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10/15/2001



Review written by: sgtpppr (sgtpppr@twerked.com)
Review posted on: 10/16/01 03:16:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Incredible show as could be expected. I did think Tricky was out of place though. He sounded more like Fishbone than the Tricky I've heard from a number of years ago. The only problem was the massive ammount of drunk inbred redneck frat boys who thought punching people in the face was what tool was all about. Besides that, perfection was approached as closely as possible. I thought the performance art piece was perfect for the mood of the show. I'll give anyone credit who can hang upside for 20 minutes while gyrating and contorting their body 25 feet in the air. Incredible.

Review written by: Vince (wordabop@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 03:23:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. Wow, just got back from the Memphis show. This is the first show I saw on the tour and I'm getting ready to go see them again in Nashville tomorrow. I went to the show knowing everything about the tour since I have downloaded shows, and live concert video footage, and read the past reviews. I was still unbelievably surprised. I even knew that I was going to be surprised and was still surprised. They played "The Patient" which was a big shocker. They played every song on Lateralus except for Ticks. They even played the songs that aren't real songs and played Triad which was amazing. Maynard was playing guitar on about 5 or 6 songs. My highlight of the show had to be either Reflection or Pushit. There is just something about seeing Pushit (album version) live, it is so intense. It was definitely the most inspiring show I've ever seen in my life out of about 180 shows. I think I want to take this week off from school and go see every other. They had the crawling, swinging head people from Schism onstage with them, they did some spacy drawn out endings like at the end of Reflection. They had a strong closing with Lateralus. They hugged each other at the end of the show onstage showing that they were happy that they had a good show. Damn I love Tool. The Grudge Stinkfist w/ all kinds of newly added parts 46& 2 Parabol Parabola Pushit Schism Disposition Reflection Triad The Patient Opiate Lateralus

Review written by: every inch of god (everyinchofgod@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 03:48:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

the setlist: the grudge stinkfist 46 & 2 parabol parabola pushit schism disposition reflection triad the patient opiate lateralus (i think this is correct. all the requisite interludes and intro's were played as well.) okay, where to begin... first of all, i walked into this show wondering why tool had picked tricky to open, and i was really bummed that i wasn't getting to see the melvins. well, about a minute into tricky's set, all doubts were cast aside. simply put, tool could not have picked a more perfect opening act. those of you who have tickets to one of these shows with tricky are in for one hell of a show. tricky's music was like auditory lsd, and did an amazing job of prying open the collective third eye. a surprising amount of tool fans seemed to get it, although there were the de-riguer losers who just didn't have a clue. oddly enough, these seemed to be the same losers moshing during tool's set. go figure. it must suck to live your life completely and utterly without a clue. oh well. on to tool. suffice it to say that at this point, tool is completely on top of their game. EVERY SINGLE SONG was a whole new experience... it's like the songs took on a whole different life than what they have on the albums, a whole new level of energy that just wrapped around the audience and carried them away into a maelstrom of sound. sorry to sound so cheesy about it, but that's exactly how it was, i don't know how else to put it. as if the music wasn't enough, the visual element, which has been well documented in past reviews, was utterly breathtaking. the addition of osseus labirynt (the duo from the schism video) was icing on the cake. and for once, the sound was exceptional, probably due to the smaller size of the venue. i can only hope that the st. louis show, which i will also be attending, will sound half as good. this was not only the best tool performance i've seen by far (and i've seen some KILLER tool shows, by the way), but it was simply the best show i've ever seen, which is no small statement. apparently tool was happy with it as well, given the fact that after the final notes of lateralus rang out, the band walked away from their instruments and met in the middle of the stage for a GROUP HUG that must have lasted at least 20 seconds. in short, the show was absolutely unbelievable. i can't wait for st. louis.

Review written by: Mike (toolband26@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 04:33:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

All I have to say is HOLY SHIT. I am at a total loss of words. I have waited for this moment for 9 long years and it was worth it. They put on a flawless how. I can not compair them to any other show/concert I have seen. PUSHIT was the highlight of my night, Than when they cracked into Opiate.. that just totally made my night. The visuals were outstanding. The whole visual set up during Laturalus, the eye and the spiral coming out was mind blowing. I had the perfect seats dead center of stage first row of seats. I cant remeber every song right now that they played. So I will let others do that. I am still trying to absorb the fact that I actually saw TOOL. I have no voice left. I have sweat out every bit of energy tonight, I have totally drained myself and it feels so good. TOOL, You guys keep up the great work, dont ever quit, You will always have your true fans with you. Thanks being a huge inspiration for me. WOW... HOLY SHIT I SAW TOOL!!!!

Review written by: hoplemight (Hydrofoil@canabisMAIL.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 05:02:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 28th Tool show

toool is good but go see em your self if you want a review

Review written by: ash atchision (n1ghtmare@totaldeath.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 05:55:43 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I love Tool. I hate Tool "fans". A good show nevertheless.

Review written by: Carl Smith (carlsmithwci@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 06:13:55 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

i skipped school for it and i wasn't dissapointed. the setlist was the grudge stinkfist(new lyrics) 46&2 parabol parabola pushit (∆nima version) schism disposition reflection triad the patient opiate lateralus

Review written by: Chris (dontemailme@thisaddress.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 11:59:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Tool's musical maturity and evolution has so closely matched my own, I guess that's why this band is so special to me right now. My only real wish is that the 99.9% of the people at the show in Memphis who simply didn't get it had, well, gotten it. Oh well. At least I got to laugh at the people trying to slam dance but in the end being completely baffled by Tool's peculiar rhythms and virtually paralyzed with confusion. Maybe I'm just getting old, but there's so much more to life than getting wasted and yelling "fuck you!" for no apparent reason. Can I please offer a bit of advice? As you get older you will begin the see the real difference between those few bands like Tool and the myriad fly-by-nighters that dominate the radio today. Keep you mind open to your own musical, emotional and intellectual evolution over time, and embrace it. It's a beautiful thing. Off the soapbox now and on to the show itself. Wow, Tool is a dance band! I had no idea. But there I was, fully into the rhythm of each song, swaying, bobbing, weaving. It was an awesome experience. Much to my surprise, I was not in awe, nor did I have the expected and anticipated "religious experience." No, just great joy, knowing a life task had been accomplished and so thoroughly enjoyed. The sound was less than stellar, but the setlist more than made up for it. I hate to say that I wanted to hear this song and that song, but I will admit that seeing Pushit live filled a great hole in my life. The Patient was also high on my list and Tool did not disappoint. Most spectacular, though, was Opiate. WOW! A great song, to be sure, but the band was fully into this one and so were we. Maynard let out a blood- curdling scream that was worth the price of admission. Unlike many reviewers here over the past few weeks (yes, I've nearly read them all), I was not in the least bit disappointed in the band's interaction with the audience. Maynard said, "Thank you so much for coming," twice in a sincere manner. That was appreciated. I also anticipated a potential reference to Elvis, seeing as how we were in Memphis. Sure enough, Maynard said something along the lines of "We are very honored to be on the same stage where stood the King and company -- Andy Kaufman." What a hoot. Oh, and Tricky wasn't bad as an opening act. Surely not what most of the crowd expected, but I won't go into that any further. All in all, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Could very well be the one and only time I see my favorite band. I'll also treasure the opportunity.

Review written by: matt holley (fireal11@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 12:12:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

the show was so bad ass.it was the best concert i've ever seen, except for the grey dudes balls showing , that was sick.

Review written by: Jen (phat_kat_j@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 13:10:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

My second religious expirience... Unfortunatley since I was traveling from nashville, I missed Tricky, I was looking forward to hearing him. In my opinion this show was better than the previous one I went to in Charlotte, NC. Well...the show was about the same, but the crowd had so much more energy than in Charlotte, which made the Memphis show really fun. Hopefully tonight, the Nashville show I am going to will have and equally (if not even more) energectic crowd.

Review written by: sneakycow (sneakycow@roundup.net) Review posted on: 10/16/01 13:21:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 8th Tool show

Eight times is a charm. I have not seen them better than this. Everyone was dead on. The sound was nearly perfect. The whole place rumbled. I couldn't have been more comfortable in the dead center. The crowd seemed to relax and listen, usually waiting to applaude when the song was over. That was nice. I had such a better time at this one sitting in a velvety cushion seat in the center watching....well whatever the hell it was. Four guys making thunder right before your eyes. Now I'm totally satisfied. I don't care to go to another one for fear of diminishing the joy in my memory of this one perfect show. Thanks to the band for staying together and being so damn good.

