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Tool’s new “engineer”

Adam Jones shared a cute photo today from the new/temporary/renovated? Loft today of Tool’s new “engineer” at work:

~ *our new engineer 👶🏽❤️🎼💣 #TOOL #theboy

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Before everyone goes and get’s too excited, I’m not suggesting Tool are actually recording at the moment – there’s still no indication Maynard is done with his bits yet, and personally don’t expect to see the band record in earnest until sometime after the tour.

Still, it’s encouraging to see more coming out of the Tool camp, and I think the somewhat positive vibe I’m getting indicates there might be some good progress happening here.  We’ll see!

Maynard finally in Tool songwriting mode?

Blair posted a small update on Toolband today, suggesting that Maynard is finally working on vocals for the next Tool album:

In speaking with Danny last night, he told me that the band has temporarily MOVED some of their gear into a larger space (across town) where MAYNARD is working on VOCALS for some of the new Tool material. I’m sure that he has already been doing this to some extent, but now he has more room to breathe and a better vocal booth.

So good news it seems, and while I still think the album is some way off, it’s good to see some of the roadblocks being removed.  Adam recently posted a snippet of some footage from this not-Loft location, showing mixing desks and other recording related gizmos.  While I don’t think this is necessarily related Tool actually recording anything other than demos, it’s all good signs of progress.

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Adam confirms another track done!

Progress is slow, however some glimmer of light shines through the storm clouds with Adam today confirming that another Tool track is “in the can (minus Vox)”.  So while the album ain’t done yet (and probably is still a way off) at least there seems to be progress!

~ Another arrangement in the can (minus Vox) #onefingerchallenge #Tool song schematic

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Korin and Adam share their work space

Well, mainly Korin anyway.  The following article has some small insight into the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Malibu, as well as revealing the large Planet of the Apes statue in their backyard.  Enjoy!

And in case you didn’t know, Korin gave birth to a second boy just days ago!  Nice work Adam and Korin!

The walls of their home are covered with paintings and framed comic book art. Three Grammy Awards sit on the mantle, and the toys of their young son are scattered everywhere. On the back patio stands a giant statue of the Ape Lawgiver from the original Planet of the Apes films.

“We really love art,” says Jones, who created special effects for movies before Tool took off. “There’s a work ethic. We get very inspired off each other. It’s like two magnets coming together and becoming a strong force. I can’t think of anything I do now where I don’t go to her and go ‘What do you think of this? What would you do?'”

Adam & Korin next to the Planet of the Apes sculpture
Adam & Korin next to the Planet of the Apes sculpture

Aftershock show almost didn’t go ahead

Adam Jones has revealed via Instagram that Tool‘s Aftershock show almost didn’t go ahead due to Danny suffering from a serious staph infection:

The good new is that Blair also commented on the problem, and suggested that Danny is already feeling better, so here’s hoping the rest of the tour goes as planned!

BMB: In speaking with Danny tonight, he is feeling better (happy for a Chief’s victory), following the doctor’s orders the best that he can, and NOT ruling out a venomous spider bite. Even though the doctors’ who worked on his leg on Friday thought it would be better if he didn’t play the show, Danny insisted on performing. As always – a real trouper, Tool fans!

Tool August 2016 Newsletter

Hidden in the depths of Toolband is the Tool August 2016 Newsletter, and it covers since suggestion of a Tool course and a McDonalds Tray Liner featuring a Tool fan:

I had planned for this month’s newsletter to be about a new course offered by select colleges and universities that will certainly be of interest to many Tool enthusiasts. The class is entitled, “Introduction, Production & Interpretation of Music Videos By Tool”, and is described in the curriculum guide as being an accelerated course about the band’s critically acclaimed video concepts. Now, I’m not trying to be anyone’s academic adviser – no, not this underachiever, who barely graduated from Miskatonic U. (go Black Goats!) – but just wanted to mention the prescribed requirements, credit hours, and enrollment details. I was also going to include a short interview with Adam Jones about his feelings on the new course, and whether or not he was going to participate in any way, such as classroom lectures or demonstrations of the video process via Google Hangouts tutorials, etc.? However, just as I was about to start typing, my attention was directed to some unread Tool email that urgently needed to be addressed.

One of the messages had the subject heading of “Free Advertising”, while another read, “Tool and Mickey D’s.” All were from Tool fans letting me know about something that they noticed while eating at McDonald’s. This was an advertising photo on their tray liner that depicted a happy “I’m Lovin It” family of four with the father wearing a classic TOOL tee shirt. (Note: The shirt is called, “Phurba” and depicts a stylized Buddhist ritual implement, although, in the spirit of McZen – what with golden arches, Happy Meals and such – I don’t think any Buddhist monks will get too upset in being associated with what’s on the McDonald’s menu.) The link below will take you to a photo of the tray liner that was posted on the reddit website.

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As to my reply: I honestly didn’t know anything about the ‘Tool’ tray liner (After all, there’s an Inn ‘N Out close to where I live), and don’t know if anyone associated with the band is aware of it, or, for that matter, if they even give a McShit?

No, I didn’t know about the Mickey D’s thing, but, unless someone close to the band is pulling my leg, I did hear that another fast food chain – whatchamacallit – has purposed selling a special Danny Carey drumstick. Let me think… It isn’t Chick-Fil-A (of course!), and not Churchs Chicken either. Nor is it Popeyes, Roscoes, Pudgies, Chesters, Jollibee or Henny Penny. Oh, yeah – it’s Kentucky Fried Chicken (better known today as KFC, so as to keep your mind off of things like frying oil and trans fat). Again, if someone’s not yanking my chain, the D.C. signature drumsticks are going to be died purple (!), and imprinted with a fake grill mark in the form of a ‘charred’ unicursal hexagram. Evidently, KFC’s “World’s Largest Logo” advertising stunt – the gigantic visage of Colonel Cluck, himself, laid out in colorful tiles on the desert floor near Area 51, where it can be seen from outer space in satellite imagery – didn’t quite live up to the company’s expectations, and now they are looking for something even cooler.

