Live Review: Tool – Moda Center – Portland, Oregon – 19.10.2023

The enigmatic powerhouse Tool came back to rock Portland’s Moda center. With a vibrant array of lights and visual displays providing an immersive experience that one only finds at a Tool show. With the bands progressive rock providing a backdrop to the evening, it was a memorable event for the fans in attendance.

A Tool live performance shifts focus wholly on the music and the visuals, with vocalist Maynard James Keenan spending his time in the back of the stage on a raised platform. You wont get a lot of running around, crowd interaction as some may expect at other rock shows. The band takes an up front role of the performance with the drum kit pressed to the front of the stage with guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Justin Chancellor playing under spotlights to either die. Tools music takes the audience on a journey with songs slowly building up to a crescendo in, with beautifully synched up video and laser light displays – effortlessly flowing from one song to the next.

The performance featured songs mainly from their most recent album, 2019’s Fear Inoculum – Tool’s first album in almost 13 years. Still Tool was able to pepper in other fan favorites from their catalog with songs from 10,000 days and the title track from the album Ænema, among others. Tool will be extensively touring North America through the end of the year and into 2024, a full list of dates and tickets can be found on the bands website.

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