Review written by: Brian (ledzeplica@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 13:41:44 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Wow. We got to the show at 2:00 in the afternoon. At about 3:30 Tool's tour bus rolls by and we got to see them walk into the building. At around 4:00 we got to hear them play Stinkfist and The Grudge in soundcheck. I could have left right then and been happy. So we got in on the floor and were in the second row of people from the stage. This was the first show with Tricky as the opener. I thought he and his band did a really great job, but they don't belong at a Tool concert. I would have loved seeing them if I wasn't already set in Tool mode. Some of the crowd started chanting for Tool in between songs, which wasn't very cool. But anyway, when Tool walked on stage the place exploded. They started playing and everyone on the floor started pushing forward. Where I was, no one could even stand on their own feet. Everyone was packed together just being pushed from side to side. I wanted to actually enjoy the music so I fought my way back to about the 15th row and it was amazing. The higlights of the show for me were Parabol/Parabola and OPIATE!! Everything was amazing. I have no complaints. I'm not sure if anyone has posted the setlist yet, so sorry if they already have. Here it is.. The Grudge Ions Stinkfist Parabol Parabola 46 & 2 Pushit (Aenema version) Schism Disposition Reflection --Osseus Labyrinth performance (very cool)-- Triad Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Opiate (wooh!) Lateralus

Review written by: Emergent Patterns (emergentpatterns@excite.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 13:43:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

(walking out to "mantra") The Grudge Stinkfist 46&2 Pushit Parabol Parabola Schism Merkaba Disposition Reflection (intermission for osseus labyrint) Triad Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Opiate Lateralus Well, the concert was one of my life feats. I always said I was gonna see and meet Tool before I died. I saw em and met em all but Maynard, which I didn't expect to meet for some reason. I'll start from the begginning of the show.. We got their pretty early so we could get floor passes because they were limited. I got on the floor and a good position, and I didn't move the whole time. I was probably about 25 feet from the stage. I could see everything perfectly. Tricky was ok. He was about as good as I expected him to be. Tripped out heavy hip hop, or something. But, when Tool came on, everyone knew who we were there to see. Their stage setup was as I had heard it being for this tour. Adam was on my left, Justin on my Right, Danny behind Justin on the Right, and Maynard across from Danny, but pushed back somewhat. It was kind of strange, but I respected it, because, after all, it was Tool up there playing for me. They played pretty much everything from "Lateralus", 3 songs from "AEnemia" and "Opiate". The only things that they didn't play from "Lateralus" is "Ticks and Leeches" and "Faaip De Oiad". The songs sounded so amazing live. It was really, really intense. The whole concert I just sat on the floor in amazement. I let the music flow through me like water. It was beautiful. After the show was over, I wanted to go see about if there was anyway to meet them. It had rained whilst we were inside, and it was almost like Tool changed the weather with "Disposition" because it had turned bitterly cold. I still walked over to the tour buses with all of my friends and I stood out in the 44 degree weather for almost 1 and 1/2 hours waiting for Tool to grace us with their prescense. Their manager decided to bring them out on the condition of absolutely no pictures whatsoever. I was cool with that because, I just wanted to meet them most importantly and let them know what an inspiration they had become on my life. Danny walked out first, then Justin, then Adam. I got all of their autographs on my ticket stub, and told them all how inspired they made me. Danny is as big as he seems in the pictures. The dude is freaking huge. Justin has an even thicker english accent than I expected, and Adam is very, very skinny and quiet. After getting all of their autographs and talking to them, I asked Danny if I could show him my tattoo. He said "sure, man." I rolled up my sleeve and showed him the lateralus eye on my right arm. He said "wow!" and then grabbed Adam and said "hey adam, check this out!" Adam looked over and said "Wow, amazing man" I was so in awe. I had just let Tool see the tattoo that inspired me. After that, their manager thanked us for waiting, and told us to drive safely home. He was really, really nice. After that we headed home, all of us in an all-flowing state of awe. That's my recollection of what happened.

Review written by: lucifloyd (lucifloyd@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 14:37:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Well kids, what can I say...it was a Tool show and a damn fine one at that...much better than the last show I attended (Red Rocks w/King Crimson). The setlist was pretty much the same as all of the other shows, with one small, yet incredibly pleasant surprise...they played Opiate...very, very cool. It was also nice to hear The Patient...they didn't play that one at Red Rocks, and it's one of my favorites from Lateralus. Let's see...what else can I praddle on about...had great seats...my friends and I got in before the doors opened because I know the gm of the coliseum...there were some really pissed off looking people that had been standing in line for god knows how long when they saw us walk through the doors... I must confess that I wasn't really expecting much from Tricky...I'd never really listened to any of his stuff, I just knew he did some kind of industrial hip hop kind of stuff...anyway, I was very impressed with his/their performance...by far the best opening act I've seen at a Tool show (does anyone remember Psychotica?)...anyway, I went out an bought Tricky's new cd today, that's how much they impressed me. The audience impressed me too...with a couple of rednecks aside (shouting "You suck" and other things that I couldn't quite make out), the audience seemed to very respectful and actually enjoying the opening act...I think Tricky may have found some new fans last night. There were no chants of "USA"...that was nice. During the quiet parts, and especially during Adam's 5+ minute outtro, I didn't hear any stupid shit being yelled out as I've read in other reviews...again, the crowd impressed me with their behavior. Another fine Tool performance...it was over too soon...thank you gentlemen for coming back to Memphis. 11 days until Voodoo Fest...can't wait. Out.

Review written by: WL (weslacewell@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 14:55:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Since I can't remember the exact setlist, I'll give ya'll this tidbit of info. and let someone else post the list. Maynard made 2 acknowledgements that caught my attention. He sang the chorus to "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley (fitting for Memphis) and mentioned the fact that Andy Kaufman wrestled at Mid-South Coliseum. I've seen Tool 4 times and this one topped them all. It was by far the most spirited and powerful show I've seen. Lateralus blew everyone away to wrap up this show. Everyone seemes stunned at what they had just witnessed.

Review written by: John (norja@rhodes.edu) Review posted on: 10/16/01 14:57:02 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Set list -------- The Grudge (-) ions + Stinkfist 46 + 2 Parabol Parabola Pushit Schism Instrumental Disposition Reflection Intermission Triad Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Opiate Lateralus The show was better than I had hoped for. Stinkfist had the breakdown section in the middle, it threw everyone off trying to sing along with the song. The lost their timing for a second in 46+2 but recovered rather nicely. Maynard said "Good Evening" afterwards and didn't say anything else until the second part of the show. Pushit was the regular version, but the long solo in the middle had elements of the longer version. The acrobats came out during the middle of Schism. One of them did this weird thing standing on his hands and bending his body backwards so his feet were above his head -- weird. Anyways, after that they did some instrumental deal. Maynard Adam and Justin all put their instruments next to their amps to get some feedback, and they played like that for 3 or 4 minutes. The undertow ribcage was on the screens during this time. Adam did the long ending to Reflection, the people behind me thought it was cool the first couple of minutes, but got kinda impatient and yelling at him to cut it out. The acrobats came out and hung from the ceiling during intermission, and stayed up their through triad. After the patient, Maynard thanked everyone for coming out. After Opiate he thanked everyone again. He said it was an honor to share the stage with tricky, then said it was an honor to play in the same building as the great Andy Kaufman. Then of course the "Make something positive" speech. Lateralus ended the show, then the guys came together on the front of the stage and threw water bottles and stuff into the crowd. Danny threw a frisbee or something, it landed in the balcony somewhere. Then they hugged and left. An awesome show, loved every minute of it.

Review written by: Jirkov Vodkavich (twistfinger@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 15:24:34 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Setlist: No "Eulogy" or "Ticks and Leeches." They did play "46&2" though. I didn't catch the setlist because I was too busy watching. We got there early to get up close. Being that it's Memphis, I didn't figure that many people would be there on a good day anyway. That's the way I like it. We got to the floor and people weren't condensed so much where I was, which was about 50 feet from the stage. It was a good spot; no tall folks standing in front of me but there were a few jerkoffs. We stayed at our position during Tricky's smoked out performance. There was chick singing and my eyes were on her the whole time anyway. After Tricky, people started slowly packing in so that they could get as close to the stage as possible. My brothers found a nice spot further back as they had gone to get drinks. I decided "fuck you assholes, i'm going to SEE the band." I could see the stage. The drumset was uncovered and a big gold light shined down from heaven onto the magnificent set. Then we all cheered for the soundcheck guys. There was a very good mood going around. House lights go out...people yell their heads off as some clinky music comes on. "The Grudge" starts off and I jump around in time with the music and listen as closely as possible. I couldn't believe Maynard did that long "i'm falling into hell" yell at the end. Blood was boiling out in the crowd and we all loved it. With the big screens hung in front of the color changing backdrop, it was almost a rave setting with MY music playing especially being on the floor with people walking around and carrying on and what not with they're business. I realized more how much Durst and Aaron Lewis have "been influenced" by Maynard's movements. I wondered if the event staff were thinking "what the hell IS this shit?" Maynard didn't strip down. He got down to a muscle shirt and some leather pants. He played a guitar looking think during "Schism" and "Reflection." This show controlled mood without flaw more than any show that I have been to. moods: 1: i'm a kick some ass 2. we love this stuff 3. the naked people from the schism video!! 4. lets just calm down now. y'all stop throwing the drinks and listen for a while 5. "reflection" doesn't have to end 6. waking up again 8. "lateralus" makes a perfect ending 7. piss off. go home. Some dude asked me for my wristband during the ending of "46&2" which is one of the parts I was dying to see them do. You're welcome, patna. Some chick spilled beer all over me and didn't even apologize or make out with me. After the show, I felt a sense of finality and then I remembered I had voodoo tickets. WOO HOO!! Two more weeks. By then the setlist should change some. Oh yeah, Maynard said it was an honor to be in the same building that Andy Kaufmann was once in. He didn't say much. Some dorkass was handing out passes to the hot chicks. Justin Chancellor had quick hands. Danny Carey is a machine on the drums. Maynard doesn't have to show himself to be the man. Adam Jones had a red shirt. Adam Jones can play the guitar like a dog eats biscuits. This review sucks.

