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Tool November 2018 Newsletter

Blair‘s Tool Newsletter for November 2018 is out now.  It highlights a recent visit to LA following the Malibu fires, where Blair catches up with Danny Carey and a few other regulars from the Tool family.  The good news is that Blair managed to hear at least part of the new album, though keeps it spoiler free:


While walking to his car (parked on yet another deficient alley), Danny emerged from the studio and insisted that we hear a couple of new Tool songs before we left. (Not the final mix.)  Yes! Climbing into the Porche, I remarked that a cave man probably wouldn’t be able to tell that it was better than Kent’s BMW because he would be so astonished at seeing an automobile that little details wouldn’t matter.  While reclined in the passenger seat (with both Sturgeon guitarists comfortably in the back), Danny put the CD into the tray and selected track 3… (No spoilers here, which I’m sure you’ll thank me for later.)

https://www.toolband.com/news/newsletter/457514/tool-newsletter-november-2018-e-v

To indulge in a little speculation: Blair suggests that it’s not the final mix.  The glass half full people (myself included) would take this to be that Tool are in the process of finalising the mix of the album – meaning that tracking has finished (including vocals) and that we’re perhaps on track for a release sometime before touring kicks off in 2019.  The more cynical among us might say that they’ll believe a new album is coming out when they actually see it.  Some are still waiting for the non-hoax version of 10,000 Days is released.

Also Danny has a Porsche Panamera now, which I believe is in addition to his Lamborghini.  Perfect for a growing family!

Fourtheye Readers Best Album of 2018 Poll

It’s December once more, and that time of year usually elicits Best of Lists from websites far and wide.  Fourtheye is no different, except we do it collectively, and them publish at the end of the year rather than rush it out early (I’m not willing to rule out the new Graf Orlock album from my list just because it’s not released yet).

Rules are simple:

  • Must be an album or EP released in 2018.
  • Must be some kind of studio recording – no live albums, greatest hits or other compilations.
  • Each vote is worth one point, order doesn’t matter.
  • Don’t bother voting for an album more than once.  This is the equivalent of drawing a dick and balls on your ballot.

I’m looking forward to reading your suggestions, in particular the ones that aren’t Slipknot or Korn.  Want some ideas?  Head over to the forum!

Billy explains Eat The Elephant and 10 mind blowing guitar albums

A couple of quick articles about Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle today.  The first is from Kerrang! where he gives us a little insight into each track from Eat The Elephant:

The Doomed

It was in my folder for some of my film soundtrack work. I threw a lot of things at Maynard online and with this one he said, ‘This is a thing but I don’t know what’. We went from there, so I built it out. It really came together one night. It went from being this initial melody to being a long rock song. Maynard committing to working on something will make me go further. I don’t like to put a lot of energy into something if I don’t it’s going to work out.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/a-perfect-circle-talk-us-through-every-track-on-eat-the-elephant/

Second article for your weekend readings is from Music Radar, where Billy discusses the top 10 guitar albums that blow his mind:

7. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Tinderbox (1986)

“There are a lot of great Siouxsie records, so much cool stuff with a lot of good guitar players coming in and out. There was obviously the curated aesthetic that Steven Severin and Siouxsie kept and maintained.

“But this is the one I love most, and it’s definitely one of my go-to records for inspiration. I still look at it as something that set the benchmark, sometimes I feel like I’m on the Tinderbox tour… every tour I’m ever on, basically haha!”

https://www.musicradar.com/news/a-perfect-circles-billy-howerdel-the-10-guitar-albums-that-blew-my-mind

A Perfect Circle are currently on the road, just finishing off a US tour before heading for a few more dates in Europe.  I suspect it’ll be the last chance to see them for a couple of years, so make the most of it!

A Perfect Circle Dog Eat Dog

It was revealed a while back that A Perfect Circle would be releasing a cover of AC/DC‘s Dog Eat Dog for Record Store Day.  The track is now available on Youtube for your discerning opinions.

Personally, I think it’s ok, but unlikely to be a track I return to with any regularity.  I’m not really one who enjoys covers a great deal, and this one doesn’t really add much to the song except for a bit of the APC tone.  Maynard’s vocals are pretty rocky though, and it’s one of the more aggressive recordings we’ve heard him in for a while.

The Record Store Day in question is this Black Friday.  More details here.

Tool at Rockville in May 2019

The Welcome to Rockville festival social media team today posted a video on Facebook, promising to reveal the lineup for the 2019 event in 13 days.  The video very strongly hints that Tool will be the headline act, featuring some of their artwork as well as a snippet from Mantra.

The festival is usually held in late April, which somewhat coincides with Coachella which I’d also expect to be announced around then.

Happy Birthday Justin!

I haven’t done a happy birthday post in a while, mostly because I’m lazy.  Well, this time around I’m not, and I’m also keen to post something on the site, since actual news is hard to come by! November 19 is Justin Chancellor‘s birthday!  Not sure how he’s celebrating the day, but I’m sure many of us would be happy for he to have a day off from making the new album.

