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Tool Attorney Alan Jones

Not the prominent Aussie asshole Alan Jones, but the brother of Adam; Alan Jones happens to be Tool‘s attorney. You can read about his work and how he is related to Tool on his website, but recently Redzorg of Toolarmy posted this snippet on one of the boards there:

Tools’ attorney is adams brother alan. and he is the one fighting to get the dvd released in the way in which the band wants it released. meaning, no stupid edits made by the record company in regards to certain band members views on the beneficial use of psychedelic drugs.

as you all know TOOL doesnt give a shit when their material is released, all they care about is their artistic vision being completely intact.
thats why this dvd is taking so long to come out.

Not sure of the legitimacy of this information, but it seems like a reasonably explanation as to why there has been no release so far, and also why Adam described the DVD as a “sore point” several months ago.

Thanks to Vuduchild for the tip.

A Perfect Circle announce Stone And Echo

I received and email this morning from the A Perfect Circle mailing list (as well as many Fourtheye readers) letting me know that details of their collectible Live DVD Stone And Echo have been released. The package is more than just a live performance and features:

  • Stone And Echo, a full-length DVD (with accompanying audio CD) featuring the band’s stirring Aug. 11, 2011 performance at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • Trifecta, a multi-disc collection featuring the band’s complete discography, Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step and eMOTIVe, recorded live during A Perfect Circle’s handful of three-night, full-album performances. The 2010 performances, the first outings from the band since their self-imposed 2005 hiatus, were limited to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco.
  • Bonus tracks include live performances of “By and Down,” “Ashes to Ashes” and “Diary of a Love Song”
  • Five hand selected lithographs featuring the personal signatures of both Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel on one of the selected prints
  • Custom sculpted resin frame designed by the band
  • A custom made guitar pick designed by Billy Howerdel and exclusive to this offering
  • The collection is bound in a custom-made media book containing artwork and credits

This limited edition is expected to ship just in time for Xmas during the week of December 2nd, and will cost US$149.99. It can be pre-ordered here. There doesn’t seem to be any indication that there will be a DVD only version of the release.

Here’s an audio preview:

Yet another Danny interview

Sick of Tool interviews yet? I know I feel like I’ve spent all day reading and posting them. This one is from The Rock FM which is a New Zealand radio station. Tracy had a chat to Danny about a range of topics which you can listen to here. For those not willing/able to listen, here are the main points:

  • Danny has recently done some recording with Jason Bonham and 12 other drummers for the upcoming Superman movie
  • There is plenty of material recorded, and footage available for a live album/DVD. It’s not on the radar at the moment but will probably happen sometime in the future.
  • They’re trying to concentrate on the new album for now, and Justin seems to be the main driving force behind this particular album
  • Tool hoped to play in Christchurch as well, but a lack of a suitable venue not earthquake damaged was a problem.
  • Danny still hopes they can release a new album this year

Interesting interview, it’s only 6:32 and is worth your time.

Blair hints at Live DVD

Pretty high on most Tool fans wishlist is a Live DVD, and in a recent Toolband article Blair dropped a hint that may or may not suggest it’ll happen soon:

In this photo taken by Rynne, is Tool manager Pete… A) Pondering the future release date for the band’s live DVD?.. B) Waiting for Arsenal to play?.. C) Trying to contact UFO occupants near the White Mountains?..

Live DVD huh?  I’ve heard that one before!  I suspect most of you will believe there actually are UFO’s near the White Mountains before acknowledging that this will happen any time soon.  Then again I have heard to expect some good things from Tool in 2012, so you never know…

Here’s a picture of Cowboy Chancellor:

Danny Carey Interview in DRUMscene

I mentioned this interview yesterday, but this morning when I visited the local magazine emporium, I spotted a copy of issue 64 of DRUMscene featuring Danny and decided to grab a copy (it was only $10).  And I gotta say it was $10 very well spent, then interview is one of the best I’ve read, and Danny speaks extensively about where the new album is at, the Live DVD, recording/song writing techniques and more.

