Maynard James Keenan Book Tour

Maynard James Keenan will be heading out on a brief Book Tour in November to celebrate the release of his authorised biography A Perfect Union of Contrary Things.  Confirmed so far are dates in Nashville and Chicago with more to come:

  • Wednesday November 9 Nashville City Winery
  • Tuesday November 15 Thalia Hall, Chicago

On the night Maynard will read from and discuss the biography and will take part in a live Q&A session.  Get your where is the new Tool album? questions/complaints ready!

Tickets for these two shows go on sale this Friday.  Ticket includes a copy of the book!

In case you’d forgotten, the book comes out on November 8th via Backbeat Books and will feature a foreword by Tool buddy Alex Grey.

BBC Puscifer in Session

Some of you may remember a few photos posted on social media while Puscifer were in the UK showing them recording for the BBC.  Well it looks like that recording will be broadcast tomorrow:

Dan has an exclusive Rockest Record from Biffy Clyro and Puscifer in session, with Maynard from the band chatting to Dan!

BBC recordings are usually pretty good, should this should be worth a listen!

June 2016 Tool Newsletter

The June 2016 Tool Newsletter has been released, and for those who want to get straight to the point it contains no obvious significant Tool update.  Instead it recounts a recent trip to Death Valley for a cover photo for a forthcoming Danny Carey book.

Here’s the Tool bit:

“What about the newsletter?
I have to get back home to post the Tool Newsletter.”

Having climbed out of the idling pickup, my friend examined my tire rock placement and then gauged the distance to the edge of the steep drop off. After which, he patted me on my back before jumping back into the Ford, shouting out the window:

“Everyone knows that the band is still working on their new record, and that there’s really no other major news other than that.”

“No, you’re wrong. There are certain things that people need to know about. Things that finally need to be revealed – concerning the new record and other band related matters. Things that I’ve been holding back… for years… because I felt that I had to, but now it’s time to make them public. Only, we’re stuck in this desert hellhole… up to our lug nuts in burning sand…”

Maybe the next newsletter will be more revealing, though I feel like we’ve heard that before a few times!

King Buzzo hints at 12 minute Tool songs

King Buzzo had a chat with Team Rock lately about his favorite Melvins albums, and while talking about Stoner Witch, had the following to say about the new Tool album:

The Stoner Witch record was the middle record of the three that we did with Atlantic. It wasn’t the best selling record from that time; Houdini was the best selling one but that was actually my least favourite of the three. I’m proud of all of those records though, and when you listen to them you can tell there’s not a lot of record company meddling going on. Stoner Witch in particular was a lot of fun to make, and we really learnt a lot in the studio on that one. I think it was the longest time we ever spent in the studio actually; 19 days, which for us is a long time. Bands like Tool obviously spend about six months on their albums, and they’ve spent about ten years putting together the new one. And they haven’t even started recording yet, but Adam [Jones, Tool guitarist] told me the shortest song they’ve been working on is twelve minutes long. Anyway, Stoner Witch was great.

It’s not much I know, but there’s not a whole load else to publish at the moment!

Check out the new Melvins album Basses Loaded below:

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things has a trailer

More info on A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, including a trailer!

It is the time of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, a day celebrated across cultures and across millennia as a time of new beginnings. Maynard James Keenan describes the solstice as “a story, a metaphor for stepping into the light. All stories are true, whether or not they’re factual. They have power, and tapping into them puts us in a headspace that anything is possible.” Here, at long last, is a first look at Maynard’s own story: “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things.”

“A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” is the authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan. Author Sarah Jensen’s 30-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his history and career trajectory. The book traces Keenan’s journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking. A comprehensive portrayal of a versatile and dedicated artist, “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” pays homage to the people and places that shaped the man and his art.

Until now, Maynard’s fans have had access to only an abridged version of his story. “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. Included are sidebars in his own words, often humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative, as well as commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues. The book also features a foreword by Alex Grey, an American visionary artist and longtime friend of Keenan. Accompanying the text are photos of Keenan from childhood to the present.

Maynard’s story is a metaphor for the reader’s own evolution and an encouragement to follow one’s dreams, hold fast to individual integrity, and work ceaselessly to fulfill our creative potential.

Tool and Puscifer added to Aftershock 2016 lineup

This is probably the last tour announcement for the time being, but as anticipated Tool are also playing the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA n the 22nd of October.  Joining them the following day are Puscifer!

