Review written by: Tow__up (Tow__up@yahoo.com) Review posted on: 08/16/98 18:24:17 *********THIS REVIEW IS DEDICATED TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF TOOL********* AFTER JUST SEEING TOOL JUST TWO DAYS BEFORE, I WAS READY FOR ANOTHER EXPERIENCE I WOULD NEVER FORGET. THIS SHOW WAS MUCH BETTER THAN THE ONE I HAD JUST SEEN AT OZZFEST IN ST. LOUIS EVEN THOUGH I WAS MORE INTO IT AT OZZFEST. I GUESS AFTER SEEING TOOL TWICE IN TWO DAYS IS A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW. BUT ANYWAYS TOOL OPENED UP TO PART OF ME JUST LIKE THEY DID IN ST. LOUIS. THEN THEY PLAYED FORTY SIX & 2. THEN BUZZ CAME OUT TO PLAY STINKFIST WITH THE EXTRA ADDED JAM SESSION THEY DO WHEN THEY PLAY IT LIVE. THEN THEY PLAYED YOU LIED THE PEACH COVER TOOL PLAYS. AND EVEN JUSTIN GOT IN IT WITH SOME VOCALS. WAY TO GO JUSTIN!!! THEN EULOGY WAS NEXT. AND ON THE SCREEN IN THE BACK THEY WERE SHOWING THIS COOL ART MUSEUM TYPE PLACE AND THE PAINTINGS ON THE WALLS WERE THE SAME ONES OUT OF THE źNIMA BOOKLET. I REMEMBER THE ANGELS PAINTING IN PARTICULAR. AND IT ALSO SHOWED SOME SHEEP EATING GRASS. THEN TOOL HAD LIKE A TEN MINUTE JAM/INTRODUCTION AND KICKED INTO SOBER LIKE THEY DO LIVE. THEY ASLO SHOWED THE EYE DURING SURGERY THAT I TALK ABOUT IN MY ST. LOUIS REVIEW. THEN THEY PLAYED PUSHIT. THEY DIDNT PLAY THE SAME VERSION YOU HEAR ON THE CD BUT THE ON YOU HEAR ON THE NEW MP 3'S. MAYNARD ASKED EVERYONE TO CLOSE THEIR EYES DURING THIS SONG AND PICTURE EVERYTHING FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW. THEN THEY PLAYED THIRD EYE. IN THE INTRO TO THIS SONG MAYNARD WAS SAYING THINGS. I CANT REMEMBER WHAT EXACTLY HE WAS SAYING. IF YOU REMEMBER BY ANY CHANCE PLEASE E-MAIL ME AND TELL ME. AFTER THIRD EYE ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND SAT IN FRONT OF THE DRUMSET AND STARTED DRINKING BOTTLED WATER. MAYNARD WAS TALKING INTO THE MICROPHONE MENTIONING HOW GOOD THE WATER WAS. THE CROWED CHEERED MORE AND MORE UNTIL THEY WENT BACK AND PLAYED OPIATE/FLOOD. THIS WAS A GOOD WAY TO END THE SHOW. MAYNARD CAME OUT IN A SUIT AND TIE WITH HIS GRAY WIG ON UNTIL SOBER INTRO THEN HE STRIPPED DOWN TO HIS BOXERS LIKE HE DID AT ST. LOUIS BY THE WAY. I DIDNT MENTION THAT IN MY ST. LOUIS REVIEW. THEY ALSO HAD THE GONG ON THE STAGE THAT THEY HAD AT THE ST. LOUIS SHOW. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO ON THIS PLEASE E-MAIL ME YOUR INFO ABOUT THE GONG. SO AFTER THE SHOW I ASKED MY BROTHER IF WE THOGHT WE HAD A CHANCE OF MEETING TOOL. HE SAID IT WOULDNT HURT TO TRY. SO WE WENT AND WAITED BY THE TOUR BUS FOR ABOUT 30-45 MINUTES. THEN JUSTIN COMES OUT AND SIGNS AUTOGRAPHS AND SHAKES HANDS. THANX TO ME I HAPPENED TO HAVE A PEN WITH ME WHICH ALLOWED EVERYONE TO GET AUTOGRAPHS WITH MY PEN. SO IF YOU WERE THERE AND YOU REMEMBER THE PEN GUY, THATS ME. I ASKED HIM IF THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE A VIDEO TO EULOGY, SINCE THAT LOOKED LIKE ONE ON THE SCREEN DURING THE SHOW, BUT HE SAID HE SAID NO THEY WERENT GOING TO MAKE A VIDEO TO EULOGY. I ALSO ASKED JUSTIN IF THEY WERE EVER GOING TO RELEASE THEIR STUDIO VERSION OF NO QUATER. HE SAID THEY MIGHT AND IF THEY DO THEN I WOULD PROBABLY A B-SIDE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. LATER MAYNARD CAME OUT AND SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS. I SAID SOMTHING TO HIM ABOUT THE FAN CLUB BECAUSE I HAD SENT IN TO JOIN IT, HE SAID THAT THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT IT SERIOUSLY. KINDA LIKE KISS HAD THEIR ARMY. THEN DANNY CAME OUT AND SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS AND I TOLD HIM HOW MUCH I ADMIRED HIS SKILLS ON PLYING THE DRUMS AND HOW I LOOK UP TO HIM SINCE I AM ALSO A DRUMMER. THEN ADAM CAME OUT AND SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS. I ASKED EVERY TOOL MEMBER TO READ MY REVIEW OF THIS SHOW. I DOUBT IT THAT THEY WILL REMEMBER ME BUT THATS WHY IM DEDICATING THIS REVIEW TO THEM SO MAYBE THEY WILL REMEMBER ME AND READ THIS REVIEW. I GOT MY TICKET SIGNED AND I WROTE THE SET LIST DOWN AND THEY SIGNED THAT TOO. IVE GOT IT SCANNED AND ILL HAVE IT ON THE NET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE IT FOR PROF JUST E-MAIL ME AND ILL SEND IT TO YA. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THE SHOW E-MAIL ME AND ILL BE GLAD TO ANSWER IT.
Review written by: Jon Doss (email@example.com) Review posted on: 08/14/98 00:21:02 Well, all I have to say is the show sucked worse than any concert I've been to. I saw them at Lollapalooza, and they were awesome, but this show a big monkey dick. Tool came out catering to their audience...note...the audience was made up of 14 to 16 year old marilyn manson clones. it's funny that they have to try so hard to be "DIFFERENT"....I know, I used to be one of them...but I grew out of it...anyway...TOOL came out catering to those people by saying a bunch of stuff and basically denouncing GOD. Dissappointed...but still a fan of the music.
Review written by: Al (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 08/05/98 16:15:47 I would first like to praise Mr. Burns for his mathematical ability. It is absolutely amazing that he could have calculated that 98% of the crowd had never heard of the Melvins. That is incredible how quickly he was able to come up with statistical data like that. Not even Steinmitz could pull of such a spectacular feat. Seems like Mr. Burns is unclear about a few things. Given the fact that he appears to be a Tool god, his level of intelligence supercedes us all. His enlightened mental capabilities exceed anything I will ever hope to accomplish going to such a school as Rhodes. Never in my life have I met such an ignorant and sterile minded drone. The level of sarcasm in his casustic commentary is only surpassed by the sarcasm shown in my comment. I like Tool, but am not a hysterical zealot. So some people at the show were not acting the way you did. Who cares? No one does but you because you live in a world created in your narrow mind. Open-mindedness is a virtue many in Memphis have yet to grasp and unfortunately you belong with this herd. I look forward to reading another one of your supurb comments. Tool came not to entertain you but to entertain fans. Having a mind of my own is one point, but degrading others by wanting them to conform to your standards proves how narrow minded a person can be. That person is you. Your naive attitude shows your youthful ingorance. No one can be like you but you. Thank god because the last thing Memphis needs is another Mr. Burns. Your vain attempts to escape from society's standards only place you closer to being normal. I can take a good guess at what you look like. You were baggy pants with a chain attached to your wallet or belt. Or if your really original that chain is connected to a watch. Never mind the fact that 95% of everyone that was in attendance wore the same clothing. I applaud your originality and wonderful contributions to society. Please provide us with more wisdom. Your friend, Al
Review written by: A&8 (email@example.com) Review posted on: 08/05/98 04:17:22 children... We all love Tool. Tool is "our" band. We all feel betrayed when that fact is taken from us. In fact, unless you lived in LA in the early 90's , most "original " Tool fans were born in startling droves in such a manner that no man could ever call them an underground influence. We all hold our opinions dear. A local does not dictate a mentality, just a set of limitations. Just enjoy what you can, and lament what you can't... not damn nor hate nor condemn In the end , hate yourself... its cleaner and easier. Mr. Cody's luck to you all
Review written by: Mr. Burns (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 08/05/98 00:35:14 Gee, Al. TOOL was your favorite band until you read my review? I said the band was great in concert. Too bad you apparantly have no mind of your own and change your mind because you disagree with a fan of the band. And thanks for pointing out the level of mentality I've been speaking about to the rest of the country (Rhodes is in Memphis, no?) Anyway, thanks for proving my point. Mr. B.
Review written by: Mike (email@example.com) Review posted on: 08/04/98 17:30:55 I meant to write something on here before everybody else got a chance to, so that I could actually have something important to say, but that's alright. This show started off, like I expected, pretty terribly with the melvins, but that's ok, I'd seen them before and knew how bad they were, their incesant 4/4 timing and terrible improv and solos that even the slightest amateur could put to shame was nothing really new to me. No matter how pathetic, there was no way a show even that bad could put me in a bad mood though. I missed tool the first time they came here, and they have been one my favorite bands for years now, so needless to say, the tension built up inside of me was just incredible, and had been building up for about a month. When the concert started maynard came out and said that they would be on in an hour and a half and I thought to myself "how on earth am I going to sit through these guys for an hour in a half?" Well, I guess the constant "comments" from the croud, and the fact that there were about three people moshing, all of which were terribly obviously intoxicated by some means, got to the Melvins and they only played for about 25-30 minutes - "THANK GOD" I thought to myself as I cheered them off the stage. After the melvins departed, the stage crew went to work pulling the covers off of tool's equipiment - unvailing some of the badest drums I've ever seen in my life. In the background they were playing something, I'm not sure what it was - sounded like skinny puppy, and then progressed into some samples obviously done for the concert. When the lights went out and the band took stage, it just went NUTS -- I was in the very very front left one person from the barricade. So, needless to point out I was having a hard time moving from the pressure of a few hundred people pushing me into whatever was in front of me. The first song they played was push it. Man... I new from the second they started playing that I had never been to a concert like this before, and the entire concert was the same way. The thing that impressed me more than anything was Danny Carey... The man did not stop drumming ONCE then entire concert -- even if he wasn't playing drums he was tapping on his synth pads. He NEVER stopped, it was incredible. I'm not going to bother listing out all the songs they played, because I know that at least one person has done it already. I'm kind of tired of typing at this point, and I'm about to get off of work, so I think that I'm going to stop now and finish up tomorrow or the next day. The last thing that I feel I should say, however, is that I was dissapointed in this list: 1. H 2. Aenima 3. Prison Sex 4. Bottom 5. Swamp Song 6. Hooker with a Penis 7. Undertow This is a list of the songs that I would have really hoped to have seen, but were not played. That doesn't take away from the fact that it was the best concert I've ever been to in any remote way - just means I'll have to wait a couple more years before I see that "perfect tool concert." Ah well. Anyone from memphis, make sure to go see Dominion the next time we play, and go here when your finished looking for tool stuff: Dominion23.home.ml.org Later everyone, mike
Review written by: Al (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 08/03/98 10:09:40 First of all, Mr. Burns is one arrogant person. So you're a big Tool fan and have seen 4 shows. The narrow minded attitude given through your email reminds me of the same type of people you're trying to insult. Tool was my favorite band until I read your simple minded response. Leave the narrow mindedness with people that care to hear it.
Review written by: Mr. Burns (email@example.com) Review posted on: 08/01/98 23:49:12 Ok, first of all this was my 4th TOOL show. The band was outstanding, the sound system was fantastic, and thats about where the good stuff ends. I'll not list the playlist again, as plenty of others have done that already). Many people ask why the really good bands don't play Memphis; this concert was a case-in-point. The crowd was unbeleivably flat and obnoxiuos (yes, thank you for yelling TOOOOOL FUCK YEAAAAAAH WHOOOOOO to your redneck buddies every 30 seconds. I wasn't sure who it was until you did that.) Most other people either didn't pay attention to the show (sorry, I'm here to crowd surf or slam into people or fight with security guards, I'm a real tough guy!) or were just plain bored looking. Also I would say that 98% of the crowd have never heard of the Melvins. Now, it's fine if you don't like them. But the fact that noone had ever heard of them (evidenced by most of the posts, and the fact that every 5 seconds "who the fuck are they?" or "some new band" was overheard) just goes to show the musical knowledge level of the crowd. Basicly if one of the horrific "alternative" or "hard rock" (read: 90% of the songs they play are whiny british music (Oasis?) or out of date rock songs (Whitesnake?!?) stations don't play the band none of these people will EVER hear of them. One of the stations (no you're 95.7, not 96 pay attention) had their DJ's broadcasting live from the show, and they DON'T EVEN PLAY TOOL ON THEIR STATION. They did that one day, but that's about it. Guess they just wanted a chance to promote themselves at teh only thing happening in Memphis all summer. Anyway, as I said, the band was excellent. The Peach cover was great, Suspicious Minds/Stinkfist was interesting (though almost nobody there seemed to notice the difference) and the redone Pushit was a classic... There was little else TOOL could have done to get the crowd involved; I kind of felt bad for them. I actually hope nobody of TOOL's music ability ever play this city again. I'll go someplace else to see them where I can enjoy the music AND the atmosphere. Oh, and by the way everyone who hated the Melvins performance: they were 10 times better than they were at the San Diego show, so count your blessings. Although it probably wouldn't matter to the crowd whatever band opened. They were there to hear TOOL play their radio songs. I'm so glad they skipped nima. It's a great song, but fuck the people who only showed up to hear it. Anyway, I think I've pissed enough people off, but I bet there's anough TOOL fans that went to the show that agree with most of what I've said. In closing, all I can say is "TOOOOOL FUCK YEAAAAAAH WHOOOOOO!!" Yeah, right jackass. ;-)
Review written by: ADAM (TVIIIpiggy@aol.com) Review posted on: 08/01/98 21:35:40 HELLO. SORRY FOR THE SHORT AND SHITTY REVIEW. I FORGOT TO MENTION MY GIRLFRIEND THASHANA, AND MY FRIENDS KYLE AND JUSTIN WERE THERE. THEY ENHANCED MY CONCERT EXPERIANCE. BYE BYE.OH, AND EVERYONE CAN STOP E- MAILING ME, I KNOW WHAT THE SONG IS. THANKS TO THE PEOPLE WHO TOLD ME.
Review written by: Aaron (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 07/31/98 02:56:37 Remember in my review of this show that I mentioned Maynard replaced the first verse of Stinkfist with an old song that I couldn't remember the name of? Well, I remember it now. It's an Elvis Presley song called Suspicious Minds. I guess he did it just for the Memphis show:-) So no one else gets to hear Maynard sing it!!! Here's what he did. he replaced verse 1 (something has to change etc.) and the final verse (elbow deep etc.) with: "We're caught in a trap, I can't walk out, Because I love you too much baby. Why can't you see, what you're doin' to me, when you don't believe a word I say?" So there's a little tool trivia for people at the memphis show:-) adios, Aaron. BAAAAAAAAAAAAA BAAAAAAAAAA BAAAAAAAAAAA
Review written by: Memphet (?) Review posted on: 07/29/98 23:05:30 I saw Tool live in Memphis TN, and It was the best fucking concert I had ever been to. I drove all the way from Boaz, AL to see them. Tool kicked ass...Maynard sang well...the band played well, and I met Tool...yes. Justin Chancellor signed my fucking guitar. Oh yes. Maynard signed my ticket too. It was fucking cool as hell. oh yeah....there was this dork ass fatboy with glasses that sucked and If he is reading this...the Jargenfor will take him to hell. Don;t forget to eat your vegetables, and remember...TOOL IS GOD
Review written by: Brad Cathey (email@example.com) Review posted on: 07/29/98 21:15:47 Tool did a great fucking job when they came down to Memphis this time. I can't say the same for the Melivns, however, they sucked. Tool played two new songs and a slow version of Pushit which was cool. One crazy guy got up on the stage by climbing an eight foot stack before the bouncers could catch him. I was going to go to St. Louis to see Tool at OzzFest, but they cancelled and came here instead. I can't wait to go to their next area show.
Review written by: Dorkis-Malorkis (his_ancient@hotmail) Review posted on: 07/29/98 20:46:11 Well... As with most good vibe concerts, Pain was and shall be had by all. The show was nice. I'm not sure if I should descibe it as if the reader was there or not. Well, I'll descibe that which most did not see... simply because you wouldn't care to because either way it's only just you To all those who can't dance... Yes, we see you. No, we don't care. Yes, Tool "kicks ass" and you love them, "man". No, you need not have the shirt to prove it. +-+-+-+-+-+- We... not so few... Those in the front in awe see all that they aren't Bimpie's never did pay well The Zealots thrash and tear at all that they are For Your Dad never did really like you And all the hundreds of back up singers who feel a blend of the above Need hymns to praise their investment of thought and money +-+-+-+-+-+- Well, the plane's landing Sorry Sorry to Memphis For I think all cities touching water should "go right in and down" Sorry to the "sons of the soil" Who filled the parking lot with Trans Ams and petty insecurities Sorry to the one non-caucasian fellow I saw For it ...is a bit scary sometimes And to anyone of import who might read this 'ta
Review written by: Brian Maxey (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 07/29/98 19:20:13 we got there sorta early cause everyone said the melvins would be really good. Maynard came out on stage and said they would be out in about an hour and a half. The melvins sucked.the bass player kept humpin his guitar. All the band was on the stage, th en maynard came out in a suit with a blond wig on and asked if we were ready for the word of jesus christ, then we gave him an amen and a halleluah and a jesus fxckin christ. They started off with "part of me".About four songs later maynard came back out in a pair of Joe boxers and thats it. After they played more songs he started acting like they were done and sayin some whack stuff like "Jack off into a high powered fan, and don't forget to turn off the oven before you leave the house." Everyone was yelling play "opiate." they did and another song that was the best part of the show and he dedicated the show to Andy Coffman. The trip screen was great, especially the naked chics. It kicked lots of ASS!!!
Review written by: Val Suarez (email@example.com) Review posted on: 07/29/98 17:41:39 A night with Tool. I knew what to expect walking into the coliseum Monday night as I have seen the band twice before. For the guy going off on the Memphis crowd, get a life. If you don't like Memphis stay the hell away. The band rocked very hard as usual. The first time I saw them at the the Daisy, a much much smaller venue, and that was INCREDIBLE. Next I stood by all the freaks in Nashville and saw them at Lollapolooza, where Maynard came out in a woman's bathing suit and was painted half black and half white longways. That was real weird. The bass player was green. Anyway, this show left me wanting so much more. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed them very much, I just wanted to hear more of what we knew and expected rather than a bunch of weird noise and long intros and bullshit covers that we don't really care about. After reading other reviews and seeing that the set was ten songs long I knew why I wanted more. Hell, they didn't Aenima which is what the local radio station was using to promote the gig. I wanted to hear more from Undertow. Oh yeah to the idiot who said they played one other besides Sober, You are dead ass wrong. I wanted to Swamp Song! I wanted to hear Hooker with a Penis! That was the Nashville opener. They could have play about eight more songs with all the time wasted trying to see how weird they could be. The Moshers are idiots as well. It's to be expected so it doesn't really bother me, if I see one coming I stick out my elbow. Believe me, I've seen teeth fly and never felt a thing. What I can't stand is people forcing their way through the crowd to get to the front. I almost had to open up a can of severe whoopass a few times. QUIT IT YOU STUPID IDIOTS. Tool is by far one the very best live bands playing today. Who are The Melvins? Oh Yeah, next time don't let Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons back on the stage to join in on songs. Adam does just fine by his self. This Buzz guy looked like an idiot, has the presence of a freakin' see-saw, and totally ruined the show the entire time he was up there. What a dumbass. The place was packed to see Tool not sideshow bob. All in all, Play more songs and less weird unheard of stuff. Way to go Tool. Keep coming back to Memphis no matter what that stupid jerk says.
Review written by: Daniel Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 07/29/98 14:09:44 All the shit about the show has already been said, but this is an interesting comment. Before the Melvins played a couple of friends and I noticed Adam and Danny playing basketball with a couple of roadies behind the stage. The stands were by no means filled(why the fuck not, I couldn't tell you) so we walked around to the side where we could see. Maynard was sitting down next to the court chowing down and watching the game. We were really up close and could see really well. For some odd reason noone else recognized them so we just sat there and cheered them on. Danny is a bad ass at B-ball(go figure). Adam did pretty well also(I was kind of worried that he would jam his finger or something). I'm pretty sure, however that the roadies won. It was a very entertaining experience.
Review written by: tO0L (email@example.com) Review posted on: 07/29/98 00:21:10 all i can say is godamn,oh yeah and did i mention that tool kikked ass. i never expected to see any of what i saw at that concert it was amazing i was all into it and shit but i couldnt enjoy it cause i was to far away but then 1 guy jumped over the bar that kept gen. admission and seat seperated and then everybody jumped over and this old drunk guy that i was talkin to made it onto the stage and then the concert got even better when i got on the floor and smakked the fukk out of some fat sec guard. hehehe
Review written by: James Shiver (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 07/29/98 00:12:10 Well, this was my first time to get to see the band live, and I must say it was worth the many hours with no sleep driving to Memphis. It was a really great show. They sound 20 times better live than on the CD's...and the CD's are fucking good. I liked th at Maynard dedicated some songs to Andy Kauffman, Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion..and also a great fucking comedian (The Mid-South Coliseum is where Andy wrestled a lot). There is not much to be said about the Melvins...although Buzz is a nice guy. Befor e the show he came out and talked with my friends and I. Before the show we also saw Maynard and Adam but they wouldnt come talk to us... But after the show Justin Chancellor came out and talked with everyone and signed autographes and all that shit. We d idnt think Maynard would come over but he did. Very nice fellow. Danny Carey came out and talked also. If anyone in the band happens to read this, I would just like to say thanks for that show. Tool is the best live band out there today.
Review written by: Aaron (email@example.com) Review posted on: 07/28/98 22:12:11 My 3rd show. Best I've seen. Here's the set. Part of Me Stinkfist w/Buzz and neat little twist at the end of the extended bridge. Oh yeah, he replaced the first verse with the lyrics to an old pop song whose name escapes me at the moment. 46&2 You Lied (Why do people still not know this? For the last time It's a Peach cover) Eulogy w/long ending Sober w/intro Pushit "From a different perspective" Third Eye Opiate/Flood Combo The sound was perfect. The performance was perfect except that maynard sang flat on a few lines of Sober. no biggy:-) Anyway, I could not have asked for a better show than this. The setlist was great and I was right up next to the stage. That is, until I couldn't take the pummeling from all the fucking mosh-idiots. The redneck moshers should all kill themselves. Why is it that all the dumb fuck morons that go to a show to FIGHT get to be right in front of the stage and the fans who want to see the show have to back off?? It's not fair. Every other second I had some crowdsurfer's ass or boots in my face. Moshers need to take themselves to the back. As soon as I got out of the pit I got to enjoy the show a lot more, and I still was no more than 15 feet from maynard. He painted his eyelids flourescent green so they glowed. Looked damn cool. This show was so much better than Ozzfest I can't even convey with words exactly how much better it was. I will convey it with a scream.... As far as the Melvins went. Pretty bad. It was like they played one song for 45 minutes. Summary in short: Tool was unbelievable. FUCK ALL THE MOSHERS. I cannot believe you idiots moshed during the new Pushit. Please Kill yourselves. You fucked up my tape recording of the first 4 songs. But atleast the 2nd half of the show recorded. That'll be on my webpage along with Ozzfest. Take it easy folks, unless you are someone who moshes at a Tool show, in which case Kill yourself and burn in blackest HECK!!! :-) Aaron. BAAAAAAAAA BAAAAAAAAAAAA BAAAAAAAAAA
Review written by: Josh "Sparky" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 07/28/98 21:17:17 Ok, I gotta clear up a few things here, but since it's my opinion I'll keep it succinct. The show was great. I'd pass up Metallica stage stunts for this one anytime. The sound was CRYSTAL clear. Only problems were bass overheaviness(if that's really a problem) and maynard's voice getting lossed in the mix. As a drummer I gotta tell you, going home after that and looking at my set was like realizing your dick is only an inch long. The band's improves were top notch. The show to me really wasn't as "spiritual" as people say it is, but it really did feel different. I guess the Melvins were good if you just like hearing shit go thump. Otherwise, GET A REAL OPENING BAND!!!! BTW, I was one of those all black wearing kids and mind you I don't smoke and kept my pretty little head out of trouble. Isn't Tool about not being stereotyped? They played one song after Stinkfist that just blew me away. I have no idea what it was, and I think others are trying to figure it out too. Anyways, it was wonderful. The whole band came out thumping and never lost an ounce of energy. KOOLEST AUDIENCE PART OF THE SHOW--- About 25 to 50 people lined up on the side of the seat area where it was a 2 or 3 foot jump to the floor, about 10 feet from the barracade, with about 3 lazy half asleep guards. You figure out the rest!!!! Anywayz, Tool needs to come back and show memphis the best show it's ever seen, AGAIN!
