Tool - US Airways Center - 3/27/14 (VIDEO)

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Photos by Jeremiah Toller
Maynard James Keenan performs with Tool last night at US Airways Center. See more photos via our slideshow.

Tool
US Airways Center
3/27/14

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 ├ćnima. And the sellout crowd of Tool fans knew it was going to be a good night.

See also: Tool at US Airways Center in Photos

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."

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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."


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201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

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15 comments
Ken Gordon
Ken Gordon

Chad Looney check out video at end of article. Fan footage doesn't do it justice but you can get the idea.

Rich Pyles
Rich Pyles

Karl is a Tool. Because they fucking ROCKED IT!!!! Maynard and his diva B.S. has given me a bad taste in the past but last nights show was amazing.

Karl Eicher
Karl Eicher

And for the part about not getting into failure was because they were bad. I made sure I got there in time for their set and i was highly disappointed.

Karl Eicher
Karl Eicher

Very skewed article considering they said the highlight of the show was pushit and everyone was mesmerized... No, they were bored, because that whole stretch of the show was awful. Thankfully, they finished strong.

Heidi Cochran
Heidi Cochran

I wish they had done third eye in Vegas. Still a great show. Tool never disappoints.

Sarah Sanchez
Sarah Sanchez

Looked like an awesome show. Wish I could have gone but I was lucky enough to see them when they came 3 years ago. Next time I'm going with you Pamela :-)

Marc Hill
Marc Hill

We were there, Great Show, Nancy Gurrola

Rob James
Rob James

So that's what Maynard looks like...couldn't see him last night!

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