You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tool

Tool's multisensory performance at the quaking Wiltern on Monday, the first of two Koreatown sellouts and the band's first local show since 1999, was nothing short of spectacular.

Cast:
Band: Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, Danny Carey. Also appearing: King Crimson.

Tool’s multisensory performance at the quaking Wiltern on Monday, the first of two Koreatown sellouts and the band’s first local show since 1999, was nothing short of spectacular.

With evocative and sometimes disturbing short films and other images swirling and flickering on screens behind the four players, the band played tightly wound, highly dramatic interpretations of songs from its three studio albums, with emphasis on the current “Lateralus” (Volcano) collection.

With a marked attention to detail that Frank Zappa would have been proud of, the players stayed true to the recorded versions (seven new ones, five older) while adding enough live energy and contrast to bring fresh life to each number.

Opener “The Grudge,” the first song on the new album, built slowly from a simmering start and exploded into a wicked climax that drew thunderous response from the crowd, which remained standing throughout the nearly two-hour show. (Meanwhile, outside on Wilshire, desperate fans were offering hundreds of dollars for a single ticket.)

“Stinkfist,” the lead track from Tool’s superior 1996 entry “Aenima,” was accompanied by the song’s jarring, inhuman video. Shadowy singer Maynard Keenan performed the entire show perched, rear stage right, on a platform behind guitarist Adam Jones and directly in front of the smaller of the two video screens, making it nearly impossible to see his face, which was further hidden by a wide dark stripe of black paint down the center.

After an hour, Tool left the stage and guitarist Robert Fripp, from veteran progressive-rock group and opening act King Crimson (a huge influence on Tool’s style), played some atmospheric six-string music for a few minutes while the headliners and the audience caught their breath.

Tool wrapped the awesome show with a crowd-pleasing four-song run: “Sober,” from 1993’s “Undertow,” featured its infamous “eye surgery” video; new song “Parabola” grew from quiet early passages to explosive power-chord fury; “Aenema,” one of many Tool songs with water as lyrical inspiration, envisioned the swallowing of California by the Pacific; and 10-minute prog-rock closer “Lateralis” brought the extraordinary show to an end with a final display of the band’s grace under pressure.

Tool

Wiltern; 2,238 seats; $48.50

Production: Presented by SFX. Opened and reviewed Aug. 13, 2001, closed Aug. 14.

Cast: Band: Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, Danny Carey. Also appearing: King Crimson.

More Music

  • Variety Hitmakers Brunch

    Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, Hailee Steinfeld Honored at Inaugural Variety Hitmakers Event

    Tool’s multisensory performance at the quaking Wiltern on Monday, the first of two Koreatown sellouts and the band’s first local show since 1999, was nothing short of spectacular. With evocative and sometimes disturbing short films and other images swirling and flickering on screens behind the four players, the band played tightly wound, highly dramatic interpretations […]

  • David Cassidy'Once In A Lifetime' concert

    David Cassidy Hospitalized With Organ Failure

    Tool’s multisensory performance at the quaking Wiltern on Monday, the first of two Koreatown sellouts and the band’s first local show since 1999, was nothing short of spectacular. With evocative and sometimes disturbing short films and other images swirling and flickering on screens behind the four players, the band played tightly wound, highly dramatic interpretations […]

  • Editorial Use Only / Consent for

    Tributes to AC/DC's Malcolm Young Pour in: Ozzy Osbourne, Eddie Van Halen, Paul Stanley Mourn Guitarist's Death

    Tool’s multisensory performance at the quaking Wiltern on Monday, the first of two Koreatown sellouts and the band’s first local show since 1999, was nothing short of spectacular. With evocative and sometimes disturbing short films and other images swirling and flickering on screens behind the four players, the band played tightly wound, highly dramatic interpretations […]

  • Malcolm Young AC/DC

    AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Dies at 64

    Tool’s multisensory performance at the quaking Wiltern on Monday, the first of two Koreatown sellouts and the band’s first local show since 1999, was nothing short of spectacular. With evocative and sometimes disturbing short films and other images swirling and flickering on screens behind the four players, the band played tightly wound, highly dramatic interpretations […]

  • Katy Perry MTV VMAs

    Katy Perry, Archdiocese Awarded $5 Million in Trial Over Former Los Feliz Convent

    Tool’s multisensory performance at the quaking Wiltern on Monday, the first of two Koreatown sellouts and the band’s first local show since 1999, was nothing short of spectacular. With evocative and sometimes disturbing short films and other images swirling and flickering on screens behind the four players, the band played tightly wound, highly dramatic interpretations […]

  • iHeartRadio Music Awards Live Stream

    E! Investigating Ryan Seacrest Misconduct Claim

    Tool’s multisensory performance at the quaking Wiltern on Monday, the first of two Koreatown sellouts and the band’s first local show since 1999, was nothing short of spectacular. With evocative and sometimes disturbing short films and other images swirling and flickering on screens behind the four players, the band played tightly wound, highly dramatic interpretations […]

  • Diddy, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Charlie

    Diddy, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Walk to Judge Fox's 'The Four'

    Tool’s multisensory performance at the quaking Wiltern on Monday, the first of two Koreatown sellouts and the band’s first local show since 1999, was nothing short of spectacular. With evocative and sometimes disturbing short films and other images swirling and flickering on screens behind the four players, the band played tightly wound, highly dramatic interpretations […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content