an arena band. Please don’t misunderstand- their music is awesome enough and the show is stupendous enough to fill an arena, but any sense of intimacy is totally lost. I was able to see much more in the arena, but I *felt* so much more standing in the middle of the crowd in the smaller amphitheater. In spite of that, this show was still amazing. Maynard traded in the sweatshirt and leather pants he wore at Va. Beach for the leather suit/speedo combo that has become legendary (or could have become legendary if his speedo had slipped any farther by the end of Lateralis…). He seemed to be much more animated at this show (I guess he really was pissed off at Va. Beach), and way more relaxed. I don’t think I’ll soon forget the sight of him reaching down and grabbing Adam’s ass during the group hug at the end of the show… Seeing the band live has increased my admiration of Adam tenfold. His solo at the end of Reflection seemed as if it was going to be endless- it’s spellbinding to watch and hear him pull forth so much from so few notes. While I was disappointed to not hear Prison Sex again, I was thrilled that they added The Patient and Triad to the setlist. The fact that Tool has the balls to place a largely instrumental trio of songs into the middle of their set is just one more thing that sets them apart from the mainstream crap that panders to the masses. It's a refreshing and exciting thing. Triad turned out to be a wonderful piece for Osseus Labyrint to perform to. As some folks have stated in previous reviews, just seeing Osseus is worth the price of the tickets (though I was distracted by murderous thoughts of getting my hands on the asshole who kept shining a laser pointer at them…). What made this show so much less meaningful for me, though, was the large number of people who kept wandering in and out and carrying on conversations during those quieter parts of the show. To me, those slower moments (Adam’s solo, the intermission/performance of Osseus, Parabol) are moments to let it all sink in, to stop banging your head and instead absorb what’s coming at you from the stage. I was very distracted and saddened by the people who didn’t seem capable of realizing what the band was giving them. “What became of subtlety?”, indeed. For that reason, I’d recommend a smaller, more intimate venue to anyone who wants to actually experience Tool, rather than just going to see and hear them. Wherever you do see them, though, do yourself a favor and go "in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness".

Review written by: Spookey (tool_maynardjk@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 08:41:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Ok, this is gonna skip around but I'm still hyped from seeing my favorite band for the first time. It all started back in August. I was trying to decide which concert would be better to go to to, VA Beach or DC since I live in Roanoke, Va. I went EVERYWHERE trying to find when tickets would go on sale. I finally decided that DC would be an easier trip. When the presale came up my computer went on the blitz so I went to my other computer and I got in. Ok, skipping ahead now. I could not get any of my friends to go with me because everyone had to work and didn't have the money so I had to go by myself so I made sure I got a hotel close so I would not have to drive to the venue, I could just walk. I ended up staying just about across the street from the MCI venue. Well now to the trip. I left my room at about 6:30 cuz I didn't know how the lines were gonna be but when I got there I walked right in. Just to let u know before hand I was also all worried cuz I had ciggs and I didn't know how security reacts about that at a big venue and I also had weed-packed black and milds in my shoe so I was nervous about security. ANYWAY! When I got inside I got patted down and that was it even though I know damn well he felt my ciggs. Now on to the shirt stand. I got to the shirt stand and asked for the salival shirt and the tour shirt cuz all I had was $75 but I really wanted a long sleeve shirt but not for $50. The guy, by mistake, gave me a salival shirt and a long sleeve shirt, but if I had to make a choice between the long sleeve shirt or the tour shirt I definantly would take the tour shirt so I went back and got that fixed. Ok, enough babbling, I'll talk about the show now. I got inside and sat down at about 7:15 I was in section 100, row L, seat 11 and I'd have to say it was a really damn good seat. At about 7:33 the opening act came out. Now for anyone who reads this that liked them I have nothing to say because I'm not all about dissing a band cuz thay work hard and deserve credit but I wasn't into them that much. Oh, and to the guy behind me if u happen to read this, the guy who kept saying "Bring it! I dare ya!". I'd have to say u made my night to see someone get into Tool's music more than me. I thought that was impossible. Anyway, going back to the opening act, they were cool but I just wasn't into them. Then at about 8:15 or so this weird music started then outcame Danny, Adam, Justin, then Maynard. They started with the Grudge and I jumped up and felt the music. I know everyone has said a million times but the graphics were awesome during every song. Then they played Stinkfist like I hoped they would. Then it was Eon Blue, the Patient, 46&2, Schism, Pushit. Then they started into Disposition and Reflection and thats when I pulled out my weed-packed black and mild and lit it up cuz I always smoke up to this song cuz of how it feels. This was ten times better cuz of the graphics during reflection and the way Adam plays the last part over and over for a little bit. Then the performer came out and then some assholes started pointing laser beams at them. I remember what the guy behind me screamed about this time "Hey, get out! This is our house of love and ur making me hate you! Stop it! You're being mean!" I was about to cry from laughing about this guy's enthusiam. Then they played Triad, Parabol, Parabola, AEnema which I love even more then I already did cuz of how I felt during Parabola and AEnema. Then Maynard said "I have an assignment for u. For the future. Take how u feel right now. Take this moment that we have shared together and do something positive with it". When he was saying that he was standing in front of Danny facing Danny and I learned a few minutes later that while he was talking to us he was putting on his makeup. Then they played Laterlus and after that they did a group hug which I thought was an awesome gesture and Maynard told us to "be careful and take care of each other". I totally have a new feeling for tool. I see a lot of their songs in totally different ways. Especially Pushit, Disposition, Refelction, Parabola, AEnema, and Lateralus. Well I've said enough now. I really hope to see Tool again in the near future. C-ya later guys. Oh and if that guy who I've mentioned before reads this email me and we'll chat sometime. C-ya!

Review written by: greg k (gregorykellerman@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 09:12:50 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

the fantomas played for about forty-five minutes. the crowd seemed fairly receptive of the band, contrary to what i had read in previous reviews. i enjoyed them very much. they resembled mr. bungle, but much more sporadic. very entertaining. mike patton said he saw michael jordan walking around backstage with a big dildo and a jar of vaseline, asking if anyone wanted to play. it was an enjoyable set. tool's set was as to be expected: amazing. it must be quite a task to play long sets every nite for months on end and still find something to bring to the experience, and they do every time. they never seem to let up. it is admirable. tool is something different for everyone and that is the point. for me, they parallel the 1960s situationists. they create an alternative experience that is genuine and real. in a world of consumerism and corporate control of even thought patterns, tool offers a few hours respite for the body and mind. they provide us with an opportunity to think and feel and act without any pretenses. it is interesting to see how people act when given this rare opportunity. the crowd was much less obnoxious than the cleveland show a few weeks back. maybe there was less collective anger. the band seemed to have more energy. they seemed to be clowning around a bit after they finished. it was once again a tremendous experience. the cleveland show was more of a release, what with the events that occurred just a few days before; the d.c. show was an experience i could enjoy everyday. thank you. greg k

Review written by: tedious bass (blindleaf22@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 09:45:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

hey guys, I loved this show it was the best one I;ve been to! I was just wondering if someone could post the set list, thanx!

Review written by: DX (danlaufer@cox.rr.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 09:53:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

I saw Tool back in 1996. My friend asked me if I want to go and I usually don't say no to a concert. It was at the Capitol Ballroom in SE and my memories of it are shaky, mostly because I didn't know their music... at the time. I remember Blue and White Maynard moving around the stage like a snake. I remember Stinkfist and Sober, and I remember the violence... My jeans completly disintegrated.. But I saw something magical and quickly bought all their albums listening for 5 long years not getting a chance to see them (I never made it to Ozzfest) Enter 2001. Knowing that it could be a while, I saw them 3 times on this tour, including Washington, D.C. This band has matured since 1996. Their stage show is magical. The videos, the contortionists and Maynard's silhouette are absolutely hypnotizing. The words they use -- speak for themselves: "I embrace my desire to feel the rhythm, to feel connected enough to step aside and weep like a widow, to fathom the power, to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain, to swing on the spiral of our divinity and still be a human." - Lateralus The show I saw Friday was a different Tool than in 1996. But different is good. Different is amazing, and Tool is amazing. They move my emotions and my sense of balance. Enough said. If you haven't seen them on this tour. Go Now! Don't stop until you witness the beauty. Spiral out, keep going.

Review written by: Andy (aho1@jhu.edu) Review posted on: 10/07/01 10:24:23 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Here's an attempt at the setlist. I'm almost positive I've got the order wrong in the middle: The Grudge Stinkfist Forty-Six & 2 The Patient Schism Pushit Parabol/Parabola Disposition Reflection Triad Aenima Lateralus I was kind of in a daze from starting with Pushit. That was the high point for me. I really connected with the music there and let myself go until Aenima, when I came back to reality. I'm pretty sure I've got the first four songs, and the last two, right. Maybe other people have noticed this, but at the end of Stinkfist, he was singing Elvis lyrics. I forget the name of the song, but it goes something like "Caught in a trap/ Can't walk out/ 'Cause your love means too much to me baby." I heard him singing that and I knew it was familiar, and then it just hit me. They didn't play anything from Undertow, which disappointed me because, despite how far they've come since then, it's still my favorite album. But I didn't mind too much. Hearing Pushit live really blew me away. It's a real emotional roller coaster. Pushit, Parabola, and Lateralus are all overwhelming songs live.

