Tool at Lollapalooza 1997 Tour Reviews

Date: August 16


Review written by: justin (pnkflyd2@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/18/97 23:09:02 all I have to say is that after sitting through an hour of snoop dog I think I yelled the loudest when maynard sang the words "fuck all these gun toting hip gansta wanna-be's"

Review written by: Jason Stone (stoneman@jps.net) Review posted on: 08/18/97 20:53:18 Well, this was my third time seeing that good ol' Tool, and shit, they didn't let me down. The whole day I was getting pissed off by the scorching sun burning the shit out of my fucking head, and when Tool made their entrance, all the shit of pre-Tool was forgotten. I was in the W section of 203 = way the fuck out there, but I ran into my best friends dad who is manager of security with Bill Graham Presents, so we ended up in section 101, fourth row back in the midddle area of that section. All was looking good, but I remembered there was still Snoop who had to play. My nerves of what to expect from Tool was driving me and my friend Josh to absolute distraction. All of a sudden, Danny Carrey comes out and starts to warm up, and do all the sound check shit. Then Maynard starts talking from back stage "Hooker With a Penis". I was just like, oh shit, it's on. Second on stage is Adam Jones. Now Adam wasn't all made up or anything, I was kinda surprised though when Justin Chancellor came out completely painted black, but holy shit, Maynard cruises on stage, painted half red and half black with nothing but a two piece g-string, and huge platform Dr. Martins on. I saw a little more of Maynard than I really needed. The crowd was on it's feet, and everyones eyes were fixed on the stage. Tool began their set and I was now completely irate with excitment. This little girl next to me who was with her dad thought I and her dad were nuts because of our intensity. She only came for snoop shit, and I looked at her the same way when his set was on. I didn't care, I sang every lyric to every song, even "No Quarter" when I realised what they were playing. I wanted them to play Opiate and Prison Sex so bad, but they only ended up playing Opiate. Well shit, don't get me wrong, I was far beyond being satisfied with their performance, I mean I was fucking smiling all night long. Maynard was awsome the whole time, moving all awkward and scaring the shit out of a lot of people with his crazy looks. When he was introducing their next song, he says "We're going to pause for a second to watch an educational video on Colonic water sports." I started to laugh my ass off, but I didn't know they were speaking of the obvious song, Aenema. Then the video from MTV started on the projecters behind the band. I must say, I was probably making an ass of myself from so much excitement. To top the day off, I caught a drum stick that was thrown by Danny. It was a great concert, and the psychadelic shit behind them on the projecters was intense. On a scale of one to ten on their performance, 1 being shit and 10 being phenominal, they scored a eleven. In summary, their power to actually excite the entire crowd was matched by no other performer in the day. Tool is, of all the bands I've ever seen, the most talented in entertainment and talent. No drummer can match Danny, no singer has a voice close to Maynard's, Justin is unbeleivable on bass and Adam is an overall genius on guitar. Fuck they were good.

Review written by: Brian La Pask (brian15@pacbell.net) Review posted on: 08/18/97 19:18:31 --check this out. jesus. i had 2 tickets to lollapalooza on the 16th, it's like 3 hours from my house so i left early... w/ my friend driving we headed out... of all the places we could've been going we have to be on our way to a tool show, the last tool show for a while, and his master cylinder goes... fuck. by the time we got it towed it was 3, by the time we got it to a mechanic and my dad picked us up, it was 7. fuck. --btw, tool played no quarter, AND 4 degrees. fuck. --Brian--

