Tool March 2013 Newsletter now online!

The Tool March 2013 newsletter has just been released on Toolband, and seems relatively fool free for now, unless of course you count the mention of the curveball. Maybe one day we’ll hear some solid news about it! Here’s Blair’s thoughts on the San Francisco show:

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

It should go without saying that I attended the San Francisco show. Here are some notes: Best hotel with psychedelic furnishings (Alice in Wonderland meets the Jetsons cartoon décor)? The Best Western Plus Americana on Mission and 7th. Best place to get a burrito? La Taqueria on Mission and 25th. Best place to see a homeless person lying in a puddle of urine with a laptop computer on their sleeping bag? On Mission Street walking to get a burrito. Best place to view a termite’s anatomy whist on ‘shrooms? The Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception at Pier 15/17. Best place to watch the five-alarm Mission Bay fire while sipping a $7.00 Budweiser? The View Lounge atop the Marriott Marquis. Best place to meet up with Danny and Adam to have some cocktails on the night before the first Tool show in S.F.? The Lounge in the Ritz Carlton on Nob Hill. Best place to puff on a thin cigar? Maybe at the charred remains of the apartment building under construction in Mission Bay, but probably NO WHERE in S.F., where even the homeless lying in their puddles of urine complained about the smoke. Best place to watch the Tool show? Standing by Junior at the Front of House… until some members of Metallica (?) came and stood right in front of me. Best place to get some sleep right after the first Tool show in S.F after having earlier walked from Mission and 7th to Mission and 25th to eat a burrito at 57 years of age? The comfortable bed at the Best Western Plus Americana (though there is a separate tax for comfort in S.F. and the nearby street people make noises like beshroomed mating hyenas until the wee hours).

Could it be that Metallica were there to help in some way with Between Supposed Brothers?

An image of the Loft on fire or something...

Tool announce movie documentary “Between Supposed Brothers”

In a Fourtheye exclusioove I can reveal this morning that the curve ball so frequently referred to on Toolband is an in house documentary of the band titled Between Supposed Brothers. Here’s the press release:

Tool are forced to examine their nature and their very existence as drummer Danny Carey is injured during a freak dog accident and singer Maynard James Keenan abruptly leaves the group to enter a rehabilitation facility due to alcohol abuse. Tool’s management hires “performance-enhancing coach” and lachrymologist Ronald P. Vincent to help the group better understand one another as friends, band mates and human beings. The documentary follows the band in the time following the 10,000 Days tour and covers the many personal and professional ups and downs related to the writing process of their new album.

Former Tool bassist Paul D’Amour appears briefly in a scene in which, as part of Adam Jones‘ therapy, he confronts the bass player regarding the decision to fire him early in the band’s career for his excessive anger. The two had not had any personal contact for many years and D’Amour speaks frankly about his resentment stemming from his dismissal without the opportunity to redeem himself with an alcoholism treatment program. D’Amour also speaks of how, despite achieving success with his own group, Feersum Endjinn, he still endures ridicule from Tool fans, which has diminished the enjoyment of his own success.

The movie also contains exclusive never seen before footage of the auditions to replace former bass player Paul D’Amour. Auditions include Scott Reeder (Kyuss), Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson), Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies), Duff Mackagan (Guns N Roses), Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill) as well as eventual Tool member Justin Chancellor. In one scene, an apparently impressed Carey states that “he fucks the shit outta that bass”.

Exhaustive songwriting sessions are also covered, with no holds barred discussion as the band tear apart every riff presented for the new album, including one extraordinary session where Justin calls Adam a “fucking cunt” 46 times. It also reveals that the band lost a whole albums worth of material during a fire in the Loft.

Also to be released with the movie in an exclusive Live DVD. Adam talks about the contents:

“We discussed many times whether or not the band should release a live DVD. After several aborted attempts we finally found the formula that would work for the band. Rather than your typical canned live concert, we decided to release a unique introspection of our of our finest works: Schism. The live DVD will contain no less that 30 recordings of this in full 4k HD with 7.1 surround sound – it’s really something to behold and a release we’re really proud of!”

Details on the release date aren’t official, but I expect to see this on the shelves before the end of June.

Adam Jones and King Buzzo project emerges

Found in a toilet at the recent show in Houston was a CD claiming to be from an Adam Jones and King Buzzo project called Bleeder. It seems to be related to the Instagram video Adam posted back in February.

Here’s what is published on the Tool Army Members Facebook page (thanks to Kat for the tip):

This little gem was found in a bathroom at Toyota Centre Houston at the Tool concert.

The Silver.
The ‘Y’ Incision’, part of the Cal McDonald series, is experimenting with an audio accompaniment to enhance the reading experience. Jones will be composing and producing, whilst it’s up to Buzzo to perform the musical segments. Bloody Pulp Books are publishing the effort.

It comes with a photo of the CD as well:

And a clip of the track can be found on Youtube:

It was King Buzzo’s 50th birthday on the 25th of March, so could be a birthday present of sorts…

Sounds from the Sound Check

One of our Fourtheye (and Toolnavy) regulars Kanaduh managed to smuggle a recording device into a recent Tool sound check, and he managed to capture the band jamming something a little new, as well as a few older classics. Enjoy!

