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Review written by: Mr. Mister (
Review posted on: 10/13/02 01:55:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

The setlist (I'm not sure if itís the exact order): Sober The Grudge Stinkfist H Schism Parabol Parabola Opiate Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralus Maynard was dressed in an outfit that looked to me like a cop. It was an all black outfit and he had on a badge. Also had the black stripe on his head. Maynard was not too talkative. He said "Utah" and "thanks for the support" in a couple of the breaks. Before Opiate, he said "My condolences go out to all of you that are Mormons". Then he went into the spill about "think for yourself". An amazing concert. Thanks Tool!

Review written by: Jason ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 02:06:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Just got back from the show in Orem, Ut. Damn....TOOL is simply incredible. I wont bother with a set list...but for me it was a perfect show. Songs I know they played (in no particular order): Sober The Grudge Parabol/Parabola Schism Opiate Triad Reflection Disposition Lateralus Stinkfist H seems like there was another one...but I can't be sure. Anyway...great show. Um...since everyone seems to always say what Maynard was wearing...I'll tell ya. He was wearing a state trooper uniform. And damn it....he never stripped down for us. Fucker. Messuggah rocked. (I happen to dig the death metal stuff.) The pit during Messuggah was the biggest pussy fest I've ever seen. I didn't mosh during calm down. Messuggah boys came out and played the drums and some sort of synth with Tool. Maynard gave one of the Messuggah fellas a melvin. Maynard's vocals were a little too low in volume (but that might have been a result of my location in the venue) I was right up front and most of the time I could hear the people around me singing more than I could hear Maynard. (Which sucked...the people by me were no where near as good as Maynard.) Adam sounded great (I was pretty much right in front of his PA) and I could hear him loud and clear. Justin is fucking amazing. I always knew he kicked much ass...but damn...watching him live and up close was crazy. There are a lot of guitar parts that I used to think were played by Adam that are actually Justin. That guy is an incredible bassist. Danny just goes without saying...simply the best drummer ever. (Granted I haven't heard every drummer.) But the next time some one tells me that Neal Peart from Rush is the best I think I'll just puke on their shoes. Danny is un- believable. The band seemed to be in high spirits. (Maynard giving a melvin for example.) I noticed at the beginning of Disposition when the band all gathers around the drums that Maynard was saying something to Danny and just cracking him up. It was fun to watch that. Great show. The crowd was pretty good...except for the dip shit next to me that kept screaming "MAYNARD!!" at the top of his lungs...and yelling "TICKS AND LEACHES!!" I wanted to rip his vocal cords out. He'd yell "Ticks and Leaches" at the most innapropriate times. Really fucked up my complete enjoyment of a few songs. So...I don't do you put it into words? I can't. The best I can do is to say that I've seen quite a few bands in my day...and some very good bands at that....but Tool are in a league of their own. I think people will look back in a few years and finally recognize them for the musicians they are...unfortunately I think all of the knuckle head moshers sort of give Tool a bad rep with those who don't really know them. (sigh)

Review written by: Hoyt ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 02:25:35 ET

This was this reviewer's 3 Tool show

Setlist: Sober The Grudge (-) ions Stinkfist H Schism Parabol Parabola Opiate -------------- Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralus This show was a lot better than the E Center show, even though they played fewer songs. Maynard never stipped down to his panties. He was very vocal towards the end of the show. He sent out his condolances for those in the crowd who were Mormon. Also he said that "mind control is a bitch". My girlfriend got to go backstage and meet him. She said he is very down to earth and very intelligent. Hoyt, Shelly and Kelly rock out the hardest. Thanks TOOL. Hope to see you soon.

Review written by: Carlton Jemmett ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 03:09:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

This was a bounce-back concert from the E-Center show in Summer for me, but I still enjoyed this one more. While Mike Patton kicks Meshugga's unmelodious ass, I was of course there for TOOL. I won't bother with Maynard's costume or the setlist, the other guys have them accurately. I was GA, but would have been just as well with seats, since people in GA don't know whether they are coming or going. Hey, dipshits! There's a SHOW going on up there, turn around and watch it. And what a show, too. H. made the night for me, and the addition of Opiate (as opposed to the E-Center July show) was great. I always get a laugh when Mormons are accurately pigeonholed. Maynard was a little gentle on his vocals tonight... which I guess is understandable when they're your livelihood... but I really wanted to hear him belt out "its calling MAAAAAAAAAAAY" instead of "calling meee." More jamming this time than in the last show too. Triad was un-fucking-believable. Every guy up there had his instrument wailing. I will always remember looking up there and seeing them all going full-bore and thinking "this is TOOL at its finest, and I'm here to see it" and of course thats probably a little embellished, sentimental, and naive... it works for me. Its my memory. Thank you Maynard, Danny, Adam, and Justin for the memories and the music. Without a doubt my life is better for them.

