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Tool to headline Rock on the Range 2018

Tool have been announced as one of the headline acts of the Rock On The Range festival, held in May 18-20 in Columbus, OH.  The join such luminaries as Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack and Breaking Benjamin.  If that’s not enough to get your juices flowing, also on the lineup are much better (but lesser know acts) Quicksand, Baroness, Code Orange and Power Trip.

Oh, and A Perfect Circle are also playing, presumably not on the same day as Tool.

According to the press kit ‘We have one of the only shows from Tool in 2018’ which suggests to me that we’ll see another few shows, I’d guess in the week or so leading up to the festival.  I have no insight into the scope of the tour, but I’d guess it’ll be a short one.

Tickets are on sale now for the whole weekend.  Single day tickets don’t seem to be available at the moment, but I imagine if it doesn’t sell out will do so closer to the event.

Weekly Update 21-Nov-2017

Long time no news!  Updating weekly appears to be a weak point of mine, but here’s the latest and greatest.  Highlights include:

  • Justin’s Goblin Master bit at Primus shows
  • Daily Grail discuss the importance of Occult Rock
  • A Perfect Circle release video for The Doomed
  • Tool Newsletters: Still a thing!
  • Albums of the last few weeks: Godflesh, Converge, Polaris, Merchant

Oh and in case you missed it, Adam said Tool have re-recorded Opiate.  We all knew this already though right?  I think it was recorded back in 2015 when the guys from Motorhead filmed Tool in the studio.

Justin as the Goblin Master

We all know that Justin featured on the new Primus album as the Goblin Master, but you may not know that Justin also plays this part in their live shows, albeit in video form.  For your enjoyment:

Occult Rock: The Influence of Magick in Modern Rock

Magic with a K is of great importance, and this article from the Daily Grail goes into a bit of history being the occult in modern rock.  It’s got quite a bit on Tool, so worth a read.  It’s got some good photos of the talismanic boards often present at Tool shows.

A Perfect Circle released The Doomed video

Here it is!

Tool Newsletters: Still a thing!

Blair says that Newsletters are still being written, and hopefully one day published!

Q: What happened to the Tool newsletters?  

A: Having first made sure that all of the archived newsletters were recovered during the transfer (initially I had some doubt), I have been checking on the progress of getting them posted ever since.  Recently, the earliest ones (going back to 2000) began to appear on the back end – at which time I was informed that the delay in getting the rest of them up is due to the developers having to import and edit all them manually as a result of the code that our old webmaster used.  Soon (again, according to the folks at Full Screen Direct) they will be displayed and archived in a separate section.  Once this is done, I will also add the newer ones that I have been writing (every month) but not posting until there is a dedicated area. Thank you for your patience.

Albums of the last few weeks!

  • Aussie doom band Merchant put out a stellar release last week.  If Yob is your thing, check this out!
  • Godflesh are a favorite of mine, and have a new album out this week called Post Self.  It’s not bad and worth a listen…
  • Converge are one of the best modern punk bands around, especially if you’re in the the heavier subgenres.  The Dusk In Us is another great addition to their discography.
  • Another Aussie band, this time Polaris put out a good if somewhat forumlaic progressive metal album called The Mortal Coil.

A Perfect Circle announce UK dates

A Perfect Circle have announced a couple of shows in the UK – one in Manchester on the 12th of June, and another in London on the 13th.  i think it’d be a safe assumption that we’ll see more European dates, I expect some of which will be festivals.  Here’s the poster:

Speaking of festivals – word is the Download Festival is coming to Australia in March next year.  Given that APC seem to be pretty actively touring, it’d come as no surprise to me to see them Down Under around that time.  Stay tuned!

Billy talks about the coming Perfect Circle album

In a new interview Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle talks about progress on their next album.  For those who want the tl;dr version: writing is pretty much done, and they are using Dave Sardy to produce it:

How is that process affecting work on the new recording?

It’s great to be able to sit back and have someone at the helm driving the computer. It frees me up to ask for things I’d like to see happen. There’s an ego thing in play at the beginning that says, ‘Yeah I wanna do everything myself.’ Sometimes it’s faster to do it yourself and having someone else’s opinion sort of derails that something you have in mind … and you feel you can’t get there quick enough. But it eventually will come to be, anyway. You’ll get there because, ultimately, it’s cool letting someone else have some input and letting go. Then it becomes a collaborative process. Our producer, Dave Sardy is very strong-headed; he has strong opinions. It’s great to work with someone who has made a lot of records, who has seen a lot of records being made. There’s a meeting of the minds there. It’s all interesting and exhausting, a wonderful endeavor.

Listen to The Doomed by A Perfect Circle

As expected A Perfect Circle have dropped their new single today entitled The Doomed.  You can listen to it via the Youtube clip below.

Personally, I think it’s alright – certainly the best thing they’ve released since Thirteenth Step.  Will be interesting to see how the rest of the album sounds.  Certainly has a couple of Puscifer-like moments, which is not entirely unexpected, but it chugs along nicely.

What do you guys think?

