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Review written by: Tim (
Review posted on: 10/29/02 22:46:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Just got back - it was the most amazing experience of my life. This gig was the most amazing concert of my life. They played my favourite song off every album, and it was so majestic cold & ugly (mmmmmm......cold and ugly......) the grudge stinkfist intolerance (fuck yeah man..its been a while) schism parabol/parabola third eye (perfection) intermission disposition reflection triad lateralus (pass me the tissues, i think im gonna blow) Not much else to say but i recorded it, am gonna listen to it for weeks, but I aint gonna share it with any of your ugly asses! Spiral Out........

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 10/29/02 23:15:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

WE ARE PENN STATE!!!!! GO LIONS!!!!@#!%$!@#%!@#$%

Review written by: IrememberedMYticket ( Review posted on: 10/29/02 23:18:14 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I think Tool was as good as the crowd sucked. I had a blast , those who didnt? Fuck you hard.

Review written by: B ( Review posted on: 10/29/02 23:25:14 ET

This was this reviewer's 11th Tool show

Real Setlist: Cold & Ugly The Grudge Sinkfist (Extended) H. Mantra Schism Parabol Parabola Third Eye ------------------ Intermission ------------------ Disposition Reflection Triad (W/ members of Meshuggah) Lateralus Maynardisms: -"Philly. Hello Bandits." -"Thank you Meshuggah. Meshuggah, Inventors of the car battery charged penis pump...and their own brand of sugar cookies."

Review written by: Kev ( Review posted on: 10/29/02 23:39:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

They played Third Eye! After reading the reviews on this site, I thought the Leary clip playing was just a tease. Then they played the Bill Hicks clips and I knew it was on. A great performance of one of my favorite songs. The Philly crowd didn't mosh at all as far as I could tell. THey just stood there and experienced it. In my section, though, there were people sitting. Sitting! So me and this other guy started yelling at everyone to get their asses up. (this was during disposition and reflection, which people probably aren't really familiar with) Thanks for reading my incoherent ramblings, and good day to you.

Review written by: Kevin ( Review posted on: 10/29/02 23:44:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

By the way, the 1st setlist posted is wrong. Replace Intolerance with H. and it's correct. I was confused when I read that. How could I have missed my favorite song off Undertow?

Review written by: Time To Bring It Down Again ( Review posted on: 10/29/02 23:56:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Quite glad to see the boys changed it up slightly from the summer tour (Cold & Ugly, H., and Third Eye). I saw them in Boston. That show still remains the best show I have ever seen. This show, however, was surprisingly good in its own right though. Anywho, I am so psyched they did Third Eye. That fuckened rocked! Til next time, "Close your eyes and find that comfortable space.... and I'll see you on the other side.

Review written by: Time To Bring It Down Again ( Review posted on: 10/29/02 23:56:55 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Quite glad to see the boys changed it up slightly from the summer tour (Cold & Ugly, H., and Third Eye). I saw them in Boston. That show still remains the best show I have ever seen. This show, however, was surprisingly good in its own right though. Anywho, I am so psyched they did Third Eye. That fuckened rocked! Til next time, "Close your eyes and find that comfortable space.... and I'll see you on the other side.

Review written by: JuRaK ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 00:10:30 ET

This was this reviewer's ?st Tool show

Alright first and foremost...badass way to open a shower but my huge gripe is the lameass tameass philly crowd...i couldn't believe it the pit had no unity, no cohesiveness, and no energy but the TOOL guys totally made up for it with another incredible show...the set was incredible, the effects were awesome, and the video stuff seemed way more impressive than their last tour... my uttmost respect to the massive badasses in the circle pits and the folks sweatin it out in front because these are the only two groups that seemed to know they were at a fuckin TOOL concert

Review written by: MV ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 00:12:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I don't remember the setlist exactly. I know some other person'll post it. But. WOW. This was my first tool show, so i don't have much to compare it to, but WOW. "The Grudge" was amazing, they were really into it. The next standout was "Stinkfist" with a new bridge. And then the balloons in "Parabola". And the whole "Disposition"/"Reflection"/"Triad" set was so good. "Lateralus" was tight. No other word for it. The whole thing was more than i had ever imagined. Thanks.

Review written by: Brian Manning ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 00:14:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

The show was simply amazing. I saw them back at Radio City and it was unreal but this was just insane (being that I was up against the gate). Maynard had the coolest fucking neon paint on, but didnt look at the crowd much during the beginning of the show which sucked a bit but whatever. I cried the whole fucking time during third eye, it was just beautiful. They really interacted with the crowd at the very end when walking off stage which was great to see. I can honestly die happy now. I regret nothing, I finally saw Tool from about 12 feet away.

Review written by: Atomic Ass Cannon ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 00:30:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Tool was great tonight. Maynard was dressed as an EWOK. To the crowd's surprise, they played a very odd setlist. Cold & Ugly The Grudge Even Flow (Pearl Jam Cover) Stinkfist Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient H. Man In The Box (Alice In Chains Cover) Disposition Reflection Triad Drain You (Nirvana Cover) Ænema Lateralus These two cover songs were very unexpected. Maynard said something about 2002 looking like 1991 and the grunge era coming back, or so it seems. THIS IS NOT BULLSHIT. I hope someone was bootlegging the show, because I'd love to own it on mp3. Thank you Adam, Maynard, Danny, and Justin.

Review written by: Wells ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 00:35:51 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Cold and Ugly Grudge H. Stinkfist (Extended) Schism Parabol/a Third Eye (w/Leary/Hicks Intro) Intermission D/R/T (w/Meshuggah) Laturalus I'm not sure of the exact order of H. Stinkfist, and Schism. Third Eye was excellent, I was afraid they might jerk us around and not play it after the "Think for yourself intro." D/R/T keeps getting better and better. They jammed for a while during Triad with members of Meshuggah. Videos were different from the tour last fall. Alex Grey artwork looked incredible in the background. Words cannot describe. Laturalus is a great song to end with... though Grudge was a much better opener than Cold and Ugly. Going to see them for a 6th time at PSU on Friday, for the first time on the floor. They really need to release more live stuff, their studio releases don't come close to their live perfomances. Until they do, anyone with bootleg audio, please ema

Review written by: MaynardIsGod ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 00:39:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Setlist is already posted. Maynard should run for President. He is my God. I would sell my soul to TOOL, where is the sign up sheet? Every time i see them, they enter my soul and i either want to cry or tear apart the person next to me because they are Godlike. No other group deserves to even be allowed in their world let alone be mentioned or compared to ANY other music that comes out today. The fact that they played 3rd Eye Salival Style, oh my god. And if it wasnt for all the drugged out morons falling all over the place and choking themselves on Nitrous the night would have been serene and truly one of the happiest and greatest spaces I have ever been in and ever could hope to be in. How could a band that epitomizes beauty and life so greatly attract such social parasites. Maynard wrote Undertow in REHAB! Intolerance, Sober, Prison Sex, ya they all talk about what a sad life drugs will bring you. Think for yourself. To Maynard and the Boys... Rest your trigger on my finger and I'll see you on the other side.

Review written by: Dr. Nick ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 00:41:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

omg liek tool playd such a K00L sho! they opend wiht cold and ugle and it was like so k00l and i waz liek omg this rox. t00l rox my sox! then they playd far 2 frale by skiny puppy it rox!!!!! then adam smashd a pupmkin on his 4hed and the crowd waz liek whooooo! t00l waz teh greatest they rok!

