While Tool’s first new album in years has their fans losing their shit, we thought we’d take a look back further at the band’s stunning origins. Namely, their (alleged) first-ever live show and the performance that should’ve told us all they were destined for the top.
With the clock ticking down to the August 30th release date of Fear Inoculum, we thought we’d revisit one of the first live performance from Maynard James Keenan and co. As reported by Loudwire, the legitimacy in the claim that this YouTuber makes on it being the band’s first live performance is up for debate. But it is a top performance form the band’s early beginnings, way back in 1991.
Keenan said of the time “The frustration I felt at that time is definitely what got this project off the ground then. I’d had good friends in Boston and I’d been successful at the pet store and I believed was on the right path. Then I lose everything and I’m living on $400 a month. I needed to destroy. I needed to primal scream and I needed to be loud enough to make people go, ‘What the fuck was that?!’ I needed to get it out. It was that tipping point where you either become a serial killer or a rock star.”
The power of the band is what stands out most, whether it’s Keenan’s vocal as he prowls the stage looking for his next sonic victim, or Danny Carey’s empirical drumming, Tool clearly have the chops.
The clip sees the band perform ‘Part of Me’, ‘Hush’, ‘Sweat’, ‘Cold and Ugly’, and ‘Sober’. It’s a performance from a band who are clearly at the launch pad of what will be an arcing musical trajectory that will break the atmosphere. Far from the psychedelic visual shows that now match the band’s energy, this is blood, sweat and tears.
So while we get ready for the new album Fear Inoculum, and have gorged ourselves on the band’s back catalogue finally streaming on major channels, take a look back at Tool’s first steps on to the big stage.