Review written by: BitchMidget (smarion@cox.rr.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 11:02:55 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

A warning to those who are like me who had never been in the pit of an arena show...It's hell on earth. I wore a jacket to the show. By the time the Grudge was over, my jacket was around my wrists and my pants were around my knees. My girlfriends pants came off too, and she wasn't wearing underpants. I was being compressed towards the center in all directions by people who were just as soaked completly through with sweat as me. I'd need to reach my nose to the sky for air every once in a while, because i couldn't breath. The only part of the show that was physically satisfying was when the bouncers came and gave us water. Those who weren't close to the front like me did not get to experience this bliss. On many occasions, whole segments of the crowd would topple over. A lot of the females, including my girlfriend, located near the front had to be taken out of the crowd. One meat head yelled, "Play Opiate!" to which I responded, "Limp Bizkit plays opiate!" That was greated with an ever-so-clever "Shut the fuck up!" People shuted "U.S.A." after Maynard gave us an assignment, and when it had subsided, I said, "I don't think they understood." We all what Tool does on stage. Most people are inspired to embrace the aggression in Tool's music, because that is all that's apearant on the surface. I feel no urge but to stand still and suck it in. When I looked towards the sky during Lateralus and realized how truly great the universe was, i was kicked in the face by a crowd surfer. When the show was over, i didn't applaud, because i didn't really think it would have done any good. I staggered around, pants around my ankles at this point, listening to the comments made by all the people that truly did not understand the concert. How could any one wan t to trivialize this with conversation? I staggered, alone, until I saw this guy I knew. He looked at me and said, 'Oh, my god." He understood. Then I saw my girlfriend, and I took my awhile to convince her that I didn't need medical attention. Dispite that fact that I don't and didn't use drugs, i had reached a higher plane. Using Tool as a catalyst, I had become temporarily enlightened. On the metro ride home, I was simultaneously laughing, crying, and hyperventalating. While i'm sure no one understands, that was the best experience of my life. people have described the effects of extacy in a less glamorous way than I could have dscribed how i felt. I was one with everything, and was able to focus this onto the love I have for Jess. i think she understod, but she would never admit it again.

Review written by: John (nunya) Review posted on: 10/07/01 11:41:00 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Well, not only was this my first Tool show, but it was my first concert. I didnt even know Tool would be playing at DC untill Thursday. So I asked a couple of my friends if they wanted to go, but no one could do it. So I asked my girlfriend who i wasnt even sure if she liked Tool. Snagged tickets Friday morning and finally classes got out. We left college and took the 3.5 hour drive to DC. Onto the concert. I dont see how anyone could appreciate Fantamos. If you do, then I'm happy for you, but I thought they truly sucked. I cant believe a band like Tool would let Fantamos open for them. I've heard garage bands I like better. On to Tool. I missed how it started since my g/f wanted something to drink. I could still hear The Grudge anywhere i went, but when i got in there it was awesome. My seats probably werent the best being directly to the right of the stage, but thats what you get for waiting till the last minute i guess, and I wasnt about to get floor tickets when i had my g/f with me. It was great, but like alot of other people have said I would like to have heard more of their older stuff. For anyone reading this who isnt a complete Tool freak, i can tell you that they are still worth well what you will pay to see them. I dont claim that Tool does anything spiritual for me, or that they are the best band on earth, but they were great to see. Thats another good thing about them, you dont have to be completely into them to love their music. I will say that it took me away from everything i was worrying about at college for a kick ass 2 hours.

Review written by: SCOTT (misfitsnum1@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 11:41:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

IT WAS A GREAT SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Review written by: DJ Whitey (DJ_WhiteGreg@worldnet.att.net) Review posted on: 10/07/01 12:22:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 14th Tool show

Tonight was amazing.... I can't decide on whether VA Beach was better or worse, and I was 3 rows back in VA and in section 110 tonight. Stunning though...captivating... exhilarating...etc etc... The Grudge Stinkfist (extended) 46&2 Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Pushit (Salival/Tabla/slow) Schism Disposition Reflection ------------ Band Break... Osseus Labrynt ------------ Triad Parabol Parabola Ćnema Lateralus Lesse.... They need to play more old stuff. Sorry but the band has their heads up their asses as far as appeasing their fans go. I mean, I understand they gotta play new stuff to promote their CD, but it's Tool.... all their songs are hits with us, but like to dominate the setlist with all this new stuff.... we need the new stuff to settle a little better first. HOWEVER!!! Tool does have uncanny ability and for me that was enough.... I was not dissappointed one bit. Parabola was a highlight....Stinkfist....Reflection...Pushit (favorite)....The Patient I was very happt to hear. Maynard stripped. All the girlies got wet...blah blah blah. Speakin of girlies there were some hotties their...oooh yeah. Second hand smoke intake kinda hurt my chest...and singing.... Some dude, hugged me.... I'm not homophobic though, so it didn't bother me. I'm not gay either, so don't try it again pal....I must say some Tool fans *cough metalheads cough* are kinda ignorant even to the band. At least appreciate the fact that they played a nice long setlist and performed it flawlessly. Don't sit down or walk away dissappointed cuz they didn't play YOUR setlist. Soooo.... Hope everybody had fun. Try and be positive.

Review written by: Jason (mach1head@home.net) Review posted on: 10/07/01 12:28:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This show was absolute magnificence. About Fantomas...my mommy told me that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. I have a hard time composing my thoughts when I think back on it, simply because it was such an assault of sights and sounds and emotions. Osseus Labyrint was spectacular during Triad, I'm surprised they didn't pass out from hanging upside-down so long. The band was in top form, there was only one musical mistake during the entire set, and that was maynard forgetting to pick his guitar, so it was off about a quarter-second. Other than that, Danny's drumming was pounding and flawless, Adam wailed on his guitar with ferocity, Justin made the bass his bitch (especially during Schism), and Maynard's vocals were pitch-perfect and absolutely stunning. I've heard quite a few bootlegs from different shows, and I must say that the band's form at this show topped all recordings I've heard, and matched the quality of performance at MSG. My only complaint about the show was the MCI center's sound. The bass was overpowering and thick, the guitars were was too high and ear-piercing, and the overall volume of the show was sad. The MCI center could have turned the volume up more, Tool's set was just as loud as Fantomas's. Hell, Nine Inch Nails's set at Merriweather last year was twice as loud as Tool's set at MCI, and Merriweather is a third of the size of the MCI center. Other than the shortcomings on the part of the MCI center, this show was sonically powerful and emotionally orgasmic, and one that I will never forget. Thank you Tool.

Review written by: David (ddesola34@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 13:50:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Wow, Tool show #3 and these guys keep getting better. Of the 3 shows I've seen so far, I'd have to say the best performance was in Mansfield but the best setlist was tonight in DC. Fantomas were fun to watch as always... I was impressed yet again by Dave Lombardo's drumming. Mike Patton was losing his mind and screaming nonsensical gibberish for 45 minutes straight. He coined the weirdest icebreaker I've ever heard. "This next song is dedicated to our friend MJ up in the skybox." (An obvious reference to Michael Jordan, in light of the fact that the show was being held at his new homecourt) Then, he says something like "You may not believe me, but when I was walking around backstage, I saw Michael Jordan holding a jar of vaseline and a huge dildo." The crowd sort of laughed at it, but considering how excited people in the DC area are about having Michael Jordan play for their team, he is a bit of a sacred cow around these parts. OK, back to Tool... The Grudge: They go straight to the point during this song and let everyone know they mean business. Maynard comes out wearing a black/grey jumpsuit (like the kind skiers or racecar drivers wear) and black facepaint and showcases his tremendous vocal range. Stinkfist: Adam messes around with his guitar feedback before the entire band kicks into the opening part of the song. Everybody down on the floor completely went off like somebody had just poured sugar on an anthill. Maynard sings the Elvis lyrics and the band played the extra instrumental section before "I'll keep digging..." 46 and 2: Another crowd pleaser. Before this song, Maynard went behind Danny's drumkit for a few minutes before coming out to finish the rest of the show wearing only a speedo. During the instrumental break in the middle of the song, everybody's attention was focused on Danny for his drum solo. I've said it once and I'll say it again: Danny is a maniac on the drums, he beats them like they owe him money. Eon Blue Apocalypse / The Patient: I count them together since they really are one song anyway. I enjoyed it much more the second time around and paid much more attention to the visuals than the band. Very very bizarre stuff, to say the least. Pushit (Salival version): I had really wanted to hear this song done live on the tour and was so happy to finally see it. This song alone was worth the price of my ticket. Danny had to play Aloke Dutta's tabla section himself, but since Aloke wasn't there, there was no extended percussion duet like on Salival. I was impressed that Danny put his sticks down and played that whole part on the acoustic and electronic drum pads just using his fingertips and palms. Schism: Maynard straps on a guitar once more (although everytime I've seen him do it, he never even plays a note, he just has it on while he sings). I could be wrong, but from where I was sitting it looked as though Justin plays the opening chords for this song, and not Adam as I had originally thought. Osseus Labyrint join the band onstage and do their head bobbing/walking on all fours thing like in the video. I like how the visuals from the video are remixed/rearranged so that they synch up with the music and the performance more (same observation on what they did with the Stinkfist video). Disposition / Reflection: Amazing as always. I paid close attention to the visuals this time, which were pretty interesting. They include a camera shutter opening and closing repeatedly, a headless guy in the nastiest looking bathroom I've ever seen, naked people swimming underwater, and these big yellow slug-looking things writhing around. Weird stuff... During the last part of the song, to keep myself entertained I counted how many times Adam played that riff by himself. I came up with 42. INTERMISSION Triad: Osseus Labyrint join Tool again from 20 feet above the stage and do their upside down spinning/writhing/ballet act during this song. Damn, those two are in pretty good shape to be able to do that every night. I have a newfound appreciation for this song after seeing it live. It begins with Danny playing drums by himself for a few minutes, then he is joined by Justin in a drum and bass duet for a little while, and then Adam jumps in and they finish the song together. This was another highlight of the night for me. The visuals were something I'd never seen before and very very bizarre as well, lots of psychedelic influence. I'm hoping they have a few more visuals saved up for songs that haven't made the setlist on this tour yet (Cough*INTOLERANCE*Cough) Parabol / Parabola: No Osseus Labyrint this time (as they had at previous shows) but the band rocked out to this one. This was another big crowd favorite, especially when they kick in to the more rocking Parabola. Visuals of the tree of life symbols flashed rapidly and repeatedly during the course of this song. Ćnema: Maynard thanks the crowd for coming and says that he hopes they (Tool) have been able to be a catalyst in the healing process. He also told everybody to be careful and look out for each other on the way home. This song was another crowd pleaser, and the people in general admission were bouncing around like they were on pogo sticks from start to finish. Lateralus: Maynard thanks the crowd again and does his usual "do something positive" speech to see if Tool's music is really successful. Another favorite (and my personal favorite song from the new album). Danny did this crazy drum solo at the end of the song. I ALMOST caught his drum head when he threw it into my section of the seats at the end of the show, but the thing turned at the last minute and some guy 10-15 feet away caught it. If it had kept going straight, I would have had it easily. They did their group hug at the end, and Maynard grabbed Adam's ass again like he did at Mansfield. Maynard hauled ass offstage after the hug while the other three stayed on and waved to the audience before walking off. This was an excellent show and I hope to see Tool come back around in 2002. It's been a fun 3 weeks for me, and I hope you all take advantage of the opportunity of seeing this band and taking in the multimedia experience of their live show, it really is something you cannot miss. Thanks to the band for making such amazing music and thanks to Kabir for this website. Signing off...

