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Tool August 2015 Newsletter

Blair has posted the Tool August 2015 Newsletter this morning, and this time around it’s an interview with Tool video designer Breckinridge ‘Breck’ Haggerty. Here’s an excerpt:

BMB: What is the usual process of putting together the video clips and such for a Tool show or tour? The starting point and finishing touches? How much of the material used in the projections do you create, and do you get input from the band members? I’m guessing that Adam Jones is involved?

BRECK: Adam has always been very involved in the design, and all of the other band members contribute in different ways. Generally, Adam will give us the big picture, and Junior and I put the show together from there. The visuals are made up of small looped segments that I weave and layer through the show. There must be 2000 clips in the collection at this point, so there’s a lot to work with. The iconic images you remember from the shows are the works of far greater talent than my own. By name: Camella Grace is responsible for the psychedelic nudes and swimmers, Chet Czar creates the fish-skinned creatures of your nightmares, Meats Meier crafts the intricate mechanical/spiritual beings that populate the show, Matt Santoro, Kevin Willis, Robyn Breen Shinn, I could go on and on… My role is in the arrangement and mortar, and I build the abstract visuals that bind all these great artworks together as a whole.

BMB: What are the usual preparations for putting together and syncing up the video design for a Tool show or tour? How long does it normally take before you are good to go?

BRECK: The prep time depends on how much the show needs to change. When we made big leaps in design like with a new album, it can take months. If we’re just on to another leg with the same design, it may only take a day. This time around, we’re starting with a new overall concept from Adam, and we’re going to re-work the entire thing, so we’re starting to build the Halloween show now.

Seem like a lot of effort to go to just for one show…

Some of Brecks work with Tool

Wes Craven and Adam Jones

Many of you have heard that horror legend Wes Craven lost his battle against brain cancer earlier today. While Fourtheye does not normally post about the film industry, in this case it’s worth noting that Adam Jones worked on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child in the late 80s. While Adam and Wes didn’t appear to have worked together in these flicks, I’m sure that Adam’s thoughts are today with the family of a movie maker who no doubt influenced his work in the film industry.

Adam Jones Nightmare on Elm Street

Adam Jones Nightmare on Elm Street sculpture

Thanks to Kat from the Tool Army members Facebook page for hunting down the photos for me.

RIP Wes Craven

Volto at The Mint in September

While we sit and wait patiently/impatiently for some kind of Tool news (possibly even tour dates, though that seems to appear more unlikely each passing day), I can update you on a coming Volto! show at the Mint on September 5th. No baked potatoes will be available at this show, however I’m sure the beer will be cold and the music soothing to ones ears. If you’re in Los Angeles and looking for a good night out, then check them out.

While there, bug Danny about the Tool shows. I expect if you buy him enough beer the truth can be uncovered…

Volto The Mint September 5th 2015

New Puscifer date in Prescott, Arizona

Regular Puscifer reportee fortysixand2 tells me that there’s a new Puscifer date added to the tour, this time on the 14th of December at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott, Arizona:

Puscifer, who recently announced their new album, Money Shot, and the release of the “Grand Canyon” video will be returning to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott on Monday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets become available on Wednesday, August 26 at 10 a.m. and general on-sale is Friday, August 28 at 10 a.m. The evening’s opening act is Luchafer.

Details on the show, as well as links to ticket information can be found on the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center website.

Still no word on any further Tool shows by the way! I think it’s starting to look unlikely at this stage. We’ll see!

Puscifer rockin' on the back porch

Puscifer Money Shot Tour and Release Announcement

Puscifer have today released further info on their coming tour supporting the release of new album Money Shot. In a lengthy press release below, Maynard reveals the bands plan to tour with a range of shows in November and December following the Monster Mash Festival.

Jerome, Ariz., Aug. 17, 2015 – Puscifer, who recently announced a new album, Money Shot, and the release of the “Grand Canyon” video https://youtu.be/qtZJiQSmJ9g will be returning to the road, kicking off a six-week outing on Nov. 1 at the Monster Mash Festival in Phoenix.
“As is the Modus Operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany the Money Shot release. We’ve been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail,” said Keenan. “As usual, we prefer to Show rather than Tell. Odds are if you’ve been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you’ll want to go ahead and place those bets.”
It’s no surprise that Maynard James Keenan choose to debut the electro rock band-meets-comedy troupe on a Las Vegas stage (Puscifer’s first shows were at The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort). In the intervening years, we’ve met a cadre of characters including Billy D and Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Peter Merkin and spent time around a campfire, with an Airstream in the background, as audiences enjoyed a Sonoran sunset. Puscifer, who thrive on the element of surprise, have revamped their stage show, with no spoilers to share, we can only say it exceeds the production seen in recent outings.
The live line-up for the Money Shot tour includes Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Mahsa Zargaran and the newest addition, Paul Barker (Ministry, Lead Into Gold).
Money Shot physical pre-order packages are available now via www.Puscifer.com. The various offerings include both signed and unsigned copies of the new album as well as an instant download of “Grand Canyon.”