Review written by: good mormon boy ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 03:09:36 ET

This was this reviewer's # 2 Tool show

Big penticle (I don't know what to call it) star scafolding above the stage, huge beautiful backdrop, incredable visuals, red confetti, and blue mist added to the show an intangible powerful feeling to their music that no other band can duplicate. Triad was fucking amazing, Thanks Tool P.S. Save the whales, harpoon one of those fat chicks dancing on the back stairs.

Review written by: Cire ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 06:00:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 4 Tool show

As usual, T O O L was good to their fans, and the fans were bad to each other. Not all of them of course, the rules of chance don't allow for that, but the ratio was overperesented tonight. I usually hit Vegas or Utah shows since I live in the middle of either, but I'm sticking to Vegas shows from now on. I've never seen a mosher jump up and kick others or launch themself's into the crowd, elbows swinging. And kept seeing people doing it to. I'm not a mosher, but I've always understodd them as a place to exrpess some energy and appretiation for the music, not a spot to go to try and break noses. Nor have I experienced such intence shoving, or witnessed so many people punching the crowd surfers and tearing at their shirts. I don't like getting kicked in the head either, but come on. But the show was amazing. I'm more taken with the band than ever. The set lists are correct (I think), but if anyone remembers what Maynard was saying please transcribe it. I missed most of what he said.

Review written by: Me ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 06:57:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

This was an awesome concert I had a much better time than I did in July I didn't even have floor seats cuz fucking Utah sells tickets at a grocery store and couldn't even get their ticket website working when the tix went on sale, but last show I was right at the front gate and got kind of tired of fat kids moshing to songs like "The Patient" plus I couldn't even see the fucking video from where I was at this time. "H." was fucking amazing it was the one song I hadn't heard in concert before and it was probably one of their best live songs except for "Pushit". I still think the concert I saw last year in Phoenix was the best, but this one was pretty damn close. I'm shocked that Tool came to Utah twice in the last few months, but it works for me even if the set has been similar through the last year and a half I still enjoy the hell out of it. After the tour lets hope they produce a dvd with all the background video+songs that were played on tour.

Review written by: blah (same) Review posted on: 10/13/02 07:05:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Heard someone ask what Maynard was saying: "Is this Utah?" "My condolences to all of you who are mormon" he then did the usual sayings before lateralus cept added "and if this has made you feel really really really horny" "Our advice to you is to go home and have sex tonight" "we also advise you to bring someone home with you" Unfortunately I didn't get to follow that cuz Utah girls only fuck if they're married =\ He also mentioned the members of messugah after triad saying something like we'd like to thank the make a wish foundation winners and then mentioned thier names or something I can't remember i was kinda high =D

Review written by: Cris ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 07:47:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 2st? Tool show

Now Im not going to start off and bitchy like most internet ass corks. I come to read reviews about my favorite band and its completely horrid reading some of the things that people say. I find it funny when people claim that a band sold out. Its not really a fact, did these people actually get valid evidence like bank account statements showing the bands actual income. And even if so, its the way it goes. You can't deny beautiful music because someone got payed more for it. Just swallow the damn pride and jealousy of not having a career down your throats and experience whats going on. Take the damn dollar sign out of the picture for now. It is so hard being a musician these days. Think about it. How is a musician suppose to make a career if the band is well known. Man you have to feed and take care of yourself, you cant write an album being homeless. I say more power for them surviving and getting to where they got too. You also have to understand that touring is very expensive for the band, you may think that since there is a big audience and the ticket prices jumped up again doesnt mean they get all of that. Ive talked to people in the business and its a lot harder than you think. Leave the decisions to the band and their management because not everyone in that damn audience is a music representative. Don't complain about the setlist, they are taking time out of recording new material to play more shows. I've been playing guitar self taught for 12 years and have played with some of the most oddball style musicians thinking they are the next damn elvis when they are probably the next head chef at a popular fast food joint. From what I see and what I witnessed and Ive traveled all over the damn united states, tool has to be one of the most talented rock bands on this planet. Everyone plays a huge part, and everyone in that band became idolistic, adam jones is a huge inspiration to me, and Im sure that everyone else are idols to many out there. Be lucky that tool is around, if they werent, it would mean one less rock band to enjoy, and one more pop band to complain about. Just because this band matured and you didnt mature with them or at least adapted a taste, dont discriminate, accept the change and well, better luck next time. Now I didn't expect to write this long, and I'm sorry this aint review, well, here... TooL puts on an amazing show. Theres your review. Now if you want to resurrect the phrase "sold out." point your fingers at the punk rawk scene. Fucking reminds me of what it would look like if you threw a whole bunch of people with stolen credit cards into a Hot Topic store, let them dress up in their cliche best and then throw them in a giant washer and put em plastic cases when they dry. Enjoy the show, TooL is good

Review written by: jack ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 09:56:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