Review written by: rem ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 00:44:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

just got back from philly. great show and sound. cold and ugly to open, H, and Thrid Eye. Eye was unbelievable. so much better than the record. awesomw intros to all the songs. adam is adding little new riffs this time around. maynard was all apited like the stinkfist guy. he was very animated and energetic. his voice cut though nice tonight. oh well, good night. think for yourself question authority. open up your third eye!!!

Review written by: cockwhorebananasplit ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 00:57:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

This show was exactly the same as THE LAST TOUR THEY DID THROUGH THE STATES DURING THE SUMMER. Let me break it down for you: 1. Dark stage/video of Alex grey art work on 2 screens 2. Band comes out one by one 3. The lights come on as the jam out 4. Maynard wears blue body paint w/neon glowing splatters that glow under a black light. 5. The back screen is Giant God type face centered with 2 other skeleon faces on each side kissing the god's cheek. All black light sensitive. Always changing with the backgroundlighting effects. 6. Maynard is in the back of the band on a box that rotates during the song Lateralus. 7. Adam and justin stand out front jamming away. 8. Danny sits at his throne clammering away back and across from Maynard. 9. Side screens/video clips keep playing the same old special effects clips that they always show. Video's of stinkfist, schism, and parabola mixed in. 11. The overhead lighting is tranfixed into a "jewish star with an extra leg" 12. Neon lights awww fuck I'm tired anyways there's those balloon things from the parabola video floating around on stage to at one point. YOU GOTTA SEE THAT YOU SUCK. TOOL SUCKS. Stop wasting your time reading these dumb reviews.

Review written by: replica ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 01:00:28 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

i am still soaking in what i experienced tonight, it was so amazing and thats putting it lightly. i honestly can't think of a word or words, for that matter, that can explain what i experienced early tonight. setlist : cold and ugly grudge stinkfist- extended h. schism parabol/a third eye intermission dispostion (fucking awsome) reflection (ohh my..... i think i'm gonna....) triad.(sorry did i get that in your eye?) lateralus i'm speechless...... i would like to thank maynard, danney, justin and adam for what they did tonight. i hope to see you again.

Review written by: Chris Shumate ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 01:13:35 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

damn. i thought i would be one of the first reviewers for this show seeing that its only a few hours after the concert. the setlist and all the accurate emotions have already been posted. but im gonna post them again dammit. this was my 3rd tool show, and by far the best. meshughu was tolerable i cant say that they are my first choice of a band to llisten to or 100th for that matter. but they are okay. Tool came on stage at around 9ish. played the best show ive ever seen them play. ( and im an avid bootleg colector and ive seen over 50 shows) Cold and Ugly- i was soo glad to hear this song. sounded really good. and fresh. its like its a new song again. completly reborn! Grudge- sounded great. very powerfull song. " PHILLY....whats up bandits?... this is our last song" Stinkfist- didnt get suspicious minds. but like always rocked. H- Awesome how maynard broke down the middle letting the crowd sing. awesome song. Schism- exteded intro and middle.. must have been close to 10 mins long. Parabol/a- best crowd reaction, awesome visuals/ stage show. " Thankl you, good to see you all again.. and now a word from our sponser" Thirdeye- with the tim leary AND bill hicks intro. awesome that they played them both. maynard sung " prying open.." into a effects microphone. sounded awesome. best preformance of the night by far. ~intermission~ age progression visuals. Dispostion- awesome ring lighting affect going over crowd. Reflection- always a pleassyre. Triad - extended with drummer from messughua. it rocked. danny carey was all over this song ( as well as the others) solid grove made by the whole band. " thank you messughua.. they are they creaters of the car operatd penis pump... and they make thier own brand of sugarcookies.." then he said something along the lines of taking the tim leary quote " think for yourself.." and relating it to modern politics.. " use tonite to help you create something positive. acheive your goals." Lateralus- Spiral out.. Lateralus

Review written by: Ben Young ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 01:21:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Setlist: Cold & Ugly The Grudge Stinkfist H. Schism Parabol Parabola Third Eye Intermission Trilogy Lateralus My first show, didn't really know what to expect, but the guitar often sounded like a bunch of white noise. TOTALLY different from your normal show, just be warned. Third Eye was cool, hoping for AEnema though, O well. Trilogy was decent, Triad kicked MAJOR ass. I'd say the best songs were Cold & Ugly, The Grudge, Parabol/a, Triad, Lateralus (Third Eye was too noisy to be really effective). In all, unique show, perhaps not what people blow it up to be. Then again, I wasn't in the right state of mind for Tool, but I can't really help that. Hope I can see them again, but guitar was too loud and screeching to really be enjoyable.

Review written by: iii ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 02:22:14 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

i know this isn't a concert review, but i had a question and thought this was the best way to ask it: what is the song played over the PA right before tool comes out? it's a long soundscapy song that builds and builds with high pitched either guitar or synth sounds. it sounds really cool, but i haven't a clue what or who it is. someone i know said it was mentioned in an old newsletter once. any thoughts or ideas on this song? thank you

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 03:02:38 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

can anyone post the meshuggah setlist?

Review written by: Wayne ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 03:46:12 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th? Tool show

Well, I was just reading the 10-28 reviews and these dumbasses had the wrong dates....they went to the 10-29 show where the setlist was.... cold and ugly the grudge (-) ions stinkfist h schism parabol parabola third eye -intermission- (and not the song!!!) disposition reflection triad lateralus I must admit, the crowd was kind of lame, so they didn't do any encores, but the last 3 times I saw them, they didn't do any, so it was no surprise for me. The concert was phenominal as always...but to my surprise was cold and ugly. first time ever I saw it live, and it was a treat. I also haven't seen h. or third eye since 1996, so they were treats as well, especially since Third Eye is my favorite song of all time. Well, hope you all enjoyed the concert if you went, and if not.... nannie-nannie-boo-boo!!!! Wayne

Review written by: Vickie ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 07:27:38 ET

This was this reviewer's 10th Tool show

So, last night was my first show of this leg of the tour. For the first time, I got to see Cold & Ugly and Third Eye live. The entire show was flawless. Originally we had floor seats, but since my husband and I both managed to come down with some nasty flu-like cold, we grabbed a couple of empty seats on the side of the stage where the band comes on and off. The seats were actually incredible. We had total view of the entire stage, as well as the huge screen used for visuals. The new visuals are as usual, nothing less than incredible, I especially like the ones for Third Eye. There is nothing like Third Eye live.... Every one seemed extremely animated last night, I even noticed Adam rocking out during Third Eye and Triad. I think that this show was one of the best ones that I have seen. Since everyone pretty much says the same thing in these reviews, I'm gonna finish up, but a few things first: 1. For all the people complaining about TOOL playing the same setlist: This is TOOL. They could get up on stage and play happy birthday for 3 hours and it would still be incredible. Regardless of what songs they play and how many times or nights in a row they play them, THIS IS STILL TOOL. Be happy that you got to see them at all. 2. To TOOL: Thank you again for all that you do. Thank you for reading our reviews and listening to our feedback, thank you for putting your lives on hold to tour, thank you for putting everything you have and everything you are into these incredible shows, and thank you again and again for never letting me leave a show feeling anything less than inspired. You ARE my inspiration, I WILL follow my dreams, and I WILL take those risks that you talk about. Thank you, thank you, thank you, From the girl on the side of the stage with the incredible lung power. You have forever inspired me to never give up on my musical dreams.....see you on Halloween.........

Review written by: John ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 07:30:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 21 Tool show

Well, I guess I'm one of the Dumbasses that saw Tool play the same set in Lowell as they did in Philly.

Review written by: Wow ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 08:05:53 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. Dr. Nick you are an asshole!!! Now it's unanimous.

Review written by: Jomama (eatadick@hotmail) Review posted on: 10/30/02 08:06:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

For your information, those are 2 songs. The long pulsing one is from Clockwork Orange and then that gregorian chant type thing right before they come out is from Dead Poets Society. Amazing show, as always. Thank you for Third Eye. NOTHING tops it. TOOL!

Review written by: revieweee ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 08:23:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

i see everyone has posted the setlist already(of course) so i wont do that again, even though i see that a few are wrong. this is only my 2nd show, and i was a little dissapointed with the set list. but...since there is not tool that isnt WONDERFUL, it was still an amazign show. I didnt like that they opened with cold and was kind of awkward. The crowd wasnt great, and i laughed to myself when i saw people actually MOSHING during reflection. come on now...we're talking about reflection::laughs:: also...meshuggah was GREAT *especially in triad*

Review written by: Persephone ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 08:49:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!! I HAD A TOOLGASM!!!!! It always seems I have drama going to these shows....but Tool always puts it to the wayside. My friend, who said she was going to come with me, bailed out about 8 hours before the show, so I paid for two tickets for no fucking reason. Don't matter though.....she missed the best show I've ever seen. Meshuggah.....they were okay.....I guess. The singer was entertaining to watch....his stage techic needs a little work. At about 9, Tool came throat is still soar from screaming so loud. I think I pissed off the people in front of me, but whatever....I gotta show the boys my love. Maynard was painted head to toe black with this trippy neon blacklight paint.....fucking phenominal. ADAM CUT HIS HAIR!!!! No worries, he's still a sexy motherfucker.....mmmmmm..... This show was so much better than my first show at the Meadowlands....even the crowd seemed mesmerized by their talent. The setlist was different and it made it so much more enjoyable to be able to sing along. Stinkfist fucking ROCKED!!!! I was amazed, excited, dumbfounded and floored at the same time. I was so happy (like everyone else it seems) that they played Third Eye.....but without a doubt my favorite moment was Disposition. I've spent countless nights with that one track played over and over and seems to bring me at peace with myself. Hearing them, seeing them, feeling them play it was a true spiritual moment. Triad was always amazes me that seeing the opening act play with Tool makes them so much better. All in all, this show was fucking I've said before.....great sex isn't even this good. At the end, before the extra long interaction with the crowd (beautiful boys, simply beautiful), Maynard said something along the lines of "I hope that we've in some way inspired you." Oh boys, you always do inspire me...... This was worth the drama, the rain, the 3 1/2 hour trip each way on public transport, the lack of sleep this morning and even getting yelled at by my boss......Thank you thank you thank you Maynard, Adam, Danny & Justin.....I'll see you all soon. "Mention this to me. Mention something, mention anything ... and watch the weather change."

Review written by: Dave Emmons ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 09:09:51 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Well, the concert was fucking amazing.Thats it, fucking was the best experience of my life.The crowd was awesome, the bands were awesome.Maynard was awesome.. "they even have their own sugar cookies"- "PHILLY.....fags"..i am so happy i got to see that show, and it had to be the best concert so far, by far.My personal highlights of the show were Cold and Ugly, H., Third Eye, and pretty much everything else.I'd like to thank all memebers of the band for a wonderful evening. THANK YOU TOOL! By the way, if ANYONE HAS TAPED THE SHOW PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR A TRADE OR SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!

Review written by: Crimble Crumble ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 09:23:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 888 Tool show

This isn’t a complaint, it's a plea. Tool, please change your setlist each night, learn how to communicate on stage and segway into songs that haven't been played in a while! No changes, no improvisation, everything precisely measured and planned. Tool is a great band but they still put on the SAME show night after night and that sucks. Why is there little to no variation in their setlist? Why would you not use every song you have in your repertoire, why play the same goddamn songs night after night? Tool needs to incorporate the Musical Philosophy of Improvisation of the underground bands that are currently making a live repetitive performance like Tool’s look foolish. Come on boys, improv a little; COMMUNICATE on stage and segway from one song to another without planning it. Maybe try a song you haven’t played for a few tours. This is getting real weak.

Review written by: rappo ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 09:32:29 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

H. I can't believe it. When i heard the opening right after stinkfist i damn near lost it. That was the one song i wanted to hear live from the band, and i got it. As for people not moshing (RE: Review written by: Kev (, you were obviously in the wrong spot.. if you want to just get close to te band, move to the front.. you'll just get pushed around AND miss all the art. If you want to see all the art, enjoy the show, and get in the pit and mosh, stay in the center. Trust me there was a pit, and a couple injuries to go along with it.. The show was the best that I've seen so far, til next time, adios

Review written by: cocoa beware ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 09:48:59 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

hey, they played very well, a little more mellow than i thought it would be. the crowd sucked. saw them in baltimore in august, and crowd blew these cheesesteak eating fools away. only disappointment was didn't play Ænima. drove 4 hours through a blizzard to get back to school, but it was still worth the trip. one of the highlights of my night was this girl coming off the floor, sitting down in the row right in front of me, and puking all over the floor. people were stepping in it all night. i don't know why people feel like they have to be messed up to enjoy the show. my clothes smell like weed. that's all. tool was great, philly sucked.

Review written by: some dude ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 09:57:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

the guy's sounded great last night, third eye was all it was cracked up to be. since most everyone else posted everything i wanted to i will not rehash. i just want to say, DO NOT TRY TO MOSH TO PARABOL OR DISPOSITION OR REFLECTION! if you need to jump around and throw elbows to enjoy yourself go to a system show or see slayer or whatever. i usually am tolerant of moshers - i like to mosh when the music is right. to me tool isn't it. anyway, tell me why some asshole was trying to crowd surf 100 feet back from the stage where everyone was just chilling enjoying the show? he kept asking everyone to boost him up. once someone actually did, everyone just watched and moved away so he fell on his head...1 girl actually started kicking him in the head, while others started scrapping. meh, there's always gotta be 1 asshole i suppose. dispite the shittiness of these few individuals, the crowd had a good vibe, and tool were especially on point. third eye was flawless - during the leary intro they played a video clip from his video "how to operate your mind" with some sort of filter. very cool. also different this time around was during disposition, as the lights were slowly moving over the crowd, they found a way to create a spiral of smoke leading into each light. real cool effect. if only all bands went through the detail and attention to subtlty these guys did. then again, not everyone could appreciate it b/c they are too busy worrying about their next pit move. :/ halloween should be great - see you there.

Review written by: Steve ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 09:59:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

All i have to say is AWSOME. This was my first Tool concert... and hopefully not my last. I went with 4 other people... we all had a good time. It was an awsome show. The visuals were awsome and the body suit maynard had was sweet. Highlights from the show for me had to be opening with cold and ugly... that song rocks... I also loved when they did disposition, reflection and Traid with the people from mushuggah... being in the pit during that way awsome, cause they had all the confetti coming down... totally cool. Best song they played of the night.. I loved ending with lateralis. The pit was going nuts then... great time. I thought everyone did really good in the band... especially danny, as always. The sound was good... loud, but my ears wern't ringing outside afterwards... great show. Tool is awsome. peroid.

Review written by: Mavrik21 (irrelevant) Review posted on: 10/30/02 10:21:30 ET

This was this reviewer's alot Tool show

Setlist and then my comments... Cold & Ugly The Grudge Sinkfist (Extended) H. Mantra Schism Parabol/a Third Eye (Timothy Leary intro) ------------------ Intermission ------------------ Disposition Reflection Triad (W/ members of Meshuggah) Lateralus The show was amazing for the many reasons all tool shows are amazing; the visuals (videos - lots of new ones, lights, maynards skeleton body paint, and of course Alex Grey backdrops and hanging prints), the music , and lastly, I have to say that the Philly crowd was awesome last nite. Except for the 2 rediculous mosh pits - (why? if you're not 'developed' enough to enjoy all of what TOOL has to offer - go see some other band) - the crowd was energized and so was TOOL after a nite off. Makes a big difference. After seeing them in Mass last Friday (horrible traffic and crowd was weak!) - this was a welcomed change. Swing on the spiral!

Review written by: GreasY (thirdeye@cold& Review posted on: 10/30/02 10:37:41 ET

This was this reviewer's 41/2 Tool show

cold fuckin rain. brutal walking through the parking lot, but if i knew what they were going to play last night, it wouldnt have bothered me a bit. i collect bootlegs, and have about 40 hours of audio and about 15 of video, and last night blew away everything i have ever seen/heard. cold and ugly was an incredible opener. i didnt think they could top the lollapalooza 97 show in ny (opened w/hooker) but last night was far better. anyone notice the cameras on/around the stage? i think that had something to do with how animated maynard was. think back a few months.........blair told us they were releasing something new by years end. live..............dvd???? also, blair told us before the start of this tour that the guys had something special lined up (third eye?). either way, if anyone recorded this one, please post here where it can be obtained or a certain site (deadohiosky) does accept recordings and posts them................

Review written by: Thomas ( Hub)) Review posted on: 10/30/02 10:44:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

The drive Four fucking hours in a typhoon driving 70 miles an hour. One wrong turn equaled 45 more minutes. One hour wait on a bridge that bounced and shook as the trucks went by (actually this part was pretty cool). The venue Since we got there late parking sucked.We walked about 4 blocks in the rain to get to the front doors. For anyone that parked in the farthest lot away I hope you didnt pay those guys asking for ten bucks to park . That was just a scam The show Once we got in we secured a spot on front of the soundboard. For the first couple of songs the sound was a little muddy . The sound got progressivley better as the show went on . I was suprised at how low the volume was. This was the quietest Tool show I have seen. I attribute this to the Accoustics of the venue. The crowd was pretty relaxed seemed to be enjoying the vibe of the band and the visuals. A couple of small pits broke out not a big deal as long as I didnt get kicked in the head from a crowd surfer. The show ended with a group hug and Danny throwing out THREE drum heads . Let em give you some advice if you want a drum head You need to stand about 40 feet in front of where Adam plays. It looked like thats where all the drum heads landed. Hey Frozin, Thanks for the ticket.

Review written by: totally inspired ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 11:49:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

wow. I am speachless right now and its the day after. I just woke up and I still cant think of anything to say that would describe the night i had last night. My one buddy called me up and asked me if i wanted to go see tool because he had an extra ticket...that was the end of that. Now onto the show...setlist: Cold and Ugly (Fuck yeah!!!) The Grudge (Tons of energy) Stinkfist (ext bridge...very beautiful) H. (One of my favorites) Schism (Great performance Parabol (nice visuals) Parabola (tons of energy, parabola balls in back) Third Eye (Can't explain it...amazing) INTERMISSION Disposition Reflection Triad (w/ meshuggah)best song ive ever seen performed live Lateralus * This last leg of the show is totally unbelievable. A new backdrop comes down of alex grey artwork, collective vision. the one in the beginning of the show is interbeing. There is really nothing negative i can say about this show. its my fourth show on this tour between summer and fall and it definitely gets better every time i see them. The whole band seemed to be really into the show all the time and i think for once there was a crowd here in philly that appreciated tool and i think the guys were really diggin that. Maynard had his black paint on last night with the neon things all over him. I really cant say anything else other than it was definitely a peak performance for the guys tonight. Thank you for this inspiration! Til next time think for yourself....question authority

Review written by: Mike ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 12:00:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

For the first time ever I believe that Philadelphia fans are finally starting to get it, well, maybe not that many of them (based upon the reviews i've read), but at least a few...there is SOME hope! Meshuggah sounded fantastic. Most of the fans were putting them down but that is completely understandable if they haven't heard them prior to the show. Their setlist included: (not in correct order) Terminal Illusions Nebulous Humiliative Rational Gaze Soul Burn Closed Eye Visuals Future Breed Machine Future Breed Machine was the one song that I really wanted to hear and it was everything that I expected and more. As for Tool, this was the fourth time I've seen the Lateralus tour and it was equally as uplifting. Since the setlist has already been posted quite a few times I won't bother with it. I'd just like to mention that you people have to get a fucking clue. All you speak of is moshing and some of you even say that people who weren't moshing were not "into the band." Well you know what I say?? You have no idea what the music is all about. Why not try reading into things a bit more than just acting like a bunch of drunk frat boys trying to rip each other's heads off? Tool's music has so much energy to it, yes they have heavy riffs, but that doesn't mean you need to mosh at all times. Does anybody recall the song "Jerk-Off"? Do you know what the band reflects on during that song? ALL OF YOU MINDLESS FOOLS!!! You're all jerk-off's....and I guarentee the band would agree with me on that. Despite my harsh words I know that none of you will agree with me, in all actuality, I doubt that anybody even puts any thought what-so-ever in what I have to say. But you see, the beauty of Tool's music is that it works on many different levels. There are the people who go there to mosh and act like a bunch of shitheads (getting into fights, getting completely wasted so that you can puke all over somebody who is simply trying to enjoy the music, ect ect ect) and then there are the select few who actually understand what is being commuincated-the people who Tool reaches on a deeper level. And by the way, for all of those who think that the star symbol dropped down during the later half of the show is a "jewish star with one more point"-you are the fools that I am speaking of. {The "icons" are actually letters from the Enochian or Angelic language as recorded by the Elizabethan Magus, Dr. John Dee. Dee was one of the first "occultists" to leave a written account of his experiments of traffick with extradimensional beings. Many scholars are convinced that Enochian is a true language, but others suspect that it is a cryptographic system devised by Dee.} (source: Toolband) Other symbols include: The Flower of Life The Seed of Life The Tree of Life Why don't you people try opening your minds up for a mere second and learn about the ideas/concepts behind the music. Don't bother emailing me with hatemail as I will not entertain your bullshit with a response. If you actually have something worth my time I will write you back, otherwise go back to your worthless existence...don't "question authority" because you certainly cannot "think for yourselves."

