Maynard summed up the recent rumours quite eloquently:
— Maynard J Keenan (@mjkeenan) July 16, 2016
A quick update from Toolband regarding some more tickets available for the Tool shows in October:
TOOL OCTOBER SHOWS UPDATE AND TICKET LINKS
Attention Tool enthusiasts: A limited number of tickets have been added for the TOOL SHOWS in OCTOBER, so don’t miss your chance to experience the band’s exceptional musicianship and unrivaled stage visuals.
10/22 – Sacramento:
10/24 – SLC: http://www7.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Quantity.aspx
I haven’t checked to see what is actually still on sale, so your mileage may vary! Happy hunting!
Maynard James Keenan will be heading out on a brief Book Tour in November to celebrate the release of his authorised biography A Perfect Union of Contrary Things. Confirmed so far are dates in Nashville and Chicago with more to come:
On the night Maynard will read from and discuss the biography and will take part in a live Q&A session. Get your where is the new Tool album? questions/complaints ready!
Tickets for these two shows go on sale this Friday. Ticket includes a copy of the book!
In case you’d forgotten, the book comes out on November 8th via Backbeat Books and will feature a foreword by Tool buddy Alex Grey.
Some of you may remember a few photos posted on social media while Puscifer were in the UK showing them recording for the BBC. Well it looks like that recording will be broadcast tomorrow:
Dan has an exclusive Rockest Record from Biffy Clyro and Puscifer in session, with Maynard from the band chatting to Dan!
BBC recordings are usually pretty good, should this should be worth a listen!
King Buzzo had a chat with Team Rock lately about his favorite Melvins albums, and while talking about Stoner Witch, had the following to say about the new Tool album:
The Stoner Witch record was the middle record of the three that we did with Atlantic. It wasn’t the best selling record from that time; Houdini was the best selling one but that was actually my least favourite of the three. I’m proud of all of those records though, and when you listen to them you can tell there’s not a lot of record company meddling going on. Stoner Witch in particular was a lot of fun to make, and we really learnt a lot in the studio on that one. I think it was the longest time we ever spent in the studio actually; 19 days, which for us is a long time. Bands like Tool obviously spend about six months on their albums, and they’ve spent about ten years putting together the new one. And they haven’t even started recording yet, but Adam [Jones, Tool guitarist] told me the shortest song they’ve been working on is twelve minutes long. Anyway, Stoner Witch was great.
It’s not much I know, but there’s not a whole load else to publish at the moment!
Check out the new Melvins album Basses Loaded below:
More info on A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, including a trailer!
It is the time of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, a day celebrated across cultures and across millennia as a time of new beginnings. Maynard James Keenan describes the solstice as “a story, a metaphor for stepping into the light. All stories are true, whether or not they’re factual. They have power, and tapping into them puts us in a headspace that anything is possible.” Here, at long last, is a first look at Maynard’s own story: “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things.”
“A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” is the authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan. Author Sarah Jensen’s 30-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his history and career trajectory. The book traces Keenan’s journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking. A comprehensive portrayal of a versatile and dedicated artist, “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” pays homage to the people and places that shaped the man and his art.
Until now, Maynard’s fans have had access to only an abridged version of his story. “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. Included are sidebars in his own words, often humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative, as well as commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues. The book also features a foreword by Alex Grey, an American visionary artist and longtime friend of Keenan. Accompanying the text are photos of Keenan from childhood to the present.
Maynard’s story is a metaphor for the reader’s own evolution and an encouragement to follow one’s dreams, hold fast to individual integrity, and work ceaselessly to fulfill our creative potential.
This is probably the last tour announcement for the time being, but as anticipated Tool are also playing the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA n the 22nd of October. Joining them the following day are Puscifer!
Here’s the full lineup:
As expected Tool have been confirmed as being on the lineup for the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience held in New Orleans this October. It seems as though Puscifer will also be on the lineup:
No word yet on which day the bands will be playing, though as Tool are playing in Little Rock on the 28th, I’d guess Tool will headline the final night on the 30th.
Stay tuned for an Aftershock announcement!
With the Tool Fall 2016 tour dates just announced, it seems as though ToolArmy is also getting an update of sorts. For now, it seems that the Toolband/Army store has been updated to use the Full Screen Direct framework, with new members able to join for an annual fee of US$49.99.
This fee includes:
From memory that’s more or less the same as the basic level of old ToolArmy membership. The interesting addition is the annual fee. It’s not clear to me if it’s $49.99 every year or if it’ll be a different amount. For those who were TA members prior to June 6th 2016, it looks like your membership will be honoured.
For what it’s worth, I’ve never had a problem with an annual fee, provided the site gets updated. $49.99 per year sounds pretty expensive though, and I’d certainly question if there were value for money there based on the mis-handling of Toolarmy over the years.
From a technical standpoint, the Full Screen Direct framework allows more than just a store – it’s a mini social network of sorts for fan club members. I know many of us would welcome a return to the interactivity ToolArmy had in the past, though based on how fans react to things on Tool’s Facebook page, it could just end up being a shit storm!
I’m also disappointed that the pre-sales for the coming dates appear to be VIP only. It’s great to have some of these reserved for TA members, but not all of us want to blow $500 just to see them, regardless of what the other parts of the experience can offer. And for those who have already experienced the VIP sessions before, I doubt many of them are super keen to see it again (despite reports that it’s a great experience).
On a positive note, it is good to see some kind of movement on the website front for the band. Though the album may still be some time off, I think many of us acknowledge that the website really should be updated prior to it’s release, and the framework being used can be a good asset for the band in helping to release special editions of the album to its fans.