In fairness to the magazine and copyright laws, I’m not going to scan it for you guys, however here’s some of the highlights of the interview:

  • The loved the Big Day Out tour, it was a great break for them and they love the relaxed atmosphere that comes with playing in the tour. They the it off really well with the guys from Rammstein. The highlight of the tour for Danny was the Melbourne sideshow.
  • As of the time of the interview 4 songs are in the works, which Danny expects is about half the album. Danny seems keen to write shorter and more to the point songs this time round, but things seem to have a habit of growing!  So far the songs seem to be heading along the path set by Jambi.
  • Maynard is expecting to spend some time with Tool before the APC shows and has expressed a desire to be more involved in the writing this time round, as Danny suggested that Maynard found some of the complex rhythms of the last album hard to write for.
  • There will be no further tours until the album is released, which all things going well they hope is 2011. The plan is to be in the studio by the end of the US summer.
  • They are leaning towards using Joe Baressi for the album, but haven’t ruled out using David Bottrill. Depends on how the remaining song writing pans out.
  • Danny’s really keen on getting a Live DVD out, using the footage recorded on previous tours (he talks specifically about the 6 pro-shot shows). As far as he knows the others in the band are keen, but it is a lengthy process editing the footage.  Seemed pretty sure it would see the light of day eventually.
  • Currently in the Lamborghini CD player is the new Trans-am and Rammstein albums, as well as some old Jethro Tull.
  • He’s still keen on doing a drum workshop type DVD, and said he might do one this year if he finds the time.
  • Danny has taken up bike riding, loves Penang Beef Curry, Mexican food and The Big Lebowski

As I said, it’s a great interview, and I would suggest any Australians out there interesting in reading the whole thing head down to their local newsagent and grab a copy! Or you should be able to snag one online here.

Danny Carey DRUMscene

Red Rocks Confirmed! Puscifer DVD!

While not yet confirmed on Toolband, the 93.3 Website and AEG Live are showing that Tool are playing at Red Rocks, CO on to consecutive nights on the 28th and 29th of June (not that’s June not July).

I’m not 100% convinced by those dates yet, so wait for confirmation on Toolband, but seems extremely likely that this will go ahead at this awesome venue.  Two nights in a row is interesting as well, I’m sure there will be plenty of speculation in about them perhaps filming something that night…

In a recent Puscifer email, Maynard talks about some of the ups and downs in wine growing, as well as mentioning that Puscifer should have a Live DVD out in Spring next year.  There are also plans for a Wine Club called the Velvet Slippers Club which I imagine will distribute a range of Arizona wines including some of Maynards own.

And just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a range of Blood Into Wine screening dates:

  • AB – Edmonton – May 13 – The Billiard Club
  • AL – Birmingham – June 17 – Workplay Theater
  • AZ – Flagstaff – May 22 – Orpheum Theater
  • CA – Modesto – May 14 & 15 – The State Theatre of Modesto
  • CA – Los Angeles – June 4 to 10 – Rave Motion Pictures Beverly Center
  • CA – Sacramento – Jun. 10 – The Crest Theatre
  • CO – Fort Collins – May 14 – May 20 – Lyric Cinema
  • FL – Jacksonville – June 20 – 5 Points Theatre
  • IL – Peoria – Apr. 15 – May 15 – Peoria Theatre
  • MA – Nantucket – May 17 – 20 & May 22 – 24 – Starlight Theater
  • MI – Grand Rapids – June 17 – Wealthy Theater
  • MO – St. Louis – May 20 – Tivoli Theatre
  • NC – Winston-Salem – May 21 – May 22 – a/perture Cinema
  • NV – Las Vegas – June 17 – Rave Motion Pictures Town Square Center
  • NY – Brooklyn (Williamsburg) – May 29 – Uniondocs
  • NY – New York City – May 27 – With Special Guests – City Winery
  • NY – New York City – May 28 – City Winery
  • OH – Cleveland – May 21 & 28 – The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • TX – Austin – June 21 – Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek
  • TX – Houston – June 19 – Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks
  • TX – Dallas – May 20 – Wine Tasting and Q&A w/Eric Glomski – Magnolia West Village
  • VT – Burlington – May 14-20 – Roxy Cinema
  • WI- Madison – June 4-17 – Orpheum Theatre
  • WI – Milwaukee – May 20 – Times Cinema

Maynard discusses Live DVD (and other stuff!)

In a recent interview on Metromix.com, Maynard makes a brief mention of the Live DVD.

I have to ask: What’s up with A Perfect Circle and Tool?
Nothing I know of at the moment. There’s always writing, we’re always doing that. But as soon as I say anything…like, I mentioned 15 years ago a possibility of filming a live Tool show, and I still get asked about that! I made the mistake of opening my mouth.

The article is really about the coming Puscifer tour, so don’t go expecting more Tool chatter than what I posted…

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