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Review written by: #1 Tool fan (nottellingyoubitch)
Review posted on: 11/24/02 01:02:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Alright, this is more of a 'fuck the dipshit tool fans' than a review. I went to the oklahoma city, albuquerque, phoenix, and san diego show so far with Long Beach being the last for this tour. There are always a bunch of losers around but the show in Albuquerque had to be the worst. I just can't believe all these fucking losers that were there. I have good front row seats behind the box seats so you know all these people would walk and block my view. That was ok but then there was this one motherfucker, I could have swore he walked back and forth about 15 times. What the fuck are doing bitch? Fucking assholes that want to draw attention like a little immature pussy. Then there was this bitch that had EARPLUGS on. Yes, they were earplugs and not hearing aids. You can tell by the naked eye as security were wearing them too. Now what the fuck is that about? A bitch with a tool shirt on and earplugs on. I don't know what to say. Then in San Diego, there was this one fucker in the pit. This had to be the pussiest pit of all time. If Nsync had a pit, it would have had more action than tonight. I've been to 10 tool shows and 8 times been in the pit and this was a pussy ass pit. It was something I had dreamed of, to be in a pit without all the pushing and shoving. But after fucking 2+ hours of literally standing still, I was just hoping for some moshing after intermission but it didn't happen. Even, when they played Opiate and Aenema, nothing happened. It was so fucking soft, I elbowed some guy softly a couple times and he turned around and told me to stop touching him. I was like fuck you asshole and he didn't say shit after, that is what I thought bitch, where you at now. Speaking of Aenema, just when Maynard was going to sing "I'm praying for rain," man, this one mofo pushed me really hard and It just fucking messed it all up. FUCK U ASSHOLE. These are just a few of the many dumbfuck Tool fans out there as evident in your fucking posts. Not to disrespect anyone but just go through high school, at least and pay attention in english class. But of course, there are just as many intelligent Tool fans. I'm hoping tomorrow in Long Beach will be a special night. I have pit tickets and hope to have a lot of fun. Most likely will get Aenema and the usual. Hopefully, they play Ticks and Leeches or Pushit. Pushit will be better. Spiral out

Review written by: guido ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 02:16:19 ET

This was this reviewer's n/a Tool show

i have to agree, if you are so concerned with paying attention to the music then you would also realize that TOOL's music is not something to mosh to, its something that you associate with, analyze and use to reflect on life and to aide in allowing you to be a free THINKER, theres no thinking involved in moshing to a song such as H, however if you stand there and dance a little/sway/ LISTEN, its a much more poetic and touching moment, but this is just one person's way of thinking, i could be wrong, i mean, if your enlightened self believes that moshing to TOOL is proper then it must be so .... Peace & Passion ....

Review written by: Amy ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 02:49:38 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

wow. just came back from the big show tonight. everything was beautiful. the visuals. maynard with full on black body paint with flourescent orange in his little black speedo/shorts. adam. justin. danny in his blue kansas basketball outfit. they played third eye which i wasnt expecting at all. meshuggah were super good too. the most people ive seen at a reno concert in a long time. good times. great music. always tool.

Review written by: Mr T ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 02:57:12 ET

This was this reviewer's poop Tool show

just wondering, what was the REAL setlist?

Review written by: Morgan Wirthlin ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 03:07:28 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Setlist: Sober The Gruge Stinkfist Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Schism (extended) Parabol Parabola Third Eye(!!!) w/ Timothy Inro -intermission- Disposition Reflection Triad (w/ help from Meshuggah) Lateralus Maynard said: "Good evening Reno" and the thing about "we're going to have some fun... not the wwf kind of fun, the think for yourself question authority kind of fun" and right before Lateralus he gave the positive speech, then said something about "travel safely and we'll meet you on the other side" Maynard didn't face the crowd before the intermission and wore his black suit (I think) after the intermission he was painted (shininess) and faced the us all. Yes, it's true, Danny has 6 arms. Oh, and the show again was taped. Maynard played on his Bass (I think that's what it is only because he's a bass player... yea he is! Go listen to the TexA.N.S.- his first band [that we know of]) Incredible show, incredible music. incredible inspiration, and an incredible feeling that can only be described as tool. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And THANK YOU for Third Eye! "So good to see you once again, I thought that you were hiding from me and you thought that I had run away, chasing the tail of smoke and reason..." ~ShadowShark~

Review written by: The One ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 03:10:02 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

What can I say. Another great show by the same great band. The setlist went: Sober Grudge Stinkfist Parabol Parabola Schism Third Eye Disposition Reflection Triad (with Meshuggah) Lateralus Meshuggah was also killer. I hope to see the two of them together again.