Just one day though…

To celebrate, here’s one of my favorite JC clips, some footage captured by Al Jones a few years back where we get to hear his excellent bass tone during Parabola.

Enjoy!

A Perfect Circle So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

A Perfect Circle have released a video for their track So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish from their most recent album Eat The Elephant

The track is an interesting one – it’s one of the poppier moments from the album, and certainly on that had me raise my eyebrows on first listen.  My initial reaction was definitely “what the hell is this” but the song actually grew on me quite a bit.  It’s not one of my favorites from the record.  Being a Douglas Adams fan, I’m quite fond of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy reference, and enjoy the somewhat subversive lyrics which seem to be opposed to the style of song presented.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the video:

Tool October 2018 Newsletter

The latest Tool Newsletter – the October 2018 edition is now online.  It’s a reasonably brief update from Blair, mostly highlighting the new tour dates but also has a positive snippet:

On Monday, October 8th at 1:35 AM I received an enthusiastic text message from Danny.  Without going into specifics, he REALLY liked what he heard in the studio that night.  Therefore, I assume that the recording progress is going quite well for everyone involved.

https://www.toolband.com/news/newsletter/457037/tool-newsletter-october-2018-e-v

While it’s hard to glean too much definitive information, “everyone involved” could be interpreted as including Maynard, and the date suggests that it’d be close to the time Maynard would need to wrap up the vocals before he hits the road with A Perfect Circle.

Image: © Toby Canham/Getty Images

Update: Ivonna Cadavar says Tool album DONE “any day now”

Twitterer (if that is the right term) Ivonna Cadavar posted a pic with Adam Jones from Tool not long ago, with an update of sorts on the new album.  Have a read and I’ll give you my thoughts below:

So while “any day now” sounds pretty promising, I find it hard to get too excited, as it would seem unlikely that Tool have been long out of the studio, and there’s no real confirmation that Maynard has recorded anything yet (though the optimist in me hopes he has).

So I think the quote in this tweet is a bit of hyperbole, but still it will be interesting to get an update from Adam himself on how things are going, and what kind of timeline we can expect.

Thanks to Gareth Osterloh for the tip!

Update:  Ivonna has clarified her tweet and confirmed Adam said “it should be DONE anyday now”, which by my interpretation is most likely referring to the general recording process.

Here’s the tweet:

Tool announced European tour for 2019

Overnight Tool announced a series of live dates for locations right around Europe including the Download Festival in Donington, UK for June and July 2019.  Dates are listed below:


TOOL EUROPE TOUR 2019
SUNDAY, JUNE 2 @ MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA – BERLIN, GERMANY
ON SALE FRIDAY, OCT. 26 (9 am local)
https://www.livenation.de/arti…
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 4 @ O2 ARENA – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
ON SALE FRIDAY, OCT, 26 (9am local)
https://www.livenation.cz/arti…
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 @ WIENER STADHALLE – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
ON SALE FRIDAY, OCT. 26 (9 am local)
https://www.livenation.de/arti…
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 @ ROCK AM RING FESTIVAL – NURBURG, GERMANY
(ALREADY ON SALE)
https://www.rock-am-ring.com/t…
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 @ ROCK IM PARK FESTIVAL – NUREMBERG, GERMANY
(ALREADY ON SALE)
https://www.rock-im-park.com/t…
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 11 @ IMPACT FESIVAL – TAURON ARENA – KRAKOW, POLAND
ON SALE FRIDAY, OCT. 26 (10:00 am local)
https://www.livenation.pl/arti…
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 13 @ FIRENZE ROCKS FESTIVAL – FLORENCE, ITALY
ON SALE FRIDAY, OCT 26 (11:00 local)
http://firenzerocks.it/tickets
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 @ DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL – DONINGTON, UK
ON SALE THURSDAY, OCT. 25 (7 pm local)
https://downloadfestival.co.uk…
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 18 @ ZIGGO DOME – AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
ON SALE THURSDAY, OCT. 25 (10:00 local)
https://www.livenation.nl/arti…
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 20 @ COPENHELL FESTIVAL – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
ON SALE THURSAY, OCT 25 (10:00 am local)
https://www.copenhell.dk
https://www.ticketmaster.dk/fe…
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 25 @ HALLENSTADION – ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
ON SALE FRIDAY, OCT. 26 (9am local)
https://www.ticketmaster.ch/ar…


SUNDAY, JUNE 30 @ DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL SPAIN – MADRID, SPAIN
ON SALE TUESDAY, OCT. 23 (5pm local)
https://downloadfestival.es/es…
 
TUESDAY, JULY 2 @ ALTICE ARENA – LISBON, PORTUGAL
ON SALE THURSDAY, OCT. 25 (10:00 local)
https://ticketline.sapo.pt/evento/38260

There is no further news at this point, however it would be a reasonable assumption to make that the new album would likely be released on or around that time.

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