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23 May 2007

W00T! Mrs. tr33 bought us Tool tickets! [More:]I've been aching to see Tool for nigh on 13 years now. We don't have the greatest seats, but I don't care.

Has anyone ever seen them live?
I have! I saw them on the Lateralus tour... it was a crazy, cool show. I went with a friend who's a major fan; I fall more into the "appreciate them but never really listen to them much" category. The theatricality of the whole thing was fun to watch, though, even without being familiar with all their songs.
posted by BoringPostcards 23 May | 08:18
Yay! I'm pumped. I totally don't deserve such an awesome wife.
posted by tr33hggr 23 May | 08:25
Tool are all right. Enjoy the show.
posted by jonmc 23 May | 08:30
I totally don't deserve such an awesome wife.

I know how ya feel, my friend. For our first anniversary together, Pips bought tickets for us to see Kiss at Madison Square Garden. Great show. Sometimes I wonder how women can even tolerate us, let alone love us, but they do, thank God and we got two of the best ones.
posted by jonmc 23 May | 08:33
Tool put on one of the best live shows I've ever attended. You are in for a treat.
posted by mike9322 23 May | 08:36
Indeed jon, indeed. And Kiss? That's freakin' sweet. Thank the good earth for women like Pips and my Susan. Huzzah, and beers all around.
posted by tr33hggr 23 May | 08:37
And Kiss? That's freakin' sweet.

You have no idea. The most jaded hipster in the world would've walked out of that show smiling like a teenager saying 'that wuz cool.'

and yeah, here's to our ladies, without them we're nothing. or at the very least we'd be smellier and less well behaved.
posted by jonmc 23 May | 08:40
Awesome! How nice! I think my husband would much rather see Tool than The Police. We're also going to see Ziggy Marley and the Neville Brothers, on the same night Tool is in Orlando. The man is a saint for going with me. He's a hard rock kind of guy.
posted by LoriFLA 23 May | 09:55
Lori, I'd love to see Ziggy too. :)
posted by tr33hggr 23 May | 09:59
oh, and Lori, we did end up going to that clothing optional bar in Ket West, The Garden of Eden on top of the Bull and Thistle bars. It was actually a very good time!
posted by tr33hggr 23 May | 10:04
a naked bar? that would combine two of my favorite things-getting naked and getting drunk. Must visit.
posted by jonmc 23 May | 10:05
Indeed. At first it was a little weird. There was only one naked guy dancing. Not good naked either. But we ended up running into a couple we met at Mallory Square, and pretty soon she was topless, and mrs. tr33 didn't want her to feel left out (as if she needed much convincing!), so she went topless and ended up getting body painted with peacock feathers. I was strolling around in my boxers until two quite attractive young ladies asked me to lose them, said they had been waiting for it, so then I was stark naked except for my sandals. And by that time there were many many naked folk of all sorts.

At one point on the dance floor I got a little, ahem, excited and the bouncer asked me to "cool down." I said, whaddya want me to do, sprinkle salt on it? He just laughed and ambled off.

And that's probably more than anyone wants to know!
posted by tr33hggr 23 May | 10:09
I saw Tool years ago when they had The Cows opening for them. I liked them at the time, but was really there to see the Cows. Unfortunately, the toquehead crowd were a bunch of knuckle-dragging boors, and heckled and threw things at the fantastic opening band, shouting for Tool. The Cows dealt with it with aplomb, putting on a killer show; the lead singer finished off by singing the last song standing on his head as beer cups rained down on him. Tool's lead singer came out and said, "Well, you guys win the prize." Naturally, the toques went wild, until he added "for the worst audience I've ever seen. We brought The Cows along because we like them." He went on to lecture the audience on their behaviour (I was one of a few cheering him on), and then Tool played a fast, contractual obligation-type set, no encore. Even pissed off, though, they were damned good. I'm sure the show you're going to will be fantastic. Enjoy!

On preview: whaddya want me to do, sprinkle salt on it?

Bwahahahahaha! Thanks for that, tr33.
posted by elizard 23 May | 10:12
Heh. Thankfully, the nude beach in Jersey allows alcohol in cans, so I could sit there drinking beer, but there wasn't much bar-type socializing going on, unless you count this random dude who stood in front of our area flexing his buttcheeks at me for 5 minutes until he gave up and walked away. Subtle, dude.

