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08/30/2002



Review written by: eric (ejfreeman710@hotmail.com)
Review posted on: 08/30/02 23:46:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

just wanted to be the first to say the show was amazing. same setlist as previous shows.

Review written by: Adelmann (cjmfilm@prodigy.net) Review posted on: 08/30/02 23:53:49 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

WoW. I was in section 3 in seat 8. was 4 rows from the stage! wonderful show. truly a treat to all who attended. Everything is the same as the other reviews i read from the past 10 tour dates. Maynard did mention about 5 Ohio counties and I thought that was cool that he knew them, since he is from Ravenna, he mentioned Cleveland , of courrse, Toledo, Talmich, Canton and some other city. was neat that he knew so much about my home state. my ears hurt ill write more later i think ... all in all a epic masterpiece!

Review written by: Adelmann (cjmfilm@prodigy.net) Review posted on: 08/30/02 23:54:30 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

WoW. I was in section 3 in seat 8. was 4 rows from the stage! wonderful show. truly a treat to all who attended. Everything is the same as the other reviews i read from the past 10 tour dates. Maynard did mention about 5 Ohio counties and I thought that was cool that he knew them, since he is from Ravenna, he mentioned Cleveland , of courrse, Toledo, Talmich, Canton and some other city. was neat that he knew so much about my home state. my ears hurt ill write more later i think ... all in all a epic masterpiece!

Review written by: Grace (Grace@LizardLover.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 00:07:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Last year on my birthday, I didn't get the oppurtunity to see Tool, but this year I may be glad I waited for them to break my blessed Tool cherry. What a shocking show, I cant even begin to tell everyone the emotions that flowed through my body during their amazing, nearly 2 hour, set. It was phenomenal. They touched every nerve in my body and overall enlightened me with their impressive power as a band. I thought there would never be another great band who could create such an incredible, atmospheric, and almost magic force to display to a very thankful audience. I'm glad I was proven otherwise. It really makes me grateful to see such great performers, this is what music should be known for. Tool really has more than just great musicians, powerful lyrics, ingenius members and a great live show.. they have something that cant be explained. A certain mystical signal that pulls their fans into the music..whatever it is, I like it! I really cant wait till I see them again!. Warm thoughts, Grace

Review written by: Graham (galldre@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 00:21:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Just got back from another great tool show. Setlist: Sober Grudge Ions Stinkfist H Schism Parabol/Parabola ∆nema -int- Disposition Reflection Triad Lateralus Great show. Much better than the one I saw last October, but I did think the arena was too big. I would be willing to pay about twice to see Tool in a smaller arena. All the extra artwork really added to the visuals, but I think more would be a little excessive. I thought the sound quality was great and the volume was perfect. I'm glad they had a seated floor. I just don't think moshing and body surfing is really appropriate. Fans were really into the music all night long. Didn't sit down until Stinkfist or H. Parabola and Triad were my favorites. I just can't get enough of that drumming. If you haven't seen Tool live, you have no idea what it is like . I simply can't describe it to you, I do highly reccomend it, though.

Review written by: Jake (jpw2@andrew.cmu.edu) Review posted on: 08/31/02 00:22:09 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Absolutely amazing show! I saw them last September in Pittsburgh and I was surprised that most of their set had new backdrops and videos. They definitely threw in some interesting items to spice up certain songs (I wont spoil anything). Also, I loved how Maynard was wearing only a pair of black underwear for most of the show, he must have been cold up there! He also said something pretty funny when he was addressing the crowd. Does anyone remember exactly what he said when he was like "I hope you all leave here horny" Overall, it was another great Tool show, and I'm sure everyone who was there tonight would agree.

Review written by: Kay (EyezOnMe15@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 00:30:46 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Wow...I walked into the Gund earlier tonight expecting to see an amazing show. Thank you, tool, for surpassing my expectations and giving me a great show. High points of the night, for me, were The Grudge, Aenima, H, and Lateralus, which were all amazingly done. I don't remember the exact setlist, and I'm sure someone else will. The visuals were great, with all the lights, and the freaky videos on the screens. I had a really tall guy blocking my view of the band, so if you're out here, screw you! =P Nah I did see maynard in his little speedo though. =) And I heard everything fine and that's what counts, for me. Tomahawk...I really shouldn't even be mentioning this pathetic excuse for a "band." They sounded like a very poor rip of mushroomhead...and I do mean really poor. The police uniforms were just tacky, and what was with the gas mask? I suggest seeing tool, but skipping this opening band. Kay and her ears give them two thumbs down. Anyway, tool was awesome, as expected.

Review written by: jamal (jamal@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 00:35:45 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

tomahawk was awsome mike patton was awsome. they really sounded good tonight as usual. tomahawk was the best part of the show, tool was ok it was the usual set list. tomahawk blew tool away the sound system was pretty good. tool opened w sober which was pretty cool. they also played aneimia the grudge was also cool. set list 1. sober 2. the grudge 3. stinkfist. 4. jimmy 5. schism 6. parabol 7. parabola 8. aenema intermision 9. reflection 10 disposition 11. triad 12 lateralis.

Review written by: Scott (sm3445@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 01:24:18 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Setlist Sober The Grudge Stinkfist (extended) h. Schism Parabol Parabola AEnema ~Intermission~ Disposition Reflection (drum solo) Triad Lateralus My first live Tool experience, and all I have to say was that it was truely amazing. I was only let down with h. instead of 46n2, but h. was still cool. Tomahawk definately claimed they could kick the Indian's asses, and I definately disagree. When they played, I felt like I was like listening to "Songs of the Whales". Anyways, in the words of Wesley Willis, Tool rocked it like a magikiss. If you haven't seen tool yet, GO BUY TICKETS for the Cincinnati show.