First tool show since '93. Amazing. Didn't really know what to expect. I was blown away. My friend who went with me is a drummer and he left very depressed. He realized he would never be as good as Tool's drummer. Kinda funny. Triad was fucking amazing. Go to the show just to see it. Thanks Tool for inspiring, thoughtful, and brillant music. ~jack

Review written by: Overthinking One ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 10:44:53 ET

This was this reviewer's 0th Tool show

To whom it may, or may not, concern. Saturday morning rolls around, and still I haven't come up with the money to buy a ticket. I sold my blood for money, but apparently my blood isn't worth as much as I though it would be. Sitting in my bedroom, I think to myself, "I live 1/2 a fucking mile from where Tool now sits, and I have no way of seeing them.....or do I?" I throw on some clothes, grab my camera, and head out the door. Within 5 minutes I'm standing 50 yards away from the busses. Over the next 30 minutes I catch a quick glimpse of Adam, and see Danny come back from riding his motorcycle (and older style BMW I believe). This only fuels my fire, and I'm now more determined to get in. I make my way around the building, and happen to find an open door, which leads to an elevator. I read "1st floor, 2nd floor, Presidential Floor". Hummmm...which one do I choose? So 30 seconds later the elevator door opens, and I'm looking straight off the 3rd floor balcony through an unlit room, and I break for it. "Damn, get those dark curtains out of my way." From somewhere behind me I hear,"Hey!!! Hey! Get back here!" Quickly I push the curtains aside, and realizing that I won't have time to look at things, I raise my the same time I hear,"Take a picture and I'll take your film." *click* "Give me that film!" What do I do now?!.."I'm sorry, but I can't do that." More firmly he says,"Give me the film, or I'll call the police. Is this worth going to jail over?" I ponder this question, "Perhaps." Angry now he says,"Listen man, give me that film!" I sigh, I bow my head, I rip the film from the mother fucking camera, and hand if over. I'm given a kindly escort back down the elevator and out the doors, all the while begging for this guy to help me out somehow. Suddenly I hear the muffeled sound of music, and I make my way to another set of doors where I can hear the band doing sound checks. Unfortunately, this is all the music I would hear that night from Tool. My set list goes as follows: Muffeled sounds of Lateralis through a cold steel door (I know it's cold because my face was pressed firmly against it for quite sometime). So to all those who complain about the all those who SAW the show, and still complain...may you lives be full of unhappiness. Seeing Tool will remain a dream for me. Perhaps it was mean to be that way....

Review written by: Johnny Chimpo ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 11:57:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I usually like opening bands. I figure that even if they're not my thing, the band I'm there to see must have thought there was something worthwhile or cool about selecting an opener. That said, Meshuggah blows monkeys. Just shitty death metal. After forty minutes or so of agony during their set, and about twenty minutes of Tool's gear getting set up, this music, that I haven't heard on any albums but probably has a name more hardcore fans would know (it sounds a little like a new-age/techno theme from Halloween) started and went on for around ten minutes. The stage was dark and filled with smoke, and violet lights illuminated Danny's monstrous drum kit and the two places on the stage where Justin and Adam would stand. Danny Came on first, then Justin and Adam. There were two large video screens on each side of the stage that throughout the concert projected various visualizations, from the videos for "Stinkfist" to the usual twisted computer and film images one expects from a Tool show. In July, they just ripped into the opening chords of "Sober," but last night they noodled around for a few minutes. Then Maynard took his place, with half of his face painted and wearing a full black leather motorcycle cop jumpsuit. Then the band tore into "Sober." Maynard was silhouetted against a red backdrop for the whole song. He closed and just said "Utah," which was met with raucous cheering from sheep that like recognition. After that, the curtain dropped, revealing the same backdrop as from the summer tour (the psychedelic faces and foetuses). The band played "The Grudge," the effects of "Useful Idiot," and then a really cool, tripped out version of "Stinkfist," followed by a similarly tripped out version of "H." Those two songs, because of the internal, improvised jamming, really stood out and set the show apart from their July performance. They then did "Eon Blue Apocolypse," which kind of stoked me because I'd read a few reviews from other shows on this fall tour that said they played "The Patient," but they didn't, instead going right into "Schism," which also benefitted from some of the same sonic infusions as they gave "Stinkfist" and "H." Maynard then sang a slower, more soulful version of "Parabol," before launching into a faster, more intense version of "Parabola." Those songs were also a highlight. Then he slowed things down and said,* "We'd like to express our condolences to those of you that are Mormon. We understand that mind control's a real bitch. So I'd like to share a little bible verse with you: Think for yourself. Question authority. Think for yourself. Question authority." Then they launched "Opiate," which they did not play in July (as it turned out, they substituted this song for July's performance of "Aenema" and "Forty-six & 2." Personally, I would have preferred those two songs, but it was at least cool to hear something older.). They then did the intermission, more sonic psychedelia, blue smoke and neon. The second half backdrop came up, a fractal of "third eyes," along with tapestries of the metaphysical development depicted in the Lateralus sleeve and a big ten-pointed star (if you look at the light kit directly above the stage, you'll notice that it is also a ten-pointed star). Tool then launched into what may well be reason enough to go see the show, even if you have to crawl on bloody knees through shards of splintered glass, the ever holy triumvirate of "Disposition," "Reflection," and "Triad." (Note: If you're planning on dropping acid before this show, try to time it so that you peak right about here...). Since any attempt at describing the live performance of those songs would be futile, suffice it to say that a couple of guys from Meshuggah came out and helped with percussion (one of whom Maynard gave a wedgie), and afterward Maynard thanked the "Make-a-Wish Foundation" for making it possible for them to play with Tool. Maynard then said*, "I hope that this has been a positive experience for you. That it inspired you. Or at least, made you very, very, very horny. With that in mind, I'd suggest that you go home, curl up in front of the fire, put in a copy of 'Caligula,' and have sex. I also recommend finding someone to have sex with." (In spite of what another reviewer said, I didn't get any sex either, and I'm married to a Mormon girl). Then they played "Lataralus," which I wish could have gone on forever, but it didn't. Then they through a bunch of water bottles and drum skins and stuff into the crowd, took a bow, and that was it.