A Perfect Circle tease new single and songs on tour

We’ve had a couple of posts from the Perfect Circle social media camp the last few days, suggestion that things are in motion for new songs this tour, putting further weight behind the claims an album is in the works.

First up was a post the other day from Maynard suggesting he had some new songs to work on for the coming APC dates:

With claims of #apc2018 some on twitter asked if Tool was off the cards for next year, to which Maynard’s response was “Both?”.  Despite that, I’d say it’s unlikely we’ll see a new Tool album next year, though perhaps they might actually get to a point where they can record it.

Also released this morning as a preview of sorts on the APC Facebook page.  It’s a short silent video with the text “The Doomed” on it.  I’d hazard to guess The Doomed is the name of a new song, and perhaps we’ll see this released in the near future (possibly the 17th according to this site).

Don’t forget that A Perfect Circle are touring across North America, kicking off in about a weeks time:

Oct. 21 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Aftershock Festival
Oct. 23 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Broadmoor World Arena
Oct. 25 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Tingley Coliseum
Oct. 26 – El Paso, Texas @ Don Haskins Center
Oct. 30 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Thompson-Boling Arena
Nov. 01 – Fairfax, Va. @ EagleBank Arena
Nov. 02 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Tidal Theater at Barclays Center
Nov. 04 – Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena
Nov. 05 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 07 – Camden, N.J. @ BB&T Pavilion
Nov. 08 – Boston, Mass. @ Agganis Arena
Nov. 10 – Portland, Maine @ Cross Insurance Center
Nov. 11 – Albany, N.Y. @ Times Union Center
Nov. 12 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ The OnCenter Arena
Nov. 14 – Montreal, Quebec @ Laval Centre
Nov. 15 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 17 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Petersen Events Center
Nov. 18 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Wolstein Center
Nov. 19 – Highland Heights, Ky. @ BB&T Arena
Nov. 21 – Detroit, Mich. @ Fox Theatre
Nov. 22 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ The DeltaPlex Arena
Nov. 24 – Chicago, Ill. @ UIC Pavilion
Nov. 25 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel EnergyCenter
Nov. 28 – Spokane, Wash. @ Spokane Arena
Nov. 30 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ PNE Coliseum
Dec. 01 – Seattle, Wash. @ Key Arena
Dec. 02 – Portland, Ore. @ Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
Dec. 04 – Eugene, Ore. @ Matthew Knight Center

Justin’s custom pedal & A Perfect Circle tickets

There’s no real Tool news at the moment (nor will there be for some time I suspect) so we have to make do with some news that is only kinda interesting, depending on what floats your boat.

Anyway, what floats my boat are guitar pedals, and Justin Chancellorr has a fancy custom version of one by boutique pedal vendor KHDK Electronics.  It’s based on their overdrive pedal called Abyss, and has some cool art as you can see below.  Nothing to suggest this is going to turn into something you can buy, but seems cool none the less.

Did you guys remember that A Perfect Circle are touring later this year?  Well they are, with dates across the US.  If you’re too tight to pay for your own ticket, you could try entering the competition at Metal Sucks, who are giving away a few tickets for every non-Festival show on the tour.  The price is being spammed endlessly by Metal Sucks and A Perfect Circle.  Good luck!

A Perfect Circle announce Fall tour

A Perfect Circle are doing another round of touring this fall with dates in October, November and December; kicking off with the previously mentioned Aftershock Festival.  Tickets go on sale this Friday:

October 21 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
October 23 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
October 25 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
October 26 El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center
October 30 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
November 1 Fairfax, VA EagleBank Arena
November 2 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
November 4 Reading, PA Santander Arena
November 5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
November 7 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
November 8 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
November 10 Portland, ME Cross Insurance Center
November 11 Albany, NY Times Union Center
November 12 Syracuse, NY The Oncenter
November 14 Montreal, QC Place Bell
November 15 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
November 17 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
November 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University
November 19 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University
November 21 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The DeltaPlex Arena
November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion
November 25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
November 28 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
November 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum
December 1 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
December 2 Portland, OR Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
December 4 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

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!

A Perfect Circle sign with BMG

A Perfect Circle have signed with record label BMG with Billy Howerdel telling us:

We just signed a new record deal with BMG! Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. New APC-2017!

A few music sites around the place were pretty quick to jump on the idea that A Perfect Circle would have an album out in 2017.  Maynard pretty quickly hosed down those suggestions with a typically to the point Twitter post:

My thoughts are that unless APC have an album in the bag, it seems unlikely that a 2017 release will happen.  With an A Perfect Circle and Tool tour in the coming months, I find it a little hard to believe either band will find the time to record before Maynard’s wine harvest duties commence.

Sure, they may have written some songs, and could be well down the track towards recording, but there doesn’t seem to be any suggestion they have yet.  It feels very similar to the Tool situation to me – plenty of songwriting, and possibly even some songs done but no actual confirmation of recording happening.

My expectation is that maybe we’ll see a single or EP by years end, with possibly a new song or two in the tour setlist, and then a new full length sometime in 2018.

The question is of course – can Tool and A Perfect Circle both release an album in 2018?

 

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