Review written by: Jaymz (terrellbandus@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 01:31:09 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

now that was a show...much better than the cleveland show last year. maynard was a lot more animated this time, and i liked his little "maynard-go-round" stage. hearing H. and aenema for the first time live was absolutely mind blowing. the entire set was masterfully played, of course. "lateralus" was a spectacular finish, and having the guys wave to the crowd for a good number of minutes after they stopped playing was a really nice, heartfelt touch. one more thing- the artwork and animations were amazing. can't wait to see these guys again.

Review written by: Keffer Sutherland (K.Sutherland@flatliners.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 01:48:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

The show was amazing, like usual. I don't like the fact that they made floor all seats, so i was glad to have nice first tier seat. I was on the floor and right up front for last September's show and the show in Pitts as well. That spoiled me as it was shitty not being right there, having all the energy in front of me. The show was great, missed Tomahawk cause i was in traffic for an hr (who really wants to see baseball or football?!?!), Hope they downgrade arenas next tour, Gund was a little big, plus CSU is genadm floor.... Josh

Review written by: Master Reviewer (lostwoods46@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 01:51:33 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

posted setlist was correct. I forgot how bad the acoustics are at Gund Arena. I definitely recommend steering clear of the venue as much as possible. the high end tends to get somewhat lost in the rafters. tool was, however, awesome as always. although the setlist was predictable, I was thrilled to hear śnema and H. Triad was the high point for me. tomahawk seemed like a strange mix between someone like skinny puppy and anal cunt, but without the melodic and rhythmic elements of the former, or the humor of the latter. I found their set to be uninspiring... oh, and traffic sucks

Review written by: Jason Ramsey (ramz16wb@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 02:00:03 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Its been almost a year to the date of my last Tool "experience" and this show made up for all 365-odd days of not seeing Tool-live. There's not a doubt that this show blew away last year's show at Cleveland, even if I had horrible seats for this one. Aenema was the highlight of the show for myself, along with Sober and H., because I have never heard them live before tonight. Aenema was absolutely perfect, and I can honestly say I was ready to call it a life after I heard it. It was just THAT great. Sober as a opener is amazing, and H. was brilliant as well. The rest of the show went off without a hitch, and I was happy to see / hear Maynard more animated then last years' show, actually joking around with the crowd at times and making his usual comments all the more enjoyable. The crowd where I was seating was in great spirits, and I think my section sat down once, during the long interlude between Disposition / Reflection / Triad. An AMAZING show that I'm happy to say I was privledged enough to see. BTW, I was also happy I showed up late, because what I heard from Towahawk was just down-right awful. I think I might even prefer Meshuggah over them, and thats saying a lot. I can't wait until Tool makes enough stop in Northeastern Ohio, you can't expect to see me there :)

Review written by: g3 (g2@stopscreaming.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 02:00:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Hmm, the Gun is an awful place for a concert, my bad knee was bothering me and the no smoking at a concert thing is awful. But, Tool was amazing as usual, but I was disappointed compared to last September's show. Most of the CG work was the same and maynard was on stage more often. I truly dug the jam with John on percussion but other than that and the parabol/parabola videos, it was the same show as last year with an even worse venue. I still love tool, and I don't care if I see them play or if I sit in my seat for the entire show and soak in the band's consciousness, but it was a good show. Just not mine.

Review written by: g3 (g2@stopscreaming.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 02:03:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Sorry, I truly apologize for a second post but, Tomahawk: They have truly wonderful idea's great ambient soundscapes but, when everything is put together as a whole project it was down right awful. I can't say last year's openers, Meshuggah were any better but hey, let Mira and Sigor Ros open for Tool, and true spirits will be shown ;)

Review written by: Mindy (Magdalena32715@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 02:46:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Well it was my frist Tool show.. and I must say it was totally amazing and mind blowing!!!! I thought the set list was amazing I was soo happy they played Aenima ::haha Aaron =) :: Thought I was going to miss at least there frist song but I didnt (F-ing traffic) but I did miss Tomahawk but from what I hear its a good thing I did cuz they suck donkey balls! It was the greatest show ever and I did leave feeling horny =) lol Hopefully I can see Tool one day wif my baby Aaron.. Love you sweetie =)

Review written by: Justin St. Julian (evilsaint169@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 04:21:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 8th Tool show

As always, my boys never let me down. Probably the highlight of the evening was when Maynard dedicated H. to my mother at my request. My mom has cancer and tonight was the first night she's been out of the house for about six months-- a very brutal six months. Fortunately, her prognosis is good and her spirits are even better. You see, my mom loves the song H. We went to the show together back in '96 @ the Agora (a MUCH better venue-- Gund's too big) and she heard the song for the first time live. It blew her away. I've been to a few shows since, but she hasn't-- and really wanted to go to this one. I called the PR director at the Gund and LEFT A MESSAGE ON HER MACHINE explaining the situation. I never expected it to get to the band, but it did. The fact that they actually honored my request meant soooo much to me and even more (maybe ;)--) to my ma. The fact is, this band is amazing on so many levels. Tool personifies what it means to be human, like it or not. They dig through the piles of filth to find absolute truth wherever it may lie; they build bridges between what is real and illusion and never shortchange themselves. Introspection at its finest. In keeping with tradition, the show was amazing, Maynard was a bit spotlight-shy, and the music was pure, raw emotion. I know they don't like their asses kissed, but this time they absolutely deserve it. This body holding me will always remind me of the true spirit of life and what swinging on a spiral really feels like. And by the way-- NONE of that is cold and ugly.

