Maynard working on new A Perfect Circle?

According to a recent Blabbermouth post, Maynard told Pulse of Radio that he’s been working with Billy Howerdel on some A Perfect Circle tracks:

“I doubt if we’ll do any touring or, you know, do a full album,” he said. “We might do some one-off shows here and there if the timing’s right and it seems like a good vibe and a smart thing to do. But most likely we’ll just kind of concentrate on, you know, one or two songs at a time, rather than investing all the time and money and effort into making those plastic discs that no one cares about anymore.”

I can never find links to the Pulse of Radio interviews on-line (I suspect it’s some kind of radio station) but I think this came from the same interview I quoted yesterday where Maynard mention he expected Tool to be working together again next year.  Personally I hope Maynard finds more time for Tool sooner, rather than playing around with APC again.

Puscifer Show Details, Tool Update

According to Blabbermouth, Maynard had the following to say about the upcoming Puscifer shows:

fans shouldn’t expect to see the kind of elaborate and precise stage production they experience at a TOOL gig, he also said he’s not exactly sure what will happen at the shows. “There’s an element of improv and jazz, you know, improv being more the comedic element and the jazz being the more musical element to this,” he said. “There’s not a perfectly planned out production that’s been a well-oiled, well-honed machine that’s been established and doing its thing constantly every night and you’re constantly refining it. This is more about capturing the energy in the moment.”

Tickets for these two shows go on sale on the 13th of December.

Also mentioned is this little snippet:

TOOL has been on vacation since early 2008, although Keenan said that he expects the band to begin writing a new album sometime next year.

Rolling Stone Top 100, Mastodon Live

A couple of quick ones today.  Blair has advised us via Toolband/Army that Vicarious took the 100th spot in Rolling Stones recent Top 100 Guitar Songs list.  Why Vicarious beat a whole shitload of other Tool songs is bound to be a source of debate.

Also, Blabbermouth are reporting that Fuse will be broadcasting Mastodon‘s set from Bonnaroo live on the web on Sunday evening US time (Monday morning for us).  They will also be showing the Metallica performance from the same festival for those that would like to see these ageing metal giants.  Hopefully Lars will bring a proper drumkit along rather than a set of paint tins.

NZ Fans get Meshuggah

Some of our comrades from across the Tasman will be happy to hear that Meshuggah are playing in Auckland on the 10th of October. Of course this probably sucks for all the cool people on the South Island, but it’s better than nothing I suppose. Blabbermouth has all the details!

Maynard comments on Tool recording cycle

According to a recent Blabbermouth post, Maynard shouldn’t necessarily be blamed for the lack of Tool action:

"I can’t sit still, so when those guys hesitate, it takes us so long to do stuff, and it’s like a snake eating its own tail situation, ’cause then I get distracted and I go off and do a thing, and then I get blamed for not being around to do the (TOOL) thing," he said. "But nothing was getting done when I was standing there, so I got bored and left. It’s just an endless cycle."

Sounds fair to me.  It’s been pretty clear that Tool is a team effort for a long while, and singling out any one member for a lack of a new album is a little harsh…

Opeth almost supported Tool, may do so in the future

I read an interesting article on Blabbermouth today, in which Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth revealed that they almost became the support act for the summer Tool tour:

Other news, we’d been offered a support tour in the U.S. by TOOL but we didn’t get it this time, Hopefully in the future it might work out.

Given there have been a few complaints about Tweak Bird (not from me!), and I think there are quite a few Tool fans who dig Opeth, this would seem like potentially good news.

The Melvins USA Tour in August/September

According to Blabbermouth, The Melvins will be touring with the band Down (featuring that douchebag from Pantera) in August and September this year.  The article mentions “select U.S. markets” so I’m guessing it won’t be an extensive tour, probably just the larger cities.  Dates will be posted once I get them.

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