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Time for another not so weekly update! In this issue:
Faith No More singer Mike Patton is a well respected member of the music industry, and seems to be somewhat of a Tool fan according to a recent chat with Revolver:
WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE TOURING WITH TOOL?
Honestly, it has been great! Tool always pays us fairly and treats us very well. I admire that they do whatever they want. They don’t take orders from record labels or “industry types.” My hat is off to them.
HOW HAVE TOOL’S FANS RESPONDED TO YOUR BANDS?
Weeeeeeell. During the Fantômas run, I collected a lot of spare change from the stage after each show. I can’t complain though — if I paid $60 to see my favorite band and a bunch of noisy weirdos took the stage, I’d be violent, too!
WHAT INFLUENCE, IF ANY, HAVE TOOL HAD ON YOU AND YOUR OWN WORK?
They give me hope that not all huge bands are pompous, clueless, drug-addled morons. That, and I steal lots of fashion ideas from Maynard’s stage wear.
There’s a gig happening for Legend of the Seagullmen this weekend at the Roxy Theater in LA. Brett Hinds seems to be on board this time, so if you’re in town it’ll be a good chance to check out this bands first headline set, as well as with Brett on board. Tickets here!
Rolling Stone Italy have an interview with Tom Morello, who talks about the new Tool music that he heard a while back. My Italian is pretty rough, but I believe he says something along the lines of hearing all long and distinctly Tool. Here’s a sample:
Un’ultima domanda: so che hai ascoltato il disco dei Tool. Ci fai uno spoiler? Non lo diciamo a nessuno.
Ho sentito la versione strumentale del disco, non facciamo confusione. Maynard non aveva ancora registrato nulla. Suona alla grande, posso dire che vale la pena aspettare così tanto. I Tool sono una band che presta grandissima attenzione alla composizione, curano tutto nei minimi dettagli. Ho ascoltato 7 o 8 canzoni: sono lunghe, eleganti, brutali… sono i Tool.
This one is more of a housekeeping item – I’ll be off to the Nullarbor Plains here in Australia over the next two weeks, and will be mostly off the grid. Kittaan will be holding down the fort over that time, posting any interesting Tool news that might come up, as well as the best of recent A Perfect Circle promo work as Eat The Elephant gets released while I’m away.
Plenty of great new albums at the moment – here’s a few suggestions:
Without a full tour to support them, it seems Tool are taking their VIP show on the road. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday the 13th, with a Toolarmy pre-sale kicking off on the 11th. Rumour is that tickets are $500, which I expect will raise a few eyebrows.
Here are the details:
TOOL MUSIC CLINIC: A RARE IMMERSIVE DISSECTION AND PERFORMANCE WITH DANNY CAREY, JUSTIN CHANCELLOR AND ADAM JONES
A SERIES OF INTIMATE DISCUSSIONS TAKE FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES INTO THE INNER WORKINGS OF ONE OF ROCK MUSIC’S MOST MYSTERIOUS BANDS
April 9, 2018, LOS ANGELES – Tool, one of rock music’s most mysterious and speculated about bands, give fans a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes via a series of intimate music clinics.
The discussions include drummer Danny Carey, bass player Justin Chancellor and guitar player Adam Jones walking attendees through a handful of the band’s songs, from the process of writing them to playing them live. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions via an open discussion, as well as mingle with the band following the session.
Ticket holders will receive commemorative merchandise, exclusive to the series of events and limited to the number of people in attendance. An accompanying, traveling exhibit will be on display at each event, featuring unique items from Tool’s history.
May 11 St. Paul, MN Myth Live Event Center
May 14 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
May 15 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National
May 16 Royal Oak (Detroit), MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 17 Columbus, OH Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
May 19 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
Tickets are on-sale this Friday, April 13 at 10 am local via (links). A limited number of tickets have been set aside for Tool Army members, which will be available on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 am pacific via the band’s webstore (http://www.toolband.com/store/music-clinics).
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the limited number of tickets that will be available for the pre-sale, TOOL ARMY MEMBERS who are interested in attending the clinic are urged to act quickly (On WEDNESDAY, APRIL, 11 at 10:00 am PDT) to secure a spot for this unique Tool experience.
In case you’d forgotten, the new A Perfect Circle album Eat The Elephant comes on April 20, and as we’d expect both Billy and Maynard are featuring quite heavily in various forms of media at the moment as the promote it. Two of the better articles I’ve come across recently are below.
The first is an interview with Revolver magazine, in which Maynard speaks at length about the writing and recording process for the album:
On Eat the Elephant, Howerdel worked with producer Dave Sardy. And rather than collaborate side-by-side with Keenan on each track from beginning to end, most of the vocals were done in Arizona and engineered by Puscifer’s Mat Mitchell. It’s a process Keenan now prefers for all his projects. The singer also traveled to the guitarist’s home studio in L.A. “to kind of nudge things forward” and go over ideas.
Keenan was back at the vineyard in time for the harvest, and traded recordings back and forth with Howerdel online. “We were actually on parallel paths, getting things done,” says Keenan. “When I start to dig into the content, the melodies, the words,” the singer explains, he becomes something more like “an Italian mother in the kitchen: ‘Get the fuck out. Dinner’s not ready, get out. Need the kids out of the kitchen!'”
