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Eric Szkola from Edison NJ
This is my 6th Tool concert, but this one was the best and well worth the wait! Just about everyone respected the band's wishes and kept their phones away with the exception of a few knuckleheads. Saw a few of them get tossed. The band was completely engaged and put on an amazing performance! I was 3 rows up from the right side of the stage in section 10 and it went from a concert to almost a religious experience. They were absolutely phenomenal!! I have to admit I was shocked when Maynard gave the crowd a gift at the end. I was so close to the stage, he was completely into his performance, they all were!! Danny's solo after the intermission was insane!! Next Gen Neil Peart and absolute Master was all I could think to myself during that solo. But the reality is, all 4 members f'en crushed it with passion and perfection! For 20 years this band has been my favorite, and they always will be! Tool forever!!
Brian Williamson from Nashville, Tennessee
This was my 2nd show, the first being in 1996 at Starwood. The 2020 was by far an outstanding performance, and the 1st one was too no doubt. But this show really felt special. The crowd was feeding off the energy of the band and the super amazing light show! It was a performance! Each sonds energy past on to the next to point of being electrifying. We met many people there and were enjoying themselves as we were too. I will go again.
Bryan P. from Memphis, Tennessee
BEST EXPERIENCE IN YEARS
For the first time in 9 years. The wife and I had a date night. Days leading up to the show were ho hum, thats putting it lightly. On the way somewhere to do something I was dreading im sure. I happened to catch Syd on 98.1 mention a chance to win tix to Tool. On a whim , i tossed my hat in. Thinking I was wasting my time. I never win anything. Amazingly I WON! There is more to the story. But I wont bore anyone. Ive been a Tool fan since 1993. And missed the chance to see them at the Coliseum years ago. So the same week I begin a new job after being out of meaningful work for nearly a year. I win the tickets of a lifetime. Tool saved my relationship with my wife of 20 years. We both let it all hang out without a care in the world and smiled, laughed, cheered and did not stop moving our bodies or sit down once during the entire show. The band came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. From the first note until the last. With absolutely no let up. Being able to watch 4 craftsmen , ply their trade. In an era of music mediocrity. Has been an unbelievably uplifting experience. Injecting much needed joy and optimism into our lives. And yes, music done properly can change a lifes direction. And in this case a relationships. The wife got to see a side of me she has never seen before in 20 years of marriage. Being able to share this concert experience with her. Made it even more special. Thank you so much to the band. For being absolute professionals and creative masterminds. It is truly appreciated. And thank you to the members of the Tool Army. For being some of the best music fans, that any band would be lucky to have. Next time our children will be exposed to the musical juggernaut of TOOL!!
Toolio from San Francisco, California
BEST CONCERT EVER HANDS DOWN NO CONTEST THE FAT LADY HAS SUNG
My wife and I went to seeTool in 2001 when we first got married. 20 Years later, we are over 50, and just rocked out asses off for 2 days straight. That’s right, we saw them in Sacramento and then 24 hours later we went saw them again in San Francisco. That was the most exciting 24 hours of my life. We totally let loose jumping around and screaming. The San Fran show was better that Sac. The crowd was better and Tool sounded a little better. Maybe the mix was better. We had a great group around us and we were coming unglued. When they played hooker with a penis I fucking lost it. There old songs had a new vitality to them. It was so damn primal and immersive. Anyone who didn’t love this concert is not a real tool fan. There was absolutely nothing that I didn’t love all night. They also surprised us with Sober. I lost it a bit then to. If you are a Tool fan, you need to beg borrow and steal to get to this tour. It may be one of the greatest nights of your life. It was for me.
Michael Gonzalez from San Francisco, California
AMAZING, OUT OF BODY
I’ve seen Tool 30plus times. I’ve seen them several nights in a row. I have to say this show was one of my favorites. Maynard was more engaged and has never sounded stronger and more in control of his voice. He reminds us that hard rock still needs finesse and melody. He sounded incredible. Danny killed it, Adam was flawless and Justin always brings it. I took my 21 year old daughter who listens to EDM. She is a convert, it was fun to see it through new eyes. I’m just sad because I felt like they were putting it all out there to say goodbye! Am I crazy? There’s no way I can thank them for all the joy they’ve put into my life, still the best band of all time!
Marco from San Francisco, California
The music was spot on, I wish they would have played a few more of the older hits but it was still amazing. My only real complaint was that Maynard was in the shadows the whole time. But still an amazing concert and the light show was awesome!
Lana Reese from Phoenix, Arizona
MAYBE I AM JUST OLD?
I took my 14 yo son, and I familiar with the more popular songs. I thought Maynard and the band sounded perfect, but I paid to see them perform. Had I prepared and read up ahead of time I would have known that is not what you will see at a Tool show, but I guess I am old school and prefer to actually see the band play and be interactive. As for my son, he was bored. Oh well... It was an experience either way.
AlchemyGeek from Seattle, Washington
First of all let me start by saying I am a BIG Tool fun. I have spent most likely 1000s of hours listening to Tool music over the last 3 decades. So I was very pumped up to be in the venue. Unfortunately the show was a let down. The sounds was horrific, with the drums and base being especially pronounced and the guitar and vocals barely auditable. The band is using this very cool screen in front and around the stage that they project images and video but the problem is that it obscures the view of the band members. The screen retracted after 3-4 songs which helped. Finally, Maynard was in his usual raised platform positioned left and right the stage but there we no lighting shined in these platforms so the majority of the concert he was either a shadow or not visible at all. Oh well at least RATM are coming soon to Tacoma Dome.
Josh from Los Angeles, California
WAS THE SOUND OFF??? IS MAYNARD STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS OF COVID?
I have seen tool more than I can truly count probably 50 or more….Tools N American tour in 2020 I caught the Sacramento(Festival) and then the staple center show before Covid happened…was soo stoked for this show, but suddenly the vocals half way through the set got so muddy and buried I couldn’t hear him(Maynard). I have seen a few shows at the Honda center and It has always been lacking, but I’m just curious if I’m just so used to perfection of TOOL that some sound issues jUst threw me? I’m sure it was just this one time, but I also remember when Kobe fell apart!! TOOL is in my opinion the greatest but recency bias is a thing…in a world of the greatest ability is availability! Oh man!! I took and promised my new TOOL fan that she was not ready for TOOL for a week or so before and it was gonna change her life. So now I’m depending on your next show to bring it!! Because she is clinging to Radiohead Hollywood Bowl!! God damn shit the bed!!!
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