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Studio updates and Maynard’s Metal Icon Award

Tool seem to be back working hard in the studio, with an update from Justin showing up his rig in the studio, as well as a quick Instagram post from Adam:

Justin sent me this photo with a caption: “Bass… How low can you go?”  In speaking with him, he told me that he was making great progress in “a great studio.”  He also told me how much fun he had at the recent Tool clinics and how impressed he was by many of the questions and comments from the band’s knowledgeable fans.

🤘🏽The Storm #FearIsTheMindKiller @eviljoebarresi

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In other exciting news, Maynard James Keenan was recently given a Icon Award at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards:

Maynard James Keenan received the Icon Award at last night’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods’ ceremony.

The award was presented to Keenan by Daniel P. Carter, host of BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, recognizing a lifetime of contributions to heavy music, with past lifetime achievement winners including Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Lemmy and Alice in Chains. Keenan was celebrated for his work with his trio of bands: A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and Tool.

A much deserved award.  Of interest to fans of the great man, he was quoted during his acceptance speech as saying “a lot of works being done, a lot of works been done. I’ll go on record now as saying you’re going to see some new music next year“.  It seems somewhat clear to me he’s referring to Tool, but maybe some new Puscifer material could be on the cards.  We’ll see in 2019!

Tool tease demo version of Descending in Music Clinic promo

Tool have released a video promo for their upcoming Music Clinic tour, and in a pleasant surprise it features a recording (presumably some form of demo) of the track Descending frequently played live over the last half a dozen years.

Adam also offered a few thoughts on the clinics via Instagram:

Very excited about the upcoming #ToolMisicClinic ‘s. The concept originated from fans wanting to connect & interact with us personally.
An evening to Hang & Learn about what makes Tool tick. 🤔💭 We did this production in Tempe Az and it was really great! We will play and talk and mingle. Exclusive VIP commemorative merch is included and special #Tool memorabilia will be on display. & Don’t let the venue size fool you. *These are SMALL & intimate events (sectioned off to one part of the building). Much better than a room at a Convention Center… #VIP gatherings are limited to just a few hundred guest ONLY. 🙌🏼 ❤ Toolband.com

Tool announce Music Clinic tour

Without a full tour to support them, it seems Tool are taking their VIP show on the road.  Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday the 13th, with a Toolarmy pre-sale kicking off on the 11th.  Rumour is that tickets are $500, which I expect will raise a few eyebrows.

Here are the details:

TOOL MUSIC CLINIC: A RARE IMMERSIVE DISSECTION AND PERFORMANCE WITH DANNY CAREY, JUSTIN CHANCELLOR AND ADAM JONES

A SERIES OF INTIMATE DISCUSSIONS TAKE FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES INTO THE INNER WORKINGS OF ONE OF ROCK MUSIC’S MOST MYSTERIOUS BANDS

April 9, 2018, LOS ANGELES – Tool, one of rock music’s most mysterious and speculated about bands, give fans a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes via a series of intimate music clinics.

The discussions include drummer Danny Carey, bass player Justin Chancellor and guitar player Adam Jones walking attendees through a handful of the band’s songs, from the process of writing them to playing them live. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions via an open discussion, as well as mingle with the band following the session.

Ticket holders will receive commemorative merchandise, exclusive to the series of events and limited to the number of people in attendance. An accompanying, traveling exhibit will be on display at each event, featuring unique items from Tool’s history.

May 11  St. Paul, MN  Myth Live Event Center

May 14  Chicago, IL  The Vic Theatre

May 15  Indianapolis, IN  Egyptian Room at Old National

May 16  Royal Oak (Detroit), MI  Royal Oak Music Theatre

May 17  Columbus, OH  Express Live! Indoor Pavilion

May 19  Cleveland, OH  Agora Theatre

Tickets are on-sale this Friday, April 13 at 10 am local via (links). A limited number of tickets have been set aside for Tool Army members, which will be available on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 am pacific via the band’s webstore (http://www.toolband.com/store/music-clinics).

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the limited number of tickets that will be available for the pre-sale, TOOL ARMY MEMBERS who are interested in attending the clinic are urged to act quickly  (On WEDNESDAY, APRIL, 11 at 10:00 am PDT) to secure a spot for this unique Tool experience.

Danny’s Drum Altar in the studio catches fire

There was an Instagram post from Adam Jones recently which showed a picture of Danny Carey holding a melted drum head, presumably outside the studio while recording the new Tool recordDanny’s website now has an explanation for  the fire:

Danny’s drum altar burst into flames the other night after he finished tracking one of the tunes for the new TOOL ALBUM. This occurred while he was listening to the playback and contemplating if this should be the KEEPER TRACK or if he should try one more take. After smelling acrid fumes coming from the adjoining room, he rushed to check it out and realized that his drum altar was ablaze. The small fire fire was quickly extinguished, but not before the Egyptian tutelary deity HORUS suffered minor damage. The falcon-headed one was carefully transported to the ER where it was administered doses of super glue and later released. Afterwards it was decided that the track in question would be a keeper. I’m also happy to report that Horus (with the good ear!) is now back on the altar where he continues to provide support as only he can.” (to quote Danny.)

In other recording news, there are unconfirmed reports that they have changed studio, due to some technical problems with recordings.  Unsure if this set back the recordings in any way, but it certainly appears the band is moving forward regardless.

Another quick studio update

Another quick update from Adam Jones via Instagram in the studio with Tool.  It seems that Danny is well underway recording the drums, and that they’re recording to tape (bitch):

Joe Barresi confirmed to record new Tool album

In a further update from the studio via Instagram, Adam Jones confirmed that Joe Barresi will be recording the new Tool album.  Those with long memories will recall that he also recorded 10,000 Days.