I was strolling around in my boxers until two quite attractive young ladies asked me to lose them, said they had been waiting for it,

you have a gift my friend. I raise my double-duece in your general direction.
posted by jonmc 23 May | 10:16
tr33, woo! It sounds like you had a frolicking good time. I'll have to get my breasts painted on a kidless trip to the Keys. ;-)
posted by LoriFLA 23 May | 10:26
have you ever been to Haulover, Lori? The first time I went the sand was really hot, so I kept my black Chucks on, and strolled down the beach in nothing but them with a Marlboro dangling from my lips. I was quite a sight. I was also so fishbelly pale that people were literally thrusting tubes of sunscreen at me. The next day I had to take a 13-hour Greyhound ride. It was a new adventure in discomfort.
posted by jonmc 23 May | 10:29
Ouch. I haven't been to Haulover. But, I've always wanted to sunbathe topless. I don't know if I have the guts to go totally nude.
posted by LoriFLA 23 May | 10:35
Well, the thing about nude beaches is that when you're surrounded by so many naked people of all shapes and sizes after awhile you feel kind of strange if you don't bare all, oddly enough.
posted by jonmc 23 May | 10:43
The bar at Atlantic Shores (Key West) used to be a great nude hangout, too, but I think it's being closed and torn down to build condos. Alas.
posted by BoringPostcards 23 May | 10:46
I've done nude beach a few times, but now I'm not even sure if I'll dare to don a swimsuit this summer. (I haven't for the last few years.)

I look great for my age, and am usually assumed to be much younger than I am. But that's because they haven't seen me naked (I think). Gah.
posted by taz 23 May | 10:57
Tool are awesome live. I saw them at the Hammersmith Odeon (or whatever it's called this week) in London last year. The venue was small enough that they couldn't do the entire laser show thing that they apparently do in arenas, but the presentation was still fantastic. I'm seeing them again in August when they're back over in the UK.
posted by TheDonF 23 May | 11:01
Haven't seen Tool (I think I've only ever heard them a couple of times), but you must get there early to see Kinski. I really dig 'em, anyway. (If you do see them, you should know that their regular drummer and second guitarist couldn't make the tour, due to the last-minute nature of the invitation from Tool. Instead, they've got a couple of guys from the Master Musicians of Bukkake (who are good, if quite odd, in their own right) playing with them.)

Regardless, have fun!
posted by bmarkey 23 May | 11:55
bmarkey - Kinski is not joining them for the show I am going to. It's some band called Melt Banana.
posted by tr33hggr 23 May | 13:48
Ooh, I wouldn't mind seeing Melt Banana.
posted by box 23 May | 13:57
Really box? I've not heard of them, but I'll do some digging around.
posted by tr33hggr 23 May | 14:03
They're cool. you'll like 'em.
posted by jonmc 23 May | 14:07
Ok, yeah, found some tunes online. Like it I do. They remind me of some other Japanese noise band that were even more chaotic. I got one of their tapes when I used to publish a zine, but I'll be damned if I can remember their name. Wait! The Boredoms. Now that was some crazy shit. I used to call one of my buddies and just let that tape play into his answering machine.
posted by tr33hggr 23 May | 14:11
Yeah, I don't listen to a lot of noise music when I'm, y'know, wearing my slippers, reading leather-bound volumes of poetry and sipping Trappist beers from a brandy snifter the size of a fishbowl, but it often makes for great live performances.
posted by box 23 May | 14:13
Tool and Melt Banana on the same night?! Oooh, that'd be something. Personally I'm looking forward to seeing Isis this summer, should be good.

Maybe I should take my clothes off at that gig? See what happens?
posted by soundofsuburbia 23 May | 18:31
Do it, by all means. Tell them I sent you.
posted by tr33hggr 24 May | 14:35
Waitasec, youse are talking about Japanese noise music? Okay, you gotta check out Otomo Yoshihide/Ground Zero's Revolutionary Pekinese Opera, Ver. 1.28, and once you're done with that, you'll want to check out the rest of the songs and offshoots of this collective. Some of my favorite ever music.

On the concert tip, a gorgeous duck-assed French girl took me to see Radiohead open for REM in Tel Aviv one summer night when my latent dysentary chose to knock my fever up to 103; I lay with my head in her lap and she drank all the wine and we sat for free on a hill behind Ramat Gan. While I slept through the show, the fever broke. She passed out in my lap on the sherut home. She played good basketball down on the post, had a wicked hook shot, and her hair smelled somewhere between lavender and rose. Three weeks after we said goodbye we sent simultaneous letters telling each other we wished we'd had the guts to say "love." Hers was in English, mine in French.
posted by Hugh Janus 24 May | 14:58
Bunny tongue! OMG! || Smiling pitbulls. So cute.