Tool must have been rehearsing today, and guitar player Adam Jones decided to live stream them tearing through The Grudge on Instagram. For your listening pleasure:
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!
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
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
- Opiate (extended)
- Schism (extended)
- Forty-Six & 2
- Drum Solo
*Descending is most likely just a working title for this jam.
- Some great footage of No Quarter and The Grudge and Parabol(a) from Dick Blitzky. There’s a bunch of other stuff there too.
- Photo gallery of the show and the VIP Event
- A gallery of goodies handed out at the VIP event
- Phoenix New Times also has a wrap-up of both the Tool and Puscifer shows
Lateralus has almost the perfect opening track. The Grudge is one that features great work from all four members of the band, and is most commonly the track I recommend to new fans to listen to in order to see what Tool really sound like.
When I heard it I felt like Justin was truly a member of the band for the first time. The bass work in the track is excellent, and it was clear to me that Justin was now out of the shadow of Paul’s work on Aenima. There’s some memorable lyrics from Maynard as well, not to mention the 30 second scream at the end.
Danny owns the track at the end though – the last 30 seconds feature some of my favorite drumming on any song by any band, and one of the fills in particular is out of this world.