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Review written by: brent m. grul (
Review posted on: 10/08/02 23:48:10 ET

This show was amazing. Setlist is as follows- Sober (-) ions The Grudge Eulogy Schism Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Flood Parabol Parabola Opiate Intermission Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralus The band was extra tight tonight. Maynard was dressed as a priest. Justin shaved his head. Adam cut his hair short. Danny stayed the same. No positive speech tonight, although Maynard did do the question authority speech. If you can go see them on this tour. The set lists are starting to change as the shows go on.

Review written by: scott ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 00:17:39 ET

This was this reviewer's nogo Tool show

I'm going to ask everyone who may read this an honest question?........................................................ Why do think that tool keeps playing the same/similar setlist? I'm not being sarcastic. I'm just wondering what other tool fans think about this. I know and you know that they know how to play all of their songs, theyve been doing it for years. Alot of you will say, "Who the fuck cares what tool plays, enjoy the music."blah blah Tool has aot of wonderful music and its a shame that the only way to hear it live would have been to have seen them along time ago.

Review written by: Vince ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 00:56:01 ET

Of course Tool knows how to play all of their songs,new and old perfect and could play them anytime on the spot. But the band, just like any smart Tool fan in my opinion, is in love with their latest album and they want to keep playing the songs over and over again to try to create different atmospheres and eventually morph their songs into whatever comes to them playing them live just like we've seen them beautifully do with stinkfist, pushit, eulogy, prison sex. You can already hear them adding stuff to Reflection, Lateralus, and The Patient. I have seen Tool 8 times in the past year no lie and am going to see them in Baton Rouge and Biloxi. I honestly don't know anyone else who has been to that many shows. I can't get enough. I love the setlist. They have their show worked out perfect with the visuals corresponding.

Review written by: Shana (maynards Review posted on: 10/09/02 04:11:54 ET

This was this reviewer's nogo Tool show

i must say u all are VERY lucky to have witnessed Eulogy, ... the jealousy!... and to our buddie who was asking about the same have noticed its changing a little right? well...heres my opinion......i really feel they are inlove with their album too, and why shouldnt they be? you know? people say its their sell out album, but fuck...they went through a lot to get Lateralus out here for us and for themselves.. and it blew me away and i totally feel that when they preform it they love it more and more and have the best time doing it....cause if they didnt, then the tool we've all known for so long wouldnt have even let it become lyrics or notes a piece of paper! ya know? so i have seen the same show 3 time he did 4 degrees and h. then the next 46 and 2... then the 3rd h. but not the patient...other than that it was the same, he was even dressed the same wait no in vegas he had tits but the stripe down his face everytime.. but every show has a certain significance in my life....i didnt waste a penny... it has cost me over $1000 includding tickets hotels airfare to see tool 4 times! never regret a thing! even though im sure u all really dont give a shit, =) i cant wait till saturday im seeing them here in salt lake for my 4th time, i hope he comes out as reverend maynard and i hope he does extended lyrics in stinkfist cause he did in idaho but i missed it cause i couldnt breathe and i thought i was going to get killed....and that was the main reason that show was so important to me, and i missed it. guys there in billings are sooo lucky for tonite!!!!!!!!! bye! Shana

Review written by: The Zoner ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 08:18:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Thank you Volcano, United Concerts, Metrapark and The Zone (shameless plug) for bringing TOOL to Billings! The sound was suprisingly good for Metrapark and the crowd was way into the show! TOOL did not disappoint!

Review written by: Glenn Roe ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 08:32:32 ET

This was this reviewer's ???? Tool show

Did Tool really play Eulogy?????

Review written by: dan ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 08:33:05 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Anyone who thinks Lateralus is a sellout album can go kill themselves. Lateralus is tool's most intricate album to date and i've found as they put out new albums they get more and more like that. Long live tool!!!

Review written by: kyzr ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 11:21:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I have to disagree with the set list that is posted. They didn't play Eulogy. It was stinkfist, also Opiate was not played. It was a great show, but the sound in the Metra was as always not the best. But what the hell, a great show was still played. Thanks! From what I remember it went like this: Sober (-) ions The Grudge Stinkfist Schism Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Aneima Intermission Disposition Reflection Triad Parabol Parabla Lateralus

Review written by: Someone who actually went to the show ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 11:59:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Okay... so nobody has the setlist right yet Sober Grudge Stinkfist H. Schism Parabol/a Aenema Intermission DRT Lateralus (can't remember where apocolypse was played... but everything else is right!)

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 12:37:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

so wait, the first reviewer was wrong? no Eulogy or flood? just curious, i personally am not too concerned with the setlist, i would still love to experiance their regular setlist since the show i went to they did not play reflection, disposition, h. or 46&2, but they did open with a ramones cover, which was really surprising. But, nothing against them,its sort of understandable considering it was their last show of the leg in moline, il. and they had been playing damn near everyday. Cant wait to see them on the 18th, which is GA. just remember, matter over idea.

