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Review written by: Kristian (
Review posted on: 07/24/02 00:50:01 ET

This was this reviewer's 10th Tool show

Love is.... Et3rn4l Danny, core... Justin/Adam, thank you. Maynard, Thanks for showing me more of your Tat you lovely beast. Hanging out stage right, my god can't you feel it??!? Where was Camella? Love and Peace.

Review written by: Link ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 00:50:47 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Setlist: Sober (-) ions 4 degrees The Grudge Stinkfist (extended version) Forty Six & 2 Schism (new intro) Parabol (full version) Parabola Opiate The Patient INTERMISSION Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralis (I'm pretty sure that's it. If it's wrong please feel free to correct) Damn!!!!!!!!!!!! great great great show. I mean I know it's only my second but dang. I had been waiting to hear forty six & 2 it is my favorite song ever. I love that song. Schism was wonderful as always...... and to hear Opiate oh man that was great. We got the full version of Parabol as far as I know we were the first to get that........ go FW oh and I loved the fact that Maynard was very talkative. Oh and htank you Reverend Maybard for showing up during the Tomahawk set. I personally didn't like Tomahawk but I certainly am not going to say they sucked 'cause I know I couldn't do that stuff. Anyway great show hope to catch you next time

Review written by: dmck ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 00:52:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Sober Flood Grudge (-) ions Stinkfist 46 & 2 Schism Parabol/Parabola The Patient Opiate Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralus Great show, good crowd. You guys booing Tomahawk should wake up and learn to appreciate something a liittle more intelligent.

Review written by: Perry ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 01:05:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Jesus tapdancing Christ on a fucking cracker!!!!! I have never seen, heard, felt or expierienced anything like this ever. There are not words to describe the the range of emotion and beauty that was had by the Fort Worth fans of TooL, but I will tell you what I can. First the set list Tool took the stage at 8:45 Sober Flood (Yes they fucking played it and it was greatest thing I have ever heard) The Grudge (-) ions Stinkfist 46 & 2 Mantra Schism (with Maynard on guitar) Parabol Parabola Eon Blue Apocalypse (with red confetti falling on the crowd) The Patient Opiate* ---Intermission--- Disposition Reflection Triad (with John, from the drive through taxadermy shop where you can get guns, bullets, beer and have your cat stuffed, on drums) Lateralus Lateralus ended and the band left the stage at 10:50 *Now for the cool bits you had to be there for. We arrived about 5 and hung around outside the convention center for them to open the doors and about 5:30 these 4 guys show up and start picketing the show with big banners quoting the Bible and asking all the fans why they love the devil. Most of the fans were cool and just shrugged it off and went on which I though was a credit to the fans and the band. (Just a side note, God doesn't hate anybody) This event caused some interessting hijinx durring the Tomahawk set and durring the Tool set. About halfway through the Tomahawk set they broke down into an orgy of electronic noise and sound when out fron the side of the stage come none other than Revrend Maynard (ala Jimmy Swaggart with Grey wig, suit, Bible and all) to "convert the sinners" with "Haleleuja!" "Amen" and "Jesus fucking Christ!" and then he gave a short reading from the book of Revelation and Tomahawk continued. Later in the Tool show Maynard asked how many of us had been converted as we came in which sent the crowd into a frenzy. Maynard told us to basically think for ourselves, believe what we want to and that "We just want the best for everybody. In the beginning was the word, and the word was love. Infinite, unconditional and without judgement." Amen brother Maynard. After that the band layed into Opiate which totally made the whole show for me. It all rocked but Opiate seemed to have that little something extra. Thank you for that guys. After that was the Intermission followed by the most moving and spirtiual rendering of Disposition, reflection and triad. The visuals on the screens, ceiling and backdrop were beautiful and thought provoking with undertones of sacred geometry that truly opened new doors of introspection for me and gave new meaning to the songs themselves. The band closed the show with Lateralus and the only thing I can say about it is that you have to see it to believe it. I hope that everyone that reads this has ticket to an upcoming show because it is something that truly must be experienced by all. I honestly feel that I am a different and better person for having gone to this show. I do not know if I will ever be able to fully put the feelings into words. From tears to rage to love and back the whole range of emotion and feeling was there. You must see this show. Thank You Tool. Thank you for everything that you have done and will do for me and for your fans. You are the greatest band I could every wish to see. P.S. Tomahawk was not as bad as other reviewers have said. It was noisy and loud but Mike Patton is a fucking madman just open out mind and give them a chance.

Review written by: Greg Carlet ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 01:23:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Sweet ass show. Very loud. Awesome time. Stupid fuckers kept pushing the shit out of me, though, so that pissed me off. Settle down and enjoy the music. All in all, it was a pretty decent show.

Review written by: Slims ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 01:27:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Oh man. I'm telling you... it was phenomenal. Tool is my favorite band in the frikin' world. It was SWEEEEET! The highlights of the night, in no particular order, were definitely The Grudge, Opiate, Triad, Reflection, The new Stage was BADASS. The backdrop with the.....hahaha. Not gonna tell ya, GO SEE IT!!! Then you got Maynard talking and shit. He was hilarious, but soothing and wonderfully spoken. Tool is the best band on the planet. I paid my dues to them, they paid theirs to me. Thanks Tool

Review written by: Master Reviewejt$$$ ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 02:00:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show


Review written by: stephan ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 02:06:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Rockin show... setlist are correct. Maynard was crackin people up... he was like, 'this piece of paper says it's Ft. Worth, but you sound like Houston, are you sure this is Ft. Worth.' Didn't care for Tomahawk. (maybe with a differnt singer) :p Really wish they'd played Aenema, but it was excellent & i've got tix for 3 more shows, so I know I'll hear it. Alex Gray's artwork was excellent as backdrops to the new stage setup. One of the roll-down tapestrys hung on the right side but the tech guys got it after about 5 min. :) Looking forward to Austin on Friday! Happy & Matt & Jimmy, see you there!!! Excellent show tonight... as always.

Review written by: Chris ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 02:09:02 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I won't post the setlist, cause I'm sure by now it's posted, and I didn't write it down anyway. Overall, it was pretty great. I saw someone already commented on the protesters outside, which everyone found very amusing. There was a hummer from a local radio station playing Tool CDs on it's stereo, and when it played Opiate everyone was screaming the words at the protesters. It was somewhat funny, but somewhat sad. I think cops had to be called in at one point to keep people away from the picketers. Anyways, we went in to the side door, where no one was, unlike the masses that plugged up the front door, and took our seats. Tomahawk came out, played through about the first 7 tracks of their album, and one that I don't think was on it. Halfway through, I saw Patton set a mic to the side on the floor, which I found somewhat strange, but it all made sense when Reverend Maynard (!) came out, wig, suit, platform shoes and all, and started reading from Revelations and getting the crowd to repeat "Amen" "Hallelujah" and "Jesus Fucking Christ", and asked if we had been saved or something of the sort. Hilarity ensued. Lots of people were booing Tomahawk, which is a pretty asshole thing to do. Patton said towards the end of the set "we're going to play a few more songs, and then you will all enjoy Tool" or something like that. Then he said "That is, if you're good...if you're bad, we could play all fuckin' night, which several crowd members did not take kindly to. Anyways, they left stage, and the crowd was entertained by a couple of flashers in the pit, and some guy up in my section that did something that warrented him getting arrested, If anyone saw what he did or what happened, please post something about it here. Then Tool came on, played through the set they've typically been doing on this tour, no big surprises, really. The floating splitting cells was really well done, and the 7 pointed star descending during Dispostion/Reflection was a nice touch. Danny's new drumset is pretty badass, and he was amazing to watch. I brought in some binoculars and was able to watch Danny, Maynard, and Adam all at once with them, with Justin just barely off to the side. Highlights were Flood, Maynard's little talk before Opiate about unconditional love, echoing the words spoken in Merkaba, and Triad, when the drummer from Tomahawk, John, I believe his name is, brought a stuffed moose head onto stage and Justin set his beer on its nose. One thing I noticed is that right before Sober started, Adam and Justin were playing a few notes over and over, and to me it sounded like the same notes in the slow, quiet part in Eulogy, complete with the pic scraping. Anyone else think so too? Also, during one of the little jams, it sounded very similar to the No Quarter intro, at least to me. Did Adam switch guitars mid-song on Opiate? Well, that's all I can muster up to say right now, the crowd loved it and showed it at the end, and seeing the smiles on the faces of the band members showed to me that they actually enjoy doing it, instead of considering it to be just going through the motions.

Review written by: Big B ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 02:18:09 ET

This was this reviewer's 1sr Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the greatest concert i have ever seen in my whole life. Words cant even describe how good it was. Well there was on thing that sucked about it. Tomahawk omg they sucked soo bad i wanted to cry they have the worst lead singer in the world. i dont know why a band amazing as tool would even think about bringing a band that bad on tour with them. the visuals were outstanding. i didnt even have to smoke weed to get high lol. most of the songs they played were on lateralus. Soo the concert was a great spiritual experience as well. Maynard put on a hecka of a show, as did the rest of the band. They even sounded better in concert than they do on the CD. That is unbelievable. I strongly urge you to go to the tool concert if they come in town, because it is going to be a while before they come back. Probably two or three years. and dont forget tomakawk is horrible!!!!!! TOOL fucking rocks!!!!

Review written by: Jason W ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 02:25:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Well, I just got home and I am still in awe of the whole thing. Me and my friends got there at like 6 so we hung out in frontof the area where the buses come in. Well low and behold here comes a tour bus. Nobody was real excited except for me. Well i ran over there and as the gate was closing i caught a glimpse of Danny walking off. I knew it was him cause he is like my god and i know everything about him. So that already had made my night. We got in there and heard Tomahawk, they weren't what iI expected. I was not a fan of them and nor am I now. they weren't good at all. When Tool came out it was like a breath of fresh air. I knew they would open with Sober.Ohh yeah it was also bad ass when Rev. Maynard came out. I almost shit my pants when they played Opiate. That was sooo bad ass. Maynard was extremely talkative which was bad ass. Danny was amzing, he had me in a trance. Justin was perfect and Adam was perfect as well. But all props to Maynard for talking and making us feel like he wanted to be there. Yall missed a great one. Later

Review written by: Adam Boyette ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 02:29:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

Without a doubt the best one yet. More (sober) review to follow. Highlights: Flood (Part 2) Opiate!!! Surely more to follow. Expect more in the morning when I'm sober. Adam Boyette, Fort Worth TX

Review written by: Matt ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 02:33:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I have to say that i enjoyed this show a lot more than the two previous times I saw them last year. I hated the security at this venue. It was almost as bad as Reunion Arena's last year. It just keeps getting more difficult to enjoy at joint these days. I smoked before Tomahawk and those guys were nut cases. They were dressed in cop uniforms. The bass player looked like Harry from Dumb and Dumber. I didn't think they had much talent. i just loved watching the singer freak out. His voice was trippin me out man. Rev Maynard was hilarious. Tool was sooooo awsome. Maynard was sporting the black bra and small black undies. Half of his face was painted black. Adam did do a lil guitar switching in Opiate. Looked like he was having some technical problems during the song. The stage looked soooo coool. It was cool at the end when Maynard said I hope we have atleast made you honry so now all go home and fuck. Too bad I am home and not fucking. Oh well....tops my list of favorite concerts. I have been to a lot too. I got high as hell and it was an excellent show. Tool is the greatest.