Review written by: Russell (zćnith@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 14:03:23 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I got in the floor line around 5pm and waited to get in and sat down around 6:15 in front of the stage and got to 1 row behind the people at the guardrail and was a bit left of center and it was incredible from there. I see some people say that Tool is not best for an arena but on the floor it's beautiful, Maynard was really into it as many have said and it made me feel good that he was enjoying himself along with us. Every song was played flawlessly and I read about Odysseus Labyrinth but seeing them with your own eyes was surreal and was a perfect compliment to the show. Finally Maynard's little speech about doing something positive made me cry because in the moment it makes perfect sense. Thank you Tool for putting on a wonderful show.

Review written by: Andrew (aenima311@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 14:18:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This being my first Tool show, I wasn't sure what to expect...I knew it was going to be an awesome show, but how? I had talked to a friend who had seen them before and he told me that Tool doesn't jump around, they kinda just stand there and I was l like "okay". The fact that they just stood there, except for Maynard, who was simply crazy, doesn't mean shit... they put on the best show i've ever seen. The video in the background was soo amazing, it brought the music to an entirely new level... Pushit made the hairs on my arms stand up, it was soo beautiful. I wish they played some of their older stuff though, but there's no complaints here about their setlist. I could go on saying how amazing they were, but those of you at the show already know this, so I think i'll stop.

Review written by: 12strings (awilhelm0@frostburg.edu) Review posted on: 10/07/01 14:27:09 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

So, this is my second Tool concert. The first was Ozzfest 1998. I've been waiting ever since to see them live. What was supposed to have been a two hour trip took us nearly six hours because of the stupid government who spilled anti- aircraft weapons on route 70. Anyway, I arrived at the show a little late, but walked in just in time to hear The Patient. After that they played Pushit. I didn't stop smiling all night. I had been going through a lot of problems weeks prior to the concert and seeing Tool live was a sort of release. And after AENEMA I couldn't stop smiling. And then Maynard said something to the effect of "I have an assignment for you tonight. And the future will reflect how well you've done. I want you to take all of the feelings that you've experienced tonight weather they be good, bad...or different. And take them home and make something positive out of them" At the end of the show Maynard concluded by thanking everyone for coming out to see the show, and he said "I hope that we have served as a catalyst for a sort of healing for some of you." This Tool concert was exactly what I had needed to get my mind off of things and to keep myself emotionally in check. I would consider this experience to be the most "emotionally enlightening" experiences of my entire life. Even though the crowd was a little unresponsive I zoned out and only paid attention to the music. When the men in the tight silver suits came out the crowd was very rude by shining laser pointers onto them. Some people in the crowd even laughed and talked about "how gay" they thought that it was. But with a deeper and more insightful look I think that what was going on on stage at the time was beautiful, deep, and made a bold statement. During this part of the show my smile grew even more. The visuals that went along with the music were incredible. The bands persona on stage was great. And the way that the band gave a big group hug on stage at the end helped me realize all of the love and unity that the band members share. I would like to thank Maynard, Adam, Justin, and Danny for the emotional counseling through music that they have provided. In conclusion, the show was great and I'd give anything to be able to do it all over again. the set list went something like this The Grudge Stinkfist Eon Blue 46&2 The Patient Pushit and i cant remember the rest of couse the did Parabol Parabola hopefully someone can post a better set list that this one.

Review written by: Jeremy Tranum (opticalblind@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 15:02:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Alright, let me start out by saying that this show brilliantly organized and, in my opinion, was better than Coachella and the Lalapalooza show I attended. I gave up my floor seats to sit in the stands because my girlfriend didnt want to get crushed in the pit(tis sad to say that there were pits, but what are ya gonna do?) Fortunately enough, the seats that we got with the trade-in were really good. We got a great view of the stage and all 3 visual screens, without having to put up with the lingering stench of a crowd of sweaty people. Fantomas came on to the stage and it seemed like 80% of the crowd had'nt ever heard of them. I thought their set was amazing but the majority of the audience was motionless. Mike got a rise out of the crowd here and there by poking fun at Michael Jordan and singing "And I will always love you." Fantomas played about a 50 minute set but I don't think the crowd really took notice to how much talent that band really has. Fantomas ended, and there was about a 25 minute period of time where all the equipment was getting switched. The lights dropped at about 8:45 and Tool came on. All I can say is, I am still recovering from it. I won't go into the setlist because im sure its been posted a lot already, but, i will say this, I havent heard, or seen posted on this website, a better set than i saw last night. Getting to see "pushit(live)" was definately one of the highlights of the night, but far from the only one. The band played "Triad" along side Oćsus Labrinth. This was amazing. The 2 were hung from the ceiling by their feet. Their movements complimented "Triad" very well. I thought they would end the show after that simply because it was so amazing and it seemed like the end. However, they still had a lot of playing to do. Maynard had'nt talked until after this and he talked very shortly about how what was next would possible represent the near future. After his quick speech, the band kicked right into ćnema. This was definately the pinnacle of the show for the majority of the audience. The entire MCI center was singing along with Maynard and at one point I though a riot would break out. It just seemed like all the patriotism D.C. had was brought into that arena and altered someway into a pure feeling of pride during the song. Well, this review is really dragging on, so I'm gonna wrap it up. They ended the show with my fav. song, "Lateralus," and it was amazing. I can't describe the feelings I had with words, it was just that powerful. Anyway, this was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences of my life and was definately the greatest concert I have ever attended. The sound, visuals, and everything else were perfect. I give the concert/experience a perfect 10. -I took the feelings I had and turned them into something positive. -J. Tranum

Review written by: Ray (rjoneill@chesapeake.net) Review posted on: 10/07/01 15:20:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

before the show, the friend that i was going with mentioned that his girlfriend's roomate and her boyfriend went to the last 4 or 5 tool shows and the ridiculous amounts of money they spent on not only their tickets, but extra ones as well. we said that were were very much tool fans and had been waiting years to see them (for the first time) but we could not see forking out so much money for a show that we thought only varies slightly each performance. after the show, during the ride home, we talked about the errors in our judgement. the show was totally worth the 43$ even with ticketmaster bullshit, and even though i couldn't see danny worth shit (and being a drummer, this was big deal) this was my first time seeing tool, even after listening to them and being a fan since very early on from opiate and then strengthening with undertow. after aenima i promised to myself i'd see them if/when they came around again, and so help me i did. and all i can say is....wow. wow. amazing, brilliant, and awe-inspriing sonic and visual experience. lateral. us. i will be seeing them if/when they come around again, for sure. however, i wouldn't say it was perfect; too many drunken fratboys around me, sound was a little too muddy (at least the drums were mic-ed well), huge cylindrical mass of speakers blocking my view of danny. would have rather seen king crimson instead of fantomas (entertaining as they were) till next time.

Review written by: Holly (hollydawg1@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 15:24:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

this was my first tool show, so i didnt really know exactly what to expect..im not the biggest tool fan in the world..my boyfriend listens to them non stop, so i promised him that i would buy him a ticket and we would check it out..so we got to the mci center and found our seats..whoopi! we could actually see the band! (during other concerts over the summer, we always ended up in the shittiest seats) i sat there staring at all the people and waiting for the opening act to come on..i wish they didnt even come on at all..they were horrible..i guess Phatomas isnt really my type of music, but i felt bad for the band cause they were making fools outta themselves up there..anyway..after we grabbed 2 hotdogs and a drink(a whopping 12 bucks) we setteled down to see tool..as the lights dimmed and the stage lights shined bright i was in awe..i looked at my straightedge boyfriend and said "damn man, we need some acid"..the graphics were awsome..some of them grossed me out though..like the one where the woman is putting her finger into that guys eye..eww..i guess i was too girlie for that..but i did like the sacred geometry that they put up and i like the merkaba..i stood there silently singing each song in my head thinking about how great this show was and how i was jealous that the concerts that ive been to before that i "liked" sucked compared to this one..i was a little pissed that they didnt play my favorite song "opiate"..my favorite part of the show was seeing those amazing silver people doing the stunts on stage..they were so flexible and so strong, i had to clap for them..the worst part of the show was the stupid drunk-jock-marine type guy and his friends that kept yelling out rap lyrics and saying fuck you, fuck you..i wanted to say fuck you to them , but i didnt wanna get my ass beat and i just held my fancy lil tongue and enjoyed the wonderful show..so when are they coming back this way for another show?? i will be there!

Review written by: Doug Keller (jonflutie@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 15:34:09 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Absolutely wonderful. If anyone that reads this likes Tool and hasn't seen them live, make it top priority to see their next upcoming show. This was definately the best live performance I've ever seen. Tool played flawlessly, but the only beef I had was with all of those people trying to mash to anything with the slightest bit of distortion put to it. Props to Tool for putting up with them. Here you guys are pouring your hearts out into your artwork trying to make something beautiful, and a good number of your "fans" don't even care. They're not even paying attention to the performance, because they're too busy taking out their insecure aggression on each other. Mashing may be fine for other shows that are just meant to rock, but Tool creates art that is meant to be understood and appreciated. Well I put in my two bits, so I would appreciate it if the all the Tool fans out there that read this would take it at least under consideration if not agree with it, not for me but for Tool. TOOL IS AWESOME!!!

