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Adam talks about the San Bernadino not-festival

Adam Jones from Tool recently had a chat with Kelli from the Orange County Register, in which he discussed a few things about the current tour and upcoming San Bernadino show.  He suggests that they’re still working on the album (though doesn’t give any clues as to when it’ll be done), and that the coming San Bernadino show isn’t a festival!

“We’re not using the ‘F-word’ on this – you know, festival,” Jones said. “It was just a nice opportunity since we were playing that outdoor venue to be like, ‘We’ll let’s add one more band. OK, wait, let’s at one more.  OK, maybe one more.’

“Our band has always taken the route of what would we want if we went to a show and what I would want if I bought a ticket, a T-shirt or a record, is to get my money’s worth. We didn’t have to up the price of the ticket or anything like that for this show, we just had to fatten the budget a little so we could have more bands and just make a fun day of it. It’s definitely not going to be like Lollapalooza or anything, just a day with bands that you can come out, enjoy and have a good time.”

The interview is reasonably short, and worth a quick read.

In the meantime, the summer tour seems to be going pretty well.  I’ve held back reporting on it wanting to not spoil those who are seeing them later in the tour.  it’s safe to say that it’s not what some boldly predicted it to be (ie. a month long album launch party) but there have been a couple of small surprises.  For those that want to delve deeper into these spoilers they can check out this thread in our forum.

Photo courtesy of Fret12

A Perfect Circle play Aftershock in CA

This morning A Perfect Circle have been announced as part of the lineup for the 2017 Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.  They will play on October 21st with acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Mastodon, Gojira and Code Orange.  Not a bad lineup at all!

Wine tasting with Maynard in NYC

Heading over the NYC for the Tool show at the Governors Ball?  Then perhaps you’re interested in attending a wine tasting run by the good people at Some Good Wine.  Maynard will be there to tell some tales, and generally assist fueling your alcoholism.  Tickets are limited to 20 per session, so it’s a pretty intimate setting!

Details below:

Event Information:
What: Maynard James Keenan Wine Seminar & Tasting at Some Good Wine
Date: Saturday June 3rd
Time: 3PM session & 4:30PM session
Where: Some Good Wine- 13 E. 8th Street, NY NY 10003
Cost: $50 (includes $20 in wine store credit)
Details: Many celebrities have attached their name to a wine but only one can claim to actually be the winemaker. Apart from being the lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan is slowly becoming one of America’s newest rising wine stars with a wide array of amazing new wines out of both Arizona and New Mexico. Maynard is creatively exploring the vast terroir of these regions and experimenting with some incredibly diverse and eccentric grapes to make some world class white and reds, that Some Good Wine has proudly carried for 3 years. On Saturday, June 3rd, we are honored to have Maynard join us for an afternoon of storytelling and wine tasting in our private event space. Tickets are limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets: https://somegoodwine.com/products/mayna … 0408040334

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RIP Chris Cornell

Devastating news tonight with confirmation that Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell has passed away.

While I wouldn’t normally post on non-Tool related news, I expect this news hits hard for many Fourtheye reader who like myself found Soundgarden to be staple of their listening habits.  Chris’ voice was one that was very rarely matching in music, and will be sorely missed.

Too all my readers out there, if you’re ever feeling down, or just need someone to talk to, there is always help available.  I’m happy to chat most of the time, and there are plenty of other avenues to get help.

New Tool Website

Looks like Tool have made the switch this morning from their old Toolband site to the new Full Screen Direct service.  There seem to be a number of problems (a few usability issues, some 404’s invalid SSL certificates) but otherwise seems to work for the most part.  I haven’t had much of a chance to delve into the social aspect of the site, or the Toolarmy “bits” so will render final judgement for later.

A couple of interesting points:

  • The old Toolarmy now seems to be completely gone.  I would have preferred to see it archived personally. RIP Toolarmy!
  • 10,000 Days still isn’t mentioned in the releases section.  Decoy album confirmed?

Interested to hear your collective thoughts on the update?

Fantômas and Clutch join Tool show in SoCal

Announced this morning are the two “special guests” promised for the Tool show in San Bernadino this June.  They are Fantômas and Clutch, who are both great additions to the lineup!

Anyway, this sounds like a great show.  Wish I could be there, but seems unlikely to happen!  Looking forward to hearing reports from all Fourtheye readers who attend!

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR
TOOL’S ONLY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHOW

CLUTCH AND FANTOMAS
JOIN LINEUP FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 24 SHOW
AT GLEN HELEN AMPHITHEATER IN DEVORE, CA

“Clutch and Fantômas–in a very rare live performance–will join iconic band TOOL along with PRIMUS, MELVINS, and DJ sets by THE CRYSTAL METHOD at Glen Helen Amphitheater in Southern California on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Clutch–known for pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music–is one of the world’s most respected and influential hard rock bands. Clutch is touring in support of their 11th studio album Psychic Warfare, while laying the groundwork for their next studio album.