Review written by: limothy teary ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 13:01:00 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

My 4th show and easily the best. The last setlist listed is the right one, no Eulogy or Flood. All of the songs have been touched in some way making them different from the album versions. Some more than others but all different in some way which is the best part of hearing them live I think. If you've read about Disposition, Reflection, and Triad, they were originally conceived of as one song but by the time the album was released the hadn't nailed it down. Now, by playing the songs live for 2 years? this opus has a definitive structure. Absolutely amazing. The drummer from Meshuggah played along on Reflection. Fucking awesome concert! It's a day later and I still can't think straight.

Review written by: crowdsurfer ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 14:28:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

the concert was f*ckin awesome. the sound was great, the mosh was kick ass, Tool was the best tho. Tool definatly needs to stop back here in Billings again, real soon.

Review written by: bill hicks ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 15:02:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

amazing, obviously I had butterflies in my stomach right before the lites went out for tool. I knew i was in for an amazing experience. The last setlist is right. The highlite had to be r/d/t. The segues were incredible. The sound wanst the best. Maynard was usually drowned out. I wouldnt necessarily say Meshuggah sucked, they just werent the right fit for tool. For those who havent heard them, they are a Pantera ripoff. I found an error in one of the tour shirts. One of the cities is Rapid City, ND. Kinda thought it was amusing beings i am from the dakotas. I am going to have to get on the floor for my next show, thats was really my only setbakc to the show.

Review written by: Me ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 15:04:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

The setlist was almost the same as the other concerts. I must say that this was a great show. The best that I have seen in a long time. It was as good as a metallica show (for me). Mushugga was not the best opening band for Tool but they were ok. Show was a little short I thought but becasue I had a test the next day at 8:00 am in Bozeman (150 miles away) I think it was for the better. I passed.

Review written by: Great show (TheNudeGuy) Review posted on: 10/09/02 15:50:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

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Review written by: ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 15:50:44 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

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Review written by: John ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 15:57:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 18 Tool show

this is in response to Chris' question about their setlist. I saw 10 shows last fall 9/20 - 10/2 and 5 this summer 8/16 - 8/20. I can understand using most of their set time to play almost all of lateralus (still haven't seen Ticks) for these tours(you know promote the new album thing), but this is their third time going across the country. Now I have to believe that must of the people going to these shows this fall saw them either last fall or this summer. I think they would be better off playing a few more songs off of their earlier albums to try and sell some more of them, or at least give their fans a more variety of songs. I'm not saying don't play anything off lateralus, but dont take up 65-70% of the show with them. espacially when the play in city's that are close to each other (ex. 8/16 boston, 9/17 providance, 8/18 manchester, 8/20 New Haven - 4 shows within a 2 hour drive for me). Now they're playing 3 show's in New England later this month (this will make 10 shows in New England in the last year). So far, their set list looks the same as the last tour. Hopefully they'll change it around when they get to the northeast, but I doubt it. Would it really hurt them to play Crawl Away, Flood, Intolerance, Cold and Ugly, or Sweat once in a great while. For those of you that will say something about their visuals not going with these songs, I say "so what if there not in sync, I'm there to see and hear Tool." One more thing, I'ld like to know why The Patient got drop from their set (hasn't been played since 8/20 in New Haven). Just my thoughts on their set list. please email me with any thoughts you might have, Enjoy the shows as they are great no matter what they play

Review written by: M&M ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 15:58:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 2 Tool show

Okay...WTF. Every set list poste, and I mean EVERY, is wrong. Here is the right one... Jeez. Sober (-)Ions Part of Me Pushit jimmy Maynard's Dick Schism --Intermission-- Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralus The show was beyond great. The opening act, Nelly, ended up encouraging his 'ganster' audiance on the floor to peg Danny in the face with multiple glass bottles...No wonder he was a little off tonight, he couldn't open one eye and had glass in the other. Well jimmy and Maynard's Dick were great live. Last time I saw TOOL was in 1993 at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey, for the Lollapalooza Festival. The Billings show was definately better. The only thing that sucked was when TOOL got beat up by Nelly, Big Tymers, Ludacris, and some ugly Wayne guy during the group hug. I heard they are hospitalized now. Best wishes to TOOL and good luck on the rest of the tour. - The M&M Truck Man