Review written by: Capitalist Pig ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 12:27:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Great show.....the best I've been to. Well most of the posts summed up what I would've said, but I'd just like to add: • I never heard any Meshuggah before tonight and was expecting mindless death metal from the reviews of previous shows on the tour. I was suprised by them. They were enjoyable and I started to get into them. The Philly fans seemed very appreciative of them (no boos, I only heard cheering)....Philly is a city that is known as having one of the most brutal fans for anything (never afraid to boo the failing sports team or bad ref call), but, those that didn't get into Meshuggah didn't express it verbally....Thank you. • TOOL was exceptional last night. Third Eye was a real treat and was delivered with maximum force. All of the songs from Lateralus were played much better than when they were in Philly last year. •Never noticed or even thought of this before, but the four members of tool really, really, really look like they thoroughly enjoy playing their music....more than any band that I have ever guys play your hearts out and love what you do...and we love what you do! •I was on the floor, so I may have gotten a better perspective.....but, did anyone notice that the lighting rig above the stage is a seven-sided star? Cool....also, for those going to future shows.....look above the stage during (-) ions....Electricity. • Who was that ass in front of me doing the Eminem hand gestures during all of the songs? • Thanks to the real tool fans that were there last night. When that drunken shirtless ass hole wanted to push told him to fuck off. When he started crowd moved out of the way. After falling on his head about four times and no one picking him up off the floor, he finally got the message and left. Also, the security guards in the GA section were cool...they carted off the assholes that were there to fight, nice job.

Review written by: Chris ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 12:30:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 10th Tool show

Absolutley incredible ... cold N ugly grudge stinkfist H schism parabol parabola third eye -------- D-R-T lateralus -venue sucked.. sound was terrible, too bad the flyers had a game -crowd sucked, could you have acted more bored? when finally seeing third eye for the first time since like ozzfest 98, i was expecting a nutty ovation.. nope.. after schism that was it.. crowd fell asleep. damn shame too.. -meshuggah was awesome, pantera only with a little math involved -cold and ugly sounded shockingly good. I was yet to hear another opiate song with the lateralus live sound. -the 2002 tour has wreaked absolute havoc on maynards voice, but he was perfect tonite. dead on with all his notes.. -he didnt face the crowd up until 3rd eye.. -i found it wierd that they seemed bored as shit on stage up until umm parabola , and as the crowd died, they came alive. third eye was the hardest i've ever seen maynard dance. -they were alive for the rest of the show -Triad amazing as always.. gunner from meshuggah went crazy.. awesome show... BTW, concert security in Phili' sucks .. they don't understand that they are piss on employees, ok im done.. peace, chris

Review written by: Ryan ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 12:35:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This was my first TOOL show and I can hardly find the words to describe how completely unbelievable it was. Meshuggah kind of sucked a little, just a bit too hardcore for my liking, but when TOOL came on all bets were off and I was in for the greatest experience of my life. Cold and Ugly was a very welcomed surprise, and was a hell of a way to start the show because I was expecting Sober as the first song. The Grudge, my personal favorite TOOL song, was just amazing, such a powerful song and Maynard's scream at the end had my jaw on the floor. Stinkfist was also incredible including the extended bridge that really was the highlight of the song. This was then followed by H. which was totally awesome, it sounded beautiful. Next came Schism which was played excellently and sounded even better. Parabol and Parabola followed and I think this song got the crowd going the most, however I did feel they were a little weak throughout but either way TOOL still put on a hell of a show. A truly awe inspiring rendition of 3rd Eye came next that seemingly surprised everyone and was a very welcomed addition to the setlist. And intermission soon followed but the boys were right back at it with Disposition and Reflection which sounded awesome, but it seemed that the crowd wasn't too familiar with these offerings, but rest assure I was singing every word. Then Meshuggah came on to assist TOOL in a remarkable version of Triad that lasted quite a while and really showed how much of a god Danny is. Then came Lateralus which was in my opinion the best song of the night, it may rank a little low in my favorite studio TOOL songs, but it's an entirely different experience live. It's simply awesome, the best song of the night and fittingly enough it was the last song. Overall this was by far the greatest experience of my life, and I very much look forward to doing it again. Although I felt the crowd may have been a little weak, I was still glad to see that there weren't too many people trying to mosh. TOOL isn't a moshing type band, if you wanted to mosh you should have done it during Meshuggah's set. But either way the concert was simply incredible and I'm still having trouble finding the words to describe just what an amazing night it was. TOOL is GOD.

Review written by: Sabrielle ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 13:31:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

This was my first Tool concert and it was nothing short of fucking amazing. If you were facing the stage directly I would have been upper right balcony. The stage art was Alex Grey 's work in the very back the band in kind of the middle ,with a screen of their videos toward the front. The band was hidden which I thought was a nice approach, it put more emphasis on the music and art than the band itself. Unfortunately when they opened up some 6 ft tall guy stood in front of me which sucked. My boyfriend went exploring to see if he could get a better look and came back in about 15 minutes and said "Holy shit you gotta see this!!" So I followed him up to the very top balcony area-- I looked down and saw a figure moving in a way I never saw anyone move before on a raised platform with psychedelia illuminated on it. "It's Maynard, he's going fucking nuts, man, check it out." I squinted and it looked like he was painted and just about bare ass naked.. He danced like the music was his puppeteer, the guitars, drums being the strings that extended, the music held them all together reflecting eaches individuality in every song. The music and art combined was phenomenal. The concert sadly ended with the exerpt from Timothy Leary's speech, which I found inspiring and the last song was "Lateralus" which is my favorite offa that album. The band thanked us for sharing our time with them and further inspired us to go after our dreams, take risks and pretty much to think for ourselves. Embrace non-belief, question everything----remember constipation of thoughts into non questioned beliefs can only make you full of shit.

Review written by: Nick ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 13:41:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 16th Tool show

Tool was great as usual, great to see "cold&ugly" and "third eye" but of course i missed aenima. I wish they would start changing up the setlists but hopefully they will pull out "hooker", "eulogy" or "ticks & leeches" at the show in NY tomorrow. the setlist was the same except for "sober", replaced by "cold & ugly", and aenima which was replaced by thid eye.

Review written by: tool is awesome ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 13:46:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Dude, even after reading reviews on how the setlist is the same, doesn't matter. They still are so perfect in concert. My favorite song was Third Eye. Funny how dumbasses behind me had no clue whether it was Third Eye or Pushit. Rookies! But I am lucky that I'm going to see them at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, (2 days from now). The reason is because there were these 2 hot lesbians making out the whole time. And this was the most profuse making out I've ever seen in my life, and I've seen a whole lot. It was incredible! Near the end, they started getting even more frisky, and there was some finger-action going. All the guys around couldn't believe their eyes. It's not like they were just doing it for attention, because they would've stopped. No, they just kept on going as if the world were to end tomorrow. And it made it that much better that my favorite band was playing live in the background. I mean, you can't get better than THAT now can ya?!?! And to top it all off, I was there with a girl who was bi-sexual, so we BOTH were staring. Back to tool: When they began Third Eye, they did the Timothy Leary intro, with a fucked up video of him saying it, then the intro on Ænima. Adam seemed to be experimenting more than usual, so that was awesome. Even though I'll love them whatever they play, I do hope I hear more Undertow/Ænima/Opiate songs, because especially for late-tool fans, it gives a wonderful variety of music. Meshuggah was better than tomahawk/fantomas, but it was all in-your-face crap. But I go to see Tool, and I have a damn good time at it. Looking forward for Friday!

Review written by: Paco Fish ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 14:14:03 ET

This was this reviewer's 8th Tool show

This was a terrific show. Third Eye: magnificent. It was true the crowd was weary and not cohesive, but it was probably the Tuesday night effect. I think the highlight of the show was when Maynard's voice broke at the end of h. I felt so sorry for him (in case he was embarassed, but he took it well). Don't worry, Maynard, you get used to puberty. I was grateful that he went all out - to the point that his voice cracked. That's love. Why do people mosh? Why are people dumb? Tool doesn't answer questions, they just try to get you to answer them yourself. Obviously some people don't listen. Drugs are better than booze. Peace and love.