Review written by: Mike ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 05:43:52 ET

This was this reviewer's 8th Tool show

Well. I just got back from the drive from Reno to the Bay Area. My buddies and I drove up this afternoon and after the show jetted back to the Town...Oakland.. in 3 hours. The show as usual was great. The band seemed to be totally in sync. Maynard was definately more animated, most likely because they were filming this for a DVD. I couldn't believe they played 3rd Eye. What a huge surprise. Oh and a couple of side notes. Ohh and did anyone else see the guy walk on the railing on the lower concourse and almost fall over?? He literally slipped and was hanging on by like one arm and a leg. Well I was the guy sitting right in from of him when he did that....Good thing he didn't go over thats about a 15ft drop and he probably would have landed on his back. Does anyone know who the extra guitarist was that came out on stage with Meshuggah during one of their guitar solos. I thought it was Maynard but I don't have the best eyes. Oh and lastly i would like to thank the girl in the white shirt dancing in the production area. You gave most of us a great show. Nice moves!!!

Review written by: x ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 10:43:28 ET

This was this reviewer's 0st Tool show

this is just a little note to whoever wrote the 2nd review for this concert. tool is one of those bands that some people might like to do nothing but stare in awe at their talent as musicians. forgive those of us for caring more about the music itself than senseless violence.

Review written by: Nick ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 11:31:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 18th Tool show

Awesome show, they were great as usual. Um...the first guy that posted a review is wrong. They did not play "Undertow," they played "Third Eye" in that slot which was a nice surprise. Hope to see them again soon.

Review written by: Pioggia Nera ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 13:22:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Set List went as follows Sober The Grudge Ions (-) "Fun" Speech by Maynard Stinkfist (extended) Eon Blue Apocolypse The Patient Schism Parabol Parabola Third Eye!!!!! Timothy "Think For Yourself" Speech and Bill Hicks "Drugs have Done some Good Things For Us" ------------------------------ intermission ------------------------------ Disposition Reflection Traid (With Drummer and Guitarist from Meshugga) Lateralus Tool did not play Jimmy or Undertow last night, but this being my first tool show and knowing how un-common it has been in the past for them to play Third Eye live, I got a really big treat with them playing it. Pioggia Nera

Review written by: fortysixandtwo (nick mcmurray) ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 14:14:09 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

