String Theory – Justin Chancellor

Here’s a fantastic video from Ernie Ball where Justin Chancellor talks about Bass, Strings, Tool and life in general.  Well worth the watch!

Maynard adds more Book Tour dates

There’s a bunch more dates for Maynard James Keenan‘s book tour in November.  It’s not the kind of thing that happens very often, so I reckon you should check it out!

Several new dates have been added to Maynard’s A Perfect Union of Contrary Things including Portland, Seattle and San Francisco as well as second readings in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Tickets for all newly announced readings are on-sale this Friday, Aug. 5, with all but San Francisco on-sale at 10 am eastern (San Francisco on-sale is 12 noon pacific):

November 9 Nashville, TN City Winery SOLD OUT
November 11 New York, NY The New York Society for Ethical Culture
November 12 Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (7 pm reading) SOLD OUT
November 12 Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (10:30 pm reading)
November 14 Toronto, ON Convocation Hall (U of Toronto)
November 16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall (7 pm reading) SOLD OUT
November 16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall (10:30 pm reading)
November 18 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
November 19 Seattle, WA Kane Auditorium
November 21 San Francisco, CA Herbst Theatre

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things comes out on November 8th

Tool July 2016 Newsletter

Sorry for the delay, but life’s been pretty busy the last few days! Anyway, the Tool July 2016 Newsletter is now out, and this time around Blair recounts a recent conversation he had with Danny Carey, giving us a few snippets of info on the progress of the new album:

While enjoying his “House Specialty” lasagna to the sounds of an excellent pianist (and master harpist, Mariano Gonzalez!), he added that they were very close to knocking out another tune, and that as soon as it was finished, they would send a recording of it to Maynard. When I asked if this was the song with the REALLY unique time signatures, he told me that they had already finished the music on that one. Okay, admittedly, not exactly stop the press news, but what can I say, other than that they are still grinding away on new material four days a week, and would be back at it later in the week (once Danny returned from the Las Vegas glitz, Justin from celebrating his wedding anniversary and Shelee’s birthday in palm-swaying Hawaii, and Adam hunting for glossy treasures at Comic-Com 2016 in San Diego).

And also:

The other question that I asked Danny concerned the fate of the broken vintage Pepsi machine from the loft – whether or not it had been repaired? Now, here was something that brought a quick response: Yes, he was determined to have it fixed, with or without the ‘original’ parts. Finally, what about the so-called “curveball”, to which he replied that he still wasn’t sure when it would be made available for public consumption, but that “It turned out dang good, though!”

Nothing too revealing, but good to at least hear of some kind of progress, and some suggestion that Maynard is now (or will soon be involved).

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Maynard summed up the recent rumours quite eloquently:

Further Tool tickets added to October shows

A quick update from Toolband regarding some more tickets available for the Tool shows in October:

Attention Tool enthusiasts: A limited number of tickets have been added for the TOOL SHOWS in OCTOBER, so don’t miss your chance to experience the band’s exceptional musicianship and unrivaled stage visuals.
10/22 – Sacramento:
10/24 – SLC:

10/26 – Denver:
10/28 – Little Rock:
10/29 – New Orleans:

I haven’t checked to see what is actually still on sale, so your mileage may vary!  Happy hunting!

Maynard James Keenan Book Tour

Maynard James Keenan will be heading out on a brief Book Tour in November to celebrate the release of his authorised biography A Perfect Union of Contrary Things.  Confirmed so far are dates in Nashville and Chicago with more to come:

  • Wednesday November 9 Nashville City Winery
  • Tuesday November 15 Thalia Hall, Chicago

On the night Maynard will read from and discuss the biography and will take part in a live Q&A session.  Get your where is the new Tool album? questions/complaints ready!

Tickets for these two shows go on sale this Friday.  Ticket includes a copy of the book!

In case you’d forgotten, the book comes out on November 8th via Backbeat Books and will feature a foreword by Tool buddy Alex Grey.

BBC Puscifer in Session

Some of you may remember a few photos posted on social media while Puscifer were in the UK showing them recording for the BBC.  Well it looks like that recording will be broadcast tomorrow:

Dan has an exclusive Rockest Record from Biffy Clyro and Puscifer in session, with Maynard from the band chatting to Dan!

BBC recordings are usually pretty good, should this should be worth a listen!

June 2016 Tool Newsletter

The June 2016 Tool Newsletter has been released, and for those who want to get straight to the point it contains no obvious significant Tool update.  Instead it recounts a recent trip to Death Valley for a cover photo for a forthcoming Danny Carey book.

Here’s the Tool bit:

“What about the newsletter?
I have to get back home to post the Tool Newsletter.”

Having climbed out of the idling pickup, my friend examined my tire rock placement and then gauged the distance to the edge of the steep drop off. After which, he patted me on my back before jumping back into the Ford, shouting out the window:

“Everyone knows that the band is still working on their new record, and that there’s really no other major news other than that.”

“No, you’re wrong. There are certain things that people need to know about. Things that finally need to be revealed – concerning the new record and other band related matters. Things that I’ve been holding back… for years… because I felt that I had to, but now it’s time to make them public. Only, we’re stuck in this desert hellhole… up to our lug nuts in burning sand…”

Maybe the next newsletter will be more revealing, though I feel like we’ve heard that before a few times!

King Buzzo hints at 12 minute Tool songs

King Buzzo had a chat with Team Rock lately about his favorite Melvins albums, and while talking about Stoner Witch, had the following to say about the new Tool album:

The Stoner Witch record was the middle record of the three that we did with Atlantic. It wasn’t the best selling record from that time; Houdini was the best selling one but that was actually my least favourite of the three. I’m proud of all of those records though, and when you listen to them you can tell there’s not a lot of record company meddling going on. Stoner Witch in particular was a lot of fun to make, and we really learnt a lot in the studio on that one. I think it was the longest time we ever spent in the studio actually; 19 days, which for us is a long time. Bands like Tool obviously spend about six months on their albums, and they’ve spent about ten years putting together the new one. And they haven’t even started recording yet, but Adam [Jones, Tool guitarist] told me the shortest song they’ve been working on is twelve minutes long. Anyway, Stoner Witch was great.

It’s not much I know, but there’s not a whole load else to publish at the moment!

Check out the new Melvins album Basses Loaded below:

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things has a trailer

More info on A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, including a trailer!

It is the time of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, a day celebrated across cultures and across millennia as a time of new beginnings. Maynard James Keenan describes the solstice as “a story, a metaphor for stepping into the light. All stories are true, whether or not they’re factual. They have power, and tapping into them puts us in a headspace that anything is possible.” Here, at long last, is a first look at Maynard’s own story: “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things.”

“A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” is the authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan. Author Sarah Jensen’s 30-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his history and career trajectory. The book traces Keenan’s journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking. A comprehensive portrayal of a versatile and dedicated artist, “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” pays homage to the people and places that shaped the man and his art.

Until now, Maynard’s fans have had access to only an abridged version of his story. “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. Included are sidebars in his own words, often humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative, as well as commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues. The book also features a foreword by Alex Grey, an American visionary artist and longtime friend of Keenan. Accompanying the text are photos of Keenan from childhood to the present.

Maynard’s story is a metaphor for the reader’s own evolution and an encouragement to follow one’s dreams, hold fast to individual integrity, and work ceaselessly to fulfill our creative potential.

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