Review written by: maynardscock (wallmelt@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 15:29:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

This being my first Tool concert ever, I will refrain from expressing my pure orgasmic joy from the experience, as you old pros will know it already. Anyway, the set list is (at least pertially, as I was fairly wasted by the time Tricky finished) 1. The Grudge 2. Stinkfist 3. ? 4. 46 and 2 5. Schism 6. Ticks and Leeches 7. Reflection 8. long instrumental that combined parts of several songs. 9. Opiate 10. Lateralis I may have screwed that up a little, but that's as close as I could remember. The show started off well with the pounding beat of The Grudge to get the crowd moving, wich I couldn't do as the floor had filled up long before I got there, and I was forced to sit halfway up the wall to the right of the stage. This turned out to be a blessing, however, as I had a full view of the amazing video screens that projected images that simultaneously thrilled me and creeped me out. The first real surprise came during Schism, when two models made up like the male and female from the video came out and "animal walked" around the stage for about ten minutes. The second big shock came during the long (Nearly twenty minutes) instrumental. Presumably the same two people were lowered from the ceiling toward the end of Reflection. Then, about seven minutes later, you see them climbing hand over hand back up to the tops of the video screens. They then proceeded to hang from their ankles and perform airial acrobatics to the beat of the song. The only way that this could have been a better show would have been if they'd palyed Aenima and Hooker with a Penis. Otherwise, it was utter perfection.

Review written by: The Great Nolando (crimson_84@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 15:35:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Man, Last night was unbelievable. I don't think I can put together a setlist because I wasn't to focused on remembering it. I was just lost in song. It was amazing though, they played quite a few from both lateralus and aenima. at one point the screens showed the undertow logo zooming around, and everyone started cheering for different undertow songs. (personally, i wanted to hear 4 degrees.) but they went into a crazy something or nother. Maynard (with a guitar he used a few times) Adam, and Justin were all squating down fucking with effects peddels i suppose. And Danny was beating the shit out of his bass drums. It was so powerful that it was hard to breath when it rattled your chest. the only thing they played from opiate was opiate. Over all it was indiscribable. I cant do it justice. im thinking about stealing a car and catching them tonight in Nashville.

Review written by: Dustin (g0d@netdoor.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 16:11:55 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

This is the first time I've experienced anything close to religioun in my life. It's been a little less than 24 hours since I saw the show, and I'm still dumbfounded. I try to think of words and ways to express what it's like, to those of you who have not seen TooL, but nothing I can think of would do them justice. What can I say that would keep from selling them short??? I don't know, but I can honestly say that I have loved Tool since the first time I heard them, and the studio doesn't even begin to show you the true ower and magic of Tool. If you haven't seen them live, you are missing out on one of the best opportunites of your life, I could talk and talk and talk for hours about that show. I've read all of the reviews from the previous shows, so I'll save you from setlists or quotes (I feel as though it would be an injustice to you and to Tool) but I will leave you with a few of the words that come to mind when I reminisce last nights show: Powerful,Moving,Spiritual,Amazing,Beautiful Thank You Maynard, Tool, for sharing..................

Review written by: pleasedrown (pleasedrown@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 17:56:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

OK, my first tool experience. FUCKING AMAZING. My sister almost got died, I was beat up by two security guards, and i couldn't fucking breath. OUTSTANDING! MESSAGE TO TOOL: I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU, I FUCKING LOVE YOU!! MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF MEMPHIS: you are all barbaric assholes that couldn't care less if you trample over a 98 pound little girl. you almost killed her you stupid bastards. MESSAGE TO THE FUCKING SECURITY GUARDS THAT BEAT ME UP: I was the guy in the anarchy sign shirt with punk's not dead on the back.. HOW'D YOU LIKE THAT PUNCH TO THE NOSE??? HA...dont interupt me when im listening to tool BUT A MESSAGE TO THE ACTUAL FANS: thanks for understanding the methodology involved with a tool show.. TOOL IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE BEST. THANK YOU DANNY ADAM MAYNARD AND JUSTIN THANK YOU

Review written by: Shaun (s@shat.nospam.net) Review posted on: 10/16/01 17:56:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I saw Tool here several years ago on the Aenima tour, and I didn't think I'd ever see a better show. Last night I found out I was wrong. Of course it's not surprising that only Tool could outdo their first performance here. I wasn't sure what to expect from Tricky, since I hadn't even heard of them until it was announced that they'd be opening. The first song they played was their best, a real funky bass beat and the female vocalist was telling me I didn't want to fake it with her. I didn't care much for the rest of Tricky's set, but I can see why Tool chose them. The music made you move. Tool themselves were incredible. I'll leave the exact setlist up to someone else, but it's similar to the other shows. They opened with The Grudge and closed with Lateralus. Mixed in were Stinkfist, Parabol (a little bit) plus Parabola, Forty-Six & 2, Pushit, Disposition, Reflection with Adam playing the ending for several minutes, and they played Opiate!! I know I'm leaving plenty out. Stinkfist, Forty-Six & 2, and Pushit seemed to get the best reaction from the crowd, and I'd have gladly paid just to see those three. We got the extended version of Stinkfist, and Elvis' "because I love you too much baby" was thrown in, but I guess that's to be expected for the Memphis show. Seeing Pushit (original version) live again was incredible, it's the most emotional of their songs for me. In '98 when they did Pushit, at "I must persuade you another way" Maynard held onto "way" for what felt like a full minute, you were at the mercy of his voice. He didn't do it this time but the song was just as gripping. All through the show the visuals were the kind of weird, provocative stuff you'd expect from Tool. There were a lot of clips from the videos, and a lot of clips where you just sort of asked "what the fuck is that?" I was impressed at how well the visuals were synchronized to the music, I think that's why the playlist is so static on this tour. Changing it up would mean they'd have to create and coordinate more visuals to go along with the other songs. Osseus Labyrint was spectacular, I don't know how they do it without passing out. They were hanging upside down doing all sorts of acrobatics for 20-30 minutes, maybe more. What I couldn't believe is they had no problem righting themselves and climbing back down, they would have had to lower me onto a gurney after something like that. It was an interesting display of human form and what the body can be made to do. Seeing them was like seeing some of Tool's contortionist album art come to life, and it definitely took the experience to a higher level. I don't think I'll ever forget those images. I'm not sure what to think of the crowd. There were still tickets on sale the day of the show, and according to the review in the paper there were only 6,000 people. The whole show was general admission, not a reserved seat in the house, so it was no problem getting on the floor. There didn't seem to be too many people down there though, the back half of the floor was empty and there were way too many people up in the stands. (Come on, people, it's not like they're coming back next month!) I noticed Tool has a disproportionate number of 6-foot-plus fans, there were a *lot* of really tall people on the floor which made it tough to see the band at times. One guy was walking around taking lots of pictures, really talkative and had some sort of ID hanging around his neck... At first I thought he was with the band. He had me hold onto a roll of film while he put in a new one, then walked off to the right a bit. A couple minutes later he was busted and escorted out. They let him back in (minus the camera) but he still had the first roll of film. He said the exact same guy had busted him snapping photos in Indiana, so apparently Tool travels with their own security team instead of relying solely on the event staff. Security was otherwise lax. The guy with the camera said he had just walked in the back door of the arena with the camera in full view and nobody paid him any attention. Those of us who went in the front had to get a quick pat down. Something was happening after the show; a plainclothes cop flashed his badge and wanted to see our ID's for some reason, and they weren't letting people leave the parking lot for about 15 minutes. I don't know what that was about, hopefully someone else does. My only regret... I wanted Eulogy, and I wanted it badly. Maybe next time.

