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.

MJK related announcement for Aftershock Festival?

The organisers of the Aftershock Festival, held in Sacramento, California on the 22nd and 23rd of October have posted an image of a bottle of Caduceus Anubis 2011 as well as a suggestion that the lineup will drop next Tuesday.  Perhaps they really love Maynard’s wine, or possibly it’s a hint that one of his bands will be included on the bill.


Caduceus Anubis 2011
Caduceus Anubis 2011

Many of you would be familiar with the rumour that Tool are playing Voodoofest in New Orleans, which happens to be the following weekend.  There is also some speculation that there will be a very short Tool tour with this, and while I have nothing concrete to back it up, I wonder if we’ll see the Aftershock Festival, a couple of Tool shows between California and New Orleans, and then the Voodoofest to wind it all up.

May 2016 Tool Newsletter out now!

Blair has posted the May 2016 Tool Newsletter, and it appears there’s no real news of note at the moment.  Instead the newsletter contains an interview with a random Tool fan.  Those with low tolerance for Blair–isms should probably give it a miss.

Here’s the final question with a few asterisks for you guys to ponder:

“How about Problem 8. Just kidding. Having heard Faaip de Oiad, I’m good… But, when are we going to hear some new stuff? Wait, I think I know the answer – when it’s finished.”

Thanks for agreeing to answer some questions. I’ll try to get you on the list for *** ****** ******* **** ** ******.


Puscifer announced November shows in Florida

Puscifer have announced a couple of shows in Florida in November, as well as the promise of more:

Floridian friends, we’re stopping by for a visit in November. We’ll see you:

November 1 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Theater
November 3 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tickets for Orlando available this Friday, May 6 at 10 am; tickets for Clearwater available this Saturday, May 7. More dates will be announced soon.

No word on how extensive this tour might be – we’ll just have to wait and see!  Probably not a great sign for those hoping Tool might hit the studio in 2016 though.

10 years of 10,000 Days

Ten years has passed since the release of Tool’s last album 10,000 Days, and a couple of websites have celebrated the anniversary with some retrospectives.

First up is Team Rock who feature an interview with Engineer Joe Barresi.  His discusses his first impressions of Tool, as well as some of the techniques used to record 10,000 Days.

The second comes from Loudwire, who have compiled a series of quotes from Tool members outlining the writing and recording of the album.  Both articles are interesting reads, though not really revealing much we didn’t already now.

Toolshed have celebrated the anniversary in a quite different way, by announcing Today is the official end for this site.  Sad news, as Toolshed is an important source of information for many of us over the journey.  It’s wealth of Tool information is unmatched, and thankfully, while the site will no longer be updated, this archive will remain.

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