Money Shot track list:
1. Galileo
2. Agostina
3. Grand Canyon
4. Simultaneous
5. Money Shot
6. The Arsonist
7. The Remedy
8. Smoke and Mirrors
9. Life of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)
10. Autumn

Tour dates:
November 1 Phoenix, AZ Monster Mash Festival
November 3 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
November 4 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
November 5 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center
November 7 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
November 8 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
November 10 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
November 11 Bethesda, MD Strathmore Theatre
November 12 Boston, MA The Orpheum Theatre
November 14 New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre
November 15 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
November 17 New York, NY Terminal 5
November 18 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
November 20 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
November 21 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
November 22 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre
November 24 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
November 25 Salt Lake City, UT Kingsbury Hall
November 28 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
November 29 Spokane, WA INB Performing Arts Center
November 30 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 2 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 3 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
December 6 Fresno, CA Warnors Theatre
December 8 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
December 10 Los Angeles, CA Ace Theatre
December 11 Los Angeles, CA Ace Theatre
December 12 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater

Tickets will be on-sale on Friday, Aug. 21 with VIP packages available simultaneously via http://future-beat.com/artist.cfm?id=29974.
www.puscifer.com
facebook.com/puscifermusic
instagram/puscifer
twitter.com/puscifer

Shows have already started appearing on Ticketmaster and will go one sale over the next few days.

Puscifer Money Shot album cover

Tool News and Rumours

This page contains all the latest Tool news and rumours collected by me from a bunch of sources. It also collects information for a range of Tool related acts – usually side projects such as A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, and friends of Tool such as Yob and The Melvins.

If you know anything you think is missing from this page, feel free to let me know!

Tool News

  • Tool New Album – Maynard finalising lyrics/vocals. Recording 2015?
  • Playing Monster Mash Music Fest in Arizona October 2015. Unconfirmed reports that there will be other shows, including one in LA
  • Some kind of video has been recorded. It was initially thought to be for The Pot, however may also be for Opiate, or perhaps something else. Possibly related to the curveball.
  • Tool Live DVD – Legal Wrangles/One day
  • Toolarmy busted! Toolband update on the way
  • 10,000 Days vinyl (tbc)

Adam Jones News

  • Side project with Robert Fripp tba
  • Side project with King Buzzo and Terry Bozzio tba
  • Lustmord vs. Adam Jones tba

Danny Carey News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Justin Chancellor News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Maynard James Keenan News

Other Bands

Puscifer tour announcement on Monday?

Maynard has teased a Puscifer tour announcement coming this Monday (AZ time) via Instagram and Facebook, which I would conclude based on previous non-announcements is a list of tour dates:

For those not paying attention, Ticketmaster posted, and then removed a Puscifer date in Cincinatti, Ohio last week. It seems almost certain that we’ll see a list of other tour dates announced. How long the tour will be, and whhat cities it will visit is anyone’s guess. I don’t reckon the tour will be exhaustive, but expect the larger towns across North America to get a show.

Devo Keenan AMA or Reddit

An interesting post on Reddit r/toolband today is an AMA featuring Devo Keenan, son of Tool singer Maynard James Keenan. Devo posted a photo of himself to claim authenticity, I can’t really verify it, since I have no idea what he looks like.

Assuming it’s legit, it’s an interesting read. For Tool fans this is the most topical response:

Thanks for coming by! Have you heard any new Tool or Puscifer yet? Whatcha think?! Also, do you see any further Tool albums after the next one?

I’ve heard a little bit, and it sounds very good so far. If there is another Tool album after the next, I’ll probably be dead by then.

He’s a bit vague, but I’ll assume he’s talking about Tool rather than Puscifer.

Devo Keenan AMA

Puscifer Tour 2015 dates on the way

Update 14-Aug-2015: The date has been removed from Ticketmaster. I’d say the show is still likely to happen, but I wouldn’t go booking flights or anything just yet. I suspect we’ll get an announcement of the full tour next week if the reported on-sale date is anything to go by.

The first date of the Puscifer Tour 2015 (aside from the Monster Mash Fest show) has been announced, and it’s at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH on November 20. Tickets go on sale on the 20th of August via Ticketbastard.

Since we’re expecting the new Puscifer album Money Shot to be released on October 30, we should also expect that there will be some new songs played in this tour, including the new track Grand Canyon.

Thanks to fortysixand2 for the tip!

Puscifer Tour 2015

June newsletter updated to include “The Deal”?

Yodhehvauheh_ pointed out in the comments section of the page that the 2015 Tool June Newsletter has been updated finally. Part of it we already know, in that Puscifer are playing at the Monster Mash Festival in Arizona. The other part is something a little more cryptic.

From the June Newsletter:

THE DEAL

What should be of interest is the deal… I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

PUSCIFER ADDED TO MONSTER MASH FEST LINEUP

PUSCIFER has been added to the MONSTER MASH FEST LINEUP and is set to perform on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER, 1 on the WEST STAGE.

What is the Deal?” I hear you say? There have been some strong rumours about the place that there would be further Tool shows later this year. I had it suggested to me that LA (most likely the Staples Center) was likely to be one of these dates The Deal could be suggesting that the negotiation behind getting shows set up or almost done and the contracts close to being signed. This being the case I’d expect some kind of announcement in the coming weeks.

Of course it could mean something else…

Is a Tool show at the Staples Center part of The Deal?

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