No words could ever describe the show last night in Reno, Nevada. It was my second TOOL show, and it was definatly the best of the two. I had been having a horrible day Saturday. Every fucking thing possible went wrong up untill the show. But once the lights went off and Meshuggah started playing things started looking brighter. Meshuggah was pretty good...I went out and wasted my wad on two t-shirts while they were playing though, so I missed some of their songs. Im glad there were tour shirts this tour. The last show i went to was in Sacramento, and was the second show of the tour, so they had no t-shirts yet. Overall lots of good merchandise...i always have a need to waste money on merch at concerts... In between Meshuggah and TOOL, me and my friend went around to find our real seats. We finaly found them...first row in section 21; nice and close to the stage, but just out of the way of the speakers. Then the lights went out, and figures could be seen moving about the stage. Suddenly the screens lit up, and erie rifts were heard. Lights shone on the stage, and the four bodies that are TOOL could be seen standing with their weapons of choice. Anticipation built as the sound got louder and louder. Then, they cut right into Sober. I was kinda hoping for Cold and Ugly, but Sober is still fucking rad, and I was happy. After Sober, they played the Grudge, but towards the end we started having problems. A bunch of people came down and started moshing in the stands right in front of me. At first i didnt mind but they started jumping all over the place. Then these 5 huge guys showed up....looked kind of like huge mobsters or cavemen something, and started telling everyone to get the fuck out of there, then tried to tell me and the girl i was with to get the fuck out too, claiming he paid for these seats and we were ruining the show for him. I told him we paid for our seats too but he wouldnt listen. I woulda straight popped him in the face but for one he could probably bench a schoolbus and i was trying to enjoy THE PATIENT...unfortuantly I missed pretty much all of the patient because of this retard. Anyway, he went and got security who cleared everyone out and when we showed them our tickets they told the caveman mafia that these WERE our seats, so he was actualy cool once he found out thats where we sat. He made sure no one got in our view and apologized for being a dick. Unfortuantly by that time the patient was just ending and i missed pretty much all of it. I got over it, and enjoyed the rest of the show. The visuals were awesome. Not only did they make full use of the video screens, showing music videos with the coresponding songs, they also had a bunch of different images and videos playing, along with lots of great Alex Grey work. They had two backdrops, both wonderfuly done by Alex Grey. They also had dropdown images of a man with different layers. The sound was crisp and clear and sounded wonderful. Third eye got played, and sounded awesome, as did disposition, reflection and triad. Guys from Meshuggah came and played on Triad, and it sounded fucking awesome as usual. After the trio, maynard said "I hope we have given you some kind of inspiration. Hopefuly, some of you will go home, curl up in front of your fireplace, and write some poetry. Or masterbate untill nothing comes up. Happy masterbation." They then played Lateralus to close the show, and afterwards threw out drumsticks, water bottles, and drum covers or something. They had a group hug, then walked off the stage. It was definatly a kick ass show, especialy since they played Third eye as well as the trio. Definiatly the better of the two tool shows i have seen, and I can't wait for the next tour. ---setlist--- Sober The Grudge Stinkfist (extended) Eon Blue Apocalypse- The Patient Schism (extended) Parabol / Parabola Third Eye (Timothy Leary and Bill Hicks intros) Disposition- Reflection- Triad (with guys from Meshuggah, and extended) Lateralus. This show made my day. It was truely a beautiful and touching performance. Congrats TOOL, and enjoy your time off after this tour comes to an end. I will have a hard time ever enjoying a concert again after seeing you guys play. -fortysixandtwo

Review written by: Jim ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 16:14:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

A beautiful performance. Every song sounded like it does on the CD, but with so much more energy behind them. danny carrey is amazing. the whole atmosphere created by the music and the visuals and the lights EVERYTHING leaves me speechless. great great show. thank you TooL.

Review written by: the bubs ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 19:14:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

this was my second tool show. the first was in oakland on jul 12. this show was much better than oakland because of sound quality and a song i didnt get to here at the last show i was at, and that song is third eye. Maynards body paint was also better. while the were playing third eye's intro maynard left the stage for whatever reason i dont know, but they were just amazing becuase they were all just playing off the top of their head for about 3 min while he was gone. finaly i got back onstage now in his speedos. Pro's third eye better sound(maybe do to different venue) reflection triad(especially becuase of meshuggah drummer and the guitarist on synth) more little jams in between songs maynards funny antics(maybe for the dvd recording) Con's no cold and ugly i was unfortunate to hear almost the same setlist the amount of freaks in the reno area(but there were also alot of people that seemed like they knew what tool were about, more than oakland) setlist: sober the grudge (-) ions stinkfist eon blue acpocalypse the patient schism (with added intro) parabol parabola third eye -intermission- disposistion reflection triad lateralus

Review written by: CarpeNoctem ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 21:42:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 2 Tool show