Review written by: Master Reviewer (yhadfg@sgdh.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 18:47:12 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

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Review written by: Justin (playa_slickus@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 18:50:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This is my review of the great show in Memphis on Oct. 15, 2001. Tricky opened at 7:30. On their first song they got a few boos but once everybody actually heard that they really knew how to rock, they kinda shutup. When they got done, ther was an intermission and I went to go pee. I was standing in the looonnngg line, when this girl walked by by who was really drunk and her pants were loose. She took off running for some reason and her pants fell below her butt. She was not wearing pannies and she had a small butt and her skin was really white and it was gross. When I went back into the arena, I waited for a few minutes for TooL to open. All of a sudden the lights went out and a curtain revealed two huge screens on the back wall and a smaller one on the stage. Then a projection of the ring of flaming neon eyes that appear on the Lateralus cover(not the black over-cover) showed on all screens. Then just a sound that sounded like a huge fan turning really slow played for about 5 minutes when Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey all came on stage. About 30 seconds after that Maynard came out. They then started playing The Grudge. It sounded awesome. I can't really remember the order these songs were played in but I do remember these are the songs they played. The Patient(awesome) Schism(awesome) Parabol(awesome) Parabola(awesome) Lateralus(awesome) Disposition(awesome) Reflection(awesome) Pushit(Aenima)(Very Awesome) Stinkfist(Awesome) Also Osseus Labrynt(actors from the Schism video) appeared during the song Schism. It was cool. They did the four legged walk were they headbang. After Schism, It stayed dard for a second and two wires dropped from ceiling. Nothing happened for a while until the two people form Osseus Labrynt were attached to and climbing up the ropes. There was still no music playing but it was still very cool. They were up there just hanging upside down from these ropes and flexing around their body in a way you wouldn't believe. All of a sudden the static from the starting of the Tool Salival video was playing and the dead angel appeared on the Big Screens. Osseus Labrynt stiffened up and held their bodies stiff in the same way the angel does except they were upside down.This went on for a few minutes. TooL closed with Opiate, which nobody thought they would play but they did and when the played those first few notes before Maynard says"choices always were a problem for you," The crowd went insane with pure happiness. It was great. After the song, Maynard said it was great of us to come to the show and that we should take all our feelings that we had at the show, save them and make something positive in the next few days. That made me feel great. After that he said goodbye, held up a peace sign and then they started handing out stuff to people on the floor. Then we left.

Review written by: Chad (rcroberson9@cs.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 18:54:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

This is my first time seeing TOOL as a headliner. The last time I saw them was on Lollapalooza about eight or nine years ago. They were relegated to the second stage; played in the middle of the afternoon to a half-interested crowd; and only stood out because of Maynard's pink bunny outfit. The band I saw last night has come so far from that hot summer day. TOOL has become a transcendent phenomenon; blending theater, dance, sound, light and poetry into a seamless blend that is impossible to ignore. I am an older fan who is alone in his peer group as a fan of the band and had to buy a friend of mine a ticket so I wouldn't have to see the show by myself. By the end of the night I do believe the boys had made themselves another convert. I won't bother with a set list because I know another, more diligent fan will take care of that. I will simply say if you haven't seen this tour, by all means GO. TOOL has reinvented arena rock without all the Cock-Rock posturing or antiquated crowd-participation moments that have become just another rock cliche. This show was a happening. A well thought out, carefully constructed exposition of ideas and emotions that not only served to enlighten; but also got the kids on their feet. I will never again let this band come to town without seeing what they have to offer and you shouldn't either. Thank you Maynard, Justin, Adam, and Danny.

Review written by: Mike420 (lilmike69@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 19:12:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

ok...first thing...this was better then the first time i saw them...second...FUCK the collisium because they didnt say anything about the first come first with a wrist band thing when i bought my ticket 2 months ago...so i had to work my way to the floor...i got a band and used the SYSTEM to get it to me...they fucking suck anyway,....back to the reveiw... This show was probeble the most unique display of raw emotional power in the pit and on stage ive seen....TOOL is my fav band in the world and when the came on stage ..after i got on the floor no and all thanks to the system of the colisium...i was in complete awe of the druming and the guitar and the vocals and when they had the two schism silver people hanging upside down for 30 mins!!??!?!?!? that was just crazy...and im not going to list the whole set list because someone already has i think...but the best songs they did were...schism...stinkfist...pushit and opiate...which i called to everyone around me before they started it...I KNEW it was comeing up when i saw Mynard pick the paper up with the list...he dropped it...and i swear when it hit the ground on the stage chancelor and careyand jones all jumped into the song with maynerd doing his thing in front of the third smaller screen it was AWESOME!!!!!! i think that TOOL is quite possible the best most unique band in the entire musical world...i think anyone could relate to their music,....and if u havet seen them live yet....DO IT....this is my second show...and they both are my fav concerts ever...and ive seen a SHIT LOAD of peopkle live includeing page & plant zz top ozzy and staind ( before they solfd out) and korn and bizkit (before they sold out) and 50 other bands i cant say cause they r so many...but TOOL is the all time best....umm...i might add some more to my review later...but until then.... long live TOOL. mike420

Review written by: David White (Dave_J_White@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 19:15:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Sorry guys, but I won't be posting the setlist because I couldn't get out of my trance to take the time to write it down. The evening started out with all my friends meeting at my apartment to depart for the concert. We were going to be leaving together so we could save some money on parking, however, this did not happen. The concert was listed as General Admission on all tickets so we knew that they would be limiting the number of people to get access to the floor. We knew we had to get there early. We were all going to meet up at 5:30 but a few people were running late including my brother. My Sister was incredibly antsy and decided she could no longer wait for the rest of the people to show up, we were all worried that we would not get floor seating if we waited any longer so she went ahead and left. She called from her cell phone to tell us that we needed to hurry after she got there and found that they were going to limit the number of people, unlike the APC show in Nashville we went to where they didn't limit the number of people who got on the floor. She informed us that we needed to hurry, I had not recieved my tickets in the mail and found out that they would be at the "Will call" office because of some shipping issues to my previous address. So I knew that I would have to spend more time in line to get my tickets. We got there and I got my tickets with probably 5 minutes left to get a wristband. There were roughly 75 wristbands left when i got to the entrance to the floor. I was very relieved. About 20 minutes later the lights went down and Tricky came onstage. They were alright, I thought they were interesting with a sort of hardcore african tribal sound. They played for about an hour I believe (i didn't pay very close attention), but they put on a good show i thought. after that was over there was a short pause between bands to clear up the stage for Tool's performance. Tool came onstage and opened with 'The Grudge'. It was amazing. I stayed in a trance during the entire show, Friends of mine who had never heard tool before but that we were able to get to come with us described the show as feeling as though they were on ecstacy. The show was very powerful and sensual at the same time. My friends that were not toolfans before and in fact had only heard one song are now very interested. The Duo that performed in the Schism video, Osseus Labyrint, was a very welcome addition to the Show. Osseus Labyrint added to the overall sensuality of the concert with their amazing performance art. The moves of the Duo had everyone watching, people who did not seem interested in them at first found themselves enthralled in the performance with the music. At the end of the show, Maynard asked a favor of the concert- goers. Maynard asked everyone to keep the feelings that they had felt throughout the show and hold on to them so that they can do something positive. They closed the show with Lateralus as their final song.

Review written by: Maynard (maynard@toolband.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 20:08:34 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Thank you.

Review written by: Mabus (moonyrivers@msn.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 20:52:34 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Being my first tool show, this was bad ass. Alls I remember is that they opened with the Grudge, and ended with Lateralis. The visuals were most awesome. If i remember correctly, no songs from Undertow were played. Opiate, 46&2, stinkfist, and Pushit are the only songs that were played that weren't on Lateralus. There was a naked man and woman on stage that hung upside down by their feet at the top of the big screens at the show. They remained upside down about 30 feet in the air for at least twenty minutes. With Maynard's twisted sense of humor, he was in Memphis and told us all how great it was to share the same building that once occupied the King of........comedy, Andy Kaufman. ----Elvis,king of rock and roll, we all got it.

