By Eric | August 25, 2002 11:59 pm
Well, this was certainly worth the drive and price of admission. Tool is still one of the most compelling and talented bands out there. Finally getting to see them on their own bill instead of a festival was a treat indeed. The visuals were stunning, the lighting was amazing, and my seats couldn’t have been better (Thanks Sara!) Row 13, but since the removeable seating had been taken away on our side, there was a railing, and nothing in front of us! We were off to the left of the stage, and had a perfect view of the stage and the screens. We got there about 8pm, and Tomahawk were just leaving the stage. Good thing, I’m not sure what Mike Patton is thinking, but what we did hear was not impressive at all. 9pm rolls around, and the lights go dark, the screens fire up, and after some intro riffs by Adam, Justin hits the opening bass line to Sober, and the place EXPLODES. The crowd was into the show the entire night, and conversely, Maynard stayed in the back by Danny’s drumkit the entire night, his back to the crowd. His voice was as strong as ever, he hit the extended scream during The Grudge, and me and Sara just looked at each other shaking our heads, as in, “how does he do it?!?!” They played for an hour and 45 minutes, and the audience was captivated the entire time. I was transfixed on Danny Carey’s drumming
during Triad and Lateralus, and I now understand why everyone holds him in such high regard. He has a huge kit, but he utilizes it, and utilizes it well. The guy was just all over the place and never missed a beat. And they played H.!!!! The
whole setlist played out as follows: Sober, The Grudge, Stinkfist, (-) Ions, H., Schism, Parabol, Parabola, Aenema, an Intermission (no, not the song, that woulda been cool!), Disposition, Reflection, Triad (w/ Tomahawk), Lateralus. Maynard mentioned that he was apologizing for “our country” (meaning the US) and asked if they could move to Canada… hehe. He didn’t say a whole lot the entire night, and the only time he looked at the crowd was to toss some water bottles at the end of the show. But no matter. A very satisfying show, and I’m glad I waited and went to Hamilton as opposed to Buffalo, because Copps Coliseum is a smaller place, and Canadian fans always seem to be better.
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