Tool - US Airways Center - 3/27/14 (VIDEO)
US Airways Center
Initially, it seemed prog-metal legends Tool might be trying to pull off one of the biggest pranks in rock 'n' roll history or just going in for another cash grab when booking a just-completed short run of tour dates. After all, the band hasn't put out new music in nearly eight years, hasn't debuted any new material from the record that was reported as done after guitarist Adam Jones joked with a fan during a VIP soundcheck when the tour started.
But that didn't stop Tool's show at US Airways Center on Thursday night from selling out. And any thoughts that the band would be going through the motions on the final night of the tour were squashed the second it opened with the 13-minute masterpiece "Third Eye" from 1996's Ænima. And the sellout crowd of Tool fans knew it was going to be a good night.
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A reunited three-piece version of Failure kicked off the show and played its brand of influential shoegaze/alternative rock with "Let It Drip." The band had very little production during there brief 30-minute set beyond some rope lights on their mic stands and guitar cabinets. Singer Ken Andrew's voice filled the half-full arena at during "Sergeant Politness."
Tool's Adam Jones
The mellow "Dirty Blue Ballons" sounded as relevant as any indie rock anthem the kids with beards these day love as Greg Edwards guitar lead was gushing with emotion. Throughout there set they had a camera a guy filming the set from the stage which was at times a distraction.
It was also a bit odd that Andrew's was playing bass instead of guitar and the absence of Troy Van Leeuwen was felt onstage. The Tool fans that made it in time to catch Failure's set unfortunately didn't seem to get into the band, and for some reason they didn't include their staple "Stuck on You."