Review written by: Mike Rinaldi (toolband26@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 21:10:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

This would be my second review for this show. I am finally comming too. Realizing what this show did to me, and realizing what just happened to me last night. I read all the reviews for the past shows and all of them never got me close to what I went through lastnight. It was almost like Maynard, Danny, Adam and Justan possess you into a totaly different state of reality. It was truelly mind blowing. If you have never seen them perform, you are in for a life time expericance. There is nothing you can do to prepair your self for this. I dont at all concider this a concert or a show. I dont know what to call it. It was extremally emotional for me. When they came out on stage I started to shake, My legs got week and I droped to my knees, and leand on the railing. I felt I was praying. When they started into PUSHIT, I totally lost all sence of where I was at. I entered a whole new state of being, a state I have never been in. I cried, I screemed I yelled and I sang from my knees, shaking the whole time. I am telling you guys, if you have never seen them, and are about to, you really dont know what your about to witness. I chose not to be on the floor so I can sit back and absorb everything that was going on. To me I had the best seats in the place. The croud reaction was great, besides the guys moshing and croud serfing, but if that is what they want to do, thats cool, but I am sure they did not get the full effect of the show. I was dead center first row of seats. Than it was Opiate. In my openion, Next to PUSHIT that song is the most mindblowing song, again, my legs got week and I droped to my knees and felt I was praying and the band was my god. Every muscle in my body hurts. I feel so draind. I truelly dont feel I got the full effect of the show. I was so in shock from the point when I got there, I didnt know how to open up to it all at once. I dont think I could have, I think I would have totally broken down. I walked out of that show like a zombi. My eyes did not move, I had total tunnel vision. I am glad I did not drive to that show. I got a free ride with the Local radion station here in Little Rock AR, which I thank them very much for that, and thank TOOLs lable for paying for it all. I am sorry if this review doesnt say much about the concert, but I had to share my experiance. I am still in a trance. I need to see them again, I have to, and I will. Great job Tricky!! Like someone else said, You did open up that Third Eye for us fans. You were not just an opening band, you opened us up inside and perpaired me for a great exepriance. THAT BY FAR WAS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE. THANK SO MUCH TOOL.

Review written by: Zach (Lynchophile@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 21:49:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

The set list. The Grudge Stinkfist 46&2 Parabol Parabola Schism Pushit Disposition Reflection Triad Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Opiate Lateralis After getting to the Colliseum at 2:30pm, we were lucky enough to see the band arrive on their bus. When they got out of the bus, none of them said anything. They didn't acknowledge us. Then we heard them do sound check. Some of the songs from soundcheck were Stinkfist and The Grudge. The doors opened at 6:30 and we were second row on the floor. Tricky got on stage around 7:15 and they were good. On their first date opening for Tool, Tricky appeared nervous. He stood to the side of the stage and didn't face the crowd. When he wasn't singing, he had his back turned and was smoking a lot of weed. Tool opened with The Grudge around 8:15. As soon as the song started, I was separated from the twelve people in the group I was with. The front of the floor was waaaay too crowded. I saw somebody receive C.P.R. Great concert. Nothing really new on this show. There were amazing visuals. The twins were awesome. While the male twin was hanging upside down, it was very obvious he had a hard on. You can't blame the guy. He was on stage at Tool. Tool didn't play anything from Undertow. Before Lateralis, Maynard gave the, "take these feelings and do something positive with them." He also said, It's an honor to play in the same arena that the late, great Andy Kaufman had been body slammed in, by Jerry Lawler." After the last song, there was a big group hug and Maynard grabbed Adam's ass.

Review written by: alexpigment (alexpigment@thefragile.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 21:50:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Setlist: (order may be a little off) grudge stinkfist (alternate) 46and2 pushit parabol parabola schism* disposition* reflection* triad* the patient* opiate lateralus *maynard on guitar (a headless steinberger guitar to be exact) ok, seeing as this was the first show with tricky opening up, i feel i must give a little info on that portion of the show. from the relatively small amount of tricky's music that i've heard, this was a step up. there were live instruments, no (or very few) samples/loops. guitars were there, a tad too much bass one might argue, good drummer, three backup vocalists, and of course tricky. it maybe just because it was a live show, but i think the music sounded a lot better than on his albums. anyway, on to the main attraction: a little band known to go by "tool"? i think that's right. the show started off with the ring of eyes on the screens just tempting us...until 4 silhouettes graced the stage and took their positions. you could see adam dressed up in a very GQ looking ensemble, maynard in his leather, justin with his cool long curly hair, and danny going to his recently acquired gold drumset). with 4 clicks of the drumsticks, the light flared red and the music made it's way into the crowd. the lighting from the first of the show to the end was excellent. the sound was great, everything was mixed very well. maynard had a slight phase/chorus/flange on his voice that added another dimension to his melodies. i didn't figure they would do the alternate version of stinkfist on this tour, so i was surprised when maynard started singing during the instrumental bridge, but i was very glad they did it. parabola got the pit moving quite a bit, but i seemed to forget i was being moved around by the other bodies: i was listening to tool. when the song finished, maynard said something to the effect of "we're very honored to be in the very same building once occupied by the king of comedy himself - andy kaufman". maynard was then handed a guitar by one of the guitar techs; i was shocked. i had no idea that maynard could play guitar at all...or at least well enough to play onstage. he wasn't very high in the mix however, so i could only hear him on a few parts, and i couldn't see him well enough to see his hands (thanks to the tall guy in front of me). during schism, osseus labyrinth (the contortionists) came out walking like the male and female beings in the video (on all four, arched back). reflection was beautiful, the lighting fit the song well. adam played the outro riff for about 5 mins (it seemed long, but you could tell there was something going on backstage that was cause for filling time). then, out of nowhere, the two contortionists started pulling themselves up two ropes hanging from the ceiling, they hung upside down and made a spectacle for a few mins and then tool kicked into triad. it was very powerful, and you could hear maynard playing on it very well. the patient followed, and was great as expected. fulfilling a lot of people's desires, they played opiate and got the crowd going. i knew the show was going to be over soon when adam started playing lateralis, my favorite song from that album. it was pulled off flawlessly and i fell inside a dream state while listening to it. after they finished, they all came together and had a group huddle, which wouldn't be complete without maynard grabbing adam's ass. it was a cool moment seeing how appreciative they were of the fans. no encore, but there was no need for one (well ok, i would've loved them to have played like 10 more songs). their performance ran around 2 hours and 15 mins, a long set that never had a dull moment. and so it went, my tool dreams were fulfilled, and i was shaking inside a parking lot of cars honking to get out and on their way home. i was content. i had just seen the best concert of my life.

Review written by: John (bamarks@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 22:08:23 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

BAD ASS!!! Great show. Stunning visuals. No Undertow :(

Review written by: Trey (madson4562@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 23:02:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Quickly I wanna say if you went to this show, PLEASE e-mail me. I wanna hear about your experience too. My first Tool experience... AMAZING. There's really no other word to describe it. I had tried to ready myself for a month and a half, but no readying would prepare me for what I would get. To start with, I was the very first person in the coluseum :) I just had to throw that in cuz it felt really cool. Anyway, Tricky opened for them, and to my understanding it was Tricky's first show with em. Not a bad job, not too terribly good either. It woulda been better if I wasn't so anxious to see Tool. It was a Trip hop kinda thing. If you're into that you might give a look into em. The crowd was pretty accepting of em too... there were the occasional "YOU SUCK!" or "FUCKING GET OFF THE STAGE", but most everyone kept under control. When they finally did go off though, and Danny's drumset was uncovered, I was like a little kid on Christmas mornin. Front row at my first ever Tool concert, and about to be blown away. I wasn't mistaken. The lights went out, the video came on, and the first thing I saw was the Lateralus eyes making the circle on the screens. Enter: Justin, Danny, Adam, Maynard. I could have fainted. Everyone started jumpin and pushin and goin crazy (on a personal level, the gate that was holdin everyone back was shoved in my chest for 3 hours after that... 6 very bruised ribs, possible sprained ankle, VERY WORTH IT THOUGH) I had Justin RIGHT in front of me, so close I could spit and hit him. Danny was almost directly behind him, Maynard to my left and back almost at Danny's depth (he had a blue stripe on his face too), and Adam to my far left. I was instantly mesmerized by Justin's bass playing ability... but slowly I began to soak everything in and take into account Adam and that amazing Les Paul of his, and Danny's drums... damn they're off the scale. And I don't even have to say anything about Maynard, it's self explanatory. Justin hardly ever even lifted his head, it was always down with his hair in his face, almost as if asleep, with only his arms moving. Adam kept his head up the whole time, but it was as if nothing big was goin on at all, he was so calm looking, but he was straight TEARIN IT UP. Danny was doin his thrash, and makin it sound so melodic. Once again, I don't need to talk about MaynardAnyway, here's the tracklist (or very close to it, I think it's right but a song or two may be out of order): The Grudge (a good 45 seconds on the scream) - Ions Extended version of Stinkfist (Adam and Justin played forever, it was awesome) 46 and 2 Parabol/Parabola Salival Version of Stinkfist Schism (Maynard played guitar for a few songs starting here. Contortionists came out and did their thing... I won't ruin that for anyone, but trust me it's amazing, cuz they do more than just Schism) Disposition Intermission (At this point was one of the most amazing things I've ever heard... as Disposition was goin out slowly every member left the stage except Adam... Danny first, Maynard second, then Justin... Adam just played Disposition for about an extended 6 minutes with nothing else. The crowd quit pushing and everyone just stood in amazement and listened) Reflection (I think last song Maynard played guitar on) Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Opiate (the scream on this was heald for at least as long as 'The Grudge' is on the cd) Lateralus Maynard's comments throughout the night: "We would like to thank Tricky for opening for us" "Thank you all for coming" "We feel honored to have you all here, and we feel a very special and unique honor to be playing in the same building as the original king of comedy, Andy Kaufmann" "We would like you to not forget the feelings you've had here tonight. Keep these feelings with you. And over the next couple of weeks, turn those feelings into something positive. Again thank you for coming" And to end it all, after Lateralus was over, all the band members threw their water bottles into the crowd, a few paperwads too... danny chunked his bass drum cover out, and threw one of his sticks. Then they all huddled together, and everyone began cheering. I can't really describe the feeling everyone had just at seeing them huddled together... After the show, I found the guy that caught Danny's drumstick... I got to hold it. That was the highlight of my night, without a doubt. But it was all pure amazing, coming and going almost like a dream. I know it happened, but it's in the past. I wish that experience could be a constant.... I know though that I'll never forget what I felt.