Review written by: 33 and 10 ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 02:53:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

All I have to say is that Tomahawk fucking tore the place down. Mike Patton is my master.

Review written by: Munkee ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 03:26:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

"Jesus vomits on nonbelievers!" wow, some strong words from those damn protesters. Thats how my night started, (after being harassed by 20 ticket scalpers), and the rest of the evening was funny as well. Tomahawk was bad...i mean, they got off tempo several times and most of their music sounded the same, Rev Maynard was a big relief. I hope someone posts about the guy who got arrested...We were all busy checking out the chicks flashing on the floor, when about 8 cops walk up the isle across the arena from us and start harassing people, then they put a guy in cuffs and walked him off...hrm. But then the tool started! Through the first few songs maynard wore black leather pants and jacket, but then he took off the jacket to reveal he was wearing a bra (as should be expected) and OMG MAYNARD GOT FAT!!! I have always seen maynard as being skinny, muscular, and sexxy as hell, but it looks like he has gained about 20-30 pounds. He has a huge gut. The show was amazing as others had stated, i just wanted to get my 2 cents in. (summary) 1. Jesus vomits on the nonbelievers that God hates 2. Tomahawk needs to be understandable and have a little more practice. 3. Some dude got arrested 4. MAYNARD GOT FAT 5. From the way Maynard acted, it looked as if the band had recently been in disagreement and turmoil for a while but made up and are closer now. 6. The show was absolutley amazing, as should be expected from any tool show --Rev.

Review written by: etienne ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 03:27:10 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

the show was amazing. tomahawk was good but they need a different singer. the best thing about the tomahawk opening was the visit from reverend maynard. i'm pretty sure it's mainly because of the picketers outside. they might have even been the reason that opiate was played (because it at previous shows i read that they had been playing aenima instead), so i would just like to thank the picketers for making the show that much better. oh, and whoever caught the bible that maynard threw into the crowd is a lucky son of a bitch. the setlist was great. flood was great but i wish they wouldn't have left out the intro. i'm not complaining though. the new backdrop was great and danny's new set made me drool. adam and justin were excellent as always, but maynard definitly topped all. i don't understand how a 30 second yell that powerfull is possible. i bow to you. hope the rumors of another shorter tour are true because i can't wait to see tool work their magic again. thank you, thank you, thank you. oh yeah, and thanks to that girl with the really nice tits.

Review written by: phil ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 03:40:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

the real setlist for those who are interested sober (with a little intro) flood the grudge (-) ions stinkfist (with the extra lyrics) 46&2 schism parabol(a) a little speech eon blue apocolypse the patient opiate intermission disposition reflection triad with jon from tomohawk inspiration speech lateralus again, an amazing show. no words to descibe it, just see one for yourself.

Review written by: the boys ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 03:59:05 ET

This was this reviewer's 3 Tool show

Tool FUCKING ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that would be the understatement of the year. They played Flood and Opiate which were unbelievable, and a great addition to the already fantastic lineup. Tool had a drum solo which was incredible, even though the crowd didn't (appreciate) enjoy it as much. They brought in the Tomahawk drummer, but Danny carried the Solo. To see Maynard, Adam and Justin just watching, was amazing. Maynard, everything he said to the crowd was fucking with us. I would pay to hear him talk!!!!!!!!!!!!! After the intermission they played Laterlus, which was unbelievable. For them to go out on that song was awsome. Tool made a point tonight whether they wanted too or not!!!!!!!! The band is a timeless treasure that more and more people will grow to like. I would worship them if they would let me!!!!!! LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Review written by: Aaron C (nottoday) Review posted on: 07/24/02 04:08:11 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

You got the setlist! Alright, very good. I was kinda surprised. The November Concert was my first Tool concert, so I was expecting just as good of a show. I thought this was better for me. I enjoyed sitting down and listening rather than standing and getting pushed. We had seats! YA! I was surprised that they played Opiate. That was the one song I wanted to hear at the first concert but didn't. So I guess they made up for it. I kinda wanted them to play Hooker With A Penis and AEnema, but we all do not get what we want. I liked how I saw titties before hand, that made it that much better. When I was waiting, you probably already heard about the whole Holy Witnessing. What I think, is that it was part of the show. Getting people alittle more edgy, and then doing all of the stuff on stage. Thats what I think! Tomahawk was not as good as people said they were, but I am not going to say they sucked, they were just not my cup of tea! I will say thank god they played lateralUs (there is a U, not an i), cause that is my favorite Tool song. I dont know why, but it is! I also wanted to hear You Lied, or Push it from Salival, but oh well. Nice visuals, will definatly go next time.

Review written by: Alex (-) Review posted on: 07/24/02 04:51:08 ET

What the fuck is wrong with you people? You totally worship the ground some band walk on and completly loathe some other band. Dont get me wrong here I love TOOL and I have seen them a number of time, but to read about your hate towards the supports makes me mad. Open your fucking minds sometimes and inhale something new! (Now you all can kill me and erase me from this site)

Review written by: George Davis ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 08:46:00 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

Maynard, Danny, Justin, & Adam; Once again, you've raised the bar. Kick ass show. I'm tired, sore, & still a little fuzzy this morning; but it was 100% worth it. Seeing Rev. MJK during Tomahawk was probably one of the best moments of the show....can i get a jesus fucking christ...thank you jesus.

Review written by: brent frishman ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 09:54:11 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

" j e s u s f u c k i n g c h r i s t ! ! ! " tomahawk was incredible. too bad for the people who didnt like them. their live show is better than the album. finally got to see flood and 46 + 2. god, i love drugs.....especially mushrooms. this show was by far the most intensely overwhelming incredible show ive been to. almost in the range of the show in dallas on 08/08/98. danneys' drum set looked fucking insane. glad to see maynard dance a little more. nothing really else to say....... " j e s u s f u c k i n g c h r i s t ! ! ! "

Review written by: Old man's dangling penis ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 10:46:29 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Wow! What an experience! First off, if anyone got any pictures, videos, recordings or anything, please e-mail me because I'd be willing to give up some cash in exchange for it.....I need some kind of permanent record of the best concert I've ever seen!!!!! I arrived a little late...around 6:30......and made my way to the main entrance to the convention center and there I saw the protesters. I found what they had to say fairly amusing. Most of the people in line didn't say anything to them, but some people were yelling back at them, trying to push their buttons. I felt a little akward because I brought my girlfriend with me for her first TOOL show, and she's a PREACHER'S daughter, but she was really cool about all of that. We both thought that the protesters were going too far and they were making complete fools of themselves. we get inside and find our seats and we begin the wait for the opening band Tomahawk. I got to see some titties from down in the pit area which was nice, and also I saw a fair amount of other good looking women. Nice to see some hot, female TOOL fans out there. Tomahawk finally got started and immidiately I knew they were different than what I expected. It was fun to see how much energy they had, but their type of music is just not exactly the type that I care for. They are still more talented than me, so I can't dog them in anyway. All in all, I think they got a good response from the crowd, which I'm glad they did. Well, after Tomahawk began clearing their set, I could feel the pit of my stomach trying to tie iteself into knots, and I knew at that point that the coming show would be amazing. As soon as the lights went out, everyone started going crazy which got extremely loud, and I loved it. You can see the setlist on the reviews above, but I'll make a few comments. The version of Stinkfist that was played simply blew my mind! I've been keeping track of Tool for a while now, and it's definately obvious how Maynards voice has been developing more and more over the years. Hearing his voice and hearing the control he exerts over it, along with the lyrics he sings, really opens my emotions up to the rest of the music, which I have to say is just as good as Maynards voice, but in their own respects. These guys are musical and artistic geniuses. Maynard actually did quite alot more talking than I expected and watching him play the bass was impressive. Danny's new drum kit was amazing! After all things were said and done, the band came together at the end for their group hug, which the crowd responded really well to. The love of the crowd for the band was in the air and I think the guys in the band really picked up on it. I think they were surprised with the crowds HUGE response to them and I hope that will get them to come back to this area really soon. My girlfriend really enjoyed the show and she said it opened her eyes and ears to what REAL music and talent was about. I told her beforehand that it would change her life, but it changed mine as well, for the 3rd time and even deeper than ever before. TOOL is a band that everyone should see atleast once.....but once will never be enough, I promise! To the band: you amaze me in ways I never thought possible! To the crowd: thanks for sharing the love and being a great audience for the best band to ever grace this earth. Love, peace and hair grease.... Jory

Review written by: IpecacRecords ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 13:08:12 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Tomahawk doesn't need another singer, you blokes. Mike Patton is the ultimate. Besides, he's the owner of the record label that releases all of his music. He's the fucking man.

Review written by: Cory ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 13:21:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Setlist's already up...great....One bone I've gotta pick with people was booing Tomahawk..Just relax, open up, and listen..They wouldn't have warranted booing then..They had their moments of where I was like "What the fuck is this?" but, all in all, I liked 'em..I'm a Mike Patton fan (Fantomas, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More) so I really can't trash 'em. Someone already quoted Patton on them playing further into the evening, which was hilarious..I'm glad Reverend Maynard graced us with his presence. Tool's performance Breathtaking..Better than the Reunion Arena show they did in November...and I thought that was the best show I'd ever seen. They opened with Sober, which suprised the hell out of me..quite a treat.. The graphics, the stage setup, the hovering black atom (?) (the one in the parbol/parabola video), Maynard in underwear, showing off the tatoo, the little interlude during Stinkfist, Opiate, Lateralus, The Patient, Sober, every note, and a flat out remarkable show made my night.. Maynard quoted (something to the effect of): ...everyone gets caught up in everyday life..the remind us of why we do this... If anyone knows it... One awe-inspiring moment was right after the lights we raised on stage and the crowd, Tool embraced, and began to thank the crowd. Everyone at the convention center was on their feet, applauding, yelling, whatever. I tried to imagine standing there on stage; ithe noise could've knocked me over. It was so great. High points: 1. Dude getting arrested...He was starting shit with another guy up in our section, the other guy didn't start anything so he didn't get taken away...Easily the most embarrassing thing in the arrestee's life..He was booed by the crowd all the way down the stairs and out of the arena. 2. Sober 3. The Grudge 4. Reverend Maynard 5. Maynard speaking 6. Lateralus 7. Disposition/Reflection/Triad 8. Stinkfist/Interlude during Stinkfist 9. When the lights hit the crowd, hit Tool on stage. Breathtaking show. Thanks Maynard, Danny, Justin, and Adam.

