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Promo Poster, Euro Dates

orange.juice on Toolnavy posted today that he found this image on a German promoters(?) website:

Live Promo Poster?

Stating the bleeding obvious, it’s pretty much just an extended version of the existing 10,000 Days cover. No confirmation though whether this is official or when it’s just a fan-made rendering based on Alex Grey’s artpiece.
He also noted that one of the German shows has changed to a bigger venue. If you’re a German Tool fan, make sure you check you show hasn’t changed.

There’s also been some talk of a French show being changed as well. Looks like the Lyon show has been cancelled and moved to Grenoble. Check this website for details.

Alex Grey Comments, Butcher/Volto/Tool Live

In the recent CoSM Newsletter, it briefly talks about the 10,000 Days artwork. Nothing particularly new though:

Many fans have inquired regarding the album art TOOL has released on Amazon for pre-sale of the album. The cover is an adaptation of Alex Grey’s painting, Net of Being.

Blair on Toolband/Army posts today that Butcher played recently with some disturbing new artwork. He also mentions that Volto are playing in the near future, and that you should catch them now, as they may not be playing again for a while. They’re playing the Knitting Factory on March the 31st and then the La Ve Lee in April sometime. Danny will be too cought up in the machine called Tool to play more shows, so if you want to see them, see them now!

Speaking of Tool, they’re apparently getting ready for Coachella on April 30, and according to Blair “any other shows the might decide to do”…..

Artwork Shenanigans

A couple of people have pointed out that the artwork released yesterday has a remarkable similarity with some of Alex Grey’s work:

They look pretty much identical to me, with a bit of cropping & colour alteration of course. This has lead to some speculation that it may be related to the Live DVD rather than 10,000 Days, which seems like a reasonable statement considering Grey’s work with Tool on the Lateralus Tour. However why would Blair post this in relation to the 10,000 Days artwork?

One thought I had is that even if Tool were to use Alex Grey for a second time, wouldn’t the commission some original work, rather than re-use some of his older stuff?

Have we been thrown a red herring? Are we looking at DVD artwork instead? Are 10,000 Days and the Live DVD all one big package? I guess we’ll find out shortly.

Grails for Tool

Alex Grey recently gifted all four members of Tool a special CoSM Grail. According to the blog post:

All four members of the band Tool were recently gifted with CoSM Grails.

The CoSM Grail is a symbol that we are vessels of creative energy with expansive vision. An edition of extraordinary bronze grails, created by Alex, was recently cast by Black Hills Bronze. See the exciting foundry work, the initiatory ceremony and ritual prayers by a Lakota elder, the pouring transformation of liquid metal into the CoSM grails.

The Grail is said to possess miraculous powers. This sacred object is most often identified with the wine goblet used by Jesus at the Passover seder, the Last Supper he spent with his family of choice, the Apostles. The myth of the Grail became renowned in the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table who rode around armored on horseback questing for the legendary vessel. Symbol of the divine feminine and gnostic enlightenment, the grail quest can only be attained when you drink from the cup of spiritual reality.

Grateful thanks to Tool who has opened Alex’s artwork to their vast fan base through covers of their platinum albums, music videos and stage sets on multiple tours.

Here’s a pic of Adam’s next to his Grammy collection (presumably not in the toilet). You can buy them too if that’s your thing!

And here’s a pic of Adam & Alex:

Alex Grey’s Net of Being

I don’t normally plug books on this site, but Alex Grey‘s coming book Net of Being promises to shed some further light on his collaboration with Tool. According to the Amazon description:

How Alex Grey’s visionary art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness

• Includes over 200 reproductions of Grey’s artwork

• Contains spectacular photos of Grey’s collaboration with the cult band TOOL plus his worldwide live-painting performances

• Offers Grey’s reflections on how art evolves consciousness with a new symbology of the Networked Self

Revealing the interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit that illuminate the core of each being, Alex Grey’s mystic paintings articulate the realms of consciousness encountered during visits to entheogenic heaven worlds. His painting Net of Being–inspired by a blazing vision of an infinite grid of Godheads during an ayahuasca journey–has reached millions as the cover and interior of the band TOOL’s Grammy award–winning triple-platinum album, 10,000 Days. Net of Being is one of many images Grey has created that have resulted in a chain reaction of uses–from apparel and jewelry to tattoos and music videos–embedding these iconic works into our culture’s living Net of Being.