Review written by: Wolfman ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 12:05:14 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Setlist is already posted somewhere before me, but i have to say, the very first few songs- Sober, Stinkfist, H, Grudge, and then of course Opiate BLEW ME AWAY. Disposition Reflection Triad remains the most kickass song I know (although I must admit Triad was very very hard to hear, so the pounding guitar riff didnt hit me like i hoped it would) And of course finishing off with Lateralus.... damn but what a way to end a beautiful experience like a live Tool show. On a different note, messhugah was dissapointing, although or maybe even because I was right up front in the pit. I guess im jsut not into the whole screaming in rage-bleeding eardrum-irritating guitar riffs kinda death metal. That thing the singer did with his head I found amusing. Anyhoo back to tool. Overall, I had an extraordinary positive experience, and my friend jeremy can attest to the fact that we were not alone. I remember at one point seeing a guy a ways back in the pit, doing his own little ritualistic dance, moving with the vibrations, and I made a mental note: "this guy knows his Tool." And here was I, thinking Parabol/a has some deeper meaning for me and me alone. no shit sherlock, Tool does that on purpose! they want you to THINK FOR YOURSELF- QUESTION AUTHORITY!! I loved the show and will continue to follow Tool's influence like the sheep we all know we are. see you all in a dream or in a memory

Review written by: timmy ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 12:28:40 ET

Dear Masterbater, Are you kidding me? I saw the Dead 77 times. How can you compare Garcia to Tool? Earth to Masterbater ,Tool is not a jamband. I think it's it safe to say that Creed is the Britney of the rock world. I've seen a lot of shows this summer and Tool is easily the best tour on the road in 2002 regardless of what they play. I saw the Oakland show where they played Flood. I saw the Sac. show where they played Ticks. I saw the Houston show which was short. All 3 were amazing shows. Laterlus is an album with texture. I'm sure they will keep evolving with their next release. I'll be in Beaumont! King Crimson just re-released their live album USA from 1975. Buy it today.

Review written by: fourfeetgoodtwofeetbetter ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 13:10:05 ET

This was this reviewer's 16 Tool show

let me guess...same set list. save your "fuck you"s and your "fuck off"s for a moment. because of its wide spread existence the current backlash has some validity. i'm ogt, seen the band 16 times and have decided to put my wallet away until the next (?) album. tool, their music, their textured and complex... yet, as a band with a cult following, including people like me who are drawn and compelled to follow, there must be some responsibility to stay in touch with the hardcore's...the people who love them, loved them, and hope to love them again. over and ou..............................

Review written by: Dan ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 14:25:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Sober The Grudge Stinkfist H. Schism (w/extended intro) eon blue apocalypse parabol parabola opiate disposition reflection triad lateralus a simply amazing show. we had the seats at the back of the arena and the view was awesome. the mckay center doesn't have nearly as good acoustics as the E Center does, but it still sounded great. thanks, tool :)

Review written by: FrY ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 14:35:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

The show was fucking amazing as T O O L always is. I went to the last show at the E-center and this one in Orem and I have to tell you both the shows kicked ass. I was excited to be there in Orem last night. I sat this time rather than going into GA because the venue was small enough. I kept on moving around the stadium for different angles and different views of T O O L I saw everyone of their faces perfectly. I left with something very special. Another memory of seeing T O O L play at what some could believe their best tours ever. They're truly amazing. I am still blown away by the audio/visual equipment and of course by Danny's drumming abilities, Maynards vocal capacity, Adams Axe playing, and Justins bottom feeder. I hope everyone that saw this show feels a little different and can see how T O O L has become one of the greatest progressive rock bands in history. The show fucking rocked, T O O L fucking rocked, all the T O O L heads fucking rocked, and I will definately be the first one inline again to buy T O O L tickets when they come back to UT. Latez, FrY

Review written by: Lwood ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 14:41:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

It was Tool what can I say. The sound was better when they were here this past summer but the show was still great. Close to the same set list as Boulder with the notable exception of Opiate which they can never resist playing when in Utah. Maynard actually extended his condolences to any mormons in the audience. Priceless.

