Sammy Hagar joins Tool

In some completely legit news, former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has joined Tool overnight:

What a time to be alive!

A Perfect Circle sign with BMG

A Perfect Circle have signed with record label BMG with Billy Howerdel telling us:

We just signed a new record deal with BMG! Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. New APC-2017!

A few music sites around the place were pretty quick to jump on the idea that A Perfect Circle would have an album out in 2017.  Maynard pretty quickly hosed down those suggestions with a typically to the point Twitter post:

My thoughts are that unless APC have an album in the bag, it seems unlikely that a 2017 release will happen.  With an A Perfect Circle and Tool tour in the coming months, I find it a little hard to believe either band will find the time to record before Maynard’s wine harvest duties commence.

Sure, they may have written some songs, and could be well down the track towards recording, but there doesn’t seem to be any suggestion they have yet.  It feels very similar to the Tool situation to me – plenty of songwriting, and possibly even some songs done but no actual confirmation of recording happening.

My expectation is that maybe we’ll see a single or EP by years end, with possibly a new song or two in the tour setlist, and then a new full length sometime in 2018.

The question is of course – can Tool and A Perfect Circle both release an album in 2018?


Tool in discussions with streaming services?

Yesterday I saw an article on Bloomberg regarding Tool being in discussion with streaming services to get their material onto Spotify, Apple Music, etc.  The article tells us:

The rock band Tool is in talks to make its catalog available on streaming services in time for the release of its first album in more than a decade, according to people with knowledge of the matter, marking the end of another high-profile holdout to the music industry’s digital transition.

Members of Tool have been talking to the biggest services, including Spotify and Apple, about the best way to release their music, said the people, who asked not be identified discussing the private negotiations. Lead singer Maynard James Keenan didn’t respond to requests for comment. The music services declined to comment.

My response to this is that it doesn’t come as a great surprise, nor do I really expect this style of release is imminent.  Adam has given enough hints at recent Q&As to suggest that talks have been going on for a while, and so while I expect we will see album in digital mediums on or around the time of the new album coming out, I don’t feel overly confident we’ll see much until then.

Still, the fact that they appear to be considering options for the release of the new album (and their old ones) does show some promise that we’re actually entering the home stretch in regards to it’s production.

Tool’s new “engineer”

Adam Jones shared a cute photo today from the new/temporary/renovated? Loft today of Tool’s new “engineer” at work:

~ *our new engineer 👶🏽❤️🎼💣 #TOOL #theboy

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Before everyone goes and get’s too excited, I’m not suggesting Tool are actually recording at the moment – there’s still no indication Maynard is done with his bits yet, and personally don’t expect to see the band record in earnest until sometime after the tour.

Still, it’s encouraging to see more coming out of the Tool camp, and I think the somewhat positive vibe I’m getting indicates there might be some good progress happening here.  We’ll see!

Danny Carey at Drum Day

I noticed a post on the Volto! Facebook page about Danny Carey participating in something called Drum Day.  Looks like this is an held event in LA on April 8th which serves primarily as a show case for drum equipment.  Scheduled for the day is a performance of Danny with Volto, so it doesn’t appear to be a drum clinic as such.

Anyway, it’s free by the looks of things, so if you come from the Golden Shower State, then RSVP, drop in and give us here at Fourtheye a report!

Northwest Tool dates announced

As expected more Tool dates have been announced, including a show at The Gorge and Vancouver as rumoured.  There’s also a few other Canadian dates which will please local fans:


– June 9: St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center (on-sale at 11am)

– June 12: Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

– June 13: Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place

– June 15: Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

– June 17: George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre

There are VIP tickets available via Toolarmy for each of these shows, so check Tool’s website for details!

I reckon there are still more dates to come (mostly West Coast) so stay tuned!

More Tool Tour Dates coming soon?

There are plenty of rumours going round of further Tool shows, mostly over on the West Coast.  There is some expectation that these dates could be announced as soon as tomorrow.

Here is a summary:

  • Tool are rumoured by a good source to be playing at The Gorge near Seattle on June 17th.
  • Apparently a date for Vancouver appeared on the Tool Facebook page for June 15 and has subsequently been removed.
  • A user on Reddit spoke to Danny at a recent show in LA who confirmed the final show on the tour will be in Anaheim.  This user has gleaned similar information from Danny for previous tours.

So while there’s nothing too concrete just yet, all signs seem to be pointing to further Tool dates, most likely in the North East and West Coast areas in the US and Canada in June.  I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

An open letter to Tool regarding concerts and presales

Maybe I got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning, or maybe it’s just the disappointment of reading failed attempts at getting tickets in the forums, on Reddit and Toolnavy.  But I felt a rant is appropriate.  I welcome any comments from Fourtheye readers below!

Dear Tool,

There is a big problem with ticket sales.  The clusterfuck of disappointment for many in today’s sales are nothing new – it happens again and again during concert sales, particularly the large centres and frankly Tool fans are well and truly sick of it.

Yes, there are many well established problems with the way Ticketmaster and Stubhub work.  Problems with these providers seem to be hard ones for established acts to avoid.  This letter is not about appealing to you to solve these problems (though I expect many Tool fans would be more than happy to see their favorite band stand up to the ticketing agents).

