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Danny & Blair chat on Children of Saturn

As promised, Danny and Blair had a chat on Rynne’s Children of Saturn show, discussing their trip to France as well as a small update on Tool. They also took a few questions from Facebook, one of which was from yours truly! Here’s a summary of the bits I imagine most of you are interested in:

  • Songwriting is progressing well, especially on the 20 minute epic they’ve mentioned numerous times. Danny mentioned that Justin in particular is quite happy with a recent version of the song. No mention of Maynard at all.
  • Adam didn’t go on his annual trip to the UK this November, which means that the band seem to have found some extra time to work together.
  • No tours or other distractions are on the cards
  • There are no plans for other Tool (non-album) releases or reissues at this stage, however Danny did suggest that the curveball was a video for Opiate that was presumably supposed to be part of that reissue. This may get a proper release soon
  • A working title for one of the new songs is Bouncing Arab.
  • Danny named Rosetta Stoned as the most difficult Tool song to play live.
  • Blair gave the hint “REAL2REEL” in regards to Problem 8. Danny mentioned that there may be such a thing, but didn’t go as far as to validate what Blair was talking about.
  • Danny talked about both Pigmy Love Circus and ZAUM and in particular the likelihood of either releasing something new. He didn’t discount the idea, nor are there any current plans.

That’s about it for now. Nothing to groundbreaking, but a good listen regardless. When a link for the full podcast becomes available I’ll try and remember to post it..

Here’s the link to the podcast.

Danny to appear on Children of Saturn

Danny is set to appear with Blair on the Children of Saturn radio show where, according the blurb below we may get an update on Tool songwriting:

DANNY TO BE A GUEST ON THE “CHILDREN OF SATURN” RADIO PROGRAM ON MONDAY NIGHT

DANNY and I will be Rynne’s guests on her “CHILDREN OF SATURN” internet RADIO program on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (6 PM – 8 PM PST). Among other topics involving the strange and unusual, we will be reminiscing about our adventures at Rennes-le-Chateau in the south of France that we somehow managed to survive back in the mid 1990s. We will also play some select tunes, and YES!, I will ask Danny (or ask Rynne to ask Danny) how things are proceeding with the writing of the next TOOL album.
TUNE IN TO “THE CHILDREN OF SATURN”
AT
http://www.radio23.org/ccr

Should be an interesting show – Rynne normally plays some good tunes,so get on line for what should hopefully be a good Tool update.

Carey Rhythm 93 Jersey on sale

Danny Carey has some new merchandise on his website, this being a basketball-style jersey:

Coming up with the design for DANNY’S latest shirt was somewhat of a no-brainer. What does the Tool drummer feel most comfortable wearing while performing shows? The answer, of course, being sports jerseys from his favorite teams (such as his beloved KU Jayhawks), with at other times tee shirts replete with esoteric symbolism. So, we combined these at times disparate elements to create a unique hybrid – a purple sports jersey with a few magickal touches. Thus, MERCH unveils the CAREY RHYTHM 93, a HIGH QUALITY CUSTOM MEN’S JERSEY to be worn or displayed in a frame.
SPECS:
CUSTOM MEN’S JERSEY, MADE IN GERMANY
POLYESTER ENGINEERED CLIMACOOL MESH
ORIGINAL DESIGN, T-NECK, AND K-TEX PATTERN
4 THREAD-OVERLOCK STITCH PATTERN TO ENSURE SUPERIOR STRENGTH AND DURABILITY
THERMAL SUBLIMATION – PRINT WON’T FADE OR DETERIORATE,
WHILE FABRIC REMAINS BREATHABLE

It’s an interesting bit of merch, and given Danny loves sport to too surprising to see one of these on the market. They cost $93 each or $156 if you want one signed by the great man. You can pre-order them on the Danny Carey website (they won’t be ready until December 8th).

Update: Pre-order before November the 3rd, and you can receive free shipping (US only) using the code RHYTHM

More Smoke On The Horizon…

Adam has posted another photo with the tag #SmokeOnTheHorizon this time a shot of all four members of Tool in the newly refurbished Loft. Presumably they’re listing to some material for the new album, and Maynard is either starting his lyrical process, or is listening to the progress so far.

It’s hard to get too excited considering all the delays we’ve had, but it finally looks as though we have some solid progress in the songwriting department. Who knows, maybe they’ll even hit the studio before the year is out?

Danny’s website updated

Danny’s website was a mess of Flash animation and poorly thought out menus, and today has been updated to a much easier to navigate WordPress based website. After a false start this morning, the site is now available. Upon a quick inspection there didn’t seem to be a huge amount of different content from the old site, just much easier to get too.

While visiting the site, you may be tempted to head to the store and pick up a signed DC drum head for $100!

