Meta-Review: Tool – Monster Mash Festival, Tempe AZ October 31st, 2015

On Saturday the 31st of October, Tool played a show as part of the Monster Mash Festival in Tempe, Arizona. This post is a meta-review collecting information from a range of sources. Tool fans who attended the show are welcome to post their thoughts and reviews in the comment section below!

Tool stage shot during Parabola

The show featured a slightly revised set with a large video screen behind the band with a heptagram in the centre. The stage also feature two large screens either side which showed a set of mirror images. No lasers were used for this show, but this was at the request of the local city council rather than an omission from the lighting rig.

The VIP Event the previous day suggested we might hear The Grudge, and we did. It’s the first time the band has played the track since 2002, and I’m sure many would agree is a welcome addition to the Tool set. They also opened the set with Led Zeppelin cover No Quarter. All four members of Tool were dressed as their respective member of Zep, and Adam played on a twin neck Gibson SG. Maynard and Danny stayed in theme for the whole night.

Also into the setlist was Parabol and Parabola. These have been played sporadically in recent years, and it’s nice to see them once more included. Variety is the spice of life they say, so it’s good to see Tool deviate somewhat from the usual setlist. Some may have been disappointed with Lateralus being left out of the setlist – personally I love Lateralus so I hope it’s not a regular thing!

Included on the official setlist was the named of a new track Descending. Before getting too carried away, I expect the title is just a working one, as it’s a revision of a jam we’ve heard in the past

Monster Mash Setlist

From all reports the crowd and venue were pretty hit and miss. The usual festival problems occured – shitty sound when far from the stage, overly drunk and pushy crowds, expensive beer. Word is the venue was quite full, with around 20,000 tickets sold. This made getting a decent spot for the Tool show difficult, especially if you weren’t interested in standing in front of the stage all day.


  • No Quarter
  • The Grudge
  • Parabol
  • Parabola
  • Opiate (extended)
  • Schism (extended)
  • Aenema
  • Descending*
  • Jambi
  • Forty-Six & 2
  • Drum Solo
  • Vicarious
  • Stinkfist

*Descending is most likely just a working title for this jam.

Other stuff:

Tool stage short during No Quarter

Tool VIP Event round-up

The Tool VIP Event has come and gone, and as expected it included a rehearsal and a Q & A session. A warning for those wanting to stay spoiler free for the show – rehearsal included a couple of surprises, which may or may not bne reflected in the setlist, so I’d avoid reading much further.

At the session where Adam Jones, Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor. Maynard wasn’t in attendance, which probably shouldn’t surprise anyone. There were numerous crowd size estimates, some say 300, others say 500. Regardless, due to the size getting in was slow and the Q & A was reportedly a little tedious.

The rehearsal was a mini-set of sorts and included Vicarious, Opiate (new extended version), Parabol, Parabola, Aenema, The Grudge and a new jam that was described as sounding similar to one we’ve already heard before. It was noted on the Tool Army Members Facebook page that Adam mentioned this was part of a 15 minute song.

Following the rehearsal there was a Q & A session, and some of the highlights were:

  • Adam spoke in regards to the new Tool album that there has been good progress since the lawsuit was done. They wouldn’t be drawn into saying much more about it. Adam was reportedly a little emotional when discussing it.
  • They’re hoping to have the Opiate video out by the end of the year and it’s directed by Dominic Hailstone.
  • It sounds like the Opiate video will be the new version of the track, and not the original. Presumably it’s been re-recorded, and I’d speculate it’s probably what they were doing when the were in the studio with Motorhead earlier this year.
  • It seems as though they are waiting for their record contract to be finished before doing a live DVD.

For those who haven’t been keeping notes, there were a few hints earlier this year from Danny that the Opiate video might be the much discussed curveball. There’s only a few months left this year, so I expect we’ll see some solid news on this in the not to distant future!

Thanks to lachrymologist for the details on the VIP Event.

