A Review of the Fall 1996 Tour

Date: October 24

From: John and Denise Micek Subject: Review of the Tacoma Tool show Hey - Just a note to let you know what a fuckin' awesome show these guys put on! The show was about 15 or 20 minutes late starting, and it was colder than shit outside, so everyone was nice and pissed off. The opening band was 'The Cows', and they SUCKED! Everyone in the crowd kept flipping them off and tossing shoes and stuff at them. At one point, the lead singer picked a shoe off the floor, took a good long sniff, and threw it back into the crowd. He also chewed some ABC gum that he picked up off the stage. The last 2 or 3 songs they played were alright. Oh yeah, the lead singer fancies himself a bugle player - he should give it up! There was an extra long pause before Tool (a guy came on and told us that they had technical difficulties), and the music they played in between bands was really working the pit into a frenzy. When the band came on, I couldn't believe it - the guys were only wearing boxer shorts, and Maynard was painted BLUE from head to toe. It was cool! Anyway, they proceeded to rock the fuck out of the place! Maynards voice is so versatile, and he made everything sound just like the albums. Here's a list of tunes they played (in no particular order 'cuz I didn't write them down and I was to busy rockin') - 1. Stinkfist 2. Fourty-six and two 3. Eulogy 4. Hooker with a penis 5. Prison sex 6. Jimmy 7. Undertow 8. Sober 9. H. 10. 3rd Eye 11. Opiate 12. AEnema Their set was about 1 1/2 hours long, and the pit never stopped. I don't know that I've ever seen one so active, as a matter of fact! By the way, I don't know if this was Maynard's thinking, but I have a Scottish friend who tells me that before there were Scots', there was a race of people known as the Picts, and they would paint themselves BLUE from head to toe before going into battle. Can't confirm it, but if that was his thinking, it's really fuckin' cool! Keep up the great work - we really appreciate it out here in userland. John Micek