Tool – 10/31/2015 – Tempe, AZ

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Saturday October 31st 2015 Halloween
Monster Mash AZ
Tempe Beach Park
Tempe AZ USA

Setlist: 1:45:08

00 intro
01 No Quarter (Led Zeppelin)
02 The Grudge
03 Parabol
04 Parabola
05 Opiate
06 Schism
07 ∆nema
08 Descending
09 Jambi
10 Forty-Six & 2
11 drums and synth
12 Vicarious
13 Stinkfist

Taper: LeifH
Source: CSB (filter) > Sony PCM M10 @ 24/48 > Sony 16GB microSD card

My 7th time seeing Tool. This was their only show in 2015. I couldn’t pass up seeing two of my favorite bands, Tool and Primus, play on the same stage. Due to a limited budget and available time off, I only went for the one day, although the whole weekend was tempting. As it turned out, the Friday show on the 30th with Santana and Fogerty was cancelled about a week prior to the event, “due to unforseen circumstances.” The Sunday show featured Puscifer, who I had already bought tickets to see in December, plus Rob Zombie and the Deftones who mildy interest me, but also playing was Linkin Narc. I didn’t want a single cent of my earnings to go towards them. I wanted to go to the Marquee Theatre rehearsal on the 30th as well, but its hard to justify a $500 admission fee.

Halloween Saturday was sold out. It took longer than I expected though. The original schedule had two stages with slightly conflicting times, but only for the bands preceding Tool and Primus. The schedule was changed to include all bands on the same stage. The other days did not sell out, and they were really pushing ticket sales.

I got inside the gates just after they opened. People kept on coming in, and the costumes got better and better. It was about 80 degrees in the afternoon, and about 65 after dusk. I didn’t record the first two bands, but I did record Coheed & Cambria and Primus. When recording, I was against the left barrier, approximately 50′ from stage, as dead centre as you could get.

Tool came out dressed as Led Zeppelin. Adam a vest on and a double-neck Gibson SG (Jimmy Page). Maynard had a curly wig on, faded skinny jeans and an open blouse (Robert Plant). Danny had a brown wig, head band and a fake moustache (John Bonham). Justin also had a brown wig, a head band and vintage attire (John Paul Jones). They started off with No Quarter which hadn’t been played since 1998. Instantly worth going. “Does anyone remember Napster?” There was a short break and they came back. Maynard kept the Plant get-up on the whole show, and Danny kept his Bonham get-up on until his solo.

The Grudge (sans scream), which they hadn’t performed together since 2002. Parabol(a) was nice to see. Then they did the extended version of Opiate that I saw them do in Eugene 2014. This time it was a little more polished or written out. It seemed appropriate to hear ∆nema at this show. Descending (as seen on the setlist) was the snippet they played on the 2014 tour, but also more polished this time. Someone was aiming a laser pointer at the stage during this one, going over Maynard and Danny’s heads. That happened when I saw them in 2007 and Maynard left the stage without finishing the song. I didn’t see the laser again after that song. Descending sounds more like the name of a riff, but that could be a final title. Something went wrong with Adam’s talk box during the guitar solo in Jambi, so he did the solo without it. Justin’s bass sounded a lot cleaner to me than other times I’ve seen them. Danny’s kick drums had Adam’s bug art on them, which is on the show’s poster. The main video screen behind the band had some 3D illusions going on. Pretty cool stuff, man. Danny’s drums had some intense reverb on them during Vicarious.

Getting in the gates was easy. Getting out was a giant bottle neck. Awesome show, one of the best I’ve seen.