As to the show tomorrow night, here’s a shot of the stage that ajreeb sent to me:

Tool Monster Mash stage rig

Maynard & Danny – still in love after all these years

It’s true! Despite rumours to the contrary, Maynard is full of love, at least for his fellow bandmates that aren’t Adam and Justin! Actually, I image Maynard enjoys their company too, and I think he has no problem with the majority of non-insufferable Tool fans as well.

Maynard and Danny are pictured via Instagram below, rehearsing for the Tool show happening this weekend. Despite being “conned into it”, I expect Maynard will put on a good show, as will the rest of the band. There’s a few from Fourtheye who are attending the show, and being a festival it’s going to be much easier for them to tweet and flood social media with by the second updates on the show. Keep your eyes peeled, especially if you’re unable to enjoy the show in person.

Maynard upsets humourless Tool fans

There’s a new interview with Maynard on the Phoenix New Times this morning, mostly related to Puscifer, Money Shot and Winemaking, but as is usually the case, offers a few thoughts from Maynard on Tool. Before I give you my opinion on what I think it’s all about, here’s the text from the article related to Tool:

You’d think Keenan hates Tool. In fact, his reputation as a recluse comes largely from his stubborn refusal to answer questions about Tool, including the undying question: “When’s the next Tool album coming out?” New Times pointed out to him that he seems freer to express his less serious side in Puscifer, as critics and fans tend to view his other projects more seriously.

“It’s weird. It shouldn’t be,” Keenan says. “I mean, this one’s named dick, this one’s named vagina. That’s the start there, okay?”

He acknowledges that there was indeed humor in the Tool albums. But as with any time he’s asked about Tool, his answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.

“Yeah, it’s there,” he says. “But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.”

He shakes his head.

“It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”

Did he have to corral the other band members to play this one show in 2015?

“No, they had to con me into it.”

Deftones is also playing the festival. Are we going to hear “Passenger,” the Deftones song featuring Keenan guesting on vocals? Keenan hasn’t performed it live in more than a decade.

He shakes his head vigorously.

Then the million-dollar question: When’s the next Tool album coming out?

“There’s nothing to say,” he says. “I can’t.”

For insufferable, humourless Tool fans, this seems like it’s a simple kick in the nuts. I think it’s not quite what it seems. The problem with interviews published on websites is that some much of the nuances of communication are lost as they are transcribed from sound to text. Maynard tells fans to “lighten up” and then in the next sentence says he was conned into playing with Tool. Everyone seems to immediately assume he’s being serious – personally, I’m not so sure. Maybe I’m just naive.

Reading reactions from Tool fans here on Fourtheye, Facebook, Reddit and all over the net, it’s almost like a self fulfilling prophecy. Maynard says Tool fans are insufferable, overly serious people, and the next minute the internet is full of them complaining about Maynard’s attitude to Tool. Maynard has a history of being dismissive of Tool fans, so today’s revelations should really be no surprise to any of us.

The full interview can be found on the Phoenix New Times website. It’s a shame that what is a good interview is going to only be discussed because of the small section dedicated to Tool.

Is Maynard in Tool jail?

Tool Monster Mash Poster Revealed

The poster for the Tool show this coming weekend at the Monster Mash Festival has been revealed in full, and as expected it’s and art piece created by guitar player Adam Jones. It is a painting of a bug, which obviously inspires thoughts of Rance Q. Spartley, or possibly Ticks & Leeches.

Either way, it’s a cool piece of art and one of the best ones we’re seen in recent times in my opinion. They will be for sale at the show on the weekend, presumable in poster form (signed an unsigned I expect) as well as on a T-Shirt.

If anyone is heading to the show and is interested in picking up one of the posters or shirts for a future Fourtheye giveaway, then let me know!

