VIP event was incredible. Adam is the must humble dude. Can't believe he walked up to me face to face and played a good 20 seconds of the Pot. I will forever cherish that moment.
What did they play H instead of The P;ot/Vicarious/Eulogy?
They played Vicarious... they played Eulogy and The Grudge during sound check for VIP. Incredible.
No Maynard during the sound check. Maynard sang Stinkfist during sound check which we weren't present for but could hear.
Adam played some new material after he talked about finger tapping technique that he was getting into. It was blissful. The band is annoyed by constantly being asked when the new album is coming out for a variety of reasons even though they understand it's coming from a good place.
Maynard actually blew kisses and waved at the crowd after the set instead of walking off stage which was really cool.
Full band during sound check? I did VIP a few years ago and they only brought us down after Maynard left. We could hear the end of Third Eye as we walked down...
What an amazing performance! Jealous you saw Eulogy though!!!!! Fuck yeah!!!!!!!!!
This show marks my seventh time seeing Tool live. The live sound is always hit or miss, but this was possibly the best sound overall. No arena acoustics to deal with, and pretty well balanced for the most part. The guitar levels seemed to fluctuate, which was maybe a factor of compression/competing with the drums, or maybe even wind in the outdoor space. Vocals were buried as usual, but his singing was (mostly) really good. Maynard always seems to sound his best when singing for A Perfect Circle, but last night was good. At a few shows, he has seemed checked out, and that was not at all the case here.
Highlights: Descending and accompanying visuals were amazing. In fact, the visuals throughout the show were incredible, especially with the backdrop of the Gorge at sunset, which lasted through the first several songs. Third Eye was flawless, with an extended instrumental section at the end. The extended jam during Opiate. The 60-foot video projections (especially Parabola and Vicarious, with the Alex Grey animations).
ToolArmy, oh how I have missed thee. Too many years have I forgone logging in to avoid the cavity-level pain of waiting for tours or new songs. After the Gorge show all I can say is THANK YOU TOOL for this spiritual jolt into the now. That was truly some kind of psychedelic experience. No VIP for me (wow, that's a thing here?) and blessed with at-cost lawn ticket that I dare say was the best seat in the cosmos for the extraordinary light show.
The 'Net of Being' poster achieved so many years ago at a small show in Dallas chased my third eye to this moment projected from the stage to lasers etched in the sky and all over the beautiful Gorge vista. These Rock Stars grew from their tiny stage to fill the screen then that same vista. The lights and their play with shadows had me swaying 3 steps from one side of my dance area to the other and pulsing me into the stage, too. All the while a 7-pointed distorted and held all projections then projected itself in perpiturity via beams across the crowd and sky.
I purposely placed myself in front of a tower of speakers and there were definitely echoes to deal with being that far back at the start, but by the end of 'the Grudge' all tones leveled out I thought. Was that wind natural or a wall of sound hitting me in the soul? I arrived shortly before the show and was too utterly Gobsmacked the entire time to even venture to the beloved merch or take any photos whatsoever. You know I still grabbed a shirt afterwards though.
Unlike myself you all spoiled yourselves and know there's no "new song" per se played, but I dare say the brief jam right after intermission doth signal a sign of the auditory future. Not that Tool need to evolve their sound in any way, nor make any qualms about doing so should they want to; I hold a personal theory we shall experience an even heavier industrial-synth evolution with more of that thumping tribal drum and bass mixed in. Sign me up for more of that! To all Rabid fans and critics I say after this show I am appeased and my soul is sated. The level of creativity and work put into this production is awesome. I cried 4 times, FOUR TIMES!
If you too were on the lawn; I had light up shoes. Yea, like Kanye - who, like Maynard is most often right, especially when being so wrong.
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Fourth TooL show for me. No VIP. Still showed up around 2pm to hang out and do the pre-party thing. Gates were to open at 6, so I lined up at 4, and was only about 200ft from the front. Still took a half hour or so to get through all the gates and pat downs and security checks and bag searches (they didn't find my mushrooms). Got a Damn Good spot on the lawn before it filled up. Crystal Method set was only four or five songs, but they did play That One Song From The That I Know (Name of the Game), as well as a couple reworks from other artists (NIN and Daft Punk), but as he was saying his outro and how "this is my last song, thanks for coming!" some technical difficulty happened and it seemed like Sound Man cut him off.
I peed at the beginning of Crystal's set, and there was literally NO line for the bathroom. I chanced it and peed during the break between bands and there was a line almost as long as the one to get in the gates. But as soon as the first few notes of The Grudge hit, the bathroom line cut itself in half: some people decided "fuck it, I can hold it," some decided "fuck it, I'll just pee on the wall over here." I wasn't that drunk. I waited.
Great show! Second time seeing TooL at the gorge, first time camping after. 5 out of 5 dentists would recommend.
To the dude that asked the legal/insurance question during Q&A.... WTF, dude?
ha he probably did work for the insurance co.
I'm paraphrasing... he basically asked "if you could've redone the whole insurance ordeal (you can google it), how would you have done it differently to not delay the current album?" He was so heated about it that it even got to the point where Adam asked if he worked for the insurance company. You could hear a pin drop it was so awkward... of all the questions that could've been asked he chose to be that guy.
You piqued my curiosity- what was the question? 0.o
incredible band + incredible venue + incredible state = incredible show
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