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Interview with APC photographer Sean Murphy

Christophe from Salival.fr contacted me today to let me know of an interesting interview he did with photographer Sean Murphy how capture Maynard James Keenan during his A Perfect Circle days. He talks about a few interesting APC and Tool related anecdotes.

What was your impression of the Tool rehearsal space, the ‘sanctuary’ for many fans?
The Tool rehearsal space was bad ass. After we finished our APC shoot, we went to the back to hang out with a couple of the guys from Tool in the rehearsal space. I was taking snap shots of Danny’s drum kit, and he and I got into a bit of a fight. He asked me for the film out of my camera, and I ripped it out and threw it at him. I was drunk, so my memory is a little blurry, but I am pretty sure he was about to fuck me up.

Nice little interview, and worth a quick read.

Maynard James Keenan.  Photo taken by Sean Murphy

Chet Zar – Dystopia

Frequent Tool collaborator Chet Zar has a new Kickstarter campaign happening, this time for a new project called Dystopia. The focus of the project seems to be the publication of a new book DY5TOPIA: A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar:

Why Support?

Written by: Mike Correll

Have you ever encountered a painting so intriguing, that you wanted to know what lay outside the confines of the frame? Enter Chet Zar, the prolific “Painter of Dark” who captures what seem to be snapshots of monsters from another world. Each has its own personality and sense of humanity, while the brief glimpses he allows us into their surroundings are both unsettling, and awe inspiring!

What You’re Supporting…

What if you could help create a book that probes into this unknown realm, a book filled with both old and new Chet Zar monsters? This is your opportunity to enter the bizarre landscapes that Chet has channeled with his sketches, sculptures and paintings. You will be guided through the peculiar geography, culture, and creatures that inhabit a place not far removed from our own: DY5TOPIA. You will see close-up sketches of accoutrements, landscapes and dwellings, and read about how this Dark Universe works.

The campaign looks like it’s off to a strong start and isn’t far off getting half way. If you enjoy Chet’s art, then there is a range of reward options for supporting the project.

Sketch from Chet Zar's Dystopia

Adam talks WWE with Rolling Stone

It’s a bit of a strange topic for an interview, but Rolling Stone spoke with Adam Jones recently about his love for Wrestling, and we get a very minor hint towards the new Tool album:

Will you be attending WrestleMania 32 next month?
Unfortunately, no – because it’s going to be epic. There’s going to be, like, 100,000 people there – the biggest sports entertainment crowd ever. You would be crazy not to watch it. If I didn’t have my kid and my family, I would be there. Plus, we’re writing a record, so we’ve gotta get that done, too.

Good to hear him making the new record a priority.

Also, don’t get too excited over recent news that Chris Pitman is tracking with Tool – I’m reasonably confident that this is a seperate project Danny is contributing to. I expect when Tool do hit the studio, it will be quite obvious what they are up to…

Adam Jones with some wrestling dude

Tool February 2016 Newsletter

The February 2016 Tool newsletter is out, and it briefly discusses progress on the seemingly never-ending songwriting saga. Ultimately there isn’t much to report, but I’m sure there’s a few tidbits here and there for peopel to dig into. Also, there is a cool bug mask based on the posters from the recent tour:

While Adam’s latest bleeding bugs didn’t go unnoticed by me, a recent photo taken at the Tool loft that was accidently sent to me really got me to thinking. As seen below, the photo shows one of the band members wearing a fantastic bug headpiece that includes an appendage contrivance. (Note: Based on the shirt and other features, I believe this to be Danny, but all that really matters is that it is one of the band members.) Granted that the bug get-up could be merely an art project gift created by a fan and worn by a band member simply for the purpose of amusement, I have a different take on the matter, which I will now share with you, even though, with all the secrecy surrounding the new album, and that the loft photo was never intended to be seen by me, I would be better advised not to do so.

Danny in his bug mask

There are also mentions of Rance Q. Spartley, which has often been a metaphor for upcoming tours. I doubt one is around the corner, but you never know…

Sorry about the lack of posts of late – my work conditions have changed recently, and I’m now in a role that gives me much less flexibility to post in a timely manner. I’ll still get the news to you as fast as I can, but please be patient over the coming months!

