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    Tool, the band

    There's a pretty cool thread going on the NorKal board about favorite live shows, and it blew me away how many people mentioned Tool; how great they were/are live. Now, I'm a fan, but I've never seen them live, unfortunately. As incredible as they are, I've gotten a little tired of their recorded output and have longed for another band to come along that sounds similar to spark my interest in the genre. Been looking for a while, and have come across a couple of wanna-bes, but no dice. Today, I am listening to a band called Anciients (Heart Of Oak) that is very Tool-like, and I am digging the sh!t out of them. If you like Tool, check them out, they are very similar, without being a clone. They are very much their own band.

    Bla bla bla. The purpose of this post (besides maybe turning you on to another awesome band besides Tool), is to ask, have you heard any other bands that sound similar to Tool? Spill the beans!

    If someone could post a link to the NorKal thread, that would be most awesome. I believe it's called
    OT: the best live band

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    Well Finch I can only listen to Tool for half a song before I get burnt out. Every song sounds the same as you can say about many bands. But for some reason they just irritate me pretty quick into listening to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Well Finch I can only listen to Tool for half a song before I get burnt out. Every song sounds the same as you can say about many bands. But for some reason they just irritate me pretty quick into listening to them.

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    I watched them 3 different times, years ago. The most memorable was at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, small venue that was packed to the gill with all kinds of people. Maynard was all blue with glowing orange dots that started on his forehead and went all the way down his spine.....definitely a stink fist moment! 

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    I saw them at a big festival a few years back, and I'm still kicking myself for not making the effort to go see them when they were here not so long ago (f*****g mid-week concerts!).

    As for other bands who sound like then, haven't heard anything even remotely close...

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    I loved Tool when they first came out, I rememember the hidden tracks on the CD/album with 'Sober' on it.

    I saw them at Lallapolooza in '97 and the lead singer (Maynard?) had fake boobs and was dressed like a chick. My buddy and I took a couple chicks out to the then Blockbuster Pavilion inland in So Cal and we made the mistake of buying a couple joints off some wigged out dude in the parking lot after pounding beers and peppermint Schnapps. We smoked one and went in and all immediately started tripping so we did the smart thing and smoked the other one. They had to have been dipped in something because this wasn't our first time smoking by any means and **** got weird.

    It was hot on the way there and while there then on the way back, after sundown, we were all freezing in my buddy's wrangler with no top or doors going down the freeway for an hour+ to get home. I kept the chick I brought warm in the tiny back seat though. Thx for bringing back memories, it was a good time.

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    Awesome story, my man!

    Keep 'em coming!
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    I've never seen them live. I've been waiting for them to team up with Linkin Park for the Park Tool Tour.

    Seriously though, I'd really love to catch Godsmack again as it's been ages since I've seen them.
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    I cant think of any bands that have that Tool flavor but other bands in that general genre (heavy progressive rock) that I like are Opeth (check out Blackwater Park), Dream Theater (Train of Thought) & some Porcupine Tree (Fear of a Blank Planet & In Absentia )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway View Post
    I loved Tool when they first came out, I rememember the hidden tracks on the CD/album with 'Sober' on it.

    I saw them at Lallapolooza in '97 and the lead singer (Maynard?) had fake boobs and was dressed like a chick. My buddy and I took a couple chicks out to the then Blockbuster Pavilion inland in So Cal and we made the mistake of buying a couple joints off some wigged out dude in the parking lot after pounding beers and peppermint Schnapps. We smoked one and went in and all immediately started tripping so we did the smart thing and smoked the other one. They had to have been dipped in something because this wasn't our first time smoking by any means and **** got weird.

    It was hot on the way there and while there then on the way back, after sundown, we were all freezing in my buddy's wrangler with no top or doors going down the freeway for an hour+ to get home. I kept the chick I brought warm in the tiny back seat though. Thx for bringing back memories, it was a good time.
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    Gordon, that was the "hooker with a penis" outfit. He had this outfit on at Lolla at the Starlake in Pittsburgh and his shirt said free Frances Bean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 80Pro-Line View Post
    I've never seen them live. I've been waiting for them to team up with Linkin Park for the Park Tool Tour.