Review written by: Jason (Jak Rabbit@aol.com) Review posted on: 07/28/98 19:37:58 I have experience in the Tool department seeing how this was my 7th show I have been too and I must say that the Memphis crowd was the most diverse, unenergetic, and ungrateful audience I have ever fucking seen. A handful of those in the seats rose when Tool took the stage and it seemed as if my friends and I were the only ones who remained standing throughout the show. Wow!! What a mosh pit!! I have seen better pits at Jazz Festivals. There was absolutely no energy in the Memphis crowd at all. All t he other reviews told how awesome the show was and how perfectly they played. This is absolutely true, but if they thought that was a good show then they should go to one where the crowd is totally into it(Ohio has the best Tool fans I have seen). This raises the experience of a Tool show infinately when the atmosphere in the arena is full of energy. There was nothing more Tool could have done to get the crowd into the show. Everyone played excellent and the PA system was great, but I would not be sur prised if Tool never came back to Memphis because the crowd was so unappreciative and dead. To be honest I hope they never do come to Memphis again because the city of Memphis does not deserve another chance. Jason
Review written by: ADAM (TVIIIpiggy@aol.com) Review posted on: 07/28/98 17:42:03 WELL, THIS was my secondtime seeing Tool and it wa great. I'MGOINGTO MAK THIS SHORT SO IWON'T BORE YOU. THE SETLIST WAS 1 PART OF ME 2.FORTY-SIX AND 2 3.???????? (IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT SON THIS WAS, PLEASE TELL E. I REALLY LIKED IT 4.STINKFIST 5. EULOGY 6. SOBER 7.PUSHIT 8.THIRD EYE 9.OPIATE 10.FLOOD PUSHIT WAS MY FAVORITE PERFORMANCE, THAT AND FLOOD AND STINKFIST. WELL ONCE AGAIN, IF ANYONE KNOWS TH NMAE OF THAT SONG THEY PLAED WITH BUZZ, E-MAL ME.
Review written by: Razorguts (email@example.com) Review posted on: 07/28/98 15:40:11 OK, well, first off, I have to make a correction to something that a few folx have said. the song "Stranglehold" was NOT played at the memphis show. on to the review... t'was my first TOOL concert. have been listening to TOOL since Opiate was released. so Im not a 14 yr old all- black wearing rebellious punk there to cause trouble. and, unfortunately, i was in the minority it seems. I had floor seats, got up near the stage. the melvins, they really did sort of bite ass. I mean, come on! dude came out with a pair of flannel pants wrapped around his head 9and I saw why cuz when he came back out with TOOl, his hair was terrible). anyways, TOOl comes out. fine, maynard wearing his religious outfit. band starts playing. and from THIS POINT ON, the show was just hard to enjoy cuz everyone was trying to mosh, hell, not even to enjoy the music, just to run around a circle and hit random people. even my lady got hit a few times. and at this point we had backed off about 30-40 feet from the front and people still trying to cause trouble. what happened to moshing back in the black flag days when people really felt it? there were drunk frat boy types at the tool show wanting to rough people up. fuck that. the PA system sounded good, although a little too loud for the colisseum. I guess that most people were smoking out and the loud music didnt bother them (I smelled weed all around me!). bottom line? it seems tool has moved to superstardom status, playing arena/colisseum venues and attracting the typical marilyn manson type of pre-teens smoking cigs. and I dont mind moshing, but there's a point where it goes beyond enjoyment. also, what is the deal with TOOL having the show scripted? Ive read reviews and every show he says the same thing about the lord's work, you came to the wrong place, hey lets fool the crowd by sitting down and drinking our water and then coming back and playing sober or whatever. come on TOOL! you're gonna burn out before it's time ti tour again!! gotta add variety to hit it hard. hell, im just waiting to see T-shirts pooping up all over the world that have that funky hebrew symbol that was on the stage. and pretty soon, all the kids will be doing that finger symbol that maynard was doing at the end of the show. and you wonder why he was dressed up like a reverend? cuz he knows he has power of the masses, and this show was a good example of that... Let down by a band that had potential... thanks for reading my review.
