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Maynard gives us a Tool update

It’s been a good couple of days for Tool updates, and now Maynard swoops in and gives us another:

I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon’. I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.

Much better than a #gullible! With the accompanying photo (possibly taken by Aaron Harris):

February 2015 Tool Newsletter

Blair has posted the February 2015 Tool Newsletter, and it’s a pretty straight forward one, giving us some solid updates on where Tool are at, as well as some further clarification in the recent Motörhead issue:

With regards to the chance meeting between members of Tool and their friends in Motorhead in the same recording facility – this had absolutely nothing to do with the preparation, recording, mixing or mastering! of a new Tool album. Instead, it concerned another Tool project that has been in the works for a while. In fact, when I first heard about this project (way back when), I mentioned it in a news post as being a “curve ball” – meaning that it would be something unexpected by most Tool fans (as it was to me). Since then, some fans have guessed what this is, while others remain clueless, with many others believing that there really never was any such idiom to begin with.

And most excitingly in regards to the new album:

Now that these other things have (hopefully) been put to rest, let’s see about any current news. The first item would be that the members of the band will be taking a break from their writing/arranging sessions next week WHILE Aaron Harris (“ISIS”, PALMS”) sets up an area in the Loft for Maynard to be able to work on vocal melodies as the others play (loudly) their completed tunes. In that there is a lot of equipment to be moved and reorganized, it will take at least a few days to set up Maynard’s ‘station’ in the adjoining room. Admittedly, this is exciting news, but let’s not jump to any hasty conclusions…

Blair adds further clarity to studio issue

Blair took some time out from thanking Obama today to give us some insight into the recent Tool/Motörhead scandal, and advises us that it’s likely to be one of the following scenarios:

A) The members of Tool that the guys in Motorhead saw and interacted with in the studio were actually the DECOY members of the band , who have started tracking tunes for the new DECOY Tool album.

B) Rather than tracking tunes for the next Tool record, the (real) members of the band have begun tracking (real) tunes for the Tool album that is to be released AFTER the next Tool album is released.

C) Rather than tracking anything, the members of the band were in the studio mixing music that was recorded sometime ago, which might not have anything to do with the next Tool album (which is still in the writing/arranging process), but might be used for another Tool project that has been in the works for a while, of which I am currently not at liberty to add any further details.

D) All of the above.

Seeing as I expect the first two are unlikely, I imagine C is the most likely option. Maybe one day we’ll even get some details on what this actually is!

Motörhead in the studio next to Tool

Posted not long ago on the internet is a Facebook video from Adam’s page featuring Phil and Mikkey from Motörhead, and Adam from Tool in a Los Angeles recording studio. Motörhead are in one studio, and Tool are in the other one “working on some tunes, having fun”. Take a look for yourself:

So it seems Tool are now recording – is it the new album? Is it something else? Hopefully we’ll find out soon!

Tool January 2015 Newsletter released

Tool’s Newsletter for January 2015 has been released, and you can find it on the bands website. It contains a few hints that another song is complete on the new album, and also that there may be more news to come soon (though to be fair lots of newsletters suggest this). It also contains a Q & A section, which doesn’t really answer anything too compelling, but I found to be quite funny. Here’s a excerpt:

Q: “If I pay extra…. like $40… can I get the shirt with out the stupid poem?”

A: Nobody likes a Wisenheimer, but sure you can pay $40.00 for the shirt without the esoteric verses (which aren’t being offered now anyway). And I will be checking with Merch to see if you really buy one NOW that you’ve had your moment of glory…

COMMENT: “ I placed an order [for the Crowley tee-shirt] on the 17th [of January] with the confirmation #666. Made my day.”

REPLY: All confirmations are 666. Just kidding. How fortuitous! I hope that the Wisenheimer sees what he missed by not ordering one with the stupid poem…

Happy Trails!

Some shitty poetry

Tool issue New Album update of sorts…

I take a week away from the world, and not only do bushfires come pretty close to my house, but Tool post some kinda-news about the new album. In their New Years message via Blair, they say:

Here we are ostensibly in a new year, and with it comes a clean slate to fill with not previously known noteworthy accounts and reports related to the band, TOOL. Having just returned from their individual holiday obligations, the band members will soon be entrenched at the Loft, diligently (as opposed to shoddily) writing and arranging new music for a much anticipated forthcoming recording.

It seems to suggest that the band are finally hitting their straps, which implies we may see some end to the ongoing “where is the new album?” saga.

Some of you will also remember that Danny played with Primus on New Years Eve. Here’s a nice video of Danny & Tim Alexander drumming-off in the time honored tradition:

December Tool Newsletter online

Blair has posted the December Tool Newsletter, and there’s not much to it (yet). It features a little info on Frank, Danny getting some new drum tech, and some embellishments on the recently sold framed Tool posters. Blair mentions there is more to come!

Update: Ravenpig from the forum pointed out that Blair could be hinting at the pitter patter of small drumkits for the Carey family in the newsletter. Stay tuned!

and on a more positive note, the Tool Family (in particular, the Carey family) might be adding a future band tech for some tour down the road… We’ll have to wait and see.

Tool Lawsuit Part 1

Sollus sent me an email today with details of the first hearing in regards to Tool‘s lawsuit. I’m no legal expert, but it appears they have got off to a good start with a minor victory:

Law360, Los Angeles (December 05, 2014, 7:47 PM ET) — A California judge has refused to find that Clarendon National Insurance Co. doesn’t have a duty to indemnify the rock band Tool in a graphic designer’s suit claiming copyright infringement and defamation, ruling that the insurer failed to show that any of the exclusions in its commercial general liability policy bar coverage.

In a ruling adopted Wednesday, Judge Deirdre Hill denied Clarendon’s motion for summary adjudication, concluding that factual disputes still exist in the insurer’s feud with Tool over coverage for graphic designer Cameron de Leon’s now-settled suit against the band. The judge also declined to rule that Clarendon is entitled to reimbursement for the $450,000 it paid to settle the de Leon action.

Judge Hill agreed with Tool that some of the arguments in Clarendon’s motion have already been rejected by the trial court or a state appellate court.

There’s plenty of water still to go under this bridge, and the trial is set to continue on January 22nd.

A full report of the court case can be found here, however you’ll need to pay for it.