Review written by: V. (gv1@axe.humboldt.edu) Review posted on: 08/18/97 16:54:59 After spending the night in my car, parked in an apt complex parking lot in Pittsburg, CA (Kirker Creek apts to be exact), a place I've delivered chinese food to before...yes, I'm too cheap to get a hotel room...I got to Shoreline amp about 2:00 and wandered about, read, etc. etc. until Tool came on. (I did, however, watch Tricky. Personally, I thought he and his wife were the second best act there... although Snoop, for what bit I decided to see, really put on a great show for anyone inclined to watch... first off--my setlist for Concord *was* slightly out of order and I * did* forget to include undertow... however, this *is* the correct order for Shoreline, I can guarentee it. Hooker w/ a Penis Stinkfist 4 ć 46 & 2 Eulogy Pushit Sober No Quarter (Third Eye)/Opiate AEnima First off, a very very very **hearty** thank you to the guy who let me use his 100 section ticket to get down to the lower reserved seats for Tool...my seat, in the upper reserved, sucked! Granted, I still wasn't as close as I was at Concord, but 150 ft, compared to the 400+ at my seat in the upper reserved, was a shit load better. Maynard dressed in drag again--fake pony tail, bra, g string..painted half green...Left the hair on the whole show--unlike at Concord. He was flailing about and playing with the mic/mic stand all night, again. I thought Justin was green the prior night, but maybe I was just colorblind--he was **dark** green for this set... Hooker included (what I would assume was a standard, since he did it at Concord too) "Shirts, Baby T's, hats, all for sale, just for you" during the pause... They noodled on guitar a bit and launched into... Stinkfist...The sound was cleaner at Concord, more crisp, less loud-- since it was a smaller venue, the tech's could do that...At Shoreline, a place that's supposed to be the largest outdoor amp in all CA, (it IS at *least* the largest in the Bay Area...maybe Irvine Meadows in LA is larger, I'm not sure) the sound had to be pumping to get to everyone...result, less crisp, more loud. The high end was turned down a notch, the low end turned up a notch (compared to the night before in Concord). They did a bit of a jam in the middle. 4 ć was *great* wholly unexpected on my part, perhaps because after Maynard specifically said tonight's set would be completely different than the set at Concord, and after the first two songs were the same, I was expecting 46 & 2...very tight as always. "Good Evening San Francisco...This is a song--about--subtle changes." introduces, yeah, tough guess here, Maynard's been using that line all tour... Forty Six and Two--nothing overly unusual. Great f****** song. They paused about a minute and then started Eulogy which contained an extended outtro. "Goodbye" echoed throughout the entire ampitheatre--f****** bad ass... Pushit was introduced as "This is kind of a love song...but, aren't they all?" The intro sounded like glass breaking...Maynard went nuts during this song--arms flailing, rocking about, etc. etc...being Maynard. The song sounds so much better live...on the album it seems too repititive, but live, caught up in the moment of seeing TOOL!, it kicks ass...The transition in the middle to the "I never want to see that place again" bit sounded *great* the "must persuade you another way" was fricking *great* in that ampitheatre... They go right into Sober after a brief pause. Personally, I thought it was the worst song of the set...it simply seemed a bit *off* to me...Not to seem a sycophant, but for Tool that means less than incredible. For other bands it's usually complete disintegration. "Hopefully, you all enjoyed all the music all day long. Quite a diverse bill this year, I'd say. This is probably the closest to the original idea of Alternative that it's everr goten I would think. So hopefully today you set aside your preconceptions and what all your friends told you is cool, and just opened your hearts o the music. We don't normally do this song, we've done it a little on this tour, but we'd like to dedicate this song to all the other bands that have been on the tour this year.It's been wonderful playing with them and we're happy you came down for the last show." Reading the otehr reviews is the only way I knew the name of the next song, "No Quarter"...Whatever the case, a **great** song--so stoked to hear a new one(to me at least) . It was kind of hard to pick out most of the lyrics...vocals a bit too buried. "How many of you are tripping? It sounds like a lot of you aren't. So those of you who are, pass it around..." Then, something odd...the band played the intro to Third Eye-- something like the first four minutes, during which time Adam, then Justin, lay on the stage while playing. They segued into Opiate, and I would assume it was due to time constraints... Lastly, the band closed it off with AEnima again...Maynard did his little speech/intro before it, "Before we're done, we have a short public service announcement type film we'd like to show you. It's all about the physcological aspects of coloni watersports" The song kicked ass, as always--last song of the tour for them... "Thank you, goodnight, see you next year." All told, they played for 85 min again... After seeing it twice, and thinking about it a bit (300 miles gives you plenty of time to think about things) I've come up with my own interpretation of the video. If you don't want to read it for whatever reason, go away cuz here it comes... the claymation man is supposed to represent the people of LA, or perhaps even all the ppl in the world...when he pulls out his bowels and ties himself up, he's trapping himself in his own shit, literally--the shit is the "latte, hairpiece,contract, pilot, etc. etc.", the garbage we devote our time and lives to and how we trap ourselves in it...the water rushing in is the flood to wash away the shit--the colonic substinence of the song/video. The short fat man is the creator and the box he puts the man in is the earth--he throws it all about (like an earthquake or tidal wave, etc) cuz he's pissed at how the man has trapped himself in his shit and wasted his life away on meaningless things.

