Tool September Newsletter out now!

Blair has posted his September Tool Newsletter, and it’s one huge advertisement of stuff we already know (coded messages excluded!).

It covers:

  • Danny & Puscifer publishing new websites
  • Darklore selling new stuff
  • Volto! playing a gig soon
  • Some Tool tour posters are on sale in the store (some as cheap as $9.99)

He also hints that Puscifer may play some shows. Not sure how serious that is, but expect much celebration among Tool fans if this is true!

Paul D’Amour speaks to Bass Player Magazine

Paul D’Amour speaks in the latest issue of Bass Player magazine, mostly discussing his work with Lesser Key, however he does touch on his time with Tool and his reasons for leaving:

How did your time in Tool affect you as a musician?
That experience changed my DNA. To go from 0 to 100 miles an hour in the span of a year was incredible. All of a sudden, we were playing in front of huge crowds, and we had a ton of success. It gave me a lot of confidence to do anything I wanted to.

Do you have any regrets about leaving Tool?
I wish it had been a better vehicle for me to create in, but it just wasn’t. Their creative process is excruciating and tedious, and I guess I never felt the desire to play a riff 500 times before I can confirm that it’s good; that’s why it takes them eight years to write an album. I always wanted to do other things, and it felt like I was too much in a box with that band. They’re set up where the bass player does the bass part and the guitar player does the guitar part and so on. I couldn’t be stuck in that paradigm—it’s too stifling. I’m not just a bass player; I’m a creator, I wanted to have a bigger role, and it just wasn’t happening in that situation. In the end, I knew leaving was the right decision.

Go and buy a copy if you want to read the whole thing! Thanks to coreyisonreddit for the tip!

Danny’s website updated

Danny’s website was a mess of Flash animation and poorly thought out menus, and today has been updated to a much easier to navigate WordPress based website. After a false start this morning, the site is now available. Upon a quick inspection there didn’t seem to be a huge amount of different content from the old site, just much easier to get too.

While visiting the site, you may be tempted to head to the store and pick up a signed DC drum head for $100!

Expensive Maynard prints by Tim Cadiente now available!

For the Tool/Maynard fan who has everything and still has deep pockets, there’s a print now available from Tim Cadiente’s website called Hawk’in Time:

This studio image of Maynard James Keenan is being offered for a very limited time in a very limited quantity.

A 19 x 13 Archival pigmented ink print, signed, embossed and numbered by Maynard James Keenan and Tim Cadiente.

Each image will come with a certificate of authenticity and a bonus 13 x 19 image.

This set of 2 archival pigmented ink images for $285.
Free shipping in the U.S / International shipping : $25

$285 sounds like a lot to me, but I’m sure there’s people out there interested in this stuff. Happy shopping!

Danny sucks with Primus, cover Tool

As many of you are aware Danny played with Primus in Chicago over the weekend, and played a set that included the usual Primus tracks, as well as a short version of Aenema:

Keep your eyes peeled for some futher bootlegs from the show – I’m sure some better quality stuff will come out eventually. Here’s the full setlist:

Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
Here Come the Bastards
Last Salmon Man
Southbound Pachyderm
Over the Falls
Jimmy’s On Smack (Drum solo)
Eleven
Ænema (Tool cover)
To Defy the Laws of Tradition
American Life
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
My Name is Mud
Harold of the Rocks

Encore:
Too Many Puppies

Danny plays a couple more sets with Primus, so if you’re able to check them out then make sure you do!

Tool August 2014 Newsletter published

The Tool August 2014 Newslettertopolband has been published by Blair, and it has a couple of interesting points which, as usual, are open for interpretation.

Firstly he talks about Tool fans misinterpreting some recent posts, including confusing the recent Sturgeon album release party with that of a new Tool album. I admit the thought did cross my mind, however I refrained from emailing Blair about this. He also mentions that some expressed concerns that Danny joining Primus would create a considerable delay. For those not paying attention, it’s worth nothing he’s only lined up to play 3 shows with them. Oh, and word is the band have been practicing some Tool tunes, so expect more that just the usual Primus set…

He also talks about entomologist Rance Q. Spartley and something called the “Hoola Effect”. In the past references to Rance have often coincided with tour planning, so perhaps things are being set in motion for tours in 2015 (presumably post album release).

Finally he discusses the Loft, and it’s recent upgrade of soundproofing in a couple of rooms. With that he posts another photo of some “lenticular keychains” which appear to be some DAT tapes with recordings of No Quarter and You Lied on them, as well as some “final mixes” from 2000. Presumably this all relates to Salival.

Danny to fill in for Herb in September Primus shows

Primus and Tool fans are in for a treat the September as Danny is set to fill in for Tim “Herb” Alexander for a few shows in September. Rolling Stone reports:

The drummer will be joining the bass-rumbling alt-rockers for their Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver, as well as an after party at the Windy City’s Concord Music Hall on September 13th. Claypool reports that they decided to go through with the shows as a way to give Alexander some financial relief and that Carey was their top choice, since “we figured it would be hard to get [the Police's] Stewart ‘Stew-daddy’ Copeland out of his ivory tower,” as Claypool joked.

As most of you already know, Herb suffered a heart attack not long ago and went under the knife for a triple bypass. He’s expected to be back behind the kit for the Primus tour in October. I’m sure most of you also know Herb drummed on the first A Perfect Circle album, as well as with Puscifer.

Danny also drops another Tool album tidbit:

As for Carey, he and his fellow Tool bandmates are currently working on the follow-up to their 2006 album, 10,000 Days. Although the group recently detailed for Rolling Stone the reasons why it has taken so long to make a new record – chiefly a lawsuit with an insurance company that keeps presenting new, time-sucking obstacles – Carey and guitarist Adam Jones reported they have written enough music for a new album but are editing it down to songs. “It’s all a little more ‘metal’ sounding, if I may,” Carey said at the time of the group’s direction. “I’m having fun drumming on it.”

It’s not the first time Les & Danny have collaborated by the way: