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

Tool to perform at VIP Event

Confirmed by Blair today is Tool‘s intention to perform a rehearsal as part of the VIP Event in Arizona:

While hanging out at the loft yesterday , I overheard (fly on the wall that I am) a band member talking about doing a REHEARSAL during the upcoming TOOL VIP EVENT. Wow, a REHEARSAL would certainly be a bonus attraction, especially for those who don’t have a ticket for the festival (baring any proverbial train wrecks, of course.) Actually, a proverbial train wreck might REALLY make it an experience to witness!

That makes the $500 event a whole lot more interesting I reckon! It’s still debatable as to whether this is value for money, but seeing Tool rehearse (albeit with a couple of hundred others) is certainly an opportunity very few people get. And given all the terms and conditions in place for the event, it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to me to see some new material previewed (though I expect the event will probably just be Adam, Danny and Justin).

Buy tickets from Toolband – not there’s not a huge amount left – 50 at the time of writing!

Tool rehearsal from 2013

WWE’s Justin Roberts to host Tool VIP?

Blair revealed in a short post this morning that WWE’s Justin Roberts is expected to be one of the surprises of the Arizona Tool VIP session, which him apparently moderating the session:

Okay, if I can get some of you to gather around me for a minute… Closer… Okay. Realizing that those fans who are interested in the TOOL VIP EVENT are hoping that I might ‘whisper’ a few more of the “surprises” in store for those who attend, one thing that I did overhear a couple of days ago is that JUSTIN ROBERTS of WWE fame will be the event moderator. Hopefully I won’t be guillotined, with my lopped off head plopping inside a bucket of Tabasco sauce for revealing this, but I thought some of you might like to know… Not sure if I’ll be able to pry away anymore items of interest regarding the event, but you should check back just in case I’m feeling… daring.

I’ve never heard of the guy, but then again I haven’t really watched wrestling since I was about 12. Adam does have a great love for wrestling though, so hopefully this will result in a interesting interaction between the two on the night. If guess it will give them something else to talk about other than the new album.

Tickeets for the VIP Event are still on sale for $500, and you can get them here!

Justin Roberts Tool VIP

Maynard speaks about Puscifer with Metal Hammer

In an interview with British metal magazine Metal Hammer, Maynard James Keenan speaks mostly about his distinctly unmetal project: Puscifer and the coming album Money Shot. It’s an interesting read, though doesn’t really cover any ground that wasn’t done so in the recent Rolling Stone interview. It features an almost identical response to the inevitable Tool question as well.

What it does have going for it are some cool new photo’s with Travis Shinn, and a list of his favorite wins for all you wine buffs out there, and a relatively unknown winery Ochota Barrels from out my way in the Adelaide Hills seems to have come out on top!

Maynard James Keenan’s favourite wine Dons.

1. Ochota Barrels

(Adelaide Hills, Australia)

“Taras Ochota is doing things differently and, oddly enough, it’s what I’ve been doing here in Arizona – picking earlier, and putting less fruit on the vine to begin with, so that everything ripens evenly and all the acid is in balance so you can have Italian-style wines. Ochota Barrels wines are fantastic.”

2. Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie

(Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy)

“Riccardo Campinoti is doing fantastic work with high-elevation wines.”

3. Azienda Agricola Edoardo Sobrino

(Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy)

“Edoardo Sobrino [makes] a pretty badass Barolo [a type of red wine made in northwest Italy].”

4. Azienda Agricola San Polino

(Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy)

“Luigi and his wife, if you go to their home, you see that it’s all built from the ground up. All this ‘local movement’ stuff, its funny – you have to put a name on it, you have to put out a pamphlet. I get that we have to do that to retune people to what’s happening. But you go to places in Europe, and it just kind of is and has been, for generations.”

5. Dos Cabezas Wineworks

(Sonoita, Arizona, USA)

“It’s family-run and operated, again, from the ground up, with kids running around. It’s fantastic wine.”