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Tool – 03/09/2014 – Reno, NV


Reno Event Center
Reno, NV
March 9, 2014

01 Intro
02 Third Eye
03 Vicarious
04 Schism
05 Pushit
06 Intension
07 Lateralus
08 B’Boom
09 Jambi
10 46&2
11 Aenema
12 Stinkfist

Mixed and Mastered by Hoserama


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Tool – 05/04/2013 – Sydney, Australia

TOOL - Allphones Arena Sydney Friday 3rd May 2013. © Aaron Saye 2013

Allphones Arena
Sydney, Australia
May 4, 2013

01. Hooker with a Penis
02. Sober
03. jam
04. Schism
05. Pushit
06. Intension
07. Lateralus
08. intermission
09. synth/drum solo
10. Jambi
11. Forty Six & 2
12. Ænema
13. Stinkfist


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Tool – 03/06/2014 – Portland, OR


March 6th, 2014
Moda Center
1 N Center Ct Street
Portland, OR, USA

01 Third Eye
02 Vicarious
03 Schism
04 Pushit
05 Intension
06 Lateralus
07 B’Boom
08 Jambi
09 Forty-Six & 2
10 Ænema
11 Stinkfist

Second show of the 2014 tour and my 5th time seeing them. There was one scalper outside with a stack of tickets an inch thick. I’ve never been to an arena that had binoculars wired in to every other seat in the upper sections. I thought that was pretty cool, but since I was also filming this show I didn’t use them. I managed to get the whole thing on video. Third Eye instead of Hooker with a Penis was the only difference in the setlist. Always nice to hear that live. Maynard asked how many vegetarians there were in the audience and then said, “…you’re dismissed,” just before Vicarious. Danny was a bit sloppy towards the end of Vicarious. Maynard missed the end of Jambi too. Lots of cheap but ‘good’ quality bootleg t-shirts for sale outside this show, before and after.

Taper: LeifH
Source: CA-11 (cardioid) > CA-Bat2B > Sony PCM M10 @ 24/48 > Duracell 8GB microSD card

Setlist: 1:46:09


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Tool – 08/14/2001 – Los Angeles, CA


Wiltern Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
August 14, 2001

1. Tuva
2. The Grudge
3. (-) ions
4. Stinkfist
5. Forty Six & 2
6. Parabola
7. Schism
8. Eulogy
9. Disposition
10. Reflection
11. Sober
12. Pushit (alt)
13. Opiate
14. Lateralus

“Art saves lives”

Matrix notes: This is a 50/50 mix of source A and B below. No EQ or compression was used.  Source A already sounded nice, so I left it alone. Source B had a few volume jumps, mostly in The Grudge. I did my best to smooth those out, but its still noticeable at times. Both sources are now fully in the mix for Soundscapres, and the crown jewel of the set, Pushit. Its now complete in both sources, and the tabla duel sounds much better without the edits. Track splits are a bit sketchy on the first few tracks. The start of Forty Six & 2 has drops in both sources, so I did my best to patch together a complete intro. I left Tuva and (-) Ions as source A only, as source B only contributed crowd noise (and lots of it) on those tracks.
Whew, I think that’s it…



Source A: iem > m1 -> MaxxBass > REQ 4band > L3 > FLAC
taper : benchboy
transfer : markp

Source B: Sound Professionals Premium Slimline Cardioids > Sony TCD-D8 > CDR
taper: Econeywaa?
transfer : unknown

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Tool – 08/13/2001 – Los Angeles, CA


Wiltern Theatre
Los Angeles, Ca
August 13, 2001

1. Tuva
2. The Grudge
3. (-) ions
4. Stinkfist (extended, Suspicious Minds)
5. Undertow
6. Prison Sex (OTRM)
7. Schism
8. Eon Blue Apocalypse
9. The Patient
10. Disposition
11. Reflection
12. Sober (w/Robert Fripp soundscapes)
13. Parabol/Parabola
14. Ænema
15. Lateralus

Matrix notes: This is a 50/50 mix of source A and B below. No EQ or compression was used.  Source A and B both are excellent captures.  I left Tuva, as source A only, no source B available for Tuva…. :( Track splits mostly followed source A, but I combined Parabol and Parabola. I filled the small gaps throughout source A with source B.
The only gap that’s still noticeable is in Reflection. First few seconds of Disposition were missing from source A, its now filled w/source B.