The book explores how the mystical experience expressed in Alex Grey’s work opens a new understanding of our shared consciousness and unveils the deep influence art can have on cultural evolution. The narrative progresses through a successive expansion of identity–from the self, to self and beloved, to self and community, world spirit, and cosmic consciousness, where bodies are transparent to galactic energies. Presenting over 200 images, including many never-before-reproduced paintings as well as masterworks such as St. Albert and the LSD Revelation Revolution and Godself, the book also documents performance art, live-painting on stage throughout the world, and the “social sculpture” called CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, that Grey cofounded with his wife and creative collaborator, artist Allyson Grey.

How much it has to reveal about Tool is anyone’s guess, but for Grey fans is probably worth checking out.

While reading about this book, I also came across this short interview with Alex, in which he talks briefly about his artwork on several album:

1. I first came across your art from the TOOL album you did and then later Nirvana’s album and the Beastie Boys, at once becoming an admirer of your art forever. Could you tell us a bit about that experience and explain what transpired creatively between you and the bands?

Nirvana’s manager requested the use of one of my paintings entitled “Pregnant Femaie” for the “In Utero” album. I never met Kurt Cobain but heard that he admired my art and promised to come to the studio the next time he was in New York. Then he died.

Adam Yauch called asking to use the “Gaia” painting on the “Ill Communications” album. We spoke a few times on the phone and had lovely conversations when we ran into each other at Buddhist ceremonies and speaking engagements of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

I had a solo exhibition in Santa Monica and Adam Jones, lead guitar and founder of Tool, inquired with the gallery about my artwork and started talking immediately about album art. He described his concept of the dissectional art for the Lateralus album. He asked me to conceptualize a stage setting using my work to travel with the band on 90 city tours of stadiums throughout the world. It was astonishing the exposure that my work received through our interaction for the past two albums. I also had the opportunity to create and co-create my first two animation projects.

2. In your new book, Net of Being, their is a section about your relationship with the band TOOL. What can you tell us about your experiences with Maynard and his band TOOL when it comes to this partnership with them artistically?

Actually, it is my understanding that the lead guitar, Adam Jones, founded the band Tool. Adam saw my work at a solo show in Santa Monica and we struck up a relationship that has resulted in the exposure of my work to literally millions of people worldwide. It has been a wonderful and life altering experience for which I am very grateful. Allyson and i have had a wonderful relationship with Maynard, Danny & Justin, too.

April Tool’s Day with Alex Grey

A recent post by Blair on Toolband refers to an event called April Tool’s Day to be held at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors.  This even hosted by Alex Grey will feature a talk about Tool, as well as screenings of Vicarious and Parabola.  It’ll also feature a set from a local Tool cover band Schism.  Sounds like an interesting evening!

Melvins Sidewave, More Alex Grey Oz Shows

I’m back from 5 days caving down at Mt Gambier, and while nothing too exciting in the Tool world has happened, there is some exciting news for New South Welshmen in regards to The Melvins and Alex Grey.

Firstly The Melvins will now be playing a Sidewave with Primus in Sydney on the 28th of February at the Enmore Theatre.  According to the blurb the gig will be all ages and goes on sale on the 14th of January via Ticketek.

Alex Grey fans will also be happy to hear that he will now be including more than one town in his Australian tour, with a show at the Factory Theatre in Sydney:

AGM Tours and Hurley present Alex Grey & Allyson Grey Live in Sydney

Alex Grey & Allyson Grey Live at The Factory Theatre, Sydney

Sunday 30 January, 2011
6:00pm – 12:00am (For Full Program ticket holders)
9:00pm – 12:00am (For Evening Session only ticket holders)
The Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Road
Marrickville NSW

Due to the overwhelming response to Alex Grey & Allyson Grey’s upcoming Australian Tour, AGM Tours has co-partnered with Hurley to present a very special one time event at The Factor Theatre in Sydney.