Review written by: Lestat (Pyrogimp@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/17/97 18:21:13 This was my second Tool show, and I'm telling you it was worth paying the money and sitting through all the other bands (even though Snoop was the only really annoying one) after snoop though I was going practically insane waiting for tool to come out and knew that they would be on soon when I saw the large pentacle being wheeled out on to the stage. During this time they were playing over the speakers parts from Bill Hicks comedy stand up routine, which I noticed that most of the people around me couldn 't identify, they were like "Who is that?" Anyways it then got dark enough for the screens to be seen, so Tool made their entrance, and started off playing Hooker with a Penis, this got the crowd going and I was wishing that I was in the lower section so I could get close to the stage to see this, oh well it still ruled. After hooker with a penis they played Stinkfist or as those fuckers at MTV call it "Track #1" (Stupid MTV) oh well. After that they played 4 Degrees which wooped ass. Pushit was the ne xt song, and after that they played a song about subtle changes as Maynard put it, which was 46 and 2. Eulogy was the next song and i finally figured out how the did the beginning of that song on their instruments. After Eulogy was the song that I was p raying that they would play and would have paid 30 bucks to see just this song, Led Zeppelin's No Quarter. When Maynard started talking about dedicating this song to the others that are playing at Lollapalooza I was hoping it was No Quarter and after two notes of the song were played me and my girlfriend started screaming and yelling like a couple of crazed lunatics, unfortunatly I only heard a few other screams throughout the rest of the audience, they probably thought that it was a new Tool song or one off of one of the older albums. Some guy next to my girlfriend even asked us what song it was. I feel sorry for those people that aren't informed. After No Quarter they played Sober, which I figured that they would play. Then they did a little Ions wh ile setting up to play Opiate. Finally, after Opiate they closed the set with Aenema while playing the video for it on the big screen. All I can say about this concert is that it was the most amazing show that I have ever seen and I thank Tool for puttin g on an awesome show after a long and tiring tour. Thanks!!! :)

Review written by: Taylor (piglaho@usa.net) Review posted on: 08/17/97 18:12:01 Wow! This was my first time seeing Tool live, and I had a great time. My friend and I wathched most of the other bands, and some were pretty good. While the Marley Brothers were on, Danny Carey walked right by us. I was suprised that no one recognized him. Iwas was too nervous to say anything, then I felt stupid I didn't. We left just as Snoop began and went to watch Failure a 2nd time. I looked behind me and there was Danny, sitting on the dancer's tower thing. I went up to him and talked briefly. He was really cool and nice. He watced the Failure show and took a picture of them, and still nobody went up to him!! He told me they wuold be playing about 8:15, so we took our seats at 8. The show was incredible. The songs they played were (not exactly in this order) were: Hooker Stinkfist (with really cool new part & guitar solo ) 4 degrees 46 & 2 Eulogy Pushit No Quarter Sober Opiate Aenema Every song was perfect and powerful. No Quarter was dedicated to all the other bands playing at Lollapalooza and was a big suprise. There was a lot of meesing around with guitar and bass sounds before Opiate, and Adam was rubbing a Star Wars Star Destroyer across his strings to make some weird sounds. Maynard's voice was right on and very powerfull and emotional. Danny was amazing as I knew he would be. A very tight and beautiful performance.

Review written by: sarah (switchblade3@juno.com) Review posted on: 08/17/97 17:27:01 it was the best! they had the whole stadium filled with everyone on their feet struggling to catch a glimpse of the allmighty tool. everyone was shouting the lyrics out at the top of their lungs. everybody there was celebrating tool's greatness. and i must say that maynard had some nice tits on him too!