I saw Tool for the first time a few months ago in Sacramento. I was especially excited that they were coming to Reno for the first time in a few years because I work for the local stage crew, so I had the opportunity (read: privilege) to set up there trusses and equipment. Danny's drums are bronze and even his drum pads have the seven pointed star on then, along with various other symbols. Justin was riding around the arena on his bike while we were setting up. Maynard's stage even had his footprints on it! And I must say that Danny is so tall in person. They played Aenima during the sound check, but not for the show. Well, I asked the sound guys if I could have there set lists after the show was over and they gave it to me, so here's their list along with the cues: 11/23/02 Reno, NV Lawlor Events Center SOBER No MJK vid ------Reveal Drop----- GRUDGE uv L1x2* xf2* STINKFIST A1* PATIENT L1* -----Pull Nardpet---- SCHISM L2* Bass* PARABOLA Clusters L2* Nard off / Leary THIRD EYE uv A3* ---Blackout / Smoke/ Change Drop--- DISPOSITION Confetti L2* Banners!!* REFLECTION Banners L2* TRIAD Star L2* LATERALUS Spinard uv F1* anything with an * directly after it was written in y the sound guys. Everything else in lowercase was typed on the setlist. I must say watching the stage go up in a matter of hours was absolutely amazing. I got a picture of the setup process from the catwalk. Hopefully it will come out. It was so wonderful to hear the crowd singing along during "Sober" and "The Grudge". It was a truly magical night in this little desert city of neon lights. Thanks to the light and sound crews for being such nice guys. Many thanks to Tool for gracing us with their presence. Keep going..... CN

Review written by: Reid ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 23:02:05 ET

This was this reviewer's 3 Tool show

According to the Toolband site, the Meshugga guest was "Wardrobe manager Sam". Recently there have been some jokes about "Air Gutiar" playing guests, and I think this may have something to do with it.

Review written by: Pedagogue ( Review posted on: 11/24/02 23:34:05 ET

I know Kabir disapproves of our using this space to respond to other posts, but I cannot resist. I would just like to point out to the first reviewer on this thread that I did "pay attention in english class"--so much attention, in fact, that I know it was English class, not "english class."

Review written by: Jsyn Bainbridge ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 03:45:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

This was the third time I saw Tool and they rocked so fucking hard. Definitely the best Tool show I've seen yet... Third Eye... I mean come on, how much fucking cooler does it get? One complaint I have is that I saw alot of kids wearing Slipknot shirts and other metal shit but when Messugah started playing the whole audience just stood there like a bunch of fucking morons. What gives? This kid in front of me was wearing this shirt that said, "Tool Fucking Tool" on the back of it and that pretty much says it all.

Review written by: Mike ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 05:05:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

I'm going to keep my review short and sweet, NO FUCK THAT, I'm going to tell a little story. You can analyze it how you like. I'll start by saying that TOOL is an absolutely incredible gift that we should all appreciate and learn from. Their music touches our lives different than any other. Which brings me to my short story.......I'm, myself am a drummer, and of course Danny is my #1 influence. I had this idea that I may be able to get an autograph from Danny after the show and then run down to a tattoo shop and get it tattoo'd really quick. So after the show I waited out by the buses for an hour or so in Reno's lovely weather hoping that Danny could bless my leg with an autograph. With sharpie in hand I see someone come out and count the remaining trooper fans that were left waiting as Danny peeked out of the bus. After our huge quantity of 18 diehard fans he started to walk over. He walked strait towards me with solid eye contact the whole way except to quickly glance at my pen. He shook my hand and I said "would you be able to sign a quick autograph?", as he's walking away, he replies with"ONLY IF YOU HAVE A PURPLE PEN."Of course in my hand was a black pen. At this point what goes through your head, as your GOD basicly smacks you across the face? I have no anger. Just disappointment. This man gives me a reason to keep pushing myself to play better and to open my mind. So, that's what I'll do...........Keep an open mind!!!!!

Review written by: ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 10:59:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

awesome show. Small venue made for nice filming. Very good closeups and sound. DVD's will be available soon. email me for details.

