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I drove to Tulsa to see Tool
Posted: Posted October 31st
Edited October 31st by Vandy
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I had been trying to get someone to go with me to see Tool in San Antonio or Houston for weeks. My wife has been with me to numerous rock shows and doesn't like the crowd it attracts, so I don't care to drag her along for another one. I couldn't find anyone. The day before the shows I gave up and stopped thinking about it. Then I remembered they were going to Tulsa after those two and found a friend familiar with the band who could go with me this past Tuesday.

I bought our tickets right before leaving; I overpaid a bit but the seats were really nice and cheaper than a lot of the other seats in comparable areas. We left our Texas home at noon Tuesday and arrived in Tulsa around 5pm. The opening act did not start until 7:30pm so we stopped in a bar for a few drinks and hung around the other Tool fans crammed into the bar.

We observed a few interesting people while there. A mom with a super mom haircut wearing a cardigan was there with a mid-twenties guy, and we couldn't understand their relationship and why they were there. A middle-aged man came out of the bathroom and collapsed two times back to back. We assumed he had taken too much of something. His crew had to hold him up for a while and eventually helped him leave the bar. We wondered if he would make it to the show.

The opening act Killing Joke was awful. I told my friend they should be banned from future shows because they played so loud that my hearing was impaired for when Tool actually came out. The first half of Tool songs sounded off to me because of my impaired hearing from Killing Joke.

Tool was great. Highlight for me was the Pneuma performance. Maynard sounded great all night. Danny Carey is just incredible. They played Fear Inoculum, Pneuma and Invincible from the new album along with their older songs. I was surprised that they were not playing Descending. We sat in the lower bowl on Adam's side. Below is the stage being set up before the actual show:



After the show we decided to just drive straight back home. It rained the whole way, and Oklahoma is basically a wasteland. There was a good three-hour stretch of not seeing anything on the way home. Luckily I had filled up with gas on the way out of Tulsa in preparation for that very possibility.

We got home at 5am and I went to sleep until 10am yesterday.

End story.

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Nice!!! Sorry the opening band kinda fucked things up for you. Sounds like you made some good memories though.

Maybe this is #JustAutismThings but I have started to always carry a pair of earplugs on me in case I find myself in a place that's too loud. I love it so much that I don't know why everybody doesn't do it. I'm trying to spread the word lmao.

Posted November 1st by Cetasaurus
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sad to hear that killing joke sucked because they're a classic

Posted November 1st by poptart!
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tbh tool should have opened for killing joke, but whatever, you kids and your modern rock 'n' roll

Edited November 1st by poptart!
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Maybe this is #JustAutismThings but I have started to always carry a pair of earplugs on me in case I find myself in a place that's too loud. I love it so much that I don't know why everybody doesn't do it. I'm trying to spread the word lmao.


Probably has something o do with autism. I'm autistic myself and I do the same thing when it comes to rock shows. I was in marching band for years playing percussion, and marching percussion indoors is no joke when it comes to volume. To this day I get tinnitus really bad if I'm not careful.

Edited November 1st by Black Yoshi
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I don't think it's an autism thing. I do it too now. Mostly out of necessity because you never know when fireworks are gonna start exploding.

Posted November 1st by S.o.h.
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It can only be one thing.

Posted November 1st by Cetasaurus
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Nice to see your devotion to Tool is still going strong. How'd you find the new album?

Posted November 3rd by Orion Nebula
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Nice to see your devotion to Tool is still going strong. How'd you find the new album?


I like it more and more as I keep listening to it. Maybe I've just listened to their older material too much, but currently I feel that it's my favorite album they have released. It's hard to believe that Pneuma, Descending, and Invincible all came within one album.

sad to hear that killing joke sucked because they're a classic


It's possible that whoever was managing their sound fucked up. But whatever the case, I actually held my ears several times during their performance. It was really high-pitched and just did not sound good.

Posted November 3rd by Vandy
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I saw Tool live a while back and they were great. I was happy they played my favorite song of theirs "Parabola".

I always bring ear plugs with me to concerts. Concerts are too damn loud for my ears and I want to keep my hearing for most of my life. I need it as a creator and musician...

Posted November 4th by Laxan
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If I ever go to a concert again I'm bringing earplugs. Sounds like a good time. I've heard of Killing Joke. Was it mostly full? Looks like there are a bunch of empty seats but maybe you took the pic before the show or after people started trailing out.

Posted November 5th by MarvaIo
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