Review written by: Mike ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 14:54:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 10th Tool show

Does anybody ever think that Tool has to play the same (general) set every night because of the extravagent lights and video's? If they threw Bottom or Hooker in there, they would have to produce a completely new video for it and coreograph the lighting. It was much easier to change the set every night when the only thing involved was each of them knowing what song is next. My two cents

Review written by: jackmormon ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 15:33:22 ET

WOW! Someone from BYU saw the show? I thought it was illigal for mormons to listen to music - no less go see a live concert. Anyway, I've seen tool plenty of times in Utah (my fav's being @ Saltair) I live in Seattle now and thought about going to to see the Orem show just because they played in Utah County. See that would be a religious expeirience. I concur with Maynard: condolences. Love you Tool! TVR

Review written by: bambam ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 15:49:25 ET

This was this reviewer's w00t Tool show

w000000000000000000t!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!? TOOOOOOL!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Review written by: Shana (Maynards Review posted on: 10/13/02 18:01:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

hi... ok, first im going to say this, yes it was the same set list it has been. ive spent over a grand to see the same show 4 times, and let me tell ya....IT WAS SO FUCKING WORTH IT! oh my bloody hell. no words can ever describe how amazing last nite was. my first Tool show was unbelieveable...he did 4 degrees my very favortie. the 2nd show kicked ass even though i was sore from the Tool show the nite before and i was in seats...the 3rd was fucking amazing cause Justin gave us the 'whats up' nod and cause we were so close...the 4th time, my god. the best night of my life! my friends and i didnt have GA, but a kick ass guy we met let us all use his GA ticket stub and we all got wrist bands. so during Messhugga (who was a lot better this time than in idaho, yet all wearing the same clothes ew!) i sparked a joint and got really this time during TOOL we were on the right side. not as close a the 1st and 3rd time i seen them, but way closer than the 2nd time i seen them. but during the first song, Sober, my buddy i went to Idaho with, RJ, put me on his shoulders and that was the best view. this is the first i time i have recolection of hearing he extended lyrics in stinkfist, exept this time he threw them in the middle and it blew me away how he did it, i just lost my fucking mind. i danced my ass off harder then any other time, for someone not strong at all i went insane on some people. during disposition i stood totally still, my eyes watered but i choked back he tears as the glitter floated down unto the crowed. H. was exceptionally amazing this time around. he does something so amazing with his voice when he says: 'i should've cried then' ooohhh. H. Stinkfist. and Disposition are definatly my fave songs! (4 degrees too!!!!) right before he played Opiate, he extended their condolences to all the mormons. everyone screamed and laughed...haha (fuck mormons) it was great. i knew he was going to play it and all nite i told people 'they WILL do Opiate' but everyone thought i was full of shit. Right before Laterlus he gave us a nice speech which he always does...he told us that he hopes this experience left us 'inspired, healed, and really realy really horny!!' he told us that when we go home we need to cuddle up to the fireplace with someone (and then i screamed 'and have sex' cause he said similar stuff in vegas) and then he said 'and have sex' everyone screamed, and then he told us to take someone home that we met there. haha, rock on!! then they all went over by danny, and they just all stood by eachother an started Lateralus and i almost bawled cause i knew it was almost over! this song is really one of the most healing tool songs i have ever heard. my bestfriend and i held hands through this entire song. Tool is the reason why he and i met a couple years ago and spending another Tool show with him was amazing. it was so great to be with all my friends on the happiet night of my life. part of me wishes i didnt wake up today. nothing in my life will ever compare to last nite. Shana p.s. this expierence has left me inspired, healed and really really horny.

Review written by: Justin ( Review posted on: 10/13/02 19:36:50 ET

This was this reviewer's 4 Tool show

This is my 4th Tool show. I have seen them all in different places and times in their careers. Lasts nights show has shown me something that they are so passionate about, evolution of man. When I saw them during their undertow tour it was an outstanding show. The music was great as well as the sound. As you experienced the show last night you saw all of the different things that you have to not in their previous tours. It was good to see that they are always evolving in the way that they entertain us. I think that the set list fit the way that they did the show perfectly. So again I thank you for a healing experience, and looking forward to see what is next. I cant wait to see what the next album will bring.