The real problem here is a lack of meaningful presales.

I can’t remember the last time there was a Tool presale that fans were actually happy with.

Tool fans complain a lot – we all know this.  But in regards to tours, most of us agree that there are plenty reasons to be aggrieved.

The current system of presales only available to Toolarmy members, and only for $500 VIP tickets is nothing but an affirmation that Tool consider their fans to be cash cows.

Under the current system, you pay $50 per year for the “benefit” of buying $500 VIP passes to concerts.  VIP passes which are also available to the public, and in all but the largest of towns (Chicago being the only one sold out at time of writing) have relateively low levels of demand – so long as you don’t leave it until the last minute to buy a VIP pass, Toolarmy membership is not required.

There are no other meaningful benefits of being a Toolarmy member at this time.  Sure you get a shirt, a keychain and some other widgets, but I think most fans are not so motivated by yet more merchandise.

I would assert that for $50 per year, it is not unreasonable for fans to expect that presales could include non-VIP tickets.  Hell, many of Tool’s peers – Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead for example – run fan presales completely free.  No need to pay money to join a club for access to these tickets.

I’m a pretty casual Nine Inch Nails fan – when they last toured here with Queens of the Stone Age, I took the opportunity to purchase tickets via the fanclub presale.  The process was refreshingly simple.  Visit the appropriate website with a unique presale code, purchase the tickets and then in the week leading up to the event we were sent an email with details on how to collect the ticket.  Fans were even allowed inside the venue 15 minutes before the general opening time.  A couple of the NIN touring staff manned a desk outside the venue where those who ordered presale tickets picked them up after flashing a suitable ID.

It was dead simple and extremely effective.  Admittedly where I live in Adelaide concert tickets generally have low levels of demand, but the same story could be applied to NIN concerts around the globe.

Adam, Justin, Danny and Maynard – have your guys speak to NIN’s management and ask them how they do it. Or give Trent Reznor a call – I’m pretty sure at least Maynard has his number.  As a long time supporter of fans rights in music, I have no doubt he can give plenty of guidance on how to run an effective presale.

To be clear about the Tool VIP Experience tickets – I have no problems with these.  I hear nothing but good feeback from fans who have attended these sessions (I’d love to do one myself eventually).  Keep these kind of fan experiences coming, those who can afford them will take advantage of these, regardless of if they are Toolarmy members or not.

These ticketing issues to me are the biggest problem with Tool at the moment.  I actually don’t really care how long Tool take to write records – but when I see Tool fans getting shafted again and again, each and every tour, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and I know many of you agree.

Tool, please take some time to do some research, speak to your management and peers, even speak to the fans and fix this problem.  When the new album comes out, ticket sales will be in even more demand.


Fourtheye Readers and Tool fans all around the world

Tool March 2017 Newsletter out now!

The Tool March 2017 Newsletter is out, and to save you all some time it’s just a summary of the tour announcements so far.  It suggests it’s a “work in progress” so perhaps there is more tour dates to come (there are certainly rumours of more dates).

In the mean time, I’m about to start putting together a rant of things that bug me in the Tool world that I’ll publish over the weekend.  Stay tuned!

Further details on Tool Presale VIP tickets

For those interested, here are some further details on the VIP ticket presale for the coming Tool dates.  Note that there is no VIP event for either of the festival dates.  There appears to be no presale on regular tickets either, which is disappointing.

For those of you with questions or who are having trouble figuring out how to purchase VIP PACKAGES, please read the following instructions carefully. The Pre-sale begins tomorrow (Wednesday, March 15th) at 10:00am PST and is available exclusively to Toolarmy members. To purchase, go to Tool’s webstore: (DO NOT GO TO TOOLARMY.COM)

Once there, log into your Toolarmy Member Store account using the password you created last year specifically to access the exclusive TA merch/products in the store. Note: To longtime Toolarmy members with accounts purchased PRIOR to June 6, 2016: the password for your store account is different from the password to your old account.

If you can’t remember your store password, click on the following link to reset your password: HERE

You will be prompted to enter the email address you signed up with, and then receive a password-reset email. Follow the instructions on the email to reset your password.

For non-Toolarmy members who would like to access the pre-sale, you must join and become a Toolarmy member via the webstore. Direct link for membership sign-up: SIGN-UP

PLEASE NOTE: There are limited quantities available for VIP packages

VIP package product description:

Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue.
Early entry into the venue.
Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
Tool’s tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
Photo opportunity
Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members


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 (to be determined). 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 live Q+A. 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 to the VIP event once you leave the venue.

5. No refunds on this ticket purchase

. 6. VIP merchandise pack contents are subject to change.

VIP Package price: $499.98 USD each

VIP Packages available tomorrow for the following shows:

Wed, May 24: Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena
Sat, May 27: Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Tue, May 30: Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
Wed, May 31: Hamilton, ON @ First Ontario Centre
Fri, Jun 2: Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Mon, Jun 5: Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
Wed, Jun 7: Clarkston (Detroit), MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thur, Jun 8: Rosemont (Chicago), IL @ Allstate Arena
NO VIP event for Boston Calling (May 28) and Governor’s Ball (June 4)

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