Tool Monster Mash Festival Poster Revealed

Maynard speaks with AZ Central

In the leadup to the release of Money Shot (now streaming on Pandora in case you missed it) Maynard James Keenan has had an interview with AZ Central about Puscifer and the the making of the new album. Nothing especially revealing in the interview, but is a good read regardless (the website is a bit shit though). Here’s a cut:

Question: How do you know when it’s time to start putting an album together?

Answer: (Lead guitarist) Mat (Mitchell) and I are always kind of throwing around ideas. We always have stuff up our sleeves. A lot of it comes down to scheduling. What’s going on with other projects? What’s going on with harvest? When we hit critical mass with ideas, we just want to pull the trigger and get ‘em done.

Q: Do you and Mat get together sometimes and play music just to mess around and songs come out of that?

A: Not really jamming so much as reading articles online, watching films, “Adult Swim,” listening to music, playing a song you really like, and trying to put together juxtaposed things. I might say, “I really like this show ‘The Newsroom’ and some of the speeches on that. And I also really like this Helmet song. Or this Joni Mitchell song.” So we’ll start sticking that in our brain and letting it rattle around until something comes out. Or a book. Or an article. Or a view. Just elements.

Q: Did “The Newsroom” actually inspire a song?

A: Oh yeah, that crazy speech in the first season is pretty much the song “Money Shot.” Loosely related. But similar energy as far as we can do better.

Speaking of Puscifer related stuff, I read the other day on Instagram that there will be a sale happening at the Puscifer store in Jerome over the Halloween weekend. Sale items include a range of rare and signed posters from various MJK related acts, including Tool and A Perfect Circle.

Tool October 2015 Newsletter

Blair has published the Tool October 2015 Newsletter, and for those of you who’s heart rate skyrockets at the mere thought of dense prose with little relevance to Tool, I suggest you steer clear. Here’s the bits Tool fans might actually find interesting:

Q: “BMB, What’s going on here? Tool is charging $500 for a meet and greet (with the option to pay even more money for merch)? Since when did the band cater specifically to upper class bourgeoisie Republicans? I hope they at least reward attendees with a free “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. Sincerely, An under-paid proletarian Tool fan.”

BMB: Hello, it’s $499. 98… Less than the price for two To’ak chocolate bars, so let’s not exaggerate, my friend! And besides, do you have any idea how much it costs to grab your Lakers season tickets, gas up the Lamborghini with high octane, give the traffic light corner transient a “Jackson” (if it’s red) on the way to the Staples Center, and then buy a few cocktails (with premium liquor) and a bag of peanuts? Talk about a bruising financial experience! And what about all those decoy tour buses and band member dopplegangers that have to be paid in cash! Plus there is a band member’s replica of the “Nautilus” submarine (complete with pipe organ) in his swimming pool…

Q: “Please tell me if there is any truth to the fact the boys of “][” {[]} {[]} “]_ are scheduled to play HELLFEST in France in June of 2016. I viewed an advertisement that has them on the line-up and would like to know before I purchase tickets to the event. Thank you, a long time fan.”

BMB: The hell if I know – have NOT heard a word about it. Is this e-mail from Lucifuge? Goddamned Craig’s List exorcists!

Not much to write home about. I doubt much has happened this month. No doubt songwriting continues, but I expect they are focused on the Halloween show for now, and Maynard is equally focused on Puscifer. I think we can expect a quiet few months on the Tool front. Maybe we’ll get word of some kind of curveball, but if it’s new album news you’re looking for, well let’s just assume that nothing will happen in that front until at least early 2016.

In addition to all that, there appears to be a new shirt that Blair is pushing, which you can purchase here.


New Puscifer Album Money Shot now streaming on Pandora

For those keen to have a listen to the new Puscifer album Money Shot, it’s now streaming in full on music website Pandora. I don’t have access to it here at work, so might be a while before I get to have a listen, but I welcome your thoughts and reviews in the comment section below!

Update: Direct link to album added.

