More updates leading into Rockville

A few other interesting tidbits of information come out overnight, mostly related to the Welcome to Rockville Tool show coming this Sunday.

A note regarding spoilers: I know some of you Fourtheye readers are keen to avoid spoilers, and I’m also keen to protect you, but the reality is that this is a news site. While I’m going to keep spoiler information out of the titles of posts here, if you delve past the first paragraph you may not like what you read.

First up is a shot of the merch booth, which contains a new tour shirt with are created who Adi Granov. It’s a cool looking shirt – some are quick to assume this is some kind of album cover, but I’m not sure this is the case. I suspect posters featuring this art will be available as well, but that didn’t appear to be the case at the festival merch booth (yet)

Adam also shared via Instagram some new additions to his Silverburst collection:

Everyone love a new axe, but possibly the most interesting part of this is the range of tunings we have going on here. We know the band us Drop D extensively, delving into C for song such as The Pot and Parabola. But the fact that we have a wide range of tuning presumably heading out on tour, suggests a couple of possibilities.

Will they play the aforementioned songs? That’d be nice, but probably not what many of us are especially excited about.

More likely that new music using some different tuning could be played. There has been a rumour floating around that suggests that many of the songs on the new album are tuned down so that they suit Maynard’s voice a little better. I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

Tool confirm they might play new music this tour

There was a new Tweet overnight from Tool’s account, which suggests that new material is definitely on the cards for this coming tour:

Most importantly, Maynard will have a new costume! What could it be?

Adam teases Descending in Instagram

Just as I was about to write a rant about Tool have let their fans down with a lack of communication, Adam posts a grab on Instagram which teases their often previewed live track Descending. All of a sudden my anger has subsided somewhat.

Many hoped that we’d see some new songs played at the upcoming shows (the first of which is on Sunday), with probably just as many expecting more of the same setlist. I have no real insight into what I think might actually happen, but this video gives me some hope that we might actually see the full version of Descending (or whatever it’s actual name is) played this tour.

What would really be cool? If Tool decided to debut both the live version of the song, and make the recorded version available at the same time. That way we can avoid resorting to hunting down the inevitable phone camera recordings.

Discussion: album track length predictions

The wait for details on the new album is long, and so far unsatisfying, and it appears that even with a tour on the horizon only the most optimistic of us expect some kind of deliverance in the coming days. Even a much hyped website update seemed to reveal little.

Instead, we can turn to mindless speculation. Today I pose the following question – would you prefer:

  • An album containing only “normal” length Tool tracks (say around 5-8 minutes long each)
  • An album containing fewer, but longer songs (for example 5 tracks that are all ~15 minutes long)
  • A mix of track lengths, like most of their post-Undertow albums

Personally, I’m keen to see more longer songs on the album, and certainly much of the speculation so far seems to suggest that many, if not all of the tracks are lengthy in nature. Does this also suggest that a “single” is unlikely?

Tool included on Aftershock lineup

There was a leaked lineup for the Aftershock Festival that came out yesterday, will Tool claimed as the headliner. Today we have formal confirmation that Tool will indeed be the final act on Sunday night the 13th of October.

Joining them on the day are such excellent bands as Gojira, Architects, Fu Manchu, The Crystal Method and Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes. Not a bad lineup I gotta say, despite a few cringeworthy acts on the day.

At this point, I think it’s safe to assume that this will be the first of many dates to be announced across the US in the later half of the year. I’d be expecting a more extensive tour around September and October covering all the usual stops in the US and Canada.

Tool New Album rumour update April 2019

Us long suffering Tool fans are used to periods of near radio silence from the band, and while that’s ok when there’s not much happening, it becomes much harder when we know that something is imminent.

There are plenty of rumours flying around, but it’s pretty hard to discern what is true and what is false. They come from a range of sources – relatives, friends of the band, some dude who works at a radio station. None of these are easily verified. Some may have noticed something a little unusual about one of the fake tracks posted during April Fools.

Blair even comes in from time to time to drop us some hints:

I recently received my “Surrender Spirit Board” from the APC store and I must say that it’s quite talkative. However, I’m having a little trouble interpreting what I believe to be the first message from the other side as given by the octopus planchette: 


Some have taken this to be an anagram of sorts, and predicted an album release in early May. Some thing it might be lyrics from the album. Blair knows something I’m sure, but as to when he’s allowed to reveal – who knows?

What do I know? Bugger all actually. Quite often I get asked what insider news I have. The answer is very little. Sure, if I lived in LA I could probably rock up to the Loft, give the secret handshake and maybe chill with the band, but here in sunny Australia, I don’t quite have that access.