On Sunday January 30, 2011, international visionary artists Alex Grey & Allyson Grey will present a full day of live painting, presentations, and artist signings at The Factor Theatre from 6:00pm – midnight.

Full Program Tickets – $60
Full Program tickets are priced at $60.00. Entry is from 6:00pm to 12.00am, which will include the Talk, Live Painting, and Artist Signings.
Evening Session Tickets – $35
We are also making available entry for the Evening Session only at $35.00, which will be for viewing the Live Painting Performance by Alex and Allyson Grey. Entry for the Evening Session is from 9:00pm to 12.00am.
Music 9pm to 12am by One world music http://www.oneworldmusic.com.au

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Check out this very special video message from Alex & Allyson Grey about their upcoming Australian Tour …

Alex & Allyson Grey Australian Tour Video 2011
http://vimeo.com/17909041

For more info and full event details, please visit:

www.agmtours.com
www.cosm.org
www.factorytheatre.com.au

Should be a great event for those of you that dig that kind of thing.  That’s all for now.  Tool gigs are approaching!

Alex Grey ticket details

Details have been released for the Alex & Allyson Grey show in Melbourne next year.  Tickets are $70 per person for the event:

For the first time in history, visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey will step foot upon Australian soil to present their radiant portfolio of visionary paintings, drawings, and multimedia to art, science and music lovers across the nation. The main event in Melbourne will take place at the iconic Astor Theatre in St. Kilda on Saturday January 29, featuring an artistic showcase and interactive discussion with both Alex and Allyson followed by a live painting performance. Displaying their finely detailed images of subconscious symbolism, this full day with the Greys will allow each participant to truly delve into the artistic realm of Alex and Allyson Grey and their transformative works of art.

This spectacular event is bound to inspire, encourage, and transform.

$70 to Spiral Out doesn’t sound too bad and you never know who you might bump into…

 

Alex Grey Australian Tour

According to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors site Alex and Allyson Grey will also be touring Australia at the same time Tool do:

For the first time in history, visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey will step foot upon Australian soil to present their radiant portfolio of visionary paintings, drawings, and multimedia to art, science and music lovers across the nation.The main event in Melbourne will take place at the iconic Astor Theatre in St. Kilda on Saturday January 29, featuring an artistic showcase and interactive discussion with both Alex and Allyson followed by a live painting performance. Displaying their finely detailed images of subconscious symbolism, this full day with the Greys will allow each participant to truly delve into the artistic realm of Alex and Allyson Grey and their transformative works of art.

This spectacular event is bound to inspire, encourage, and transform. To be first in the know of all the exciting details for the Alex and Allyson Grey Australian Tour, sign up to our newsletter at www.agmtours.com

THE ASTOR THEATRE, ST. KILDA
Melbourne’s historic Astor Theatre, built in the 1930s, has a unique element of elegance and art-deco charm within its walls, providing a perfectly warm atmosphere for Alex and Allyson Grey to showcase their work through a variety of mediums.
The Astor Theatre is a cinema in the grand, old manner. The theatre’s proud boast is Fine Films and Atmosphere and the varied programme and “old-world” charm reflect this. When you walk intoThe Astor you are transported back to the days when going to the cinema was an EVENT

For more information visit www.agmtours.comwww.rainbowserpent.netwww.astor-theatre.com

Makes the idea of coming to Melbourne a little more attractive, though I’m still waiting for a sideshow before I make that decision.

Thanks to Terry for the tip!

Tool goodies on Ebay

A range of Tool related merch has appeared on Ebay today – collectors should check out the following items:

Happy shopping!  And if you ever want to buy anything of Amazon or a range of other joints, check out my buddies website CamelCamelCamel.

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