Where the fuck to begin? We got to the venue before Isis
had started to play to, y'know, kick off the festivities with celebratory bowls and the lot. I ran into the whole world and then some, but on to the concert. Isis
had started before I had gotten to my seat, they were only midway through the first song but holy FUCKING shit... their sound completely entranced me and I couldn't help but move along with the music and I swear it when I say I had an out-of-body experience. Their sound translated over to the big arena scene very successfully and their approach to writing music and playing it live captured me once again as they'd quickly become one of my favorite studio bands, and finally getting to see them live just set the fact in stone.
They played a four song set, which when dealing with epic post-rock
terms equates to about a half an hour. There's only so much I could say, but seriously - I cannot wait 'til they come around again some time. If you ever get the chance, do not even think twice.. definitely take the opportunity and run with it and I guarantee you'll be into it. A lot of the other fans seemed to not really care, but they were taken mostly in a very welcoming manner. At the end of Isis
' last song - Justin Chancellor
came out and jammed with them and it was fucking beauty.
The only complaint I had was the price of the merch. Sure, it's to be expected.. but fucking $80 for a hoodie? $40 for a shirt? Ehh, yeah. Fuck that.
Moving on... Tool
was next. It always feels like it takes them an hour to take stage, but I was intrigued at the set up nevertheless. You had this crew come out and lay out these white pads that took up all of the stage; they took such care that they were wearing socks and sweeped it off afterwards making sure there was nothing on it. A lot of people were a bit perplexed, but I had a feeling I knew what was coming up. When they unveiled Danny Carey
's drumkit, I couldn't help but fucking applaud it hardcore. The thing was MASSIVEEEE, this dude was ready to go to war with this music haha. Tool
finally takes the stage.
There stands Maynard James Keenan
wearing a shirtless cowboy outfit: jeans, giant belt buckle, cowboy boots, and sporting 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 kept telling us that Jersey was louder and well, I don't know how true that might have been, but our crowd was fucking hot for Tool
. Adam Jones
is still one of the most intriguing guitarists I've seen live. Kudos to him.
They played a slew of tracks I was very happy to hear, including "Forty Six & Two" which I am SO glad they played. For a few of the songs, including "Stinkfist", the opener, they changed up the parts and added new killer parts that definitely provoked a lot of crowd amazement. During the "Wings" suite... they broke out the lasers and that in itself made the mammoth of a song coupling a bit more exciting. I love the two songs, but you can only listen to it for so long y'know? The entire time I felt so connected with the set - I feel that I missed so much but I didn't at all. I was spaced out as hell between the bud and the set but ugh, haha. They were fucking incredible, the end. Their light show and laser set-up was just beautiful and it was good that I got to see them this tour. I was supposed to see them in Camden, NJ a week or so ago, but my mother had gotten way ill and I had to cancel that. All good, though. Last night definitely made up for it. Tool closed with "Aenima" and it was so beautiful and intense, haha. I'm always a little sad that Tool doesn't do encores, but the set was well worth it.
Tonight, I get to see Medications
opening in Brooklyn which I'm definitely siked about. Wednesday is the Say Anything
, and Days Away
show at Irving with Mr. Sean Rahilly and a pretty giant crew of people. I'm helllaaaa excited for this. Autumn and winter will continue to serve my ears, eyes, and body well, I will make sure of it.