Review written by: vegas (galarina1922@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 08:49:39 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

Wow, what can say , amazing show. This was by far the best show that I have seen Tool do . The whole evening was just filled with such great emotions, a special feeling in the air.Much better than the last tour, the band seemed to be more involved this time. It was especially nice to see Maynard pumped and back to his regular self. I can also admit that I officially LOVE Tomahawk. I know that a lot of people were thinking " what the hell is this" but it was definately genuine thats for sure. Very trippy! Thank you Mike for making me lose my mind there for a minute! : ) But there really isnt much more to say but, great show on both parts. Tool will never fail to keep amazing me, they are by far the greatest band of this era and I hope they will carry on to do that in the future. I just wonder how many people went home that night and followed Maynards instructions : ) But in all seriousness, wonderful experience. Cant wait till the show in Eerie. Until then........

Review written by: Jason ALspaugh (clobbersaurus@angelfire.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 09:57:52 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Damn. Thats all I can say. This as you can see was my first tool show. It was amazing. When the screens came on and they played their intro into sober I about had a heart attack. For the first couple songs I couldn't cheer or anything because I was so awestruck. My favorite songs were scism and of course triad. As others have posted they really give it all they got during that performance. They were certainly on last night. I'm to excited to remember the entire setlist, sorry guys. BEST SHOW EVER!

Review written by: Master Reviewer (animus314@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 10:56:52 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Great show,great artwork, sound was great, Tool was great.........um....well....great! Really, it was an outstanding show. The visuals an lights wroked really well with the music, and overall they are definitely keeping their shows interesting for fans who have seen them before, as well as newcomers. I give it an A+ .

Review written by: Master Reviewer (jb@core.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 11:00:42 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. TRIAD!TRIAD!TRIAD!TRIAD!TRIAD!TRIAD!TRIAD!TRIAD! TRIAD!TRIAD!AWESOME,MIND BLOWING, BEST JAM OF NIGHT

Review written by: DER Zuhalter (WeinkamerS@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 11:44:48 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Last nights show was nothing short of a masterpiece. An impressive work of art that stimulated the mind, body, and soul. I continue to be amazed by TOOL's channeling of thier collective artistic abilities into areas other than just their music. Their show truly appeals to every sensory mechanism we posess. The explosion of colors on the video screens, crowd, and backdrop; the deep bass of the drums that you can feel pounding in your chest; the beautiful way in which their complex, yet simple sounds on respective insturments come together in a wave of sound, that picks us up and tosses us around giving us multiple "eargasms"; all these elements and more contribute to the total experience that is a TOOL show, and each seems to compliment the others in such a way and to such an extent as I have never experienced with any other band. I agree with the others who have posted and said that the Gund is not the most concert friendly venue. The acoustics are crap, and I feel that a lot of the high end is lost in such an arena. That said I also must say that TOOL sounded the best of any band I have ever seen at the Gund. Mad props to the sound guys. The lack of a mosh pit for stupid frat boys and meatheads to pound eachother into even more imbisilic piles of wasted flesh made me smile. I am glad that someone finally realized that there are a lot more of us who DON'T want to participate in such unevolved ways of enjoying a show. I wasn't even on the floor, but it made me happy to know that the people who were didn't have to deal with being pushed around by a bunch of blockheads, or jumped on by some dickhead trying to crowd surf. I could go on for pages about this show, but I'll end now by saying that as always I was very impressed, and as always TOOL succeeded in inspiring and healing a large number of faithful followers. Thank you TOOL, and thank you everyone for creating such a great atmosphere. Scott

Review written by: Filthy McStinkpants (mcstinkpants@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 11:50:24 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

Just wanted to say Thanks to TOOL, for one of the best concerts I've seen. The sound and visual effects were magnificent. Thank you for reminding all of us how great is is to be human.

Review written by: Michael Mosnik (themizzoz@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 11:54:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I just checked my show's review section and none appeared so I thought I'd drop the setlist: Sober (a surprise) The Grudge Stinkfist (extended version) H. Schism Parabol Parabola Aenima (very nice!) Intermission Disposition Reflection Triad (a very long jam session with drummer from Tomahawk...great musicianship) Lateralus This enchanted evening began with Tomahawk...They were all garbed in police uniforms with a fake deer singing backup vocals. Mike Patton showed off his veteran skills with energetic enthusiasm....he was writhing all over throughout his songs. I appreciated his intensity...however, I wasn't overly impressed. They didn't suck, but they didn't especially rock either. Mr. Danny Carey joined them for one particular song. Note to Mike Patton: don't instruct us to buy your merchandise...that was lame! If anything, Tomahawk was a helluva lot better than Meshuggah who came in with them last time. Then came the masters themselves...I was very surprised to hear them begin with SOBER. The crowd went nuts...it was delightful. The stage remained dark with only a red- curtained background with lights coming from the bottom. You could make out the bands silhouettes for this song. Then came THE GRUDGE with the red curtain falling and the band coming more into focus revealing a backdrop with the face/eyes/geometric pattern. Maynard was by his lonesome in the back left. Danny was to his right with Justin in front of him. Adam was on the left front of the stage. Maynard spent the first three songs in a cop uniform as well. However, by SCHISM he had stripped down to his skivvies. After Parabol/Parabola came the next special treat....AENIMA. I didn't get to hear this before live so I was especially grateful. TRIAD was great...displaying splendid musicianship with Tomahawk drummer and Maynard on guitar. Although I did enjoy this, I would have much rather been given 2 or 3 more songs (Pushit, Third Eye, and 46 &2 would have been nice). Having paid decent money for my ticket, I could have been given a song or two more. But I refuse to sound like I am complaining....it was a great show. I heard Opiate last time, but everyone around me kept chanting for it...I guess they didn't make it to the last show. Also, I never got to hear a lot of UNDERTOW songs live....that would have been great, too. Tool continues to set themselves apart from the rest....there is just an arrogant, cerebral energy about them that adds to the methodical musicianship of the band. True musicians, need I say more. They ended again with a group hug and some lucky fans got Maynards many water bottles and Danny's drumskins were whirled out far into the crowd. Man, I wish I would have been closer. I can't wait until next time. P.S. Is it entirely necessaril to pass joints around and have that nauseous fragrance emanating around my whole section the whole night. Listen to the music...don't show off to everyone that you can score weed... Until next time all, enjoy the gift that is TOOL

Review written by: Nick Petruska (wingback10@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 12:19:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Holy SHIT!!! Words cannot begin to describe the feeling when u heard those first couple of words into sober, it was just beyond belief. Then the entrance into aenima was just as good or even better, i just don't know wat to write becuz unless you were there you just can't understand it. It was amazing, it may have been my first concert but i think none will ever b as good. Hopefully ill b back to c them in erie!

