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.

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