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Tool Takes Fans On a Journey in El Paso, Texas with Special Guest Elder

Tool front man Maynard James Keenan, Guitarist Adam Jones, Bassist Justin Chancellor join Drummer Danny Carey on stage of the University of Texas El Paso, Don Haskins Center with a visual, heart thumping, light flashing performance. Bring progressive rock to life in the border town. Opening for Tool was Elder, a four-piece stoner rock, doom metal, progressive rock band from Massachusetts currently based out of Berkin, Germany. 

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Due to Tool's incorporation of visual arts and very long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, and art rock. Tool is an enigmatic progressive metal band described by in a recent review. I tend to agree with that statement. They want you to be part of the show from your seats, moving and cheering with each beat. 

My observation from the moment the house lights went down they start to transport you into another dimension. Their performance is designed to be an experience not just a concert, with video presentation, lighting, heavy music beats, they take you on a journey. Their opening song is the title track from their 2019 released album Fear Inoculum. Keenan voice flows around the venue likes its part of the air bouncing off the instrument's notes creating a wave of continues music.

The words sung by Keenan confront the passage of time and life lessons learned, expressed with genuine warmth at times, or by simply going nuclear. Tool chooses to stretch out and dig deeper, leaving the old schematics behind cutting a new path for the music to flow. As they take you on this journey, you feel lifted and set back down in your original seat by the end of the concert, pumped and ready for more. As the final note rings out you expect it to start up again but there is just silence. 

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