As Maynard enjoys his 51st Birthday, so shall we all enjoy this video from CptCookies:
A cryptic message appeared on Toolband today courtesy of Blair:
The closer is brought in to get the job done… using everything in his arsenal.
There’s a couple of theories on what this could mean. Perhaps Maynard is finally getting into the newly refurbished Loft to lay down the vocals for the new Tool album? The chill on the forum also pointed out that “the closer” is a bit of a baselball term, so it could refer to the “curveball” being almost ready to appear.
Either way hopefully we get some solid information soon!
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.
It’s been a good couple of days for Tool updates, and now Maynard swoops in and gives us another:
I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon’. I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.
Much better than a #gullible! With the accompanying photo (possibly taken by Aaron Harris):
Maynard thinks that The PRP are gullible for posting about Tool being in the studio. Are they? Are we? Is believing a video posted by Adam suggesting that they’re in the studio enough to make us gullible? Or is Maynard taking the piss?
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?
As we all know, Maynard has contributed to The Flaming Lips next album With A Little Help From My Fwends. It’s an album of Beatles covers and features Maynard on the track Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite. You can stream it on NPR.
There’s also an interesting interview with Maynard and the members of the Flaming Lips where they talk about the track. It’s worth a watch:
Maynard hinted a couple of weeks ago that a new Puscifer website was on the way, and today that ambition has been realised. To celebrate it appears they have released a new video for the track Toma, directed by Tim Cadiente and featuring the Flying Caliente Brothers. For your viewing pleasure:
For the Tool/Maynard fan who has everything and still has deep pockets, there’s a print now available from Tim Cadiente’s website called Hawk’in Time:
This studio image of Maynard James Keenan is being offered for a very limited time in a very limited quantity.
A 19 x 13 Archival pigmented ink print, signed, embossed and numbered by Maynard James Keenan and Tim Cadiente.
Each image will come with a certificate of authenticity and a bonus 13 x 19 image.
This set of 2 archival pigmented ink images for $285.
Free shipping in the U.S / International shipping : $25
$285 sounds like a lot to me, but I’m sure there’s people out there interested in this stuff. Happy shopping!
According to Consequence of Sound, Maynard will be appearing on the forthcoming Flaming Lips cover album based on the Beatles classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He will be on the track Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!:
With a Little Help From My Fwends Tracklist:
01. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (feat. My Morning Jacket, Fever the Ghost, and J Mascis)
02. With a Little Help from My Friends (feat. The Flaming Lips, Black Pus, and The Autumn Defense)
03. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (feat. Miley Cyrus, Moby, and The Flaming Lips)
04. Getting Better (feat. Dr. Dog and Chuck Inglish)
05. Fixing a Hole (feat. Electric Wurms)
06. She’s Leaving Home (feat. Phantogram and Juliana Barwick)
07. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (feat. The Flaming Lips, Maynard James Keenan, and Sunbears)
08. Within You Without You (feat. Birdflower and Morgan Delt)
09. When I’m Sixty-Four (feat. The Flaming Lips and more)
10. Lovely Rita (feat. Tegan & Sara and Stardeath and White Dwarves)
11. Good Morning Good Morning (feat. Zorch, Grace Potter, and more)
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (feat. Foxygen and MGMT)
13. A Day in the Life (feat. The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus)
Maynard has collaborated with Flaming Lips members in the past, including this Elton John cover: