Publication: Bryce Jordan Center
Date: November, 2002
page: title: 2002 Tour Review from PA author: Dante DelVecchio Tool revs up fans at Jordan Center with inspired, dramatic performance Reviewed by Dante DelVecchio Collegian Staff Writer Tool gave new meaning to the words "concert performance" Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. From large-screen movies, to synchronized lights, to a group bow at the end, the group truly proved a band could do much more than simply play music. The dramatic evening began with the less-than-enthralling openers Meshuggah. With aggressive metal riffs and barely audible screaming, the band did little more than infuse the crowd with a false sense of angst and get their mosh energies percolating. Singer Jens Kidman rasped through quasi-melodies but really only made himself hoarse. It wasn't until an ambient instrumental began that the audience got a true taste for the journey on which they were about to embark. As the droning organ gave way to feedback, guitarist Adam Jones began the opening riff to "Sober," the band's first single off its second album Undertow. In a sea of colored glows and flashing strobe lights, Tool drew listeners into their alternative universe where the music served as a guide. It seemed almost impossible that the sounds put forth were the product of four musicians. The atmosphere of the evening came through clearly thanks to the impressive lights and on-screen movies played throughout the show. Each song was often started with an elaborate intro, lulling the crowd and then shaking their collective comfort with the jarring crescendos. From the torrid fury of "Forty Six & 2" to the more mid- tempo "Parabola," Tool touched on both old and new songs and made each an experience unto themselves. Singer Maynard James Keenan kept the crowd guessing by saying very little between songs and maintaining his character -- an uncontrolled demon with a voice powerful enough to shake the rafters. Throughout each song, Keenan contorted his body and shook to the beat from his own small stage beside drummer Danny Carey. As bizarre as his movements were, the singer's voice proved his legitimacy. His bellow is the closest thing to an operatic voice in rock music, carrying notes well beyond a layman's capabilities and turning the scream into an art form. Not every moment was serious, especially given Keenan's switch into female undergarments halfway through the show. He had no problem with such skimpy apparel though, even making light of it. "Thanks for being so supportive. Get it? Supportive?" Keenan said. For the last song, Keenan thanked the crowd and said he hoped the band had been a source of positive feelings, something they could take home with them. "Thank you for sharing this moment with us," Keenan said. "We hope we have been some sort of inspiration to you." Slowly, the band crept into "Lateralis" as an illuminant disco ball showered the interior with white, and then red and yellow light. Thrashing through the song, Tool finished with as much energy as they possessed when the show began. As the band closed the show, the four members came together for a group hug in center stage, while the crowd roared its approval for an astounding performance and the beautiful noise Tool gave them.
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