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11/10/2001



Review written by: K[elly] (spiral.out@deadohiosky.net)
Review posted on: 11/11/01 03:52:09 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Hawaii Setlist: The Grudge Stinkfist Parabol Parabola Pushit Schism (w/short jam session) Sober Disposition Reflection Triad The Patient (on setlist, not played) ∆nema Lateralus Maynard, Justin, Adam and Danny -- thanks for another incredible show. It's an experience I won't soon forget. Have a safe trip back to the mainland. K. http://www.deadohiosky.net

Review written by: syn808 (synerge@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 11/11/01 04:29:51 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

i would like to thank da hard ass core Tool fans who let me stand in da front row with dem ... man you folks kicked ass... you folks know da words to almost every damn song... dats wat you guyz been doing huh... i was humbled by knowing just schism, the grudge, the patient, parabola, and lateralus, ... shit i've been kicked and i going listen to more Tool... reflection is a great song da light manoa rain was jus enough to keep all in da mosh pit cool and not enough to muddy up da whole damn grass...amen. da band kicked big time... very intense musically... visually powerful... glad i was able to let da music take me so far (high and low, front and back, all around) ... even da band seemed to be somewat sober ... ha... cause dey didn't miss many notes and everything was clicking like clockwork... a full house... having all those people pushing you up against da baricades ain't too fun and neither is all those foots landing on your head but we knew dat was going to happen... and being up against da baricades can cruise sometime... but glad i did it even if i only recently started listening to Tool (besides i getting makule so can't do this too much longer... heh)... wonder if maynard figured out wat a slipper is... er flip flops... stood right in front of adam jones almost da whole nite... he is an incredible fretman and my eyes were attracted to his finger work most of da nite... justin did a very good job too ... and mr. carey in his kansas tank... my, my, my... jb is bonzoing... and maynard thanx for keeping it real... da music's front and center..... it was loud but my ears don't hurt...

Review written by: bigsnow81 (bigsnow81@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 11/11/01 05:30:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

TOOL never disappoints. Another good show. I saw them on August 10 in Berkely CA. The show was great. the only dissapoint thing was the fans that seem not to be able to refrain from throwing things. i fought the battle and won my way through the front and got right in front of Justin. The band was mad you could tell by their expressings. I could'nt help but see Maynard indirectly flipping us off while he griped the microphone during Aenima. I made eye contact with maynard i held my hand up and he held his up in the same way. All and all it was a good show not as good as the berkely one but anyway. I think the band was preoccupied with their vacation plans. TOOL by far is the best band. Lateralus bigsnow81.

Review written by: __ (buggsuperstar0@aol.com) Review posted on: 11/11/01 05:43:41 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

setting: 2.5 hours laters from the tool concert, my ass hurts from falling of the side while crowd surfing ... wow ... i heard lateralus and disliked it and thorw it in my closet to let the dust get it. now i'm listening to the songs that they played from the concert. i seriously doubted tool to put on a good show, jut because the last album was a bit sucky. and they gave 2 huge screens that show all these trippy graffics, play a farily nice amount of past favorites, and a raw proformence. with adams beautiful and also uniqe guitar playing, (i forgot the drummers name) drumming was very good, bass was also working it, maynerd reather hiding in the back gives it all. the lighting are supereave, main of main, the graffics they had on these huge screens they had on stage, tool are a acid band playing metal, odd indeed, awsome live show. the crowd was packet, tightly, and still the restless, huge, and drunk make more hassels, i lost my speacil lighter while crowd surfing, but i found another lighter to replace it. my ass hurts. tool, dont like the new album? not much of a fan? but you like them? sort of? how bout there older stuff? you see so you did like them sort of, when anema and undertow was the album rather. hm .. WHAT THE FUCK GO SEE THEM ANYWAYS. yes its JUST a show BUT its also an EXPRIENCE. i promise.

Review written by: Stu (stuniversal@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 11/11/01 15:17:34 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

There's not much I can say about this show except that it was absolutely amazing. Their performance was perfect, I've never heard a live band sound so good. Orgasmic. The only downside of the evening was, as one reviewer already mentioned, was the "fans" throwing shoes and other items up on stage at the band. I saw a glow stick almost hit Maynard in the head. Which may be why this concert was a little shorter than a lot of the other concerts i've seen set- lists for. Oh well, it didn't seem to affect their performance at all. So all in all, this was one of the greatest nights of my life, I can't wait to see them again.