(Needless to say it’s a little spoilerish if you haven’t already heard them this tour)

Update: Clip has been removed at the bands request.

Adam reported as saying the new album is 100% finished?

In news just at hand, it’s being reported on some sites that Adam has mentioned at VIP sessions that the album is 100% finished, and will be released later this year. From an article from Aussie site Crave Online:

At a pre-show VIP meet & greet in Portland, OR on Thursday afternoon on the band’s current tour, guitarist Adam Jones confirmed to our exclusive source that the alien-prog rock maestros’ new album is “100% done” and should arrive later this year. Aside from a mention of different time signatures than their previous work, there is no other information to report at the moment. The confirmation is certainly enough to get pulses racing, however.

Potentially very exciting news for impatient Tool fans, but let’s wait for something a little more official for now…

Update: for now this sounds like it’s 100% bs…

Yob confirmed as support for three Tool shows

As expected, Portland Doom band Yob have confirmed themselves as support act for the Tool shows in Spokane, Eugene and Portland:

We are pleased to announce that YOB will be opening for Tool March 4th, 6th, and the 7th in Spokane, Portland, and Eugene respectively. We are honored and stoked!

3/4 Spokane – Spokane Arena
3/6 Portland – Moda Center (aka Rose Garden)
3/7 Eugene – Matthew Knight Arena

They’re a little less well known that Failure, so here’s a video taster:

Failure confirmed as support for Tool tour

Failure have been confirmed as one of the support acts for the coming Tool tour in the US according to their Facebook page:

We’ll be joining Tool on their upcoming tour (U.S. dates between March 9 in Reno and March 27 in Phoenix), marking the first time Failure & Tool have toured together since 1996. “Looking forward to hanging with my old mates, but more importantly, it’s a chance for people to hear two bands that still really care about the long form album format and what you can do that amount of time artistically, versus three-and-a-half minute singles.” – Ken Andrews.

This was also confirmed on the Tool Facebook page (but not Toolband yet):

Our good friends Failure will join us for the upcoming U.S. dates between Reno and and Phoenix. This marks the first time TOOL and Failure will tour together since 1996. MJK said: “I was already excited to play with Failure at my 50th birthday party in May, with Puscifer and A Perfect Circle. Now I get to do a few more shows with them. Best birthday ever.”

Yob are also rumoured to be supporting, presumably for the Spokane, Eugene and Portland shows. I have no idea who, if anyone, will be supporting Tool in Mexico City.

Tool February 2014 Newsletter released

Blair has posted the February Tool newsletter, but this month is hidden away in the Newsletters section rather than posted on the main page. It doesn’t really contain much information, so here it is in full for you convenience!

Now that everyone has exchanged tokens of love and affection, and those hallmark e-cards, sushi hearts and power ballads are just a far distant memory (as are those pink marshmallows in her cocoa, and the terrible idea of that fuzzy Vermont Chupacabra), let’s see if there is any pressing Tool news. Ummmmmmm… Nope. Hang on, let’s check again just to be sure… Ummmmmmm… No. Not a lot, anyway.
If you’ve been reading my posts in the news section, you already know about the upcoming MINI-TOUR, including how to purchase VIP PACKS that come with enviable seats and other goodies, a concise description of which I listed in the informative January offering. As for the set-lists, no spoilers here! Also indelibly etched in your well-grooved cranial region is that PUSCIFER, APC, and FAILURE will be playing shows at the GREEK THEATER as part of Maynard’s 50th Birthday extravaganza. And if it’s a maple ham, corn and pineapple stuffed potato that you crave while listening to great ultra-fusion jazz on any given Monday night, you know where they’re baking.

So, what else?

Justin is back from his daring adventure involving the handling of a falcon… or a hawk… or a hawk-shaped military drone? Likewise, Danny has returned from Hawaii, where he is still trying to smuggle out enough curly koa wood to make a new drum (or nifty salad bowl, if I’m to believe an article in the current issue of VegNews magazine). And with Adam’s WWE wrestling buddies having exited the loft after an encore of golden hits – leaving the place no worse for wear, I might add – the fellows are back in the no picnic business of writing/arranging of new Tool material. So, if you saw Danny at Monday night’s Jayhawks game in Kansas, rest assure that this was his decoy-double getting in some much needed practice before the tour begins.

So, now that you are all caught up on any relevant Tool news (and you’ve come up with the brilliant idea to put cherry marshmallows in the hot Ghirardelli chocolate next year), if you are fortunate enough to be going to any of the upcoming Tool shows, have a great experience, but please remember to be respectful to the support act and courteous to fellow concert goers. Absolutely no laser pointers – be it Krypton, Inferno, or a Walmart “spot.” Also, no micro recorders, Creed hoodies, pocket shots and hopefully it goes without saying that ‘smiles’ is never a good idea whenever prog-metal with hypnotic visuals are involved!

“Extreme Couponing” is coming on, so I gotta go. Short month, short newsletter.

I hope all of you Americans and Mexicans are looking forward to the tour!