Fortunately the lights dimmed and everyone turned to face the stage. One by one they came onto the stage; Maynard James Keenan, Justin Chancellor, Danny Carey, and Adam Jones. The crowd stood and screamed, clapped, yelled, and shoved lighters and fists into the air.
They went straight into "Jambi." Maynard, who had come onto the stage with a cowboy hat, an orange pull over which he pulled off to reveal a t-shirt, and a large rodeo style belt buckle, waved his cowboy hat at the crowd before going into the song.
While they mostly played songs from 10,000 Days they also included songs from Aenima and Lateralus; "Forty six and 2," "Lateralus," and "Schism." It was great to be able to hear some of my favorite songs. While I had had my fingers crossed for "Jimmy" and "Sober," two songs that had made the play lists of previous tour dates, I was not disappointed in their song selection for last night.
The visuals were also amazing. The whole stage was white with four screens along the back with two more hanging to the side. The videos and images were projected onto the screens as well as the stage. The lighting was fantastic. I have never seen a better light show.
When the last song died the entire crowd was on their feet, lighters making the dark arena a constellation of stars, as they clapped and screamed. The band did a group hug and turned to bow to the crowd. The screaming and clapping continued, deafening when people began to stamp their feet and chant ‘Tool, Tool, Tool!’.
Walking out of the building people were screaming ‘Tool rocks! Tool is awesome!’. The streets were crowded, honking cars with people leaning out of them screaming back at the people on the streets.
Most things are never as good as your remember them. But this show was even better than the first one I saw all those years ago. Next time they come through, come hell or high water, I’ll make sure I have a ticket with my name on it.