I know, I’m a Tool.

You don’t have to tell me, I am self aware. I am a geek. I “geek-out” about stuff I think is cool. This includes music, Star Wars, books, mythology, records, autographs, comics, photography and art, playing with cool tech and camera/computer gear, making podcasts and videos, even mathematical formulas.

I am so geeky, I wrote an article for the Family Law Section Commentator, based on the TOOL song, “Invincible“.

If you are a TOOL fan, or follow Maynard James Keenan (lead singer of TOOL, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer), you are likely to find multiple easter eggs(1) in the above noted article.

“Invincible” is a song I relate to (lyrics below). It’s about a seasoned warrior who has been through many battles, and his shield is becoming heavy and he is coping with inevitable gravity that comes at that point in his life. Maybe you can see how this could resonate with a fifty year old attorney who has had 25 years of family law litigation, maybe not.

Going to concerts have always been a cathartic way for me to to release energy. I usually get to go to multiple concerts a year. Since the pandemic our lives have been disrupted and we have been denied these basic joys / releases. A Tool concert is special, some would say a spiritual ceremony. There is a certain visual and sonic perfection that TOOL consistently achieve in a live setting. Plus, while some of their lyrics seem dark or juvenile, if you dig deeper you will find messages of hope and pathways to healing.

As an example, from a lyrics from a song they played called “The Grudge”:

Give away the stone. Let the oceans take and trans mutate this cold and fated anchor. Give away the stone. Let the waters kiss and trans mutate these leaden grudges into gold. Let go.

Tool – “The Grudge”

From the song “Patient”:

If there were no rewards to reap. No loving embrace to see me through. This tedious path I’ve chosen here. I certainly would’ve walked away.

Tool – “The Patient”

And of course, from “Pneuma”:

We are spirit bound to this flesh. We go round one foot nailed down. But bound to reach out and beyond this flesh. Become Pneuma. We are will and wonder. Bound to recall, remember. We are born of one breath, one word. We are all one spark, sun becoming.

TOOL – “Pneuma”

You can imagine how geeked out I must have been to be blessed with front tickets to see TOOL this past Thursday in Miami. If you are familiar with this band, you might be aware of their strict no-photograph-or-be-ejected rule. If you are not familiar with this band, trust me it exists, and it is strictly enforced

Going to my first indoor concert since the pandemic(2) marked a steps towards normalcy. That return including seeing my favorite band from such an incredible vantage point was an awesome gift from the heavens above. And then something kind of magical happened. For their last song, TOOL announced that they were suspending their “no film / no photography rule”, which happened to be “Invincible”, the song that had resonated with me and inspired me to write the above article. And from my vantage point, I think I was able to capture come incredible and rare footage:

It was am amazing concert. The entire crowd had good energy. The band had good energy. It was a great TOOL concert, and being that close was a real treat!

We were wondering if this concert would be cancelled. TOOL made it across the United States without cancelling one show due to COVID (or any other reason). Hopefully this is a sign we are resuming some form of “normal”. I sure hope so!

Lyrics and pics I took below:

Spiral out!

-eddie


Lyrics to “Invincible”:

Long in tooth and soul
Longing for another win
Lurch into the fray
Weapon out and belly in

Warrior
Strugglin’

To remain
Consequential

Bellow out loud
Bold and proud
Of where I’ve been
But here I am

Beating chest and drums
Beating tired bones again
Age-old battle, mine
Weapon out and belly in

Tales told of battles won
Of things we’ve done
Caligula would grin

Beating tired bones
Tripping through remember when
Once invincible
Now the armor’s wearing thin
Heavy shield down

Warrior
Strugglin’
To remain
Relevant
Warrior
Strugglin’
To remain
Consequential

Cry aloud, bold and proud
O’ where I’ve been
But here I am
Where I end

Warrior
Strugglin’
To remain
Relevant
Warrior
Strugglin’
To remain
Consequential

Tears in my eyes, chasing Ponce de Leon’s phantom soul
Filled with hope, I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting, feeling time bearing down

Tears in my eyes chasing Ponce de Leon’s phantom soul
Filled with hope, I can taste mythical fountains
False hope, perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting, feeling time bearing down

False hope perhaps
But the truth never got in my way
Before now, feel the sting, feeling time bearing down
Bearing down

Maynard James Keenan – Lead Singer of TOOL – Miami – February 10, 2022 – Photo by Eddie Stephens
Adam Jones – Guitarist of TOOL – Miami – February 10, 2022 – Photo by Eddie Stephens
Justin Chancellor – Bassist of TOOL – Miami – February 10, 2022 – Photo by Eddie Stephens
MJK & Danny Carey – Drummer of TOOL – Miami – February 10, 2022 – Photo by Eddie Stephens
TOOL – Miami – February 10, 2022 – Photo by Eddie Stephens
TOOL – Miami – February 10, 2022 – Photo by Eddie Stephens
Maynard James Keenan & Justin Chancellor – Miami – February 10, 2022 – Photo by Eddie Stephens

Tool – Miami – February 10, 2022

SETLIST:

Fear Inoculum

Opiate

The Pot

Pushit

Pneuma

The Grudge

Eon Blue Apocalypse

The Patient

Descending

Hooker with a Penis

Chocolate Chip Trip

Culling Voices

Invincible

(1) An “Easter Egg” is an unexpected or undocumented feature in a piece of media, included as a joke or a bonus.

(2) I were a mask during the time I was inside the arena. This was uncomfortable but I thought a reasonable precaution to take for myself and others. I was kind of disappointed that only 10 others (of the 22,000 in attendance) agreed with me.

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