Photo Credit: T. Cody Strubel

Tool In Allentown: A Symphony of Sound and Spectacle

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The evening of November 7th, 2023, in Allentown, PA, was one for the books as Tool and Steel Beans took the stage at the PPL Center. The night was filled with electrifying performances, intricate visuals, and a crowd that was completely immersed in the music.

Steel Beans, the opening act, is a solo act by Jeremy DeBardi, who has been a part of the music scene for 15 years. Known for his raw energy and powerful vocals, DeBardi is a multi-talented musician who plays the guitar, drums, and sings- all at the same time. His music, a blend of hard rock and metal, has a unique edge that sets him apart. On this particular night, he set the tone for the evening with a performance that was as energetic as it was engaging. His setlist included “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” “Aneurysm,” “Recipe for Disaster,” “Molotov Cocktail Lounge,” and “Transcending Class.”

The headlining act, Tool, is a band that has carved a niche for itself in the realm of progressive metal. Comprised of Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, and Danny Carey, the band is renowned for its layered and complex sound. Their performances are a testament to their power and intricacy, making them a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

The band’s setlist for the night was a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It featured tracks from their latest album, Fear Inoculum, as well as classics from their earlier albums. The crowd was treated to fan favorites like “Jambi,” “Forty Six & 2,” and “Fear Inoculum.” The band also showcased their technical prowess and lyrical depth with performances of “The Pot” and “Rosetta Stoned.” One of the standout moments of the night was their rendition of “Pneuma,” a track that truly encapsulates their musicality and technical skill.

The concert was more than just a musical performance; it was a multi-sensory spectacle that left an indelible mark on the audience. Tool didn’t just play their music; they created an immersive experience that combined their progressive metal sound with a stunning visual display. The intricate lighting patterns and laser projections, which were as meticulously timed and executed as the band’s complex musical arrangements, added a mesmerizing dimension to each song, transforming the concert into a visual feast.

The Allentown stop of Tool’s North American Tour was proof of the band’s dedication to their craft and their ability to captivate an audience. The performance was a masterclass in musicianship, with the band’s talent shining through in every note. The crowd was fully engaged, drawn in by the excellent sound quality and the stunning visuals. The evening was a celebration of music and camaraderie, a powerful reminder of the transformative power of live music. The concert was not just an event; it was an experience, one that will be remembered by all who were fortunate enough to be there.

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T. Cody Strubel is the founder of Rock Documented, a platform he established in September 2015. As the Lead Photographer, Writer, and Editor, Cody has been instrumental in shaping the site's content and visual aesthetic. His exceptional work in music photography was recognized by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame, where he was voted "Best Photography" at their inaugural event. Cody's equipment of choice includes two Nikon D850s, a Nikon 22-70mm 2.8 VR, a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR, and a Black Rapid Shoulder Strap. His passion for music and photography, combined with his commitment to promoting local talent, makes him a vital voice in the Central Pennsylvania music scene.

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