June 2009

The Melvins USA Tour in August/September

According to Blabbermouth, The Melvins will be touring with the band Down (featuring that douchebag from Pantera) in August and September this year.  The article mentions “select U.S. markets” so I’m guessing it won’t be an extensive tour, probably just the larger cities.  Dates will be posted once I get them.

More Guitar Lessons with Buzz

King Buzzo from the Melvins has recorded another interview/guitar lesson with MetalKult.  As usual it’s a great interview, especially if you dig Buzz’s sense of humour.  He also dishes out advice on how to play Houdini tracks Honeybucket and Hooch.

Rumour has it on the Melvins BBS that The Melvins could be touring with Down in the US later this year.

Isis European Tour Dates

Ipecac has announced a new batch of Isis tour dates including plenty of European ones:

  • July 3, 2009 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
  • July 5, 2009 Cergy, France Furia Sound Festival
  • July 6, 2009 Eindhoven, Netherlands Effenaar
  • July 8, 2009 Bochum, Germany BHF Langendreer
  • July 9, 2009 Stuttgart, Germany Wagenhallen
  • July 10, 2009 Dresden, Germany Beatpol
  • July 11, 2009 Munich, Germany Feierwerk
  • July 12, 2009 Bern, Switzerland Dachstock
  • July 13, 2009 Torino, Italy Spaziale Festival
  • July 15, 2009 Trier, Germany Exaus Open Air
  • July 16, 2009 Dour, Germany Dour Festival
  • July 18, 2009 Joensuu, Finland Ilosaarirock

Hopefully we might see them Down Under sometime this year also…

Lustmord discusses Tool, Melvins

isdfx from Toolarmy pointed me towards an interesting interview with Lustmord on All Things That Rock.  Here’s an excerpt:

(Lustmord) Adam Jones is another good example of not so much the instruments he plays, but the person himself and the attitude and the aesthetic he brings to it.

We had talked about him maybe not using a guitar because he makes great electronic music and really interesting experimental work outside of what he’s known for. We’re both big Kraftwerk fans and we share interests in things like Aphex Twin, Autechre etc. so it didn’t have to be him playing guitar.

There’s also the fact that he’s the guitarist from Tool and anything he plays is going to have that Tool sound. We didn’t want it to sound like that. Not that there’s anything wrong with sounding like Tool, he does that really well, but if you’re collaborating with people you try to do something different.

Of course, the obvious thing would have been to make it sound exactly like Tool and sell a shit load of records. But Tool already exists and it’s more interesting to try something different.

Very interesting article about Lustmord and his work.

Bad news for Minnesotans

According to a recent post on the 93XRocks website:

We had been promised a Tool concert in August, but 93X has just learned that the band was not able to schedule in a date for St. Paul, as earlier planned. Band management tells 93X that:

“The band had every intention of playing St.Paul but they just couldn’t get the routing to work for this very short two-week mini tour.”

Bad luck guys.  Looks like despite my initial thoughts, Lollapalooza may be the final show of the tour after all.  This being the case I’d expect there to maybe only one or two shows left to be announced – if at all.

Thanks to Kesus from Toolarmy for the tip.

Tool Date in New Hampshire?

Jza10304 from Toolarmy posted today that a new Tool date in Manchester, New Hampshire is now showing up on Ticketmaster.  The gig will be at the Verizon Arena on the 2nd of August. Wait for official confirmation before getting too excited, but seems good to me!

New Tour Dates

Been away hiking through the Flinders Ranges the last couple of days, so have been a bit slack with the updates.

In case any of you have missed it, there have been a couple of new dates confirmed on the upcoming Tool summer tour.  Toronto has been confirmed, and a new show in Cincinnatti has been added:

  • AUGUST 5/09 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre / ON-SALE 6/13
  • AUGUST 7/09 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion / ON-SALE 6/20

In other Tool-ish news, check out the Offline by Matthew Santoro thread for much “Big Thing” speculation, including comments from Tool Lighting Dude Junior.

Adam designs Faith No More gig poster

dpddy on Toolarmy came across this cool gig poster by Adam Jones.  It’s for the upcoming Faith No More show in Moscow later this year.  Word is that Adam has also designed a poster for a coming Isis gig.

Offline by Matthew Santoro

Posted on Toolband/Army today is a quick article talking about a new Sci-Fi movie from Matthew Santoro called Offline. The movie, as well as looking pretty cool apparently takes some influence from Adam Jones:

My goal was to make a dark and gritty sci-fi/horror based cybernetic dream experience type thing with a couple of good friends, a camera, some duct tape, and a computer. Pure Gorilla as they call it. Adam Jones was a huge influence during this creative process. I look at him like a master Jedi and director/creator of all things awesome, his work pretty much speaks for itself. I remember as a kid watching the TOOL videos that Adam directed and being completely enthralled almost mesmerized like a moth to a flame. I’ve never seen anything like this before but I know one thing… I like it. His work opened my mind to another plane that I didn’t even know existed. Later in life we became friends and when I told him I wanted to direct my own film he gave me an important piece of advise that I’ve kept with me everyday of production. He basically said to look at every shot like a piece of art. If your going to put your name on something make sure its something YOU are happy with (emphasis on YOU) because if you truly consider it to be a piece of art then in a way it is a reflection of yourself.

The movies looks great and a trailer can be seen here.

Possibly the most important part for Tool fans is the following snippet:

Look for more of Matt’s stunning art in a future Tool project (i.e. “the big thing”)

To me this suggests to me that the “big thing” will be some form of DVD.

Maynard James Keenan on Comedy

Leonard Pierce from the Milwaukee Decider has an interview with Maynard up today, this time discussing comedy, including his attempts at comedy, and some comments on the genre in general:

D: Who’s the funniest non-comedian you’ve ever worked with?

MJK: A guy who should have his own talk show, if you could just get—you know how it is, you have guys who once you aim a camera at them, all of that goes away. You pretend the camera’s off, and you can get them saying unbelievably funny stuff in such a way that no one would think could possibly work. I know two guys who are like that: Sean Kinney, the drummer for Alice In Chains, is a funny motherfucker. And Danny Lohner, who started out with Marilyn Manson and is now involved with Puscifer. Those are two guys that, if you could get them on camera without them knowing they were on camera, you’d just have endless, endless material. But as soon as the camera goes on, they just freeze up. I’ve tried it.

An interesting article worth reading, but don’t go expecting Tool.

Update: Turns out this is an article that’s been a round for a while that I’ve quite possibly linked to before!  Ah old age….

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