There’s a few light hearted jabs at Tool in the interview as well, and it’s well worth the read.
The second is an interview with Matt Pinfield:
It’s a pretty length discussion about A Perfect Circle, touring and various other interests of Maynard’s (don’t expect Tool chat).
No April Fooling this year from me, as I haven’t been organised. Tool did have an April Fools of sort, but since it was studio footage it wasn’t quite as foolish as it could be. Here’s a link to the video on Dropbox (I’m sure someone will upload it to Youtube in due time). Unsure at this point whether or not they are videoing parts of the recording process (for possible release) or if that’s just part of the joke. Time will tell I guess!
We’ve had a number of updates via social media over the last few weeks, and I’ve thrown together a quick Imgur page which collects most of the studio photos I’ve come across. Feel free to suggest any that I’ve missed and I’ll add them in!
The most recent studio photos come from Al Jones, who some of you may recognise as Adam’s brother.
There was an Instagram post from Adam Jones recently which showed a picture of Danny Carey holding a melted drum head, presumably outside the studio while recording the new Tool record. Danny’s website now has an explanation for the fire:
Danny’s drum altar burst into flames the other night after he finished tracking one of the tunes for the new TOOL ALBUM. This occurred while he was listening to the playback and contemplating if this should be the KEEPER TRACK or if he should try one more take. After smelling acrid fumes coming from the adjoining room, he rushed to check it out and realized that his drum altar was ablaze. The small fire fire was quickly extinguished, but not before the Egyptian tutelary deity HORUS suffered minor damage. The falcon-headed one was carefully transported to the ER where it was administered doses of super glue and later released. Afterwards it was decided that the track in question would be a keeper. I’m also happy to report that Horus (with the good ear!) is now back on the altar where he continues to provide support as only he can.” (to quote Danny.)
In other recording news, there are unconfirmed reports that they have changed studio, due to some technical problems with recordings. Unsure if this set back the recordings in any way, but it certainly appears the band is moving forward regardless.
Another quick update from Adam Jones via Instagram in the studio with Tool. It seems that Danny is well underway recording the drums, and that they’re recording to tape (bitch):
I should probably call this something other than a “Weekly” update. Anyway, I have a few bits and pieces I haven’t posted yet, so here we are! In this “weeks’ issue:
Yob have toured with Tool a few times now, and are a favorite among many Tool fans. Singer/guitar player Mike Scheidt has had a few medical problems of late, so it’s good to hear he’s getting over them, and working on more Yob material. Recently they announced the next album Our Raw Heart will be out in June.
We’re very excited to share this new music. We gave it everything we have. Going from an uncertain future in the beginning of 2017, to writing and then recording a new album at the end of it, it was quite a year. We’re very grateful. We’re looking forward to hitting the road again and celebrating decibels and good cheer with friends worldwide. Can’t wait!
There’s a competition over at one of my favourite sites Metal Sucks where you can create some art, and go into the running for some Seagullmen booty:
To celebrate the record’s sheer awesomeness, MetalSucks is teaming up with Legend of the Seagullmen for a fan art competition! The band wants to see YOUR fan art, in any digital medium. The five strongest five submissions will be shared on the band’s on social media accounts. Even more excitingly, one grand-prize winner will receive a one-of-a-kind Legend of the Seagullmen mega-bundle, which includes…
Matt Santoro is a good friend of Adam’s and has recently put out a trailer to his movie Higher Power. It looks great!
I’m always listening to new albums (and welcome recommendations). Here’s a few that I’ve enjoyed over the last month or so:
In amongst all the Tool news (as well as me being away) I never got around to posting about the new A Perfect Circle video for their track Disillusioned. The video follows a similar theme to the lyrics, and serves as an observation of societies obsession with electronic devices.
The band has also announced that James Iha will be sitting out the next tour due to commitments with the newly (mostly) reformed Smashing Pumpkins:
As you most likely have heard, James Iha’s original band, the Smashing Pumpkins, have announced a Summer tour that James will be taking part in. Because James will be busy gearing up for that tour he won’t be able to join us for our upcoming tour dates. James’ temporary replacement will be none other than our longtime friend and one of our favorite guitar players, Greg Edwards (Failure/Autolux). We want to reiterate that this is a temporary situation and James remains a part of A Perfect Circle.
Speaking of Failure, they happen to have a crowd funding campaign running for their next album. If you’re a fan of their work, get on board and support them in their next endeavour!
Justin Chancellor is a busy guy – while preparing to record a new Tool album and DJing at Legend of the Seagullmen record launches, he’s also recording with experimental hip hop band Death Grips:
Working on the new album with Justin Chancellor pic.twitter.com/cFMacJ3WiT
— Ꭰeath Ꮹrips (@bbpoltergiest) March 15, 2018
Perhaps he just got lost on the way to the Tool studio? Who knows – either way having been a Death Grips fan for quite a while now, I’m looking forward to hearing the collaboration.