Review written by: Slugr8 ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 13:32:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Great show!!!!!!!! Opiate might just be the best song ever. Now about the guy in the stands getting arrested. For some unknown reason this dunbass throws his beer at some girl (maybe his girlfriend) and is telling her to fuck off and all other kinds of good shit. Well beer goes all over her and everyone else around. She walks off and everybody else is pissed that they got beer all over them. So this guy starts mouthing off to everybody and telling everyone to bring it on. Lucky for him just about the time when everyone is about to pummel his ass the fuzz shows up and takes him off for a little "Prison Sex". Stupid fucker missed one hell of a show!!!!!

Review written by: Slugr8 ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 13:33:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Great show!!!!!!!! Opiate might just be the best song ever. Now about the guy in the stands getting arrested. For some unknown reason this dunbass throws his beer at some girl (maybe his girlfriend) and is telling her to fuck off and all other kinds of good shit. Well beer goes all over her and everyone else around. She walks off and everybody else is pissed that they got beer all over them. So this guy starts mouthing off to everybody and telling everyone to bring it on. Lucky for him just about the time when everyone is about to pummel his ass the fuzz shows up and takes him off for a little "Prison Sex". Stupid fucker missed one hell of a show!!!!!

Review written by: Kyzer McKinn ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 13:46:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I would like to present a brief synopsis of the happenings of July 23rd, 2002 at the TOOL concert in Forth Worth. First of all, the traffic was ridiculous driving through downtown at 6:30. I absolutely hate traffic, especially when half of the people on the road won't keep their mouths shut, and feel the need to shout things like "Tool rocks, yeah..." Yes, we are aware of this fact. That is why we are here, but thanks for reminding us. Anyway, so the first sight that was seen was a whole lot of scalpers. On one side of the street, there was a man with a sign that said "NEED TICKETS". On the other side, there was a man with a sign that said "HAVE TICKETS". You would think these men would be a perfect match... So me and my girlfriend were dropped off on the side of the Convention Center, and we jaywalked across the street while assholes honked at us and screeched their brakes to avoid killing us. In front of the building, to my dismay, there were four protesters. They all had large signs with some type of religious saying, taken from the Bible and contorted to fit their purpose. One sign said "JESUS VOMITS LUKEWORM BELIEVERS". I would have been happy with "JESUS VOMITS". Being the incredibly social person that I am, I thought it would be nice to speak with these Christians, maybe level with them, get a different point of view for a change. It turns out that these protesters didn't even know what they were protesting against until a few hours before they arrived, when the leader of their pack showed them lyrics from "Opiate". Apparently they weren't too happy with the "anti-religious" sentiments that are present in this album. The man quoted me a line from "jerk- off" - "I should play god and shoot you myself", and then claimed that these violent lyrics speak for themselves, and that we were contributing to the downfall of humanity as we know it. I attempted to explain to this dillusional man that protesters tend to draw MORE people to the music, as it creates a sort of controversy that attracts certain individuals. He said he didn't care, and quoted some random bullshit that probably isn't even in his Bible. My girlfriend tried to explain to him that TOOL has changed allot since "Opiate", and the message is much more positive now, and they had been shown the worst lyrics to charge them up for a night of needless protesting. We told them to check out "Lateralus", and left it at that. While we waited in line, we were entertained by a crazed man, thrusting around a Bible, and accusing us all of "Putting your tallywhackers where they aren't supposed to go". These protesters, as I had predicted, served three purposes in our favor. First, they provided us wonderful entertainment while we waited in line. Second, they ran off all the pigs. Third, they inspired the band to perform "Opiate", a song they rarely perform live. But I am sure these Christians went home and slept well, thinking that they had done us all a favor, and that their god was happy with them. SO, to sum up the concert itself, and I feel it is unnecessary to elaborate allot, considering I would just be repeating what everyone else has written. The setlist was great, (they didn't perform Aenima, though) and the music was powerful. Tomahawk was interesting, but way too fucking loud. My girlfriend pointed out that (NAME) was most likely under the influence of something, but I think that he's just a nutcase. I enjoyed it allot more that Tricky last year, though. Much more experimental. My ears are still ringing. All in all, it was an amazing show. Maynard was wearing woman's underwear, and was very talkative. He must have been in a good mood, considering the protesters. The $50 per person plus insanely overpriced T-shirt sales, hat sales, and poster sales might have done it too. My girlfriend asked me if he looked better in lingerie than she did, which I found to be a difficult question to answer. The only complaints that I have are the fucking dumbshit people that feel the need to act like redneck morons with no fucking brains. They booed Tomahawk, yelled stupid shit like "FUCKING A", and "SUCK MY DICK", and thrashed around like they were being electrocuted to death. I am sure that everyone in the audience was impressed by your incredible intelligence and extensive vocabulary, but do you think that it might be possible to just sit back and enjoy the show? Also, whoever yelled "YOUR HOT AND I WANT TO LICK YOU" to my girlfriend when we were standing outside of the cathedral at the end of the show... you can only imagine how good she tastes. Have fun masturbating. -Kyzer McKinn

Review written by: Fuzz411 ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 13:50:13 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Awe inspiring. Breathtaking. I was completely blown away. I was a little doubting that the concert could live up to the reviews I'd read, but i was wrong. It was better than its best review on this site. I've never seen anyting like it. It seems like everybody has already covered the highlights of the night, but i'll add my two cents. The thing tha effected me the most was, the absolutely perfect musicianship. They must be the tightest live band ever to grace a stage. And my gosh.....Danny Carey is a machine!!! During the solo in 46&2, I totally had a 'toolgasm', it was crazy that he could reproduce the cd's solo perfectly, live. Maynards voice was perfect. Well, there ya go. I highly recommend that everyone go see their show atleast once. You won't be dissapointed. P.S. (As a personal sidenote) I was really annoyed by the protestors. As a christian myself (yes I am a hard core TOOL fan that is a Christian) I was very upset that my beleifs were so misrepresented. The God i beleive in is not judgemental, forceful, or condemning. Unlike the protestors @ the concert. I apologize to all of you @ the show who had to witness such ingorance.

Review written by: HALLE-FUKIN-LUJAH!!!! ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 14:24:49 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. WOW...what else is there to say! This has to be one of, if not THE best Tool show yet! Maybe Im a bit biased since I live in downtown Funkytown, but jesus fucking christ it was great! We all started off kicking back at our favorite pub seeing old friends and meeting new ones. At around 7:15 or so we made our way into the arena passing some jesus freaks saying that I love the devil....or something of that nature. Once inside it was time to sweet talk my way to the floor! I set my sights on a cute blonde girl punching tickets and wrapping wrist bands. After a few minutes of smooth talk my buddies and I walked away with wrist bands, minus one joint! Thank you Sooooo much blonde girl! By that time tomahawk was tearing down their set, oh well I didnt come to see them. As I was tearing through the masses I was enlightened by the nicest rack this side of Arlington, Thank you Soooooo much blonde girl! :) That combined with everyone booing the police for arresting the poor chump who didnt get to see "The Greatest Show on Earth" Made for an interesting intermission. once I made it to the front the lights went out and I knew it was time to dig in and strap it on 'cus this was going to be one wild ride! SOBER! HOLY SHIT they opened with sober! This confirmed the fore said wild ride. Now I wasnt in the right state of mind to remember all of the songs they played, but I do distinctly remember watching them play 4 degrees, one of my personal favorites. The boys were on tonight. They were so tight. Maynard swaying in the background lending his powerfull scream to the thick array of guitar,bass, and the ever present drums; pulled a tear away from me. The guys opened my eyes to a spiritual revelation I had been searching for. The crowd felt it as well and that was apparent when they were finished. The band gathered in the center of the stage for the group hug in typical Tool fashion, and payed homage to the loving fans....Ill never forget the smiles on Danny and Adams faces as they stayed a bit longer to take in all the love...."In the beggining there was one word,and that word was love" Thanks to everyone there that night who shared my love for the greatest band to ever grace this world with their music, and major thanks to that band... you truly made this one of the most memerable experiences of my life. Spiral Out!

Review written by: KilltheChristian (killgod@deicide.cum) Review posted on: 07/24/02 14:31:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

how come i never see guys like that outside a Deicide concert????

Review written by: Lauren J ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 14:35:35 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Kind of late getting around to this, but oh well... The Christian protesters were hillarious... I didn't hear much of their rantings, but I did catch a few things about anal sex. Oh dear... don't these people have better things to do with their time? Anyway, the show itself was absolutely wonderful. Tomahawk was interesting, I'd never heard their stuff before. Trippy voice! I enjoyed them. Reverend Maynard was perfect! Danny's new drumset is awesome. Tool's performance was once again incredible. I commend Maynard's wardrobe! Flood was very fun, and Opiate was unexpected. 46 & 2 also surprised me. Beautifully done. I have to say, this is better than last years at Reunion. Kind of interesting to watch the people on the floor instead of being there this time. Have to question the moshing during Reflection though. I was happy to hear Maynard speak, he shared some good thoughts. All in all, definetly worth it. Can't wait to see them again!

Review written by: Eileen ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 14:54:00 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

THE SETLIST: Sober Flood The Grudge Stinkfist 46&2 Schism Parabol/Parabola The Patient Opiate INTERMISSION Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralus This is the first time I have been to a concert outside of San Antonio/Austin area, and I must say that the crowd was a bit different than I expected. Then again, I believe that is due to all the beer that people were consuming there. HA! Ft Worth has these breweries around, maybe that's the reason why they played "Sober" first... ya think?! Whatever the reason (I'm not TOOL so I don't know), the setlist was great with a great meaning behind it all... I got there late, so I didn't get to see Tomahawk's show. I did catch the last song they were doing, "Point and Click" (which happens to be my favorite song on their album). Although I only heard one song, I didn't have anything against them like so many others have mentioned before me. Mike Patton is great. He really knows how to work with his voice, his instrument... I wish I would of seen their show from the beginning :-( It seemed like forever waiting for TOOL to take the stage. I was amazed when the tech people took off that black drape from Danny's drumset. So this is the new drumkit that he and Vince have put together... BEAUTIFUL! I heard yelling and the awe from the crowd. Yes, magnificent... And he really rocked that arena with that new set. In fact, all of them REALLY ROCKED that night. They really were on top of things last night. I could feel the music vibrate through my body. I felt like I was breathing with them, breathing and experiencing the music. I really enjoy their build ups, crescendos - faster... faster... then... EXPLOSION. They were great! I was amazed at the sound quality in that arena. I could hear every part of the music - crisp and clear. They did some manipulating with their songs since the last time I heard them. AWESOME! I just had this expression on my face that would not fade - the "I can't believe they just did that" face. I enjoyed all of the songs, but "Triad" stuck in my head the most. The drummer for Tomahawk came on stage for that performance with a Moose head... Hardy har har har ;-) TOOL really have written their songs to do many different expressions and change ups, it's amazing. And the visuals and backdrops... two thumbs up! Thanks to Alex Grey... it was magnificent! I saw some new footage on the projection screens... and I must say "the chomping teeth" shocked me. I love how their visuals really go along well with their music. And the lighting was brilliant! During "The Patient" confetti fell from the sky, and the first thought that came to mind was magic... They are magic. Maynard, with his sexy brazeer and panties, mentioned, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was love. Infinite, unconditional, and without judgement (this was before "Opiate", of course)." In the bible it says (John 1:1- 2), "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." I didn't realize that he was mentioning all this due to protesters outside of the arena. I recall seeing them, yet didn't really pay attention to things that were said by them. "Jesus vomits on nonbelievers"?! WTF?! How can a strong, devout Christian say that? I don't think they really understand what TOOL is about, and it's because they don't want to. Sometimes, they really need to step out of their normal way of life, step outside of the box, to make themselves aware of other things that are out there instead of only believing in what they believe is true... investigation, searching, understanding... whatever happened to that?! Anyways, he also mentioned, "Now you know why we do this" and "We hope we have inspired you." I've been reading about Jungian psychology and tarot, and it mentions how certain people in our lives are just projections of ourselves... good or bad. I think TOOL are projections of the good things about myself, and just listening to them, studying what they know and talk about, I feel that they are guiding me towards that part of myself. They really do inspire me :-) Some way or another, we are connected to certain people on a cosmic plane... whether you want to believe it or not... we are guided by the same force, the same force that holds this whole existence together. "And you will come to find, we are all one mind..." THANK YOU TOOL! I LOVE YOU!