Source A : iem (soundboard) > m1
taper : benchboy
transfer : markp

Source B : Sound Professionals Premium Slimline Cardioids > Sony TCD-D8 > DAT Master > SB Extigy (coaxial in) > Cool Edit Pro > CDR > FLAC
taper: Econeywaa
notes: Recorded at Balcony Stage right.

From Taper: Robert Fripp plays solo Soundscapes after “Reflection” and then the band goes into “Sober”

Fripp appeared with Tool on the 2 Berkeley shows, these 2 LA shows and the San Diego show.

A thrill and the reason I travelled all over the West Coast taping these shows!


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Tool – 1991 Demo Tape – Unknown, CA


?, CA
Unknown Studio(s)

Time: 22:47

Original Cassette Demo

Side A
3:45 = Cold & Ugly
2:37 = Hush
2:56 = Part of Me

Side B
4:46 = Crawl Away
4:29 = Sober
3:57 = Jerk-Off

Source: Original Cassette Tape
Gen: ‘Master’

Notes regarding Torrent:
There have been several torrents of the “demo tape” by Tool, however, from what I can tell, all(?) are unsubstanciated copies sourced from ‘someone else who has it’ or ‘I got it from someone else on CD’ scenario. So, I figured it would be worthwhile to get the definitive transfer available. As such, this is the actual demo tape (that Tool sold out at their performances very early in their career). At one point I had two of these items but I parted with one to give to a good friend. There were or are, theoretically, at least a thousand of these floating around (actual # is not known but is low) & the actual cassette copies are actually quite sought-after as they are pieces of rock history. I ascertained this copy from someone who once was rather close to the band. There is no doubt that this is 100% legit.

Notes from Tool’s demo tape. They are studio quality but have a slight tape hiss to the them, which is actually pretty hard to pick out. Interesting if you want to hear the demo’s. This was originally only in cassette format & was distributed at gigs. Soon, copies were made & they started spreading out. The demos even ended up on bootlegs like Sleep Forever. Word has it that they last one they gave out to a fan somewhere in the mid-west US during 1992 from the sound engineer or crew. Most copies of the demo tape are from MP3 source, this is not. There is a rumor that Tool did a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train but all that is – a rumor. Or, is it? Do you think there is a tight-sealed secret of an ozzy cover? Hmm. What evidence is there? Well, what about the unreleased Rage Against The Machine w/Tool collaboration entitled “Kill The Revolutionary” that features both bands? It is of rough quality & was a demo for the film Judgment Night but was not used nor did it make it on the soundtrack — in case you don’t know, back in 1992/1993. For those that have heard this; it is a very rough sounding recording. However, there are pristine, clear, beautiful copies of this available. Or is there? As a nod to my own musical interest, I would recommend the ‘Judgement Night’ soundtrack; it was one of the best. It featured mashups of metal/hip-hop (you can see why RATM/Tool did not make the cut) but it was interesting as it feautred bands like Cypress Hill w/Sonic Youth + Pearl Jam, Helmet w/House Of Pain & other metal/rap acts to collaborate on an album. Movie decent but not as good as soundtrack. Anyway, the songs below are the actual studio demos, nothing ‘illicit’ or really unreleased. This will hopefully give even the casual Tool fan a good kick in the ass. The intensity, passion & hunger is evident, clear & concise. I could not possibly recommend this any higher than I am at this point. Hope you enjoy it.

Note: There are quite a few counterfeit cassette copies floating around. Beware – eBay may not be your friend.
Note: I did not alter the recording in any capacity. The sound should be just as it was almost two decades ago… who else is feeling a tad old?