Review written by: Ross M (loudballs@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 13:03:02 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

A complete and total masterpiece of a show. Visualy amazing, the new setup was great, many times at the show you were torn between watching tool or the outside effects. During ∆nema on the screens they showed comets on the screens which made me think of the Brown dwarf star. My emotions were running high they take you to anyother place. Maynard talked about various things last night from spinach creaps to writing poetry in front of a fire. They played 2 + hours. Setlist was same as before, but to end everything Tool stands on stage for a minute or 2 and embrass the moment, they through some various things in the audience, but they ended with a group hugh. I really can't explain how I felt at that moment but i wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. They are the Led Zep. of are time. To make thinks better i get to see them at cincinnati again too. Whoever was able to make the show Dayton isn't that far away.

Review written by: Matt (apctoolfan@msn.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 13:08:35 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. A 2 hr and 40 min drive from Columbus began late, I had to wait for my son's c.a.t. scan to be completed. The aforementioned drive ended 4 hr and 45 min later due to ungodly traffic on interstate 71 north from Mansfield all the way to "Slum Arena". Why would a city schedule a pro football game, a major league baseball game and a concert on the same block at the same time?? It's a mystery. This was mentioned to illustrate, or to vainly attempt to convey the quality of Tool's set. The trials and tribulations of the traffic and even my son's illness were nearly forgotten for approx 2 hrs. The emotion and power of Tool cannot be explained or quantified in literature. I will merely say thank you Adam, Justin, Danny and especially Maynard for being there and making a difference.

Review written by: Jeffrey Brick (jbrick@ravevisuals.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 15:01:34 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I LOVED TOMAHAWK! Go Tribe! Give, give it up for the evil Cheif Wahoo [Cleveland Indians mascott]. They were different but very off the hook! The deer i entertaining. Tool Video: Huge double stacked projectiors on both sides, very impressive! Tool: Thank you as always for healing me your music. Hopefully my dream of true love will come true someday, its hard being The Patient, but in the end its worth it! Dispositon, Relefction, Triad to Lateralus was a rock opera all its own!

Review written by: Jack (jackebnr@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 16:06:52 ET

This was this reviewer's 10th Tool show

Saw Tool last night at the Gund,they were truly awesome,first off I think Tomahawk is getting a bad wrap,I thought they would be much worse than they were,they were actually pretty good,not great but not horrible,on to Tool,I was in the 2nd row directly in front of Adam he is such an uderrated guitar player to see him that close playing those songs was simply amazing,it seemed like the band was in a good mood Danny and Justin were laughing at each other during the end of triad and even maynard started laughing too it must have been an inside joke,check them out if ya get a chance you won't be disapointed,my only hope is to see them in a smaller venue next time the Gund kinda sucks even Blossom would be better,oh well,they've come a long way since seeing Maynard sporting the mullet and grey cords at Nautica.

Review written by: ryan (kobedaddy@lycos.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 16:12:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

what a show. everything was... euphoric... great.. in every aspect it was what i expected... tomahawk... ummmm they were a bit.. wierd for my taste, you can say. the guy laughed too damned much and hey didnt really sound too solid. i did like some of the unstrumental stuff, but i wasnt there for tomahawk. as their length ended i knew what was next: the tense time when the lights go back on and the cheesey music kicks in... and then i saw a couple things. i saw danny's new kit. i saw somebody checking justins wal (which may i add, sounds great) and then some other guy came out strumming some on adams guitar... then i knew it was really happening... not like before.. i couldnt beleive those were the instruments that have been there all the times when they record and play live and inspire me, and (im sure) millinos of others... next.. the lights dimmed, the crowd roared. i knew it would be a good couple solid minutes of us just STANDING there.. but damnit, we were standing for tool. i expected them to open with the grudge... i was wrong. when justin began sober... i was in shock. this surprised me beyond beliefe and it was AWESOME... it sounded GREAT. it was extended and i LOVED it. after that was over they played the grudge. i could tell the difference in the drums. last year when i saw them (csu) i remembered some of the drum parts not being so clear, and almost overplayed by the other things... not this time. it sounded so good. when i watched danny i was truely inspired. then there was stinkfist, i beleive was next... i dont quite remember the order of the night after then, but i do remember: aenima, parabol/parabola, schism, H., disposition/reflection/triad, and lateralis. i dont know if i didnt list a song, but thats what i remember. aenima... what a great song. and how well it was played. and H. my god... those two songs were definately wanted to be heard by myself the most. and triad as well. i think the drummer from fantomas was included, but correct me if im wrong... i didnt quite hear what maynard said other than him making good spinache crepes... then after triad they closed with lateralis, including a little speach by maynard which was also touching. but when they played lateralis... i THINK adam may have... not screwed up, but i think i heard one extra note, going into a solo too soon... maybe im just crazy, but thats what i THINK... but im sure gods do have their 'glitches' you could call them,,,,, what a show. what a night. what a band. what an experience. i give them all the respect and i owe them all so much for what they have done to, and for me.