Review written by: Mike Lynch (gibwal@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 15:59:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

The show was overall pretty good. the arena wasnt as full as i had expected it to be, most likely due to the fact that people were afraid to come to large gathering, in washingon DC at that. terrorist attack or no terrorist attack i was gonna see Tool, and im glad i did. the visuals were awesome. lots of "tool-esque" imgaes flashing on the big screens behind the band. and the couple from the schism video was really cool. kinda freaky as well to see them walk out on stage on all fours. and to see them dangling from the rafters during reflection i believe, i could be wrong about that though. the sound quality was excellent, justin's bass was thunderous, adam's guitar was as gritty and powerful as one could hope for, dannys's drumming was on the mark and booming, and maynards vocals were something to marvel at. i only have 2 complaints about the show, 1. they didnt play sober. which i guess is understandable, i didnt hear any songs from the 1st 2 albums, but sober man, come on...gotta play sober.... and 2. maynard never came out and interacted with the crowd, he just stayed on his platform by danny and did his own thing, which is cool i guess, but my personal opinion here, i think it would have been cooler and raised the energy level if he came out and sung to the crowd as opposed to away from us....but besides those 2 things it was awesome. oh and my favorite song, pushit, sounded fucking excellent and the mellow jams gave me time to hook up with my girlfriend so i was all about disposition, reflection and triad...so there is my review....email me if you have any complaints or comments...later, mike .

Review written by: Mike (Ibanezrx170@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 16:10:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st! Tool show

WOW! Thats All i can say about this show... It was PURE AMAZEMENT! I walked out deciding what concert effected me more.. APC (FRONT row) At the Bender Arena (Very VERY small and intimate venue).. or TOOL at the MCI center Oct. 5th... Nonetheless.. when I got home... I thought about it... and the TOOL show did something to me that NO other concert EVER did... it was just... amazing...*listening to all of my tool CDs.. stunned...shivering..takes a deep breath) ...ok Im alright now :)...well this was my first TOOL show.. I am from Philly and I went to DC beings that my gf lives in Maryland and I hate all the venues in Philly!....well.. we were looking for tickets about a week after they went on sale... and we couldnt find anything on tickectbastard.com..so we went to Ebay... and got AWESOME tickets off there (Section 101 Row S seat 19 & 20).. she bought my the tickets for our two year anniversary.. well anyway.. to now to Friday ************************ I got off from school and went down to meet up with my gf to go to the concert... we got on the metro to go to the MCI center at about 5:45....it was really easy getting down there on the metro.. a hell of a lot better than by car... well... we got a starbucks coffee when we got there...then went to get in... well i had my grandmoms small foldable 1950s binoculars with me... and i wasnt sure if they were gonna let me bring them in... so i shoved them down my underwear (always works ;))...well when i had to get checked they patted me down.. and the guy felt the binoculars in my pants.. fuck.... i didnt wanna get rid of them.. they are special... so the guy just gave me that weird look... and let me go.. *phew* ...so then i got it and bought myself a necklace.. very cool :-)...now i have a possesion to remember this concert... so we went to our seats then... we found we had the end seats... we were soooo HAPPY cause that meant we have more room.. and my gf and i are both under 5'5" so if we were on the floor we woulda never been able to see like how we saw the stage in these seats... Fantomas came on at about 7:30.. Honestly... my personal opinion was "What the fuck are they doing up there?!" there werent AS bad as slipknot in concert..(at ozzfest)..lol.. but i was not into them at all.. we then waited till 8:50 and tool Came on...finally... as soon as i saw them get on the stage i bet came so intent on hearing the first note of the Grudge.. finally... a band i have been waiting years to see was right infront of me... then durning the grudge maynard held that one note for WELL over 30 seconds... that is just... wow.. its amazing that ANYONE can hold a note or have the range that maynard has,...justin was spectacular on bass and adam was great as always on guitar! Danny... kicked ASSS on the drums! Danny is BY FAR... the BEST Drummer in rock today! Pushit was played sooo beautifully! So mellow.. so soft... so..astouding!... Disposition/Reflection almost made me cry from its beauty... Maynard was so emotional on friday night... he sounded so very sincere when he told everyone to 'Take this moment, right now, and do something good with it... whether it be good, bad, or just different... always remember it and be positive' (im not sure if they are the exact words.. but pretty close to it)...well my thoughts of this show were: It was the most different, wonderful, beautiful concert experience ever!!!! Take care, ~*Mike*~

Review written by: Adam Coyne (patton_is_g0d@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 17:02:55 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I am still considerably young, and this is only my 5th concert. But Friday night was not only my best concert experience to date, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Words cannot express how I truly feel about this band. Well, maybe they can.... wait.... no they cannot. Words can, however, express how I felt about this concert: I was very excited when I found out their tour was stopping by DC, because here was my chance to see my favorite band live (not Disturbed, Ultraspank, Taproot, and some shitty local bands.... Tool.) I was out of town when tickets went on sale, and even when the pre-sale took place online. I came home 2 days later and all ticketmaster had left were some nosebleeds. I was then forced to purchase floor seats from ebay. I went with 3 other people, which ironically enough, made up our whole band. Everyday we'd mention it to each other... and we even put X's on our calenders. When the first of October hit, I was getting really anxious. Finally, friday came. We all got our ride to the concert, and, not surprisingly, the security was tighter than usual. Since we got there relatively early, we were very close to the stage. We had a perfect view of Fantomas, but when Tool came on, people started shoving to get closer and I had some heads blocking my view. In between Fantomas and Tool I suddenly realized that this was Tool that I'm about to see. I got really anxious. They came on, and the crowd went absolutely insane. I knew I was in for a treat when the cloths were pulled from the three screens. Danny's set was amazing, and Maynard was standing in the back. The stage set-up was so creative. What kinda got me laughing was when The Grudge started, people suddenly started moshing. It was only the beginning. I then wondered what Parabola would be like. Well, Tool was amazing. The setlist was brilliant. There were a few songs I would have liked to hear though, such as Prison Sex, Eulogy, and H. They played alot of Lateralus, which was good. Triad, Reflection, and Lateralus really got brutal. I was pushed into the pit for awhile, which was fun, but it grew like a madman at the end of Lateralus. People were almost throwing punches. I was small compared to alot of people in the pit, so I happened to fall twice. No injuries though. It was a perfect night, and a perfect show. I am predicting that unless I were to see Tool again, it would be hard for a show to top this one. Whether it was an arena show, or a local venue show, it was still Tool up there playing on stage, and thats all that matters. If anyone is wavering whether to pay all the money to see tool, or take the long drive, or whatever the consequences may be, I'd say go. I promise you that it will be worth every penny and worth every mile. On a scale from one to ten, this gets an 11/10. -Adam C.

Review written by: Shane (ldpersun@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 18:29:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

October 5th 2001, Tool at MCI Center. Where should I begin? My gf and my friends and I got to the venue at around 7:00, Fantomas went onstage at around 7:30pm and to put it bluntly, they sucked. Fantomas is basically stop- and-start thrash metal, with a chicken (Mike Patton) singing, with computer effects. And when you are a shitty band and a shitty singer, opening up for Tool trying to get people to like you again (since when has anyone cared about Mike Patton since 1989?), it's not a good idea to say something like "Micheal Jordan is backstage with a dildo and vaseline" in Washington D.C. at his new home court. Anyway, enough about Fantomas. Tool came onstage at around 9:00pm, they just walked out, picked up their insturments and bgean playing The Grudge, I couldn't belive I was actually there, the moment was almost surreal, the entire concert was amazing, the most amazing concert I've probably ever seen (and I've seen a lot). They played the Salival version of Pushit, which was beautiful, my favorite Tool song. The band was great the whole time though, Maynard hit every note and never messed up, the rest of the band was locked into playing and it showed. The visuals were very good and complimented the songs while not taking too much away from them. The typical "metalhead jock" and/or "black death /goth people" were present, the latter being drunk, loud and obnoxious. By the time the band was finishing with Lateralus, someone began to dance and went and danced with the loud drunk guy, which in turn stopped him from yelling and being an asshole. The concert ended with the band engaing in a group hug and throwing water bottles, drum sticks and drum heads into the audience and then waving goodnight. The moral of the story is. if you have the chance, GO SEE TOOL LIVE. Peace.

Review written by: WAYNARD (gotohell@666.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 18:35:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 0 Tool show

For all you motha fuckerz that bitch about posting stupid shit on here and cry about moshing at a concert and say that you cried and jizzed in your pants the first time you saw TOOL live, then your a god damn pussy! FUCK YOU! at my first show I just listened and absorbed the music (Dallas 98) and I had a good time. I didn't cry or anything stupid. I was high and I just fuckin' chilled. I didn't sing along to the "hits" (which suck after a while) I only sang along to crawl away, cold & ugly, jerk-off, 3rd eye, and pushit. those were my favorite songs at the time with the exception of flood and undertow. To sum it up, if you think someone is just there to just kick ass and isin't paying attention, your wrong. It's just there interpretation. and how the fuck can someone not here what goin' on. Thank You and I hope you have a great time at a TOOL concert no matter who you are.

Review written by: Pep Pay (Macdeth@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 18:37:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

The concert was WONDERFUL. Sensually appealing, and, in fact, made me want to go home and draw! (Ironically, that thought occurred to me before Maynard ever said anything about turning the feeling of the night into something positive). Well, I won't keep y'all. I know you have better stuff to do than to read my ramblage, but I'd finally like to add that this may have been the best concert I've ever been do, and I am sure I wasn't the only fascinated soul there. Certainly, I recognize Tool's ideas, not the bandmembers, as the focus of their music, and they do an excellent job of conveying that ethic live. From performance and delivery to effort, energy and atmosphere, Tool is a band I'd absolutely recommend to see live. GOOD JOB, guys!