Junior, Breck and Co. talk about the stage setup for Tool’s 2016 tour

I came across this fantastic article on PLSN yesterday, in which Mark ”Junior” Jacobson (lighting designer & director) and Breckinridge ”Breck” Haggerty (video designer & director) talk about the stage setup for Tool’s recent 2016 winter tour:

Mark ”Junior” Jacobson
Lighting Designer & Director

“The band hadn’t played live since Spring 2014, and they were offered a festival date in Tempe for Halloween 2015. We found out about it in July 2015, and thought with three months notice, this would be a good time to put together a new show from scratch. It also gave me a chance to finally move Tool off of grandMA1 and into the grandMA2 world.
“In the past, we had always taken our arena design and tried to fit as much of it into a festival stage as we could. There always seemed to be mixed results. This time, we thought we would make a new design that is based on the space you have in a festival stage and geared to work well within those limitations, and maybe even exploit them. This would become our ‘Festival’ rig and we would use it any time they played festivals in the near future. The thinking was that when they do finish the next album we will make a new ‘Arena’ show from scratch, and then we would have two application-specific shows to choose from, depending on the type of show and venue.
“The band enjoyed playing that Halloween festival with their old friends, Primus, and decided to put together a January arena tour with them. We are not quite ready to put together a new ‘Arena’ show, we didn’t want to regress to the old show, and the set list from Halloween is similar to what they planned to play on this tour, so we decided to modify the ‘Festival’ rig to work for this tour. It seems like it goes against our ‘separate rigs’ plan a bit, but we didn’t have to modify it too much to make it work. Mostly sight-line issues you wouldn’t have on a festival stage, since the band is in a box there. We had to move some side lighting trusses up to accommodate the potential 270-degree seating. That was about it for lighting. Video made a few changes, as well.”

It’s a great article, and worth the read. It also features many great photos taken by Steve Jennings.

Tool 2016 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Puscifer announce Money $hot Heard Around The World tour

This evening Puscifer have announced further European dates, for what I expect will go close to finishing off their touring schedule for 2016:

We’re pleased to announce The Money $hot Heard Around The World Tour:
May 30 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
May 31 London, UK The Roundhouse
June 2 Paris, France Le Grand Rex
June 6 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks
June 7 Milan, Italy Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
June 9 Nickelsdorf, Austria Novarock Festival
June 12 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique
June 13 Esch Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
June 15 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
June 16 Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
Tickets for all dates, except Novarock (which is already on-sale), are on-sale this Friday, Feb. 19.

They’ve got a bunch of US (and Canadian) dates as well in case you forgot!

March 17 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
March 18 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
March 20 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
March 22 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theatre
March 23 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
March 25 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
March 26 Grand Rapids, MI Devos Performance Hall
March 28 Rockford, IL Coronado Theatre
March 29 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
March 30 Columbus, OH The LC Indoor Pavilion
April 1 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
April 2 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
April 4 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
April 5 Buffalo, NY Center for the Arts
April 6 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
April 8 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
April 9 Huntington, NY The Paramount
April 10 Reading, PA Santander Performing Arts Center
April 12 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
April 13 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
April 15 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
April 16 Providence, RI Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
April 18 Richmond, VA The National
April 19 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
April 20 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
April 22 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
April 23 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater
April 24 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
April 26 Wichita, KS Orpheum
April 27 Lubbock, TX City Bank Auditorium
April 28 Albuquerque, NM Popejoy Hall
April 30 Tucson, AZ TCC Music Hall
May 1 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall

Puscifer playing in Europe

Looks like Puscifer will be getting over to Europe and taking part in the Nova Rock Festival in Austria on the 9th of June. Joining them on the day will be such greats as Korn, Billy Talent and Breaking Benjamin!

Puscifer play Nova Rock Festival in June

I’d say it’s pretty likely more shows will be added, so stay tuned!

Tool January 2016 Newsletter

Blair has released the first Tool Newsletter of 2016, and in it makes a prediction that we might see some more action from Tool this year (and not in the touring sense):

As I’m sure some of you are aware, it’s now 2016 era vulgaris (or, if your pseudo-Latin is a bit rusty, 2016 in the common era), and as such, it’s a fair bet that at least a few Tool enthusiasts are wondering what might be in store for the band in the new calendar year. Well, the Criswell in me predicts that 2016 e.v. will be an exciting year (of course, Criswell once predicted that a beam from outer space would turn all the metal in Denver into carbon nanotube rubber!). However, before anyone reads too much into this (again), I have no time tables for anything, and that’s with a sequined tuxedo. As Tool finishes up the current mini-tour in those states where McDonalds first offered sweet tea, what I do have is e-mail traffic that suggests (nay, confirms) that the band making preparations for things to come besides a new record. And with regards to a new album, whether your pateience is waning thin, or if you are content to let the writing process proceed accordingly, perhaps you should check out the following article, as it just might put a smile on your face.

