Maynard speaks about Puscifer with Metal Hammer

In an interview with British metal magazine Metal Hammer, Maynard James Keenan speaks mostly about his distinctly unmetal project: Puscifer and the coming album Money Shot. It’s an interesting read, though doesn’t really cover any ground that wasn’t done so in the recent Rolling Stone interview. It features an almost identical response to the inevitable Tool question as well.

What it does have going for it are some cool new photo’s with Travis Shinn, and a list of his favorite wins for all you wine buffs out there, and a relatively unknown winery Ochota Barrels from out my way in the Adelaide Hills seems to have come out on top!

Maynard James Keenan’s favourite wine Dons.

1. Ochota Barrels

(Adelaide Hills, Australia)

“Taras Ochota is doing things differently and, oddly enough, it’s what I’ve been doing here in Arizona – picking earlier, and putting less fruit on the vine to begin with, so that everything ripens evenly and all the acid is in balance so you can have Italian-style wines. Ochota Barrels wines are fantastic.”

2. Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie

(Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy)

“Riccardo Campinoti is doing fantastic work with high-elevation wines.”

3. Azienda Agricola Edoardo Sobrino

(Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy)

“Edoardo Sobrino [makes] a pretty badass Barolo [a type of red wine made in northwest Italy].”

4. Azienda Agricola San Polino

(Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy)

“Luigi and his wife, if you go to their home, you see that it’s all built from the ground up. All this ‘local movement’ stuff, its funny – you have to put a name on it, you have to put out a pamphlet. I get that we have to do that to retune people to what’s happening. But you go to places in Europe, and it just kind of is and has been, for generations.”

5. Dos Cabezas Wineworks

(Sonoita, Arizona, USA)

“It’s family-run and operated, again, from the ground up, with kids running around. It’s fantastic wine.”

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Tool VIP Experience on sale now

The Tool VIP Experience package prior to the Monster Mash show is soon on sale via Toolband! As expected the prices are high ($499.98), and while I expect there will be some complainers, it is what it is. The conditions of entry contain one quite interesting waiver, which make you wonder what they have in store for those attending:

7. You will be required to sign a waiver upon check-in. Each participant may be photographed and/or recorded (audio and/or video) by Tool. You unconditionally grant Tool a perpetual and irrevocable license to use your image, name, likeness, in audio/video/photo recordings, etc. in any manner as we see fit throughout the universe.

Being asked to give up the phone is pretty much a given, but that waiver to me suggests that this “show” is being recorded for something. We can only speculate as to what it may be, especially as they’ve said it won’t contain a live performance.

Blair also posts on Toolband that the night “will include Q & A… A RARE GALLERY of ARTWORK and MEMENTOS, PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES, and MONSTER MASH FESTIVAL MERCH available for sale.” Tickets are limited, so if you have that kind of money, then get on board quickly!

Tool VIP Experience

Tool VIP Experience

NOTE: You do not need to have a ticket to the Monster Mash festival to purchase admission to this event. So if you missed out on tickets for the festival, jump on this opportunity to be part of a very unique experience.

– Admission for one (1) to VIP event*
– One (1) VIP merchandise pack with specialty items (to be picked up at the event)

– Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
– Location: Marquee Theatre at 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
– Doors/Check-in: 4:30pm
– Live Q+A session with members of Tool
– Gallery of rare artwork and mementos
– Photo opportunity
– Tool’s festival merchandise available for purchase

*Please note this event will run between 2 – 4 hours in duration. Tool will not be performing.


1. You must provide a pick-up/will call name for the order. Those persons listed under pick-up/will call name must present legal ID and show proof of purchase (email confirmation, confirmation number, etc) at check-in time. All VIP guests must be present and arrive on time for check-in. Late arrivals will not be allowed entry to VIP event.

2. All participants will be subject to a thorough search. ABSOLUTELY no cell phones, recording devices, etc. are permitted to be used during the event (once inside the inner doors). Please note TOOL SECURITY will gather all devices and store them for each person. With the purchase of the event ticket, you agree that you will indemnify and hold Tool harmless from any and all claims that should arise while you are out of communication while your phone is secured.

3. We reserve the right to remove any person who does not adhere to the event rules.

4. There is no re-entry once you leave the venue.

5. No refunds on this ticket purchase.

6. No food or snacks will be provided. Please eat before you arrive.

7. You will be required to sign a waiver upon check-in. Each participant may be photographed and/or recorded (audio and/or video) by Tool. You unconditionally grant Tool a perpetual and irrevocable license to use your image, name, likeness, in audio/video/photo recordings, etc. in any manner as we see fit throughout the universe.

8. Admission is only for the VIP event. A Monster Mash Festival ticket is not included as this is a separate event.
NOTE: You do not need to have a ticket to the Monster Mash festival to purchase admission to this event. So if you missed out on tickets for the festival, jump on this opportunity to be part of a very unique experience.