Review written by: Mario (thezenmaster1984@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 16:28:21 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

TOOL is to date the best live band around. Their performance was once a gain intense, dramtic, and thanks to Maynard's ranting about International House of Pancakes, humorous. TOMAHAWK put on an anmazing show as well. Though a few ass clowns sitting behind me didn't think so and were too busy ranting about false TOOL information. So fuck those dudes. TOOL's setlist was good. Basically the same as the previous tour but opening up with "Sober" was the most surprising shit ever. I also want to thank Kevin the manager of Aramark for trying to get me backstage.

Review written by: Phalcor (casanova190@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 17:32:06 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I have been waiting for this concert (felt like) forever. I got there very early and got seats on the floor but way back in section 6 but it was definetly still worth it. Tomahawk...hmm. They reming me of a hardcore band that trys to do tool trances (where they will play a ranting guitar riffs and cool effects over and over for like 20 min.) but they don't quite capture this because danney carrey is the only one who can make tribal beats that hypnotize you. I personally think that the lead singer used to many effects ion his voice. I actually think I would have liked them if he didn't use any. But I geuss other people really like them cause the people behind us went to the concert just for tomahawk. Tool was great..The bass during intermission was the wildess thing I have ever experienced.;..it was rumbling my chest. It seemed like maynard had a good night ... No mic goin out and no serious attacks at cleveland. But I still don't get what he first said "Up in the Middle, Hi in the middle" I think thats what he said then he said" I geuss clevelands asleep" well anyways I am goin to go to every tool concert that comes through till I die!!!!!

Review written by: scott (gottscill81us@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 17:43:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

Hey you! Read reviews already posted for your show to see if somebody already posted the setlist. For anyone who was at the cleveland show, and wonders what maynard sang during the middle and the end of stinkfist...it was the king himself, elvis presley and the song is titled suspicious minds. for anyone who hasn't seen tool live, i've gotta say it is something you must experience at the very least once in your lifetime. we all are very lucky to live in the day and age of tool.

Review written by: steve (omnimatrix99@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 18:07:56 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

First off great show, better than the one last year. Here's the setlist sober grudge stinkfist h. schism parabola aenima intermission disposition reflection traid lateralus The best song was probably traid. The tomahawk drummer came out and helped play. Stinkfist was an extended version and was amazing.

Review written by: GodLovesA Coward (liberatdemind@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/31/02 22:00:25 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

i've seen these MindFuckers four times, and i always plan to write a review but never do. mainly because other reviewers end up saying exactly what i would say: exciting, beautiful, amazing, perfect, etc... So the main message to other tool fans always get spread around anyway, whether i add my two cents or not: GO SEE TOO LIVE; YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. but this time, this show, i have to gush for myself. it WAS fucking perfect! my seats, my two best friends with me, the lights, the sounds, the crowd... ah, the sweet mystery of it all... also glad that more people gave Tomahawk such a good response... i love anything mike patton does, and they really sounded great tonight... lots of good cheers and support for them this time, and i'm sure that's because Cleveland has far more sincere music lovers than most places!! (and , no i don't live there, so i'm not kissing ass) you know, it might be that Tool played /sounded so incredible tonight PRECICELY because their opening band finally got some well-deserved applause & appreciation; maybe supporting Tomahawk on stage makes tool happier and puts them in a more positive state of mind so that they will deliver more in their own performance... ?? whatever the reason, tool did play unbelievably well-- i think it was one of the best shows i've ever seen them do! in my four trips with them, i've heard every song that i wanted to hear (at one show or another) except for THIRD EYE... i screamend my ass off, asking them to play it, but it didn't happen... not like i thought some idot from the crowd would make them change their setlist, but i had to try, right? if you still get off listening to all your tool CDs, and take lots of good Tool head-trips in your room or car or wherever, then you owe it to yourself to see them live... watching them play with such love and intensity gives the music and the lyrics so much more power... you won't forget the experience anytime soon, trust me... the effects will linger for days thank you tomahwak for such a great time, thank you tool for playing with such passion and PRECISION, and thank you Cleveland Tool Fans for such a wonderful set of shared moments... go.... feed on life -\o/-

Review written by: Leviathant (leviathant@theninhotline.net) Review posted on: 08/31/02 22:51:04 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Drove from York all the way out to Cleveland to catch these guys, because I couldn't make the Baltimore show. I was late in picking up tickets, but that's okay because I landed seats in section three, about a dozen rows back from the stage. Good job Gund - I know that the guy behind me wasn't happy with having seats on the floor, but to see Tool that close without getting kicked in the head was fantastic, worth the SIX HOUR DRIVE. The band wasn't quite as tight as when I saw them in Hershey last year, but the show all together was better by far and large. I was particularly fond of the UFO landing in the middle of the show - some day I would like to be in a band that goes to giant arenas and plays 10-minute long distorted analogue bass drones so loud they shake your kidneys. Triad was un-fucking-believable. I don't know if Adam just had trouble in the beginning as he wasn't participating for two or three minutes, but it seemed like a very long, extended super-jam. The fact that they played through that trio of songs straight through was just -- I couldn't have asked for a better show. Everything was top-notch. I missed Tomahawk because we were late leaving central PA, but I came out here to see Tool, and I did not get short changed. Floor seating at a Tool show kind of felt like Tool came to play at my high school auditorium or something. They were - right- there just doing their thing. Badass. -Leviathant http://www.theninhotline.net

Review written by: dave (1234fakeadress@fake.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 00:26:22 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

As usual the band was tight, but the sound in the arena was horrendous, at least in my seat. maybe it sounded ok straight out from the stage, but i was half-way up on the side and maynard's voice was consistently drowned out. The sound was generally like mud. so disappointed. i wish they would play the csu convo again. dave

Review written by: dan (scizoripo@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 01:13:26 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

fucking amazing show. driving through traffic from pa to see this was worth it. the last time i saw these guys was 4 years ago at ozzfest in pittsburg. this show was soo much better. maynard was in excelent spirits the crowd was awesome NO FRIGGIN MOSH PITS god those things piss me off. highlights were aenema and the drum solo/triad oh also the extended version of stinkfist. round on the outside high in the middle spiral out keep going............