Review written by: Tim Regan (FFNGuy@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/17/97 13:32:44 So my buddies and I dorve for five hours to get to see Tool. I was personally very excited, I had never seen Tool nor been to a Lollapalooza. Definitely an experience. I wasn't a big fan of any of the main stage bands besides Tool since Korn didn't play. Some of the second stage bands were pretty good. If you have never seen the Demolition Doll Rods out of Detroit, you missed something. But I wouldn't pay to see them. Eventually Snoop came out. Can somebody explain to me the attraction of having thousands of people saying "Snoop Dogg's in the house" over and over? I just don't understand. I tried to be open-minded but... But then Tool. The only thing I can express how I felt when I saw them hit the stage was like a drunken man finding his "momemt of clarity." The song list was great, and they played "No Quarter," and was it fantastic! (I had to explain to a girl next to me that it wasn't a new song, that there was this band in the past called Led Zeppelin... Then I told her Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings. "Really?" she replied... Grrrrrrrr.) Anyway, an amazing show, an extraordinary band, a beautiful night (when Tool came out the moon was just poking over the top of the stage) simply fantastic. Now if we could talk to somebody abut the $4.75 beers...

Review written by: kristina (lilxwiked@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/17/97 10:24:50 well, what can i say..i fucken sat thru most of the bands. most of them sucked anyway..i was actually shocked that failure didnt get such a good response from the crowd, i guess no one has ever heard of them. during the setup for the marely people, danny walked by [without saying hi, err!] but his friend that he was with said hi to us :) snoop was cool tho - he asked people to throw up some "san franciso chronic." i dont know why but all the bands mistaked us as San Franciso..after snoop, came T00L! it took thee roadies a long time to set up - so of course this was going to kick ass! after the setting up was done,it took a while for the band to get on stage (i guess they're trying to make an entrance :) but finally, they came out! i think justin was either green or blue - adam and danny were wearing thee normal attire and maynard was half blue - half white sporting his realistic boobs, platforms, jock strap and his ponytail [he looked very sexy and i think the guys behind me felt the same way!] i really cant recall the set-list {i wonder why?} but they played Eulogy and No Quarter - thats enough for me! Eulogy was dedicated to us and No Quarter was dedicated to the other Lollpalooza bands! yay! right after hooker with a penis,was when maynard and i had dance competitions! i may not be able to sing like him {maynard} but i sure as hell can dance like him! {{maybe better?}} maynard didnt have much to say in between songs - but the music said it all! unfortunately, ÉNEMA was the last they did - but did a motherfucken kick ass job at it! --after T00L, like 99.9% of the crowd left. *including us* {sorry Orb :( ) but we left to go backstage! Oh and if you didnt get yer ass out to lollpalooza this year because of other bands or whatever excuse you use - let me just say, you messed a hell of a show and you never deserve the chance to see another one. :)