When checking out of your order:
Please select the option for “Show gift options during checkout” before proceeding to checkout page. In the “Enter your free gift note” field, please enter the will call/pick-up name for your order and your preferred shirt size (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large).

Maynard, Mat and Carina talk about Money Shot

This has been out for a few days now, so apologies for the delay in getting onto Fourtheye. In the video below Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell and Carina Round discuss Money Shot, Puscifer and all things related to this definitely not a side project.

WARNING: If you’re an easily offended Tool fan, I’d suggest not watching.

Go and pre-order Money Shot straight from the Puscifer website! Don’t waste your time with iTunes! You order copies on CD and Vinyl, and depending on how deep your pockets are, you can even get an autographed version.

Puscifer – Money Shot

Puscifer is back with a new album and a huge buzz! Money Shot is coming your way Oct. 30 and we couldn’t be more excited. Have you seen the video for the first song the band released for Grand Canyon? Money shot is the follow up to Conditions Of My Parole and marks Maynard Keenan and company’s third full length album and its first new album in four years. ‘It’s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes,’ Keenan told Rolling Stone. ‘And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes.’ In addition, fans can look for Puscifer hitting the road in November for their first extended North American touring in support of the Money Shot album. Dates begin Nov. 1 at the Monster Mash Festival in Phoenix with shows booked into mid-December. For the upcoming shows, the live lineup will consist of Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Masha Zargaran and Paul Barker. Luchafer will open all of the band’s late fall tour dates. 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,” says 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, you¹ll want to go ahead and place those bets.’

1. “Galileo” 5:17
2. “Agostina” 4:24
3. “Grand Canyon” 5:57
4. “Simultaneous” 6:42
5. “Money Shot” 2:32
6. “The Arsonist” 4:45
7. “The Remedy” 6:07
8. “Smoke And Mirrors” 5:05
9. “Flippant” (Itunes exclusive track) 6:24
10. “Life Of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)” 4:41
11. “Autumn”

Puscifer - Money Shot

Maynard discusses Biography with Rolling Stone

There’s a new interview with Maynard James Keenan today, this time with Rolling Stone who speak to him regarding the biography coming out next year. It’s an interesting read, here’s a snippet:

Can you give me the backstory on this book? How did it come about?
One of my best friends in high school, we’re still close, his sister’s a writer, she’s 10 years older than we are; she’s kind of been around for a while, of course, seeing everything that went on pre–high school, high school, etc. So I approached her, because she’s a writer, to see if she was interested in helping me work on a semi-autobiography. Because I didn’t really want to write it as an autobiography, first-person — I’d rather have it be more in story form, like you’re kind of along for the journey, with sidebars by me throughout, in my voice, kind of expanding on particular instances or anecdotes. But for the most part, it’s just she and I on the phone a couple times a week, just going over timelines, going over stories, etc.

He also chats briefly about Tool, giving out the usual canned answer regarding the apparent lack of progress:

So there was a conversation you had a couple weeks back with one of our writers, and he asked about the progress of the new Tool album, and you mentioned that there was no music to work with. And last year, another Rolling Stone writer talked to Danny and Adam, and they said that there was some new material. Can you help us get to the bottom of where you’re at with the new record?
Do I seem like a lazy person to you?

Of course not.
OK — that’s all I can really say.

So …
They’re working hard in their own way; I’m working hard in my own way, and I’ve got nothin’ for ya.

So there we go!

Maynard James Keenan

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

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

Maynard James Keenan Biography

It was supposed to be ready for his 50th, but it finally looks like the Maynard James Keenan biography (no longer an autobiography as initially thought) will finally see the light of day next fall. Presumably that’s a northern hemisphere fall, so probably around this time in 2016. That’s a fair way off for something I thought was pretty much done, but I am not wise to the ways of book publishing.

Here’s the statement from the Puscifer Facebook page:

And away we go!
Sarah Jensen wrote:
“We have, as they say, inked the deal.
It’s been a year-long journey of proposals and queries and nibbles and “nope”s, but my amazing agent, Ann Collette, never lost faith in the dream.
The agreement with Backbeat Books is a reality, and the biography of Maynard Keenan is slated for publication next fall.
Lots of work still to be done, but today’s priority: feeling grateful to everybody who’s been there for us throughout this project. That means you!”

I enjoy a good (and even a bad) Rock n’ Roll biography, so am looking forward to it!

Maynard James Keenan Biography

Maynard initially started talking about a “>biography back in 2013 on Triple J radio here in Australia, and then again with Marc Maron in August 2013. At that point it was planned to be released for his 50th birthday. Obviously this never happened, but it’s great to hear that the project hasn’t been shelved altogether.

Presumably the book will cover a range of topics, from his childhood, rise to fame with Tool, as well as his experiences making wine and creating Puscifer.

Maynard James Keenan biography to be released before the next Tool album?