The brainchild of Mike Patton, Fantômas is an anti-hero from a series of pre-WWI French crime novels, sometimes dubbed the “lord of terror.” Rounding out the lineup are Buzz Osborne on guitar (Melvins), Trevor Dunn on bass (Mr. Bungle, Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant) and Dale Crover (Melvins) on drums. This will mark the band’s first U.S. show since 2008.

This is a unique opportunity to experience Tool’s unparalleled sonic and visual performance, along with live sets by some of the most highly acclaimed artists beneath the picturesque San Bernardino Mountains in Devore, CA, just outside Los Angeles.

Tickets for the show–which is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and Live Nation Los Angeles-are on sale now at www.Ticketmaster.com.
TICKETS

Glen Helen Amphitheater is a short drive from Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, the San Joaquin Valley, and many more cities in the Southwestern U.S.”

Interestingly this doesn’t line up with the band reportedly mentioned by Danny at the Baked Potato recently.  That band was Killing Joke, who are in fact on tour in Europe while this show goes ahead.  Miscommunication perhaps, or just a killer joke?

Tool April 2017 Newsletter

The April 2017 Tool newsletter is out, and it pretty much reinforced the previous post where Danny hoses down album speculation:

WTF!!!

Are you serious? How in the world could anyone – even the most desperate Tool enthusiast make such an incredible leap? I’ve received email over the years from people who have included a 20 page treatise on the true meaning behind “Lateralus” when the song tracks are re-arranged to their “secret” correct order and synched up to some obscure film, and I think: Hmm, who knows? But the idea about my mentioning a strange happening at Arby’s being a cryptic hint of “colossal Tool news” really had me scratching my head. (NOTE: For any one who is interested, I’ve copied my original post that was inserted as an update into the September 2016 newsletter. Check out the last sentence!)

So there we go.  There’s a moral here somewhere!

There’s not much else happening in the newsletter, so my advice for the easily Blair triggered – don’t read it!

Danny hoses down suggestions of a Tool album in June

Here’s a report from the Baked Potato tonight where Fourtheye reader nxrm had the chance to chat with Danny Carey:

I went to The Baked Potato tonight and caught the first set of the Doug Webb Allstars. During the break I was fortunate to talk with Danny, and I asked him how high Tool fans must be to think the band would be releasing a new album prior to this upcoming tour. He laughed and said, “They can believe whatever they want, but it’s not gonna happen.” He added, and I’m condensing/paraphrasing here, that they hope to get into the studio to record in the Fall.

So there we go – can we stop speculating about the new album coming out this tour?  It seems to be pretty rampant on Reddit and other places.  I’d love to be wrong and have an album in our hands in June (or even this year) but I can’t see it happening.

I don’t think either Tool or A Perfect Circle have recorded anything yet, and given that the members are tied up in tours for each band, as well as the wine harvest I don’t see any kind of recording happening prior to October.  This being the case I don’t think we should expect an album from either band until 2018, something Maynard has alluded to in a few Twitter posts lately.

Apparently the “guest” at the San Bernadino show was confirmed as well, but I’ve been asked to keep that one close to my chest. It’s not anyone that I’ve seen guessed previously, but will say it’s an older band that has been cited as an influence by Tool members in the past.

Tool announce huge San Bernadino show

Most of us already knew that a San Bernadino show was coming, but Tool have made a big announcement this morning telling us that the support acts for this gig will include both The Melvins and Primus as well as Live DJ Sets from The Crystal Method + a yet to be announced guest.

Sounds like a great event – this time around there doesn’t appear to be a VIP session, or at least they haven’t announced one.

We are very excited to announce the unparalleled sonic and visual experience of TOOL LIVE IN CONCERT in the high-spirited setting of the GLEN HELEN AMPHITHEATER in SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA on JUNE 24, 2017.

Other bands on the bill for this monumental event in the Inland Empire include PRIMUS, the MELVINS, and the electronic spectacle of LIVE DJ SETS from THE CRYSTAL METHOD.

For the occasion, the band will also have an additional SPECIAL GUEST to be announced soon. Quite simply, fans of TOOL will not want to miss this SUMMER HAPPENING featuring critically acclaimed bands (and friends) on a stage where anything can happen.

June 24 – San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Amphitheater

TICKETS

Tickets go ON-SALE on THURSDAY, APRIL 13 at 10am PDT.

Tool add Pennsylvania show on May 25

Tool have added a Pennsylvania show to their tour for the 25th of May.  It’ll be held at the Giant Center in Hersey, PA.  Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, with VIP tickets available to Toolarmy members a few days before.  The ticket details are much the same as the other shows.

No word on the San Bernadino show yet – hopefully some good news on that front in the days to come.

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