Blair posted a small update on Toolband today, suggesting that Maynard is finally working on vocals for the next Tool album:
In speaking with Danny last night, he told me that the band has temporarily MOVED some of their gear into a larger space (across town) where MAYNARD is working on VOCALS for some of the new Tool material. I’m sure that he has already been doing this to some extent, but now he has more room to breathe and a better vocal booth.
So good news it seems, and while I still think the album is some way off, it’s good to see some of the roadblocks being removed. Adam recently posted a snippet of some footage from this not-Loft location, showing mixing desks and other recording related gizmos. While I don’t think this is necessarily related Tool actually recording anything other than demos, it’s all good signs of progress.
Progress is slow, however some glimmer of light shines through the storm clouds with Adam today confirming that another Tool track is “in the can (minus Vox)”. So while the album ain’t done yet (and probably is still a way off) at least there seems to be progress!
As Blair hinted at in the January 2017 newsletter, he has also updated the one from September 2016. For those with short memories, September 2016 was the infamous “positive thinking” one. Blair mentions recent interviews with Justin, Danny’s appearance on the Seth Meyers show and even Adam at recent VIP outings as good evidence that the next Tool album is indeed a thing.
I doubt this is changing anyone’s mind though – I don’t expect that any of the skeptics are going to change their mind. I for one am content to wait for whatever may come. I’m obviously a huge Tool fan, but life is not so empty that a lack of Tool albums becomes an object of scorn or hate.
Instead I look forward to seeing Puscifer here in Adelaide in a couple of nights time (there’s even a free wine tasting in town before hand). I’ll continue to enjoy the large number of quality releases from other artists. Code Orange may have already released an album I might have on my top 10 of 2017 (we’ll see in 12 months time I guess!)
The Tool 2017 Newsletter for January is out, and it doesn’t say much except to confirm a few things we already know. There is some vague promise of further news to come, but anyone’s guess as to what this is.
Here it is:
I especially don’t like to waste water here in the desert, but allow me to pour a tall cold glass of it over the on-line rumors that DANNY (“the mysterious buyer”) recently purchased a new house with vineyards so that he could become a wine-maker. The TRUTH is that he bought a house that just happened to come with a MICRO-VINEYARD. Therefore, DON’T expect him to be releasing bottles of “MONAS HIEROGLYPHICA” anytime soon. Instead, he will be working on new Tool material at the loft, and performing on February 4th with VOLTO! at… (No)… THE WHISKEY on the Sunset Strip. In other news, for those of you who only read the ‘newsletters’, TOOL will be playing a couple of festivals in MAY – one being “THE GOVERNOR’S BALL in NYC, with the other being “BOSTON CALLING.” In anticipation of your next question, these are the only Tool shows that I am currently aware of. I have also listed in the NEWS POSTS a number of APC shows in May. Now, in case you’re wondering why the January 17th newsletter is so short (or celebrating the fact), until I get a better grasp on certain things that have happened to me recently, this will have to do. In the meantime, look for an UPDATE explaining this in the archived SEPTEMBER 2016 newsletter on January 20th. Hopefully, that is…
Turns out the rumours of Tool headlining the Governors Ball in New York were correct with the line up confirmed this week. Overall it’s an interesting lineup full of acts you wouldn’t typically expect Tool fans to show a lot of interest in. Despite that, I expect it’d be fun day.
Tickets are already on sale, and it appears only 3-day tickets are a thing for now (which I expect isn’t going down well with everyone).
No word yet on any other Tool shows, but the rumour mill seems to suggest there might be, I haven’t heard much personally though (possibly since I’ve been offline for the last 10 days).
Just in time for Xmas is Blair‘s December 2016 Tool Newsletter (you can find it in the newsletters section on Toolband). It takes a Q&A format this time around, and doesn’t contain any info that typical Blair detractors need to know – save yourself the effort this Xmas Day (or Boxing Day if you’re an Aussie like me)!
If you are interested in Blair’s writings, then it contains some of the Santa Code that he talked about at previous Xmas’. He also speaks about the curveball, and gives the following analogy:
Q: “Curveball, curveball, what ball, where is the ball?”
All I can say is that I am standing in the batter’s box kicking at the dirt near home plate. I’ve got my helmet adjusted and have tightened my gloves. I’m wearing both shin and elbow guards, and there’s lots of pine tar on my piece of lumber. Although the pitcher can reache speeds in the 90s, I’m still looking for that wicked curve…
So more of the same in that regard then. I suspect one day Tool will eventually tell Blair “ok, you can tell people about xxxx now” and we’ll get it. Until then the wait continues with no clearer picture of when it’ll actually arrive.
According to Consequence of Sound, Tool will be headlining the Governors Ball Music Festival in NYC June 2017. I believe there was some expectation this would be A Perfect Circle playing, but they now seem pretty sure it’ll be Tool.
The organisers of the festival have refused to comment saying “The full Governors Ball lineup will be announced early next year, at which point tickets will also go on sale.” so keep this show firmly in the rumours category for now.
Here’s Bjork playing a set at the festival a couple of years back:
In what is one of the most revealing interviews in the last 10 years, Justin goes into a fair bit of depth into the progress and process behind the new Tool album. Jon D’Auria from Bass Player speaks at length with Justin Chancellor on what is a insightful read.
While he didn’t want to be drawn into speculation as to when the album will be ready (based in my interpretation we certainly shouldn’t be expecting anything for a while yet) he does go into what and how they write, what some of the set backs have been and how he feels about the expectations of a ravenously loyal fan base:
How sick are you of people asking when it’s going to be done?
It’s understandable, and it’s a compliment that people are excited to hear it. But it’s difficult to hear that and not feel some kind of guilt. All I can say is that we’ll go back Monday and do our best to finish it for you, although that’s not really how it works. But we know the listeners will be happy with it when it’s finished.
How do you, Adam, and Danny typically write together?
Adam and I usually have the source material we’ve come up with together here. We’re playing pretty much nonstop right now, so a lot of ideas are coming out. Often, Danny and I will be playing something and Adam will rush into the room and tell us to record it, and then we’ll spend the rest of the day working on it to see if it’s worthwhile. And of course we have a whole treasure chest of ideas on our phones that we record on our own. Basically, Adam and I have riffs and Danny has rhythms or different time-signature beats, and we try to keep them basic before bringing them in to see what the other members will do with them. We establish a riff so we and the listener can identify it, and then we say, Okay, now how far away from it can we go on this journey?
Well worth the read, so check it out when you have the chance!
The October 2016 Tool Newsletter is out (tucked away in the Newsletter section), and it comes with a warning for some of you negative Nancy’s out there:
THIS NEWSLETTER CONTAINS CONTROVERSIAL TOOL-RELATED INFORMATION. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU DO NOT WISH TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION OR HAVE THIS INFORMATION IN YOUR POSSESSION, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER, AND LEAVE THIS WEBSITE.
For many of you, this is all you’ll need to read, as continuing further would result in only frustration and more negative comments on this blog post.