Review written by: Take it easy (n/a) Review posted on: 10/30/02 14:17:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 46&2 Tool show

Take it easy people. Just post your individual experiences and save all the trash talking and ranting for a therapist.

Review written by: Justin ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 14:51:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

I love reading the reviews, though never posted one before, so here goes. Probably going to be long and boring, becasue I have a lot to say, so you just may as well scroll down to the next short review. First of all, I want to say how fucking bad the venue mgmt sucks! I sat in traffice for over an hour b/c all of you Philly dumfucks can't figure how to park cars when there are events at two venues. How long have you been doing this? At least 10 years! Figure it the fuck out, I missed all of Meshuggah b/c of you. YOU SUCK! I think that rain was the karma of Aenima, just on the wrong coast. I can swim, can you? Pouring cold rain, it sucked. If it weren't TOOL, I wouldn't have come. Had floor seats. Only way to see the show. Maynard looked great! all blue in his little speedo with what looked like either Alex Grey lateralus artwork or skeletal/muscle design along both arms, partial right chest, right calf and left calf and thigh. Red and yellow, stood out great! Videos were good, as usual. Lots of small changes in each one. Adam works hard. Nice to see that it isn't all repetitive. Set List: Cold and Ugly Grudge Stinkfist Ions (why does everyone forget to add this?) H. Eon Blue Apoc, but not sure Schism Parabol/a Third Eye (!) Disp/Reflec Triad Lateralus They didn't play anything off of Undertow. No patient or Aenima, which are somewhat regulars on this tour. Would have like to have heard Aenima. COLD & UGLY: Not a huge Opiate fan, but nice to hear something I haven't heard live before. Great that they play older, "unknown" songs. GRUDGE: Have heard it better, but a good song. STINKFIST: I love it when MJK does that stamping with his leg! Did anyone else notice that you could see Maynard's dick on the profile? Looked like he was sporting some wood. No Elvis (Suspicious Minds) IONS: Nice interlude, but one of their few songs that are better on the album. Listen to it on your headset. You can feel the electricity go through your head! Amazing. H.: Glad to hear it live, only 2nd time, good tune. Also, looked like Maynard's shorts where falling down a little, sporting some plumbers crack. THRID EYE: Not one of my personal favorites. Frankly, I don't understand the song, but so many of you do, so I was glad they played it. Visuals were incredible. Nothing like any of their others. One of the few times I wished I was on acid, must have been amazing for you if you were. MJK was moving and gyrating like a contortinist! His voice must be so strong to carry the tune and move and stretch. It is amazing in itself. Love the stamping when he shouts "PRYIN OPEN MY 3RD EYE!". TRIAD: I hate Tomahawk and Phantomass, but have to say they were better at the drum solo than Meshugah. Still, solo was great. Danny didn't get into it as much as he did in Boston. Some other side notes: 1. To all of you who criticize people who mosh, who don't mosh, who sit, who stand: Who the hell are you to tell some one else how to experience music??! Music and Tool is a personal experience. Let people be moved by what they are feeling and express themselves in there own personal way. 2. Thank you, 94.1 WYSP for playing TOOL songs on my way home. 3. Fuck you to the asshole who was asleep at the Drive through window at Burger King, I was fucking hungry and thirsty. 4. Fuck you to the schmuck at Mc Donalds that gave me cold fries which gave me a stomach ache. FINALLY, see you in Long Island. This may be the last time we see them for a while.

Review written by: thanx ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 14:56:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Drove up from Baltimore to see this show and it was pretty much the same as the 8/10 except they replaced The Patient with Third Eye which was the best 20 mintues of musical bliss I might have ever experienced. Had six people onstage for Triad (also superior to the Bmore version) . Meshuggah was....interesting...I'm not really into death metal and I don't really see why Tool goes on tour with bands like this. Then, after a short wait, Tool came out and opened with Cold & Ugly which works suprisingly well as an opener. After that I can't say much changed (except for of course the whole Third Eye thing). I was really hoping they'd break out Eulogy of Pushit, but of course they didn't. One might think since they're so close to the end of the Lateralus tour they might just go crazy and we could hear a Hooker with a Penis or Sweat maybe. Oh well...I definitely didn't leave with a bad taste in my mouth. Just maybe the taste of acidic rain.

Review written by: Frater Linus XXIII ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 14:57:49 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Let me breifly describe to you the sequence of events that take place at most TOOL shows of late 1. Mind melting conditioning noise prior to performance. The purpose of this "white noise" is to attune our short attention spans into the arena, instead of wherever else they may be. 2. All Stand upon TOOL's arrival. 3. First song is played. The first song is usually a heavy one, so as to announce the band's presence in the venue. 4. After the first few songs, an event occurs that I like to call, "The Space Ship Phase". This is when the venue becomes it's own reality. There is no parking lot, you're house is millions of light years away. The venue "takes off" and the ground slips away very quickly. 5. Once the space ship phase is completed, the communal effect usually occurs. I say usually because sometimes it doesn't. Anyway, this is when the majority of people at the venue realize that we are all one organism, pulsating under the weight of the sound and visual experience. Our attention is focused, our egos are drowned and we are One. this usually happens right after Schism, or during it. During this phase at this show, the backdrop made me feel like I was part of a giant womb, giving birth to a magnificant creature of positive energy, waiting to be birthed from the stadium. I like to call this phase, "Conception". 6. After the conception phase, there is usually an intermission, kind of like the after sex smoke, or what have you. During this time, more mind melting white noise is put on so as to keep the attention of the crowd/organism in one area. The lights are turned on slightly so as to let everyone see each other in their true beauty. 7. Did I mention they played "Third Eye"? Complete with Timothy Leary video? 8. Anyway, after the intermission, Danny leads the group in a shamanic-like drumming session that lets you really feel that you are alive. 9. The next stage, is the only time TOOL really just plays music. This is the time to "jam". The super-organism is paying attention and feeding them energy, and in response, they rock their hearts out right back at it. 10. During Lateralus, the child that we created together is birthed into the world. A swirling vortex of positive thinking and energy into the surrounding suburbs and ghettos. The ripple effect travels around the world and possibly into space. We have done good. We have created something positive. Thanks TOOL. And thank you fellow members of the superorganism. So, that is my brief account of my peception of a TOOL show. Maybe this will explain to some of you why some other people get upset when you mosh and are violent at the show. This is like smoking or drinking while you're pregnant. It may not kill the child, but it stunts it's growth. Thank you Philly for not moshing. The environment was outstanding and I truly thank you, it was a great experience. P.S. I was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol when I was at the venue. I actively percieved these things without the use of chemicals not naturally present in the human body. Metta

Review written by: The Goat ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 15:49:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Why do people assume that if you're not screaming your head off or ramming into somebody that you somehow were disinterested or "lameass" as seems to be the common terminology. I'm there for the music, to experience a shared event with the band and my fellow Tool fans. Maybe for you, getting excited equals jumping around like a neanderthal, but I prefer to actually watch the show as opposed to trying to be a part of it by making a spectacle of myself. I personally thought the crowd was very responsive and focused on the beautiful music being played. I was moved to tears several times during the set, this is what Tool brings out in me. So I was quiet and thoughtful in absorbing the experience, as a result, my memories of the show are exactly what I wanted them to be; clear, moving, and very personal. If you're at a slipnot show, thats one thing, but at a Tool show, I think the band feeds off of my kind of energy as much as yours. Maybe if you weren't so focused on what those around you were doing, you would get a little more out of the experience, which is what this and all other Tool shows are, a shared experience which transcends merely watching a band play. There were people in my section as well who were talking on the phone, leaving to get a beer every two seconds, and complaining of boredom during D/R/T, so what. I don't allow them to ruin my time, why do you? Are you afriad that if you actually stop and listen to the band and what they're saying that you might have to look within yourself? Bottom line is: enjoy the show however you like, but don't insult those who don't live up to your standard of appropriate concert behavior, maybe they are seeing something you can't.