Review written by: Joey Summers ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 16:42:14 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I'd never heard of nor heard Messhugga's music until last night. They're a good, old school, Slayer-type, almost Black metal band from Sweden. I'm sure their vocals were tight but couldn't really make them out because the sound system may have been too heavy. I wish arena's would darken out their lights at their food & drink stands otherwise it's too bright out there and people don't get into it when they think other people can see them. It may have been the section we were sitting in, but talk about dead-beats! I was also somewhat disappointed by the lack of attendance. It was only when TOOL began their intro that people actually started filling in their seats. I'd say less than 3/4s of the arena was filled while the rest must've thought the concert was on the 9th. I wonder how many dumb-asses still think the concert is tonight! *LOL* The last (good) concert here was Smashing Pumpkins back in '97 and THAT sold out! I don't know what the problem was, but for a band that is so on top of the metal scene right now you'd think there'd be more of a turn out for THIS! I also heard that Poison (Billings Fair) was sold out! What the fuzz?! Are we THAT pathetic Billings?! But for the rest of us TOOL mongers I think we were pretty sincere. TOOL's playlist went something like this (I'm not sure, I was too busy losing my mind): Sober The Grudge Stinkfist Aenema Schism Parabol Parabola Disposition (With drummer from Meshuggah) Reflection Lateralus (No Encore) During the break between Parabola and the instrumental Disposition, the front floor rows began forming small pits prompting the lower stands to join them in the fray. I found my way down there from section 16 snaking through scattered and flustered security. Once I got there though I found that you really can't see anything from that vantage point and was wondering if I should go back to where I was sitting where you could see the screens and the rotating platform MJK was atop. Much better view! But hey, it's TOOL man! When else can I say I moshed at TOOL?! Props go out the the punk with the red mohawk that drew blood for Messhuggah by sailing off his chair! *HAHAHA!* Way to support the team! You would expect nothing else from the best from TOOL. The screen effects were way cool. I liked the floating molecule clusters as seen in the Parabola video. Adam Jones, you ARE THE MAN! I must admit, as an ardent TOOL fan, I couldn't help but feel as though the concept of touring an antire two years playing the same songs over and over would go against the whole TOOL ideology, which"Think for yourself, question authority." But they may as well have played their first time with the soul, energy, and sheer poetry that we've come to adore. TOOL is a band that denounces capitalism and personal gain. Tell that to the promoters selling TOOL t-shirts for $50! For the price it was an astounding, awe-inspring show. Especially animated was MJK during the finale of Lateralus showing us the capabilities of our own power to be creative beyond the furthest reaches of our sub-conscience. Thank you TOOL and Meshuggah for bringing out the best in the worst of agrarian culture! MJ Summers

Review written by: J Summers ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 17:16:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I feel like such a dumbass. I said the instrumental with the drummer of Meshuggah was Disposition. So before somebody corrects me, it was Triad. Sorry...

Review written by: Maynard3000 ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 17:32:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 10th Tool show

First I would like to say who would have thought that my 10th show would be in Billings Montana...But then again who would have thought my 1st would be in Switzerland eh?? First I would like to say a setlist change would be nice, but they don't seem to want to add songs, I believe to save Maynard's voice on the long tour, and if they add Patient, Flood, etc they would have to remove either H. or Aenima or 46&2 or Opiate which I don't think they want to do...Did I mention i was on TOOL's guest list? hehehe anyway....I will discuss a few differences between the Summer and Fall tours....In the latter part of the summer tour, Maynard usually kept his back turned except for Lateralus. Not the case in the Fall tour, he is extremely animated...The drummer from Meshuggah changes the usual Triad guest drumming alot, definately cool....All the elements including confetti are in the Fall Tour....Intermission is unchanged, except for lighting... Maynards comments: "Billings. Tool. Billings.....Tool?" "Is there any land for sale in this area? We were thinking about relocating." Also he became concerned before Disposition and looked at the crowd which were ripping out the seats on the floor, and said "Relax." After Triad: "Thomas from Meshuggah...Also owns a barbecue chicken restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska".....Something about how its important to think for yourself and question authority especially in these trying political times before the usual speech about "this moment" and that he hopes you are atleast horny..... The setlist is for 100% sure Sober The Grudge Stinkfist H. Schism Parabol Parabola Aenima Disposition/Reflection/Triad Lateralus

Review written by: Tee Smash ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 17:52:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

IT ROCKED!!! BUT... not one song from the Opiate?? WTF?? They should have at least played Cold and Ugly.

Review written by: Jed ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 20:06:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Tool concert was awesome. I loved the special effects and the overall concert just kicked ass. Thanks for a good time. Hope ya come back soon!

Review written by: Nic S ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 20:19:43 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Woo-wee!! What a blast last night was, I would like to thank Maynard, Paul, Adam, and of course my favorite Danny… I got an autographed drumhead from the stands :D I am soo happy… the set list begun with sober, then the grudge, then the (-)ions intro leading into stinkfist I cant remember the rest . The whole concert kicked ass.. Meshuggahh rocked.. man can he scream… DEFINITLY Swedish Death Metal.. I really wish they would have not opened the beer gardens on account of seeing about 6 fights break out… The met was stupid for putting chairs on the floor, and leaving all the refreshment stand lights on. T’was the best tool concert I have been to yet.. Definitely worth the 6 hour drive.

Review written by: SU Orangemen ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 20:54:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

Maynard, Adam, Danny, and PAUL!?!?!?!?!? Hey bud, if you didn't notice they've had a new bassist for about 6 years now. His name is Justin Chancellor. On a different note, I am one of the many who are anxious to here some new songs. I went to 4 shows over the summer (Trenton, Radio City, Continental, and Syracuse) and with VERY few exceptions it was basically the same set. I guess the days of hearing Pushit, Prison Sex, and Eulogy are over. Come on guys, mix it up a bit! Spiral out -

Review written by: Rob (nottelling) Review posted on: 10/09/02 21:05:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 0th Tool show

What the hell is wrong with you people. I'v now read like three or four different set list for this concert. Did any of you actually go? C'mon!

