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Boston Calling Tool!

Looks like another festival featuring Tool is happening the the US North East, this time Boston Calling:

Given that there’s a week between this and the Governors Ball show, it wouldn’t surprise me if we see a couple of solo dates appear as well.  Stay tuned I guess!

A Perfect Circle announce US dates

It was a while ago that A Perfect Circle announced the Hollywood show as well as two Festival dates, but finally we have a list of other shows for 2017:

  • April 7 & 8 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
  • April 10 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
  • April 11 San Diego, CA Open Air Theatre
  • April 13 San Francisco Bill Graham Civic
  • April 14 Reno, NV Reno Event Center
  • April 15 Salt Lake City Maverik Center
  • April 17 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
  • April 19 Kansas City, MO Starlight Amphitheatre
  • April 20 St. Louis, MO Chafietz Arena
  • April 22 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
  • April 23 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
  • April 25 Austin, TX HEB Center at Cedar Park
  • April 26 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
  • April 27 Houston, TX Smart Financial Center
  • April 29 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
  • April 30 Ft. Myers, FL Fort Rock Festival
  • May 2 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • May 3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
  • May 5 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion
  • May 7 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

These new shows will go on sale on Friday morning – check with your local ticket vendor.

Interestingly it seems to me mostly the southern parts of the US – no word on whether or not these are all the dates.

 

Fourtheye Readers Top 10 albums of 2016

The votes have been counted for the Fourtheye Readers Top 10 albums of 2016, and without further ado I present you the list!

1. Deftones – Gore

The Deftones are a firm favorite with Tool fans and typically perform very well in Fourtheye polls.  This time around they have claimed the number 1 spot with the excellent Gore.  Probably one of their more mellow releases, this album gives us a diverse range of sounds from these nu-metal stalwarts.

2. Gojira – Magma

Interesting to see French Metal band Gojira at number 2.  Speaking anecdotally with fans suggested this album was a little disappointing, though it appears to have made the top 10 list of many readers none the less – a testament to their increasing popularity, or possibly a sign that 2016 was a weak one for records?

3 Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Meshuggah are another favorite of Tool fans and it’s no real surprise to see them in this years top 10.  In fact I think The Violent Sleep of Reason is one of their best since Nothing.

4 Russian Circles – Guidance

Instrumental Rock is pretty popular with Tool fans, and former touring buddies Russian Circles are at the top of their game.  While I didn’t think Guidance was quite up to the standard of Memorial, it was still a very solid and atmospheric record.

5. Opeth – Sorceress

Swedish Prog Rock outfit Opeth have put out another 70s themed album along the lines of their last one, and it seems to be pretty well received by Fourtheye readers.  I guess the lack of death growls isn’t a big deal after all?

6. David Bowie – Blackstar

Released days before David Bowie passed away, his strong musical legacy was left intact by a powerful final album.

7. The Swans – The Glowing Man

I can’t say I was a fan of this album, but the Swans remain and popular choice among Fourtheye readers.

8. Cult of Luna & Julia Christmas – Mariner

I actually haven’t listened to this album yet, so it was a bit of a surprise to me that it made the top 10.  I like Cult of Luna so really should have a listen, especially since many of you hold it in high esteem!

9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

The highly anticipated new album from Radiohead came out early in 2016, and seemed to get some mixed reviews.  Despite that, it easily made the top 10 which shows how much Tool fans enjoy their music.

10. Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

Dillinger Escape Plan announced their latest album Dissociation earlier this year, and also announced that the band would be calling it quits (though some think it might be a hiatus).

So there we have it – maybe not a whole load of surprises in that top 10, but they are a range of excellent albums.  Stay tuned as over the next couple of days I’ll post my top 10!

 

Tool to headline Governors Ball in NYC

Turns out the rumours of Tool headlining the Governors Ball in New York were correct with the line up confirmed this week.  Overall it’s an interesting lineup full of acts you wouldn’t typically expect Tool fans to show a lot of interest in.  Despite that, I expect it’d be fun day.

Tickets are already on sale, and it appears only 3-day tickets are a thing for now (which I expect isn’t going down well with everyone).

No word yet on any other Tool shows, but the rumour mill seems to suggest there might be, I haven’t heard much personally though (possibly since I’ve been offline for the last 10 days).

Tool December 2016 Newsletter

Just in time for Xmas is Blair‘s December 2016 Tool Newsletter (you can find it in the newsletters section on Toolband).  It takes a Q&A format this time around, and doesn’t contain any info that typical Blair detractors need to know – save yourself the effort this Xmas Day (or Boxing Day if you’re an Aussie like me)!

