TOOL - Live at Viejas Arena, 7/15/2010
The light show was fantastic, definitely the best I've ever seen. Their videos on either side of the stage were great, too.
There were no problems with the audio, no distortion (except on my recordings) and the vocals were fantastic!
The crowd was great. For me, there's nothing like being surrounded by my fellow AFI fans, that sense of community is something I have yet to find anywhere else.
That said, everyone here was nice, really into the show and the music, and there wasn't many fights. From what I saw, the pit hardly moved at all except for some headbangers. No one was stealing anyone's seats, and people were considerate of others when they had to move to get by.
Maynard seemed really "into it" - different than what I expected. Yes, he stood at the back as I'm told he always does, wearing shorts and a baseball cap, but he was phenomenal vocally. His vocals were strong, spot-on; and he moved around quite a bit.
The band interacted with each other, too. And at the end, Adam and Justin waved, thanked us, and blew us kisses on their way off stage, it was cool.
Two hours of awesomeness. As Maynard introduced our time together he said, "There's out there, and there's in here. For the next two hours, it's all about in here," and they launched into Jambi.
'Jambi' and 'Schism' were two of my favorites (I was blown away just hearing 'Jambi' live, and 'Schism' brought tears to my eyes), but 'The Patient' was really, really good. And how could I forget 'Lateralus'?! They had two drummers battling out for that, it was awesome. The guest drummer was Gino, from the opening band.
The extended bassist/guitarist jam in 'Intolerance' was rad, too!
They wrapped it up with Aenima (Maynard shouted "...Southern California....!" and referenced AZ & his wine ), and everyone stood up, danced, and sang a long. I really loved that, too. That sense of unity - it was fantastic!
I recorded most of the show, but man, the songs only half came out. My iPhone is no match for my digital camera in terms of sound quality...ah well. :]
I can relive 'Jambi' as much as I want tho.
Setlist is as follows:
Monologue of Timothy Leary as the intro: "Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself."
1. Third Eye
- Ions with cool lights
5. Eon Blue Apocalypse
6. The Patient
7. Intolerance (extended)
9. Forty-Six & 2
9. Lateralus /w Gino from Rajas
And for the 'encore'
10. Aenima - amazing!