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Tool – 01/07/1994 – Hollywood, CA

Hollywood, CA
The Palladium


Prison Sex
Bottom (spoken word by Zack De La Rocha)
Opiate (Layne Staley on guest vocals)

Source: Sonic Studios DSM-6 > Sony WM-D6

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Tool – 01/14/2012 – Reno, NV

Reno Events Center
Reno, NV

01 intro
02 Hooker With A Penis
03 Jambi
04 Stinkfist
05 Ticks & Leeches
06 Pushit
07 Schism
08 Intension
09 Forty-Six & 2
10 Lateralus
11 The Pot
12 (break)
13 Ænema

schoeps cmc34->naiant tiny box->tascam dr-2d->cool edit pro->cdwav->trader’s little helper

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Tool – 08/15/1993 – Kuuloa Ranch, HI

Big Melee Festival
Kuuloa Ranch, Hawaii
August 15th, 1993

1. Intro
2. Cold & Ugly
3. Intolerance
4. Hush
5. Undertow
6. Sober
7. Prison Sex
8. Swamp Song
9. Sweat
10. Opiate
11. Flood
12. Jerk-Off

Runtime – 54 Minutes 3 Seconds

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Tool – 06/28/2010 – Morrison, CO



Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO

TOOL – 107:42
01 Third Eye
02 Jambi
03 (-) Ions > Stinkfist
04 Soundscape 1
05 Vicarious
06 Eon Blue Apocalypse
07 The Patient
08 Intolerance
09 Schism Intro
10 Schism
11 Soundscape 2
12 46 & 2
13 Intermission/Drone
14 Drone/Lateralus Intro
15 Lateralus
16 Aenima

record: MM-HLSC-1(mounted on hat, row 18 on right side) > MM-MBM (roll off @ 96hz) > R09 @ 24/48
taper: sin213

Tool always puts on a great show. This was night 1 of 2 at the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It is a great place to see a show, if you have not been there.

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Tool – 07/29/2009 – Charlotte, NC



Bojangles Coliseum,
Charlotte, NC

Set: Jambi, Stinkfist, Ions > 46 & 2, Schism, Lost Keys > Rosetta Stoned, Flood, Aenema, Spectral Lights Jam > Lateralus

Encore: Prelude > Vicarious

I had the pleasure of seeing Tool live for the first time in 1997 at the youthful age of 15 at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte. The band was on tour in support of their third studio album, Aenema. At the time, I was just beginning to understand how important music was to me, and I was gathering a sense of how music could change my life. At such a young, impressionable age, the show was one that would forever influence my appreciation of live music. To this day, I still have no idea how my parents let me get away with going to the show, but I can proudly say, “Thanks Mom and Dad!”

One of the aspects of Tool’s music that immediately captivated me was Danny Carey’s insanely technical, almost superhuman drum patterns. Many critics and musicians alike consider Carey to be among the all-time greatest drummers to ever grace a kit. The main thing, for me, with Danny Carey (and Tool in general) is the ‘HOW THE FUCK DO YOU WRITE THAT?’ factor (see 7/4, 15/8, 6/5 constantly shifting time signatures; epic, brooding guitar riffs; polyrhythmic drum lines; ethereal crescendos; dense, cryptic messages; and secretly placed overlays within the songs). What is even more astonishing is that the band can perfectly execute the songs live. For example, during the drum solo at the 5:06 mark of 46 & 2 (the band is playing in 6/4 time while Carey is soloing in 7/8 time), you can clearly hear me exclaim, “That guy is fucking amazing!!” on the recording. I happened to be standing next to the taper the entire show…

For 12 years, I patiently waited for the opportunity to witness the band live again, and I finally got the opportunity to do so in July 2009. This time, I “got it” and my Tool experience finally came full circle. The few hours leading up to the show, I was full of nervous energy and high expectations. This point of tension reached its peak as my friends I chugged our last beers in the parking lot and hurried to make our way inside. Not really knowing what to expect, I did a few stretches in the ticket line and focused my mind on throwing down once I got in the show. We waded through a sea of black shirts to our spot, and I remember thinking that the crowd seemed relatively tame for a Tool show. It occurred to me that the crowd has changed over the years, much like the nature of Tool’s music. It used to be about expressing anger, but now I began to get the feeling that the others around me appreciated the band on a different level. Tool has evolved into a more introspective band with heavy emphasis on intense emotional themes, brutal honesty, and musical maturity. This couldn’t be made any more evident than by the apt opener, Jambi – the second single off 10,000 Days (2006), the band’s most current release.

