Date: May, 2002
page: title: Ozzfest Gets Czech Republic Roaring author: Teri vanHorn (excerpt mentioning tool) "Not many of you know this, but we're Ozzy's favorite band," Tool singer Maynard James Keenan said as the group headed into "Schism" midway through its set. "And this is his favorite song, almost as much as the last one, but not as much as the next one." Keenan assumed his usual position as the background man, defying rock star convention by performing the entire show on a platform at the rear of the stage, with his body turned toward drummer Danny Carey. The singer wore a T-shirt featuring a rather communist-like red star and sported a streak of black paint down the middle of this scalp and face, which essentially served to give his profile a shadow. Guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Justin Chancellor also faced inward most of the set, as if directing the crowd to concentrate on the music and the elaborate video show, not on them. The three video screens — two gigantic ones towering above the stage and one small one framing Keenan — were blank during the first two songs, but were up and running for Lateralus's "Parabol." The sometimes-disturbing footage, which included naked bodies contorting in various positions, flailing underwater and engaging in unusual sexual acts, took on a more dramatic effect as the show went on and the sky darkened, thus sharpening the images onscreen. The band won the strongest applause with the instrumental "Triad," which saw Slayer's original drummer Dave Lombardo joining in for a double-kit assault. "Thank you for your support, thank you for your patience," Keenan said. "Hopefully you were inspired by something you heard today, and hopefully you'll take something home with you and make something positive out of it."
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