Review written by: Jamie ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 21:32:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

My first TOOL concert was the best fu*king show i have ever seen!!! the video screens were so awsome!!! the crowd was lovin it-TOOL really kept everyone pumped!! i wish they would come back soon!

Review written by: Michelle Willis ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 22:01:51 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

The show was hella intense!!!! I enjoyed it, was my first concert in general. What a great experiance it was, you can't really describe a tool show to anyone, they definatly have to experiance it themselves. Everyone I knew told me that since I love tool so much I'd like it so much more if I saw them live in concert and I do I appriciate the band so much more. It was FUCKING GREAT!!!

Review written by: Michelle Willis ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 22:02:29 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

The show was hella intense!!!! I enjoyed it, was my first concert in general. What a great experiance it was, you can't really describe a tool show to anyone, they definatly have to experiance it themselves. Everyone I knew told me that since I love tool so much I'd like it so much more if I saw them live in concert and I do I appriciate the band so much more. It was FUCKING GREAT!!!

Review written by: matt pinfield (tooikkkk) Review posted on: 10/09/02 22:28:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 11 Tool show

want to thank the band and the people who drove 10 hours to get to Billings with me. the show was incredible one of my top 3 shows for sure. the band seemed to really connect last night and showed in their performance. i got an idea lets pass the chairs backwards 80 rows instead of to the side 9 rows. anyway it was headbangers ball on the right railing, thanks for making me laugh. see you in Long Beach, spiral out

Review written by: Die Eier Von Useless (Neutral) Ion Jesus ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 23:32:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 48th Tool show

Wow! Amazing set! All you people who were complaining about the same setlists can shut up! Setlist: Hooker with a Penis (ft. Portishead and Paz Lenchantin on violin) Sober Bottom (WITH HENRY ROLLINS!) Disgustipated (Shortened version) Prison Sex/jimmy/Pushit (extended) - 45 minute jam!! -Intermission (They played the "Intermission" track from Ænima during the actual intermission- Spasm (Peach Cover) Demon Cleaner (Kyuss Cover) Judith (A Perfect Circle cover with Billy Howerdel!) Starfuckers, inc. (NIN cover with Trent Reznor's mom!) Killing In The Name Of (Rage Against The Machine cover) -SECOND INTERMISSION! (Nobody was expecting this!) Schism (Instrumental) Triad (ft. Meshuggah and Billy Howerdel) Disposition (With Schism's lyrics!) Useful Idiot The Patient Eulogy (with Trent Rezor and Eminem!) Ticks & Leeches (Extended with lyrics to "Lateralus" in the middle) H. -Band walks off the stage, but returned when there were about 100 people left in the arena!!!- Third Eye Eulogy (Two times in one night!) Parabol Mantra (Tapeworm remix with Danny Lohner) Wow! Spectacular show. Maynard also humped Danny during the second performance of Eulogy.

Review written by: Doctor OCCULT (666@666.666) Review posted on: 10/09/02 23:46:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 666 Tool show

That previous setlist by Use is NOT correct. TOOL did NOT play Sober on the 8th here in Billings. The rest of it is correct. "Judith" and "Useful Idiot" were my favorite performances of the night. Trent's mom just wasn't reaching her full potential on Starfuckers, inc. Thanks TOOL! SPIRAL FUCKING OUT!

Review written by: Linda Gates ( Review posted on: 10/09/02 23:50:28 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Great concert by Tool. The guy painted blue was great. So was the guy with the penis. here's the setlist: Wish You Were Here (Incubus came out for a duet) That one electric thing from that enema cd That one electric thing from that enema cd, again That one electric thing from that enema cd, again That one electric thing from that enema cd, one more time Ickyfist Penis with a Hook Latter Alice Thanks JIMBO! SLINKY OUT!

Review written by: HOLYCRAP (SHIT@ANUS) Review posted on: 10/09/02 23:53:03 ET

This was this reviewer's ASS Tool show

Sober Ions Stinkfist The Grudge Schism Parabol Aenima intermission Disposition/Reflection/Triad Lateralus Those previous setlists were fake. OPEN WIDE TO SUCK IT IN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 02:50:38 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Hey you! OK why does everybody keep saying ohh i wish tool would play this and i wish that tool would play that. UMMM grow up and deal with what you get. There is a reason they play that same setlist. The entire laterlaus record is in the same rhyme scheme and they have progressed. They have evolved from there past. I mean look at how much the music has changed from record to record, it's all about moving through, gaining something from them. Maynard once said that he considerds the shows as a gathering,they are much more of a sacred ceremony like. They are about seeking truth. You should gain something from the experience. I'm sure there was alot of moshing in 96 or whenever but now it's time to reach out and embrace the random and to let the music pass through you and let the words spill through you, and to feel this holy body and holy expreience, and that you choose to be there. You should embrece that moment and remeber what you felt and to do something positve. I feel if you cant do that then you are missing the entire picture. I'm i am just sick of hearing the same old shit about how they sold out. espically from all you one-track minded sheep, In order to understand someting use must see both ends of the spectrm or see all sides you could say, otherwise you become judgemental about something and sound like a jerk-off. so before you go running your mouth, you ought to take the time to think about and understand what you are going to say! Then you might understand that they are 4 guys who do what they do and you must have a sense of humor about things. Thats all i have to say about that

