October 22nd, 2019 | Photos

Tool @ The Staples Center

Photos by Debi Del Grande

“It’s not an earthquake. It’s just us.” Maynard James Keenan kidded after Tool played the title track from their long awaited album Fear Inoculum last night at the Staples Center.

If Los Angeles had had an earthquake last night, those inside the sold out venue would have never felt it. We were on planet Tool, an experience of sound and visuals that heightened all senses and we were in deep.

The mostly male audience was clad in black and didn’t need their cell phones as was the policy for the evening. Not forcing the Yonder pouches, the majority of attendees complied as we were too engaged with Keenan, stoic guitarist Adam Jones, Lake Kobe Bryant clad drummer Danny Carey and hip circling bassist Justin Chancellor–all playing to perfection. Keenan was playful–grabbing a Marshall amp over on Jones’ side and putting it up on his high rise block, stage left. He would sit on it, swinging his legs with his Cheshire cat grin.

After intermission, Carey took the stage alone and exhibited extraordinary skills as he played solo on Fear Inoculum‘s instrumental “Chocolate Chip Trip.”

Before the final song, “Stinkfist,” Keenan had a little something to say. “LA. Fantastic. It’s an honor to have Killing Joke on the stage with us. Fantastic band. Did not steal anything from them.” (obvious sarcasm). Fans who were there early for legends Killing Joke heard a 10-song set, including “Eighties.”

“You may now pull out your stupid cell phones and record shit because I know it’s fucking bugging the shit out of you…so feel free to pull out your cell phones and video tape and take photos and shit. Check your fucking email. Security stand down–God bless ya.”

Setlist via
Fear Inoculum
The Pot
Schism (extended)
Part of Me
Forty Six & 2


Chocolate Chip Trip
(-) Ions
Stinkfist (extended)