Review written by: V ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 16:01:52 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Drove up from VA in the pouring rain, it was worth it as always (though the $35 t-shirts weren't). I consider myself pro-artist and I try to buy albums instead of just burning them, but I don't blame my friend at all for going outside and buying the $10 version from the guy on the sidewalk (the style just wasn't me, plus they were all way too big). Never been to Philly before. Not as bad a place as I've heard. Little better than Baltimore. Nothing like NYC or DC (or Vienna or Prague). Ate dinner at Twenty Manning, good place, deserves a plug for adding to my tool experience. Try having a really good meal before a show. Of course we went for cheesesteaks after at Falone's near the airport. Yum. As for the show, not as good as Baltimore in August, but still good. Crowd in my section (on the 2nd tier of seats) stunk. No one stood, no one danced, no really social people either. Moved down for Third Eye, wish I had gotten tickets sooner. If there is a DVD coming out of the tour, definitely getting it. Everytime I go they manage to rip apart my soul and piece it back together in a way that heals me. It's such an out of body experience. I wish more people would take the time to really listen to what they're saying. I love the fact that they started with Cold & Ugly. It's a great song, but at the same time, it's miles away from what they produce now. I love how they revolutionize their sound with every album. Took the day off to recover/reflect and am watching the 100 greatest hard rock artists on VH1. Tool would be much higher on my list. Interesting special though. Sound at the show could have been better/louder. Beer in wax cups is nasty. Spent a lot of time during Meshuggah trying to figure out what the venue was there for. Saw some Flyers banners, but at the same time knew they were playing next door. They seem to put arenas/stadiums in this sports complex for the sake of having more. Meshuggah still impressed me though. Like other people have said, it's not really my type of music, but by the end of the set I didn't have a headache, so hey! can't be that bad. Wish I knew what he was saying. They did a great job, too, during Triad. If you made it this far, I apologize for the rambling. At least I didn't post a fake set list. Thanks Tool, I had a great time. Until next tour... may it please not be 5 years.

Review written by: Doesnt matter (Doesnt matter) Review posted on: 10/30/02 17:12:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Simply amazing Meshugga started the night off. In my opinion, quite unworthy of opening for Tool. A good band, played and sounded well. The music was just bad, however, no intelligence. Tool played perfectly, every song, with alltheir bizzare rythms, were perfectly in time. Best night of my life. Setlist (not perfect): Cold and Ugly The Grudge Stinkfist (awsome little addition) H. Schism Parabol Parabola Third Eye - Break - Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralus Third Eye was amazing, and played with perfection. So was Reflection, and, um, every other song. Triad got a little drawn out, but Lateralus was enough to erase any trace of boredom. The crowd could have been a little more rowdy. Doesn't matter much, though. Inspiring little speeches by Maynard, and one by a person unknown on the screens. Awsome, great, amazing, I don't know what tlse to say. THANK YOU TOOL FOR GIVING ME SUCH INSPIRATION AND AN AWSOME NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!

Review written by: Vickie ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 18:16:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 10th Tool show

Oh yeah, one more would be so lovely and perfect to hear Jimmy tomorrow night, Halloween....but if not, oh well.... thanks again TOOL.... almost a full 24 hours later and im still in awe.... Vickie

Review written by: Steve ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 18:38:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Once again an amazing show. Set list has been posted and was perfect. Third Eye just made it that much better, and what a performance it was. Philly crowd sucks. They needed to "STAND UP" and appreciate the music from a different, more energetic perspective, rather than sitting down in a doped up daze. It lets the band know that you're there, and loving every moment of their existence. Can't wait until they make it back around this way again, we'll be patiently waiting...

Review written by: Dan ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 19:15:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

My name is Dan. Oct. 29 was my third tool show. So far, it was prolly the best show i've seen so far. I was so close I could smell the sweat from the stage. A friend and I drove all the way from Virginia to see Tool. The drive took 6 hours because we hit an ass load of traffic and it was worth every minute of it. I loved the acustics of spectrum. I could feel every note through the vibration in the floor flow up my leg. Its good to see that they are playing Third Eye finally on this tour. As short as the concert was it was amazing and intesnse. I saw from where I was sitting, Danny the drummer broke a stick and in milliseconds grabbed another one and continued playing flawlessly. Amazing. I'm going to see them again in Roanoke on Sunday. Hope to see you there.

Review written by: old esch ( Review posted on: 10/30/02 22:03:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 5 Tool show

i cant believe they played cold and ugly, h , and third eye all in one show. this was by far the best performance ive seen yet, which says a lot because every show is the greatest show on earth. maynard got down more this time than i have ever seen, even when he was playing guitar and even though his back was turned to us alot to. there is nothing better than this, i hope its not the last

Review written by: me (dont mail me) Review posted on: 10/30/02 22:57:28 ET

if you want to make requests, go to a bar, or restaurant somewhere.. there are these nifty l'il inventions called jukeboxes... slip your quarters in.. out come the songs you want to here... T - O - O - L does not spell jukebox. if you dont like what they play. dont go. its live music. go for the experience... the ambiance if you anticipate what songs they are or arent going to play, chances are, you are going to ruin it for yourself before you even get there.

Review written by: meow ( Review posted on: 10/31/02 00:51:35 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I've been a huge fan forever but haven't gotten to see them until now. I had goosebumps the entire show (and still get them thinking back to last night) Tool has got to be the greatest band i've ever seen in concert. I'm definatly not going to ever miss a show in the area again. :)

Review written by: smiley glad hands ( Review posted on: 10/31/02 01:36:51 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

For those of you who are complaining about the people who were sitting down or not dancing or guys are the parasites that are referred to in the song ticks and leeches. thats why tool made that their angry song on show that all of you that your bloodsucking leeches. you live off of what other people consisit of. different people have different personalities which means different people have different reactions to certain events that occur. The way in which i believe a tool "show" and i stress the word show, should be taken in is by admiring all thats going on at the stage above the stage around the stage and on the stage. There is too much going on to take a second to blink, let alone take your eyes off of it to beat the shit out of someone. Last night i stood in a perfect posture position for the whole show take it all in. I could feel the energy flowing through my ears and eyes and where ever else it entered my inspired mind. This past experience will be cherished by myself for as long as i live as i look back at it through hard times and use it as courage and whatever else i may use it for. Im going to use a tool concert as a tool in itself. Time to creat something positive. Thank you tool for this inspiration! think for yourself, question authority.....

Review written by: Rob ( Review posted on: 10/31/02 07:46:57 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

The crowd was great....the weather was appropriate and without a doubt a tremendous evening of reflective feelings. Meshuggah absolutely rocked the house and were VERY well recieved....alot of meshuggah fans. Of course some didn't like them but do you think that 13,240 people are ALL going to like them. After their blistering set I was thrilled when I remembered that TOOL was next....Go buy Meshuggah albums, they are unique. TOOL was flawless as usual and I felt as though they put on an extra special performance for Philly...maybe it was because of their roots here at JC Dobbs back in the early 90's. Anyway, to sum this up I would like to say that every TOOL show has something that reaches me differently every time I see them and tonight it was the EXTRA special guitar work of Adam. He plays these cords that make me feel like I am back in my mothers womb. You know, that genuine feeling of safety and comfort...very soothing music....thanks guys, I am glad I have something like this in my life. Life is good. Jam Master Jay Lives!!!!!!!

