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Justin speak to Bass Player about the new Tool album

In what is one of the most revealing interviews in the last 10 years, Justin goes into a fair bit of depth into the progress and process behind the new Tool album.  Jon D’Auria from Bass Player speaks at length with Justin Chancellor on what is a insightful read.

While he didn’t want to be drawn into speculation as to when the album will be ready (based in my interpretation we certainly shouldn’t be expecting anything for a while yet) he does go into what and how they write, what some of the set backs have been and how he feels about the expectations of a ravenously loyal fan base:

How sick are you of people asking when it’s going to be done?

It’s understandable, and it’s a compliment that people are excited to hear it. But it’s difficult to hear that and not feel some kind of guilt. All I can say is that we’ll go back Monday and do our best to finish it for you, although that’s not really how it works. But we know the listeners will be happy with it when it’s finished.

How do you, Adam, and Danny typically write together?

Adam and I usually have the source material we’ve come up with together here. We’re playing pretty much nonstop right now, so a lot of ideas are coming out. Often, Danny and I will be playing something and Adam will rush into the room and tell us to record it, and then we’ll spend the rest of the day working on it to see if it’s worthwhile. And of course we have a whole treasure chest of ideas on our phones that we record on our own. Basically, Adam and I have riffs and Danny has rhythms or different time-signature beats, and we try to keep them basic before bringing them in to see what the other members will do with them. We establish a riff so we and the listener can identify it, and then we say, Okay, now how far away from it can we go on this journey?

Well worth the read, so check it out when you have the chance!

Justin Chancellor from Tool speaks to Bass Player about the next Tool album

Justin Chancellor talks about basses and cooking

Justin Chancellor was at the Warwick Bass Camp recently, and took some time to speak with Jakub Milszewski from Top Guitar about Basses, M.T.void, football as well as a sneaky Tool update:

For those not interested in watching the video, and just want the Tool “news”:

just trust me that it’s gonna be awesome…..it’s gonna happen – it’s in the oven, it’s in the oven…..it’s cooking, it’s cooking

Hopefully some kind of solid update from the band isn’t far around the corner.

String Theory – Justin Chancellor

Here’s a fantastic video from Ernie Ball where Justin Chancellor talks about Bass, Strings, Tool and life in general.  Well worth the watch!

Tool News and Rumours

This page contains all the latest Tool news and rumours collected by me from a bunch of sources. It also collects information for a range of Tool related acts – usually side projects such as A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, and friends of Tool such as Yob and The Melvins.

If you know anything you think is missing from this page, feel free to let me know!

Tool News

Adam Jones News

  • Side project with Robert Fripp tba
  • Side project with King Buzzo and Terry Bozzio tba
  • Lustmord vs. Adam Jones tba

Danny Carey News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Justin Chancellor News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Maynard James Keenan News

Other Bands

Happy Birthday Justin, More Puscifer Rumblings

According to my calendar it’s Justin‘s Birthday today (the 19th of November), so if you’re reading – have a good one!

Also, Blabbermouth (and a couple of other sources) are still reporting that Maynard is planning a series of Puscifer gigs at the Palms in Las Vegas in February next year.

Guitar Autographed by MJK on Ebay

A new Ebay sale featuring a guitar signed by Maynard is up and running with a Buy Now price of US$549.  The guitar was signed by Maynard after the Grammy’s last year, and features a certificate of authenticity, so there’s a good chance it’s legit.  Not sure what type of guitar it is, but based on the price I’d suggest it’s probably a Epiphone LP Copy, rather than a real Gibson.

Comes with this awsome picture:

DC, MJK & JC at the Grammy's 2007
DC, MJK & JC at the Grammy's 2007

June 2008 Newsletter

As promised, Blair released the June 2008 newsletter, and this time it contains some “details” of what’s up in the Tool world. Head over to Toolband/Army to read it, but here’s my summary.

Adam is:

  • working on some undisclosed entertainment industry related project? Guitar Hero perhaps?
  • also involved in the construction of some future band-related endeavor. Building a recording studio perhaps?
  • Spending time playing Halo 3 and watching Baseball games with Buzz

Danny is:

  • spending lots of time in his loft studio gearing up for some music-related enterprise. Writing new material? Pigmy Love Circus record?
  • performing with Volto!
  • writing a book with Blair
  • other stuff including driving his lamborghini, painting his house, etc.

Justin is:

  • building a new house
  • working on new Tool riffs
  • possibly working on another musical project
  • revamping Lobal Orning at some point

Maynard is:

  • working on wine and Puscifer as outlined on his Myspace site
  • hopefully looking after his vocal chords

Tool are:

  • working to complete a couple of new projects
  • one of these is very close to becoming a reality

So there you have it. No detail really, but we didn’t expect that.

Charlie and Lobal Orning

A new post on Toolband/Army shows off Justin‘s nephew Charlie, who has just entered the world. The accompanying picture which I’ve included below shows Charlie, and possibly Justin, though without the beard I can’t tell!
Also noted in the post is that Justin’s store Lobal Orning has shut down, though the do plan on revamping the website with lots of “cool stuff” in August.

Autographed Justin Pic on Ebay

I spotted an framed and autographed picture of Justin on Ebay just this morning, going for AU$199 or a buy me now price of AU$299.  Comes with a certificate of authenticity (authenticated by whom is always my first thought with these) but looks legit enough.

Isis Holy Tears Single

According to a recent post on Toolband/Army, Isis will shortly be releasing a single for the track Holy Tears from the In The Absence Of Truth album.  The single will contain a live version of track featuring Justin Chancellor recorded at the Continental Airlines Arena.

Blair also tells us an anecdote of some of the pranks playing during the joint tour last year:

That night when Justin joined Isis on stage, Danny’s drum tech Joe Paul (and a few members of Tool who shall remain anonymous played some pranks on their opening act – one being to put Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder in Aaron Harris’s hi hat so that he received steady puffs of fragrant ‘smoke’ during the first song, with the other being the condition of the dressing room after the band returned to it, “sweaty and thirsty” after their set. As it turned out, the dressing room had been ‘magically’ transformed into a Christmas scene, with all of the band’s belongings gift wrapped and placed under a Christmas tree amid a floor of white peanuts ‘snow.’ Good times!

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