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Tool are a band from Los Angeles California. This section of Fourtheye contains all the latest Tool news and rumours.

Tool August 2016 Newsletter

Hidden in the depths of Toolband is the Tool August 2016 Newsletter, and it covers since suggestion of a Tool course and a McDonalds Tray Liner featuring a Tool fan:

I had planned for this month’s newsletter to be about a new course offered by select colleges and universities that will certainly be of interest to many Tool enthusiasts. The class is entitled, “Introduction, Production & Interpretation of Music Videos By Tool”, and is described in the curriculum guide as being an accelerated course about the band’s critically acclaimed video concepts. Now, I’m not trying to be anyone’s academic adviser – no, not this underachiever, who barely graduated from Miskatonic U. (go Black Goats!) – but just wanted to mention the prescribed requirements, credit hours, and enrollment details. I was also going to include a short interview with Adam Jones about his feelings on the new course, and whether or not he was going to participate in any way, such as classroom lectures or demonstrations of the video process via Google Hangouts tutorials, etc.? However, just as I was about to start typing, my attention was directed to some unread Tool email that urgently needed to be addressed.

One of the messages had the subject heading of “Free Advertising”, while another read, “Tool and Mickey D’s.” All were from Tool fans letting me know about something that they noticed while eating at McDonald’s. This was an advertising photo on their tray liner that depicted a happy “I’m Lovin It” family of four with the father wearing a classic TOOL tee shirt. (Note: The shirt is called, “Phurba” and depicts a stylized Buddhist ritual implement, although, in the spirit of McZen – what with golden arches, Happy Meals and such – I don’t think any Buddhist monks will get too upset in being associated with what’s on the McDonald’s menu.) The link below will take you to a photo of the tray liner that was posted on the reddit website.

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As to my reply: I honestly didn’t know anything about the ‘Tool’ tray liner (After all, there’s an Inn ‘N Out close to where I live), and don’t know if anyone associated with the band is aware of it, or, for that matter, if they even give a McShit?

No, I didn’t know about the Mickey D’s thing, but, unless someone close to the band is pulling my leg, I did hear that another fast food chain – whatchamacallit – has purposed selling a special Danny Carey drumstick. Let me think… It isn’t Chick-Fil-A (of course!), and not Churchs Chicken either. Nor is it Popeyes, Roscoes, Pudgies, Chesters, Jollibee or Henny Penny. Oh, yeah – it’s Kentucky Fried Chicken (better known today as KFC, so as to keep your mind off of things like frying oil and trans fat). Again, if someone’s not yanking my chain, the D.C. signature drumsticks are going to be died purple (!), and imprinted with a fake grill mark in the form of a ‘charred’ unicursal hexagram. Evidently, KFC’s “World’s Largest Logo” advertising stunt – the gigantic visage of Colonel Cluck, himself, laid out in colorful tiles on the desert floor near Area 51, where it can be seen from outer space in satellite imagery – didn’t quite live up to the company’s expectations, and now they are looking for something even cooler.

(I know what you’re thinking: Too bad it wasn’t “Subway” that did this, with that Fogle guy’s face being seen from outer space, so that maybe the nasty greys would have come down and snatched him up – thinking that he was our leader.)

Cheese and crackers! Look at the clock. In keeping with my new policy of spending no more than 30 minutes on each newsletter (as long as I’m being paid in mcnuggets), my time is up.

HAPPY TRAILS

BLAIR
JUSTIN
DANNY
MAYNARD
ADAM

I don’t imagine there really is a Tool course happening, but Blair could be hinting at either the contents of a new video (perhaps featuring Opiate) or maybe the content of the VIP sessions on the upcoming tour.

Or it could be he’s referring to a few discoveries that Adam has posted on Instagram in the last week, below being an example:

~ uh…whoa. Found this in storage* In 1997 I sculpted this quick little maquette for our Ænema video during the pre-production’s conception stage. Original idea was to have a small female protagonist puppet that could have parts of her anatomy change or ‘open up’ to help represent a welcomed adaptation to (waist deep) catastrophe. Hidden bisecting arms that would fan out like two puzzle pieces from the normal anatomy. With a huge influence from Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński (and MANY other talented mofo *chet *greg figel *etc..) she evolved into an semi-transparent androgynous creature with her genetic makeup harmonic with H2o. (*Sounded good at the time…😄🔫) • Into the production & after many weeks of constant stop motion back and forth movements the two fatigued identical puppets were beyond wear. The ball socket armature had broken in different places and were very difficult to use. Hence the few shots at the end of the actual vid where the bisected arms barely move. ~ Heard a rumor that there was a bit of a tool influence on General Grievous from Star Wars ep lll. If true I would die a happy man. ❤️~ad

A photo posted by Adam Jones (@adamjones_tv) on

Tool July 2016 Newsletter

Sorry for the delay, but life’s been pretty busy the last few days! Anyway, the Tool July 2016 Newsletter is now out, and this time around Blair recounts a recent conversation he had with Danny Carey, giving us a few snippets of info on the progress of the new album:

While enjoying his “House Specialty” lasagna to the sounds of an excellent pianist (and master harpist, Mariano Gonzalez!), he added that they were very close to knocking out another tune, and that as soon as it was finished, they would send a recording of it to Maynard. When I asked if this was the song with the REALLY unique time signatures, he told me that they had already finished the music on that one. Okay, admittedly, not exactly stop the press news, but what can I say, other than that they are still grinding away on new material four days a week, and would be back at it later in the week (once Danny returned from the Las Vegas glitz, Justin from celebrating his wedding anniversary and Shelee’s birthday in palm-swaying Hawaii, and Adam hunting for glossy treasures at Comic-Com 2016 in San Diego).