Review written by: Hooker Witha Penis (dilute_the_funk@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 11/11/01 15:44:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I don't even know where to begin. I have been a Tool fan since Opiate, and damn have they progressed artistically and musically. My first show was the last Lalapalloza show at the Shoreline Amp, and damn. Snoop Dogg pl;ayed right before them, getting even the most haole of white folks to jump up and down and ask "What's my muthafuckin name?" Then TOOL...I stood in awe. I could not believe what I was seeing. An incredible show. I had had my TOOL cherry popped, and they showed no mercy. My second show was even better. Although the venue sucked (The Reno Livestock Pavillion or some shit like that). The show kicked some perverbial ass. But it was for nothing... Cause Honolulu Hawaii...words can not describe. Although we almost had a repeat of Sacramento (the shoe throwing), Maynard voiced how dissapointed he was, and it didn't happen again. Other various items came on stage, mainly shirts and what not, but no shoes. After the bumpy start...the ride was amazing. After the crowd sufers destroyed Pushit, I tool a break during Schism, not being able to take many more blows to the head, sternum, back and sides. I sat down. Trying to catch my breathe and maybe catch some drops of rain to satiate my dehydraation. But sure enough, as soon as I got comfertable...SOBER! I jumped and and ended up back where I was, center stage, two folks back. Now I didn't give a fuck. Unbelieveable. Then when the show began to wind down, AEnema. It was so damn hot. As is if Maynard was some how in tune with Mother Nature herself, as the lyrics, "I'm praying for rain..." left his lips it began to rain. The crowd as well as I, went nuts. Finishing the tour and the show with a bang. Thank you TOOL and the guys from the Navy that let us drink JD and Cpt Morgans from you Camel back, you guys were fucked up! Maynard, Daney, Justin, and Adam you guys fucking rock! -LK

Review written by: Hooker Witha Penis (dilute_the_funk@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 11/11/01 15:46:37 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I don't even know where to begin. I have been a Tool fan since Opiate, and damn have they progressed artistically and musically. My first show was the last Lalapalloza show at the Shoreline Amp, and damn. Snoop Dogg pl;ayed right before them, getting even the most haole of white folks to jump up and down and ask "What's my muthafuckin name?" Then TOOL...I stood in awe. I could not believe what I was seeing. An incredible show. I had had my TOOL cherry popped, and they showed no mercy. My second show was even better. Although the venue sucked (The Reno Livestock Pavillion or some shit like that). The show kicked some perverbial ass. But it was for nothing... Cause Honolulu Hawaii...words can not describe. Although we almost had a repeat of Sacramento (the shoe throwing), Maynard voiced how dissapointed he was, and it didn't happen again. Other various items came on stage, mainly shirts and what not, but no shoes. After the bumpy start...the ride was amazing. After the crowd sufers destroyed Pushit, I tool a break during Schism, not being able to take many more blows to the head, sternum, back and sides. I sat down. Trying to catch my breathe and maybe catch some drops of rain to satiate my dehydraation. But sure enough, as soon as I got comfertable...SOBER! I jumped and and ended up back where I was, center stage, two folks back. Now I didn't give a fuck. Unbelieveable. Then when the show began to wind down, AEnema. It was so damn hot. As is if Maynard was some how in tune with Mother Nature herself, as the lyrics, "I'm praying for rain..." left his lips it began to rain. The crowd as well as I, went nuts. Finishing the tour and the show with a bang. Thank you TOOL and the guys from the Navy that let us drink JD and Cpt Morgans from you Camel back, you guys were fucked up! Maynard, Daney, Justin, and Adam you guys fucking rock! -LK

Review written by: marc (kikenstein69@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 11/11/01 17:54:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Holy shit, I had to wait over 4 years for this and it was worth it. I got to the venue at 1 and there was only one other guy there but others trickled in soon after. At 3:30 they started their sound check we got a little mini-show of the grudge, stinkfist, and swamp song. The gates opened at 6 and the next thing I know I'm front row center fucking stage. the proceeding 1and45 minutes really sucked, because this fucking cro-magnon muscled his way to the front next to me (you guys around me know who I'm speaking of) then he had to get some chick in there, then his friend. He even head butted me a few times in row, how considerate of him. once the show started it was great, they had little variations in there of pretty much everything except Lateralus. Stinkfist had the breakdown, they even did a little breakdown during Pushit, Woo Hoo! during Stinkfist (i think) someone hit Justin's bass with a sandal/shoe and Maynard picked it up after the song and said that we were throwing the wrong shit up there to "keep them on and throw everything else up here". Maynard was looking in my direction when he said that so I raised my hands and shrugged my shoulders and he did back, that was kinda cool. Shit was getting thrown up there all night, the guy nearest to me on the right got 4 cd's up there right in front of security. It rained off and on the entire time, Adam got a whole shit ton of water dumped on him off the canopy during Triad. Near the end of Aenema someone hit Justin in the head with a shoe and he quit playing for a few seconds, you could see in his eyes he was not pleased. After Aenema Maynard thanked us for "sharing this moment" with them and politely said good night. Then they brought down the Fucking house with Lateralus. Maynard threw up the fingers, said "peace" and that was it. What a satisfying evening. peace out, marc.