Bearing in mind of course that this is no guarantee that we will see anything. I think at the very least we should see something released in 2016, though I’m not so sure we’ll get an album until 2017 at best.

Adi Granov's Tool tour poster from the show tonight in Duluth

More Puscifer dates announced

There are a few more dates added to the coming Puscifer tour, with the promise of more to come. They are:

April 15 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
April 18 – Richmond, VA – The National Richmond
April 19 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
April 24 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater

Tickets go on sale later this week.

Puscifer Money Shot Tour Dates 2016

  • Thursday 17th March 2016 Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
  • Friday 18th March 2016 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
  • Sunday March 20th 2016 Pikes Peak Center – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Tuesday March 22nd 2016 Orpheum Theatre – Omaha, NE
  • Wednesday March 23rd 2016 Northrop Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN
  • Friday March 25th 2016 Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
  • Saturday March 26th 2016 Devos Performance Hall – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Monday March 28th 2016 Coronado Theatre – Rockford, IL
  • Tuesday March 29th 2016 Old National Centre – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
  • Wednesday 30th March 2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
  • Friday April 1st 2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Saturday 2nd April 2016 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
  • Monday 4th April 2016 Akron Civic Theatre – Akron, OH
  • Tuesday 5th April 2016 University At Buffalo Center for the Arts – Buffalo, NY
  • Wednesday 6th April 2016 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Toronto, ON
  • Friday April 8th 2016 Merrill Auditorium – Portland, ME
  • Saturday April 9th 2016 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
  • Sunday 10th April 2016 The Santander Performing Arts Center – Reading, PA
  • Tuesday 12th April 2016 Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ
  • Wednesday April 13th 2016 Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
  • Fridya April 15th 2016 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Atlantic City, NJ
  • Saturday April 16th Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium – Providence, RI
  • Monday April 18th The National Richmond – Richmond, VA
  • Tuesday April 19th Raleigh Memorial Auditorium – Raleigh, NC
  • Sunday April 24th Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK

Puscifer live in Chicago.  Photo by James Currie

Tool offer VIP-lite tickets to select shows

According to a post on Toolband today, you can now buy cheaper versions of the VIP tickets for Tool shows in Southaven, Kansas City, St. Louis, Orlando, Pensacola and New Orleans. These tickets, as per the description below don’t get you entry to the soundcheck or Q & A session, but do get you some merchandise and great seats:

SPECIAL ‘LAST CHANCE’ DEAL IN SELECT MARKETS

Starting this FRIDAY MORNING (January 15th) at 10:00 AM PST and ending at the latest on MONDAY (Jan 18th at 10:00 AM, PST), we will be offering a SPECIAL ‘LAST CHANCE’ DEAL for shows in SOUTHAVEN, KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS, ORLANDO, PENSACOLA, and NEW ORLEANS in which LIMITED QUANTITIES will be available.
So, here’s the SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL and how it works: For the price of $299.98 per package, you will get a SHOW TICKET in THE FIRST FEW ROWS, along with a SPECIALTY MERCH PACK. These special ‘LAST CHANCE’ TICKETS will only be available for PICK UP AT WILL CALL on the DAY OF THE SHOW, with the MERCH PACKS to be MAILED to you either prior or shortly after the show date. Again, just to be clear – the ‘TICKETS’ are to be PICKED UP at WILL CALL on the day of the show, with the MERCH PACKS mailed to your home address.

To purchase these SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL TICKETS, go to https://shop.toolarmy.com (on FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15 starting at 10:00 AM PST) and CLICK ON the “TOUR” tab. Then click on “SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL” to SELECT tickets for the show(s) that you want to attend.

For those who are interested in the VIP experience, a remaining limited number of packages will only be available for sale now until THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 at 10:00 PM PST (or until they are sold out.) The VIP EXPERIENCE comes with a very exclusive opportunity that includes a show ticket, early entry into the venue, Q & A with ADAM JONES (or another band member), Tool tour merch available for early purchase at a discount, photo opportunity, light refreshments, etc.

Not a bad deal if you’ve struggled to get decent tickets to these shows.

If money is no object, you can also pick up one of these at the shows:

Super expensive cymbal signed by Danny Carey

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