Review written by: el gato grande ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 07:00:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

What's up with all the fights? Did anyone else see the security guard punch the female fan behind section 12? Unbelivable. Granted she swung first but she was only helping out her friend who was being brutalized by a security guard who weighed 100 lbs. more than our fellow TOOL fan. Of course this did not even come close to having any affect on the experiece that me and my friends shared seeing Adam, Justin, Maynard and Danny perform their beutiful art. Words cannot come close to describing what a TOOL performace does to the senses. Of course all O.G.T.'s know what I'm talking about, so I'll stop gushing. I wonder If Maynard was serious about buying land in Montana?lol Performance was great and the sound was as good as possible in the metra. I was particularly moved by the Disposition/Reflection/Triad section. I always liked them on the album and seeing them live put them in a new light. Powerful. I wonder when I will finally come down. spiral out

Review written by: SUGAR58 (SUGAR58@HOTMAIL.COM) Review posted on: 10/10/02 10:38:38 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show


Review written by: anthony ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 11:43:17 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. Fantastic show. Better than I expected. First, a little manners lesson. If you are sitting in someone else's seat and they show up and want to sit in it, don't act like you have suddenly gone deaf, or have had a stroke and can no longer understand human speech. The person who holds the ticket for that seat doesn't want to kick you out of the auditorium, have you arrested, or tell your mommy that you've been bad. They just want to sit in the seat they paid for, so just be polite and move. Meshuggah overall just sucked. I had just read the rolling stone review that described them as the most important metal band today or some horseshit like that. If this is true then metal music is in trouble if not already dead. What I heard was garden-variety sludgemetal, muddy, minor-key powerchords and a vocalist who did not sing to the audience or sing with the band but instead simply screamed tunelessly at the top of his lungs AT the audience. Meshuggah plays everything in irregular time signatures and makes a meter change about every 20 seconds so the music is just an incomprehensible mess, plus the singer lurches around the stage like some frankenstein with parkinson's disease. Their drummer is obviously awesome but needs to join a band that plays something recognizable as music. Tool, on the other hand, was brilliant. Obviously very much into it. Opened with Sober and plunged immediately into Grudge and then an extended version of Stinkfist. The power of this band is astonishing. I like the way Tool has completely done away with the "rock star worship" aspect of a show. There's no rock god preening and prowling the stage. Maynard stays in back, half-hidden in shadow, and Adam and Justin simply stand and play, concentrating very hard but none of this grimacing, head thrashing and ridiculous posturing which characterizes so many bands, especially Meshuggah, which subscribes to every rock cliche ever devised. Two more observations. The crowd in Billings was amazing. I was sitting up high so I could see the whole arena, and people were just getting off, screaming and moving the whole time. Really a great audience that radiated energy and enjoyment the entire time and I think the band saw that and put on a tremendous performance. Last, Danny Carey is the best drummer on the planet, period. No other drummer exists who can play these mind- blowing, complex patterns, always precise, always powerful and tasteful, and yet he always grooves, it never sounds like showing off or busyness for busyness' sake. I am in awe of this artist. Danny if you are reading this, those paradiddles in the middle of h. did not go unnoticed. If you have never seen Tool, get some money and time off together and go. They are something really special.

Review written by: Kami Strong ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 12:07:52 ET

This was this reviewer's 1 Tool show

I have never seen Tool before, but all I can say is that I have loved them ever since I was introduced to their music. Their music is hypnotizing and their lyrics are profound and insightful. They are a band that totally love what they do. Maynard puts himself within the band when he sings and I find that commendable. He is not the only one on the stage with passion therefore he does not put himself centerstage. The art of their videos are intense and meaningful. This being another one of Tool's great talents in doing their own claymation. This was the best concert Billings, Montana has ever seen. The sound quality was better and the audience tore chairs apart and passed them forward, a symbolism for the passion Tool envokes in their listerners. The music just made me want to go home and have sex like most of the audience. I cried when I heard they were coming to town. They put on a show that is meant to make you think, feel, and live. Tool will always be a part of me.

Review written by: Satan ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 12:32:12 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I have to admit, it was a pretty badass concert. At the Metra(the arena here in Billings), they have a policy of putting seats on the floor. This was a major problem, and it was resolved in a not so constructive way. I'm not complaining about the moshpit, I'm way into getting into the music, but some people take it to an extreme and because of them, we most likely won't have another show like Tool in Billings. I don't appreciate getting hit with flying chairs, which is where I see fault in the Metra's seating policy. Besides the chaos that followed the chair destruction, the concert was awesome, and Tool has to be one of the best bands to hear and see live, they sounded great. The only sad part was that Undertow and Opiate don't have a part in the setlist, aside from Sober.