Review written by: Sean Bird ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 11:41:28 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

You never think that a band can top the show that made you fall in love with them years ago, but for me they did just that tonight. I also really enjoyed Meshuggah, although I must say they lack the sonic diversity of Tool. When Tool put that eerie music on before they came out, my heart was beating really hard in my chest and I felt almost...nervous? I love how Adam and Danny incorporate synthesizer type effects more so than on the albums. Schism and Sober were particularly enhanced. Also, Danny is just the freakin' man. I about crapped my pants on his extended drum solo at the end of parabola. But Tool is also great when they are playing more groovy stuff. In past shows I've noticed they only play a shortened intro into Parabola, but tonight they did they full intro (Danny really took his time with those cool "boom" sounds at the beginning). Does anyone know what that was they played right before "lateralus"? It sounded almost like a real song, only without any real words yet...they all stayed huddled really close as it seemed to be a lot newer to them. Maybe it was a hint of a new song? Or maybe just an interlude of sorts.... In closing, my favorite part of the show was when they gave each other a huge at the end of the show. They spent several minutes after the show just thanking the audience, passsing sticks and drum heads out (did you see the size of danny's arms?). This showed me that they really do care for the people that show up. Not in a "we are rock stars and you are less than us" kind of way, but rather as an artist appreciates someone who likes their work. They do art because it's a part of them, but there is still pleasure and appreciation for those that love it too, and perhaps the artist gets a renewed appreciation of his art throught he excitement of his friends/fans. I don't know...I love Tool more than I can say in words. Thank you for coming within driving distance to my house (I only had to drive 3 1/2 hrs!) Thank you Tool!

Review written by: Sean Bird ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 11:44:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

OOps...I meant to say I liked that they gave a each other a "hug" a the end of the show....sorry!

Review written by: Motorbreath ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 12:45:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

"Does anyone know what that was they played right before "lateralus"? It sounded almost like a real song, only without any real words yet...they all stayed huddled really close as it seemed to be a lot newer to them. Maybe it was a hint of a new song? Or maybe just an interlude of sorts...." I was freaking out when they started playing that. I told my girlfriend I thought they were doing a new song. It was very nice. What a fucking incredible show. I agree that it's hard to believe that they can top themselves, but man did they ever. Absolute inspired beauty. Well worth the drive from Santa Cruz (the blackjack didn't hurt either). #rd eye was INCREDIBLE. I especially dug the really long intro. Danny was amazing, more so than ususal. The whole band was locked. It was the most inspired thing I've ever seen.

Review written by: Max ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 13:03:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 8th Tool show

Dear The Bubs, I am so sorry for having to post this but your must be mildly retarded. The Lawlow arena or what ever the fuck it is had the worst fucking sound ever. Sound guy I know you did your best, its not your fault the University of Nevada hired to crappiest engineer ever to design that terrible arena. I have seen Tool 8 times in 7 different venues and Oakland was by far the best. Maynards vocals distorted and Adams guitar at times was overwhelming loud. Not to mention Justins bass was hardly audible because the acoustics were awful. Sorry to be a dick but the show was great, one of the best I have ever seen, but the sound was the wors

Review written by: KS ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 13:04:00 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Well this was my fourth TOOL show and I must say that I was disappointed. Every other time that I have seen them, they put on the most amazing show possible. TOOL is really the only band that I will go see live anymore. Any way, as soon as the first song started, I knew somthing was wrong. I don't know if it was just the arena, but the sound there was terrible. I saw TOOL in 94 at the Warfield in SF and I remember it sounding good, so it shouldn't be from playing a smaller venue (last two shows that I have seen were at Arco and the Coliseum.) Any way, the sound was really bad. I don't understand why the techs did not notice and adjust appropriately. Sound aside, they played with good energy. Maynard ws very animated and spoke more than once. I was shocked by Third Eye too. Next time around, I will stick to a familiar venue where (hopefully) the sound will be better.

Review written by: kimo ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 14:28:11 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

OH MY GOD! that was the most amazing tool show I have ever seen. I just about died when they started the tim leary video and the bill hicks audio. I wasn't on the floor but that didn't relly matter for I saw all there was to see from where i was standing. i'm glad I wasn't in the crowd after seeing it though... Stupid Moshers. Anyway this was great and it will live with me for the rest of my days.

