Seems that Danny’s birthday isn’t in my calendar for some reason, so I missed wishing him a good one in Australian time. Still better late that never. To celebrate, here’s compilation or all Danny’s “drum-cam” stuff from his website. 21 minutes of Tool drumming goodness starting off with my favorite of the lot – Triad:
As usual a bunch of things happened while I was away for a few days, so this post is a catch up of sorts.
Firstly, Adam posted a video of himself playing around with what is believed to be a Tremoloa in Joe Barresi‘s studio:
As yet there’s no real indication of what is going on in the studio. They’re recording something, and while there are plenty of clues suggesting they could be working on the new album, there’s just as many out there that suggest they aren’t! Something is happening, and I guess well find out in due time!
In somewhat related news Danny was recently snapped with Bob Ludwig, who mastered 10,000 Days for Tool. What Danny there for business of pleasure?
Speaking of 10,00 Days, Loudwire has an article celebrating it’s 9th anniversary, with a collection of quotes from Tool members giving insight into the recording of album.
Maynard had a chat with Punch as well, mostly about wines however did reveal that a Puscifer album is on the way and should be expected “hopefully in the fall”.
Loudwire have a new article online today in which Maynard, Adam and Danny each talk about Undertow on it’s 22nd anniversary. They talk about the album, the motivation behind the band in those days, as well as some further insight into the difficulties they were having with Paul D’Amour at the time:
“Paul really wanted to be a guitar player early on,” Carey says. “Even before we started on Undertow, he wanted to get another bass player in the band so he could play guitar. And we were all just like, ‘There’s no way we’re getting another a–hole in this band to deal with.’ But he really wasn’t happy with things the way they were. And that became more and more apparent over time.”
It’s an interesting article and worth the read.
Liquidmuse sent me an email this evening with a link to a new video posted by Stuart Copeland, which features a jam called A Little More Noise. Playing with Copeland (who is on guitar) is Danny and Neil Peart of Rush. A bunch of other guys join the track as well.
Here it is for your listening pleasure:
Looks like there may be a new side project in the works for Danny, with details emerging of a collaboration between him and Brent Hinds from Mastodon. It may also feature Dimitri Coats from punk band OFF!
There isn’t much more detail, but there is an interesting website which contains a couple of tracks you can download. A photo of Danny appears on the site, but there’s also a bunch of live shots, none of which I think have Danny in it (the drum kit layout doesn’t look right) so I’m not sure if this is an ongoing thing for Danny, or just a guest spot.
There’s also a photo of Danny and Brent from the Loft, which is a good one for you whiteboard enthusiasts:
After years of waiting, Danny now has a personalised towel available for purchase in his store for the low, low price of US$14.99 (plus postage).
DRUM TOWEL FEATURES DANNY’S MODIFIED VERSION OF ELIZABETHAN MAGUS JOHN DEE’S MAGICAL DIAGRAM “SIGILLLUM DEI AEMAETH”. BLACK TOWEL INCLUDES DANNY’S NAME IN GOLD LETTERING. DIMENSIONS 16″ X 25″.
Sadly it’s too late for Xmas, but it is not too late to get it for your loved on for this coming Valentines Day.
I take a week away from the world, and not only do bushfires come pretty close to my house, but Tool post some kinda-news about the new album. In their New Years message via Blair, they say:
Here we are ostensibly in a new year, and with it comes a clean slate to fill with not previously known noteworthy accounts and reports related to the band, TOOL. Having just returned from their individual holiday obligations, the band members will soon be entrenched at the Loft, diligently (as opposed to shoddily) writing and arranging new music for a much anticipated forthcoming recording.
It seems to suggest that the band are finally hitting their straps, which implies we may see some end to the ongoing “where is the new album?” saga.
Some of you will also remember that Danny played with Primus on New Years Eve. Here’s a nice video of Danny & Tim Alexander drumming-off in the time honored tradition:
As hinted in the recent newletter, there appears to be a new addition coming to the Carey family? What what are they expecting? A deer? A wolf? A baby? A further delay in the Tool album? Congratulations (unless it’s the last one)!
I guess we’ll find out soon enough!
Seasons greetings from DANNY and RYNNE & TO BE NAMED LATER…
Primus have confirmed that Danny will join them once more at a special New Years show in Oakland, CA December 31:
Danny Carey will will join Les, Larry and Tim on New Years Eve at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. The Uber Drum Spectacular promises to be a one of kind performance to ring in the New Year.
Tickets will sell fast, so get organised!
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..