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05/30/2017 Tool, Once And Future Band (Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena)

By Eric | May 31, 2017 10:39 am

Imagine everyone’s surprise when Tool announced a short tour in the Spring of 2017, and Rochester got a date! Naturally I jumped on a ticket to this show as soon as it was announced, and so did everyone else – it allegedly sold out in something like 20 minutes. It had only been 15 years since I’d last seen them (August 2002 in Hamilton), and with only one album released in that timeframe, I hadn’t missed all that much! Regardless, I made sure to get a lower bowl seat rather than a floor seat, so as to be able to see all the visuals without craning my neck. There was seats on the floor as well, but my view from the left side of the stage was pretty good (it better have been for a $100 ticket!). I got in just as Once and Future Band was finishing up, and from what little I saw, I didn’t miss much. They were trying to recreate the 70’s prog-rock vibe – not my cup of tea.

Tool *is* my cup of tea though, and when they kicked it off with The Grudge, the entire place predictably went nuts. The band sounded fantastic, the visuals were stunning, and the setlist was interesting. Two songs off Opiate, five from AEnima, four from Lateralus, two from 10,000 days, a new/old song (Descending), but curiously nothing from Undertow whatsoever. Didn’t matter much to me, as what they did play was great. Well worth the ticket price and the wait. I stuck around in the seats for a little bit to let the crowd clear out, and snagged a bootleg tour shirt that someone had left behind!

2017-05-30 21.04.47 TOOL

Set 1:
The Grudge
Parabol
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Third Eye
Forty-Six & 2

Set 2:
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Sweat
(-) Ions
Stinkfist

The Grudge

Schism

Parabola

Opiate

AEnema

Descending / Jambi

Third Eye

46 & 2

Vicarious

Stinkfist

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