Review written by: Andrew Ziobro (aziobr1@towson.edu) Review posted on: 10/07/01 19:16:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

The last time I saw Tool, was at Ozzfest 98 and I cant even remember the show. For this show though, I will never forget anything. I had awful seats(418) so i got dicked out of SEEING Fantomas. From what I heard though makes me wonder why Tool invited them on thier tour. They sucked. Alot. For Tool, I moved to section 420 and had a great veiw and a great time for the whole show. Tool did just as I told all my friends they would, they KICK ASS! If you have never seen Tool, you should. I wish there was more old stuff and Third Eye, but after they played Pushit, my ticket was paid for. Thanks Tool for kicking ass.

Review written by: Jon~ (silv3rstr3@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 19:39:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Incredible, is all i can say. I started listening to Tool about 2 or 3 years ago and they are fucking awsome. Last March i went to see A Perfect Circle at Bender Arena....but this was just off the hook. Maynard is a genius...his lyrics really inspire me. The concert date was also my friend Jon's birthday....he was turning 18...and i can easily say this was the best birthday he's ever had. I would have to say that the only thing i didn't enjoy at the concert was the opening band....they were annoying as shit. I was rollin' and shit and I still couldn't get into their music. I couldn't tell when a song started or ended...and quite frankly i don't think that the guitarist had picked up a guitar once before that night. Then when tool came on....i got incredibly fucked up. All the noise building up at the beginning before they played "The Grudge"....increased my roll like shit...not to mention the other pill i popped. The effects were also off the hook...maynard had a little screen right behind him...i looked like he was on fire and smoke was pouring out of him. Tool has some really creative musicians. The drum solo in 46 and 2 couldn't be touched...nothing the drummer does is "simple". I guess in conclusion this is my favorite band....and i will definately catch the next show when i rolls around...thanks guys. ~Jon

Review written by: John (johnmav82@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 20:25:41 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This was my first Tool show, and I had been reading many reviews at the risk of "ruining the surprise." I was still blown away. It was like being on another planet or something. Like, most concerts make you forget about your worries and problems for a little while, but Tool put me in a place where problems and worries didn't even exist. I guess that's the best way to describe it. I thought the sound was pretty good; of course the last few arena concerts I've been to the sound was godawful so I might not be the best judge of that. The way the band stood so still didn't detract from the show at all...Tool is so above usual stage theatrics its not even funny. Also, how much the crowd was into it was testimony to how unreal their music is...all they had to do was play, no bullshit added. I don't consider the visuals tools to get the crowd into the concert, because those were intended to be thought provoking. I don't think you can top Pushit live (the Salival version). That was like the best thing I've ever heard. And of course Ćnema made the crowd go insane. I am now going to go on the record and say I was not a big fan of Lateralus (album) coming into this show. Not that I didn't like it (which I did), it's just that it was my least favorite Tool album at that point. However, hearing those songs live just TOTALLY blew me out of the water. Disposition and Reflection were just amazingly awesome, and Triad rocked out so much. Then Parabol/Parabola took on a completely new dimension. Schism was badass and so was The Grudge. And of course Lateralus became one of the most inspirational songs I've ever heard at that concert. Okay I know this is long winded, but in closing, the world would be a much happier place if everyone went to a Tool show.

Review written by: RedMenace (cdp3@netscape.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 20:57:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Perfection has had the notch raised another rung. This having been my 5th Tool show, I had an idea of what I was in for. I was astounded to see that the arena was approximately eighty five to ninety percent capacity, even after the events of late. My perception of Fantomas was tainted by the (typical) lackluster sound reserved only for the band. The arena acoustics didn't help much either. While I am a large fan of Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo, this band neither struck me in awe, nor did they revulse me. Objectively speaking, god him/her/it self could have been there, and I would still have used that time for the obligatory whiz or beer run in order to see Tool mount their pedestals. [rantmode=ON] The arena....positively sucked. No other way to describe it. MCI center is the center of the Greedhead world, considering the outrageous prices, and the less than spectacular trappings. While they advertise as "Smoking Available" it is in fact available ONLY ON THEIR TERMS. On their page there was no mention of the smoking area not opening up until after the show began, so I had to wait patiently with about 75 of my choking peers. Nasty addiction, tobacco, but I am now convinced that the militant non-smoker is tenfold more apt to hasten my demise.... The acoustics sucked, the layout sucked, and the ushers were nothing more than window dressing, for they were no assistance in locating my seat (or any others for that matter). Needless to say, I will NEVER attend a function at MCI center again, as much as I love TOOL, this arena is just too much of a downer for maximum satisfaction. [rantmode=OFF] The setlist is pretty well known.... The band came on, and honestly I haven''t seen an opening as powerful as "The Grudge". The guys must have known all along that this was to be an opener, for it set the pace for the show. The rest of the show was a blur. Not from substance (ab)use, but the intensity of my focus was broken ONLY when my 16 year old son took a much needed relief during the intermission (pushit). Other than that, I was so much into the show that not much around me registered. The band was TIGHT and easily demonstrated what trained and professional musicians and artists are capable of. Despite the sonic inadequacies of the MCI center, the sound by the band and their crew was wonderful. Osseus Labyrint were astounding, and added a wonderful ambience to Schism. They simply "belonged" there. Of course I had my own pitfalls and obstacles to overcome that nite, but nothing short of a bazooka round up the arse would have kept me from this show. An observation: I was very pleased as a parent, and a fan of the guys, that there was no noticeable display of misapplied testosterone during the evening. The attendees, although several of them will obviously have some serious psychological problems in their future, were all there to show their respect. And that was good. Thanks to Tool, and thanks to the fans for making it a perfectly enjoyable evening. But not a fucking thanks to MCI center for anything..... And to the young guy in front of us ....are you okay now? Much Respect, Don

Review written by: Ben (benjamindbrown@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 21:01:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Unbelievable how 4 guys can floor you like that. I hate arena's though bacuase everyone is annoying, keeps you from focusing on the band. almost makes me wish i got high so i could work through those inhibitions most the people i talked to hated fantomas, but they were pretty cool. i ended up going solo because everyone and thier brother ended up backing out on me, and it took about 3 hours of driving because 3 highways were shut down on the way there, but i would do double to see them again. i wish the performance artists (forgot their name) would perform longer, but hey, i got my money's worth. As far as the setlist, missed the undertow tunes, but i love every Tool song, so i cant complain too hard. i would really love to see a more intimate, not so arena sized show. i felt i missed a lot while trying to sift through a seeming arena full of unattentive people. but, i digress....

Review written by: Richard (crazydick83@Hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 22:22:24 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Only words to describe it are....indescribable! Went to the show with my reflection maggie, her first show, and we were the only 2 standing in our section. Maynard SAW us, no bullshit, and was in my opinion feeding off our energy. What a teriffic experience. At all tool shows i love to get in to it just like maynard does and let the rhythum flow through me like electricity through water. And during a song, can't remember which, i opened my eyes and he was doing the EXACT SAME THING I was doing with his body. He was facing us and from what i could tell looking right at us. Good Good Good energy. Danney threw the stick in our direction, don't know if it was intended for us but it hit the wire for the speaker tower and he looked over our way and just shrugged. I put enough energy out there that night, i think they finally noticed. Ian, my email is crazydick83@hotmail.com

Review written by: Mark (wheelchair_pilot@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 22:54:34 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

The Grudge Stinkfist (with extended bridge) Forty Six & 2 Pushit (Salival version) Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Schism Disposition Reflection (with extended ending) Triad Parabol Parabola Ćnema Lateralus Last night, I went for a trip using only my ears, eyes, and MIND. If you have never experienced Tool in the flesh, you have never experienced Tool. Their October 5th performance at the MCI Center was PERFECT. I've looked at it from every conceivable angle, and I have come to the conclusion that the band couldn't have possibly been any more entertaining! Every note was accounted for; their performance was absolutely FLAWLESS. The psychedelic visuals and light shows complemented the band's music WONDERFULLY. Above is the set-list for last night's performance. If a couple of the songs are out of order, I apologize (it's very EASY to lose yourself at a Tool concert). However, I assure you that I am leaving no songs out. Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, Danny Carey, and Maynard James Keenan must never stop playing music together.

Review written by: roofees (clarson67@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/07/01 23:25:34 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

dont have much to say (like trying to remember every little fucking detail)... was a little disappointed i didnt get to hear a little more old shit...other setlists from earlier shows in this tour showed "prison-sex" and "opiate" but that doesnt mean this show wasnt well worth the wait... it has been 3 long years and i hope it isnt that long before this spectacular event comes around again...i have read other reviews of this show and even some that said that this didnt compare with some of the outdoor shows, but i disagree like a mother fucker...the sound @ MCI was infinetly better than the damned nissan pavillion...if only many of you had been @ hammerjacks in baltimore 8 years ago when i first saw them...a smaller venue brought us all closer to the ultimate in spiritual entertainment... paying $50 to sit so far away isnt quite the same, but im gald the fan base has expanded so much without the same sellout bullshit you see from so many other bands...to all of those who are going to future shows (and keep im mind that i have used quite a few mind bending drugs in my time), stay clean and sober for this one and you will end up much higher than ever imagined... THAN YOU MAYNARD, DANNY, ADAM, AND JUSTIN! i hope to see you all again soon...

Review written by: Brian S (unsatisfied@cablespeed.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 01:05:37 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

WOW. What else can you really say? I am sure everyone who was there can agree with me that no words can sum up how great of a band Tool really is. I was relocated to section 104 and I had a pretty damn good view, and a whole balcony to 3 friends and myself. The sound was great where I was sitting, I could hear everything perfect and it was just at the point of loud where if it were any louder, it would kill your ears. Basically the whole time I was closely watching the mastermind Danny do what he does, and that is amaze all who watch. What is up with him? I have heard many bootlegs from previous dates on this tour and NONE compare to the incredible job they did friday night. The drum solo in "pushit" damn near made me crap my pants! The energy that came from tool got me so high these feelings of euphoria have not even begun to damper off. All these people who are nit-picking about this and that, forget about it. It's all over and you witnessed one of the greatist things ever! Be happy! If by any chance someone happened to boot this show please let me know, I so badly want to memorialize this forever, as well as share it with my stupid friends who decided they would sit on their couches all night. I'll show them! Thank you TOOL.