Review written by: Honestdude ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 15:48:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 12th Tool show

At some point, it is very possible that Tool may simply sit down behind a curtain and play. Then, Maynard won't even have to stand up. They could make him a very nice wheelchair to sit in. This would allow him to get even fatter, and care even less. Of course, people on drugs will still call the show "amazing" and "mindbending"... ...and Maynard will still get paid- which is all it seems he really cares about. Back in the good old days, he used to stalk the front of the stage, his movements snakelike and cool. People went to see to because they played well, and they fed off Maynard's passion. That was then, I guess. People on drugs usually think just about anything is "mindbending"... ...including wallpaper. There is no need for any of us to go watch people stand and play songs. This is what they did last night. They stood and played songs. Janet Jackson got accused of lip-syncing last year, and so she got serious, and made a comeback. She worked out every damn day, and worked herself up to a performance that can only be described as "mindbending". To see a woman her age, about the same age as Maynard, truly working her ass off- -and NOT lip syncing- was amazing. Maynard, please study Janet's performance in Hawaii. Please care again. Please work out more. Please return to the Maynard you were before. The only thing "mindbending" about Tool last night was that people actually stayed to watch them. The defining adjective for last night would not be "mindbending". It would instead be...impotent. Sincerely, Disgustipated

Review written by: ClockworkMisfit ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 16:35:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Fuck the setlist. Its already been posted and I already forgot. There was an extended version of Opiate, perhaps the highlight of the show, besides naked women. A fat man was inspired to take off his shirt a couple of rows ahead of me. I try to take these things in stride, but some things are just to much to handle. Fine young swine in blue come to drag heathens from the shitpile. I think the one gentleman who was arrested was in violation of city and state laws concerning public displays of violence. My friend sitting next to me says so anyway. I haven't a clue. This was not the only fight, either. There were just to many people to close together. Yes, Maynard gained weight. So have I. So has just about everyone I know. This is what we do during the summer. Facts of life, and all that. Did Fat Maynard ruin the show? Did he sound any different? I don't think so. This show was leaps and bounds ahead of last years. OK- MSM

Review written by: dildo ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 16:38:41 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

There's no point in me saying anything else to try to give praise to the concert last night because all of that has been said accordinly and justly. All I have to say is that the guy posting the review talking about Janet Jackson can kiss my ass and every devoted Tool fan's ass as well. Buddy, you are a joke, a clown, a wanna be, a fool, a sheep. Tool cares more about their musica and show than you could ever know. If you haven't noticed, Tool HAS changed over the's called progression, evolution, fuck you buddy, get a life and shut your mouth. Go back to watching Janet Jackson and Hanson. Baaahaaaa. Go with the flock. Punk.

Review written by: merkaba (grudge_) Review posted on: 07/24/02 17:10:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

haha Janet Jackson....actually doing work? No I don't think so buddy. Everything she does is from her record company. She does nothing....they give her the lyrics she sings. She has to look good otherwise retards wont buy her CDs/posters/T-shirts. You need everybody jumping around like a bunch of fucking monkeys? Go to a Slipknot Concert ok? Just because you don't have the attention span to sit/stand there to see them play music (which its about, not what the members look like, and how cool they look jumping around) P.S. Why do you care how Maynard looks? Are you homosexual? A male such as yourself listening to Janet Jackson doesn't help.

Review written by: Head (...) Review posted on: 07/24/02 17:29:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

It's good to see there's still bands out there taking music in the right direction, and still able to make the big money. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of bands out there that have the right idea, but most of them don't get the chance because they're not pretty enough, or the record companies think what they're doing is too complicated to catch on. After watching this spectacle last night I realized that Tool has now officially taken the baton from bands like Pink Floyd and they're running with it. I didn't think I'd ever see the day that I would put another band on the same pedastol that I've placed Floyd, but Tool's stepped up. I can't wait to see what these four guys put together next. Perhaps their own version of the Wall. As far as Tomahawk, it's unfortunate that the fans at a Tool show are so close minded as to not accept an alternative. Most of the people I saw booing them obviously had no idea of the magnitude of talent on that stage, or the contribution Mike Patton, along with other members of the band, has made to progressive music. From Faith No More to Mr. Bungle to Fantomas, and now Tomahawk, he's the ultimate anti-superstar that's out there pounding it out day after day simply for the love of the music. I wish people would take the time to look a little more deeply into things. Tool hand picks their opening acts for a reason. When record companies are consistently pumping out layer after layer of crap, it does my heart good to see the true artists out there getting some exposure. It's the attitude and the dedication of these artists that's going to turn the musical world on it's ear as long as the fans have the foresight enough to recognize true genius and demand better quality.

Review written by: Butterfly Beata ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 18:21:49 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

Last night I stepped into my shadow and came out on the other side... The setlist was perfect, but then again, as long as it's Tool's music it's going to be perfect, whatever the setlist. The visual effects... was I dreaming or was all of that real?!?!? The crowd (at least where I was on the floor) was really into the music. I got a great vibe from everyone. I saw Tool at Red Rocks last year and thought that there would never be a show even one percent as good as that one, ever by any band including Tool. Well, last night was a totally different experience than Red Rocks but as much on the same level, if not more. XTC was my "tool" of choice last night and with it came unforgetable experiences... during 46 & 2 (while flowing to the music) I experienced a feeling of stepping into another dimension... physically, emotionally, spiritually. My skin tingled and time stopped. Went places I have never been. Can't explain it any better than that. Thanks Cassey for helping my un-sober ass get up to the top of the crowd to surf the wave during Lateralus. I spiraled out... Tool is not a band and their music is not just music... Tool is an experience and the music is a message. No other band has ever affected me so much. We are all very privileged to be alive now, as harsh as this world can be, by getting to enjoy the entire Tool experience. Celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing!

Review written by: CAC ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 18:23:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

honest dude, in a way, was right. from what ive read, the comments by maynard for the most part were repetitive and seemed as if he were reading them off of a cue card. (ie. "ft worth? sounds more like houston.") hmmm...i seem to remember him saying the same things about other cities. i dont know what is up...this is only my fourth show but ive seen them dating back to 98 and this kind of shit has never been going on. then, again, maybe hes doing this for a reason to piss people off....or to test the ignorance of the crowd....who knows....he couldve even been wearing a damn fat suit for all i know....i dont seem to recall anyone else from other cities reviews saying he was overweight. but i could be wrong. email me if i am. once i got past being able to predict everything that was going to be said and the drunken slugs and the people who had no idea what they had gotten themselves into when they came to the wasnt bad....i enjoyed the new images and the backdrop....cant say i saw tomahawk but i will when i go to the austin and shreveport shows....didnt appreciate the young flasher during parabol on the floor and the the people who decided to participate the cheap move at attention during such a pivitol moment....but hey...they thought it was a nickelback concert and not a performance on which they couldve learned something....see you in austin...maybe ill hear an original thought or two....maybe verucca salt wont be so plump this time around....

Review written by: Andrezj Woj. ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 18:30:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 9th Tool show

For those of you who were under the belief that ignoring Tomahawk made you look like a music elitist, you're very wrong. The ignorance displayed during Tomahawk's set showed just how many people don't appreciate quality, well-made, genius music. I know many of you ignorant fools were thinking that Mike Patton was up onstage trying to look and sound scary. That's not the message. That's not his music. Give it a closer look.

Review written by: Saved by the Reverand ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 18:46:51 ET

This was this reviewer's 3 Tool show

Well this is one of the BEST TOOL shows i have seen in a long time...This is my 3rd show and by far was the best. Tomahawk was great. *Lead singer was on the Floor after he played* Tool was amazing the engery that the whole band puts out is great.. Maynard plays wiht complete feelings letting every vocal hit its right spot... I swear i had chills though the whole show....if i had to give this show a rate between 1-10 i woudl give it a 11....eveythign was beyond what i expected....LONG LIVE TOOL

Review written by: Master Reviewer ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 19:26:49 ET

This was this reviewer's last Tool show

The religious protesters before the show were obviously hired by the band - they were too much of a caricature to be genuine (besides the obvious fact that they in no way represented Christ who reserved his wrath for the RELIGIOUS of his day). I could be wrong - there are many who are blind attempting to lead the blind. There is no love in screaming "Jesus vomits on nonbelivers". I suppose what they were referring to is that God will vomit out the lukewarm believers and twisted it to their own ends... As for the music, TOOL sounded great aside from the fact the bass was somewhat absent; there wasn't enough low end for me. Oh well. They are a good live band but I personally found the show itself to be rather boring. Maybe it has to be chemically enhanced which would explain the stench of cannabis which permeated the venue. Don't get me wrong - they *sounded* good but without their mass multimedia presentation, they are just another average hard rock band (albeit a very talented one esp. the drummer & vocalist). Tomahawk was more entertaining overall and it's too bad opening bands don't get the same technical assistance with their sound that the headliner receives. I find it amusing that most of those in attendance know nothing about Mike Patton (who has been called the Andy Kauffman of lead singers) who is probably the most talented singer in "rock" music today. And who will intentionally try to piss people off by screeching lyrics rather than using his great vocal talents. Why? Probably because he sees the futility of attempting to please a bunch of knucklehead adolescents and hillbillies who just want to "rock out" and be told that they've just witnessed a "spiritual" espericenc a la 2 vid screens extolling nihilism & hedonism. Their lyrics withstanding. Wake up and think for yourselves truly. Tool is no "spiritual" band. They're simply growing up and have to appease their main fanbase of pubescents and chem heads by appealing to their base nature (i.e. hope this made you horny so you can go home and fuck?!) while trying to balance it with their search for truth. They are a good band and I'm not "putting them down". Just Consider the fact that most of Maynard's chatter between songs is *scripted*. He says the same things every show. Now *that's* inspiration! "Deaf and blind and dumb and born to follow", They same is true for those who worship rock bands... Btw, what was the cheesy 7-pointed star about? It reminded me of "Spinal Tap" when the miniature Stonehenge descended mid set. I was waiting for the elves to appear! "The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words." --Philip K. Dick