Review written by: Ari-Jon Laquidara (ShdoWevr@aol.com) Review posted on: 11/11/01 19:18:51 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

The venue was small, and there couldnít have been more than 5,000 people there..it was outside, with a light rain and an occasional Hawaiian breeze. Eerie organ music was playing as the crowd began to gather. I managed to find a spot not more than 30 ft. from the stage that wasnít suffocated with people. An electronica beat came on after a few minutes, and everyone began stirring with the music. At 7:45, Tool walked on, and broke into The Grudge (of course). I noticed immediately that the sound was extremely crisp, and it appeared that Danny had his new drum set (the one made from melted-down occult relics?). I hadnít seen them since their ∆nima tour, so it was strange to see Maynard in just a pair of shorts with no make-up or disguises. The song was very powerful and elevated me to a very open place for Stinkfist.. ..which was by far the coolest version of the song I'd ever heard. Not only did they do that killer transition between "..if I don't feel a thing at all" and "I'll keep digging", but Maynard also sang some new lyrics during the jam-out and at the end of the song. It was unbelievably good. At this point, the exact song order escapes me for the blur of catharsis that was the show. I know they played Parabol, Parabola, 46&2, Schism, Pushit (studio version), Disposition, Reflection, and Sober after that. I was probably most affected by Reflection out of these. They took a break at this point to show some cool art on the screens and vibrate the entire audience with a wonderful sonic crackle..and then Danny began an absolutely amazing drum intro that lasted for several minutes before the rest of the band walked on and began the guitar for Triad. As most of you probably know, Maynard has been playing guitar on Schism, Disposition, Reflection, and Triad. Maynard joked throughout the show about this being their last performance on this tour and everyone still having all their clothes on; and he did his bit about using this experience as a catalyst for healing and changing everything to positive energy, which was really cool. Near the end of the set, I remember Maynard saying something like, "Camille-- skip it", and wondering what that was about (more on that below!). Also, he introduced someone at the side of the stage who was operating a camera--so it looks like we should be expecting a live video release sometime in the near future! After what seemed to be such a short time (even though the whole set was nearly 2 hours), they started ∆nema..which really kicked ass. The crowd probably enjoyed this the best..and after it was over, they said good-bye, and "Lateralus" began to whirl into existence, complete with incredible spiralling visuals on the screens. This song just blew me away. And then the show ended, and I was left purged and complete. And this experience completely topped off the whole thing for me: My dad and I had decided to head back to Maui (the show was on Oahu, another island) earlier than expected..so we're at the airport, heading towards the terminal, and who do I notice but Adam, passing right by me! I was pretty sure it was him, though I'd never seen him that close..so my dad went over while Adam was on a payphone and handed him a slip of paper he'd written on just saying that I was a big fan and would like to meet him if that was okay (I was a bit bashful of just walking up and introducing myself as a Tool fan..). Adam looks up at my dad after the call, then to me, they say a few words, and he motions me over! He introduced himself, and we shook hands. He asked me how I enjoyed the show. I told him how amazing I thought it was, and he laughed saying he thought it was one of their worst shows this tour! He explained that the amps piping the sound back to them (so they could monitor their own sound) were flawed, and the whole thing sounded like mud..but he seemed very pleased that I loved the show anyway. I asked him about Maynard saying 'skip it', and he said that on top of the shitty sound quality, that Maynard had actually been stung by something and was in some pain near the end of the show, so they had actually had to skip a couple of songs. He also said that the last time they were in Hawaii (which was about '95 for "The Big Melee"), Maynard had missed his son being born on the main-land, and that's also when Paul had left, so they haven't had too much good luck here in Hawaii! At this point, I believe his girl-friend came over and tugged on his sleeve, so he smiled and we shook hands again, and he said he was glad to meet me and was very pleased that I'd had a great time despite their technical problems...and that was it. I had my ticket stub and a pen available, but who needs a signature when you can just have a chill conversation? ;-) I like to think that I'm one of the fans who "get it", and that meeting the individual band members isn't really what matters but rather the experience of the music, but...What a weekend!! My thanks to the band and their promoter for deciding to visit us out in Hawaii...I'm sure we'll never get a concert of that caliber for a ve