Danny sucks with Primus, cover Tool

As many of you are aware Danny played with Primus in Chicago over the weekend, and played a set that included the usual Primus tracks, as well as a short version of Aenema:

Keep your eyes peeled for some futher bootlegs from the show – I’m sure some better quality stuff will come out eventually. Here’s the full setlist:

Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
Here Come the Bastards
Last Salmon Man
Southbound Pachyderm
Over the Falls
Jimmy’s On Smack (Drum solo)
Eleven
Ænema (Tool cover)
To Defy the Laws of Tradition
American Life
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
My Name is Mud
Harold of the Rocks

Encore:
Too Many Puppies

Danny plays a couple more sets with Primus, so if you’re able to check them out then make sure you do!

Tool August 2014 Newsletter published

The Tool August 2014 Newslettertopolband has been published by Blair, and it has a couple of interesting points which, as usual, are open for interpretation.

Firstly he talks about Tool fans misinterpreting some recent posts, including confusing the recent Sturgeon album release party with that of a new Tool album. I admit the thought did cross my mind, however I refrained from emailing Blair about this. He also mentions that some expressed concerns that Danny joining Primus would create a considerable delay. For those not paying attention, it’s worth nothing he’s only lined up to play 3 shows with them. Oh, and word is the band have been practicing some Tool tunes, so expect more that just the usual Primus set…

He also talks about entomologist Rance Q. Spartley and something called the “Hoola Effect”. In the past references to Rance have often coincided with tour planning, so perhaps things are being set in motion for tours in 2015 (presumably post album release).

Finally he discusses the Loft, and it’s recent upgrade of soundproofing in a couple of rooms. With that he posts another photo of some “lenticular keychains” which appear to be some DAT tapes with recordings of No Quarter and You Lied on them, as well as some “final mixes” from 2000. Presumably this all relates to Salival.

Danny to fill in for Herb in September Primus shows

Primus and Tool fans are in for a treat the September as Danny is set to fill in for Tim “Herb” Alexander for a few shows in September. Rolling Stone reports:

The drummer will be joining the bass-rumbling alt-rockers for their Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver, as well as an after party at the Windy City’s Concord Music Hall on September 13th. Claypool reports that they decided to go through with the shows as a way to give Alexander some financial relief and that Carey was their top choice, since “we figured it would be hard to get [the Police's] Stewart ‘Stew-daddy’ Copeland out of his ivory tower,” as Claypool joked.

As most of you already know, Herb suffered a heart attack not long ago and went under the knife for a triple bypass. He’s expected to be back behind the kit for the Primus tour in October. I’m sure most of you also know Herb drummed on the first A Perfect Circle album, as well as with Puscifer.

Danny also drops another Tool album tidbit:

As for Carey, he and his fellow Tool bandmates are currently working on the follow-up to their 2006 album, 10,000 Days. Although the group recently detailed for Rolling Stone the reasons why it has taken so long to make a new record – chiefly a lawsuit with an insurance company that keeps presenting new, time-sucking obstacles – Carey and guitarist Adam Jones reported they have written enough music for a new album but are editing it down to songs. “It’s all a little more ‘metal’ sounding, if I may,” Carey said at the time of the group’s direction. “I’m having fun drumming on it.”

It’s not the first time Les & Danny have collaborated by the way:

Tool outline legal woes and update us on song-writing

In a lengthy Tool interview with Rolling Stone, Adam and Danny outline the legal woes that have drained their time, resources and creativity over the last 7 years:

“And it’s costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us,” Jones adds. “And the fans are all going, ‘We want a new Tool album. What the fuck?’ And you don’t want to pull people into your problems, because they don’t understand.

“But the point is, we’re fighting the good fight,” he continues. “We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy. We bought an insurance policy for peace of mind, but instead we would have been better off if we never had it and just dealt with the original lawsuit.”

They also talk about progress in song-writing and tell us how the current work is coming together:

In fact, “heavy” is a word both band members use to describe their new sounds. “Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste,” Jones says. “There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I’m really happy about that. It’s not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy.”

“It’s all a little more ‘metal’ sounding, if I may,” Carey says with a laugh. “I’m having fun drumming on it. There is one other song [beyond the 10-minute tune] that I would say is pretty much there. It’s another one that’s pretty gnarly with some good double-kick [drumming] going on in it.”

It’s a great article, and while not necessarily full of good news, it is nice to hear some substantial news in regards to song-writing on the album.

Thanks to the dozens of you who emailed me links to the article – these things always come out when I’m asleep!

Blair uses capital letters to describe new album process

In an update from Blair just this morning he describes some progress on the next Tool album:

The other day an insider (and by “insider” I mean truly an insider!) told me that since getting back to working on material for the next record, things have been going VERY well. Now, don’t read more into this than it suggests – which is that there have been some good writing/arranging sessions as of late. Progress!.. We’ll take that any day!

I would guess the “insider” is likely to be Danny, and with all of the band members currently having clear calendars (from a public perspective at least anyway) I think we all hope that we can see some solid progress on the new album in the coming months.