Review written by: al (yaah000007@cs.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 02:15:24 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I just would like to say tool played perfectly. But I wanted to hear something older. They didn't play anything from there first 2 albums. It was such a disapointment. Also the videos where kind of cool but I think they shouldn't have had the screen behind maynerd. I was far away and could even see a shadow of him. So what i'm saying is music GREAT, setlist BAD, Just the set Even Worst. I'm sorry Tool your still my favoret band but when i went to see APC they were so much better in performance. Plus the had nothing in the backround. Mybe you guys should rethink what your going to do next tour and i'll see u again if u change.

Review written by: John B. (king_for_a_day@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 03:44:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Two guys came forth from the backstage to tune their instruments(guitar/bass). I suppose most of the crowd thought these guys to be guitar techs/stage hands, but I immediately recognized Buzz Melvin and Trevor Dunn. They dissappeared backstage. Someone else from the floor saw me cheering for buzz/trevor and asked me about the band and whether they were "good." I replied and told them that this crowd would probably try to boo them off the stage. And for the most part i was right, since i've seen other members from the crowd throwing projectiles onstage and screaming "get the fuck off the stage" and similar remarks along these lines. As for fantomas' playing, it was incredible. If anyone realized what kind of timing you have to have to even play their music together, they'd would've probably gotten a half- ounce of more respect. During the early part of their set, i started to "sing" along to the vocal instrumentation of mike patton and had a good portion of the crowd stare at me, so i quit rather than ruin someone else who would've possibly enjoyed hearing fantomas for the first time. I really can't post their setlist due to the fact that they played well over 20 songs. But i remember the theme from godfather, rosemary's baby, and experiment in terror (which mike patton sang "And I will always love you" and hit every whitney houston note. Can a guy do that??). Three quarters of a way through one of the songs off the first cd, dave lombardo threw his drumsticks in the air and finished the remaining bit of the song with his bare hands. Well I just wanted to give my thoughts on fantomas. Thank you buzz melvin, trevor dunn, dave lombardo, and mike "the complaint deparment" patton for having the courage to play in front of a crowd that for the most part didn't like them. Now for tool.. there are plenty of detailed reviews so far, i just wanted to comment on the fact that this is the first time i noticed where there wasn't much interaction with the crowd from maynard until the end. Which is a good thing because I viewed this as the music speaking for itself and tool becoming closer as band.. now i'll promptly shut up before being stoned to death.

Review written by: WES HOWARD OF HUMWAWA (weslaura70@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 05:18:49 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

If possible, one should check what Genesis, circa 1975, was doing in their live shows. MJK at times resembles physically what Peter Gabriel looked like. Examples: The back and forth hunkered sway, the make-up, the round screen behind the singer. To me it is a succinct homage(if this is even the intention.) To my taste, TOOL live is the perfect marriage of good heavyheavy music with the artistry of early 1970's "progressive" rock (Yes, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Soft Machine, Genesis, and many more.) The video imagery was so mind-blowingly psychedelic--the slowing down of the bathroom in Adam Jones' solo piece. He discovered the holy grail of electric guitar tone! I would want a bass player like Chancellor in my band because he almost constantly watches the drummer Carey. Jones and Keenan do this as well. During Pushit, about 20 of us in the hated mosh pit linked hands in a circle and collided at the apex of the song. It was very communal and brotherly.

Review written by: steve (eleven2011@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 13:34:54 ET

This was this reviewer's #1 Tool show

In addition to the music and my personal experience, I'd also like to write about the message and the people. Background - I'm an old guy (37), married w/ 2 young daughters, live in rural nothern MD. I had'nt been to a concert since GD at RFK in '95 (40 shows total for me). Became immersed in tool around that same time. Why? I'm inspired by tool's message, music, art, mystery, etc as I was w/ the GD. I'll get back to this later. I went by myself and saw a couple at the Greenbelt Metro who looked like they were going to the show (Tim & Nicole, thanks for the company, showing me your world, and putting up with my rantings about our world as I was seeing it on 5 Oct). I entered this experience with my sensative eyes and mind wide open, wanting to understand this scene, these people, this culture, ...this new world of uncertainty. Here's what I found and felt. Urban blight, despair, sad eyes, lonliness in a sea of people, lots of police/security, anger, contrasts, music so damn powerful that I was cured of a pinched nerve in my back-no shit-just 3 days before, I couldn't walk ("..catalyst for healing" - MJK), graphics so compelling I nearly had an OBE, rapture, love, compassion (Dave from Roanoke, who dug deep to give that last needed dollar to the homeless guy for the $6 shelter), mystery, inspiration, and peace. Having witnessed this new world and this musical and artistic phenomena as an outsider, I'm a little scared about the future - "the near future" in which MJK says "we will know if we have succeeded", and I don't think he's refering to record sales and popularity. With these comments coming on the heels of Aenema (which, in my opinion, got the most crowd response), I imagine this is the battle cry for the final conflict; it's our fate described in every religion. Our world has just entered a new era. One in which each of us will have to choose sides. This country will obviously be the victor, but what happens in the post-war world is up for grabs, and this country is definitely not the model for a peaceful and righteous society. Tool - guys, MJK - you have the attention and influence of many young people. Continue to be responsible. You could rule the world and be the "catalyst for healing". Don't be our false prophets. Oh, ...my cncert review? I think you know. Love ya, Steve

Review written by: Dave J (dbjordan@annapolis.net) Review posted on: 10/08/01 14:03:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

The giant sucking noise coming from the MCI Center on Fri. was Tool! Yes I said it was Tool, not Fantomas!!! Like it says above this was my 6th Tool show, but the only one on this tour. Tool has been my favorite band since the release of Undertow. Every show that I have attended has been great! Up until now. What made previous shows so good was a combination of extreme intensity and good set lists. This show lacked both. It did start of good, but after Fort-Six & 2 it went down hill very fast. Yes the did play Pushit, but it was so uninspired that they lost me right there. By the time we got around to hearing Adam play the same for notes over and over again most of the long time Tool fans around me had also lost interest. The show could not even be saved by a well done Aenima. To top it all off no encore. Overall all I can say is that this was like Tool doing it's rendition of a Greatfuldead show, complete with drums/space. I like the Dead mind you but not the Tool version. Ifyou are just getting int Tool, or you are a long time Tool fan and think Lateralus is the best Tool disk so far go to the show you will have a great time. On the other hand if you are a long time fan that thinks Lateralus is an o.k. Tool album scalp those $47.50 tickets to some kid who has never been to a tool show and you will be much happier with the few extra bucks than this tour. I guess I will have to find a new band that does what Tool used to do for me live, I will not risk this kind of money on Tool again. Before you load up my mail box with flames let me just say that this review is my and my party's opinion and if it differs from your own good for you. I am not going to get in a debate with you; we will just have to agree to disagree.

Review written by: I. M. OrSchismic (ericalapue@home.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 14:23:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

My friend, Gabriela 111, and I went on a Toolapallooza last week. I didn't make it to either of the NYC shows, but she did. Gaby is in quasi-love with Tool and especially Maynard. I saw both the Va. Beach and Washington DC shows and they both were incredible. Va. Beach was my first Tool concert and Washington, my second. The show in Wahington was definately directed to a more seasoned crowd. Maynard came out in his best black BVD's (Gaby, I'm on to you now, he wore pants in Va. Beach) and knocked us out with the opening set (see set list on other reviews). Of course STinkfist and 46+2 and Schism rocked the house but it was the more offbeat songs that really blew me away. Tool is all about the music and little else. The video's are straight from their video collection and the music is clean, loud and heartfelt. I have never heard a band play an outdoor amphitheatre and sound just as good as a week later in an accoustically controllable indoor venue (MCI center). At times, I was in such a trance, that I could hardly tell where Maynard began and where the video screen began. It is obvious that some of the images on the video's represent Maynard's perception of himself and his feelings. The best band I have seen in a long, long time. Thank you Tool, Maynard and Gaby!!!!

Review written by: David (admin@7thpixel.net) Review posted on: 10/08/01 14:31:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Amazing. My finance and I have been Tool fans for quite some time, but never really had the chance to see them live. We saw APC twice, once at w/NIN, and again at Nation in DC, but APC just isn't Tool. (Although Maynard gives 100% on stage with both bands) First off, MCI center parking is a joke, $20 and they don't even bother watching your car, DON'T EVER PARK THERE.. with that said.. onto the show. There were ppl who clearly "got" what Tool was about, and then there were those who didn't. I'd like to think there were more who did, but it just didn't seem that was the case. I watched the guy infront of me try to impersonate Maynard's movement.. hehe.. so sad, maybe he witnessed a few new twitches to add to his act. Also, the girl behind me decided that the video footage was annoying, so she just sat down half way thru. Others were more involved in yelling profanities than concentrating on the music, and laser pointers??? C'mon, ppl still buy those?? But for those of us who understood, its a truly unique, and eye opening experience. You can really feel what Tool is trying to convey, the emotions, the spirituality, the lull of the instrumentals that build into screams and bass drum pounding thunder... it brings your appreciation of this band to an entirely new level. Tool owns live.

