June 27, 2010

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.
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Maynard James Keenan of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Maynard James Keenan of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Tool fans, moments before the band took the stage.
Tool fans, moments before the band took the stage.
Adam Jones of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin Chancellor of Tool, performing at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Local graffiti artist Robert Scheler and American Idol hopeful Melissa.
Local graffiti artist Robert Scheler and American Idol hopeful Melissa.