Review written by: toolhead (randysanders@cwnet) Review posted on: 08/17/97 04:55:12 WOW!! mY FIRST TOOL SHOW AND IT SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS! I HAD ONLY SEEN ONE SETLIST BEFORE TONIGHT AND KNEW IT WOULD BE STELLAR. HERE IS THE COMPLETE SET... AFTER SNOOP LEFT THE STAGE AFTER HITTIN A DOOB ON STAGE THAT A FAN HAD TOSSED UP THE ROADIES STARTED MOVING TOOLS SET ON STAGE COOL SCREENS LIGHTS A CIRCLE SYMBOL THE PA WAS PLAYING A REMIX WITH "PRYING OPEN MY THIRD EYE IN IT. PRETTY COOL.. THEN SOMEONE ( MJK) SINGING A DIFFERENT VERSION OF "HOOKER". THEN 2 OR 3 INCREASINGLY LOUD BASS RUMBLES. OPENED WITH "HOOKER" MJK DRESSED IN HIS NOW FAMOUS MADONNA-ESQUE SELLOUT HOOKER WITH BOOBS AND A PENIS EMBODIMENT. GREAT SONG POWERFUL PERFORMANCE THE CROWD SWELL ED, PARTED THEN I GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE UNDERTOW. A MONBSTER PIT FORMED IN THE LOWER HILL AREA AND I WAS DRAWN! STINKFIST CAME OUT WITH A ROAR AND I MADE MY WAY THROUGH THE STUNNED CROWD TO THE MOSH AREA AND WATCHED THE BAND GO NUTS WITH THE SCREENS. TR IPPED AROUND UP AND DOWN THE PIT A COUPLE TIMES THAN WATCHED FROM A NICE PLACE AS THEY PLAYED "FOUR DEGREES" A LEFT HOOK OUTTA NO WHERE, MAN! ENJOYED THAT ONE AND WENT BACK TO MY ORIGINAL SPOT. THEN "FORTY SIX AND 2, EULOGY" ALL I CAN SAY IS KILLER THEN MJK SAYS "THIS ONES A LOVE SONG" NO WAY!! "PUSHIT" AN INCREDIBLE SONG FOLOWED BY "SOBER" POWERFUL AND DARK A CLASSIC. THEN MJK STARTS TALKIN ABOUT THIS BEIN THE LAST SHOW AND HOW GOOD WE LISTENED TO OTHER BANDS AND DONT LET YOUR FRIENDS TELL YOU WHATS COOL AND IN THIS SPIRIT WE'RE GONNA PLAY THIS SONG. WHAT COULD IT BE? NO QUARTER THE LED ZEP EPIC. I HAD ONLY HEARD TALES OF THIS ONE A RUMOURED ENCONIUM TRIBUTE GONE BAD SO KEEP IN THE REP FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. AND THIS WAS ONE OF THEM! WISH YOU WERE H ERE...NEXT THE BOYS GO INTO " (-)IONS" TALK ABOUT WORKIN' IT DOWN ON THE GROUND PLAYIN WITH ALL THE KNOBS. REALLY WIERD COOL SPACE AGGRO MIND KNUMBING SHIT. SCREENS BLAZIN WITH WIERDNESS ELEPHANT FUCKING, SLOMO WATERDROPS IN COMPUTERIZED COLOR FRACTALS SPIRALS AND I REALLY WASN,T THAT HIGH BUT I WAS TRIPPIN! "OPIATE" CAME NEXT IWAS THINKIN SHIT! ARE THEY STILL PLAYING. A GREAT. ANOTHER CLASSIC ONE OF THE FIRST. AFTER THIS INCREDIBLE SHOT THEY BROUGHT IT ALL BACK HOME AND INTO PERSPECTIVE WITH" ANEMA " I WAS BLOWN, FLUSHED AND SUCKED ALL THE WAY DOWN. AN ABSOLUTELY ASS KICKIN PERFORMAMCE AND AS FAR AS I EAS CONCERNED ALL OF MY $30.00 TICKET PRICE WENT TO TOOL! WHAT MORE CAN I SAY I GOT TOOLED..,..

Review written by: Dave (pirofalo@ix.netcom.com) Review posted on: 08/17/97 02:45:06 And, thus, another Lollapalooza comes to an end... Well, it was worth all the crap that this day handed out just to finally hear "No Quarter"...but I'm not bitter :Ů As a Lollapalooza, it was...er...OK, I guess. I think if Korn had been there, it would have been a better mix. I tried to keep an open mind about the other groups. James was cool. The singer came out in the crowd and walked right passed me. Kinda shimmery kinda cool kinda funny...anyway... I've never seen one performer do so much with so little, but Snoop did it all...he had half the crowd yelling (apparently, Mr. Dogg wanted to get fucked up...), while the other half took off to get some chow (I was in the latter)... As a Tool show, well, I have nothing to base a comparison to. However, I will never miss a Tool show again. Their sound quality was great. (I took another reviewer's advice and took out my earplugs for Tool's set...wow...) In no particular order, and with no guarantee that this is complete: Hooker with a Penis Stinkfist 4 degrees Pushit Forty-six & 2 Eulogy No Quarter Sober Opiate Énema Excellent show. Goodnight... Dave

Review written by: dan (dannin@hotmail.com) Review posted on: 08/17/97 02:32:18 Ihave only two things to say about this show, it kicked ass and they played a song which I have never heard before which really surprised me. I think it is new but i'm usually wrong