Review written by: jbfrage ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 00:37:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Hello all I live in NY and Tool is without a doubt my favorite band. I've seen the band 4 times with the shows being, Hammerstein, MSG, Continental Airlines arena, and last but certainly the best, Radio City music hall. I also will see them at Broome which is convieniently 5 minutes from my college. Ive sat here for a few minuites and really can't seem to come up with anything that hasnt already been said about Tool. They are so moving....thats a good word...and also inspiring. I cant even count how many times ive been angry at something or someone and listened to the Grudge afterwards and realized in most cases it wasnt worth it. For those of you who dont like the setlists, i can understand why. Some people out there want to go and see a show with one group of songs, and then go out the next month and see the band play a completely different setlist. It adds variety, and shows in a way diversity. However, with the metamorphisis that Tool has undergone in the last few years, this isnt the case. not because they are un-original but because they simply arent the same band anymore. They have changed into something better. I cant understand the people that cant grasp the concept of change, why should Tool be forced to play the same 10 year old songs constantly instead of the new songs? Is it illegal for a band to get tired of writing songs about anger ala Opiate and Undertow and instead writing songs about finding something in yourself that is better then what was there before? I love Opiate and Undertow, but honestly i cant see the band playing Jerk-Off or one of those songs in the new tours. So for those of you who want to hear all of Tools hits instead of the dis/ref/tri group of songs, better wait for a reunion tour or something. hope my 2cents meant something, and by the way, its great Maynard is playing guitar now. See ya

Review written by: Evion ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 03:07:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Excellent show! It was better then when they came in July. All I can say is Think for yourself and question authority.

Review written by: Shana (Maynards Review posted on: 10/14/02 04:04:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

hiya. ok so i forgot this one important thing, due to being in a rush for work.... this show had an amazing amount of energy to it. i felt it the most during stinkfist. this song has touched me like no other ok? i cant describe it...ive tried. i fucking love Live in Mansfield....that version is amazing with the extended lyrics at the end. but damn, he threw them in the middle. my heart sank, this was totally new, a total fucking surprise. he did them in idaho but i missed it cause i was screaming i was being squished....anyway...the first 2 times he didnt do them at all. and this version was tripped out as fuck!!!! ....................what i am saying is, ANYONE who has this version im describe on tape or video from pirating, please EMAIL ME. its more important to me than my soul. ha. yeah but i will pay nice money for a bootleg with this on it. maybe ill go check out a bootleg me if u know a good bootleg site. it was soooooooooooo amazing. Thanx guys, Thanx Kabir Shana (we really need a message board)

Review written by: Over used TooL ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 04:55:56 ET

First of all, Meshugga sucked. Fuck meshugga, fuck them good and hard. The lead singer was just Fred Durst with a blue hat. Okay, I was impressed by tool just because I mean, come on, it's fucking tool. However... They opened and closed the show exactly the same way as they did last time. The last four songs were exactly the same. The back drops were exactly the same. The only things that even caught me off gaurd were "Opiate" and "H", and maybe those extra verses in Stinkfist. I don't like complaining about TooL, but if I don't then I'm doing exactly the opposite of everything they've taught me. (think for yourself, question authority) Yes, not even TooL can be exempt from questioning. The show however was very kick ass, I got to notice the videos a lot more because I wasn't nearly as stoned. I liked the fact that Maynard was hidden in the shadows. I didn't like the fact that we fucking waited outside for an hour for autographs and TooL just drove right past us all. Anyway...I still think that Lateralus is a kick ass cd. But the only times my heart really jumped were during "H", "Stinkfist" and "opiate". all and all, thanks for a good show guys. It just wasn't life changing.

Review written by: L.V. ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 05:40:55 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I arrive on the floor just as Messuggah takes the stage. The hard hitting sounds, like some kind of machine pumping adrenaline into my veins. I work my way to the front as the mechanical riffs shake the building... what's this? I ask my self as I look around the crowd to see a multitude of bored expressions, persons not allowing them selves to break into the rush of metal that is Messuggah... I feel sorry for the lot of you. I continue ride the hard metal energy for a good 30 minutes. As I estimate Messuggah has only a few minutes left, just the right time for me to consume the mushrooms I so easily smuggled into the arena. This being the first TooL show I was to experience in this altered sate. I can't wait!. It is now intermission. I gather with my Tool-army(ten of my best friends) we talk amongst our selves with sweet anticipation for the next act... The lights go out and the crowd goes wild! it was then as I first start to feel the subtle waves creep up my spine. ahhh! The calm before the storm, as the fungi starts brewing... The screens light-up, and vibrations begin to fill the air. Just then the classic power of sober slices into the atmosphere, jolting me into the night. As TooL continues to progress through the show, taking me higher and deeper than I've ever been, with each flash of light and each eye-opening frame of the ever-evolving CGI screens. The mind blowing "Interbeing" back-drop hypnotizes and sucks me in, for a moment I feel my body dissapear. And my awareness fill the arena. I can't help but swing to the rhythm as the energy explodes and then relapses, rises then falls. A perfect journey... I have gained a new sense of awareness, and fresh respect for life... This has been the most extraordinary of my life experiences to-date Thank you everyone!!