Review written by: Kinch (DeadlyMass@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 11/11/01 22:51:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Well, where to start.. As always it was a great show, i'm just rather dissapointed at the so-called fans down on the grass that were constantly throwing shit up on stage, it's assholes like you that cause the show to end earlier than usual. I'm surprised Maynard didn't say anything when that light stick damn near hit him in the head. Quit acting like kids, save all that throwing shit for a DMX show. Anyways I'm once again impressed by their performance. The music, lights, screen and mostly the new words of Lateralis will keep me coming back for more shows as long as they play. Maynard, danny, adam and justin, keep it up for many more years to come

Review written by: stephen lancaster (dilutedthirdeye@worldnet.att.net) Review posted on: 11/11/01 23:28:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

First of all me and my friends arrived at the venue a couple of hours before gates opened and because of this we were treated to a pre-concert concert. By this I mean Tool actually played The Grudge and Stinkfist in their entirity before the show. From what I know they don't usually do this. I guess they needed to test the sound more at the venue, because it was pretty small and doesn't usually see bands playing concerts there. They also played bits and pieces of other songs like Swamp Song, Undertow, Sober, Schism, Disposition, and possibly others. Like I said the venue was small as a result the stage setup was reduced from the rest of the tour. They only had one screen over the stage and the one behind Maynard. Maynard and Danny's platforms were so close together that they were touching. They also only had the right blacklit Magick board up. It also looked like they didn't have as many lights as usual. In addition due to the small stage and the fact that it was Hawaii Osseus Labyrint didn't perform despite what the promo posters here said. Now for the actual show. I'm sure everyone already knows that Maynard has been using a guitar on stage, but I noticed that he also uses about 3 or 4 effects pedals as well. I also saw him use a device during the medium jam before Sober that I believe is known as an Epilady. I also thought it was intersting that Justin had a small mirror on his bass just above the pickups. It was a mirror that looked like the kind you waould see in the corner of a conveniece store. I've seen it before in a GuitarWorld issue that did a cover story on them. Maynard came out dressed in just his breifs and no face paint on. I was hoping to see his leather suit but Hawaii's just to warm for that. Adam was in a black suit, Justin in a T- shirt and jeans and Danny was wearing his Kansas basketball jersey with his name on the back. Opened with The Grudge which was cool as usual. Afterwards Maynard said something like "Good evening, we are a jukebox." Secondly was Stinkfist which was graced with the added lines, "white lines running through my mind, and lines from an Elvis song to the effect of "why can't you see what you are doing to me, you know I love you too much baby," during the interlude at during an extended outro. After Stinkfist Maynard picked up a sandal that had been thrown on stage and sort studied it as he turned it over and over in his hand, and said something like, "We're dissapointed, we're dissapointed because this is our last show on this tour, and you guys still have your clothes on. We don't need your shoes its the rest we're concerned with, we don't want you to stub a toe." Next was Parabol and Parabola which was also amazing as usual. I really enjoy seeing the Flower of Life symbol at the end especially sense I have it tattoed to my back. After the song ended Maynard said "To be or not to be." Following that was Pushit, the Aenima version. Always a good one to here. Maynard's statement after that was in regards to thanking people for the tour. Some names that were mentioned was Camilla (who runs the visuals and has also filmed some of them with Adam) and then I like something like Tommy which is a guy I believe is known as Junior and is responsible for the lights. Then came Schism and again no Osseus Labyrint so there was no extended interlude. From there they went into a medium jam (which is what the setlist read it as). This fooled me because I knew they usually have a short jam before Disposition and I thought it was too early in the set for that. But it was a jam that could be called a version of Merkaba because from there they went into Sober. Nothing out of the odinary for the rest of the show, they played disposition, reflection, went into their interlude, came back with triad (again no Osseus Labyrint), and then Aenema. Before Aenema there was a big rush of rain all of a sudden which was pretty amazing. It had been spickling all night but had pretty much died down up till that point. As a result Maynard said, "God is peeing on us." Finally before Lateralus Maynard made his usual speech about making something positive which included something like, "Take your memories, thoughts, and feelings from tonight and hopefully we'll act as a catalyst to create something positeve." In addition Justin was hit by a shoe during the song which caused him to stop playing. I REALLY THINK PEOPLE SHOULD NOT THROW THINGS ON STAGE. ITS POINTLESS AND CAN CAUSE A DISTRACTION TO THE BAND RESULTING IN THEM GETTING ANGRY AND NOT PERFOMING AS WELL. After the show the band left the stage rather quickly not stopping to have a group hug like they usually do. There was a quick embrace between Maynard and Danny, and Justin waved and applauded to the crowd as did Adam and Danny. Maynard also gave the "Star Trek" peace sign, then the regular two finger peace sign. Overall it was an amazing show I would have like to have seen an extended set or maybe Ticks and Leeches sense it was their last show and Osseus Labyrint didn't perform, but I'm not complaining. I can't complain, it was just such a great time. Thank you Tool and everyone who was envolved, including Camilla and Junior, for giving me an astounding aural and visual experince. Shaka Tool and remember, live wrong and prespire.

