10,000 Days (A Tribute to Tool) and Lithium (Tribute to Nirvana)
Route 47 Pub and Grub – Fridley, MN November 27th, 2021
Review and photos by Kate Klaus
Saturday November 27th was a night of tribute bands at Route 47 Pub and Grub in Fridley MN. Opening up the night was Lithium, a Nirvana tribute band. Taking the stage with a Cobain-like wig and a matching introverted demeanor, the band ran through a set of Nirvana classics, including favorites from the recently 30-year-old album Nevermind. The songs were covered with both musical and artistic accuracy paired with an engaging energy that was a great start to the night of music.
10,000 Days then took the stage and it was apparent that their performance would be heightened by a meticulous attention to detail to the nuances of both Tool’s music and particulars. From guitarist Jose Lozano’s Les Paul Silverburst and Adam Jones-esque wig, to drummer Salvador Rosas’s talisman symbol etched bass drum heads and singer Jimmy Ryan’s classic Maynard “Postal” shirt and megaphone, the details balanced with the intricate features of Tool’s music. As they played through a set ranging from songs from the early albums to recent release Fear Innoculum, they showed incredible talent in capturing the details of Tool’s complex musicality. Bassist Kris Paxton and Rosas flawlessly carried the intricate rhythms of some of Tool’s most complex songs, including Lateralus, Schism, and 7empest. Jimmy Ryan’s vocal range was beautifully haunting and true to the depth of Maynard’s singing, and with a 2+hour set also showed impressive strength. Lozano’s guitar solos, particularly on Jambi, were captivating and quietly powerful, and carried every detail of Adam Jones’s precision. Their set was an incredible tribute to the music of one of the most complex and talented bands in rock history, and they captured it perfectly.