Adam posts on Tool’s first day in the studio

Looks like Tool have hit the studio, with Adam sharing a post via Instagram.  Interesting to note that Billy Howerdel is in London doing A Perfect Circle media work at the moment, and Instagram suggests that Maynard is also in Europe.

Adam suggested earlier that Maynard will join the for 3 weeks in March, I assume those three weeks will be towards the end of the month.

~ Day 1 📀

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Adam suggests new Tool album recording in March

Not to be outdone by Maynard, Adam posted on Instagram today following a visit to the Loft by Sebastian Bach (formerly of Skid Row) and King Buzzo.  In his post he suggests that Tool could kick off recording in March.  It’ll be a tight schedule though, with both Tool and A Perfect Circle having tour dates in April/May this year.

Update: Adam has updating the Instagram post to suggest March instead of April as kicking off recording.

~ Huge fun & honor performing all the new tunes for Guinea pigs Sebastian & #KingBuzz b4 the recording starts in April. Still instrumentals with Mjk in town working on killer lyrics. Exciting! ————————–Repost from @sebastianbach @TopRankRepost #TopRankRepost How lucky am I? Spent yesterday getting my face melted by 3/4 of TOOL at the TOOL headquarters / rehearsal Studio. My very own private Tool show just missing the vocals! This is not just your average simple rock and roll music. This is progressive metal at its most atmospheric and right when you get into a groovy trance you get beat over the head with riffs so heavy it feels like a TOOL. Some tunes were so pummelling it felt like I was getting a deep tissue massage! in fact they could call the record that. No song was shorter than 7 minutes and some were 20 minutes long! Just my idea of how to spend the perfect day! Thank you so much to my great friend Adam Jones and Justin Chancellor on bass for your hospitality! Danny Carey you are one of the most talented drummers I have ever seen in my life and such a nice fun dude! You are all inspirations to me & thank you so much for the great preview! I can only Imagine what the Majestic vocals of Maynard James Keenan would sound like on top of this music. If it’s as delicious as his wine is, then I am buying this record for sure! 🎛🔈🍷cheers guys ! It was also great to see Buzz Osbourne the guitar player for The Melvins, who I last saw backstage in Seattle (I think) when we were drinking beers with Chris Cornell decades ago. Always good to see someone still doing great so many years down the line! #Melvins #Tool #MathRock #Rehearsal #rock #survivors

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So maybe I spoke a little too soon when I ruled out 2018 for a new Tool album.  I’m still on the skeptical I’ll believe it when I see it side of the fence, but good to see some solid progress reports from the guys.

Adam confirms new Tool album is moving towards completion

Adam undertook some more Instagram live streaming yesterday, and while it wasn’t some live cuts from the Loft, it did include a comment that the “Music is done.  Lyrics are coming in hard“.  Great news that the new Tool album seems to be on the home stretch.

Music is done.  Lyrics coming in hard.
Music is done. Lyrics coming in hard.

Danny also spoke with Overdrive about the new Legends of the Seagullmen album, and once more suggested that things were happening in Tool-land:

OD – Danny, where are we with the new Tool album? Can you give us an update?

DANNY – It’s all coming together really well. We’ll be hitting the studio again very soon and have a couple of gigs in May (Coachella Festival), so hopefully, we’ll have the album out before that. It’s wishful thinking at this point. I actually think I said that this time last year (laughing).

OD– Do you have a lot of material for the album?

DANNY – Yes, there’s a lot of material that’s already done so, we’re looking to go into the studio pretty quickly here and off we go! Things are just rollin’ along. We don’t just hang about here in Hollywood, we are pretty much working all the time.

There’s a couple of interesting things in that statement.  Great news that it appears they might hit the studio soon.  The suggestion of Coachella and a May release seem odd ones.  I suspect Coachella is a mistake and was added by the author rather than Danny (A Perfect Circle are playing Coachella) and a May release date seems outrageously optimistic for an album not yet recorded.

May 2019 for both perhaps!

Weekly Update 11-Sept-2017

Things are moving so slowly in Tool land at the moment, I’ve run out of material (and motivation) for regular posts.  So while Tool are in stealth mode (likely for the rest of the year I expect) rather than bombarding you with with stuff that is only somewhat interesting, I’ll do a weekly update.  This update will include Tool related stuff, relevant side projects, and even a few updates from bands that have supported Tool, or I feel would generally interest Fourtheye readers.

In this weeks episode:

  • Justin gets a new bass
  • The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan
  • The Melvins rate legal weed

Got anything that might interest Fourtheye readers?  Let me know!

Justin gets a new bass

Adam posted on Instagram a pic of Justin with his new Warwick bass.

~ S o m e b o d y ~ got a new custom bass ~ sounds so amazing*

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Some of you may notice the whiteboard behind, suggesting that perhaps they’re working on new stuff.  Frequent AJ followers on Instagram may have also noticed

The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan

Maynard is featuring in a number of short episodes recorded for the Revolver website, in which he discusses a range of topics – mostly about what inspires him to make music and wine.

Part 3 and 4 are yet to arrive, but keep your eyes peeled

The Melvins rate Legal Weed

The Melvins are always good for a laugh, and this interview for Pitchfork media has a few solid chuckles:

Don’t forget they have a newish album A Walk with Love & Death (which isn’t bad).  And Dale has a solo album called The Fickle Finger of Fate (which is better).

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