Gig Review
Lond - Brixton, Academy
22nd August 2007

Tool returned to England for a small sold out tour calling at Manchester Apollo and two shows at the Brixton Academy in London, and tonight I attended the second sold out Brixton Academy show.

Tool are definitely a band you either love or hate, there is no in between and the bands fans are pretty hardcore, on the short 5 minute walk from Brixton tube station to the Brixton Academy the touts were out in force selling tickets for that nights show at over triple the face value with some fans paying up to £100 per ticket. When we got to the venue everything was strict everyone had to be frisked down, cameras had to be confiscated with each and every person being warned if they use a camera, mosh or crowd surf they will be ejected from the show, all bags also had to go into the cloak room and were not permitted in the venue and all drinks had to be poured into plastic cups all down to the bands demands, this would put most fans off but it didn’t seem to bother Tool fans who queued patiently to place their items in the cloak rooms.

Tool took to the stage just after 9pm and Vocalist Maynard James Keenan was situated at the back of the stage appearing silhouetted with the lights all over the stage lighting up the other band members but steering clear from Maynard, which seemed to be the case for the majority of the show. The bands stage show was high tech with big screens taking up the whole back of the stage showing various different animations whilst still managing not to shine to much light near Maynard James Keenan. The band started off with 'Jambi' which has such a long and loud introduction and as soon as it starts you just know you are in for a stunning show, the band play 'Jambi' spot on with the song sounding the same as it does on cd but just a lot louder.

The Academy is packed but the good thing about the venue is no matter where you stand you can see due to the venues floor that’s on a slight slant. The security are out in force walking amongst the fans ejecting anyone seen using an camera. Many people around me started getting ejected for using the camera on their mobile phones which just shows rules were not there to be broken tonight.

The crowd went mad with cheers and started singing along with Maynard when he sung "Who are you to wave you finger, you must of been out of your head" in such an eerie way sounding just as 'The Pot' sounds on the bands '10,000 Days' album. The song is extremely heavy and loud sounding with the bass making the walls and floor of the venue vibrate adding to the Tool experience. 'Schism' went down a storm with the majority of the video to the song being played on the massive screens at the back off the stage.

Half way through the show, the band left the stage and we were treated to a moving a light show with the 3 round sets of lights moving up and down and spinning around slightly looking and sounding like aliens were invading with 3 ufo's. The lighting then turned to an extremely stunning green laser show, with lasers shining all over the venue which would be enough to excite any Star Wars fans with their light saber resemblance.

The whole show seemed well put together from the amazing video and light show, the loud bass sound and the fact that every song seemed to follow on really well with the band hardly taking a break from playing extremely long songs. Herman Lee from Dragonforce joined the band on stage for 'Lateralus', which seemed to go down extremely well with the fans. The show finished with 'Vicarious' which is the first song of the bands current album '10'000 Days' and is quite a catchy progressive song which leaves the crowd singing along word for word.

Tool have proved they are one of the most talented bands in the world who have a huge fan base that will do any thing such as abide by the bands rules and also pay pretty much anything to see their heroes, the band are also one of the only bands I know who can get away with having their singer situated at the back of the stage well away from the lights appearing a black silhouetted figure for the duration of the show.

They band played for just under 2 hours and managed to play just 10 songs due to the fact most of the bands songs run for nearly 10 minutes. Most of the songs were from the bands current album with a couple of songs being played from the bands 1996 album 'Ænema' and the 2001 release 'Lateralus'. The only thing that dissapointed me about the show was the fact they didn’t play 'Sober' or 'Ænema' but then you can’t expect to much from a band who have hours of material from just four studio albums since they formed over 17 years ago. Overall a stunning show from one of the most creative bands in the world.


Review By Trigger

Maynard James Keenan (Vocals)
Adam Jones (Guitar)
Justin Chancellor (Bass)
Danny Carey (Drums)
 Band Related Links
Tool Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?