(I know what you’re thinking: Too bad it wasn’t “Subway” that did this, with that Fogle guy’s face being seen from outer space, so that maybe the nasty greys would have come down and snatched him up – thinking that he was our leader.)

Cheese and crackers! Look at the clock. In keeping with my new policy of spending no more than 30 minutes on each newsletter (as long as I’m being paid in mcnuggets), my time is up.

HAPPY TRAILS

BLAIR
JUSTIN
DANNY
MAYNARD
ADAM

I don’t imagine there really is a Tool course happening, but Blair could be hinting at either the contents of a new video (perhaps featuring Opiate) or maybe the content of the VIP sessions on the upcoming tour.

Or it could be he’s referring to a few discoveries that Adam has posted on Instagram in the last week, below being an example:

~ uh…whoa. Found this in storage* In 1997 I sculpted this quick little maquette for our Ænema video during the pre-production’s conception stage. Original idea was to have a small female protagonist puppet that could have parts of her anatomy change or ‘open up’ to help represent a welcomed adaptation to (waist deep) catastrophe. Hidden bisecting arms that would fan out like two puzzle pieces from the normal anatomy. With a huge influence from Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński (and MANY other talented mofo *chet *greg figel *etc..) she evolved into an semi-transparent androgynous creature with her genetic makeup harmonic with H2o. (*Sounded good at the time…😄🔫) • Into the production & after many weeks of constant stop motion back and forth movements the two fatigued identical puppets were beyond wear. The ball socket armature had broken in different places and were very difficult to use. Hence the few shots at the end of the actual vid where the bisected arms barely move. ~ Heard a rumor that there was a bit of a tool influence on General Grievous from Star Wars ep lll. If true I would die a happy man. ❤️~ad

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Axl Rose to join Tool on European tour

In news just at hand, Gun’s n’ Roses legend Axl Rose is reportedly filling in for Maynard on a special Tool tour to Europe later in 2016. Adam Jones says:

“We connected with Axl recently at a party in Malibu, and got talking about Chinese Democracy and some of the problem he went through during it’s protracted writing/recording process. We had plenty in common, and it became apparent that we should try something different on our next tour. Maynard is busy with his wine harvest, so it seemed like a no brainer.”

Word is that the tour will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Ænima and will feature the album played in full. A special tour blanket designed by Adi Granov will also be available for $300.

Adam contemplates a Chinese Democracy

Adam talks WWE with Rolling Stone

It’s a bit of a strange topic for an interview, but Rolling Stone spoke with Adam Jones recently about his love for Wrestling, and we get a very minor hint towards the new Tool album:

Will you be attending WrestleMania 32 next month?
Unfortunately, no – because it’s going to be epic. There’s going to be, like, 100,000 people there – the biggest sports entertainment crowd ever. You would be crazy not to watch it. If I didn’t have my kid and my family, I would be there. Plus, we’re writing a record, so we’ve gotta get that done, too.

Good to hear him making the new record a priority.

Also, don’t get too excited over recent news that Chris Pitman is tracking with Tool – I’m reasonably confident that this is a seperate project Danny is contributing to. I expect when Tool do hit the studio, it will be quite obvious what they are up to…

Adam Jones with some wrestling dude

Tool February 2016 Newsletter

The February 2016 Tool newsletter is out, and it briefly discusses progress on the seemingly never-ending songwriting saga. Ultimately there isn’t much to report, but I’m sure there’s a few tidbits here and there for peopel to dig into. Also, there is a cool bug mask based on the posters from the recent tour:

While Adam’s latest bleeding bugs didn’t go unnoticed by me, a recent photo taken at the Tool loft that was accidently sent to me really got me to thinking. As seen below, the photo shows one of the band members wearing a fantastic bug headpiece that includes an appendage contrivance. (Note: Based on the shirt and other features, I believe this to be Danny, but all that really matters is that it is one of the band members.) Granted that the bug get-up could be merely an art project gift created by a fan and worn by a band member simply for the purpose of amusement, I have a different take on the matter, which I will now share with you, even though, with all the secrecy surrounding the new album, and that the loft photo was never intended to be seen by me, I would be better advised not to do so.

Danny in his bug mask

There are also mentions of Rance Q. Spartley, which has often been a metaphor for upcoming tours. I doubt one is around the corner, but you never know…

Sorry about the lack of posts of late – my work conditions have changed recently, and I’m now in a role that gives me much less flexibility to post in a timely manner. I’ll still get the news to you as fast as I can, but please be patient over the coming months!

Adam speaks with Rolling Stone about Tour and New Album

Adam Jones from Tool has recently talked with Rolling Stone about the Tool tour coming up in January, and progress on the new album. It’s a great interview, and while it doesn’t give us any real indication on how far away the album actually is, it does seem very positive. Interestingly it doesn’t seem to mention the Opiate video, which may or may not be out later this year.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

Speaking of, you played a new song called “Descending” in Tempe.
Yeah, it’s a working title. We have a song that’s probably about 13 or 14 minutes long, so what we’ve done with it is … I don’t want to call it a “best of,” but it’s a shortened, different approach to it. It is a new song. It’s like a vague movie trailer to the real movie [laughs]. Sometimes we do jamming between songs or some kind of segues, and it’s usually involved in some kind of new material. But that one’s just a little taste of things to come.

and:

Has Maynard heard the music?
Yeah. We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.

He goes on to add that Maynard is probably joking around when talking about not having any music from Tool.

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