New Puscifer Album Money Shot is now streaming on Pandora

Puscifer release Money Shot video

Puscifer have released an official video for the title track of their next album Money Shot. I haven’t seen it yet, but it supposedly features a near naked Maynard, and presumably some Mexican wrestling as well. I take it “near naked” means he’s not wearing a shirt or something, so don’t go in expecting to see Maynard’s Dick.

Witness the majesty below:

So what’s the verdict on the Money Shot video? Good? Bad?

In case you’ve forgotten, Money Shot will be released on October 30th, and can be ordered from places like Amazon or the Puscifer Store. If you have any money left after forking out for $500 VIP sessions (now including rehearsals) then go and buy this album!

Maynard cooks up some new tunes

Caduceus Wine selections updated at Sip Wine

For Aussie lovers of Maynard’s Caduceus Wines, local distributor Sip Wine have recently received a new batch. They’re currently available on their website, and at time of writing the selection now includes:

Caduceus Cellars Dos Ladrones 2013: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Malvasia Blanca from Buhl Memorial Vineyard, Cochise County, Southern Arizona. Hand Picked, whole cluster oressed with a part cold ferment in stainless stell, part in puncheon. Maynard’s Tasting Notes : Seductive aromatic jasmine nose. Bright clean flavors with a hint of almond & lime zest. This ageable high elevation desert white is reflective of what AZ truly has to offer.”

Caduceus Cellars Lei Li Rose 2013: 100% Nebbiolo Rose from Southern Arizona. Delicious, fragrant & dry style of Rose that lingers in the mouth screaming for some procuitto and cheese.

Caduceus Cellars Sancha 2012: 97% Tempranillo, 3% Malbec from the Buhl Memorial Vineyard, Cochise County, Southern Arizona. Hand Picked and sorted then aged for 18 months in new and neutral French Oak. Maynard’s Tasting notes ” This full bodied 2012 Sancha balances a rustic savory warmth – with elegant dark, moody red fruits like dried black cherries and hints of leather, cocoa & tobacco….enjoy the smooth, lingering finish of this Rioja style wine.”

Merkin Chupacabra Blanca 2012: Maynard James Keenan’s creation of 26% Sauvignon Blanc, 26% Gewurztraminer, 20% Riesling, 14% Chardonnay, 11% Chenin Blanc, 3% Malvasia Bianca that is Barrel feremented and matured in stainless steel. “This wine just jumps out of the glass with its fresh fruit, bright spice and huge bouquet. The racey acidity and full texture are a delight to sip but it is the aromas that will have you entranced. You will have you nose in the glass all night enjoying this wine as it changes as the bottle is emptied. Matt@Sip Wine ”

Merkin Chupacabra Rosa 2013: A Rose creation of 62% Primitivo & 32% Montepulciano from Luna County in New Mexico.Luna County in New Mexico, USA. Whole bunch pressed, then Barrel fermented and rested in Stainless steel for 9 months TASTING NOTES: Watermelon and cranberry jolly ranchers…. Cherries, fruit punch, and pink roses.

Merkin Chupacabra Red 2013: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petite Sirah, 22% Syrah, 3% Malvasia Bianca from Luna County in New Mexico.The wine is more subtle than you would expect with an excellent balance of fruit, acidity, alcohol and tannin. The Chupacabra 2013 is blend from three full bodied grapes, Syrah (Same as Shiraz but grown in USA), Cab Sauv & Petite Sirah plus they throw in a touch the aromatic white Malvasia Bianca. You can taste each of the four different grapes but they are woven together seemlessly to create a delicious and complex red. The end result is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Easily sipped without food or bring it together with BBQ meats, slow cooked meals or char grilled vegetables” Matt@Sip Wine.

You can see the full range of wines and packages on the Sip Wine website here.

We all know it’s expensive, but let’s keep the whining in our glasses, and not in the comments below.

Caduceus Wine at Sip Wines

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