Fri 7 Dec – Tool
bleh, forgot about this one. For good reason though...
Getting there was pretty interesting. It was the first time I've driven really down town myself in years. Got a tiny bit lost, but found it with plenty of time. It was also cool to meetsamroth
in real life, after nearly two years of online correspondence.
Upon arrival, I was shocked to see the lines. When I went to the unholy alliance tour at the same venue, there weren't half as many people. Ended up standing in the wrong line for ten minutes, freezing nearly to death, then moving to the lower line, which was much longer than that of the incorrect line.
Finally got inside after about 45 minutes of waiting in the lower line for floor access. Security was incredibly tight compared to any other show I've seen, but that's expected really. Going through the ticket taker was also quite a disappointment to me, as she gave me the wrong part of the ticket stub back. Regardless, I was happy to be somewhat warm.
Unlike the unholy alliance show, they had the entire arena floor and seating opened up. for the other show, it was only half of it. Everyone was filing in and security was telling us all to sit on the floor, something I hadn't ever seen done.
Music started about a half hour later with Trans AM
. I had never heard of this band, and they were not listed as opening the show anywhere that I could find. I really didn't like them much. It was too electronic for me (mind you, I like electronic music, but I am not a fan of it live) and had too few vocals in my opinion. I feel that they had a really strange sound and were kind of had kind of a weird show. It was about half-way through this, however, that I realized that I tend to get a bit claustrophobic, and ended up moving to the back of the crowd.Tool
was something amazing though. I hadn't ever really seen anything similar. Maynard opens up referring to us as Spotuckey and with a opposable thumb check, then proceeding to have us get ready to ride by grabbing our butts (note: he used the A word, but I feel it's important to keep writing clean :D). The music was great, and the visuals were spectacular. Large screens behind the band made it impossible to see more of Maynard than his silhouette facing to the side and never to the crowd (he's apparently stated reasons for this. I've heard stuff about not liking the idea of "front man" and/or his stage fright or something). After that it was straight music. Nothing more was said between songs, they just kept going and it was great (I wouldn’t think so if it was anyone other than Tool
). The lights were also amazing. I'm quite a fan of light shows, the inclusion of lasers (PEW PEW) was pretty great and something I know is wide spread but I have not seen personally before. The screens in the background added quite a nice touch. Playing the music video along with he song Schism
, as well as other animations along with the other songs. It was quite a thing to see.
Definitely worth the $60 ticket and the cold to go. Ended up getting the limited edition poster ($20 for a tiny little strip of paper, I feel it was a worthwhile rip-off, the arena overprices everything). I just hope it was worth it to samroth
who traveled all the way from Alaska to see this show.