Review written by: andykaufman (livingwithelvis@hell) Review posted on: 07/28/98 11:41:29 Loved the show. I would like to thank Tool for remembering my greatest achievement, transgender wrestling. I, Andy Kauffman, and Elvis, will be at your show on August 28th in Las Vegas. We have a small request. Our favorite new band, The Spice Girls, are playing the night after Tool at the Thomas & Mack. Could you all play us a Spice Girls song? It would mean so much. Andy p.s. Memphis crowds know how to rock!
Review written by: Chris Brightwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 07/28/98 06:41:32 ok - first off - maynard walks out and introduces the melvins - "MEEEEEMPHIIIIIISSSSS!!!!!!" and we go nuts. he says "yeah yeah we'll be out here and an hour - and hour and a half - somethin like that. and in addition to us coming out here and making some racket, we brought you ... THE MELVINS!!!!" but the melvins sucks. people were screaming "FUCK YOU!!!" and "GET OFF THE STAGE!!!" the whole set... funny stuff. maynard walks out in his evangalist gear. all is good. i'm psyched. adam grabs guitar. justin follows suit. danny climbs behind his drums. all hell breaks loose, everyone's screamin. they make alot of noise w/ the instruments and we're jumpin around waitin for the music - then it starts.. "part of me".. oh my god i think i jumped fifty feet in the air. i was pumped. mini-mosh session in the balcony reserved seats and i'm happy. listenin to some live tool, gettin a bootleg, best concert of the summer. all is good. then the good reverend maynard asks "are you ready to do something to see the lord's way? that's very unfortunate for you people because you've come to the wrong place. because this is the church of JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!!!" then - forty-six & 2 - i almost fell on the guy in front me when i heard it start. this is, by far, my favorite song on nema. and to hear it live - was too cool. i loved it all. maynard was still in his suit and rocking to every drum hit, every guitar riff, all of it. it was awesome. jumpin around, headbanging, absorbing the music - exactly what i came for. maynard introduced "the reverend buzz melvin" to play a song - very cool. the melvins suck but oh well. then maynard dedicates the show to Andy Kaufman, the still reigning world champion of trans-gender wrestling.› "can i get an amen? can i get a hallelujah? JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!" and the crowd echo's maynard every step of the way - then another song - stinkfist. very cool. they played three verses or so, then danny hit a few notes on the drum pads (the sound at the beginning of stinkfist on the CD) and the crowd goes nuts - they play through and rock on stinkfist. then a cover or something was played (straglehold i think - not sure. if someone knows e-mail me and fill me in. i need to know for my bootleg) and that was definitely cool. kicked mucho ass. i didn't know any words or anything, but i loved it.› then buzz leaves. then he dedicates the next song to "all the poor people who have to put up with all the tourists that goto graceland"... funny stuff. then came the unexpected.. eulogy. this song is so awesome live. the crowd exploded when they figured out what it was. it was, in a single word, "incredible". that's all i can say. anyone who was there knows exactly what i mean. then, the last thing i expected - (-) ions. maynard was in the back getting out of his suit and down to his boxers for the rest of the set - we all knew it and the rest of the guys just played like nothin was going on. very cool. i liked it. then they have a SWEET transistion into sober - this song is just about as spiritual as a tool song can get live. it's almost their anthem.. so to speak. it was so awesome to hear it live. again, i loved it. then maynard says to reach down and find a vulnerable spot, close your eyes, and listen cuz "tonight we're gonna look at a song in a different way" and i nearly flipped out - the new version of pushit - and I GOT IT ON TAPE. can i get a hell yeah!? i was so damn happy when i got it.› the new version of pushit is.. so .. spiritual.. so sootheing.. so.. unique. i really hope they record it sometime and release it. although they probably won't. if pushit is the next single, i want that to be a b-side or something. i'm serious. i'd love to have a good dub of this song. i was nearly in heaven. i just sat there - with my eyes closed - and let the music carry me away. then some of the LOWEST bass notes i've ever felt in my life shook the ENTIRE coliseum. i think anyone within 1/2 mile felt it. my buddy was in the bathroom and he said he thought someone was beating the wall or something. it was truly awesome.› i recommend you go whereever you can and download it or get it off of a bootleg or something - everyone needs to hear it. then - over the p.a. we hear "think for yourself - question autority.. blah blah blah" and then .. third eye. a song that noone expected. the whole damn song - very cool. again, i loved it. i only wish they'd slowed it down or something or played an extended version or something. but - i heard third eye live. i can die happy. third eye is almost an epic in it's time. i don't think any other band could create a more perfect sound and carry it for over 12 minutes.› then maynard starts talking like he's reading or something - "thank you for coming. it's been great. see you next time. don't forget to drop us a line if you have a moment. we're going to miss you very much. make sure you turn the stove off if you're going to go out. turn off your television. read a book. jack off into a high- powered fan. we don't have any t-shirts for sale here because we're more greedy than this place is. you'll have to get them off our website. sorry bout that." all this time the band is collecting like they're gonna leave or something. then they all go back to their respective places and maynard says "this song goes out to charlie hodge" and adam tunes up his guitar.. then maynard says "and of course.. andy koffman. still the world's reigning champion of inter- gender wrestling" .. then .. OPIATE. THE MOST bad ass song in all of tool history. they play the regular song.. then some cool guitar/drum/bass rifffs.. then a nice transistion into flood. they play flood, maynard says "good night!" and they leave. i sat there for a few minutes hoping for an encore - but it never happened. security had to kick me out. oh well. i can't wait to see them next time. here's the setlist for those too lazy to read: part of me forty-six & 2 stinkfist (w/ buzz from the melvins) stranglehold (???) (still w/ buzz) eulogy (-) ions sober pushit (new version) third eye opiate flood