Tool VIP Experience details for Phoenix Arizona

Blair has given us an update on the Tool VIP experience happening on Friday October 30th prior to the Monster Mash Festival show in Arizona:

I have an update on the announcement from Tool management concerning an intimate VIP experience featuring members of the band:
DATE: Friday, October 30th
LOCATION: Marquee Theatre
730 N Hill Ave.
Tempe, AZ
TIME: 4:30pm


– LIVE Q & A

– One time only specialty merchandise and a surprise.
(Please note Tool will not be performing.)

Tickets will be available at 12:00 pm (PDT) on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th only through Tool’s WEBSITE store. A Monster Mash Festival ticket is NOT included as this is a separate event. Additional details will be included at the ticket on-sale, so please check back at that time. ALL AGES WELCOME!

Still doesn’t appear to be any details on the price of the ticket, but if previous VIP sessions are anything to go by it’s likely to be around $500.

Tool Parabol character from previous VIP experience

Tool VIP session announced

As promised, there was a special announcement from Tool on September 23rd, though it’s probably safe to say it’s not the kind of announcement many were hoping for. Instead it gives details of a special Tool VIP session happening the day before the Monster Mash show in Arizona. Details are below:

Thank you for your attention concerning an important announcement from TOOL. For those of you who are planning to go to the MONSTER MASH MUSIC FESTIVAL in Tempe on Halloween, there will be a TOOL VIP EVENT* that includes a Q&A session with some MEMBERS OF THE BAND that will be held in PHOENIX, ARIZONA on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th. The exact time and location for this special event is still to be determined, and those who are interested should check back with the TOOL WEBSITE and TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th for the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. Tickets for the VIP EVENT go on sale on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th – AVAILABLE at the TOOLBAND.COM WEBSTORE. Again, please CHECK BACK with the band’s website and Facebook page on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th for the official announcement.
UPDATE: Although there will be a limited amount of tickets available for the TOOL VIP EVENT, you don’t have to have a ticket to the Monster Mash Festival in order to purchase one when they go on sale on Friday, October 9th.

*Please note that this special event involving TOOL is not a performance.

Sounds like an interesting event, and I hope someone from Fourtheye can get along and give us a report! Hopefully we’ll get some something similar to the VIP sessions Adam Jones did on the last tour.

Tool band photo

Fourtheye is back!

Well, that was a rather long outage! An unexpected hardware fault, as well as a few IT related mishaps meant a longer than usual downtime for Fourtheye, but fingers crossed we won’t experience that again any time soon! Thankfully there wasn’t much Tool news (despite the promise of a special announcement), and I will be posting about the VIP session in Phoenix shortly.

While I have your attention (as limited as it may be) I would like to point out to those that are unaware that I am planning on getting a limited edition Fourtheye shirt happening sometime soon. I’ll be using crowd funding as a method of pre-ordering these shirts, and this campaign may happen as soon as this weekend. There’s a sample of what the shirt will look like below.

Stay tuned for more details!

Fourtheye shirt!

The Melvins – Across The USA In 51 Days DVD

The Melvins have a new DVD out soon, and its called Across The USA in 51 Days. It will be available via Ipecac Recordings on November 13, 2015. Here’s a description:

In 2012 the Melvins set a world record by traveling around the USA, playing all 50 states plus Washington DC in 51 days! This proves it. This DVD is a record of their travel shot entirely on mobile phones. It highlights scenes from their massively successful world record setting tour.

There’s no trailer or anything yet, but if one gets posted I’ll put it up on Fourtheye.

Don’t confuse this DVD with the other Melvins movie coming out – The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale. Apparently this is coming along nicely, but I don’t think there’s any release date just yet.

Melvins Tour Dates

The Melvins are touring around Europe in September and October, and have recently added a couple of LA dates for your gigging pleasure:

09/16 Tilburg, NET – Incubate Festival
09/18 Angers, FRA – La Chabada
09/19 Paris, FRA – La Bataclan
09/20 Belfort, FRA – Poudriere
09/21 Koln, GER – Underground
09/22 Hamburg, GER – LOGO
09/23 Bremen, GER – Lagerhaus
09/24 Berlin, GER – Berghain
09/25 Leipzig, GER – UT Connewitz
09/26 Prague, CZE – Futurm
09/27 Budapest, HUN – A38
09/28 Vienna, AUT – Arena Wien
09/29 Zagreb, CRO – Mochvara
09/30 Bologna, ITA – Locomotiv Club
10/01 Milan, ITA – Leoncavallo
10/02 Lyon, FRA – L’Epicerie Modern
10/03 Pratteln, SWI – Up In Smoke Fest
10/05 Munich, GER – Feierwerk
10/06 Frankfurt, GER – Zoom
10/08 Reading, UK – Sub89
10/09 Manchester, UK – Gorilla
10/10 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
10/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (‘Melvins Lite‘ performance)
10/31 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (performing with Jeff Pinkus)

The Melvins - Across the USA in 51 Days

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