On Reddit the other day some chap called cptsweatpantz decided to start an online petition to get Tool to re-release their albums on vinyl. A noble suggestion, however was met with the usual cries of “online polls don’t do shit!” – something I agree with despite signing anyway.
Lo and behold the creator of the petition receives an email from Danny Carey (screenshot of which is below) in which he says:
The petition won’t really matter. We are already in the process of remastering all of our albums for release on vinyl in the near future.
Thanks for your enthusiasm Josh,
Good news on the surface of things, since I suspect many would embrace the opportunity to grab some legitimate, and reasonably priced Tool vinyl. “Near future” can be taken to mean anytime between now and End Times.
It should be pointed out that it’s pretty easy to spoof email addresses, so I’d suggest some caution here (though I have no real reason to doubt this random Reddit guy). Fingers crossed it’s legit though.
Sad news this morning in that it appears Volto! and Pigmy Love Circus guitarist John Z has recently suffered from a serious stroke. My understanding of the US Medical system, is that it’s mostly a joke, so financially John appears to be under much strain. A Gofundme account has been set up, and I’d encourage those with a few spare dollars to send some his way.
John “Johnny Z” Ziegler is a very well-respected and adored guitarist/musician in the Los Angeles music community and beyond. A dedicated player and sought after instructor, he is known for his band Volto!, as well as the groups Pygmy Love Circus and Zime – and of course as the ringleader of the Monday Night Jamz at the legendary Baked Potato Jazz Club for the past 12+ years.
On July 16th, 2017, John suffered a devastating stroke while alone in his home. In distress for an indeterminate amount of time, he was eventually able to reach his phone and signal for help. Paramedics arrived soon thereafter and transported him to Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
The stroke has affected John’s speech, vision, and entire right side of his body. While tests are ongoing to uncover the extent of any further damage, the doctors and therapists are optimistic he can regain function. Those that know him will be happy to hear John’s larger than life personality still shines bright, with his humor and signature charm very much intact. However, there is a lot of uncertainty ahead in his long road to recovery.
Due to this life-altering event, John is unable to perform and therefore support himself. He is in dire need of assistance to get him through this tough time that will undoubtedly require lengthy physical therapy to regain his playing ability.
The money raised here will go to the following:
– Medical & Therapy Expenses (including the potential purchase of a medical bed)
– Daily Care
– General Monthly Living Expenses
John’s immediate family lives in Texas, and are communicating with doctors to determine the best course of action. Meanwhile, the expenses are overwhelming, and will continue to mount. Any support you are able to provide will help give John the best shot at recovery and alleviate the increasing financial strain he and his family are under. Thank you for your help in getting Brother John Z back on stage where he belongs.
I noticed a post on the Volto! Facebook page about Danny Carey participating in something called Drum Day. Looks like this is an held event in LA on April 8th which serves primarily as a show case for drum equipment. Scheduled for the day is a performance of Danny with Volto, so it doesn’t appear to be a drum clinic as such.
Anyway, it’s free by the looks of things, so if you come from the Golden Shower State, then RSVP, drop in and give us here at Fourtheye a report!
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!
Word is that Danny Carey will be appearing on the Late Night with Seth Meyers show next week:
I must be living under a rock because it was just brought to my attention that DANNY will be the guest drummer on the LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS SHOW starting on the WEEK of Monday, SEPTEMBER 26. Now that I mention it, does anyone have a house truck for sale?
Hopefully someone will record it so we can all enjoy it later on!
Sorry for the delay, but life’s been pretty busy the last few days! Anyway, the Tool July 2016 Newsletter is now out, and this time around Blair recounts a recent conversation he had with Danny Carey, giving us a few snippets of info on the progress of the new album:
While enjoying his “House Specialty” lasagna to the sounds of an excellent pianist (and master harpist, Mariano Gonzalez!), he added that they were very close to knocking out another tune, and that as soon as it was finished, they would send a recording of it to Maynard. When I asked if this was the song with the REALLY unique time signatures, he told me that they had already finished the music on that one. Okay, admittedly, not exactly stop the press news, but what can I say, other than that they are still grinding away on new material four days a week, and would be back at it later in the week (once Danny returned from the Las Vegas glitz, Justin from celebrating his wedding anniversary and Shelee’s birthday in palm-swaying Hawaii, and Adam hunting for glossy treasures at Comic-Com 2016 in San Diego).
The other question that I asked Danny concerned the fate of the broken vintage Pepsi machine from the loft – whether or not it had been repaired? Now, here was something that brought a quick response: Yes, he was determined to have it fixed, with or without the ‘original’ parts. Finally, what about the so-called “curveball”, to which he replied that he still wasn’t sure when it would be made available for public consumption, but that “It turned out dang good, though!”
Nothing too revealing, but good to at least hear of some kind of progress, and some suggestion that Maynard is now (or will soon be involved).
The June 2016 Tool Newsletter has been released, and for those who want to get straight to the point it contains no obvious significant Tool update. Instead it recounts a recent trip to Death Valley for a cover photo for a forthcoming Danny Carey book.
Here’s the Tool bit:
“What about the newsletter?
I have to get back home to post the Tool Newsletter.”
Having climbed out of the idling pickup, my friend examined my tire rock placement and then gauged the distance to the edge of the steep drop off. After which, he patted me on my back before jumping back into the Ford, shouting out the window:
“Everyone knows that the band is still working on their new record, and that there’s really no other major news other than that.”
“No, you’re wrong. There are certain things that people need to know about. Things that finally need to be revealed – concerning the new record and other band related matters. Things that I’ve been holding back… for years… because I felt that I had to, but now it’s time to make them public. Only, we’re stuck in this desert hellhole… up to our lug nuts in burning sand…”
Maybe the next newsletter will be more revealing, though I feel like we’ve heard that before a few times!
I noticed the other day on Facebook following one of the San Francisco sows that someone commented Danny Carey was playing with a new cymbal. Well on the Tool Facebook page today (and presumably soon on Toolband) this seems to be confirmed with a photo of him holding a interesting purple cymbal from Paiste:
here’s a photo of his NEW SIGNATURE PAISTE CYMBAL, which features, among other sigils, Elizabethan Magus John Dee’s “hieroglyphic monad.”
As you can see from the photo below, it’s a great looking cymbal, so if this kind of stuff is your thing then keep an eye on the Paiste website for details!
It’s true! Despite rumours to the contrary, Maynard is full of love, at least for his fellow bandmates that aren’t Adam and Justin! Actually, I image Maynard enjoys their company too, and I think he has no problem with the majority of non-insufferable Tool fans as well.
Maynard and Danny are pictured via Instagram below, rehearsing for the Tool show happening this weekend. Despite being “conned into it”, I expect Maynard will put on a good show, as will the rest of the band. There’s a few from Fourtheye who are attending the show, and being a festival it’s going to be much easier for them to tweet and flood social media with by the second updates on the show. Keep your eyes peeled, especially if you’re unable to enjoy the show in person.