Review written by: Jason Brown (killbody@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/16/01 23:26:03 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

What a fucking show!!!! If you haven't already seen them and are a big enough fan to be reading these get to a fucking show. I got there late, the disadvantage of trying to get a higher education, but it was beautiful. The "rope people" did an amazing job contorting there bodies to the music while hanging upside down. They played a lot from their new album, the only disappointment for me was the absence of "Third Eye" from their playlist but I couldn't begin to get upset with them for it. I'm not a wealthy man but I will go see them again however I can. I was disappointed that all of the pit passes were gone when I arrived but in the true spirit of the kindness of Tool fans, three people gave my girl, my friend and I their bands, so for the last four songs we rocked out in the pit. I really wanted to meet them if just for a moment but apperently one of the staff members was injured and after forty five minutes of standing in the cold we were told to move on. The acoustics were awsome to my suprise and my respect for the band has gone to another level that I didn't think was possible to reach, being as how I loved them so much already. They gave nothing but love and if they read this I wish to say thank you. jason

Review written by: jcooper (musitron@london.com) Review posted on: 10/17/01 00:17:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Having waited five damn years for tool to return to this backwards southern hamlet has been torture, especially because last time they came to town i was deemed "too young" by the folks, and because, being a drummer, i sacrifice my broken sticks to the deity carey (even though he'd prolly laugh and call me a loser =}). anyhow, tricky was pretty cool, but the songs that weren't off 'maxinque' (sp?) or 'pre-millenium tension' kinda sucked; lots of metal riffing and synth-bass madness that wasn't quite coherent... during the interlude there was about twenty minutes of odd music (i won't try to describe it, we're using words here ;}) and i SWEAR i heard a voice sample a few minutes in that said "clips from new album," but my companion claims not to have heard it, so maybe it was 'god' talking to me, or the massive joint we'd polished off not long ago. only thing that matters is it didn't sound at all like tool now, but yet still contained many sylistic elements consistant wi.... nevermind, i digress. tool opened with "the grudge," pounding the FUCK out of it with some cool visuals themed from the _lateralus_ insert, although i never caught much of the visuals due to my troubling carey/god obsession--the man is infuckingcredible. be barely moved the whole show, yet lots and lots of clear, crisp notes flowed out.... "stinkfist" was next, the only real 'mosh' song of the night (how does one mosh to "lateralus"?) with some cool extended jamming. at this point i'm real high from the second fattie so i don't remember exactly what came next; i think it was "parabol/a." this was the most adam got down all night, sqeezing squeals and shrieks and really hamming up that last drudging riff, y'know, the one that redefines the word "lobotomy?" it was cool, though. they played the _aenima_ version of "pushit" (though i did the _salival_ one better =}) and "46+2." props to the video to the latter, featuring two people fighting/fucking/swimming speeding up and slowing down in time with the unison hits at the end. this drew the largest crowd response all night, to which maynard, tacit until then, to welcome the crowd with a dry, sarcastic "good evening." memphis crowds do kinda suck, though. the highlight of the evening was a close to one hour rendition of "disposition/resolution/triad" that included, in addition to my third joint, adam mezmorizing me with a long guitar 'solo' consisting of one beautiful, slow, somber riff over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, completely hypnotic, followed by a some contortionists dangling from the ceiling with an absolutely SICK electronic soundtrack, complete with wet smacking sounds and pained screams, followed by a drum 'solo' and the earth- shattering climax. through all this madness and "schism" (and one more, i think, but like i said, POT =}) maynard was wearing what looked to be a guitar, but i could never tell for sure what he was playing, or if he was playing; tool are LOUD, adam's guitars are LOUD, justin's bass is LOUD, and danny's drums could very well kill a small child. my only complaint was that the vocals were rather clangy and muddy, but that's any huge concert. after "the patient," maynard offered a labored "thank you for coming," and i kinda got the feeling that, even though it was damn near flawless (i caught a mistake danny made one time--he played the exact same fill next bar and pounded the shit out of the note he missed the first time) that we memphians got a rather perfunctory tool show. the only old song on the list was "opiate," played rather slowly and was really the only song the crowd really sang to all night; no _undertow_ material at all. maynard gave a small spiel about positive feelings and whatnot right before the closed with "lateralus"...kinda like the tool version of the baptist 'invitation,' i guess...anyhow, justin really got going, slamming around his stage and really slamming home on the strings and getting hair everywhere, and the loudest it got all night was the last four hits...the lights came up, the band took a short bow, huddled center stage for a moment, and then were gone... easily the most intense musical experience i've ever had, but i do have one major complaint.. i could NOT believe that the CHEAPEST t-shirt was THIRTY FIVE FUCKING DOLLARS!!! TWENTY for a GODDAMNED baseball cap!! now, i love this band and its art, but i paid thirty five bucks a ticket (plus fucking ticketmaster's 17.50 in fees) and a concert t-shirt is THRITY FIVE FUCKING DOLLARS!!! AND THAT WAS THE CHEAPEST ONE!! THEY WENT UP TO FIFTY BUCKS!!!!!!!! i want an explanation. who's pricing this stuff? that's fucking GREEDY CORPORATE BULLSHIT, and i'd _really_REALLY_ hate to think that the band is controlling that. i've supported this band's art, got all the damn records, a few posters, etc etc etc, now i want an answer. i mean, i hate to sound like the guy from "hooker with a penis," but that's ridiculous, and i challenge the band or _somebody_ who knows what's up to answer this question. i think it's fair, and i'm sure i'm not the only one. all i'm saying is that if one's not in it for the money, what revolution is a thrity five dollar t-shirt financing?

Review written by: The Owl (suparowl@netdoor.com) Review posted on: 10/17/01 01:17:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

First of all, unfortunately I didn't get to catch much of Tricky's set, I got there during his last three songs, but what I heard sounded impressive. (even though I wouldve preferred to have Fantomas, but good opener nonetheless). Tool's set was as follows: The Grudge ions Stinkfist (with Elvis lyrics during the bridge) 46 and 2 Parabol/Parabola PuShit Schism Disposition Reflection intermission with the schism video people triad eon blue apocalypse the patient opiate lateralus other than the differences in the setlist, nothing really different from the past few shows, same stage dialogue (with the exception of maynard saying "it's an honor once again to be sharing this building with one of the kings of comedy, Andy Kaufman, which was a nice touch), same visuals, sounded a LOT better to me than they did the last time they played the Coliseum. And was it just me, or did Adam sound a little bit out of sync with the band in a couple of places? maybe it was just me. anyways, great show, just wish ticketmaster didn't charge $89273 dollars in service charges, but oh well, shit happens.

Review written by: ToolPidgeon (freeky1@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/17/01 02:17:52 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Well, what can I say? I saw the show on May 15th at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. I saw the Sept 8th show at the Verizon Center in Indianapolis. I saw the Sept 9th show at Allstate Arena in Chicago. I saw the Oct 15th show in Memphis, and I just got home from the Oct 16th show at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. I have to say that the best, by far, was the show in Atlanta, but this show was still great. Having seen Tool 5 times in the last 5 months, I can honestly say that I have gotten my fill. The show in Chicago seemed a little wilder than the Memphis show, but it was still awesome. They all just pale in comparison to the Tabernacle show, where we waited in line for three hours to see the greatest band on the face of the earth play their first show in over two years. It was truly one of the most exciting events of my life.

