Tool has been a staple of the rock music scene for over 30 years. They are known for their experimental sound which equates to an industrial jam band. In an age where everything is rushed, including the length of new songs, Tool will remain steadfast with 10 minute songs that bring the listener on a journey. Their music is focused on intricacies lyrically, vocally and musically. They are a master of a dying craft, there will never be another band like them.
Tool brought their concert experience to the PPL Center in Allentown, PA for a sold out show. They performed 11 songs over a set that lasted just under 3 hours with a brief intermission. Most of the show came from their 2019 album Fear Inoculum, which, was also the opening song. The performance was just as much visual at it was musical. Singer Maynard James Keenan alternated between two platforms towards the back of the stage for the entire show. They were on each side of drummer Danny Carey. Their entire backdrop was made up of screens that had imagery of alternating colors, at times it reminded me of a lava lamp. At other points during the show it was of aliens, or animals morphing into different things. Laser beams were also a huge part of the production, shooting out in the audience and projecting onto the arena ceiling. At one point they all pointed down surrounding the stage producing a curtain effect with the fog. Guitarist Adam Jones spent most of his time of the left side of the stage most often standing towards bassist Justin Chancellor who was on the right side of the stage.
During the performance there was minimal interaction between band members and there was little interaction with the fans. After the second song Maynard said hello Allentown and the crowd barely responded, he exclaimed that it sounded like a fart. For the most part, this was the most laid back rock concert I have ever been to. Most fans stood and some sang along but there was very little movement, I only noticed two women in the audience dancing with their hands up.
Tool brought a much expected solid performance. The fans, while subdued were all buzzing at the of the show. When Maynard shows up for any of his bands, you know you are going to get a solid, methodical and well thought out performance. This tour has quite a few more dates this year and into early 2024 in the US. Tour dates can be found at www.toolband.com and on their socials.