Review written by: aphex nun fucker ( Review posted on: 10/31/02 08:14:59 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

this show sucked!!! the band played horibly and they couldn't stop puting strange objects in there butts. danny instead of banging on his drums was banging some transvestite and cumming all over the stage. justin was making shaddow puppets with his poop. adam couldn't keep his eyes off my mom. I mean c' mon man she is a nun with her tits hanging out but thats no reason to make your grandma have an abortion. maynard..... oh where should I start? maynard was doing his taxes while sucking president bushs' penis. he told the audience he was a white house inturn and liked to be gang raped by uncle sam and big brother. he told us all BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING us masterbate to pictures of ducks with our mothers faces on them. I don't know where he gets off. screaming and ranting about society and life and then crazy gluing his ass hole shut. it's almost like he doesn't live in my back yard anymore. he sits there and plays video games until his eyes blead. sacraficing children in my basement and drinking their blood. he's evil. well I've decided to kick him out. he's a grown man now and old enough to live on his own. I love him and all, but I'm hurting him by holding on to him. be free little may may (thats what I call him) be free. I remember when may may first discoverd his penis. he masterbated all over the kitchen then fucked the dog. DXM DXM DXM DXM DXM DXM DXM DXM

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 10/31/02 08:46:43 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th? Tool show

What a great show! I am in shock that they played "third eye". I was in the pit. It was rough! I got beat up. I guess it was worth it because some roadie gave me and my friend a backstage pass. There were pictures of Kiss faces doing sex acts on it. Me and like 6 other girls were put into this small room. Some of the girls had met Maynard before. I was nervous. He was very mellow. He actually left because there was smoke in the air. He came back and didn't really talk to anyone except this blonde girl and her friend. I thought he was kind of rude. One girl was singing one of his songs and he rolled up his eyes and just left. The roadie signaled the girl he was talking to to follow him. I am glad I had so much fun at the show. I should have just left it at that. keep rockin' tool! BB

Review written by: Craig ( Review posted on: 10/31/02 10:34:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

....well, plenty of people posted the setlist already, and I think maybe one or two got it I won't waste the energy left in my fingers to type it....Anyway, that was my first concert of the band that I truly idolize. And it was amazing. I kept some of the confetti that they had falling from the ceiling during effects were awesome. I almost was in tears, most of the concert, and the chills were just running up and down my spine, the whole show. And my girlfriend was with me the whole way through it.....for the band I idolize...thanks Maynard, Justin, Danny, and Adam....

Review written by: Rookie ( Review posted on: 11/01/02 09:37:00 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Waited 2 and a half hours in the rain for front row floor. Well worth the wait because I CAUGHT DANNY CAREYS DRUM STICK. so it was a good show. Stage set up was mindnumbing, maynard as usual, is god.....TOOL, need i say more?

Review written by: incredibly happy (mmm) Review posted on: 11/01/02 16:29:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

cold and ugly, third eye, painted maynard and raining red confetti.... who could've asked for more.... i've tickets to the show in roanoke on the 3rd. apparently no one else does, seeing as there are still floor seats available in a venue that only holds 6,000 people total..(if they'd sold through ticketmonster they would've sold better, i think) i hope.. this.. doesnt.. affect.. the outcome.. of the show.. i hope.. all.. members.. of the band.. are.. well.. and make it.. to the concert.

Review written by: Me ( Review posted on: 11/02/02 09:02:43 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

Hey, only one other person seems to have mentioned the cameras. There definately was a camcorder behind maynard until after third eye, then it disappeared. Live DVDs rock.

Review written by: dabel ( Review posted on: 11/03/02 14:08:55 ET

This was this reviewer's 16th Tool show

It was raining hell on the way there from NYC. The parking was all F'd up so we parked like a quarter mile away and had to walk through the cold rain to the venue. I love the rain so this was all fitting for me. We then had to meet up with this dude from TOOLARMY to get a ticket for my friend J, who came along last minute. THe people at the door did not rip our tickets, they just scanned them. We got there just in time to find our out of this world seats, first row, on the right of the stage. there were 5 other people to my left, that's how close we were. I could see everything. Cold and Ugly rocked the fucking joint,. I am (was) frightened too) I still am. I wish I couold relive that moment over and over again. Seeing TOOL come and go really makes an impact on me on how short life really is. ALl I know about this show is that THird Eye was a treat and yelling along with Maynard is so much fun. I recognized their efforts and couldn't get much sleep that night. I don't know what else to say other than I am too connected to you, slip away, fade away...

Review written by: Chad Faulkner ( Review posted on: 11/03/02 20:24:45 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. Tool_Tool_Tool_Tool I first want to say thanks to my friends who introduced me to the best band I have ever encountered. I am blown away with the talet these individuals bring to us. Thank you guys for using your ability and energy to the fullest extent. I understand people who want to talk about the setlist. I feel that if you get to experience to see Tool live it really means nothing. Every song they play is with heart. This is my second experience to see Tool live. My friends and I traveled from West Virginia to see them play in Philly. It rained the entire way up and back from the concert. We got there in record time though. The first thing on the agenda was a case of Bud Light. If you go to Philly remember to take your beer along with you. Although the distributor was not hard to find. Did a sixer and headed for the Sprectrum. Tool Rocked!!! Enough

Review written by: el ( Review posted on: 11/04/02 11:22:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Third Eye! This was a good i've ever been to (out of the two I have). They opened with Cold and Ugly...this was perfect i just gave my X-girlfriend the lyrics to this song because thats how she is at times...cold and ugly. ha ha couldn't have been better. The drum specticle was incredible...that boy can really bang it out. I can't wait to be on the floor in State College with my boy. And to the dumbass behind me screaming out random nonsense GROW UP!

Review written by: rob and adam (prefere not to give out not my computor) Review posted on: 11/04/02 21:19:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

one day just for ha ha's i was cruising this site went to hookup page saw philly tix bought'em and two days later I SAW TOOL drove 300 miles on a worknight from newburgh ny just wanted to say when they played third eye i was in heaven artwork and videos were mesmerizing Maynard is deeper then most understand overall, THEY BLEW ME AWAY if you never go to another concert, go see tool they are one of a kind

Review written by: *AMBER* ( Review posted on: 11/04/02 23:51:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I love tool like nothing else. They are my deepest passion. And, they always build me up and never let me down. AMAZING show, although i expected nothing less. I was a bit dissapointed that they didn't play more older material... I mean, I understand they're promoting lateralus, but when i was fortunate enough to see them on the earlier portion of this tour they played a decent amount off of undertow...and, this show was void of it. yeah, but it was still powerful enough to cause tears-- and, that's when you know a band has a true gift. it truly was "so good to see you.." --damn, third eye was incredible. thank you tool.

Review written by: cutthroat86 ( Review posted on: 11/06/02 07:51:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

That was a kick ass show! Meshuggah sort of sucks though. They had their own 2 man mash pit. But the place turned upside down when Tool played. They had a huge fucking pit when Tool played Parabola. They closed with Lateralus, which is my second favorite song. I still wish they would have played Aenema.