Review written by: nobodyspecial (king_enemy@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 15:08:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

it was an absolutely phenomenol show. from start to finish. since this was my second concert, i wondered if i would be taken in the same way as the first.... i had my doubts. and still, tool came through, like they always do... like everyone always says they do (go figure). of all of the songs played on the setlist; reflection was my favorite... then the salival version of pushit at a close second. during the whole show, the environment was the only thing that subtracted from the experience. tool is an outdoor band, have always been an outdoor band, will always be an outdoor band. i caught their show in indianapolis this tour as well, and the Verizon Wireless was much better suited (outdoors at night) for a band with the feeling of tool. and i have to tell all the moshers on the floor at the DC show that you all suck. moshing during pushit should be illegal... and i should have strangled every last one of you. its hard to grasp the magnitude of the music when dipshits keep bumping into you and knocking you out of your trance. go mosh in the corner where there are hard, tough, pointy objects to stop you.... it will feel better for me and you... i am sure of it. and now, thank you tool, for another amazing show. ill see you around next tour... and to all the fans... you are amazing... ive never seen crowds so in tune with the music. take care all. -jeremy

Review written by: CNAA Enigma (AiCMinimaG@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 15:59:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

This was my first Tool concert and a very enlightening experience for me. I have always considered myself a huge Tool fan but I didn't realize how much the music actually meant to me until I went to the MCI Center on the 5th. Once I entered the MCI Center, I was greeted by a horrible band, Phantamas (I believe that is there name). Once that joke of a band was done with the gruelingly long hour or so set. My ear drums were granted relief and I could then prepare myself for Tool. Once Tool entered the crowd was ecstatic, people everywhere were screaming then they began with The Grudge everyone got involved chanting there lyrics in unison. Right after The Grudge they began to play Stinkfist and not knowing the crowd could get any more excited they did. It was extremely intense, and becoming even more so intense by the contact high I was getting as the arena was getting hot boxed from the hundreds upon hundreds of dollars worth of pot in the air. As they continued with there set I was in a perfect state of mind. I felt one with the music; nothing could have made that night any better. Except for the jackass that was shinning the laser pointer on the band and the stage, everything was perfect. Here is a rundown of there set: The Grudge Stinkfist 46 & 2 Eon Blue The Patient Pushit (Salival Version) Schism Disposition Reflection Triad Parabol Parabola Ćnema Lateralus It truly was a remarkable even. -Enigma-

Review written by: Nick (ETard101@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 16:45:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Now I just want everyone who ever thinks about mosshing to TOOL to read this. I wasnt able to find the article but the memmbers of TOOL really dont like people to act like complete Sub-Humans thrashing into each other @ their shows. They want you to sit back soak it and think. "Tool fans aren’t masculine to the point of grunt-rock or whatever, with that kind of herd mentality,” Keenan says. “Maybe I’m completely kidding myself and overestimating our audience, but the assumption being that said thinkers with support thoughtful music." The Show in DC would have been 100 times better if people would act normal. This just goes to show what type of people attended the show. 15- 20 year olds who have been so Influenced By Limp Bizkit and Korn Type shows thats thats all they know what to do when they go to concerts. Typical DC mantality. The show all in all was epic. It was just the dumb ass people who dulled the moment. I was offended and I am sure you will read more reviews about the Mantality of the show. Thankfully I got into a area where people had my similar thoughts on the issue (Apperently Real TOOL Fans) of the idiots. Please if you agree with me I would like to know. Other wise dont come to a TOOL show and spoil it for us real fans. Save you money for The Next Family Values.

Review written by: mortisii (mortisii@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 17:16:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

excellent once again and lateralus a great closer. maybe it was the fact that I had seen them a week earlier that took a bit a the excitement out of the d.c. show. va. beach show took on an otherwordly experience for me. had'nt seen them in 3 years, and the anticipation that built as the lights went down, lighting up everything on stage, and my heart beating about as fast as it ever has. sound was flawless from opening note. aenima was incredible that night with all singing along, the videos jarring/striking, and with recent events the song had so much more impact. pushit also was a killer, being my favorite Tool song of all time (aenima album version). i've gone on to long, but both shows taken together, well I just don't know what else I can say about these four individuals. what a great experience it was and even though I further blew out my hearing it was one of the highlights of my life, musically speaking. thanks again guys!

Review written by: Mr. Jon Ricter (brettweir17@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 17:27:11 ET

This was this reviewer's 2ND Tool show

That was pure orgasmness. I love tool and seeing them twice in 6 days kicks ass. There wasnt really much different from the Philadelphia show except for the fact that they played Aenima instead of opiat and prison sex. I loved this show and I will go see Tool as many times as they come around. Every time I see them I will be able to die a happier old man. I look forward to seeing Tool again in Czar Nicholas' court. For Czar Nicholas

Review written by: mortisii (mortisii@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 19:27:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

2nd time seeing Tool on this tour. also caught them at va. beach. sound was a little "off" for the first two songs, maynard's vocals were weird and adam's guitar was way down in the mix. problems seemed to be fixed part way through 46 & 2. eon blue apocalypse/the patient was next and was excellent. disposition/reflection was once again simply brilliant. adam's guitar towards the end of the song was awe inspiring. took a short breather during intermission and watched what was unfolding on stage. 2nd half of show begins with danny drumming up a storm on TRIAD!!! god I love this song! most of the crowd around us seemed confused about what song the band was playing but I was sure it was TRIAD!!! never thought I would see Tool play these three together. what a rare treat! quite amazing that a band with such a great vocalist would play a 8-10 minute instrumental. hats off to maynard for allowing his bandmates to build an ebb and flow that exploded into something quite beautiful. not many singers in today's rock scene would permit this freedom. aenima was quite good again as was lateralus. but for me the better show was the one at va. beach. the sound was perfect from the opening notes of the grudge and they also performed prison sex. aenima was truly special this night. with it's riveting visuals and the whole crowd singing along the song took on a new aspect with the recent tragic events. pushit was also a highlight (aenima album version). played flawlessly and with much power. one of my all time favorites! maybe I enjoyed this show more because it had been 3 years since last seeing Tool. it was a night that was as close to perfection as is humanly possible. at least musically speaking. two shows taken together were really quite incredible. thanks aqain guys. something i'll remember for the rest of my life!

Review written by: mortisii (mortisii@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 19:39:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

2nd time seeing Tool on this tour. also caught them at va. beach. sound was a little "off" for the first two songs, maynard's vocals were weird and adam's guitar was way down in the mix. problems seemed to be fixed part way through 46 & 2. eon blue apocalypse/the patient was next and was excellent. disposition/reflection was once again simply brilliant. adam's guitar towards the end of the song was awe inspiring. took a short breather during intermission and watched what was unfolding on stage. 2nd half of show begins with danny drumming up a storm on TRIAD!!! god I love this song! most of the crowd around us seemed confused about what song the band was playing but I was sure it was TRIAD!!! never thought I would see Tool play these three together. what a rare treat! quite amazing that a band with such a great vocalist would play a 8-10 minute instrumental. hats off to maynard for allowing his bandmates to build an ebb and flow that exploded into something quite beautiful. not many singers in today's rock scene would permit this freedom. aenima was quite good again as was lateralus. but for me the better show was the one at va. beach. the sound was perfect from the opening notes of the grudge and they also performed prison sex. aenima was truly special this night. with it's riveting visuals and the whole crowd singing along the song took on a new aspect with the recent tragic events. pushit was also a highlight (aenima album version). played flawlessly and with much power. one of my all time favorites! maybe I enjoyed this show more because it had been 3 years since last seeing Tool. it was a night that was as close to perfection as is humanly possible. at least musically speaking. two shows taken together were really quite incredible. thanks aqain guys. something i'll remember for the rest of my life!

Review written by: mortisii (mortisii@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 19:51:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

2nd time seeing Tool on this tour. also caught them at va. beach. sound was a little "off" for the first two songs, maynard's vocals were weird and adam's guitar was way down in the mix. problems seemed to be fixed part way through 46 & 2. eon blue apocalypse/the patient was next and was excellent. disposition/reflection was once again simply brilliant. adam's guitar towards the end of the song was awe inspiring. took a short breather during intermission and watched what was unfolding on stage. 2nd half of show begins with danny drumming up a storm on TRIAD!!! god I love this song! most of the crowd around us seemed confused about what song the band was playing but I was sure it was TRIAD!!! never thought I would see Tool play these three together. what a rare treat! quite amazing that a band with such a great vocalist would play a 8-10 minute instrumental. hats off to maynard for allowing his bandmates to build an ebb and flow that exploded into something quite beautiful. not many singers in today's rock scene would permit this freedom. aenima was quite good again as was lateralus. but for me the better show was the one at va. beach. the sound was perfect from the opening notes of the grudge and they also performed prison sex. aenima was truly special this night. with it's riveting visuals and the whole crowd singing along the song took on a new aspect with the recent tragic events. pushit was also a highlight (aenima album version). played flawlessly and with much power. one of my all time favorites! maybe I enjoyed this show more because it had been 3 years since last seeing Tool. it was a night that was as close to perfection as is humanly possible. at least musically speaking. two shows taken together were really quite incredible. thanks aqain guys. something i'll remember for the rest of my life!

Review written by: mortisii (mortisii@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 19:51:34 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

2nd time seeing Tool on this tour. also caught them at va. beach. sound was a little "off" for the first two songs, maynard's vocals were weird and adam's guitar was way down in the mix. problems seemed to be fixed part way through 46 & 2. eon blue apocalypse/the patient was next and was excellent. disposition/reflection was once again simply brilliant. adam's guitar towards the end of the song was awe inspiring. took a short breather during intermission and watched what was unfolding on stage. 2nd half of show begins with danny drumming up a storm on TRIAD!!! god I love this song! most of the crowd around us seemed confused about what song the band was playing but I was sure it was TRIAD!!! never thought I would see Tool play these three together. what a rare treat! quite amazing that a band with such a great vocalist would play a 8-10 minute instrumental. hats off to maynard for allowing his bandmates to build an ebb and flow that exploded into something quite beautiful. not many singers in today's rock scene would permit this freedom. aenima was quite good again as was lateralus. but for me the better show was the one at va. beach. the sound was perfect from the opening notes of the grudge and they also performed prison sex. aenima was truly special this night. with it's riveting visuals and the whole crowd singing along the song took on a new aspect with the recent tragic events. pushit was also a highlight (aenima album version). played flawlessly and with much power. one of my all time favorites! maybe I enjoyed this show more because it had been 3 years since last seeing Tool. it was a night that was as close to perfection as is humanly possible. at least musically speaking. two shows taken together were really quite incredible. thanks aqain guys. something i'll remember for the rest of my life!

Review written by: Nina "i missed the whole show" banina (Nina_505@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 21:51:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

well, i have to say that tool is my all time favorite band. ive been listening to their music for like 5 years now. Since undertow came out. The first show i went to was lollapalooza in 96 i think. that was great....but i really really really wanted to see them again. So when i found out they were doing the extended us tour this fall i jumped at the opportunity...so there i was all psyched to go. i had been waiting for the show since the presale in august. jump to october 5th....were all ready to go. i got my bottle of Absolute citron and we are on our way.....we get to the show in time to see the last 4 songs,i would say,by fantomas.... i was extatic when tool came out....well apparently you arent allowed to smoke in the MCI center but my friend and i were. The damn security lady caught me a few times but that didnt stop me...ill be damned if as soon as my friend left to use the phone, they kicked my ass out...i was drunk and alone in dc....you have no idea how upset i was...i mean to have waited for months to see them and spend almost $100 on two tickets and then to be kicked out....tore me up.....but i met a few cool people...some guy named eric helped me out and we were walking around inside for a little while and found a spot where people were cool and i got to see the last few minutes of lateralus....but i just want everyone to know that besides the fact that i got removed from the venue i still had a good time and will be going to see them again....oh and to the people who were in section 101 around row R THANKS! that damn security lady was a bitch and i was trashed yall so when i was escorted out of the building it wasnt peacefully....no way! neenah ps email me just because i like to get emails =)

Review written by: DAN (gossard267@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 23:31:53 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

well, ive been to many a rock concert in my life, but this was my first tool show. It is a tremendous shame that i had to see them at the MCI center. Quite possibly the worst drum sound i have ever heard, and maynard was bouncing all over the place thanks to having way to much reverb combine with the crappy acoustics of the center. Nevertheless, the boys from tool rocked. Danny continues to be the most impressive drummer i've ever heard and the reason tool will always be worth listening to. Justin was tight with Danny as always, and the bass sound was actually half-way decent. Maynard was good, though he was obviously strained in a couple places, and he didn't get the mic up to his mouth early enough for a few lines. Adam, who totally came into his own on Lateralus, was spectacular. His extended instrumental on stinkfist was simply phenomenal. Of course they opened with the Grudge, which was good. The played triad, which i guess is less of a surprise these days than it used to be. I have to respect the fact that Maynard learned to play some guitar so that they could legitimately recreate the sounds on the album, rather than using tapes or simply blowing it off altogether. Push-it, which is my fav tool tune ever, was great, though i like the original version much better. They also played Parabola, which was much harder hitting than other songs that night, so maybe the tech guys tweaked the eq's a little? Lateralus is, i think, the best song on the new album, so i was very pleased to hear it done so expertly. All in all, probably the third best live band i've ever heard. (After stavesacre and pearl jam, for those that care) two notes: First, i missed fantamos. having listened to several of their recorded songs, this is probably not a bad thing. Second, i see many people complaining about the lack of older material. Well (shielding myself from projectiles as a speak), i'm glad i didn't have to hear any old songs. Sure, hush is kinda cool, swampsong has its moments, and of course prison sex and opiate are cool. Still, the new album is by far the most mature, interesting, and passionate work they have done to date, except for ticks and leeches. Frankly, i loved this set list. Thank you tool.

Review written by: Brandon (blinden@directvinternet.com) Review posted on: 10/08/01 23:51:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

I have had the very, extremely fortunate pleasure of seeing tool not once, not twice, but three times this summer, and I have waited for this, the last time I plan on seeing them this year, to post my review. I will start by saying that when I saw them in NYC, on the first leg, it was the most amazing show of all. They played many songs, even some obscure ones. Pittsburgh was an, unfortuantely, 'alright' show, it wasn't great, but it WAS Tool. I just don't think a lot of the crowd was feeling it as much in Pittsburgh, their loss. But on to the washington show. The concert at MCI was brilliant. It blew the show that took place a week before in Pittsburgh away. The fans were very into it and very supportive. I was pleased with change in sets between the week, as though they knew we would be seeing them both times and didn't want to have the same show. The band unity that is evident on stage is very promising and encouraging. All I can see is that when tool hits the east coast again, I will be there, again, and it will be worth it, again.

Review written by: Jason (Gfkysef699@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/09/01 01:59:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

Allright, I'll give you what I got. I didn't read every review of this show or anything so I may be repeating a few things. First off, what an amazing show. I was at VA Beach on 9/29 and this show blew that one out of the water. I had awesome seats for this one, in section 227 on the left hand side of the stage (if you were facing it). We had row "A" which is the front row of the second level. We could see in front and behind the stage! It was amazing! Each time osseus labyinth was about to perform we could see them getting ready and shit. The viwew of the band was totally cool. Maynard and Adam we so close I thought I could reach out and touch them. I have to say right off that I have a whole new appreciation for Adam Jones as a musician. During "Reflection" I was watching him play and it blew my mind. At the biginning of the song he was playing the synth pedals with his left foot and when the guitar comes in he's playing that at the same time! Awesome. This was my 6th show and the only one that has been as good was Chicago Riviera Theater in May of '94. The Falming Lips opened up. That was my first Tool show and I was tripping on mescaline pills. That was the best but this was a very close second. No mescaline this time. The sound, contrary to popular belief, was awesome where I was. The mix was perfect, all instruments were in perfect balance. Maynard's vocals were astounding. He was hitting every note with passion and authority. They all were. I honestly don't remember hearing a sour note all night. There were plenty of those at VA Beach. The energy was great, all of the band members seemed to really be into this show. We had a decent view of Danny although I would have liked to have been able to see him from behind to watch all of his movements. That dude goes off on that kit and what a beautiful kit it is! If you haven't already, go to the Official page and read the newsletter from a month or two ago when Blair describes some of the background on it. It is interesting. As for the setlist I think it was provided. A few things about lyrics and Maynard's words. During "Stinkfist" the added lyrics were from Elvis's "Suspicious Minds", I heard it and at first I thought I was hearing shit. Then it came to me that it was a line from Elvis. I chuckled a little and then thought that it fit perfectly into the song. They did play the "Salival" version of "Pushit", that was cool I hadn't heard it yet. "The Patient" was a pleasant suprise too. I told my wife as they started to play it, that it was my favorite song on the new album. After they finished it she thought it was really good too. I thought Maynard said that he hoped that they were a catalyst for some kind of "human" not "healing". I guess "healing" makes more sense but who knows. "Triad" was cool too. During this song I really just watched the crowd. I saw a bunch of testosterone filled young men beat each other senseless. I have been in "pits" before but it has never relly been my thing. Especially now as I approach 30. I just think that the energy used could be chanelled into something so much more constructive. These are also the same people that chant for "Sober" and throw water bottles at the band and flash laser pointers at the stage. This is totally disrespectful to the artists. The mindless fucks that were there moshing didn't hear a fucking word Maynard said. They don't get it. Those people and the way they think and behave are a big part of what this music is about. Unable to comprehend most of the themes in the lyrics and unappreciative of the complexity of these songs. Moshing and not paying attention, shame on you. I can't sit here and claim to know every single thing about every single bit of information in their songs, but I try to see, I have an open ear and an open mind and I have learned and seen within myself because of some of these songs. The music touches me deeply and I am forever greatful for that. One last thing I'll mention. I can't beleive I did this but you live and learn. As the guys were leaving the stage they walked off to the side we were sitting on. They passed by and Adam looked right at me and was waving, I froze. I felt like such a complete moron, I felt like a dumb school girl. I feel bad because I could have aknowledeged a member of Tool, a source of inspiration and learning for me over the last 8 years. I missed my chance to thank them for the pleasure they have given and for the knowledge they have helped me to attain. The growing continues and so does my fondness of this band and their art. Thanks, Jason Dunn

Review written by: tender branson (gs_west@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/09/01 02:32:03 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

hey wanna a set list? well get it from somwere else. this is about my experience from the art which was on display. noonetoldyou...my warningmeantnothing...quicksand...SUCKS Y OU... FANTOMAS NEED TO GET THEIR sacs rubbued, because they did what the do so well, which is to tell music it now has permmission to die. MIKE PATTON IS MY FATHER. i meant he's kinda like a father figure for any number of fictuous canines roamin the streets of DC... whatshow..whatFUCKINGSHOW??/ ...oh tOOl, tOOL pUrItY:::::::::::::AFTER being faced with the fact that the boys were beginning to get HUGE, i think i know why the show wasn't sold out. TOOL bought the tickets that remained, sort of as a flexing of the independent artists muscle, to keep TOOL on as small as stage as possible. ooooooooh....conspiracy theory. OPiAtE...........IGNORED uNdERtOw......IGNORED NICE to see the hugs at the end, even if you guys were just placing bets on which dick in th audience was gonna snap a picture and sell it on e-BAY for 200 dollars. THE WORLD OF WHICH I AM A PART IS A SICKENING PLACE. THANKS FOR THE MOMENT. AND TELL MIKE PATTON THAT I GOT SOMETHING HIS EARS NEED TO HEAR....

Review written by: tender branson (gs_west@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/09/01 02:34:23 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

hey wanna a set list? well get it from somwere else. this is about my experience from the art which was on display. noonetoldyou...my warningmeantnothing...quicksand...SUCKS Y OU... FANTOMAS NEED TO GET THEIR sacs rubbued, because they did what the do so well, which is to tell music it now has permmission to die. MIKE PATTON IS MY FATHER. i meant he's kinda like a father figure for any number of fictuous canines roamin the streets of DC... whatshow..whatFUCKINGSHOW??/ ...oh tOOl, tOOL pUrItY:::::::::::::AFTER being faced with the fact that the boys were beginning to get HUGE, i think i know why the show wasn't sold out. TOOL bought the tickets that remained, sort of as a flexing of the independent artists muscle, to keep TOOL on as small as stage as possible. ooooooooh....conspiracy theory. OPiAtE...........IGNORED uNdERtOw......IGNORED NICE to see the hugs at the end, even if you guys were just placing bets on which dick in th audience was gonna snap a picture and sell it on e-BAY for 200 dollars. THE WORLD OF WHICH I AM A PART IS A SICKENING PLACE. THANKS FOR THE MOMENT. AND TELL MIKE PATTON THAT I GOT SOMETHING HIS EARS NEED TO HEAR....