The lights went down, the crowd erupted, and as Adam Jones ripped into the opening chainsaw-esque riff of Jambi, I knew we were going to be in for a fucking awesome night. “Jambi” is an Indonesian Province in Sumatra, which was once part of a powerful kingdom with a rich sultan who lived an opulent lifestyle. The song uses this kingdom as an allegorical background to reinforce the importance of family and friends over material wealth. Maynard James Keenan makes it very clear that he has a deep affection for someone- more than likely his mother whom metaphorically, he refers to often in Tool’s music. “But you changed that all for me; lifted me up, turned me ’round, So I… I would… I would wish it all away.” The band steadily moved through several ambitious passages before ascending to a heavenly climax.

Jambi had the crowd eager for more, Maynard welcomed us, and the band eased into Stinkfist, which I thought was perfect placement for one of the band’s more popular songs. It’s definitely one of the band’s more “poppy” sounding songs clocking in at less than 6 minutes (which is short by Tool standards), and it received lots of airplay back in the late 90’s. The song contains some overtly sexual references, and I could never understand why it got so much radio play without being censored, but whatever… This song rocks. At the 5:00 mark, the band slams into a nice little improv jam fueled by a whirlwind drumbeat not heard on the studio album.

46 & 2 is a definite highlight of this show. Justin Chancellor’s serpentine bass licks steadily worked the crowd into a frenzy- you can almost feel the energy brewing on the recording. At that point, it began to take the intense form of the Tool show I expected. The light show really started to pick up with lasers flying all around, brightly colored LED spinning lights, and creepy sci-fi images flashing on the bigscreens which have become a Tool trademark over the years. The initial hit of the chorus sent the place into mangled state of mass hysteria. 46 & 2 is a complex song about human evolution, spirituality, Jungian theory, and heightened consciousness.

“I wanna feel the change consume me
Feel the outside turning in
I wanna feel the metamorphosis and
Cleansing I’ve endured within…
I choose to live and to
Lie, kill and give and to
Die, learn and love and to
Do what it takes to step through
See my shadow changing
Stretching up and over me
Soften this old armor
Hoping I can clear the way
By stepping through my shadow
Coming out the other side
Step into the shadow
Forty six and two are just ahead of me.”

This song absolutely destroyed Bojangles Coliseum! Continuing my previous reference to Danny Carey’s drum solo, you really start to believe that this band operates on a higher plane. Who knows- maybe these guys have reached a level of consciousness beyond what we can comprehend?? It doesn’t really matter how you choose to explain or describe it, Tool certainly stands out in the world of music… My jaw was on the floor.

However- It didn’t take long for me to pick it up when I heard the guy in front of us (who looked like a fucking monkey having a seizure during the entire show) yell out, “Maynard, I wanna suck your dick!” A definite WTF??? moment that illicted a few laughs from the folks around us… Yes, these fans actually are as crazy as I originally thought.

Rosetta Stoned is quite possibly my favorite Tool song, but the live version just didn’t live up to the studio version for me. There is a certain quality about Maynard’s vocal delivery on the studio version that just cannot be captured in a live setting. It was still awesome though, and I’m glad I had the chance to see it live. Check out the youtube below to find out what I mean…

Another highlight comes in one of the band’s most underrated songs, Flood, from their second album, Undertow. The song begins with a plodding, bass-driven riff accented by heavy drum fills that relentlessly pound against your skull. Crushing. Brutal. Vicious. The theme segues into a twisting, distorted bass riff followed by a rolling drum beat that you can easily nod your head to. Another punishing chorus follows as Maynard croons, “I’ll take what is mine, hold what is mine, suffocate what is mine, and bury what is mine!!” The song also has one of my favorite crescendos in the ending theme.