Review written by: Arjuna (arjunamc15@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 11/13/01 02:19:50 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

k, so i've read the reviews of this show and the one before it now. i'm dissapointed in all you people who can't help throwing your things at the band..just like everyone eles is. i was afraid that people here wern't going to respond to TOOL in the same way as some other places. lots of times people here just use concerts for a release of aggression...i would have to say more than half the crowd prolly weren't even really big fans. and it was something for them to do on saturday night. the big island was well represented though..and well behavied. all you guys really came for tool i know that much. dispite the disapointingly short set tool was awsome and triad really got the crowd into it. i'm glad they could end the show so strong when it started off kinda bad (SHOE THROWERS!!) the up in front the sound was kinda murky but in the back it sounded crisp and totally clear. i thought Maynard made a good effort to tune into the crowd and he would really look at our faces and interact with us while he was singing. so for those of us who actually understand...it was amazing...and for those who just came to be loud and mosh and throw things...well they got to do that too.

Review written by: the guy in the front with the back pack (seanrive@cs.com) Review posted on: 11/13/01 02:22:37 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

trapped in "someplace i dont want to be," exactly: Pushit really went with the mood and situation i was in. And ah, it was so beautiful to see all the snobbish college students get shoved and pushed around and lose all sense of stability in the pitt. It was all a haze for me tho, and i only partially enjoyed Tool, only enjyoyed the meditative parts like Parabol. Most of my attention was diverted by the crowd. There was this one guy leaning his head on another guy and i thought, what the fukk. and like there was this one assholl who kept going up during Lateralus, blocking my way. i yelled "get the fukk down" and tried to grab his leg. Then had all these chix trying to show off there flat breasasists at the end, so i couldnt see the band members leave. I dont know why the band members were so far from the audience and why Maynard didnt come up to us do his silly hunchback dance. Adam was only focused on his guitar. And man, I COULDNT SEE ANY HANGING OL during the intermission. God there was no intimacy shared between me and the band. But as Disposition played, I was a fetus that wallowed in the atmosphere that reeked of alcohol breath. I looked up into the purple sky and tasted the rain, and sighed and thought, "what a religious experience". i was in langour. my arms went weak and i succumed to the abuse of the pit, a hollow body contemplating its own existence, brooding brought on by the monotonous Reflection. Tool is a great live band. Maynard can sing, thank god. Adam's a great guitarist. And yes, Danny Carey makes the best samba/tango/ska/metal motherfugging beat ive ever heard. It was very surreal to see people from the mainland on stage and to feel local breath breathing down your neck in the pitt. very surreal.