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 09:43:02 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

THIRD EYE ALERT!!!! THIRD EYE ALERT!!!!! Hey!!!! I'm not posting anything that has been said before, so please read on: Guess What????? I heard Tool play THIRD EYE twice during soundcheck along with some other kids. It was about 4:45pm and we were waiting outside the arena, and we started to hear sounds from the inside. We went to the back of the building where we could hear better, and lo and behold!!! They began to rehearse Third Eye!!!!!!! They played it twice before going into Disposition and the last song they played during soundcheck was Stinkfist. Oh, man!!! I was so hyped I was going to hear Third Eye live!! I knew that whenever they played it, it's usually the opener. But when the show started and they began with Sober, I instantly knew they wouldn't be playing Third Eye for some reason. I don't know, Maynard's voice that night probably wasn't up to bear the vocal punishment of a setlist including Third Eye after singing for the third straight night. It clearly showed in a couple of songs, come to mind: H. Opiate, and most of all Reflection, when he didn't sing "....before we pine awaaaaayyy!!!" in its usual high pitch, and his vocals were lower in volume than normal. The show was amazing as usual, a little bit shorter setlist (no Flood, Aenema, or The Patient). I usually get very pumped up and have a very high rush when I hear the opening chords to Sober but I was so hyped about hearing Third Eye that I might be the only fan who was just a little bit disappointed when they didn't open with Third Eye. I could've died happily that day. Anyway. this is the first signal that they hopefully will play Third Eye sometime soon. I can't imagine when it will be but it could be as soon as the next show!!! If they play it live again for this leg of the tour, I don't know what I'll do, but I'm sure as hell try to get to another show, probably Albuquerque Nov 18. Well, there you have it: THIRD EYE ALERT!!!!! You have been warned. Spiral out.

Review written by: Pr1ck ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 12:12:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 18th Tool show

Awesome show.. Worth the 10 trip to Orem and 10 hours back to AZ.. The crowd seemed pretty normal considering I was in Utah.. Utah on the other hand... eeks.. what a strange place.. Tons of People in the parking lot were in handcuffs.. Anyone know why? Anyways, the show was great.. I filmed from section 114 and the results are great. DVD's will be available soon. email me for details.

Review written by: pk ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 14:00:28 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Well, i am from a place farthest from utah on planet earth, its a small city in india! it was my dream to watch tOOl live - they were awesome. thanx tOOl, for the intense / intelligent / passionate & dark music you guys create. i will always remain a zealous tOOl disciple!

Review written by: Caroline ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 15:57:24 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Saturday was my first Tool show. Meshugga was ok, but I couldn't really concentrate on the music because I was too worried about getting killed in the pit. I have been in pits before. Just a bunch of guys having fun and shoving each other around. The pits at last night's show were different. These were out for blood, obliterate anyone who gets in the way pits. I must say that the singer of Meshugga has a great stage presence. He really got the crowd going with his growling/screaming/angry white male performance. After the opening act, I was able to work my way closer to the front, and landed three rows away from the gate. There was a huge movement of people, and I found myself crushed against the guy in front of me. I could not move my arms from in front of me. Some asshole decided to get a free feel or ten. Had I been able to turn around and move my arms, I would have punched him. However,I was completely immobile, so I had to endure having my ass and boobs groped. I was finally able to move away from this human slug as Tool began to play. When Maynard and the guys appeared, the crowd went crazy. Maynard looked very Hellraiser-ish in a black leather outfit and a black stripe on his head. Mosh pits started as they began to play Sober. The whole arena began to sway, and I felt my feet leave the ground. I grabbed on to the huge guy in front of me, and apologized to him. Another guy looked at me and laughed, saying I had better hang on, or i would not make it. I don't really remember the first four songs, as I was fighting for my life, but I think they were Sober, The Grudge, Stinkfist, and H. After watching person after person get lifted through the crowd to safety, I realized it was not worth it to remain in front. Some nice guys must have realized it as well, because they lifted me out. Somehow I was able to fight through my nausea and lightheadedness. As I was walking to the back of the arena, I heard Maynard, ever the gentleman, offer his condolences to those of us who are Mormon. Then Tool launched into Opiate, which was one of the few songs that Maynard turned partially around for. I must add here that Maynard has an interesting style of dancing, but it strangely suits the music. From the back of the arena, I could see the videos and the tapestries, as well as the lights. All of this was astounding. Everything fit together perfectly. I was able to witness the best drumming I had ever seen. I was sure the drum kit was going to fall apart during Triad. I was completely blown away by the whole show once I was able to experience it. I closed my eyes, and could feel the music in my chest. It was amazing. The show ended with Maynard and the guys throwing bottles of water out. Maynard also said that he hoped they had left us inspired or healed in some way, and I was. The music takes on a whole new life and meaning when you can see it live. No words can adequately describe. I will definetly go see Tool the next time they are here, but I WILL NEVER be on the floor. Seats for this old lady.

