Downtown Phoenix, prepare to be invaded. The Tool Army is planning to descend upon the US Airways Center en masse later this week and they're likely to be in need of a fix. After all, it's been awhile since Maynard James Keenan (our erstwhile columnist) and company played out in Phoenix. Yes, the enigmatic musician/winemaker/actor/philanthropist has performed around town with his side projects Puscifer and A Perfect Circle in recent years, but its been going on half a decade since Tool graced a Phoenix stage.
Expect a concert unlike any other, not to mention a brain-bending evening of hard rock sounds (likely including such signature Tool songs as "Stinkfist," "Forty-Six & 2," "Ænema," "Schism," and -- of course -- "Sober"), mental overstimulation, and visual overload not unlike the Ludovico Technique scene from A Clockwork Orange with twisted-yet-trippy imagery and Keenan singing from the shadows. Mind-altering substances are optional. -- Benjamin Leatherman