Review written by: Zach (zmcevoy@home.com) Review posted on: 11/13/01 21:04:02 ET

This was this reviewer's 14th Tool show

The setlist has been posted (ignore the first one of course.), so you can see it was not far from the previous concerts on this tour. This was my 6th show of the 2001 tour, having been lucky enough to make it to the Atlanta preseminal show (After camping out on the street with some other cool hard core fans) I again was lucky enough to meet a few other really cool people before this show. My brother and I made the trip from Chattanooga, Tn to Honolulu and spent about a week exploring the island before the concert Saturday night. We showed up at the university shortly after 1pm in order to be assured some good seating at the general admission venue. When we got there we met a fellow who had flown all the way from holland to catch the show and we discussed our past Tool experiences and had a good time chatting. The fans slowly trickled in for the next few hours, Met a guy and his girlfriend from LA who had followed the band for the last few shows and Like myself could not pass up the chance to see Tool in Hawaii, I mean what better excuse to spend a few days in a tropical paradise than to see your favoraite band. So on to the show. Being first in line often gets you a nice spot so as at the Atlanta show I got right to the front center stage and hugged the rail for an hour and a half before the show started. had a really nice conversation with a local girl who had never seen the band before due to the fact that she lives on an island in the middle of the ocean :) Anyhow I hate to dwell on the negative and flame people but there was a serious problem with the Hawaii shows that I had not experience to the same degree at any of the other Tool shows i have been to. Before the concert even started the jackasses started showing their true colors. I had to convince (to put it nicely) some jerk that he should not pee all over people in the pitt because he did not want to walk to the bathroom. WTF? Are you awake in there? No you can not pee on me or I will kill you, literally! Anyhow before the band even came out the lazy selfish people who were too lazy to show up in time to get the front row started beating up the girls on the rail to take their places and scare them away, As I am sure you have ready several fuckweeds were throwing shoes and shit at the band (Why pay $40 to come throw shit at the musicians? Act your age please or stay home, You know who you are. It was very obvious to me that while they are consumate professionals and did their best to put on a good show for the true fans who love the music ths show was negatively affected by the jerks. After dodging trash and justin getting tagged with garbage mid song at least twice Maynard could be heard telling the other guys "Skip it, Skip it" as though he was abbreviating the set list, and I can not blame him if he did. The band as always was phenominal and as always they are able to convey feeling through the music in a way that few can. It is a shame that they had to have that knd of a reception in such a beautiful place. Hawaii is a beautiful state and a magnificent sight to behold if you have never been, But like so many other places in our world they have no shortage of assholes screwing up their good times. Disclaimer : If you are reading this then chances are that you are not one of the aforementioned jarks, they go to any concert that comes just to act up, they do not read fan pages or care about the music.. Once again I met a number of really cool people at the show and it is obvious that the jerks do not make up the majority, I really had a good time in Hawaii.

Review written by: Nathan Fishler (NFishler@aol.com) Review posted on: 11/14/01 03:06:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

So I bought a ticket to the show in Honolulu, and it blew me away! I have some pictures, so email me you want to see them. The performance, at Andrew's Ampitheatre was awesome. Big speakers, a tiny crowd, and TOOL played on. They played Sober, Pushit, Aenima, Schism , Stinkfist, and some others. It was truely the best show I have ever been to. Bravo.

Review written by: trying to sort out events (seanrive@cs.com) Review posted on: 11/14/01 03:27:35 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

In spite of what everyone above has said, i still think this TOOL concert was awesome. The experience of being in Purgatory and of hearing TOOL perform (they perform good, nuff said) combined to give me the time of my life. So thats what im really trying to convey, but failed completely. So beautiful to lose myself in the crowd. The crowd was IT. It felt so lawless, so raw, and that's probably why people are complaining. Im a little glad the show wasnt tame. And im glad it rained on and off and glad i had to spend my time waiting in a line and being in a diverse crowd that consisted of drunken intimidating ambiguously gay gangster military haoles, high aggressive skater punks who love to cut lines, bored snobbish druggie liberal explicitly bisexual, at times introverted, college students whose face would give you the impression of jesus or ahab or Thoreau, bored housewives (honest), short high school ROTC girls willing to commit lesbian acts in front of drunken intimidating gangster urban haoles (i.e. groupies), local xena-like amazon raver lowrider asian girls who love defying the (or appealing to the solicitations of the) male assertive drunken intimidating ambigously gay Limpbizkit-like emo-gangster military and urban and rural rednikker Mooks with weird aquilline noses from the mainland combined by pushing people aside to steal other crowd surfers shoes; and dont forget the submissive girls who love rousing and distracting the afore mentioned by flashing themselves, an inconsistency that seemed integral to a concert event, as if it ever was. SO THERE I SAID IT!!!! IT WAS THE LAST SHOW OF THE TOUR, IT WAS MY FIRST TIME AT A CONCERT, AND I, AS A VIRGIN CONCERT GOER, (takes a deep breath, pauses waiting for the big affirmation) FUCKING LOVED IT.