On this day in Philadelphia music history, alt-metal four-piece Tool rocked the legendary JC Dobbs in band’s very first Philadelphia appearance. The LA band’s set at the South Street venue was raw, energetic, and visually subdued compared to the band’s later stage enhancements.
What breaks through in the barebones set is the visceral emotion Tool would continue to show throughout their career. The thousand-yard-stare frontman Maynard James Keenan casts over the Dobbs crowd is haunting to say the least, even through a bootleg-quality tape 26 years later. The nine-song setlist highlights the band’s early in-your-face songwriting, with live versions of tracks like “Sober” and “Crawl Away” appearing from the band’s abrasive 1991 demo tape. Continue reading →