Meta-Review: Tool – Monster Mash Festival, Tempe AZ October 31st, 2015

On Saturday the 31st of October, Tool played a show as part of the Monster Mash Festival in Tempe, Arizona. This post is a meta-review collecting information from a range of sources. Tool fans who attended the show are welcome to post their thoughts and reviews in the comment section below!

Tool stage shot during Parabola

The show featured a slightly revised set with a large video screen behind the band with a heptagram in the centre. The stage also feature two large screens either side which showed a set of mirror images. No lasers were used for this show, but this was at the request of the local city council rather than an omission from the lighting rig.

The VIP Event the previous day suggested we might hear The Grudge, and we did. It’s the first time the band has played the track since 2002, and I’m sure many would agree is a welcome addition to the Tool set. They also opened the set with Led Zeppelin cover No Quarter. All four members of Tool were dressed as their respective member of Zep, and Adam played on a twin neck Gibson SG. Maynard and Danny stayed in theme for the whole night.

Also into the setlist was Parabol and Parabola. These have been played sporadically in recent years, and it’s nice to see them once more included. Variety is the spice of life they say, so it’s good to see Tool deviate somewhat from the usual setlist. Some may have been disappointed with Lateralus being left out of the setlist – personally I love Lateralus so I hope it’s not a regular thing!

Included on the official setlist was the named of a new track Descending. Before getting too carried away, I expect the title is just a working one, as it’s a revision of a jam we’ve heard in the past

Monster Mash Setlist

From all reports the crowd and venue were pretty hit and miss. The usual festival problems occured – shitty sound when far from the stage, overly drunk and pushy crowds, expensive beer. Word is the venue was quite full, with around 20,000 tickets sold. This made getting a decent spot for the Tool show difficult, especially if you weren’t interested in standing in front of the stage all day.


  • No Quarter
  • The Grudge
  • Parabol
  • Parabola
  • Opiate (extended)
  • Schism (extended)
  • Aenema
  • Descending*
  • Jambi
  • Forty-Six & 2
  • Drum Solo
  • Vicarious
  • Stinkfist

*Descending is most likely just a working title for this jam.

Other stuff:

Tool stage short during No Quarter

Tool VIP Event round-up

The Tool VIP Event has come and gone, and as expected it included a rehearsal and a Q & A session. A warning for those wanting to stay spoiler free for the show – rehearsal included a couple of surprises, which may or may not bne reflected in the setlist, so I’d avoid reading much further.

At the session where Adam Jones, Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor. Maynard wasn’t in attendance, which probably shouldn’t surprise anyone. There were numerous crowd size estimates, some say 300, others say 500. Regardless, due to the size getting in was slow and the Q & A was reportedly a little tedious.

The rehearsal was a mini-set of sorts and included Vicarious, Opiate (new extended version), Parabol, Parabola, Aenema, The Grudge and a new jam that was described as sounding similar to one we’ve already heard before. It was noted on the Tool Army Members Facebook page that Adam mentioned this was part of a 15 minute song.

Following the rehearsal there was a Q & A session, and some of the highlights were:

  • Adam spoke in regards to the new Tool album that there has been good progress since the lawsuit was done. They wouldn’t be drawn into saying much more about it. Adam was reportedly a little emotional when discussing it.
  • They’re hoping to have the Opiate video out by the end of the year and it’s directed by Dominic Hailstone.
  • It sounds like the Opiate video will be the new version of the track, and not the original. Presumably it’s been re-recorded, and I’d speculate it’s probably what they were doing when the were in the studio with Motorhead earlier this year.
  • It seems as though they are waiting for their record contract to be finished before doing a live DVD.

For those who haven’t been keeping notes, there were a few hints earlier this year from Danny that the Opiate video might be the much discussed curveball. There’s only a few months left this year, so I expect we’ll see some solid news on this in the not to distant future!

Thanks to lachrymologist for the details on the VIP Event.

As to the show tomorrow night, here’s a shot of the stage that ajreeb sent to me:

Tool Monster Mash stage rig

Tool Monster Mash Poster Revealed

The poster for the Tool show this coming weekend at the Monster Mash Festival has been revealed in full, and as expected it’s and art piece created by guitar player Adam Jones. It is a painting of a bug, which obviously inspires thoughts of Rance Q. Spartley, or possibly Ticks & Leeches.

Either way, it’s a cool piece of art and one of the best ones we’re seen in recent times in my opinion. They will be for sale at the show on the weekend, presumable in poster form (signed an unsigned I expect) as well as on a T-Shirt.

If anyone is heading to the show and is interested in picking up one of the posters or shirts for a future Fourtheye giveaway, then let me know!