    Seriously though, I'd really love to catch Godsmack again as it's been ages since I've seen them.
    Now Godsmack I love.
    Back in 2006' my X girlfriend and I flew to Green Bay for her brothers wedding. On our way back we had a layover in Chicago. We had some time to waste so we hit up the airport bar. After we got a table she went to the rest room. When she came back she says "there's a group of guys up at the bar and one was staring big time at me". I'm like yeah you're a beautiful woman you should be used to that. She says "well he looks really familiar and a I think I know him" "but don't worry he's too short anyway" joking. I'm like whatever we are 2000 miles away from California I doubt you know him. So we're sitting and drinking for awhile and she keeps saying he's staring at her and she feels like she knows him. All of a sudden she freaks out and says "no way that's Sully the lead singer from Godsmack and that's the band" "what? No way" she knew because we as a couple always listened to them. I look over still not convinced I said I'm going to check this dude out. As she's grabbing me and saying "no". Well I wiggled out of her grasp and went up to the bar, I went right up next to them and ordered a drink. They smelled of body odor and they were all dressed up in leather. I got a good look at him and confirmed it was him and it was obvious they had just played because they stunk. I'm pretty brave and just turned to him and said "your Sully huh? "He said "yes but let's not let everybody in the bar know". As we both laughed as I turned and said "nice to meet you" and walked back to our table. "Yep that's Godsmack over there" as she's freaking and asking me what I said to him. She thought I confronted him for checking her out. Ha,ha "no I just asked if he was a Sully and he said yes". She was so embarrassed we left the bar. Pretty cool experience though. And yes he's very short.
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    I've posted this before, but very worthy of a repost.


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    ^ So rad! I remember that one, the drummer is awesome.

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    Seen Tool back in the day..been a while, the last show I saw was either San Diego or Santa Barbara bowl. I can remember LA they played some of the first Southpark episodes @ intermission (before they were on TV)...anyway I know their drummer has another band, not exactly the same sound though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway View Post
    I loved Tool when they first came out, I rememember the hidden tracks on the CD/album with 'Sober' on it.
    I liked them around the Undertow/Aenima days, but wasn't that excited by them (probably in part because a couple of friends were crazy about them and would continually thrash the albums!). I think they are one band who (unlike so many others) have continually gotten better with each album. Their newer stuff just sounds so much deeper, more complex, more mature than their early stuff, IMO.

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    I have been a Tool fan for years. I finally got to see them live 2 yrs ago for the first time. What an amazing show. I loved every minute BUT I can see how it isn't for everyone. You are blown away by presence and talent and not by antics or on stage craziness. I tried had to think of another band that is similar but really can't help you. Their biggest influence is King Crimson but most of their music is very dated and not recorded to be "heavy" sounding so most people under 40 won't really appreciate it but check it out and see if you hear the influence.

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    Maynard is god!

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    I share the OP's sentiments on Tool. Great, great band to listen to. Closest I've heard lately is the band "Hurt". Check out Hurt Vol1 & 2 on iTunes or wherever for a sample.

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    I'm OGT. 92. First EP.

    If you like Tool, pick up this album
    http://www.amazon.com/In-Absentia-Po.../dp/B00006IU73

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    Quote Originally Posted by Procter View Post
    I'm OGT. 92. First EP.

    If you like Tool, pick up this album
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    Yeah, they had a good run there for a while. Saw them live with Opeth opening. Not an Opeth fan. :/
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    A Perfect Circle

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    Tool, the band

    Nice! I've got the Steve Wilson solos too. I'm listening to Grace For Drowning now. I'll check out Gavin Harrison. Did you ever check out backfield?

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    We saw Tool in Canada at the Molson Amphitheater for their 10,000 Days Tour. I've been hooked since.

    Furthermore, Danny Carey's drumming raises the bar significantly for all who drum. I spent a good deal of that show trying to get a closer view of him and his kit. The polyrhythms that he concocts are simply amazing to listen to, let alone play.

    Bands that sound like Tool? You can always refer to Perfect Circle and Puscifer though both are basically spin-offs of Tool. Prog rock bands will have a similar vibe as Tool, or better yet, go check out some King Crimson who carry a large influence on them.
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    A combo of Danny Carey explaining band dynamics and some of his playing (Hooker with a P*nis)...

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