Review written by: David ( Review posted on: 11/25/02 16:49:49 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Well, I saw Tool back in July in Sac. on my birthday, and it had been a few months since Ive seen them, and Ive forgotten how unhuman those guys can be. This time I went with a friend of mine who had never seen Tool, so I worked extra hard to get on the flor, well it worked out and we got Gen Ad tickets. He was in a trance halfway through Sober, and said he understood why it was imprtant to go. Tool, as a band and as performers, grew so much since last time I saw them, I think the show in Sac. may have been a little better, but this time they jammed a whole lot more, and opened up the songs a lot. Third Eye was the best thing anyone could have asked for, I think they played that song for allmost twenty minutes. They didnt play Ticks this time, but I was still happy with the show. I wish Maynard would have come off his stage thing, and face us, but a bunch of people were being stupid, kinda sucks that stupid people have to bring it down for others. Meshugga was very funny, the singer was giving out candy, and had great head movements, they two guitar player that came out were also very funny. I saw them after the show and told them they made me laugh and they looked at me kinda funny. One of the security guards was a hot black chich has like what the hell during their set. I told her they were gonna suck, and that the second band (Tool) would be much better, after the show she agreed.

Review written by: baklavah ( Review posted on: 11/26/02 04:03:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 8th Tool show

this was the most passionate, most endearing, and most beautiful meetings that i have had with TOOL. truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life. at the hieght (parabola, lateralus) sweat poured from my brow and tears fell from my eyes as i screamed with all of my heart the powerful TRUTH that TOOL offers: "...with my feet upon the ground, i loose myself between the sounds, and open wide to suck it in i feel it move across my skin..." i went the radio city show in NYC that was supposed to be "intimate", but reno was 10x that show. i feel like they were so much happier to be there because the could see the light at the end of the tour. they all had so much more to offer this time: maynard spoke much more, and the four of them together provided alot more umplanned free flow stuff including an extended intro to schism, an extra outro to parabola, and a short jam just before lateralus. these word are a feeble attempt at expressing my experience, but i had to try to share with some of those that might understand. PURE BEAUTY, PURE TRUTH, PURE BLISS

Review written by: baklavah ( Review posted on: 11/26/02 04:03:55 ET

This was this reviewer's 8th Tool show

this was the most passionate, most endearing, and most beautiful meetings that i have had with TOOL. truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life. at the hieght (parabola, lateralus) sweat poured from my brow and tears fell from my eyes as i screamed with all of my heart the powerful TRUTH that TOOL offers: "...with my feet upon the ground, i loose myself between the sounds, and open wide to suck it in i feel it move across my skin..." i went the radio city show in NYC that was supposed to be "intimate", but reno was 10x that show. i feel like they were so much happier to be there because the could see the light at the end of the tour. they all had so much more to offer this time: maynard spoke much more, and the four of them together provided alot more umplanned free flow stuff including an extended intro to schism, an extra outro to parabola, and a short jam just before lateralus. these word are a feeble attempt at expressing my experience, but i had to try to share with some of those that might understand. PURE BEAUTY, PURE TRUTH, PURE BLISS

Review written by: enternamehere ( Review posted on: 11/26/02 15:53:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I was going to pass up posting this time because (as you probably are well aware of) there is a lack of words to describe TOOL. I saw them twice before in Sacramento, but this was much better. Arriving about three hours early (expecting hoardes like in CA), we found about twenty cars in the lot and no lines whatsoever. I agree with some of your posts that the people at the concert were morons, but it seemed less so than in CA. I had this feeling the entire time that TOOL has a "grudge" against Californians. Some throw shoes, some get violent to express the power of the music running through them... The part that just made me cringe was when Maynard was talking about MTV and being trendy; everyone booed MTV, but alas, 90% of the people there were wearing super-popular clothing and acting just like prepubescent teens outside of the TRL station. That was rather disappointing. However, the performance was phenomenal and nothing will ever compare. Thank you, TOOL, and please keep it up. =]

Review written by: tonedefman ( Review posted on: 11/26/02 19:50:43 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