Review written by: Ozwald ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 19:11:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

"Who am I to JUDGE or strike you down"- James Maynard Keenan Thanks for the show guys, Maynard I was sad to see your hypocritcy. Good show but one less tool fan. I wonder if you'll apologize to the jews when you play in jeruselam? Good Luck

Review written by: Greg Boam ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 21:24:14 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Me and a couple of buddies made the drive from Glendale Arizona just to see this greatly antisipated "small" show. When we arived at the center it was all made worth it. The opener was not even worth the look at your ticket stub to see who they were. It was head banging death metal band that seemed to be just a long drone of sound. Nothing speacial, or note worthy at all. Then Tool's entrace was awsome starting with sober. The first thing I noticed was that Maynard was fully clothed which was a disapointment to me from the awsome body paint and speedo. Tool as always put on a great show. They threw in some Elvis lyrics that were very aparent to catch and switched up the songs a little which I found to be very cool. It seemed that the bass was put up way too high, that or the acoustics in the crenter we not that great but it seemed to take some of the clarity out of the show. There was more talking inbetween songs from Maynard than I have ever seen even if it was only a few sentances. He seemed to emphasize on mormons saying "My condolances to those of you who are mormon" Then going into think for yourself question authority bit, then playing Opiate which drove home his point of Mormonism being too controling, with probably a quarter of the center being mormon themselfs in a building named after a prominent mormon as well. At the end Maynard added some words like he always does about taking this feeling with you and made a joke about getting horny off the concert that was funny. All in all it was a great show being Tool and all but not one of my favorites out of all the shows I have seen.

Review written by: Kathy Sodoma ( Review posted on: 10/14/02 23:23:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Wow. This show just like all the others was absolutley amazing. Just like all the other shows I was in a whole other world the whole time. I had never been to this arena and I guess it was alright, except for my seats were in a weird place. At first I was annoyed with my seats cause I was on the right side of the stage and could not see the background and those backdrops are fucking amazing, so I was trying to look for differnt seats to steal, but then TOOL came on and I realized I could see them perfectly. I got to see Danny's drums perfectly and all of them well enough to actually see them play their instruments so I thought that was awesome, since I had seen the whole setup a bunch of times before. Maynard was amazing as usual, (well they all were), and he stayed fully clothed the whole time. He was wearing what I think was like a cop uniform or something. He looked hot as usual. I was so excited when Maynard started talking about the mormons and then played Opiate. It was perfect. Well another amazing performance by TOOL and I can't wait to see them again.

Review written by: chris margetts ( Review posted on: 10/15/02 14:33:06 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: Mungey ( Review posted on: 10/16/02 23:27:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 11th Tool show

Five days out and still reeling from the experience. Very, very interesting after reading the reviews that no one even noticed a so called front-man can stand in the back of the stage, pretty much entirely in the shadows, back turned to us for 90% of the show, and the performance is head and shoulders over any live music experience you have seen or will see. It is compassionate, understanding and moving in ways that only real change and present moment feelings can create. The guy lifts his fucking knee-high cop boot three inches off the platform and it is captivating. Such purpose, very present. This is what I can only hope to achieve. Not playing music but being so present in every moment.

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 10/17/02 06:01:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Amazing show. Better than the show in Salt Lake City a couple months earlier cause it was a much smaller venue...could actually see the band this time. Maynard did not strip for us this time...was wearing a black Cop uniform and had a black stripe down his face...same set list as usual except played H and Opiate instead of 46 & 2 and Aenima. Maynard quotes..."Utah"..."We would like to offer our condolences to all those of you who are mormon...we realize that control issues can be a bitch...think for yourself...question authority"...followed by whole speech about doing something positive with this experience and taking someone home and having sex... The sound was very tight and most every song was embellished upon for the better...just Fucking amazing...cant believe they came to our small and mostly mormon community...awesome. Danny was the focus of my attention...he was simply unbelievable and he was the last one to leave the stage...bowing several times and acknowledging the crowd...

Review written by: Zane ( Review posted on: 10/18/02 05:38:49 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

Review written by: im gay and i like to suck dick ( Review posted on: 10/19/02 19:12:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 69th Tool show

yo yo yo im a freestyle hit it up, yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo, check it yo yo,, check it , ill wreck it, the mic ill tek it, ill microphone whip you on every track of my record, ill fuck your mom in the butt, cuz shes a slut, she takes it up the butt, maynard is my bitch, so is adam, justin is my gay lover. maynard licks my anus. adam watches. danny shoves his drum sticks so far up my ass that it come out of my mouth. ps, im just kidding, i shove his drum sticks up his ass, i only tried it once, i like to shoot up heroin