Source D: Hi Mini Disc --- DPA 4061 (matched pair) > CSBB > Line In > Sony MZRH10 (HiSP mode)
Transfer: Sony MZ-RH10 > SonicStage (USB cable) > Wavelab 3.04a (EQ, compression, normalize) > CD Wave Editor > FLACfrontend
Location: Section 10, Row 13, Seat 20 (Left side off of Adam's corner of the stage)
Taper: Adam / pessimisticoptimist
MP3 Sample: Right click & save
Notes - Taper: Maynard said that San Antonio had bad luck, because it was the only show to be postponed twice (once by illness in the Fall, and then again in the Spring due to Danny's injury)... but I really think that HOUSTON has the bad luck. In 2002 and 2006, Maynard was sick when they came to Houston, and both times as a result, they dropped two songs from the setlist. Anyway... to "compensate" San Antonio for its "bad luck", TOOL decided to play their standard set, MINUS a song. Thanks TOOL! Another note, thanks to my friend Shelley for the seat. I met her at the Southaven show a week before, and she let me use her extra ticket at this show. My original seat was further back on the floor, but this location was much better. Last note, Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn from King Crimson appeared onstage for the extended Lateralus. They also played an early, short opening set before the other opening band. I didn't manage to tape that one though. Enjoy!
Notes - Galen: Great AUD recording. Levels are virtually spot-on, there is next to no phasing (movement of air around taper or microphones) & the crowd is actually not completely annoying. Strong capture of an otherwise lackluster but yet still tight performance of Tool. Truth be told the overwhelming majority of performances from this era are polished, predictable & professional. Just like this one. If high quality recordings like this were not around, really, there would be many performance from this era simply that much harder to get into the groove with. Really, I recall that there was a lot of hopes/dreams that Tool would pull out something special at this performance, however, nada. For many previous tapers that more or less soured their mouths & either skipped going to a show or sold their tickets due to the 'same setlist'. By sticking to the repetitive sets, leg after leg, I believe that further alienated not just a significant portion of die-hard fans/tapers but, perhaps, Tool. Both as individuals & as a band? Time will tell.
"San Antonio, I swear you people have the worst luck, we've cancelled on you several times; not our fault. Not sure how to put this... I have good news & I have bad news. The good news is there is no bad news...
46 & 2
Right in Two
Wings for Marie