But here’s my educated guess as to what I think will go down:

  • When will we know something about the album? We’ll get an announcement in the next week or two, about the first track from the album, and possible further details of when we might see the album released
  • When will the first track come out? I’ll be surprised if we don’t have a track by early May, and expect to see this played live on the US dates
  • Will they play new material live in at the US shows? If you’re going to one of the festivals, it might be realistic to expect that it’s the single only. At their solo shows, where they can control phone recordings a bit better, we might see some more. I think there’s a pretty good chance the album will be out by the European tour.
  • Will there be a video with the first track? This is an interesting question. Maynard mentioned the possibility of a video in a semi-recent tweet. I don’t think this necessarily means there will be one so soon, but there’s no denying that Youtube is a powerful tool for promoting songs.
  • So when will the album actually get released? At this time, I don’t see the album out until late May at the earliest. I think we should expect ~6 weeks between announcement and release
  • Are you sure this isn’t just a big hoax and there is no album? “No” – Maynard

April Tools!

Ah, April Fools! In prior years I’ve been organised enough to do some fooling of my own, but this year instead I will reflect on what is increasingly becoming an irrelevant event. In these days of the internet, it takes a genuinely good post to fool anyone. Indeed many were predicting today would be the day Tool announce a new album.

While April 1 is not over, I personally think it’s unlikely Tool would announce and album, possibly their magnum opus, that they’ve worked on for over a decade in this manner. I don’t think that the myriad of fakes, both good and terrible are fooling anyone. People on the internet are generally to cynical and smart to be tricked this way

Of course, Tool did give us something:

Hopefully they will give us something more in the coming weeks….

Tool Drive Project gets updated!

Ettan on the forum let me know today that the Tool Drive Project has had a recent update. For those that don’t know, this project does a fantastic job of collecting, preserving and documenting Tool live recordings, and is a must visit for anyone interested in these things:

2019.03.19:  The site is live!  For those of you with rclone set up correctly, send us an email with a username for the site and we will get the ball rolling on setting up an account for you.  Poke around the site, which is now DB driven, searchable, more interactive, and far more comprehensive than the previous installment. This has been a long time coming, and thanks goes out to Taylor and Jon for moving the upgrade to the site.  It has been a needed improvement to the project for many years, and has finally come to fruition!  As will all new sites, please poke around and if you find any problems, let us know!

Congratulations to all the team members both past and present for getting this project happening!

Thanks to verapamil12 for the live shot!

Tool add further US dates to May tour

I’ve speculated for some time that there would be further dates added to the Tool USA tour in May, and this morning it seems like we have another batch:

Jacksonville, FL – May 5, 2019 – Welcome To Rockville –
(on Sale now)

Brimingham, AL – May 7, 2019 – Legacy Arena At The Bcc –
(on Sale 3/15/19 10 AM Local Time)

Louisville, KY – May 8, 2019 – KFC Yum! Center
(on Sale 3/15/19 10 AM Local Time)

Hampton, VA – May 10, 2019 – Hampton Coliseum
(on Sale 3/15/19 10AM Local Time)

St. Louis, MO – May 13, 2019 – Enterprise Center
(on Sale 3/15/19 10AM Local Time)

Rockingham NC – May 11, 2019 – Epicenter Festival

Kansas City, MO – May 14, 2019 – Sprint Center
(on Sale 3/15/19 11am Local)

Lincoln, NE – May 16, 2019 – Pinnacle Bank Arena
(on Sale 3/15/19 10am Local Time)

Des Moines, IA – May 17 – Wells Fargo Arena
(on Sale 3/15/19 10am Local Time)

Bridgeview, IL – May 19 – Chicago Open Air Festival
(on Sale Now)

Good news for Tool fans in those areas – I’m not expecting much more for now. Expect a proper US tour, probably later in 2019.

The obvious question is will the new album be out by then? My advice is – don’t get too excited. Perhaps we’ll have a single by the (which they might play live) but I’m not hopeful of an album release until late May at the earliest.

Anyway, here’s my suggestion for Tool in regards to this tour – make the VIP sessions listening parties for the new album.

Update: Mastering confirmed

Following up from yesterdays rumour of Tool entering the mastering phase, a few more bits of info have come to light to put this much closer to the “confirmed” category.

Firstly, electronic artist Of The Trees has tweeted some further detail on his meeting with Tool:

I imagine it was a chance encounter with the band at the airport or some other venue, rather than a planned thing.

Secondly, Adam has posted several photos on his Instagram story feed, one of Joe Barresi carrying what I imagine is a case containing the recordings, and another from the street out front of Gateway Mastering Studios.

What does this all mean? Well for those who don’t know, mastering is the final step in completing the recording. Once done, the only thing left for the band to sort is the release date and packaging. I’d expect that work is already underway regarding this.

For reference, 10,000 Days was mastered sometime in February 2006, and then released in May. Assuming we’re following a similar timeline, it looks like we’re on track for a new Tool album in June. Fingers crossed!

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