Review written by: lil z the tool freak ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 19:35:11 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

well well well....what can i say..? i know i'm practically a live tool virgin, but even though this was only my 2nd time - they just seem to get better each time! i missed most of the protests because i got to fort worth a little late - but in enogh time to grab a prime spot on the floor for this 5 foot tall chick to see EVERYTHING! so what if maynard wasn't as skinny? i doubt you guys would say the performance was any worse... danny makes his job look effortless and maynard makes lingiere look amazing! allow me to post my highlights: 1. finally getting my FLOOR ticket (i went thru hell to get this ticket!) thanks to the angel who sold it to me! 2. the poor bastard who was arrested in the stands and missed the ENTIRE show....obviously the chance of a fight was more important than seeing the band! 3. TRIAD - with danny & his new set and the drummer from tomahawk just....just....! and when john came out and nudged adam in the ass with the moose right before..! 4. rev. maynard during tomahawk's show 5. 46 & 2 6. the group hug @ the end. tomahawk wasn't what i was expecting, but then again, they weren't who i had gone to see. the only thing about this show i didn't like was the crowd. they weren't bad, but i didn't get the same vibe from the people standing next to me as i did in new orleans for voodoo fest in october. but hey, i'm a texan, so i can't hate 'em. all in all - the show FUCKING ROCKED! "...the word was love..." and i LOVE this band! laayta. --Z plano, tx

Review written by: tracerburn ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 19:49:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

"Btw, what was the cheesy 7-pointed star about? It reminded me of "Spinal Tap" when the miniature Stonehenge descended mid set. I was waiting for the elves to appear!" Wow philip you must be the most ignorant tool fan ever. It's called a star tetrahedron..........ya know sacred geometry.........Flower of Life..........Merkaba meditation.......look it up sometime. Oh what Merkaba isn't just the name of a song.........who'd of thought or maybe read the lyrics to the song that it came out during ie; Reflection. You could learn alot from tool if you actually knew what they were talking about.

Review written by: JB & KG THE TENACIOUS D!!!!! ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 20:20:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Well, I guess time has stopped in the year 1990 here in Texas because I saw an awful lot of redneck hick motherfuckers moshing for pretty much the whole show. I don't get pay $50 for the show only to pretend you're at a thrill kill cult show. Not that I'm doggin them, but what do you prove when you try to knock the shit of each other at a Tool show? Maybe it's that: 1)don't care about the $50, 2)are a closet case homosexual who's only way of expressing himself is to slam up against another shirtless sweaty dude, or 3)maybe you're just a brainless fuckwho has had his brain evaporated by the heat of the sun. But all you have to do man is keep hydrated and that shit won't happen! Anyways, I guess my point is that if you go to a Tool show and the whole point of you being there is to see how much damage you can inflict upon some innocent bystander, then you need to go bang your head at a Korn or Limp Bizkit show, because that is some mindless, mass produced shite! Ok, well, since this is a place for reviews of the concert, I guess I should tell you that this was a pretty good show. NOT better than Reunion last year, and CERTAINLY not better than Fairpark Coliseum in '98. They played pretty much everything to perfection, with one exception, and that was Reflection(my new personal favorite) I'm not complaining in any way though, I just think that that song cannot be reproduced to sound as good as it does on the album, but hey, they played it, so I'm happy. Opiate was by far the best of the night. The intensity with which it was played was miles above any expectations. Please, don't misunderstand me here, there is no such thing as a bad Tool show, I'm just comparing this one to the ones I have been to in the past. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Reverend again. He came on stage during Tomahawk and basically did the same routine he did back in '98 at the Fairpark Coliseum, it was hilarious! The night was pretty much perfect and met basically all of my predictions, except the playin of Opiate. That was a surprise and a very good choice in what I hope was in response to the protesters outside. That is a first. Seeing fucking "christians" trying to save a few souls before they sold their's to the devil to burn in hell....I mean come on, what was their intent....maybe get someone in line to say, "wait a minute, what am I doing here?" "I should have a sign strapped to me telling all these people not to see a band play music." What a fucking joke! I really hope Maynard got a chance to see them, which he probably did since they played Opiate. Oh well, let me leave you with one final thought, and this isn't for everyone since most of the crowd was very well-behaved, but for those that couldn't control the testosterone, stay home, nobody wants you there, you are an embarrassment to yourself, so stay home and jackoff and slam yourself into your own wall you beligerent fucker! As for all the real fans and normal people, see ya'll in Austin!

Review written by: rob ( ) Review posted on: 07/24/02 20:28:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

"get caught up in everyday life... the bullshit... you tend to forget why it is you do what you do.... thank you for reminding us" -MJK to crowd words could never do justice to my experience at yesterday's show... it was a moment of growth, spiritual enrichment and powerful emotion combined and intertwined, and i just wanted to thank those four individuals for allowing me the chance to witness such an event. I truly am priviliged to be sharing this timeframe with this band. thank you all.

Review written by: Chazz ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 21:22:29 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

I remember seeing TOOL's show in Berkeley, CA last year, and I was completely convinced that there was no possible way another show could top that one. Well, that all changed last night. But first, before I get into the Tool set, I would like to mention something. Tomahawk, which is probably one of the best opening acts I have seen, that is except for King Crimson, deserves a little more credit then what a lot of "TOOL" fans gave them. I am sorry to be rude, but art should be appreciated, no matter what form it is in. If you don't like, don't listen to it. But don't sit at a show and boo someone because you don't understand their music. Honestly, would you like it if you were doing something you loved and wanted to spread to others, and all of these closed-minded dumbasses shouted hateful shit to you? I mean, if you are that way, then I am surprised I didn't see you with the four closed-minded guys outside shouting hateful shit. Another thing, MIKE FUCKIN' PATTON. Think about it!! Okay, with that out of the way, I can move on to the experience that left me speechless for a good 12 hours. I am not going to spoil anything for the ones who haven't seen them yet. But I will say this, DON'T GO TO A TOOL CONCERT AND EXPECT IT TO BE LIKE A GODSMACK CONCERT. Go to LISTEN to the music. Go to FEEL the music. Go to EXPERIENCE something new and different. Don't mosh during Opiate. Think about the song. "Deaf and blind and dumb and born to follow". First off, you look like an idiot. Second, you can't hear anything except a fist cracking your nose, Third, you can't see any of the wonderful visuals because your eyes are too watery from getting cracked in the nose. Damn, I keep getting off track. The show was beautiful. Danny amazes me every time I see him. And his new drum set fits him perfectly. Adam is defenitely an inspiration to me as an artist as well as a musicion. There are no words that could describe Justin and give him and his music full credit. And Maynard keeps me reminded that there is more to life than we can even imagine. And his words kee me going everyday to find it. All together you have the most amazing show ever. For all who are going to up coming shows: Go with an open mind. Try to grasp (even if just a little) what they are doing and why they are doing it. Take Care

Review written by: fallen ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 22:17:35 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

before i say anything, i'd like to say that this was my first tool show ever. not my first concert ever, just the first tool. i had heard bootlegs before, but somehow i never realized that maynard's voice is even more beautiful live than recorded. there's a resonance in it that just doesn't record. this concert took a lot of planning for me, months ahead of time, to get everything going. and everything didn't go as planned still, but it was all worth it. as one of my friends said, 'it would have been worth it for anything short of losing an eyeball'. finding the convention center, i noticed that there were people from oklahoma and louisiana. the sad part is, we followed them, because they seemed to have a better idea of where they were going then we did. chaos. as for tomahawk, i don't CARE what anyone else says, they SUCKED. the main part that sucked was the high-pitched screams amplified too loudly. okay, i have an unusually high, loud scream that's infamous to those who know me and pretty unforgettable, but i would NEVER consider running it through a p.a. and amplifying it to a volume that made bats and dogs go deaf. thanks, tomahawk for giving me the onset of a migrane before tool came on. GET A MOTHERF*CKING CLUE! and ya know, i've heard patton's old band, and he never had the need to explode people's heads before... go figure. i'd also like to know who gave that band the viagra. the bassist and the guitarist were attempting to hump their instruments for most of the set and mike patton had to have had some viagra to make some of the horrendus noises he made. i hope they release an album, so i can buy it and play it when i'm not at home to drive away the mice in my apartment, and since high- pitched noises do have that effect on rodents, it should be the most effective form of pest control on the market. now the rant that i inevitably wind up going on at every concert: i noticed that there was a thick haze of pot smoke in the building that by the end of the concert made it hard to see the other side of the coliseum. which sucked for me and i think it was extremely inconsiderate of the other people in there, since i am allergic to pot and it makes my throat constrict and i puke. maybe they don't realize what they're doing is marring someone else's tool experience, but the fact that i was getting dizzy from lack of air and a second- hand high and puked twice did make me unhappy at others. i have nothing against pot smokers, only pot smokers that force their habit on me. also, those of you in the balconies who have seats further up and have the need to sneak down and stand closer, please have the courtesy to not completely block the view of those of us who were lucky enough to actually get the seats. share and share alike, or get thrown over the rail. well, it was quite funny that before tool came out the crowd cheered at EVERYTHING. they uncovered the drum set, yay! the guitar and bass techs came out and played a few chords, yay! the light tech's climbing a ladder, yay! some guy walked across the stage for no apparent reason, yay! and a note to those of you trying to bribe your way into the pit: make sure you don't mention the security guard that you're bribing within hearing distance of another security guard. a few guys seemed to be puzzled about this. as for tool, i loved the set. gorgeous gorgeous. i loved the backdrops, the banners, the glitter, and the clips on the video screens. screw a hundred costume changes and obnoxious frontmen nursing their egos. that set was a thousand times better. yes maynard seems to have put on a little extra padding. and i had heard that he had started staying at the back on the drum risers, but i didn't fully believe that he stayed there for the whole concert. once i got used to it, the shift didn't bug me that much, but at first it was annoying, especially before there was any lighting where he was. i can't say what the high point was. the whole concert was a bit of a religious experience for me. it all made me love tool even more, which i didn't even know was possible. and i loved it when maynard stopped and talked to us, especially the bits about us reminding them of why they were doing what they were doing and maynard saying that hopefully they inspired us, or at least made us horny so we would go home and have sex. THANK YOU, TOOL!!!

