SHOW Review: Tool at the Pepsi Center
by Adam Perry for Westword 10/17/2019
“Stop me if you’ve heard this before,” Tool singer Maynard James Keenan said before launching into “Ænema” Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center. “I smell marijuana. It must be Denver.”
It was the most the enigmatic singer spoke all evening.
After Tool’s positively searing, ninety-minute career-spanning set — the second of two sold-out shows at the Pepsi Center in support of Fear Inoculum, the band’s first album in thirteen years — a twelve-minute countdown was projected behind the stage and on a transparent curtain surrounding the stage. It was a new spin on the tired rock-show encore cliché. The house lights were on; there was no reason for the faithful to beg for the band’s impending return; and a giant gong was carried by roadies to the platform to drummer Danny Carey’s left.
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