Spring 1997 Tour Reviews

Date: February 20

From: tokra@brem.de (tokra) Subject: Tool Concert Review Hamburg Feb 20th Hi Kabir, since I noticed there was no review for the concert in Hamburg, I thought I'll write one, although some time has passed and I don't remember things that well anymore. Guess I should have written the review right after the show - but I was too mesmerized back then :-) Anyway, this evening 3 friends of mine and I drove the 60 kilometers to Hamburg to see "Tool" for the first time. I've been a fan of theirs since I bought Undertow a few years ago and was really looking forward to see them. We arrived at the "Grosse Freiheit" (which is right on the famous "Reeperbahn" BTW) at about 8 p.m., a friend and I got ourselves a T-shirt for 35 DM (which is a bit expensive I think) and started searching for a good place to watch the concert, which we finally found in the upper half of the room. We could see really well from where we sat and looked down upon the sweating crowd :-) Lodestar started early at 8.45 p.m. and really rocked the 45 minutes they played. Shortly before 10 p.m. two big videoprojectors started showing the "aenimated" logo behind the stage together with this really weird sound that puts you in the right mood for the show. This went on for what seems like an eternity, but really was just about 5 to 10 minutes. Then the band came on the stage and started out with "Third Eye", one of my favorites from the new album and a very stylish way to start the show, I think. Maynard of course "wore" his blue-body-paint complete with lighting orange dots and his boxer shorts, while Justin(?) was painted green. During the show Maynards color "disappeared", because he was sweating so much, which gave him a cool shine at first, but soon the color went down on him. Anyway the next song was "Stinkfist" - after that 3 or 4 people (including me and my friend) did the chickenweasel-thing, but no response at all. The band continued with some of their other songs (see the setlist), which were all performed incredibly well - Maynard used *two* microphones and did a hell of a show with his really weird spastic movements. The sound quality was outstanding BTW, I think the "Grosse Freiheit" was chosen for Hamburg's best concert-place in 1996. They also did this real long intro right before "Sober", during which all of the band, excluding Danny were sitting on the stage. Then they played their "last song... from our first album" (Opiate), which Maynard introduced with something like, "This song is about a friend of mine who thought he has won in a lottery and when he found out he didn't, he blamed God!". After that the band stayed on the stage chatting while the crowd demanded "Zugabe" (extra song). Maynard was shaking his ass at the audience in rhythm with the applaude and finally the band went back to their instruments, Maynard said, "If you say so..." and they finished their set with "Aenima", although Maynard announced it as "a song called: cat scratchin' fever", anyway my favorite song of the band. Overall the band played for 105 minutes, which was really long I thought, as most shows I've been to, the band said "Goodbye" after an hour or so. In conclusion I must say, this was the best concert I've seen so far in my life and really hope the band will come to Germany more often. Here is the setlist (the order maybe wrong in the middle part, but all songs were played): 1. Third Eye 2. Stinkfist 3. 46 & 2 4. Undertow 5. Eulogy 6. H. 7. Crawl Away 8. PuShit 9. Sober (long intro) 10. Opiate 11. Aenima