10,000 Days

Pre-sales Spoiled? Wings For Marie Lyrics

According to Blair, it seems that there were pre-sales for the recently announced US Dates, and that some members of Toolarmy decided it would be a good idea to release this password.  Rather than sharing the love, it seems that this has resulted in scalpers purchasing these pre-sale tickets instead.  I’m sure these members were trying to do the right thing, but it looks like it’s backfired on them.  Allegedly the bands management know who these people are as well.  I’m guessing in the future they may not be offered pre-sales.  Hopefully this has closed the possibility of further pre-sales down the track (not that I’m expecting us Aussies will ever get one).
In other news, it looks like the lyrics for Wings For Marie have been made available as a Toolarmy exclusive.  I’m guessing it’ll be just a matter of time before these find their way into the real world.

Aria Charts 2006

I was having a look through the charts for the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) 2006 Album sales charts today, have a look at where Tool sat as far as sales were concerned last year.  Tool’s 10,000 Days found itself in position 37.  Bands selling more than Tool last year included Scissor Sisters (Ta Dah!), Red Hot Chilli Peppers (Stadium Arcadium) and The Killers (Sam’s Town).  Some of the bands Tool sold more that were Jet (Shine On), Pearl Jam (Pearl Jam) and Audioslave (Revelations)
Just to put this in perspective, in 2001 Lateralus was released and charted at number 32.  It was outsold by acts such as Linkin Park (Hybrid Theory) and Creed (Human Clay – which was an unimaginable #3), while Gorillaz (Gorillaz) and Garbage (Beautiful Garbage) sold less.
Finally Aenima was released in October 1996, but didn’t reach that years top 50.  It did get there in 1997, this time number 54 in a top 100 .  Presumably this would have been in a similar position in the 1996 charts if the scope was greater than 50.  It outsold albums from The Prodigy (Music for the Jilted Generation) and Radiohead (OK Computer) but was beaten by Metallica (Reload) and Faith No More (Album of the Year).

This Beat Could Win Me A Grammy…

Tool have collected a couple of nominations for this years Grammy Awards.  This year they have been nominated for:

  • Best Hard Rock Performance for Vicarious.  Up against Nine Inch Nails, Buckcherry, Wolfmother and System of a Down
  • Best Record Packaging for 10,000 Days.

They seem to have done alright in the past with Grammy Awards, so hopefully they’ll pick something up again this time around.  Winners will be announced on the 11th of February.  Since Tool will be in Japan then, I guess they won’t be there in person to thank Satan again.  Maybe they’ll send Blair instead.

Of course, it’s hard to get too excited about an award show which has Justin Timberlake and Red Hot Chilli Peppers nominated for Album of the Year…

In other news, Ben emailed me saying he has 2 Sydney Gold tickets that he’s willing to swap for 2 Melbourne Gold tickets.  Let me know if you’re interested in trading

Tool in California (again) and Alex Grey 10000 Days

A friend of clg2112 says that Tool are definitely playing the Staples Center in California on the 7th, 8th and 9th of September.  I’m sure confirmation of this will appear on Toolband in due course.

Blksun from Toolarmy shares with us a picture of his copy of 10,000 Days signed by Alex Grey.  Looks good to me.

Record Sales

Not really any news today, so I though I’d quickly comment on the recent record sales.  We all know that Tool sold 564,000 copies of 10,000 Days in the US, which is an impressive figure for any band, and outstrips the sales on Lateralus as well.  As it turns out, that’s the highest selling CD in one week so far in 2006.

Since the Red Hot Chilli Peppers new CD was coming out, I thought this record would soon be broken, especially considering how popular Dani California seems to be at the moment, not to mention the large amount of press RHCP are getting, here in Australia at least anyway.  So I was surprised when I read this article saying that Stadium Arcadium only sold 442,500 copies last week.

To me this shows a number of possibilities:

  • 10,000 Days is a better CD than Stadium Arcadium?
  • Tool fans are more supportive of the band?
  • Tool fans are more likely to buy 10,000 Days in the first week than to wait for it?
  • Publicity makes a smaller impact on record sales than is thought?
  • Elaborate packaging really does make an impact on record sales?
  • More Red Hot Chilli Peppers fans chose to download, and then not purchase than Tool fans?
  • RHCP are just not as popular as Tool are, despite market hype?
  • RHCP are less popular in the US than the are in Australia, where I would consider RHCP to definitely more popular that Tool?
  • RHCP suck, where as Tool rules!
  • Tool fans, desparate for some new songs, rushed out to purchase this CD the day it came out?
  • RHCP fans, who’ve had no shortage of releases, are not quite as desparate?

Personally I think Stadium Arcadium will ultimately stay higher in the charts for longer than Tool, and probably sell more CD’s in total than 10,000 Days.  Either way, congratulations to Tool on selling more CD’s than RHCP in the first week, it certainly took me by surprise.

And Maynard, I’m sure that new wing on the Vineyard will be there soon enough…

“The best album art since the 70’s”

I found this article on Yahoo Music today, which talks about 10,000 Days, with a few quotes from Adam, and also from their record company Zomba:

Fans love it, says Bryan Everitt, director of music operations for the 153-store Hastings Entertainment chain. “It’s great to see music lovers reading the liner notes and really enjoying holding the product in their hands again.”

(Adam) Jones, who came up with the concept, recalls, “(Guitarist) Robert Fripp was at our show the other day, and he said, ‘This is the best album art since the ’70s’ … We’re always trying to think of something to do that’s never been done before. We want people to get more than their money’s worth.”

Blair on Toolband/Army also mentioned that Edsel passed away yesterday, and is buried next to his mate Mo.  If memory serves Edsel is one of Adam’s pigs.  RIP.

Alex Grey & Adam Jones interview

Jonathon submitted this link to me this morning, which contains a very interesting interview with both Alex Grey and Adam Jones in relation to the Tool’s 10,000 Days artwork. The article also contains a few audio and visual samples for you all to enjoy.

One important thing mentioned is that the Vicarious video, which features Grey’s artwork should be out early July.

Alex Grey Listening Party Pictures

End Eye Quote from Toolarmy has posted some awesome pictures of the 10,000 Days listening party held at Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors last Friday. Check them out here.

10,000 Days in the charts

According to this post on Toolnavy 10,000 Days is doing pretty well in the charts. Here’s the few of the positions recorded so far:

  • Australia #1
  • New Zealand #1
  • UK #4
  • Germany #3
  • Italy #4
  • Netherlands #1
  • Belgium #2
  • Norway #1
  • Portugal #6

So come on Tool, give those countries that made you number 1 a little extra loving and announce some tour dates.

Australian #1 and Platinum

Congratulations to all the guys in Tool, 10,000 Days is officially #1 here in Australia, and has also gone platinum in the space of a week.  Take that James Blunt!

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