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Tool Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (4.0 Stars)

Number of reviews: 23



3.0 star rating Kevin from Phoenix, Arizona


I loved the setlist especially descending and hooker with a penis. The sound was bad. It was warm up band quality. Either Adam was having a bad night (doubtful for sure) or his equipment was faulty. Or maybe it was the venue acoustics or the sound engineers but regardless it wasn’t good. Guitar dropped in and out and vocals washed out. Volume so high that is sounded distorted. Nothing against the band whom I have seen many times, just bad sound.

3.0 star rating SY Safari from Denver, Colorado


Incredible light show and ambience at this Tool show - just a total trip to watch. Sound quality was at times so atrocious I thought they were having technical problems. Some songs early in the show were so distorted they just became an unrecognizable grind. Shame when you can barely make out Maynard's voice. Dark stage setting made it hard to see the band as well. End of show with Culling Voices and Invincible were huge highlights.

3.0 star rating Kurt Mihalik from Cocoa Beach, Florida


The worst sound stage in my 47 years of concert going (61 years old). BASS, BASS, THUMP, THUMP.... No midrange (vocals) and no treble (lead guitar). And it was not the venue. Some of the other shows also had reviews of the sound problem. When you pay $275 for a ticket, you, (I), expect some sound quality. I have never written a review, posted on social media, I don't even have a cell phone. I was just disappointed to the extent that I went and looked to see if other shows/people had a similar experience. And it seems to be a common problem for the band, which I have been listening to since the first CD. Yes, I still play CDs and vinyl and have a high power home audio system with Bose 901 speakers. So when I go to a concert and hear something so totally different than my home concert experience I have to say something. TOOL, you know better. Fix the sound and rock on...

3.0 star rating Mook from Buffalo, New York


I agree with many here. I love this band but the sound was terrible. WAY too loud and poorly mixed. Couldn’t really differentiate the instruments. Went with the earplugs for a bit but was very disappointed with the sound mix.

3.0 star rating Jeff from Chicago, Illinois


I was center stage right. I agree with all the sound issue comments as I had the same experience. I saw them in Milwaukee at Fiserv at their Halloween 2019 concert and the sound was clear, with separation and Manards awesome voice came through clear. This is not the first bad sound experience at United Center.

3.0 star rating Ann Jensen from Minneapolis, Minnesota


The Mpls show on 3/13/22 was mostly new material. We knew only 2 of the songs they played. There was times where very few people were really into it while the rest of the audience just sat there. The sound was good. It was a short set and not really worth the wait for this show.

2.0 star rating Lana Reese from Phoenix, Arizona


I took my 14 yo son, and I familiar with the more popular songs. I thought Maynard and the band sounded perfect, but I paid to see them perform. Had I prepared and read up ahead of time I would have known that is not what you will see at a Tool show, but I guess I am old school and prefer to actually see the band play and be interactive. As for my son, he was bored. Oh well... It was an experience either way.


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