<Aenema is another dark song that touches on some theories behind Armageddon and what would happen to Los Angeles if an earthquake split California and flushed it all away. You get the impression that Maynard doesn’t think too highly about the materialistic nature of the city when he exclaims:

“It’s a bullshit three ring circus sideshow of freaks
Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away
Any fucking time, Any fucking day
Learn to swim, I’ll see you down in Arizona bay
Some say a comet will fall from the sky
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves
Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still
Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits
Some say the end is near
Some say we’ll see Armageddon soon
I certainly hope we will
I sure could use a vacation from this
Stupid shit, silly shit, stupid shit…”

Lateralus is a complex song written around the Fibonacci sequence that creates an infinite pattern written around a specific mathematical ratio widely used in Renaissance Art. In the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, each number is the sum of the previous two numbers, starting with 0 and 1. Thus the sequence begins 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610 etc. The higher up in the sequence, the closer two consecutive “Fibonacci numbers” of the sequence divided by each other will approach the golden ratio (approximately 1 : 1.618 or 0.618 : 1). In Lateralus, the time signatures revolve around this ratio and Maynard’s vocal patterns mimic the sequence- check out the youtube for a more detailed explanation. It will blow your mind.

The band ended the show with a couple of jams which were really nothing more than feedback, odd, dissonant noises, deep bass loops, and delicate, atmospheric drum beats that served as extended intros into Lateralus and the encore, Vicarious. My only complaint here is that the band could have used this filler to play another song or two. However, the light show during both of these segments was mesmerizing. I got the feeling we had entered outer space at a couple of points during the jams.

Vicarious was an appropriate encore that left me extremely satisfied to have witnessed the musical genius of Tool. To me, these guys are certainly one of the most important bands to spawn from our generation, and I only hope they will continue to produce ground-breaking music. In typical Tool fashion, we have no idea when to expect a new album… Let’s just hope its within the next year or two.

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Tool – 06/04/2007 – Duluth, GA


June 4, 2007
Gwinnett Center
Duluth, Georgia

Taper: Travis Simpson
*** DISC 1 ***
01. Crowd [00:31]
02. Jambi [07:46]
03. “Wzup Georgia” [00:26]
04. Stinkfist [06:27]
05. Intro > [01:05]
06. Forty Six & 2 [06:26]
07. Intro > [01:53]
08. Schism (fast) [07:42]
09. Crowd [01:05]
10. Lost Keys [05:03]
11. Rosetta Stoned [11:53]
Total Time: [50:17]

*** DISC 2 ***
01. Intro > [04:25]
02. Pushit [10:21]
03. Intro > [06:39]
04. Wings for Marie [06:41]
05. 10000 Days [11:29]
06. Lateralus ~~ [16:49]
07. Vicarious [07:18]
Total Time: [63:42]

~~ w/ drummer from Mastadon

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Tool – 12/10/2006 – Paris, France


Paris, France
Le Zenith


Track Listing:


01 – bass drones 01:46
02 – stinkfist 06:58
03 – 46and2 08:03
04 – jambi 08:04
05 – schism 08:54
06 – lost keys 03:49
07 – rosetta stoned 12:03
08 – swamp song 09:00


01 – intermission 04:51
02 – wings for marie (pt 1) 06:44
03 – 10.000 days – wings for marie (pt 2) 11:32
04 – lateralus 11:10
05 – vicarious 12:15
06 – aenema 09:19

cd1: 58:37 cd2: 55:51

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Tool – 05/12/2006 – Minneapolis, MN


Orpheum Theatre

Matrix by tooligan


Disc 1

01-Lost Keys / Rosetta Stoned
03-The Pot
04-Forty Six & 2
06-Schism ****

Disc 2

01-Eon Blue Apocalypse / The Patient
05-Aenema ****

**** on stage drop-outs Schism (1:45 – 1:47) , Aenema (6:19 – 6:32)


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