Tool Monster Mash Festival Poster Revealed

Maynard speaks with AZ Central

In the leadup to the release of Money Shot (now streaming on Pandora in case you missed it) Maynard James Keenan has had an interview with AZ Central about Puscifer and the the making of the new album. Nothing especially revealing in the interview, but is a good read regardless (the website is a bit shit though). Here’s a cut:

Question: How do you know when it’s time to start putting an album together?

Answer: (Lead guitarist) Mat (Mitchell) and I are always kind of throwing around ideas. We always have stuff up our sleeves. A lot of it comes down to scheduling. What’s going on with other projects? What’s going on with harvest? When we hit critical mass with ideas, we just want to pull the trigger and get ‘em done.

Q: Do you and Mat get together sometimes and play music just to mess around and songs come out of that?

A: Not really jamming so much as reading articles online, watching films, “Adult Swim,” listening to music, playing a song you really like, and trying to put together juxtaposed things. I might say, “I really like this show ‘The Newsroom’ and some of the speeches on that. And I also really like this Helmet song. Or this Joni Mitchell song.” So we’ll start sticking that in our brain and letting it rattle around until something comes out. Or a book. Or an article. Or a view. Just elements.

Q: Did “The Newsroom” actually inspire a song?

A: Oh yeah, that crazy speech in the first season is pretty much the song “Money Shot.” Loosely related. But similar energy as far as we can do better.

Speaking of Puscifer related stuff, I read the other day on Instagram that there will be a sale happening at the Puscifer store in Jerome over the Halloween weekend. Sale items include a range of rare and signed posters from various MJK related acts, including Tool and A Perfect Circle.

Tool to perform at VIP Event

Confirmed by Blair today is Tool‘s intention to perform a rehearsal as part of the VIP Event in Arizona:

While hanging out at the loft yesterday , I overheard (fly on the wall that I am) a band member talking about doing a REHEARSAL during the upcoming TOOL VIP EVENT. Wow, a REHEARSAL would certainly be a bonus attraction, especially for those who don’t have a ticket for the festival (baring any proverbial train wrecks, of course.) Actually, a proverbial train wreck might REALLY make it an experience to witness!

That makes the $500 event a whole lot more interesting I reckon! It’s still debatable as to whether this is value for money, but seeing Tool rehearse (albeit with a couple of hundred others) is certainly an opportunity very few people get. And given all the terms and conditions in place for the event, it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to me to see some new material previewed (though I expect the event will probably just be Adam, Danny and Justin).

Buy tickets from Toolband – not there’s not a huge amount left – 50 at the time of writing!

Tool rehearsal from 2013

Tool VIP Experience on sale now

The Tool VIP Experience package prior to the Monster Mash show is soon on sale via Toolband! As expected the prices are high ($499.98), and while I expect there will be some complainers, it is what it is. The conditions of entry contain one quite interesting waiver, which make you wonder what they have in store for those attending:

7. You will be required to sign a waiver upon check-in. Each participant may be photographed and/or recorded (audio and/or video) by Tool. You unconditionally grant Tool a perpetual and irrevocable license to use your image, name, likeness, in audio/video/photo recordings, etc. in any manner as we see fit throughout the universe.

Being asked to give up the phone is pretty much a given, but that waiver to me suggests that this “show” is being recorded for something. We can only speculate as to what it may be, especially as they’ve said it won’t contain a live performance.

Blair also posts on Toolband that the night “will include Q & A… A RARE GALLERY of ARTWORK and MEMENTOS, PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES, and MONSTER MASH FESTIVAL MERCH available for sale.” Tickets are limited, so if you have that kind of money, then get on board quickly!

Tool VIP Experience

Tool VIP Experience

NOTE: You do not need to have a ticket to the Monster Mash festival to purchase admission to this event. So if you missed out on tickets for the festival, jump on this opportunity to be part of a very unique experience.

– Admission for one (1) to VIP event*
– One (1) VIP merchandise pack with specialty items (to be picked up at the event)

– Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
– Location: Marquee Theatre at 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
– Doors/Check-in: 4:30pm
– Live Q+A session with members of Tool
– Gallery of rare artwork and mementos
– Photo opportunity
– Tool’s festival merchandise available for purchase

*Please note this event will run between 2 – 4 hours in duration. Tool will not be performing.


1. You must provide a pick-up/will call name for the order. Those persons listed under pick-up/will call name must present legal ID and show proof of purchase (email confirmation, confirmation number, etc) at check-in time. All VIP guests must be present and arrive on time for check-in. Late arrivals will not be allowed entry to VIP event.

