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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Review + Photos + Setlist: Tool Rocks Deeply at The Family Arena, Saturday, June 26

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If the concert required patience, it also demanded a sense of introspection. Part of waiting out the blankets of noise meant inspecting the onstage visuals, which had a special centrality. Jones, responsible for most of Tool's visual sense, has compiled a redoubtable body of work for the tour. (Only Rob Zombie's collection of found footage, in my experience, comes close.) Several screens showed his humanoid-gothic videos for the band's singles; the rest of the songs got lasers and elliptical imagery that traded in occultism and creepified anatomy and physiology.

11,000 or so Tool fans on Saturday night at Family Arena in St. Charles. See more photsos from Tool's show on Saturday at Family Arena. - PHOTO: JASON STOFF

The result of those visuals and an effaced lead singer was a visceral experience where the music invites confrontation. Confrontation with its uncanny virtuosity, with its lyrics of ruin and portent -- and, finally, with the salient fact that avant-garde metal, in the right hands, can get 11,000 people to stand and shout. Tool withholds, success unfolds.

Setlist Third Eye Jambi (-) Ions Stinkfist Vicarious Eon Blue Apocalypse The Patient Intolerance Schism Forty-Six & 2

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