Tuesday, March 18, 2014

TOOL Concert 3/16/14

Up to this point, this has been a blog entirely dedicated to obtaining autographs in the realm of sports. I do, however, have some items signed by actors and bands, and I added to the latter collection over the past weekend. The band TOOL was in town, playing in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center, fka the San Diego Sports Arena. TOOL is one of if not my favorite band and I never miss an opportunity to go to their shows when they are around.
Here are a couple of shots I took during the performance.  My friend Lawrence and I were seated right down the middle up high, allowing for an excellent vantage point.  Obviously I am biased, but not only does TOOL have incredibly complicated and great music, the shows themselves with images in the background and lasers are just a sensory overload...

Of course, this is a blog about memorabilia so of course I did pick a little something up while attending the event on Sunday.  Keep in mind I am a huge fan of Maynard James Keenan and the three bands he is in, and I already have two signed posters from MJK on Puscifer tour posters.  I really wanted to add TOOL to those two, so I picked this up...

 This poster is one of a series created for this tour, with artwork done by Adam Jones of the band itself.  Each city on the tour had their own uniqueness on these posters with different color arrangements, etc.  The black is matte and the TOOL is glossy.  The skull and artwork is texturized so slightly raised above the matted part.  It is an excellent lithograph with good, clean signatures of each band member.  I am going to get this a yellow matte and frame it, then hang it somewhere people who come over will see it.  Here are each individual's signature up close;

The top two are drummer Danny Carey and singer Maynard James Keenan.  Maynard signs differently for TOOL than he does for Puscifer.  The next one down is guitarist Adam Jones, who also designed the posters.  The last one is Justin Chancellor, the bassist.  As always, the concert was outstanding and I look forward to the new upcoming album.  I was also thrilled to add this piece to my collection.  Thanks for reading.

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