- Jun 6, 2002
Let's all stop and think about, the greatest prog band right now TooL......It doesn't get any better than Maynards singing, Dannys Drumming, Adams and Justins awesome, creative, guitar, and bass playing.
Tool is a band that has not gotten the airplay, yet they are able to sell out large venuesand sell an assload of albums.That's not fair. I hear them on the radio all the time, which is quite amazing as their material doesn't lend itself to the "single" format easily- yet three songs from Lateralus are played all the time.
This just goes to show you that even in this desolate pop music environment, the demand for some quality material can be overwhelming.
I didn't want to like Tool. My musical snobbery fought it. But dagnabbit, I just couldn't stop playing Aenima repeatedly.
When it comes to manipulating their sonic vocabulary to create tension, they are the best band since King Crimson. Other bands pretend to be angry, but they really are. It's not just in lyrics or the singing, but in the rhythm section and the variations on the riffs.
The best rhythm section in metal out there today.
I will be seeing them on August 16th- it will be my first time. I can't wait.
Tool is a great band and I like them a lot. But I love my wife.I think someone needs to get their priorities straightened out.
As far as their live show goes, Tool is not a "jam band" like the Dead , Phish, or Dave Matthews. They play their songs note for note or they play different vesions to spice things up, like the last time I saw them at Deer Creek. They played a whacked out version of Stinkfist and it was killer. You will not see metal bands do jam sessions. As far as them not moving, this is not uncommon for them, but I am bummed you didn't get to see Maynard, because he is a freak. His body moves unlike anything I have ever seen. A lot of the time I will catch the band watching him. Plus, they don't need to move much, their music does the talking.
I like "jam bands" live and I like "note for note bands" live as well. It impresses the hell out of me when I hear a Tool song live. There is so much going on in thse songs, I think it would be hard to move all over the place and play those songs.
For instance, when I saw them at the Hartford Civic Center about 9 months ago, you would have thought all 4 band members had magnets in the bottom of their shoes as they were stuck in place for about 2 hours. I'm dead serious when I say not one of the guys moved more than 2 feet in diameter off their spot on stage all night. What is worse is that I had front row seats off the side of the stage, but because Maynard decided he wanted to stay in the recesses of the stage all night, he was completely blocked off from my viewpoint by the stage riser.Maynard for some reason has really toned down his body movement for this past record. Download some of their concert boots from previous years and you will see Maynard used to move around on stage like I've never seen anyone else do. Either he is making the audience concentrate on their freaked out screens or he is just getting up there in age and cant move around like a demon anymore. For me seeing Tool live is just an experience I always never forget. There is nothing better than sitting their taking in their perfect live performances with all the freaked out images around you. Im seeing them live 2 times next month....I absolutely cannot wait!!!