Blair posted the Tool Newsletter for the month of September. Not really much to report except that Danny & Justin have been fishing, and that perhaps I should too. As much as I love the great outdoors, there is no time for fishing, as I have a Tool Top 10 to complete!
Blair posted the Tool 2013 newsletter, and it contains only a small amount of new Tool news. It does however contain a quiz of sorts. Feel free to post your answers in the comments below!
Beginning tomorrow, members of the band will be taking a weeklong break from their writing sessions so that Justin has a chance to recover from a minor arthroscopic procedure involving his knee. (TRUE OR FALSE?) Okay, now that you are up to date with what Tool is doing so far this summer – other than that the next pitch is going to be one hell of a curve ball (TRUE OR FALSE?), I thought it might be fun if the June newsletter contained of a test of sorts – a challenge for all the Tool aficionados out there to demonstrate their knowledge about the band.
Justin was interviewed by Rolling StonesRobyn Doreian during the recent interview frenzy, and it’s just appeared on the shelves this month. Here’s a snippet:
“It’s never taken us this long,” he says. “If it’s not happening, then it’s just not happening. We will not put out something we are not satisfied with. We are a bit slower this time. We are older, we are different and our situations are different. We are just accepting of the fact that it’s going to take a lot more patience.”
He mentions it’s unlikely the album will be out in 2013. Justin also talks about maturing as a person, M.T.void and how he expects the coming tour to draw from old and newer material during a “sensory overload” spanning several hours. Over all a relatively short interview, but full of interesting snippets.
For those wanting a copy, I purchased mine for just over $5 via the Google Play store. Here’s a link, though I’m not sure if it will be available to non-Australians.
Finally! After what feels like years, Justin’s project M.T.void will be available for purchase via Toolband tomorrow:
HEADS UP! JUSTIN’s musical project (with PETER MOHAMED), “NOTHING’S MATTER” by MTVOID will be AVAILABLE FOR SALE in the STORE on TOOLBAND tomorrow (FEBRUARY 14). More details and a direct link once listed.
I’ll be purchasing – quite interested to see how this project pans out. Hopefully there’s vinyl!
Adam and Justin recently had a chat with Australian site Fasterlouder and answered some questions about a range of topics, including this:
Back when you started working on Lateralus Maynard was still busy with A Perfect Circle so you guys started working on the music without him and I was wondering whether you’ve ever been tempted to become an instrumental band?
AJ: People have different styles of working. It’s like painting: some people can do a painting in five minutes and other people take six months to do something and it’s just different styles of the individual people in this band and it works really well. We jam and make riffs and at some point he comes in and does what he does and we’re all really happy with that.
JT: And the answer is “no”.
It’s an excellent interview and I strongly recommend you all take a look. No new albums news, just in case you were expecting it!
Living on a round planet, it can be tricky when to know to wish people happy birthday. However now that most of the world is November the 19th or more, it’s time to wish Justin a happy 41st birthday. Justin will no doubt be spending the day swigging beers in a tractor while Chelsea play in the background.
To celebrate, here’s the bass track from Parabola as yanked out of Guitar Hero:
It’s hard to get answers these days about any kind of Tool related release, with The Pot videos, Volto! albums and M.T.void albums all on the horizon, it can be frustrating to hear about all these projects and then never know when they will see the light of day.
Luckily for us though we have an answer for one of these, with M.T.void today posting on Facebook an update on their album:
Justin is navigating the release himself We’re aiming at january. 2013 looks like Void year?
Great news that this is finally happening, perhaps not so good if you subscribe to the rumour that Tool will be recording in January.
Blair has published his October 2012 Tool Newsletter. His usual dense prose seems to largely cover Justin’s recent escapades in Houston, and not a whole bunch of Tool specific info (or any from my quick read).
Only thing of interest I can find for Tool fans is the line “By the way, whatever happened to your friends playing those big shows in South America in the Fall?” Good question. My sources have suggested that Tool were offered a range of tours this year (including Australia) but have knocked them all back in order to concentrate on the next album.
Finger crossed that Tool revisit the South American tour though, as I know there are a large number much neglected fans in the area.