This was definitely the best Tool performance I have witnessed (I also saw the last two sacto shows), and a great way to spend a night away from home. I won my tix from 98 Rock in Sacto along with a bus ride with DJ Alex Payne (a really kickass guy, by the way. he took the time to talk with everyone on the bus, and not just a "hey man", but actually talk to everyone for the first hour of the ride.), so all I paid for was Jimboy's before the show, a drink, and a t-shirt. The sound was far superior to that of Arco, as Lawlor is half it's size. The visuals were incredible as usual. I was amazed when I heard the begining of Third Eye. I've never heard a louder crowd than when the Bill Hicks intro piped in. Maynard was hilarious also, riduiculing the WWF and Limp Bizkit. What he said at the end about everyone going home and jacking off was great. I do wish the pit would have been a little more tame. I don't go to concerts, ESPECIALLY Tool concerts, to mosh, I go to listen to the music and watch the band. If I want to mosh, I'll round up some friends and go into my garage with my radio and mosh in there. But rockers will be rockers I guess. Anyway, everything was perfect. I can't wait for that DVD.... By the way, If anyone who also wond tickets from 98 Rock is reading this, did you see the girl from the station? They one with the dark hair with red streaks? She was beautiful! Later, Tool fans.

Review written by: Matt K ( Review posted on: 11/27/02 12:29:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

This is my second time seeing TOOL. The first time was in Sacto. First, Meshuggah. I thought they did a great job, I enjoy their music. It is very complex and I think the majority of TOOL fans dont understand it and criticize them. I just kinda wish they played some of their older stuff. TOOL seemed more inspired by their music, than in Sacto. Maybe because the audience was more responsive, maybe because they were taping. In either case it turned out to be quite an experience. Maynard got crazy, boobing back and forth and just enjoying the flow. Danny seemed to improvise some longer drum solos on a few songs. And, they played, THIRD EYE, I though I would die. Its one of my top favorites. People just enjoyed themselves, from the moshers to the smokers, to the people just watching. ANd thats whats its all about, we all shared and common thread and respected how everyone choose to enjoy it. More visuals, positive crowd response, thoughtful and funny speeches by Maynard, great opening band, great sound, diverse set list. THis is the best concert I have been to. 10+

Review written by: Onyx ( Review posted on: 11/27/02 13:23:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 12 Tool show

Tool rocked as usual. I'm just so disgustipated with meatheads I think they should all be casterated, I was actually kicked in the tits and had my big toe broken by a 400lb punk-rocker, Yes...Punks at Tool!?!?!? But Maynard was hot as always with his naked body gyrating and writhing. Small venue, but with adequate sound. I loved the way Tool waved and smiled at us and tossed out a ton of drum heads, drum sticks, picks, and waters. They they took a very gracious bow and headed left. What a bunch of fuckin bad-ass dudes! Holy Geez I wish I could a week with them.

Review written by: Dannith ( Review posted on: 11/27/02 20:38:23 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Amazing as usual...especially when your against the front railing and on LSD. Some can only imagine what that's like when the intro to Third Eye starts up. As far as others' comments regarding sound: you must have been in a really shitty spot. In front of the stage the sound was amazing: loud and clear...I could hear all band members great. I appreciated Maynards criticism of Republicans. A great show, second maybe only to Berkely Community Theatre, 2001. I only hope the next the drunk guy that picks a fight with me at a Tool show will pass out drunk and need paramedic assistance like the last one did. Oh, hell, I forgive the bastard.

Review written by: eric ( Review posted on: 12/03/02 05:34:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd? Tool show

well the set list has been posted, but alls i can say is it was a totally different view with my 2nd show, i had crappy seats in sacramento last year but i was in tune with the music really felt good, now this year i was able to purchase ga floor tickets, i got there 2 1/2 hrs early and was able to get 2nd row, mesugiah(prob wrong spelling) was awesome had some nice and heavy power cords felt good as it rumbled, now when the lights went out and tool went on stage, i just froze, as i watched them come out, and the way they started out with sober was fuckin awesome, it got everyone going, the visuals and art i must say was unbeliveable again, the way i felt that night at the show, and im never going to forget the peacefull look on adams face he was amazing, and the way manyrd moves dances his full body painting, just in creadible , its a feeling that cant be described, especially when you can understand the poetry in the songs, and connect it to life, you put the pieces together some of my best memories are just in the car on a road alone listening to tool, alls i can say is cant wait till the next show, see you there ps (bad spelling i know hey its 3am)