Review written by: 9:30 (email@example.com) Review posted on: 07/28/98 02:58:32 Ok, first of all, that "NEW" version of Pushit is nothing special that you are ever gonna find on CD unless it is a bootleg. It's called bands improvising for a live show. If you were there to enjoy it, it WAS awesome but don't bet on finding it anywhere other than in your memory. I like the fact that the band opened up with Part of Me. I can't remember the order but I also remember Third Eye, 46 & 2, Pushit, Stinkfist, Eulogy, Sober, Opiate, and another song off of Undertow that I can't remember the name of. The first song that Tool played with the Melvins guy was either an unreleased or a Melvins' song. I don't know but it was good. Maynard's tele-evangelist outfit was quite awesome and the platform boots he had on with them made it even better. He later came back on stage wearing only a pair of what appeared to be boxer-briefs, but whatever it was, it wasn't much. My only dissapointment was that I didn't get to hear Hooker With A Penis or Aenima, both of which that played when I saw them last year at Lollapalooza. The show was excellent, the crowd was more than enough responsive, and the Melvins were lame. Props to all the guys who jumped the rails and made it to the floor. I'd also like to know who the guy was who managed to get himself on the stage before being restrained by the stage crew, he had to have been happy after that!
Review written by: Jason Bays (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 07/28/98 01:47:19 The show was the most spiritual thing I have ever seen. This is my first Tool concert, so I was totally blown away. The opening act, The Melvins, were pretty much booed off the stage. Unfortunately, the 'oh-so-sophisticate' populace of Memphis aren't very open. Of course, most of the people present didn't really care about the depth or spiritual meaningness of the songs. Maynard came out wearing a white suit in the beginning of the show... "Are you ready to do the good Lord's bidding?" *Crowd screams 'Yeah!'* "Well then, you are in the wrong place! Can I get a Jesus fucking Christ?" *Crowd screams 'Jesus Fucking Christ!'* "Can I get an amen? Can I get a hallelujah?" *Crowd screams 'AMEN! Hallelujah!'* Before starting, Maynard dedicated the show to "The still reigning king of transgender wrestling, Andy Kaufman." The set itself was purely awesome, something old, something new. The highlight of the show (To me, at least) was a NEW version of 'Pushit'! It was totally amazing! I sure hope Tool records/releases it. After the show, Maynard began to speak as if he were reading... "Good night and thank you for coming. Mmm, this water sure is good. We will miss you. If you're at home, drop us a line. Jerk off into a high powered fan. There aren't any t-shirts here because we are even more greedy than this place. You have to order them from our website." The band proceeded off stage, Maynard waived, Justin and Adam jsut walked off, and Danny threw his sticks in the crowd. The show was the most intense and spiritual thing I have ever seen with my eyes. I sure hope Tool comes back! P.S. If you have any info on the redone version of 'Pushit', please contact me!!
Review written by: B. Morse (email@example.com) Review posted on: 07/28/98 01:18:37 Tool is the ultimate band that is rocking America today. Anyone who had the good fortune of experiencing this awesome group of unique musicians tonight in the intimate surroundings of the MidSouth Colliseum, were treated to more than thier money's worth. To achieve the difficult task of reproducing studio versions of the songs, live, to satisfy a mosh pits hunger, can be done only by a few good bands. Every song held the listeners attention, with edge of your seat bass notes, guitar screeches that woul d make geese jealious, and timely lyrics that gave religion a whole other meaning. Young and old listeners have been waiting for a band that combines the musical hieghts of the acid rock of the late '60's, with the metel of the 90's. With the words and the melody pounded into ones blood stream with LOUD percussion, and Maynard's hypnotic vocals, this writer is taken back to the dreamy mystical Zepplin days, slammed half-way across the mosh pit, and then blasted into someplace one didn't know existed. From Revernd to tattoos and boxers, this writer is now a complete man who has found a band that one can love. As a final closing, the writers daughter, *LiZ*, came along. This being her first concert, she is going to be sadly disappointed if she thinks she will ever see a band as good as Tool at any other concert for a long time. Also, thanks to those who helped recover this writers glasses when things got a little busy in the pit.
Review written by: stephen (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review posted on: 07/27/98 19:46:20 you want pictures?? I took 72 pictures at Ozzfest while it was at St. Louis. To view them go to my webpage. while you're there vote and sign my guestbook. Please also tell me if you're gonna steal my pictures and put them on your site. www.angelfire.com/il/aenima13/index.html