It was a breathtaking night of prog metal and all-out musicianship as Tool with special guests Killing Joke took the stage at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It was an unforgettable evening of music as people in Pittsburgh have been waiting for Tool to unleash “Fear Inoculum” onto the masses.


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Ominous ambiance engulfed the arena as Killing Joke took the stage.  The drums sounded hollow as legendary frontman Jaz Coleman and Co. went into the song entitled “Butcher”.  The song was quite different for a concert opener as a vast majority of the audience were curious and checking out to see what Killing Joke was made of.  The guitars blended in nicely with the ambiance that Killing Joke provided at the beginning of their set.  I wasn’t quite familiar with this band, but they received a polite round of applause at the end of “Butcher”.  Jaz Coleman wished everyone a good evening as they kicked into their post-punk song “Tomorrow’s World”.  Guitarist George Walker’s guitars packed a bit more punch as Killing Joke seems to have mid-tempo rockers down to a science.  I got into this band as I felt they did a brilliant job in their 45 minute set, which closed with their legendary song “Pandemonium”, but the crowd appeared to be getting restless for Tool.


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The loudspeaker continued to blare reminding patrons to keep cell phone devices in their pockets and to not record, otherwise you will be escorted by security at once.  Then, that all too familiar sound that kicks off “Fear Inoculum”(familiar in the sense that the song has dominated mainstream rock radio this year) built the anticipation as the crowd roared in resounding approval.  Legendary drummer Danny Carey proceeded to kick in on the drums in order to further build that anticipation and the crowd roared when the rest of Tool came out.  Maynard sounded absolutely on point in his vocals as he was dressed up like a punk rock superhero as he does his patented pacing and crouching moves behind screens which are totally anti-frontman like, while Justin Chancellor kept pace on the bass, and Adam Jones played his guitar ever so intricately.

I was surprised at how well of an opener “Fear Inoculum” is considering the slow buildup to the song.  Watching Tool live is like watching Picasso paint or Michelangelo sculpt.  As artists, they do an impeccable job of paying close attention to detail in each note that they play and how they craft their arrangements in the songs.  The crowd roared in resounding approval and the crowd went nuts during “Aenima”.  I mean, when Adam Jones hit that guitar riff, the crowd screamed.

A few other highlights of the performance included Danny Carey’s incredible drum work during “Chocolate Chip Trip”, Tool as a band playing an extended version of “Schism”, and Maynard in his dry sense of humor thanking Pittsburgh for the ketchup as he allowed the crowd to get out their phones and to film and take pics of the set closer “Stinkfist”.  Lastly, the visual effects kept the audience entertained and mesmerized throughout Tool’s set.  Tool wasn’t a concert, it was an experience.


Fear Inoculum









Forty Six & Two


Chocolate Chip Trip


(-) Ions


Tool has some remaining dates on this leg and they’ve announced a second leg on their North American run.  Check out the dates below:

Mon. 11/11- Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada

Tue. 11/12- Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada

Thu. 11/14- TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

Sat. 11/16- Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey

Mon. 11/18- Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tue. 11/19- Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

Thu. 11/21- Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut

Fri. 11/22- Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Sun. 11/24- PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina

Mon. 11/25- Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.

Fri. 1/10- Viejas Arena in San Diego, California

Sun. 1/12- Viejas Arena in San Diego, California

Wed. 1/15- Save Mart Center in Fresno, California

Fri. 1/17- T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Sat. 1/18- Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona

Tue. 1/21- Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Events Center in Austin, Texas

Wed. 1/22- American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas

Tue. 1/28- State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia

Wed. 1/29- Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee

Fri. 1/31- FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee

Sat. 2/1- Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana

For tickets and further information on any of the shows listed above, click here.

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  • Photo Credit for Killing Joke:  SMD Photography(Shawn Doyle)
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