Review written by: mike420 (lilmike69@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/17/01 02:44:47 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

the best

Review written by: Dustin (g0d@netdoor.com) Review posted on: 10/17/01 03:07:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

In addition to my previous post, I would like to say that in Memphis their was quite a good bit of moshing going on, I became part of it at some point of the show. I have read many reviews by people who decide to judge other Tool fans because they moshed while at the show. Yes I understand the thing about college kids using the show as a vein to mosh at, but their are quite alot of ACTUAL Tool fans who feel strongly enough about the music to become phisical. Maybe the music brings them a different feeling than you and moshing is the form of expression they choose, but I don't see how one fan can judge another fan , and still say he/she is a TRUE Tool fan.

Review written by: The Large Chafe Mammal (chafedaddy420@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/17/01 11:34:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. When I saw Tool in Indianapolis about a month ago, I wondered how anything could be greater. But then came Memphis. After the show, I have came to the Revelation that I will see no other bands than Tool, because nothing can even be compared to them. The new lighting arrangements were unbelievable, and I cant' believe Maynard played guitar on Schism, I don't think hedid that in Indy. There was a very cool lady that let me use her binoculars, so I got to see some awesome things, while i was still comfortable in the fifth row of seat, dead center. I thought that Opiate was fucking unbelievable, and I love the new drum and guitar solos they've added to stinkfist and others. Other than that, there is no possbile way to explain how good it was, all i can do is recommend that anyone who really appreciates art should witness the tool experience, and if u come to mosh, please die on the way to the show.

Review written by: spiral (ridethaspiral@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 10/17/01 16:41:43 ET

This was this reviewer's 2st? Tool show

I cried. Thank you TOOL.

Review written by: Robert (Olink354@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/17/01 19:34:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This was my first TOOL show and definitely not my last! I think the show was the best I have ever been to. They sounded great. Not like other bands I have seen where you can't even identify what song they are playing.The small venue made for a more than excellent show. We drove from St.Louis to catch this show and hope when they come here friday it is just as good. Anyone thinking about seeing TOOL go! you will not be disappointed (unless you want to bitch about set list which doesn't realy matter becouse all their stuff is great!)

Review written by: Hassan (shockwave@altereduniverse.com) Review posted on: 10/18/01 01:09:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This was first tool show....ok got that out of the way.... I had been anticipating many things at the concert, and to my surprise most of those things were incredibly less than my initial expectations. I'm speaking about the audience. They were surprisingly...well....not completely retarded. Of course a drunk inbred redneck here and there, and here again, and there and over and and there.......ya...lot of those. And plenty of freaks and goths who listen because tool have black on their cd booklets and because they supposedly denounce popular forms of a god. Plenty of damn co-eds who came to get drunk and watch what they thought would be another rock show. stupid fuckers.... i feel like i was one of the maybe....5 people in the whole midsouth area that comes as close as possible to understand tool, their music, and what makes it all so special. thats why i feel like everyone at the concert just about was a piece of trash....even if they behaved very well. they still don't get it and considering the typical understanding of music and specifically tool....well only an elite few do. ok .... i rambled enough...i guess we got in our seats about an hour and a half before tricky was supposed to come on. i was curious to see what he would play, as i have only heard a few tracks. they played what i assume to be the melvins while the stage was being checked and people were getting to their seats....at around 7:30pm the lights went out and everyone went wild. a few moments later movement was visible on stage and the noise became even louder. and BOOM! tricky's opening performance was sudden and very pleasing. the sound was pretty good. i guess by concert standards is was one of the best i've ever heard.....but i've heard better overall. anyways...it wasn't bad at all. very clear, loud, and the bass was crushing my chest...i loved it. i remember that tricky's drummer was beating the shit out of his drums so it was noticably louder than any i've heard before. His set had moments where moshing would be seemingly plasuible and acceptable, although in most cases (slipknot being on of those exceptions)...moshing is like spitting in the artist's face. The songs featured Ambersunshower and one who I assume was Hawkman on vocals....and of course tricky himself. The only song i've been able to name from the concert was a very pumping version of "you don't wanna" primarily with Ambersunshower on vocals. tricky spoke reasonably. he only said thank you a few times, and even went on to say "thank you very very very verrry much" at one point. that was cool. hehe his set finished after around 5-7 songs. a great and powerful performance. lights came back....the melvins was played again while the rearranged the stage for tool's performance. danny's drumset was the most noticeable of the new stage....mainly due to its ethereal golden glow. i dunno how much time passed....i think i took a piss once...or twice....i don't remember....and no i wasn't drinking...that would be fucking pathetic...its tool for God's sake some funny occurrences happened during the wait .... when one of the stage hands came to do a sound check on justin's gear he played like a note and everyone scarmbled to their seats and shit....ya like tool is going to be so fucking simple........????? anyways.... lights went off...again....crowd went about twice as wild.....it reminded me of the video i saw of New York's 5-20 show....cuz it was just like it.....curtains moved and revealed two huge square screen and a third one level with maynard platform. everyone stood up by the way. my heart began fluttering...finally. Once i could see maynard's profile on against the screen, i knew it was about time.....and right away the grudge opened up expectedly powerful....the crowd went wild (yes....even more so) and some people were attempting to head bang in synch with the sound.....and it was one of the most pathetic things i had ever seen. i stood there in awe.... you've seen the setlist...... at least twice per the first 4 songs i came to be on the verge of breaking down and crying. I just held it. i pretty much stood still swaying and jerking slightly (as compared to maynard's rag doll bodily thrashings). i stood continuously for about half the show. mark and hanna (osseus labyrint, schism performers) came out on all fours swaying their heads like pendulums half way through schism. I was beyond pleased to see them as well. They left just as the breadown started to kick back up. about halfway into disposition the guy in front of me sat down....a few seconds later, i did the same. once reflection started however i jumped back up to see danny's opening drumwork in action. impressive to say the least....i stood for about half of reflection before (unknowinlgy) turning around and noticed the person behind me was leaning to the far right to try to see....so i sat back down out of courteousness. adam was playing the final notes of reflection and everyone left....the lights were directed at his general position. and he played for a few minutes. the stupid thing is how many people keep nagging or even commenting on it being a long time. listen to Lateralus.....those notes keep going into the first 3 or 4 minutes of Triad....so it was pretty normal...... when he finished he left.....but darkness remained soon after you could see the shadows of people on stage....only to see them pulled up to the top of the stage area. they were both balled up. some people screamed "what the fuck is that?!?". and they opened slowly as if a butterfly escaping from its chryslalis...or something poetic like that.... they hung there relatively motonless and then swung and embraced each other and people cheered....at least half of which were possibly expecting a live porn show. they let go....and the Salival guy comes on the screens with his arms open wide and him spining....they did the same....of course they were upside down and all....they pretty much stayed still the rest of the time....then some sort of sounds came on....and then drumbeats...which i thought were just recorded....the drums got louder and i noticed that it was the opening drum part of triad and got a glimpse of danny playing in the dark. lights came on when justin started playing. and adam was visible but not doing much in the way of playing. he let out noises, feedback, etc....and the whole time danny is spot on with the drumwork.....osseus labyrint begin moving and once the guitars kick in they begin flailing wildly and violently...truly my favorite performance of the night. mainly because i loved danny's power annd precision, the hanging performers were the cream of the crop..... at one point maynard said something like "we are honored to be playing with tricky again" or something....i remember they both played at lolapolooza once.... he had also said "good eveing" and "thank you for coming" .... ooooooooooohhhh.....aaaaaaaaaaaahh.... when the first bass harmonics were played from opiate....the crowd went insane....and most of them standing up. they chanted along with the lyrics....more pathetic idiots were attempting to head bang.....analyze and common beat to bang on....attempt...fail.....stand dumbfounded........ maynard then said something he'd been saying on this tour....something like "take the feeling and energy from this experience and make something positive out of it in the future"....very nice....i remember he said something funny....but i forgot what he said....got caught up in the moment apparently maynard took off his coat and was wearing a sleevless shirt lateralus started......finished....danny extended his drum solo thing and they did a group hug.....waved to the audience....i noticed adam folding something and throwing it into the pit....i also noticed a drum head fly about a hundred or so feet away from where danny threw it. they all waved ..... a lot .... a slowly went down the stage (adam and maynard on my left and danny and justin my right) they went down waving all the way..... one of the most ethereal and amazing experiences in my life.....the visuals, the aurals, the spirituality, everything felt empowering.....