And also:

The other question that I asked Danny concerned the fate of the broken vintage Pepsi machine from the loft – whether or not it had been repaired? Now, here was something that brought a quick response: Yes, he was determined to have it fixed, with or without the ‘original’ parts. Finally, what about the so-called “curveball”, to which he replied that he still wasn’t sure when it would be made available for public consumption, but that “It turned out dang good, though!”

Nothing too revealing, but good to at least hear of some kind of progress, and some suggestion that Maynard is now (or will soon be involved).

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Maynard summed up the recent rumours quite eloquently:

Further Tool tickets added to October shows

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.
TICKET LINKS:
10/22 – Sacramento:
http://fgtix.to/1UiYWQW
10/24 – SLC: http://www7.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Quantity.aspx

10/26 – Denver:
http://www.altitudetickets.com/event/tool-6361/
10/28 – Little Rock: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B0050C4940D1352
10/29 – New Orleans: http://voodoofest.co/24ld9Sv

I haven’t checked to see what is actually still on sale, so your mileage may vary!  Happy hunting!

June 2016 Tool Newsletter

The June 2016 Tool Newsletter has been released, and for those who want to get straight to the point it contains no obvious significant Tool update.  Instead it recounts a recent trip to Death Valley for a cover photo for a forthcoming Danny Carey book.

Here’s the Tool bit:

“What about the newsletter?
I have to get back home to post the Tool Newsletter.”

Having climbed out of the idling pickup, my friend examined my tire rock placement and then gauged the distance to the edge of the steep drop off. After which, he patted me on my back before jumping back into the Ford, shouting out the window:

“Everyone knows that the band is still working on their new record, and that there’s really no other major news other than that.”

“No, you’re wrong. There are certain things that people need to know about. Things that finally need to be revealed – concerning the new record and other band related matters. Things that I’ve been holding back… for years… because I felt that I had to, but now it’s time to make them public. Only, we’re stuck in this desert hellhole… up to our lug nuts in burning sand…”

Maybe the next newsletter will be more revealing, though I feel like we’ve heard that before a few times!

Tool and Puscifer added to Aftershock 2016 lineup

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:

Tool and Puscifer play the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento
Tool and Puscifer play the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento

Tool and Puscifer confirmed for Voodoo Music & Arts Experience

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:

Tool and Puscifer join the Voodoofest lineup
Tool and Puscifer join the Voodoofest 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!

ToolArmy updates announced

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:

  • 1 Year Membership
  • 2 Stickers
  • 1 Patch
  • 1 Keychain
  • 1 Membership Certificate
  • Membership T-Shirt

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.

 

Tool announce 2016 USA tour dates

While I try and fight off the effects of a nasty cold I’m fighting at the moment, it seems that those from the Tool website have been busy preparing a number of announcements for us.  For most of us the important news is that we have confirmation of some Tool shows happening in October (I’ll summarise and comment on the changes to ToolArmy in a separate post).

Three dates have been announced: Salt Lake City, Denver and Little Rock:

  • October 24th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10th at 10:00am MDT at all Smith’s Tix locations, smithstix.com and the venue box office.
  • October 26th – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center. Tickets on sale Friday, June 10th at 10:00am MDT at Altitude Tickets
  • October 28th – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena. Tickets on sale Friday, June 10th at 10am CDT. Purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com or livenation.com. 

It’s also expected that Tool will be announced as part of the Voodoofest and Aftershock Festival lineups in the coming days.  From what I’ve heard this will be a short tour, so don’t expect to see further dates added.

As is the norm these days, there will also be VIP tickets available, firstly via a ToolArmy pre-sale:

VIP EVENT PRE-SALES

A VERY LIMITED NUMBER of special VIP EVENT TICKETS will be available for the above three Tool shows – this as a salute to our distinguished TOOLARMY members who may want to reap the benefits of membership and get more of the Tool concert experience than that of more casual fans. The VIP PRE-SALE will begin on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8th at 10:00 AM PDT. Again, this pre-sale is only available to ToolArmy members.

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE DETAILS

CONTENTS:

  • One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
  • Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
  • Early entry into the venue
  • Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
  • One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
  • Tool’s tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
  • Photo opportunity
  • Light refreshments
  • *Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members

VIP EXPERIENCE PRICE: $499.98

Maverick Center in Salt Lake City
Maverick Center in Salt Lake City

Can Büyükberber shares his visuals from the recent Tool tour

In a short but interesting article on The Creators Project, it is revealed that digital artist Can Büyükberber created a bunch of visuals for Tool’s most recent tour, including the new track Descending.  According to the article:

Late last year, Büyükberber put together ten individual video loops for band’s live sets. In his description, Büyükberber claims the cosmic animated artworks developed through his work in architectural projection mapping performances. Through this work, he began experimenting with “morphogenesis and higher dimensional geometries,” which, in turn, gave life to his design patterns. The animations were used for the first time in 2015 at a show in Arizona, and are now being used in the band’s 2016 US tour.

There is a video which accompanies the article as well:

Though if you prefer, ToolArchive has created a version with a live recording of Descending synced to it.

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