Review written by: David (Tool4881@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 12:04:36 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

Well I have to say that this show was much more aggressive and inspiring than the last time they played in september of 2001 at the convocation center. This time around the crowd was much more into the show, sometimes being so loud that they drowned out Maynard's voice. He was a lot more animated on stage too, I did notice near the end of the show his small stage was revolving...kinda amusing but cool. I thought the sound in Gund Arena was great too, good acoustics and good sound mixing for a huge cavernous place like that. Tomahawk was hilarious...everyone who says they were terrible and whatnot, well then he just succeeded in doing his job. My notion is that he just likes to mess with people's heads and annoy them just because...I could have sworn at one point the chorus of one of his songs went "rabba babba rabba babba babba ba". Well as for Tool, of course it was a flawless performance. It is so refreshing to be able to see musicians of this caliber perform live and totally have the audience in captivation. I felt kinda old being there, seeing little kids with their parents...interesting to see they have carried their influence on to a new crowd and still hold their older generation in awe. Visuals were amazing, sound was great... he started to go on about Ohio and listed all these cities, and even mentioned Canton, which is my hometown. Kinda cool that he still knows the old saying about Ohio "Flat on the sides and round in the middle"...which at first the crowd didnt understand until he had to repeat it, then there was a general roar. When he broke into the "hey hey hey hey" intro to Aenema, me and my friend both realized this was gonna be one of the best performances we'll have the chance to see. At the end of the show they embraced on stage, which is kindof a tradition of them by now, and bowed and waved to the crowd. Keep up the good work Tool, you have true fans in Cleveland.

Review written by: Erik (Zippo9988@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 12:35:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

Gund Arena on August 30th was my first Tool show. I was disappointed to have missed them at the CSU Convocation Center last year, but this definitely made up for it and was worth the wait. Tomahawk came on stage on schedule and put on a pretty good show, aside from the sound quality of the first song being a horror to the human ear. After they seemed to get their equipment in check, the rest of the set was tight and the band seemed really into it. The guitarist and bassist never overdid their parts and that was always appreciated as the singer/sampler and drummer were the focus of the set. The drumming was absolutely top notch and the singer really went wild onstage, dressed as a cop and taunting the audience that they "could kick our baseball teams ass." Other than the 10 minute long intervals of random sound effects they threw into their set, I'm glad I made it in time to watch Tomahawk's performance. At about 8:45 or so the lights went down and the audience was greeted with the Lateralus symbol on the two huge screens to the left and right of the stage while various sound effects came out of the speakers. Then, out of nowhere, Maynard appeared at the back of the stage silhoutted against a red screen, and "Sober" began. The set list went as follows: 1. Sober 2. The Grudge 3. Stinkfist (extended version) 4. H. 5. Schism (with extended intro) 6. Parabol 7. Parabola 8. AEnema 9. Intermission (Ions effects and various other sounds) 10. Disposition (Maynard playing guitar) 11. Reflection (extended) (Maynard playing guitar) 12. Triad (Maynard playing guitar) 13. Lateralus Highlights of the set were the extended version of "Stinkfist", "Parabola", "Triad", and "Lateralus", although the entire show was phenomenal. In usual Tool style, the screens on the sides of the stage were mind-blowing, playing the bands music videos as each song came in turn and acid-tripping, mind-bending psychadelic images the rest of the time. The stage imagery was decked out as well, a giant screen behind the band showing three sphinx heads, two skulls to the side, and a baby in the fetal position inside each skull. During "Reflection" various screens fell around the stage unveiling the images from the "Lateralus" liner notes, showing the entire human body though. A giant star also descended behind Maynard. Surprisingly, the arena wasn't filled with an over abundance of ignorant assholes, as Tool shows are known for, with drunks yelling "Play Sober! Play Swamp Song! Play Prison Sex! This sucks!" Most of the arena seemed calm and listened to the set with awe instead of trying to mosh. There were obviously a few disrespectful assholes here and there but I think most of the audience was too entranced by the show to be rude. Strange, as the crowd was so large. Maynard was definitely animated during this show, and you could tell that he and the rest of the band really enjoyed the performance and the response they got from the audience. Twice he "thanked us for our support" and was glad "they could share this moment with us." Jones was sporting a new look this show, and in usual fashion hardly ever looked up at the audience. Chancellor really seemed into it, headbanging with most of the songs, and Carey is self explanatory. He beats those drums like theres no tomorrow, and made everyones jaw drop during "Triad", for which John from Tomahawk came out with a second set of snares to help Carey. Maynard made various humorous comments throughout, the following which were a part: "Cleveland must be sleeping. This sounds more like Toledo. Or even worse...Canton. Or Stowe." "John is not only a great drummer, he also makes the best spinach cakes (?) we've ever had." "We hope you leave here tonight inspired, healed on a certain level, and extremely horny. Go home, rent a copy of Caligula [various others were mentioned, can't remember the names], and have sex. For added fun, bring someone with you to have sex." At the end the band came to the front of the stage as Maynard threw water bottles into the crowd and Carey tossed his drum hats out. After much waving to the crowd, they had the usual group hug, then left. Truly an experience that can't be explained, this show took me on a roller coaster of emotions and was the best show I've ever witnessed. Tight performance and hardly one mistake anywhere. Don't miss Tool if you get the chance.