Review written by: KenobiFett ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 12:32:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 101 Tool show

Setlist Folsom Prison Blues Forever in Blue Jeans Mr Tambourine Man Rump Shaker Theme from "cheers" Gimme 3 steps/Freebird/Ramblin Man medley encore Gin and Juice Forgot about Dre Theme from little house on the prairie w/ Messhugah Kokomo

Review written by: TheLastReviewersFan ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 15:56:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Hey, Don't forget! They also played "Roll Out" and "Still Fly"

Review written by: druglord ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 16:44:47 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

'kay here's what I remember: sober - drugs, stoned.. grudge - stoned, blacked out, came to and moshed stinkfist - knocked out again this time by stupid mosher who hit me in the head schism - came to during final 30 seconds, don't remember first 7 minutes patient - maynard didn't even sing in this song, heard the instrumental version parabola - sleeping somewhere on the floor opiate - now this I remember clearly, someone threw a water a bottle on stage hit me in the head and I had to be taken out of the pit to an ambulance for medical treatment. aftershow - vomited and passed out. missed the intermission but well worth it. question 'thirty, think 'fer yerself..and all that jazz. -druglord

Review written by: Johann ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 19:09:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Ok, Metra Park should be sued for their idiocy on the whole chair thing. They seriously thought that using plastic ties to connect all the chairs together would hold a raging tool fan back from tearing them apart? This neglagence got a lot of people hurt. They figured that it would calm the moshing but because of stupidity it backfired and put a 20 pound metal deathtrap in the hands of every raging tool fan! Did anyone else see all the people rush the floor about half way through, at least 30 people made it down before security closed the gap. My seat sucked, so I hugged the rail down below for a few songs, which was awesome but then me and another guy that were going to jump the rail got busted, so I went back to my seat and stayed there for about 30 seconds. Then I rushed down to the bottom, and what the hell was up with all those seats on the riser twords the back!!! they were all empty, save for a few people in the front. So i just walked right past the guard and they didn't give me any sh*t and no body checked my ticket. So I went to the center of that thing on the top and had the best view of the concert EVER! I could see the whole band perfectly, both screens and the background and all the lights, plus I was dead center, so everything was all symetrical. I was in a clearing, nobody around for 10 feet in all directions. So I just moshed by my self and went crazy. I lost my shirt and my bandana at one point. Found the bandana like 20 feet away after the show though, so thats cool. thanks tool for an amazing life changing experience. I hope my path cross's with theirs again someday. Adam Jones, your amazing in AV realm and Maynard your vocals are awe inspiring. + my friend caught maynards water bottle :) That show was. Sit by the fire, write some poetry and have sex. :)

Review written by: gottalovemaynard ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 19:13:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Man, when I first heard tool was comming here before they EVEN FUCKING announced it I almost shit myself. I always wanted to see tool in concert, but never thought it'd happen. And then they come to the town In which I live in never thought such a kick ass band would visit. ANyways back to the concert, it was fucking awsome!!!! A experiance like no other. I can't believe tickets didn't sell out. What the hell!!! A big major band comes and just under 5,000 people go. Oh well, the people that did pay respect to a damn good band, had fun, saw people jumping the rails getting busted and had to leave haha.People were drunk I smelt someone smoking the reefer. The crowd was just getting all into it. Exspecially when maynard came on stage and they went into sober. Then exspecially at stinkfist everyone fucking sang along. As for the opening act, I could not hear one word that guy said. He was so drowned out it sounded like CRAP> Sorry I was not at all into meshuggah. But tool rocked just like I knew they would!

Review written by: Slip ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 20:28:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Well, it was a good show but I got too drunk to really appreciate it. The other four shows I saw were much better when I was sober. Ironically, the opened with Sober. I'm not sure where our seats were, but we just sat in the front where there was empty chairs. We all came and left for beers/bathroom breaks and never got sent away. After intermission we helped pass chairs back (I thought it was pretty civilized how everyone helped) and then walked to the second/third row of people. It was sweet, but when you're that close everyone is pushing. I'd be better 10 rows back with elbow room, but I was a dumb drunk who fought for my 'position' near the stage. I spent too much time trying not to get pushed out than appreciating the band. I actually feel guilty about this, mainly because it was Tool. I had the wrong vibe for the show. Well it was the right vibe for white-trash Billings; the wrong vibe for a Tool concert.

Review written by: Dross ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 22:31:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Ok after all the setlists, there isn't a one that is right. It was this: Sober The Grudge (intro)Strinkfist(extended) H. Eon Schism(extended) Parabol Parabola Intermission(when chairs were through in a huge pile!) Disposition Reflection Triad(With Meshugah drummer) Lateralus This was awesome! My 1st concert and it definitly won't be my last. Billings wasn't going for the seats and everyone tore them out and created a mosh. I got in the mosh and went fucking wild .Tool played so great and flawlessly. I bet they weren't expecting us to be energetic like that after seeing the zombies everyone was during Meshuggah. This is part of the best time of my life. Thanks so much guys! I'll never forget it.

Review written by: Dross ( Review posted on: 10/10/02 22:37:37 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Oh small error in setlist: Sober The Grudge (intro)Strinkfist(extended) H. Eon Schism(extended) Parabol Parabola Aenima Intermission(when chairs were through in a huge pile!) Disposition Reflection Triad(With Meshugah drummer) Lateralus Sorry ;) I'm not sure if that is quite the right order, but those were the songs.

