Photos by Chris Nelson
Review by Michael Chandler
Tool played the KeyArena on Saturday night. It was just as mind-blowing as seeing them in 1994 when I was first graced with their unique mix of metal, noise, and math rock. Add a serious psychedelic dose of visuals, and even KeyArena couldn’t keep this foursome from creating an intimate and mind-blowing set. The vast majority of the crowd only knew their more recent work, which is sad. Some of Tool’s most impressive and pioneering pieces existed before the invention of advance delay petals, vocal effects and light shows. Nonetheless most audience members were standing and banging heads throughout the sold-out set. . .I would have loved to have heard anything off Opiate, or more of their earlier raw sound, but it was a show worth experiencing. After seeing other rock giants like Metallica, Korn, Kiss, and the Deftones fail at holding crowds in such large venues, it was a true treat and testament to their timeliness to witness something this captivating and epic. . .so go Tool. . .Still rocking after 20+ years.
You may be dismayed to see three reviews of The Melvins but don’t be. They were so full of energy that it took three photographers to capture it. They took the stage like Attila The Hun took Rome. With Buzz Osborne (lead guitar) and Jarred Warren (Bass) leading the way, the two drummers (Dale Crover and Coady Willis) kept the crowd mesmerized with their perfect timing. I had never see The Melvins play before but I knew as soon as they started that I wasn’t going home until the end.
The Melvins play the Crocodile on September 25th. Do what it takes to see that show.
The Melvins and Totimoshi brought their tour to the Showbox on Tuesday night. The combination has gone over so well that they have another show together planned at the Crocodile for September 25th. Good news! Enjoy some of Brittney Bush Bollay‘s marvelous snaps of the Melvins and Totimoshi:
The Melvins played the Showbox Market the other night and at least a couple of them were wearing what might be Viking outfits? I am not sure what the garb is but I think they look fabulous! Photographer Jackie Canchola took some expressive shots as the band played. If you missed it they’ll be back in Seattle with a date at the Crocodile on September 25th.