Review written by: Pattons wet pussy ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 22:56:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I have enjoyed the sounds of Tool ever since they were on the second stage of Lollapalooza about 10 years ago when I saw them in Mountain View, CA. To put it simply, they put on one of the most inspiring and beautifully crafted shows which is more detailed in prior posts. I want to give props to Tomahawk. Mike Patton is a fucking genious. The vocal chords on that guy have the strength of a steel pipe and the fragility of glass fiberoptics, amazing. The drummer and the two guitarists perfectly blended theirs sounds into an enchanting ride into another dimensia, one that was not shared by all that were there. Mike spoke to these people that were not in this aural dimention created by him in a manner only Mike can, with humourous sarcasm which made these people start to boo. Oh the Boo's were part of the show, and they were great too, Mike fed on them and regurgitated it back, and it was great!! I think he about made everybody in the arena partially deaf for a minute straight when he was wailing on high note. I couldn't help but laugh. Thank you Mike.

Review written by: daniel stone ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 23:28:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 7th Tool show

most of the reviews so far have covered everything. and i haven't read them all, so forgive me if i repeat something... first: the second song was flood, not 4 degrees. second: the "additional lyrics" in stinkfist are from "suspicious minds" by none-other-than elvis. "i'm caught in a trap/ i can't walk out/ because i love you too much baby"... very fitting as a kind of update to the song to fit the more introspectiveness of lateralus. (i think) third: the performance of "opiate" was just about the most powerful song i have ever seen tool perform. if you weren't there... you missed something otherworldly... finally: to the frat-guy-musclehead-dick that fucked with me and my friends while we were stopped along a rail to watch a song in progress... fuck you... fuck you with the most richous fuck you ever shouted. you are the reason that maynard wrote the song "hooker with a penis"... i hope you die a horrible death within the next hour. i hope your soul ends up with those idiotic asses who had nothing better to do than carry a sign in frount of the convention center... fuck you. you almost ruined my fiance's first tool experience... sorry for ranting... much love to all... i welcome intelligent e-mails, if you would like to discuss anything "tool" with me, please feel free... --daniel

Review written by: don65 ( Review posted on: 07/24/02 23:30:03 ET

This was this reviewer's 666 Tool show

No Tick and Leaches oh well $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Review written by: Michael Briggs ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 03:09:27 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I got a setlist and scanned it. If anyone wants to view it, do so at 2002.jpg By the way, it was an incredible, amazing concert, and "Opiate" was awesome! =)

Review written by: nocturnalgnosis ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 06:28:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

hey. i finally got to see tool. took long enough, but the wait was more than worth it. i have to say this had to be the best concert that i have been to. the enviorment and energy coming from that concert was so awesome. Out of these 17 yrs i've lived i'd hafta say that was one of the best nights ever. it was pretty funny when maynard got up there and said "so it says here that we're in dallas" expecting ppl to scream, not many did at first b/c well a lot of the ppl weren't from ft. worth. my friends and i are from plano which is over an hour away (2 hours during rush hour) but once he compared us to houstan we started screamin. it was so great at the end of the show how the whole band just came together and gave each other this big groupd hug of release. i wanted to be in the middle! opening up w/ sober and ending w/ a hug while maynard still in his bra and panties, *sigh* what could be greater? i mean it's over a day later and i still feel the vibes from it. this band is pure talent, and i thank them for letting the fans be a part of that experiance. peace love and care.... Anna

Review written by: Sheep Herder ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 07:00:31 ET

This was this reviewer's Úlan Tool show

(Mr. Hyde) Morons, read the script and don't post the fucking setlist again. Example: 1. Tool sucked donkey dick 2. Tool sucked more donkey dick 3. Ibid Tool is like going to the mall. You think you want to go but once you actually arrive, you realize you are surrounded by the walking dead. Backwoods bastards who haven't bathed in who knows how long, idiot "goth" bastards with a sexual identity crisis, and moron jocks with their slut girlfriends. Throw in a generous amount of weed and speed and you got your basic Tool audience. It's no wonder their singer wears women's under garments - he has to look good for all the practicioners of bestiality in the audience. Next tour he will wear a fucking goat costume and let you get randy with him as long as you can dole out a hefty $50 for a fucking t-shirt (inflation you know). Note to band: if you're going to attempt to get away with being inspirational by displaying a human skull with its skin coming and going in intervals (did someone just discover Paint Shop Pro and get experimental?) at least do the crowd a favour and laugh at the end of the show so that the simians in the audience will perhaps grasp the fact that Barnum is alive and well. In short, TOOL is a fucking joke. They're a BAD version of King Crimson meets KISS and whoever buys into their version of "love" probably masturbates will watching Saturday morning cartoons (attention span allowing). Plain and simple. All of their occultic meanderings are a fucking sham and you who endlessly search the web at the behest of that blowhard "B" are on a fool's errand. Wake up and smell Mike Patton's shit. He'll gladly share it with you. And...Bill Hicks. Well, he didn't like TOOL anyway. He probably died from shame of their association. He was a dickhead anyway. (Dr. Jeckyl) TOOL was not too shabby my little misquided peeps. Could fine-tune the "stage presence" but overall they sounded o.k. The whole preacher bit was moronic and WAY overdone already by others in the profession but the cattle seemed to enjoy it so rock on! Maybe you could just run TBN in the background next time and save your breath for your effeminate ruminations, Maynard.

Review written by: nocturnalgnosis ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 07:13:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

hah i just realized i fucked up on something i said i meant was pretty funny when maynard got up there and said "so it says here that we're in FT.WORTH" i wrote dallas the first time. my bad, but neway ya the concert was great, ne one who hasn't gotten tickets, go. it'll be the greastest experience ever!

Review written by: nocturnalgnosis ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 07:15:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

hey. i finally got to see tool. took long enough, but the wait was more than worth it. i have to say this had to be the best concert that i have been to. the enviorment and energy coming from that concert was so awesome. Out of these 17 yrs i've lived i'd hafta say that was one of the best nights ever. it was pretty funny when maynard got up there and said "so it says here that we're in ft. worth" expecting ppl to scream, not many did at first b/c well a lot of the ppl weren't from ft. worth. my friends and i are from plano which is over an hour away (2 hours during rush hour) but once he compared us to houstan we started screamin. it was so great at the end of the show how the whole band just came together and gave each other this big groupd hug of release. i wanted to be in the middle! opening up w/ sober and ending w/ a hug while maynard still in his bra and panties, *sigh* what could be greater? i mean it's over a day later and i still feel the vibes from it. this band is pure talent, and i thank them for letting the fans be a part of that experiance. peace love and care.... Anna p.s. if this looks fucked up on the thing when posted i am sorry, if not then forget i said nething and blow me off as some crack whore

Review written by: Adam Boyette ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 10:46:29 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

Here's the more coherent Part 2 of my review. This show was without a doubt the best one yet. Each of the first 4 times I saw Tool outdid the previous one, with #4 being in Denver at Red Rocks last August. Number 5 last year was weak, so I wasn't expecting much with this one. However, Tool came out and delivered the best show I could ever imagine. The setlist has been posted. They played Flood, not 4║. Opiate was excellent, to say the least. Triad is an awesome song to hear live. I could see Tool live every day and not grow tired of them. I hope some pictures of the Alex Grey backdrop make it onto the internet. They were a very nice addition to the show. I'm a little sad I missed the picketers out front and Reverend Maynard's appearance during Tomahawk's set. I love Faith No More, but everything else I've heard by Mike Patton doesn't do anything for me. Hence, I wasn't trying real hard to make it for their set. Finally, a rant: A sad trend has developed since the release of Lateralus, where all the "enlightened" fans insult and belittle the fans who mosh. Who cares if people want to mosh at a Tool show? There is a great physical release that accompanies the moshing. Some would like to reflect on what the music and lyrics mean, or how the visuals appeal to them, and some like to release energy in a physical manner. In my concert-attending time, I've noticed that if you don't stand in the mosh pit, you're probably going to be okay. You may get bumped as soon as the pit forms, so you move out of the way. Again, what is the big deal? Who cares if some guy on the floor moshes away? Tool tells us to think for ourselves, then when we do, we know we've uncovered the secret. Anybody who disagrees is wrong. Learn some humility and tolerance for others. This self-righteousness is a very ugly side of Tool fans. Maybe I'm just not fortunate enough to have been enlightened. That said, I eagerly await the second jaunt of the tour. Ideally I would have made the Austin or Houston shows in addition to this one, but it just didn't happen this time. I'll see you next time.

Review written by: Fallen Angel ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 13:07:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

The Lateralus tour last year was my first time to see Tool and I was completely blown out of the water. I swore up and down that nothing would ever outdo the feelings I experienced that night. That is until I went to them in Fort Worth. I knew that it would be different but I had no idea that they could expound on their previous tour in such a manner that is almost mind numbing in it's intensity. From the first notes of Sober I knew that it would be a night to remember and they didn't dissapoint. The protestors added some pre-concert humor, and prompted a visit from Reverand Maynard which got me even more hyped for Tool. Hearing Opiate again (they played it at the Houston stop last year) was amazing, and of course Parabol and Parabola brought me to new levels. The artwork was awesome and the drum I about drooled when they unveiled it. Maynard had his headless guitars again and was a lot more active this time around. The great thing about Tool is you can try and analyze their music from so many angles, and no matter how well you think you understand something, seeing them live can give songs a whole new definition. And it often does. Thanks Adam, Danny, Maynard and Justin for redefining my world once more. I look forward to seeing you again in Houston on Saturday.

Review written by: Mindelson ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 13:09:20 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Words cannot describe the emotions that TOOL can stir in a live performance. I am ready to quit my job, sell everything I own and follow them everywhere they go. I have never felt this way before. Hell, I don't even own a TOOL CD (lame, huh?) but I want to give up life as I know it to experience the greatness ot TOOL night after night. What a wonderful fantasy *sigh*

Review written by: my little bro's an idiot ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 13:11:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

For those of you that saw the totalled black 4-runner before the show, I apologize for my bro's idiocy. Can you blame the guy? He was headed to a TOOL show, so what if he got T-boned going through a red light.