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 10/11/02 11:38:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show


Review written by: Dylan Cok ( Review posted on: 10/11/02 12:48:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

CORRECT SETLIST: Sober The Grudge (-) ions Stinkfist H. Eon Blue Apocolypse Schism Parabol Parabola Aenema Intermission Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralus TOOL Billings Metrapark: October 8, 2002 The lights went out, and all you could see on the two giant twin projection screens was the flaming circular eye pattern glowing through the haze. There were strange sounds coming from the oversized speakers that stood like two towers in the distance. I could feel the energy surging though out the arena. In the middle of the eye circle there started to appear a single eye, wreathed in flame. Then it hit. The power of TOOL had been unharnessed. They had started this show with the song Sober. This song is excellent to open a concert with because of the driving force behind it. The screens showed images of naked people dancing or moving in a very robotic or jumpy way. It seemed as though some were more cases of involuntary convulsions. The song ended and the audience roared. After the crowd had quieted some TOOL broke right into The Grudge. As the song started, a background tapestry of the dissection head was revealed at the same time as the head appeared on the projectors. They played this song beautifully. Maynard hit all the notes and got in quite the scream. I don’t think it was all 30 seconds but it was close. After the close of The Grudge they played (-) ions which led nicely into Sinkfist. They showed clips from the Stinkfist video on the giant screens. Maynard sand this with additional lyrics and extended the song a bit. Maynard then said, “Good evening, Billings?—Tool. Tool – Billings." The next song they played was one that I was really looking forward to hearing. They played H. I remember thinking how beautiful and sensitive this song is. They changed the part where he sings, “I don’t mind,” a little bit. It sounded excellent. Then after they got through with H. they played Eon Blue Apocolypse before starting Schism. Maybe it was just an extended intro for the song, I’m not sure. There were lots of lines one the projectors that seemed to break the screen into pieces. The next song started out slow, but before long I knew that it was Parabol. They played this song very well. During all of Parabol they showed the nerve cells, or whatever it is at the beginning of the Parabol-Parabola video, on the screens. Then as they broke into Parabola it picked up on the video again, starting with the bucket swinging back and forth. They also had on stage the floating grapes from the video. Really weird. This song ended like the video, with the man becoming enlightened so to speak. This was done so well it’s hard to explain the feelings I get. I could just taste this great feeling in the air. It sent shiver up my back. Maynard now got back on the mic and said something of the sort that this is a nice place. He’d like to buy some land… Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey….Aenema. Adam and Danny were sharp. The crowd was into this song. It seemed as though everone knew the lyrics, or at least liked to hum along like a dumbfounded dipshit. Maynard was very passionate for this song. He jumped up and down having already lost his shirt somewhere along the line. He pleaded with the crowd to not just call him a pessimist, but try to read between the lines. Intermission. They showed eyeballs cover by green mist on the projectors and played slow dark music over the p.a. Let take time out for this small chronic break…ahhh, The Chronic. TOOL returned after about fifteen minutes to continue their show. They started out by playing Disposition. This was a very good song to open the second half of the show. It was really relaxing and therapeutic. They moved from Disposition right into Reflection without missing a beat. Maynard sang beautiful notes that filled the arena with positive emotions. As the songs switched there came a series of tapestries being revealed. High above the band, six banners were lowered to show the process of enlightenment as shown in Parabola. Behind the band a new background has also taken over. It is a spiral eye banner much like the Lateralus cover. All of this makes for a very visually stunning performance. After reflection was over the band started playing Triad. An additional drummer came out and played with the band. I’m not sure but I think he was from Meshuggah, the opening band. They extended Triad into about a fifteen minute song. It was really cool. After the long triple song Maynard said to question authority, especially in these politically trying times. To be inspired, go home, sit by the fire, write poetry and have sex, preferably with someone. Then they played their final piece, Lateralus. They set up a disco ball under the scoreboard and did colored light according to the song. Black and White are all I see, in my infancy, Red and Yellow then came to be...The song, like the show, was done to perfection. It packed so much force behind it, it’s hard to take it all in. After the song was finished I left feeling energized and ready for any thing. TOOL really did inspire me.

Review written by: J C ( Review posted on: 10/11/02 17:45:44 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Ok it's been 3 days now, didn't anyone else notice that Maynard was playing a guitar.There is no other like Danny!!! He was playing his brass kit, still in awe. I have no complaints about this show. They get better every time. Remember... "ALL INDIANS NO CHIEFS". Thank you TOOL, I'll see you on the other side

Review written by: jdol ( Review posted on: 10/11/02 20:50:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Hey this was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. What made it so cool is when everyone tore apart the seats and began moshing. The seats at the metrapark are so gay.