2. All participants will be subject to a thorough search. ABSOLUTELY no cell phones, recording devices, etc. are permitted to be used during the event (once inside the inner doors). Please note TOOL SECURITY will gather all devices and store them for each person. With the purchase of the event ticket, you agree that you will indemnify and hold Tool harmless from any and all claims that should arise while you are out of communication while your phone is secured.

3. We reserve the right to remove any person who does not adhere to the event rules.

4. There is no re-entry once you leave the venue.

5. No refunds on this ticket purchase.

6. No food or snacks will be provided. Please eat before you arrive.

7. You will be required to sign a waiver upon check-in. Each participant may be photographed and/or recorded (audio and/or video) by Tool. You unconditionally grant Tool a perpetual and irrevocable license to use your image, name, likeness, in audio/video/photo recordings, etc. in any manner as we see fit throughout the universe.

8. Admission is only for the VIP event. A Monster Mash Festival ticket is not included as this is a separate event.
NOTE: You do not need to have a ticket to the Monster Mash festival to purchase admission to this event. So if you missed out on tickets for the festival, jump on this opportunity to be part of a very unique experience.

When checking out of your order:
Please select the option for “Show gift options during checkout” before proceeding to checkout page. In the “Enter your free gift note” field, please enter the will call/pick-up name for your order and your preferred shirt size (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large).

Tool VIP Experience details for Phoenix Arizona

Blair has given us an update on the Tool VIP experience happening on Friday October 30th prior to the Monster Mash Festival show in Arizona:

I have an update on the announcement from Tool management concerning an intimate VIP experience featuring members of the band:
DATE: Friday, October 30th
LOCATION: Marquee Theatre
730 N Hill Ave.
Tempe, AZ
TIME: 4:30pm


– LIVE Q & A

– One time only specialty merchandise and a surprise.
(Please note Tool will not be performing.)

Tickets will be available at 12:00 pm (PDT) on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th only through Tool’s WEBSITE store. A Monster Mash Festival ticket is NOT included as this is a separate event. Additional details will be included at the ticket on-sale, so please check back at that time. ALL AGES WELCOME!

Still doesn’t appear to be any details on the price of the ticket, but if previous VIP sessions are anything to go by it’s likely to be around $500.

Tool Parabol character from previous VIP experience

Tool VIP session announced

As promised, there was a special announcement from Tool on September 23rd, though it’s probably safe to say it’s not the kind of announcement many were hoping for. Instead it gives details of a special Tool VIP session happening the day before the Monster Mash show in Arizona. Details are below:

Thank you for your attention concerning an important announcement from TOOL. For those of you who are planning to go to the MONSTER MASH MUSIC FESTIVAL in Tempe on Halloween, there will be a TOOL VIP EVENT* that includes a Q&A session with some MEMBERS OF THE BAND that will be held in PHOENIX, ARIZONA on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th. The exact time and location for this special event is still to be determined, and those who are interested should check back with the TOOL WEBSITE and TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th for the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. Tickets for the VIP EVENT go on sale on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th – AVAILABLE at the TOOLBAND.COM WEBSTORE. Again, please CHECK BACK with the band’s website and Facebook page on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th for the official announcement.
UPDATE: Although there will be a limited amount of tickets available for the TOOL VIP EVENT, you don’t have to have a ticket to the Monster Mash Festival in order to purchase one when they go on sale on Friday, October 9th.

*Please note that this special event involving TOOL is not a performance.

Sounds like an interesting event, and I hope someone from Fourtheye can get along and give us a report! Hopefully we’ll get some something similar to the VIP sessions Adam Jones did on the last tour.

Tool band photo

New Puscifer date in Prescott, Arizona

Regular Puscifer reportee fortysixand2 tells me that there’s a new Puscifer date added to the tour, this time on the 14th of December at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott, Arizona:

Puscifer, who recently announced their new album, Money Shot, and the release of the “Grand Canyon” video will be returning to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott on Monday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets become available on Wednesday, August 26 at 10 a.m. and general on-sale is Friday, August 28 at 10 a.m. The evening’s opening act is Luchafer.

Details on the show, as well as links to ticket information can be found on the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center website.

Still no word on any further Tool shows by the way! I think it’s starting to look unlikely at this stage. We’ll see!

Puscifer rockin' on the back porch

Puscifer Officially Added to Monster Mash

As expected, Puscifer have officially been added to the Monster Mash lineup on November 1st with Linkin Park, Rob Zombie and Deftones. No word on if Drown By Mom will also be playing. Get tickets here!

Puscifer added to Monter Mash

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