Review written by: J (itscallingme@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 13:19:47 ET

This was this reviewer's 8th Tool show

Bad ass like always. Not that it was bad show, but the two shows I saw in California this year were way better and 2 or 3 songs longer. They played very well though. Just want to add, what the fuck is up with seats on the floor. That pisses me off so much. -Spiral out

Review written by: Travis (jt001k@mail.rochester.edu) Review posted on: 09/01/02 15:52:54 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st Tool show

I don't know how they do it. How did this group surpass my already amazingly high expectations? I had never seen Tool live before, but am VERY into their music. There is something magical about this group, and their live show is no exception. Nothing ive seen or heard even comes close.

Review written by: Harry Limpwinky (mattbrawner462@msn.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 16:04:40 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

I flew all the way from Spokane, WA to see this show, and I was not let down, save for the Gund's shitty acoustics. The crowd seemed to be more accepting of Tomahawk, at least the hooarys seemed to outnumber the boos. I saw Tool twice last year and heard nearly identical sets, so hearing H and aenema instead of 46 & 2 and Pushit was a treat, though they're all equally great songs. No full 23-second yell on The Grudge, but otherwise Maynard seemed at the top of his game. Good to see Justin rockin out, I believe Adam extended the second solo in Lateralus. The visuals for this tour are fucking unbelievable. Overall this was the best Tool show I've seen, and the best show in general I've ever seen. Maynard suggested that for extra fun, you should have someone join you when you have sex. The only bummer was no pot, and some older dude, who was otherewise cool, kept telling me that 'Tool is the Pink FLoyd of your generation.' After the 43rd time, that got annoying. Embrace this holy reality............spiral out.

Review written by: mike (brownsfanmike@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 16:40:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 6th Tool show

Hey, everybody, what a crazy weekend!! Great show!! Tool was incredible as usual. What I saw of Tomahawk was very cool, and for the most part the crowd was supportive, except for some dickless, drunken lowlife two sections over, who took it upon himself to tell the band at the top of his lungs that, "you guys suck dick!!! Well at least he thought it was funny? Anyway, this show was better than the one in Chicago last night, better energy. Props to Casey in the Ipecac Recordings shirt, one of the coolest people I have ever talked to at a show, my girlfriend and I think you are awesome!! Also, props to the girl that bought 3 cigarettes off of me for 2 dollars. We thought we would need the money to get the car out of the hotel parking lot, but in a crazy twist used it to buy about 15 dollars worth of hash from a crackhead. Great people at this show for the most part, and all in all a great experience. Unfortunately, my girlfriend and I had to hurry home, because our dog had a medical emergency, and we had to put him down saturday afternoon. God, we loved that dog. Well, sorry for rambling everybody, but like I said, a crazy weekend, good and bad. peace, and spiral out

Review written by: Amy Sossa (Am5286@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 17:28:32 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I thought tool was great.. personally i liked last years show better.. but i had a better veiw of the band this year. I wish they wouldve played more old songs.. from opiate mostly and others. lateralus is a great cd, but not one of my favorites from them. but over all, it was an awesome show. and Mike pattons new band tomahawk was great too.. i think its his best band yet out of cradle of filth and Mr. Bungle. (for the response up top.. who has been around way longer than mushroomhead - also from cleveland.) but anyways, i cant wait for the next tour and cd!! tool -- you guys are geniuses. -amy

Review written by: jason (guitar@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 21:15:58 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

tomahawk blew away tool tonight. and for all u dumbass's they dont sound like mushroomhead and when they said there baseball team could kick the tribes ass the meant the dodgers because tomahawk is from LA. all u hillbilly dumbass's with mullets think tomahawk sucks but thats becuase ur a bunch of lame ass hillbillies w mullets get a life all u guys do at the tool concerts is yell and drink tomahawk is a great band mike patton is one of the few decent singers out there now a days. but all u hillbillies hate them cuz ur the true tool fanatics.

Review written by: Rob Switzer (robswitzer@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/01/02 23:34:14 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I came to this show from Inkster, MI and the 3.5 hour drive was well worth it. I came with my brother, his girlfriend, another friend, and (believe it or not) my parents. My mom saw them before with me last year in Auburn Hills, MI and loved them, so we decided to take my dad, a huge Pink Floyd fan. He loved them and compares them to King Crimson. Anyway, I'm not going to waste too much time saying how great the show was (better than last year) but I will share my favorite moments at the show in no particular order. 1. Seeing Tomahawk Yes, I liked Tomahawk, and I even bought their shirt featuring the funny Flashback lyric on the back "Put on the mask and dance for Daddy". They're very talented and it's nice to see a band daring to be different. Mike Patton is a madman and offered a hilarious quote; my favorite from any concert: "We are Tomahawk.... and WE want YOU to buy our merchandise!" 2. The New Artwork The huge screen behind Maynard, The Parabola balls, the Alex Grey artwork, etc. combined for a great stimulation of the visual senses. 3. Triad This was without a doubt the most amazing performance I've experienced live. When they returned from the intermission and kicked into Disposition, I shut up, all the drunks behind me seemed to shut up, and the whole damn arena was in a hypnotic state climaxing with this masterpiece. It was much longer and much more impressive than the album version. It needs to be seen to be believed. 4. Discount on Pigs in a Blanket (Inside Joke Alert) I don't know about the other folks who came to this show, but who else wants to trek out to California with ticket stubs in tow and hit the IHOP!? Robert Switzer

Review written by: fudge (toolfan.com) Review posted on: 09/02/02 03:17:02 ET

This was this reviewer's 9 Tool show

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Review written by: Master Reviewer (svgj.com) Review posted on: 09/02/02 13:18:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

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Review written by: Matthew (marcusmontero@aol.com) Review posted on: 09/02/02 23:55:07 ET

This was this reviewer's 4th Tool show

I thought this show was really great, and I got a lot out of it emotionally. The new stage setup was awesome, I especially liked the red curtain behind the stage at the beginning. I'm sure no one wants the setlist, so I'll just tell about what I enjoyed. I thought the highlight of the night was Triad, when the drummer from tomahawk played in the center of the stage. It was incredible. I was also really impressed with Parabol/Parabola. Tool really has a way of stirring up my emotions better than anything else does. I am sincerely grateful for the chance to see them live and listen to their music. The only thing that would make me happier would be to see them in a more intimate atmosphere. Or perhaps another album. Imagine, say, 8 or 9 new songs by Tool. Man. I can't even think about it.