Review written by: Zubbey Boy ( Review posted on: 10/11/02 21:09:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Its been 3 Days since finally seeing TOOL and i honestly am just starting to come down.I drove 3 hours from Butte MT to finally see the GREATEST band ever.UNREAL!!!!!Maynard is the coolest most interesting human alive.TOOL is so far away from other bands its weird they arent appreciated by everyone on our planet.TOOL thank you for coming to Montana.You definatelly inspired me to the fullest.Thanks again TOOL it was an awesome show,and please come back to Montana again. late,zubbeyboy

Review written by: Jess and Paul ( Review posted on: 10/11/02 22:45:00 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

The setlist was as previously stated. This was our first show and what a show it certainly was. Cannot add much to what has been previously posted but from our point of view this is what we experienced: The melodies were soothing, haunting and exquisite. The visuals were jaw-droppingly thought provoking. It was less a concert/show than an endosmotic experience. Thank you.

Review written by: CSF ( Review posted on: 10/12/02 17:50:23 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This show was the absolute sickest show I have ever seen!! Who ever missed this show should kick them selves in the ass! The Metra doesn't have an open floor arena, so there was chairs on the floor. About half way through Tool's show someone picked up their chair and crowd surfed the chair to the front. This just started a chain reaction, pretty soon everyone had their chairs above their head and was either throwing them or crowd surfing them to the front. Then people in the stands were flooding over the railings to get to the floor. It was chaos!! "Think for yourselves and question authority!" is Tool's quote, they also said they were inspired by us. You guys are welcome back to Montana anytime and we sure hope you do. Thank you Tool for setting a new standard and putting on an awesome show. Also thank you to The Zone 96 dot 3 for bringing Tool to Billings. Go out and see Tool you will not be dissapointed!!

Review written by: Wiseblood ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 01:07:59 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

We reached Billings about 5:45, and gates opened at 6:30. When I walked in I was expecting a huge line. Instead there were about 10 people sitting in the room. I thought the show was cancelled at first, When I went to see them in Red Rocks near Denver there was the biggest line I've ever seen in my life hours before hand. Anyway when 6:30 rolled around there was a small line forming with anxious toolheads. We got in with no trouble and found our seats easily. Meshugga came on and at first you couldn't hear their singer, the music was way too high for the vocals, but all in all they weren't such a bad band, they could use a little work. True they sounded a little like Pantera, (nothing against Pantera) and there was a lot of screaming, but they were decent. I thought the concert was going to suck because the speakers kept crackling and you could not hear vocals. After an hour of playing they left the stage and there was a small break. My friend and I were walking around, and by this time thought we lost our minds from the red devils, then the lights went off, and a low murmuring sound was expelled from the stage. There were two big screens to either side of the stage. There was the flaming eye and circle of eyes on the screens. The band started off with Sober. Adam was on the far left of the stage, Maynard was towards the back to the right of Adam, then Danny was in the back on the right and Justin in the front of Danny. As always there were fascinating visuals on the screens throughout the whole show. I had a hard time finding the right setlist in the reviews…damn there are some idiots out there… it went: Sober (-) Ions Stinkfist H. The Grudge Schism Parabol Aenima intermission Disposition/Reflection/Triad (with Meshugga Drummer) Lateralus During the grudge they revealed an alternate background, it was of a man’s head, showing his muscles. During (-) Ions they had these light ropes or something over the stage that were lighting up like lightning, I put this in here because I tripped out watching those and hearing (-) Ions, man I was fucked… Then the typical intermission except there were chairs being passed, or thrown, back out of the way, making a nice new floor area. I wanted to go join in, but my friend told me that there was no way he could move, he would “fuck something up if he tried” so I just moved closer in our section in some newly vacated spots, really nice seats. Tool came back on, but the concert had a new feeling, they weren’t just playing their songs anymore, now they were jamming with there songs, making new beats and rhythms with the guest drummer. It was fucking incredible. The D/R/T series went for at least half an hour. The band was fucking perfect tonight, coming from a musician, I know how hard it is to play with other people, and never miss a beat, but they did it, and explored new territory at the same time. When the concert actually ended, my friend and I sat in our seats for about 10 minutes, just sitting there, totally blown away by the show, we couldn’t even move we were so tantalized. It was an amazing experience and I plan to take it home with me and write some poetry about it in front of the fireplace. And have sex…with someone. P.S. If anybody can find me ANY bootleg media of the show, you'd be the biggest badass I know

Review written by: Karmen ( Review posted on: 10/15/02 16:03:24 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show


Review written by: nic brockie ( Review posted on: 10/16/02 16:39:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist.

Review written by: Zane ( Review posted on: 10/18/02 05:39:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

MOST of you petty people make me sick... if you didn't get what you wanted out of the show such as hearing a particular song or a whole dream fucking set, having the perfect seat, not being near "potheads", not practically getting beat-up, not seeing your ideal opener, not being able to appreciate talented musicians despite the fact they were not playing the sound you wanted to hear instead of pouring their souls into the music THEY FELT and identified with, didn't get that special momento, didn't enjoy the sound in what ever venue they were in, etc.,etc., etc. TO FUCKING BAD!!! I have one word for your ungreatful whiny neophytic asses KARMA. Period stop with you self-pity and washed up desires it don't get you nowhere just let go immerse yourself in the rythmns of life and goddamn it FREE YOURSELVES FROM YOURSELVES. This Has Been A Broadcast Of The Emergency Get An Attention Span System. Tool Mercer Arena '98, Tool Key Arena '02 Get it or forget it ZANE