Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tool / Isis - Aug 22, 2006
Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place

When tickets went on sale for Tool, all I could find were 2 tickets way in the back. Screw that. I've never had shitty seats to a Tool concert ever. So I thought about it, I don't know anyone that likes Tool. And even if I did manage to convince someone to come with me, I'd end up paying for their seat, we'd be in shitty seats, and I'd be having a worse time wondering if they had a good time or not. So I changed the quantity to 1 and found a single seat in Row 6. Perfect. Now I knew I'd have a great time. It's like a solitary version of fate. I found out later some friends were at the show, but I still wouldn't have given up my seat.

It got even better when I heard Isis would be opening. Maybe they coulda got KISS on the bill to get an all 4-letter band tour. This would be now the 3rd time I've seen Isis in the last 2 years, which officially makes them, uhmm, the band I've seen the most often in the last 2 years. Isis played for 30 minutes. Which in epic post-metal terms, means they played 4 songs. The tracklist was So Did We, new song Dulcinea, Backlit, and another new song.

You know you're an Isis fan when you know the LYRICS. Hell, you're a nerd if you can match the song title to the song.

They were great, I hope they made some new fans. I'm glad no one boo'd them. Even if it is dorks wearing Tool t-shirts at Tool concerts. Though it sucked to see they too were selling t-shirts for $40, when last time they were selling them for $15. But thats the difference between playing GM Place and Richards on Richards.

Tool was next. An hour later. My seat was great though, 15 ft away.

Maynard wore a shirtless cowboy outfit: jeans, giant belt buckle, cowboy boots, and a mohawk. The cowboy hat was only worn during Rosetta Stoned. You need a cowboy hat when singing into a bull horn. It adds credibility. He was in a great mood all night. Talked a lot and was thoroughly enjoying his stomping crab like dancing.

Drummer Danny Carey wore a Lakers Kobe Bryant outfit. His kit is massive and awe inspiring. There needs to be a camera over top showing him playing every song. Just amazing, the guy's a warhorse.

The sound was actually quite good for the first 4 songs, but became a bit muddled in the middle. The bass was especially loud. Like Sun0))) rib-cage shaking loud at times. I took my earplugs out for the last song, Aenima. Apparently the guitars were ear-drum piercing loud all night as well.

I didn't care about the setlist this time. They coulda played nothing old and I woulda been happy. The stage show coulda been better though. There was a 2m tall width: 100%; video screen and some overhead lighting for most of the show. Only later did they bring down the lights, turn on the green lasers, and raised the christmas light-like spirals for Lateralus. Even though they kinda looked like 3 lit up uteruses (uterii?), still pretty cool and fitting for the song. Since Tool doesn't do encores, for the break, they all got up and sat together on the stage for a few minutes, soaking up the applause.

Also, I can still memorize Tool setlists:

Stinkfist (extended)
The Pot
46 & 2
(brief Lost Keys intro)
Rosetta Stoned
(interlude with drum solo!)
Right in Two
(encore break)


word! i saw Cursive and Chicks on Speed yesterday, alone. the people i'm visiting here in cologne dont like the music to say the least and so i went on my own. same thing when electrelane played in berlin. seeing bands you like alone is way better than having your thoughts revolving about so. next to you that might not like the concert. anyway. my point is, chicks on speed were hilarious.

posted by aeh

Thanks for posting the setlist, I'm horrible at remembering such things, especially when substances are involved. Just a quick word about the visuals. While they may not have been super awesome from your perspective on the floor, we were up on the balcony next to the stage and from our perspective they were amazing. Basically the entire stage was a giant whiteboard with the visuals projected down from above and it was fucking amazing, making what might have otherwise been okay seats into excellent seats. The moral of the story is that Tool takes care of you and puts on one hell of a show no matter where you're sitting.

posted by jimbo

i agree, the looping videos are always great. i was just hoping they'd be bigger.

posted by pinder

I just saw them in D.C. over the weekend. And the only songs they played that weren't off the new CD were:


I really wish they had cut out wings for marie pt 1, and 2, becuase its like 15 minutes of dead space where they could of been tearing ass with anything from undertow/opiate/aenima.

I've seen tool a few times and unfortunately this was the worst show I've seen. It still rocked, but a weak setlist + weak stage show left me wanting something more from my favorite band.

posted by Kichinko

oh yeah they played 46&2 as well

posted by kichinko

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