Review written by: JC Pritchett ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 13:42:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

After a few beers at a downtown bar, my friend and I arrived at the convention center early to claim our seats and get comfortable. To both our dismay and entertainment, there were some militant religious zealots picketing the show. I believe in freewill in regards to religion and not forcing views upon anyone so I thought these poeple were making complete asses of themselves. Hell, I know Christians that are Tool fans. Most fans ignored their blatant antics and minded their own business. My only dissapointment of te night was how uncool the fans were to Tomahawk. I would think Tool fans would be cerebral and respectful enough to listen to something new. Sure, these guys are not Tool but they are creative and musical in their own way. If you people have not figured it out, Mike Patton is not an idiot.....He went from mainstream Faith No More to writing innovative music with Mr Bungle, Fantomas,and Tomahawk. All these bands feature uncompromising musicians. Also, Mike Patton owns Ipecac Records, whicjh produces the Melvins albums now so for that, I give him props. All hell broke loose when Tool took the stage. it was the best stage set-up a way, it reminded me of a psychadellic collegiate anatomy laboratory. The lighting was superb and accompanied their music perfectly. The end result was nothing short of a spiritual experience, especially with the epic grouping of Disposition, Reflection, and Triad. I's like to thank J. Stanier (Tomahawk and Helmet drummer) for aslo jamming on the extended rythmic Triad intro. What got me was how appreciative and sincere Tool was this time. They actually made the crowd feel apart of the show....simply amazing! Maynard talked more, all of which was highly positive and motiivational. This was a much better show than the one at Reunion Area last year.

Review written by: A Fan ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 13:47:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

As inspiring as ever! Can't go wrong with them, even if you don't like them. Their shows keep getting better and better... my encore is in Austin. Can't wait!

Review written by: Badgerman ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 15:21:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 4st? Tool show

Let me start off by saying this is my 3rd Tool show of the Lateralus tour. This show by far has to be one of the greatest highlights of my 32 years. The new stage show is incredible, once again the band does incredible things with what appears to be very little. The only thing the set list was lacking was "H" and "Prison Sex." The overall sound of the band exceeds even the cd's as far as sound quality. Thankfully Maynard was a interacting with the crowd a little more this time. His appearance during Tomahawk was a welcome savior for an otherwise uninspiring set by a group of very promising musicians. Overall the show; the visuals,the sounds, and the mysterious red snow was the religious experience I have come to expect from Tool.

Review written by: Tyler Griffin ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 16:22:31 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

This was my first tool concert and I would just like to say that this concert was amazing! Maynard blew everyone away by hitting every note and Danny made me my mouth drop with his creative drum rythymns (especially when the drummer from tomahawk came out!). Anyone who hasn't seen tool is missing out! I would also like to dmck for posting the correct set list.

Review written by: 2HI4U2C ( ) Review posted on: 07/25/02 16:26:50 ET

This was this reviewer's FOOL Tool show

I just wanted to say TEXAS is full of dumb asses. Like anyone wants to hear you talk negative about TOOL. And to say Tomahawk was better then TOOL is a fucking joke. I just wanted to say how much I hate TEXAS and most of the people in it. Obviously too much inbreeding and clouded your vision, I HOPE TOOL NEVER PLAYS FT. WORTH AGAIN. And I'm so glad I didn't make the road trip out there. And Oh yeah..... if I saw some people protesting TOOL outside the show I would have beat their asses. - LATERS 2HI from

Review written by: gt in texas ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 17:20:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

first of all i want everyone in fucking Texas to email this faggot who was dissing Texans So anyway fucking awesome show and if anybody heard Maynard at the end say some shit about "we hope we inspired you to do this or that, and especially when he said at least we hope we inspired you to have sex" well all you pussies who didn't fuck that night TOO BAD because I did. So thanks TOOL for at least helping me get laid, because Christina has one of the best asses I have ever seen, and I know anyone at that show that saw her ass was envious of my bald little ass. PEACE.(oh yeah fuck you to the security moron who found the joint in her cig pack, your buddy let me go through with about 5 joints in a jar with a metal lid.) fucking

Review written by: Aaron ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 18:34:55 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

The following are my opinions on the tool show in Fort Worth, on the 23rd of July. I feel like I have a decent amount of TOOL knowledge, and I've never seen the band as happy as they seemed in Fort Worth, ironic huh. The show was amazing, despite the rednecks that appeared as if they were under the impression that we all paid money to see them. However, it didn't damper the mood whatsoever, when the "legends" came on stage it was all over. Hands down the best, all around, TOOL performance I've ever experienced. From sound to visuals, to energy and connectedness this was an exhilirating moment in time. I couldn't believe how well the crowd response was, the majority of the crowd appeared to have their mind open on a higher level. The visual experience definitely had a part in this. Whoever is doing the video-mixing is doing a great fucking job. Back to my opening statement, the band seemed truly complete, the crowd fed off the love that the guys share for each other. They, the band, deserve it more than any other societal influence I have witnessed/experienced. To Maynard, Danny, Adam, and Justin thank you very much for the most powerful live experience this futant has witnessed. AA P.S. I'm also seeing them in Austin Friday the 26th of July, and I'll be on the floor for this one!

Review written by: The Metallion ( Review posted on: 07/25/02 20:46:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Hey I gotta tell you that I just recently started getting into Tool thanks to my friend. i am an old school rocker I was watching Priest on thier British Steel tour. I thought truly great metal was dead and then I saw TOOL in Ft Worth. I was blown away by how polished they were, perfectly timed with the video. But most of all the raw talent and energy they had. The way Danny Carey was beating on the skins it made me think of Scott Travis of Priest, or Neil Peirt of Rush, He is truly capable of being the best ever. I had never seen Maynard before and I was happy to find out that he was wearing a body suit that looked like a fat girl in black bra and panties. The stage and effects were outstanding when they played Ions it looked like electrical charges were going up the rafters that were holding the lights, truly original show all the way around. I am a TOOL fan for life!! Thanks Joseph for turning me on to the best metal band out there.TOOL ROCKS!! -The Metallion

Review written by: jaime ( Review posted on: 07/26/02 04:37:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

well, everyone pretty much covered the basics: setlist, the almighty and powerful rev. maynard, protesters, etc. well, here's my two cents. i ended up in the very front, dead center in the pit with my girlfriend and friends. right in front of maynard and danny. :) tomahawk aren't great but they didn't suck. rev. maynard definitely made their set kick ass, but i was not amused by the c.b. with feedback. not cool. but what was cool was that they helped break down their equipment. as a fellow musician it's nice to see famous musician's not having that "im a rockstar" attitude. two thumbs up. and for the trivia buffs who didn't know this already. john stanier the drummer is the former drummer for helmet. well, onto the flashers. very nice tits. one had huge tits with piercings. the security guards were trying to get them to flash more. cool. and they let two kids next to me light a huge fattie during tool and didn't say a word. pretty fucking awesome. onto TOOL. very surreal. unbelievable. fucking Sober to start off the show. what a surprise and a delight. and then to hear 46 & way!!! extended Stinkfist rocked ass. and Triad and the rest of Danny's solo's rocked. Danny is one of my biggest influences and I couldn't believe at how relaxed he was playing those odd times and polyrhythms. Danny you are the man. I want lessons. maynard, adam, and justin kicked as well, but i was there for Danny. and to make my life almost complete at the end of the night when Danny threw out drumheads and sticks, I caught the first stick that he threw up in the front. It went straight to my hand. I missed a drumhead at Reunion Arena by two rows last year, but this, I was like a little school girl freaking out. I'm surprised my girlfriend didn't hide her head in shame, but hell, it's Danny Carey people. And they group hugged again like at Reunion and I am pretty sure at other shows. That's cool. And then I screamed out to Danny as he was walking off stage waving my stick. He turned and looked at me and smiled and gave me the thumbs up!! Rock on!! Needless to say this was one of my greatest concerts I ever went to. TOOL kicks everybody elses asses and beyond.