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Tool VIP Experience on sale now

The Tool VIP Experience package prior to the Monster Mash show is soon on sale via Toolband! As expected the prices are high ($499.98), and while I expect there will be some complainers, it is what it is. The conditions of entry contain one quite interesting waiver, which make you wonder what they have in store for those attending:

7. You will be required to sign a waiver upon check-in. Each participant may be photographed and/or recorded (audio and/or video) by Tool. You unconditionally grant Tool a perpetual and irrevocable license to use your image, name, likeness, in audio/video/photo recordings, etc. in any manner as we see fit throughout the universe.

Being asked to give up the phone is pretty much a given, but that waiver to me suggests that this “show” is being recorded for something. We can only speculate as to what it may be, especially as they’ve said it won’t contain a live performance.

Blair also posts on Toolband that the night “will include Q & A… A RARE GALLERY of ARTWORK and MEMENTOS, PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES, and MONSTER MASH FESTIVAL MERCH available for sale.” Tickets are limited, so if you have that kind of money, then get on board quickly!

Tool VIP Experience

Tool VIP Experience

NOTE: You do not need to have a ticket to the Monster Mash festival to purchase admission to this event. So if you missed out on tickets for the festival, jump on this opportunity to be part of a very unique experience.

– Admission for one (1) to VIP event*
– One (1) VIP merchandise pack with specialty items (to be picked up at the event)

– Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
– Location: Marquee Theatre at 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
– Doors/Check-in: 4:30pm
– Live Q+A session with members of Tool
– Gallery of rare artwork and mementos
– Photo opportunity
– Tool’s festival merchandise available for purchase

*Please note this event will run between 2 – 4 hours in duration. Tool will not be performing.


1. You must provide a pick-up/will call name for the order. Those persons listed under pick-up/will call name must present legal ID and show proof of purchase (email confirmation, confirmation number, etc) at check-in time. All VIP guests must be present and arrive on time for check-in. Late arrivals will not be allowed entry to VIP event.

2. All participants will be subject to a thorough search. ABSOLUTELY no cell phones, recording devices, etc. are permitted to be used during the event (once inside the inner doors). Please note TOOL SECURITY will gather all devices and store them for each person. With the purchase of the event ticket, you agree that you will indemnify and hold Tool harmless from any and all claims that should arise while you are out of communication while your phone is secured.

3. We reserve the right to remove any person who does not adhere to the event rules.

4. There is no re-entry once you leave the venue.

5. No refunds on this ticket purchase.

6. No food or snacks will be provided. Please eat before you arrive.

7. You will be required to sign a waiver upon check-in. Each participant may be photographed and/or recorded (audio and/or video) by Tool. You unconditionally grant Tool a perpetual and irrevocable license to use your image, name, likeness, in audio/video/photo recordings, etc. in any manner as we see fit throughout the universe.

8. Admission is only for the VIP event. A Monster Mash Festival ticket is not included as this is a separate event.
NOTE: You do not need to have a ticket to the Monster Mash festival to purchase admission to this event. So if you missed out on tickets for the festival, jump on this opportunity to be part of a very unique experience.

When checking out of your order:
Please select the option for “Show gift options during checkout” before proceeding to checkout page. In the “Enter your free gift note” field, please enter the will call/pick-up name for your order and your preferred shirt size (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large).

Maynard, Mat and Carina talk about Money Shot

This has been out for a few days now, so apologies for the delay in getting onto Fourtheye. In the video below Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell and Carina Round discuss Money Shot, Puscifer and all things related to this definitely not a side project.

WARNING: If you’re an easily offended Tool fan, I’d suggest not watching.

Go and pre-order Money Shot straight from the Puscifer website! Don’t waste your time with iTunes! You order copies on CD and Vinyl, and depending on how deep your pockets are, you can even get an autographed version.

Puscifer – Money Shot

Puscifer is back with a new album and a huge buzz! Money Shot is coming your way Oct. 30 and we couldn’t be more excited. Have you seen the video for the first song the band released for Grand Canyon? Money shot is the follow up to Conditions Of My Parole and marks Maynard Keenan and company’s third full length album and its first new album in four years. ‘It’s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes,’ Keenan told Rolling Stone. ‘And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes.’ In addition, fans can look for Puscifer hitting the road in November for their first extended North American touring in support of the Money Shot album. Dates begin Nov. 1 at the Monster Mash Festival in Phoenix with shows booked into mid-December. For the upcoming shows, the live lineup will consist of Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Masha Zargaran and Paul Barker. Luchafer will open all of the band’s late fall tour dates. As is the Modus Operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany the Money Shot release. ‘We’ve been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail,” says Keenan. ”As usual, we prefer to Show rather than Tell. Odds are if you’ve been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you¹ll want to go ahead and place those bets.’