Review written by: WB (mcohen101@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/03/02 09:48:17 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

I read all of the reviews and I am so glad someone else heard what I heard: Elvis' "Suspicious Minds." I thought I was losing my mind. (pun intended) I think it's so funny how everyone tries to get the setlist. It's impossible. I heard bits and pieces of several songs mixed in with other songs several times throughout the show. Maynard did make reference to several Ohio towns: Toledo, Canton, Tallmadge, Stow, and Randolph. Then he said "Fuck Cleveland" Too funny - especially for those from Portage and Summit counties. Tool is really good at what they do - fucking with our heads. I was waiting for the entire arena to start going: Baaaaaaa, Baaaaaaaa.......like a herd of dumb sheep. Tool is God and all of that.......

Review written by: First time seeing Tool (tomahawksucks@yahoo.uk.com) Review posted on: 09/03/02 15:08:08 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

I was very impressed by the show. I have seen perfect circle twice so I have heard Maynard sing live a few times. This was definitely worth the trip from Columbus. I read a review of someone saying Tomahawk was great and Tool was just ok. How high was this guy? Tomahawk sucked, they sounded like total ass. Everyone around me was booing tomahawk and for good reason. The only reason anyone clapped at the end of the Tomahawk set was because tool was coming up. The video's were awesome. All in all it was worth the forty dollar ticket price and the 3 hour drive.

Review written by: maryjo (maryjo185@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 09/04/02 06:07:43 ET

This was this reviewer's 3rd Tool show

this was my 3rd show we came from pittsburgh,pa was worth getting lost and looking at all those browns fans great show loved the new backdrop the band just keeps getting better hope to see you in erie,pa

Review written by: a tripper (de208100@ohiou.edu) Review posted on: 09/04/02 10:04:24 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

i am now a different person. see tool on shrooms and everything makes sense for a couple short hours, then back to the confusion. my favorite part was when my grandma took the stage in her wheelchair and rocked out during parabola (her guitar playing puts yours to shame, adam) if you were one of the fools throwing seat covers, you should really consider suicide. just make sure you do it deep in the woods so we dont smell your carcass. also, to the assbag in the last row of section 2 shouting "holy shit, holy shit...", your girlfriend was thoroughly embarassed if you didnt notice. THANK YOU ADAM, DANNY, JUSTIN AND BOTH MAYNARDS, PLEASE NEVER STOP.

Review written by: D (perdida_de_esperanza) Review posted on: 09/04/02 12:33:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Wow awesome show, 1st time ive seen them live and they blew me away. Thank you Tool

Review written by: Vinnie (vinnie@wxdx.com) Review posted on: 09/05/02 18:13:19 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

I'm not attempting to nit pick, only add a microscopic perspective to a show that's already been dissected. You had to have been close to witness this, but on top of Adam's amplifier was a little mechanical fist. The only reason I recognized it is because my boss has one in his office. Regardless, this only happened once, and I cannot for the life of me remember after which song, but Maynard leaned over and pushed the button on the back of the fist. Up sprang a middle finger & down it went after a few seconds. I emoted.

Review written by: Frank (frankules@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/07/02 01:17:16 ET

This was this reviewer's 1st? Tool show

Yea i was at the concert tonight and i must say that i was very disappointed. Ive been to so many better concerts than this. Tool comes out and plays 8 songs then they take a 30 minutes break. When they come back out they play the worst song off of laterlus Reflection . Then they played a 15 minute instrumental which I must say left me very bored. The Maynard says im glad u were here to share this moment with and all this shit they play laterlus and leave the stage. They didnít play hooker with a penis, 46 & 2, prison sex, or even Eulogy. Im never gonna see tool again. It was a waste of 44 dollars to watch them play 11- 12 songs. I f u all wanna see a concert go see Metallica play when there new cd comes out there ull see at least 30 songs. Thatís a fucking concert.

Review written by: john (ticketquestion@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 09/07/02 15:11:47 ET

This was this reviewer's 2nd Tool show

this review goes out to dan. we sat in the 4th row of this show and we both thought it was amazing. triad, sober, stinkfist, aenema, the whole show. by the way, schism is pretty good live. i think i found a new tool fan at this concert. we'll see you all in erie. J-wide p.s.- we can die happy if we hear cold and ugly at erie

Review written by: brian (brian@brian-t-hunt.com) Review posted on: 09/08/02 14:39:15 ET

This was this reviewer's 5th Tool show

I just wanted fans out there to know that the show in Cleveland was incredible! I was a little amazed at the turnout because I thought there'd be more people attendind that nights performance, but both the Cleveland browns were in town, as well as the Indians. Nonetheless, there was a good number of fans there. Tool opened that nights show with Sober which was a nice surprise. The set was great. They've been touring for about a year, yet they still played thier music with such a TON of energy. These guys are a great group of talent trying to expose others to some mind- opening truths. I only hope that more and more people begin to understand the message, and persue what's being offered. Tool is exactly what it says; a TOOL. USE IT