Here’s a fantastic video from Ernie Ball where Justin Chancellor talks about Bass, Strings, Tool and life in general. Well worth the watch!
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
A quick update from Toolband regarding some more tickets available for the Tool shows in October:
TOOL OCTOBER SHOWS UPDATE AND TICKET LINKS
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: http://www7.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Quantity.aspx
I haven’t checked to see what is actually still on sale, so your mileage may vary! Happy hunting!
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.
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!
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:
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.