1. “Galileo” 5:17
2. “Agostina” 4:24
3. “Grand Canyon” 5:57
4. “Simultaneous” 6:42
5. “Money Shot” 2:32
6. “The Arsonist” 4:45
7. “The Remedy” 6:07
8. “Smoke And Mirrors” 5:05
9. “Flippant” (Itunes exclusive track) 6:24
10. “Life Of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)” 4:41
11. “Autumn”

Puscifer - Money Shot

Maynard discusses Biography with Rolling Stone

There’s a new interview with Maynard James Keenan today, this time with Rolling Stone who speak to him regarding the biography coming out next year. It’s an interesting read, here’s a snippet:

Can you give me the backstory on this book? How did it come about?
One of my best friends in high school, we’re still close, his sister’s a writer, she’s 10 years older than we are; she’s kind of been around for a while, of course, seeing everything that went on pre–high school, high school, etc. So I approached her, because she’s a writer, to see if she was interested in helping me work on a semi-autobiography. Because I didn’t really want to write it as an autobiography, first-person — I’d rather have it be more in story form, like you’re kind of along for the journey, with sidebars by me throughout, in my voice, kind of expanding on particular instances or anecdotes. But for the most part, it’s just she and I on the phone a couple times a week, just going over timelines, going over stories, etc.

He also chats briefly about Tool, giving out the usual canned answer regarding the apparent lack of progress:

So there was a conversation you had a couple weeks back with one of our writers, and he asked about the progress of the new Tool album, and you mentioned that there was no music to work with. And last year, another Rolling Stone writer talked to Danny and Adam, and they said that there was some new material. Can you help us get to the bottom of where you’re at with the new record?
Do I seem like a lazy person to you?

Of course not.
OK — that’s all I can really say.

So …
They’re working hard in their own way; I’m working hard in my own way, and I’ve got nothin’ for ya.

So there we go!

Maynard James Keenan

Tool News and Rumours

This page contains all the latest Tool news and rumours collected by me from a bunch of sources. It also collects information for a range of Tool related acts – usually side projects such as A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, and friends of Tool such as Yob and The Melvins.

If you know anything you think is missing from this page, feel free to let me know!

Tool News

Adam Jones News

  • Side project with Robert Fripp tba
  • Side project with King Buzzo and Terry Bozzio tba
  • Lustmord vs. Adam Jones tba

Danny Carey News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Justin Chancellor News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Maynard James Keenan News

Other Bands

Maynard James Keenan Biography

It was supposed to be ready for his 50th, but it finally looks like the Maynard James Keenan biography (no longer an autobiography as initially thought) will finally see the light of day next fall. Presumably that’s a northern hemisphere fall, so probably around this time in 2016. That’s a fair way off for something I thought was pretty much done, but I am not wise to the ways of book publishing.

Here’s the statement from the Puscifer Facebook page:

And away we go!
Sarah Jensen wrote:
“We have, as they say, inked the deal.
It’s been a year-long journey of proposals and queries and nibbles and “nope”s, but my amazing agent, Ann Collette, never lost faith in the dream.
The agreement with Backbeat Books is a reality, and the biography of Maynard Keenan is slated for publication next fall.
Lots of work still to be done, but today’s priority: feeling grateful to everybody who’s been there for us throughout this project. That means you!”

I enjoy a good (and even a bad) Rock n’ Roll biography, so am looking forward to it!

Maynard James Keenan Biography

Maynard initially started talking about a “>biography back in 2013 on Triple J radio here in Australia, and then again with Marc Maron in August 2013. At that point it was planned to be released for his 50th birthday. Obviously this never happened, but it’s great to hear that the project hasn’t been shelved altogether.

Presumably the book will cover a range of topics, from his childhood, rise to fame with Tool, as well as his experiences making wine and creating Puscifer.

Maynard James Keenan biography to be released before the next Tool album?

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