Here’s the full lineup:

Tool and Puscifer play the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento
Tool and Puscifer play the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento

Tool and Puscifer confirmed for Voodoo Music & Arts Experience

As expected Tool have been confirmed as being on the lineup for the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience held in New Orleans this October.  It seems as though Puscifer will also be on the lineup:

Tool and Puscifer join the Voodoofest lineup
Tool and Puscifer join the Voodoofest lineup

No word yet on which day the bands will be playing, though as Tool are playing in Little Rock on the 28th, I’d guess Tool will headline the final night on the 30th.

Stay tuned for an Aftershock announcement!

ToolArmy updates announced

With the Tool Fall 2016 tour dates just announced, it seems as though ToolArmy is also getting an update of sorts.  For now, it seems that the Toolband/Army store has been updated to use the Full Screen Direct framework, with new members able to join for an annual fee of US$49.99.

This fee includes:

  • 1 Year Membership
  • 2 Stickers
  • 1 Patch
  • 1 Keychain
  • 1 Membership Certificate
  • Membership T-Shirt

From memory that’s more or less the same as the basic level of old ToolArmy membership.  The interesting addition is the annual fee.  It’s not clear to me if it’s $49.99 every year or if it’ll be a different amount.  For those who were TA members prior to June 6th 2016, it looks like your membership will be honoured.

For what it’s worth, I’ve never had a problem with an annual fee, provided the site gets updated.  $49.99 per year sounds pretty expensive though, and I’d certainly question if there were value for money there based on the mis-handling of Toolarmy over the years.

From a technical standpoint, the Full Screen Direct framework allows more than just a store – it’s a mini social network of sorts for fan club members.  I know many of us would welcome a return to the interactivity ToolArmy had in the past, though based on how fans react to things on Tool’s Facebook page, it could just end up being a shit storm!

I’m also disappointed that the pre-sales for the coming dates appear to be VIP only.  It’s great to have some of these reserved for TA members, but not all of us want to blow $500 just to see them, regardless of what the other parts of the experience can offer.  And for those who have already experienced the VIP sessions before, I doubt many of them are super keen to see it again (despite reports that it’s a great experience).

On a positive note, it is good to see some kind of movement on the website front for the band.  Though the album may still be some time off, I think many of us acknowledge that the website really should be updated prior to it’s release, and the framework being used can be a good asset for the band in helping to release special editions of the album to its fans.


Tool announce 2016 USA tour dates

While I try and fight off the effects of a nasty cold I’m fighting at the moment, it seems that those from the Tool website have been busy preparing a number of announcements for us.  For most of us the important news is that we have confirmation of some Tool shows happening in October (I’ll summarise and comment on the changes to ToolArmy in a separate post).

Three dates have been announced: Salt Lake City, Denver and Little Rock:

  • October 24th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10th at 10:00am MDT at all Smith’s Tix locations, and the venue box office.
  • October 26th – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center. Tickets on sale Friday, June 10th at 10:00am MDT at Altitude Tickets
  • October 28th – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena. Tickets on sale Friday, June 10th at 10am CDT. Purchase tickets at or 

It’s also expected that Tool will be announced as part of the Voodoofest and Aftershock Festival lineups in the coming days.  From what I’ve heard this will be a short tour, so don’t expect to see further dates added.

As is the norm these days, there will also be VIP tickets available, firstly via a ToolArmy pre-sale:


A VERY LIMITED NUMBER of special VIP EVENT TICKETS will be available for the above three Tool shows – this as a salute to our distinguished TOOLARMY members who may want to reap the benefits of membership and get more of the Tool concert experience than that of more casual fans. The VIP PRE-SALE will begin on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8th at 10:00 AM PDT. Again, this pre-sale is only available to ToolArmy members.



  • One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
  • 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


Maverick Center in Salt Lake City
Maverick Center in Salt Lake City

Can Büyükberber shares his visuals from the recent Tool tour

In a short but interesting article on The Creators Project, it is revealed that digital artist Can Büyükberber created a bunch of visuals for Tool’s most recent tour, including the new track Descending.  According to the article:

Late last year, Büyükberber put together ten individual video loops for band’s live sets. In his description, Büyükberber claims the cosmic animated artworks developed through his work in architectural projection mapping performances. Through this work, he began experimenting with “morphogenesis and higher dimensional geometries,” which, in turn, gave life to his design patterns. The animations were used for the first time in 2015 at a show in Arizona, and are now being used in the band’s 2016 US tour.

There is a video which accompanies the article as well:

Though if you prefer, ToolArchive has created a version with a live recording of Descending synced to it.

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