Review written by: lovers ( Review posted on: 07/26/02 05:51:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Here is my account of the Uncensored Tool concert july 23 Fort Worth. . My day started of with some last minute changes in plans. One of my freinds couldnt go so i was sent out to find some one to take there place. I found one. ALl my freinds that I went with must be mentioned here as even though they dont know it i love them. So glad they came and They will always be my freinds even when they are gone. Mike good luck in the marines. Adam get a damm job. MIke clean the friggin kitchen. Pat thanks for driving and supporting us all. . We get to the venue in fort Worth the only city in the world that i get lost in. Good thing i am not driving. We walk up to the show. One of my freinds coments on the high level of freaks (kids) out side, I think he said he was scared. Jesus freaks where every where. As we was walking into the show I noticed a camera on the ground. I picked it up and started taking Pictures of any and every thing. Got some pictures with people i didnt know, all of the Sign weilding jesus fans. and some random trash. It was a good thing. Took it back to the car and then decied to go inside. . The air in the place felt good. The ceiling was a giant dome and It was filled with infinate designs and patterns formed by the crosbeams and other suport devices. I took all my mushrooms in the center of the arena under the Geometrical octogon, in a type of cerimony. Making my pledge to myself about what I was here for. . The crowd didnt seem to mind as i walked around getting into my groove. I wanted them to see me to know that i was different. To help them see that there is a lot more out there. To make a statment without saying a word. I had on my alex grey radiant man shirt, and i recieved sevaral coments about it. witch led into some interestin conversations about the whole alex grey concepts and ideas. . Tommahawk came on I was very anxious to hear Mike patton and the boys. I have been hearing things about him and wanted to see what it was about. My personal feelings are that he Makes music for him self, He likes to get booed or else he wouldnt open up for tool. BUt i was very impresed with the seemingly random noises that came together to create a very unique sound. . During the tommahawk set we where greated by a rather strange preacher in a powder blue suit and a great white wig. He walked out on stage and had the whole crowd involved in a very unque relgious experence. JJJESSSUS FUUCKIN CHRiSTT Halleuuaa. I think they said it was reverend Maynard. Ahh one of my favorite Jesus freaks. Soon after that Tommahawk was booed of stage after threating to play all night. . Lights come back up and The shrooms where kickin in about then. I watched as a kid was escorted out in handcuffs by the police. Every one booed. I defended the cops saying he must have deserved it. CAuse i have been running around like a freak and no one even talked to me. Later you find out he was fighting. with a girl he didnt evern know. all hear say. . The lights went down The stage was set for the show. The first chords came ripping out. It was sober, I rember thinking, Man this is my least favorite tool song, how could they open up with this song. I sparked up a big fat joint so that i could smoke with my freinds that i was there with before we all got seperated. As i stood there smoking I was thinking about how I was here, right now fucked up on all sorts of drugs already, still smokin, and why couldnt I be sober. What was all this trouble i have added into my life doin for me. I would soon have my answer. Maynard sang on reminding me that it will be ok every thing will come round full circle, We shall make it through. The song was building to a climax I was jumpin around opening song almost over. Tool has worked so hard and they have done it al for this moment. I now had a new favorite tool song. Sober. . Flood has started now. I take an opertunity to wish my freinds well on there journey. Listening to this song I felt it necisary to make sure that they would be ok cause I would hate for them to be swept away. I realized now that we where in the grips of something huge. But it could easily end if we got wraped up in the bullshit stupidity of everything. I wanted to make sure that they rembered why We was here. To be part of this moment, At that note we cruised forward. My friend wanted to go all the way to the front. I wanted to get to higher ground. I wasnt comfortable in the confindes of the crowd. I wanted to be alone with my self for a while. So i fell to the side. Next to the mosh pit. witch was now still. . But that Still in the mosh pit was about to end. Every one seemed to be ready to exspell the demons and let it all go. The grudge Blasted out. and i stood at the pits of hell. I watched as Big muscle bound dudes pummeled each other. I thought this was what it would be like at the end of the world. Tool playing a show and every one out in the crowd fighting and killing each other. I watched as a guy with a tattoo on his back of a wing demon tosswed people around. I was felling my own groove and was dancing around like a maniac on the edge of choas. I pushed thouse that came at me away and had my own spot and I let it all go. Screaming at the top of my lungs at every one there, I mean right in there faces. I felt as if the entire pit knew why i was there and they where afraid. Free negitave emotions for every one. But soon that ended, Every one in the pit could feel the relese and there was a comradery in the pit that i have never seen before. HUgs and love for everyone. One guy grabed my hands and shook them and grunted something out to me. I knew he was a kinderd spirit. The pit died down as the music shifted. . Now completly alone, In a wide space of a now non- existant mosh pit. (-) IONS where Flashing in the sky and in my head reminding me of The end of the world. Dreams of the world ending flashed in my head. I rember thinking of my family, MOther Father, Sisters, and my long gone brother. I looked for comfort in peoples eyes, but there was none to be found. So i closed my eyes and let the IONS move me. I felt the surge rush through me. At one point I almost fell down. The power they had over me was astonding. . When i opened my eyes next I was greated bye torrentual mosh pit once again. Stinkfist was now in full effect. The ground in the pit was slick and people where running and falling all over the place. The big guys spent most of there time dragging people out of the center. Felling the need to feel something i joined in the mayhem. Running and flipping into the hard ground. only to jump up and spazz out. Nothing seemed to satisfy me. I raged on in my ohh so special way. once again screaming out lyrics crying out Trying to reach out and feel. Then the song slowed and it took on a whole new tone. Was that elvis on stage?? I felt compeled to leave the torents of the mosh pit and cruise back to the seeted section where where my freind was seated. she didnt want the floor action so was up in the stands watching. Listing to the sweet sounds of maynard talking about how he loves us to much, it was great to be there with her in that moment. But it wasnt long enough. The floor called out to me once again and i must answer the call. . 46&2 left me wandering around the crowd. Looking at the people. Lost in my own head, this was when i started to feel the shift from the body to the mind. I started to wonder around aimless I see some one who was sitting on the ground crying, I would feel there pain. I saw the people dancing, i saw the people singing, screaming. I contnued on, reaching out with my mind eyes looking for something. I didnt find it. It found me, I was walking by and was suddenly grabed. It was a a member of a local band (spoonfed tribe) that has been a great insperation to me. I barley noticed him. I walked away from him at first not having the words to deal with a confrontaion of someone i know. I circled around still thinking. I walked back over to him and watched as he stood there. I wondered what he was doin It was as if he was meditating. We talked for a min or 2. Then i settled in and decied i would see the show from his veiw. . This was the first time i actualy could see the stage. It was beautiful.. A gaint painting that seemed to move Played tricks with my mind. Faces made of colors and it seemed to me that the faces where going through all of the human emotions. Death, love laghing, crying, life birth it was all happening. Schism was full on before i realized it. Standing still staring open jawed at the sheer artistry of the entire show. Trying to rember what i was seeing to burn the image in my head. cause there could be nothing more beautiful. Standing there meditating on the images before me and the song in my head. No worries of my job no worries of anything, only me and the people here. As the song came to a close i breathed a sigh of relief I had to move I needed to get my legs moving. Standing there took more out of me than any other time. Thanks to micheal for letting me share his vision. . Parabol found me wondering again. Feeling good. I wondered up to the Edge of the pit again. every one milling around plenty of room there for me to do a handstand. So i did. I was happy to be there. Doing what i do. I sat down in the middle afterwards and was joined by several others. We sat there and sang the words together. Felling the conection and knowing that The song would shift we al stood up and got ready. As the song ended i found my self wondering back to micheals side again. Only to find the other band member there now. I talked for a bit to them about the show so far. They let me in on what there where doing afterwards and invited me to find them and hang out. I couldnt talk for much longer. I needed to get back into the groove. . I drifted slowly back to behind the sound board and watched as the croud jumped into a frenzy as parabol became parabola. Standing in the back i could see the crowd I felt compeled to watch them again. My mind wondered off to all the people here brought together. From the guy at the top of the seats smokin a joint. to the little kids here, to the lady who was flashing every one. All of us here for this brilant display. I felt severly conected to every one. I couldnt help but smile a sly smile to myself. . What came next brought a tear to my eye. Maynard feeling inspired said a few word to the crowd. It went a little somthing like this "Some times you get caught up in everyday life... the bullshit... you tend to forget why it is you do what you do.... thank you for reminding us" I know i let a tear drop to the ground. They we talking about me, they where talking about all of us. The crowd ate it up, and so did I, It was the best complement an adience could ever recieve. . The smooth sounds of eon blue apocolypse took the audience by swarm really added to the thank you we had just recieved. Now if you where to look up there was thousands of tiny slips of red metalic paper failing to the ground. I reached out to try and catch on but it was just out of reach. . As the song shifted to the patient I found my self wondering all these slips of paper falling is it a test? To see how many i can pick up? Maybe there is one out there that is special that is just for me. So i set of into the heart of the crowd to find my slip of paper. It was in there dead center reaching up watching as the confetti as it flipped and flittered through the air, drifting slowly to the ground, that i caught my slip. I rubed it firmly between my thumb and pointer finger like a rosmary. It felt good to have something to hold on too. I slowly made my way out of the thick of the crowd. It was then that manyard was setting us up for another message he was compeled to force us to rember. . "We just want the best for everybody. In the beginning was the word, and the word was love. Infinite, unconditional and without judgement." . And with that note the crowd erupted into a frenzy, and Tool BUsted into Opiate. This song freally stired the fans up. I mean opiate is my personal favorite song. I was found runninng in a dead sprint all the way around the outside wall of the floor. I made my way back to the pit. ANd i watched as TOOLs minions once again pummeled each other in a bizzare ritual. I couldnt help my self again I got right in te middle of the pit and watched as the chaos ensued once again around me. People looked at me as if i was a prophet. I was Singing dead center, and no one had the courage to even think about pushing me. I flailed around in a madmans frenzy. Grabbing people bye the arms and pushing them away if they came to close. This was a rare site I am the smallest guy there and it was my pit. the song came to a sudden stop and i hit the floor worn out, felling like a god. Several guys came over and lifted me up and we all once again shared a hug and a high five. Then i left them. . I was getting a clear message from my body at that time that said Get something to drink you fool. So i did There was a breif intermission where the band played some haughting toons. BUt it was long enough for me to escape and to get a drink. Thank you for that. . So i stood now in the back drinking my drink thinking about my dispostion. witch was now playing. This was my time to think about every thng that was happening. How it effected me as a person, what it all means, I walked around now trying to find some one i knew to talk to. I felt like there was many things to say at this point. I made a few stops to talk to some people. but not many folks i knew could be found. It was sometime around here that i noticed that the sacred mirrors had been dropped down from the ceiling. I was blown away bye them. I ran up to the front side to see them closer. I could feel the thoughts from the people around me as we all stared up at them. I felt like the missing peice of the show, as i had on my alex grey shirt. several people pointed at me. I smiled back at them. . I moved back to the back as reflection came on. Once again trying to watch The stage. I looked up at the stage and the stage looked back at me. The images on the screen at this time where images of the tree of life. BUt it was layered. There where several symbols all embodied into this one giant layered symbol. I could not help but think of A glass bead game and the sybolism of TOOL the band itself. I think back now to realize my greatest revelation of the night. This moment is always happening. When i go home tonight I will still be in this moment. We are all co creating this moment, we cannot escape this. This is all we are and ever will be. You only get one go around. It would be best if we make it all we want it to be. Layers and layers of people each with there own special symbols. I thought about the people here again. And as the song said. We are all one mind. This was the my mind. This was our mind. As adam played out the elongated finaly notes of reflection I could not escape the grasp of the images again. They slowed down to reveal themselfs more clearly to me. It was beautiful. . Feelling the need to get a little more face time I started to move again. Triad had steped up the tempo. I was swiftly moving through the throngs of people. Making my way up to the front to capture one last look up close of the band. I cut through the crowd oblivios to the stares. No one minded. I walked right up to the side of the stage and stood there jammin to the sounds. Really gettin down. Maynard danced around in his bra and the band played on. there was an exra person playin drums now as well it was jon from tommahawk. He played well and from what maynard said he could stuff your cat. taxidormy was his bag baby. . Maynard took the time before the last song to talk to us once again. it was the normal feel inspired go out and creat something. Take this feeling home. Then came lateralus. Ahh I make my way back to the location of the spoonfed tribe. only one member remains in the spot. we talked for a breif moment. And then i stood next to him and stared up at the stage and meditated once again. listening to lateralus you could detect your own humaninty and the humanity of the band. They are just four guys, like you and me. BUt what they are doing is beyond beautiful. Why can they do this and i cant? There is no reason, we are only limited by our vison. There is a huge world out there filled with infinate posiblities. Why is it that we always get stuck in a rut? Why do we even get bored? Cause we let ourself. We are out there every day wasting our precious time. Doing things we hate. DOing things that will get us no where way to fast. So i stood there jaw dropped wide open. Maynard was spining around on the stage. Visuals where once again off the hook. EMbracing my desire to feel the rythem and feel conected. Then like it started It was over. . The band came out and did a group hug tossed out the goodies and walked of the stage.

Review written by: k* ( Review posted on: 07/26/02 17:45:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Ok I suppose I won't talk about the bus ride from LA, or all the other near disasters tha almost kept me from seeing Tomahawk/Tool. Needless to say, I ended up in Ft. Worth. I wanted to go and talk with the protesters (having once taught sunday school, I am confident I can hold my own when it comes to bible verses) , but they didn't seem to want to HEAR anything, so I didn't bother. I didn't get to hear much of Tomahawk in LA, due to a LOUSY venue. Being in the pit this time, I heard EVERY word. All I can say is that I was amazed. Such beauty, such rawness, lust and rage and pain and humour. I really enjoyed Tomahawk. Open your eyes and ears and minds folks, and try something new. Tool blew me away. Sober. So many thoughts, experiences, feelings, running through me, and everyone who was open to it. So good to see you once again, I thought that you were hiding from never really did leave..this person is a part of me..a reflection of me..this is home..this place.. don't lose hope..THIS is what I'm striving for..this is what I suffer for..everything else..doesn't mean's so USELESS to worry.don't miss this moment....moments are all there didn't KNOW someone could make me feel like this without touching me...heal me..fuck me..throw me anything you can dish out..scream for me when I choke on my own voice..take whatever you need from me...THIS is living.This is love. Thank you(..and you're welcome,) Adam, Justin, Danny, Maynard, and al the guys in Tomahawk.