If you are interested in Blair’s writings, then it contains some of the Santa Code that he talked about at previous Xmas’.  He also speaks about the curveball, and gives the following analogy:

Q: “Curveball, curveball, what ball, where is the ball?”

BMB:

All I can say is that I am standing in the batter’s box kicking at the dirt near home plate. I’ve got my helmet adjusted and have tightened my gloves. I’m wearing both shin and elbow guards, and there’s lots of pine tar on my piece of lumber. Although the pitcher can reache speeds in the 90s, I’m still looking for that wicked curve…

So more of the same in that regard then.  I suspect one day Tool will eventually tell Blair “ok, you can tell people about xxxx now” and we’ll get it.  Until then the wait continues with no clearer picture of when it’ll actually arrive.

Enjoy some time off Tool fans, and don’t forget to submit your albums for the Fourtheye Top 10 of 2016!

 

Tool to play Governors Ball Music Festival in 2017?

According to Consequence of Sound, Tool will be headlining the Governors Ball Music Festival in NYC June 2017.  I believe there was some expectation this would be A Perfect Circle playing, but they now seem pretty sure it’ll be Tool.

The organisers of the festival have refused to comment saying “The full Governors Ball lineup will be announced early next year, at which point tickets will also go on sale.” so keep this show firmly in the rumours category for now.

Here’s Bjork playing a set at the festival a couple of years back:

A Perfect Circle confirm Hollywood show

A Perfect Circle have put out a press release that confirms a show at the Hollywood Bowl on May 7th, with the promise of more shows to come:

We are happy to announce that A Perfect Circle will return this Spring for our first North American tour in six years. A home town show May 7 at the Hollywood Bowl is the first of the dates we can share with you. Tickets are on-sale Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 am pacific. More dates will be announced soon.

Previously announced festival performances:
April 29 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
April 30 Fort Myers, FL Fort Rock
May 5 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion

Tickets for the LA show seem to be via Ticketmaster.

Justin speak to Bass Player about the new Tool album

In what is one of the most revealing interviews in the last 10 years, Justin goes into a fair bit of depth into the progress and process behind the new Tool album.  Jon D’Auria from Bass Player speaks at length with Justin Chancellor on what is a insightful read.

While he didn’t want to be drawn into speculation as to when the album will be ready (based in my interpretation we certainly shouldn’t be expecting anything for a while yet) he does go into what and how they write, what some of the set backs have been and how he feels about the expectations of a ravenously loyal fan base:

How sick are you of people asking when it’s going to be done?

It’s understandable, and it’s a compliment that people are excited to hear it. But it’s difficult to hear that and not feel some kind of guilt. All I can say is that we’ll go back Monday and do our best to finish it for you, although that’s not really how it works. But we know the listeners will be happy with it when it’s finished.

How do you, Adam, and Danny typically write together?

Adam and I usually have the source material we’ve come up with together here. We’re playing pretty much nonstop right now, so a lot of ideas are coming out. Often, Danny and I will be playing something and Adam will rush into the room and tell us to record it, and then we’ll spend the rest of the day working on it to see if it’s worthwhile. And of course we have a whole treasure chest of ideas on our phones that we record on our own. Basically, Adam and I have riffs and Danny has rhythms or different time-signature beats, and we try to keep them basic before bringing them in to see what the other members will do with them. We establish a riff so we and the listener can identify it, and then we say, Okay, now how far away from it can we go on this journey?

Well worth the read, so check it out when you have the chance!

Justin Chancellor from Tool speaks to Bass Player about the next Tool album

A Perfect Circle added to US festival dates

In case you haven’t been following social media, A Perfect Circle have been added to a couple of festival dates on Eastern USA in May next year including the Carolina Rebellion festival as well as two Florida based festivals – Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville and Fort Rock in For Myers.  Tickets for most of these are already on sale I think!

Acts joining A Perfect Circle on these festivals include Soundgarden, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Gojira as well as others that appeal to me at least anyway!

We’re expecting more dates to be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Carolina Rebellion!

Fourtheye Readers Poll: Best Albums of 2016

Time has come for our annual Fourtheye readers poll to determine the best albums of 2016.  The same rules as the last few years apply:

  • You can vote for up to 10 albums.  Feel free to vote for less than 10
  • Each vote is worth one point.  The order you enter the albums has no relevance
  • You can only vote for an album once
  • The album must have been released in 2016
  • It must be a studio album – re-issues, live albums, best of collections and such are ineligible.  EPs are ok though!

The poll will close on New Years Eve, with the final results available not long after.  Feel free to post your lists below, or come discuss it in the forum.  I know I personally get a lot out of reading peoples lists, and typically go and listen to many of your non-nu-metal related suggestions.

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