Review written by: John Jacobus (jjacobu@learnlink.emory.edu) Review posted on: 10/18/01 12:37:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

TOOL was amazing in Memphis, the speeding ticket i got en route from atlanta (where tool was equally amazing) was not. the venue wasn't as good as Philips in atlanta and both places suffered from the drawbacks of arena sound - muddy bass. I LOVED tricky, he put on a great show, and i'm just sorry that there were a lot of unappreciative metal heads there who were being very rude and chanting tool. They were the same ones who cheered when maynard said it was an honor to share the stage with tricky. go figure. thankfully, me and my friend were front row (the mid south coliseum is all general admission, first come first serve to the floor) right in front of justin and danny (my friend's a drummer so this was a real treat to both of us). The bass wasn't that muddy to us considering we were right in front of justin's amps. maynard DOES play his guitar, but very limited. Before the arabic melody comes in during reflection, he plays the melody on his guitar so he knows if he's in key. He also does feedback during the improvs adam has a synth controller by his feet, he uses that during reflection, so that's NOT on tape. this is probably part of the reason why he doesn't move around a lot - he's gotta control the synth and he can't be on the other side of the stage and hit the controls. he also has an analog-modeling synth that he uses for the synth screeches in Triad. danny has a sequencer on his drums that he uses to count off to lateralus with for the rest of the band, with the odd time signatures and all... he also uses it for the improvs. i LOVE his setup, my drummer friend will be using triggers as well, and i wanna find out what that synth controlller is so i can use something similar as well. no, we're not a tool cover band, we just like to play heavy music with electronic elements Here's the correct setlist, in order: (intro, not mantra, just some digeridoo) The Grudge bit of (-) Ions into the extended Stinkfist Forty Six & 2 Full Parabol into Parabola ∆nima Pushit Schism Short Jam (NOT Merkaba) Disposition Reflection Osseus Labyrint Intermission (breathtaking) Drum Jam (no guests this time) into Triad Eon Blue into the Patient Opiate (hell yeah) Lateralus adam, justin and danny talked before Opiate, i think they were going to play ∆nema as usual, but decided not to. maynard makes an exaggerated remark holding his setlist (sort of an "as you wish"), then bows to justin for him to start. They didi this in atlanta right before parabola... i think they decided to do the salival pushit and made up for lost time by cutting parabol short. before tool comes on, they have this cdr that plays in sequence. here's the track list: skinny puppy - death some electronic / drum n' bass song some king crimson or related side project song some einstŁrzende neubauten song some industrial thing with horns download - killfly this awsome ambient song and then the lights go off and it's the digeridoo track with the video screens coming on. i may have missed a couple of things from that cd, and the order is slightly fuzzy, but when you hear skinny puppy, you know it's almost time =) that's about it, i hope you enjoy the shows as much as i did. john

Review written by: TitoTatler (titotatler@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/18/01 12:39:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

A great show. They played songs from Opiate, Undertow and Aenema. Very tight. The visuals on the large screens also added to the experience. A lot of good energy throughout the whole concert. Definately worth the price of the ticket that Ticketmaster is raping the fans for.

Review written by: Victor Cypert (the_alchemist@neuralalchemy.com) Review posted on: 10/18/01 13:40:12 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

The weekend prior to this show I had seen TOOL in Atlanta and Birmingham. This show, while my third in four days, was still as awesome and inspiring for me as the first time I ever saw the guys play. (OK. The very first time I saw them, I cried like a 12 year old girl at an *NSYNC show... now I only get serious goose bumps and shivers. Every so often, an eye waters up.) I would like to point out to some folks who like to mosh that others on the floor do not enjoy this activity. The people who do not mosh paid their money to see TOOL, not to have to deal with rude moshers slamming into them. From my perch in the stands, I could see several people who were not there to mosh get knocked to the floor. If you must mosh, do it in the back of the arena-- nobody came to see you dance so stop trying to steal the band's spot-light. If you must mosh GO TO THE BACK OF THE ARENA! Now, let me also add that booing an opening act is not only rude, it's down-right stupid. If the people who booed Tricky would like to form a band and open for TOOL and do a better job, let them. Otherwise, they need to hold their tongues and show a bit of respect. Apparently TOOL thinks enough of Tricky to have them open the show, isn't booing disrespectful to TOOL? Further the bimbette who yelled "Suck his dick!" when Osseus Labyrint were suspended over the stage in their embrace, needs to understand that this is my air and she can not breathe it! Overall, another masterful performance by rock's most innovative band.

Review written by: Not Important (Not Important) Review posted on: 10/18/01 19:28:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

What can I say? A great show. The best show I've ever seen and probably ever will see unless Tool comes back again. The music, visuals, and atmosphere were all perfect. I wouldn't advise being right up on the stage. Its a bit rough. The show was much more enjoyable when I moved back behind the "pit." Pushit was definitely the best song they played. Schism, Reflection, and Lateralus were so much more powerful in concert. I was very happy when they played Opiate. It gave me a new appreciation for the song. I still can't get over how great the visuals were. It would have been worth going just for that. The hanging people were also very entertaining. And despite what other people have said, the long ending to Reflection was awesome. Tricky was also very good. I enjoyed watching the one girl dance. Go see Tool. You won't regret it.

Review written by: tool boy (toolbay@terraplanet.net) Review posted on: 10/18/01 19:56:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

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Review written by: TJ (malaplace@juno.com) Review posted on: 10/18/01 22:41:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

HOLY shit on me. My first Tool show and I am now a changed man. Everyone should experience this adventure. After managing to sneak onto the floor, Tool burst out with the Grudge and the pit went wild. I was ready to get out of there but hung in for the ride of my life. They played Opiate, Pushit, teh Patient.. all of the songs I was praying for. Incredible. It has been 3 days and I am just now able to think clearly enough to write this review. I will never be the same. A big hell fucking yeah to this show. amazing...

Review written by: Cris Gardner (PiercednLuvinit@att.net) Review posted on: 10/19/01 11:07:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I have been a huge TOOL fan for about 8 years and finally getting to go to a show, I'm gonna be a little partial. I would suggest that a TOOL concert should be required of everyone at least once in their lifetime. Tricky, the band that opened for them was pretty good. I can not put into words the way TOOL made me feel, when they played that first note. Maynard was perfect. His voice was something I could not get enough of. The entire band was perfection. The entire show (about 2 1/2 hrs long) was very impressive. We could not stop staring at the guy & girl that hung from their feet over the stage. It was like nothing I have ever been a part of before. There are plenty of shows I have been to by other bands that always have that one person (at least) that was not sure what they were doing, not this time. Before he closed out the show with Lateralus he gave some wonderful advice. "Remember the way you feel right now, keep that feeling, go home, and do something positive with those feelings" Now that to me sounded like the toolish thing to do! Thank you maynard!

Review written by: Derek (Wrath0fbob@aol.com) Review posted on: 10/19/01 14:06:05 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Ok i started reading other peoples post and i had to go for it....ok we begin at us getting to the show around 5 (supposed to be 230 but people didn't show up on time that had others tickets) and we get in line, i can feel my adrenaline rushing looking at all the many people wearing their tool shirts and other various black clothing. Im there in my tommy shirt and i think i see a few eyeing me hoping i get into their pit, forget that....once the doors open i do my best to get in as soon as possible probably around 4 rows back from the rail, tricky was great in my opinion, it had a great sound and the strobe lights flashing and his jerky movements really got me hyped, i dug the music alot....now once they were done i take one more look back at my boy kaspa whos been waiting for this show a good time, i myself saw them for the aenima tour therefore making me have to see them again....i wish him luck and for good reason his worlds about to change, the lights dim and here they come....as the sounds start to rumble i can't help but make my way closer, they were totally on tonight....i wound up having a firm grasp on the rail and oddly maybe i just didn't look back far enough...i didn't have too many problems with idiots moshing and such....i got to enjoy a masterpiece of art inside a big sardine can, a great expierience, the show was full of artistic work, even the nudity in my opinion was very artistic and beautiful, i did have one crowd surfer kick me in the eye but my adrenaline was rushing so it didn't phase me a bit.....i loved every min.....the labryint dancers were awesome, when they pushed off and swung upside down it just made me think of dead bodies hanging, they were lifeless, such an amazing sight.....the only thing i haven't seen in any reports, well first off danny threw out his drum head not a frisbee and then when they started to hug maynard took a nice grab on adam's (i do believe) ass and squeezed tightly then made a motion to the center of his crack and pretended to spread them apart with his 2 fingers which i found very amusing, it was almost scary that they didn't make fun of memphis, like they were saying they wanna leave on a good note, never i thought.....i hope....please come back, this show will be etched in my head for as long as it takes to see them again.....its a show that can take you to a different world for the next 2 hours....something that people need. thank you very much i look forward to spending time with Tool again.

Review written by: indistinguish (p_a_r_a_n_o_i_d_a_n_d_r_o_i_d@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 10/19/01 20:48:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

beautiful. the grudge freed me. osseus was looking into quiddity. during the minutes of the final notes of reflection, a girl next to me was moving as if on some wonderful drug. she probably was. i was too. lateralus is the most beautiful experience i have had in a long time. i saw my future, to reach the end of the infinite. reality is meaningless. i no longer worry about earthly matters. ride the spiral to the end.