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Tool at Family Arena, 6/26/10 

Among its other virtues, Tool's sold-out concert at the Family Arena last night answered one of life's Big Questions: Can an art-metal band that thrives on obscurity still get 11,000 people to stand and shout without pause in one place for two straight hours? "Whatever is going on out there has nothing to do with what is going on in here," said lead singer Maynard Keenan. He was right. Continue reading Matthew Jackson's review of last night's Tool concert at the Family Arena. Photos by Jason Stoff.
Maynard James Keenan of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Tool fans, moments before the band took the stage.
Adam Jones of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
10,000 Tool fans can't be wrong. Hell, they can barely be contained.
Danny Carey of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Scott wraps up his autographed gig poster. This will be his seventh Tool show, and one of the closest to home - he's traveled as far as New Orleans to see the band.
Adam Jones of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Lines persisted at every gate, with eager fans waiting patiently to get to their seats.
Justin Chancellor of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Local graffiti artist Robert Scheler and American Idol hopeful Melissa.
Adam Jones of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Levi, Jake, Bethe, Cassie and Adam. Jake's seen Tool ten times, while the rest of the group has seen them once.
Justin Chancellor of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Brandon McGee, Travis and Valerie Call, Patrick McGee and Chris McGee wait in line for the show. Between them, they had seen Tool thirteen times.
Tool performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Mario Spina, Scott Thomas and Alex Thomas. Scott and Alex have seen tool three times each, traveling as far as Dallas to see the band.
Danny Carey of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Fans braved temps near 100 degrees and lined up before the show for a chance to get near the front of the floor.
Justin Chancellor of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Tool tattoos? Check.
Justin Chancellor of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
John Carlton was seeing Tool for the fourth time - he'd already seen them at Ozzfest, in Chicago, and at the Scottrade Center.
Maynard James Keenan of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Jon Schrader and Kellie Tinnon, pre-show. Jon was seeing Tool for the ninth time - his first Tool show was in 1996.
Lisa, Robert, Scott and Aaron came up from Farmington and Park Hills for the show. Scott said "I'm about ready to have a heart attack," and he wasn't referring to the heat.
The Tool merchandise machine in full swing - T-Shirts, thongs, posters, and even $15 keychains.
Antonio Santana, Alexis Hartig, Suzanna Creighton and Dan "Fatman" Kohler.
The General Admission floor was full of eager Tool die-hards. To get spots near the front, fans rushed the doors at 6 p.m.
The self-described "Poon Tang Clan" from Springfield, Missouri. Just look at those tattoos.
Tool's custom poster for Saturday's concert at the Family Arena.
Brittany and Jennifer from Alton, Illinois. This was Jennifer's first concert ever.
Ryan Lowe, pre-show. He's seen the group twice before, both times at OzzFest.
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Maynard James Keenan of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
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