Mike Patton

Tour Poll Results

Last weeks poll asked who who you would prefer see Tool tour with again. This options ai gave were made up of artists Tool have toured with in the last couple of tours. I was somewhat surprised to see King Crimson win the poll. I knew they were popular amongst Tool fans but didn’t expect them to win the poll. I voted for Tomahawk based pretty much on the fact that they’re my favorite band on that list, but really I’d be happy seeing any of the bands on that list. Here are the results:

  1. King Crimson 108 Votes
  2. Isis 92 Votes
  3. Meshuggah 64 Votes
  4. The Melvins 53 Votes
  5. Tomahawk 37 Votes
  6. Fantomas 33 Votes
  7. Mastodon 31 Votes
  8. Tricky 29 Votes

This week the poll asks what Tool item you would rather see in your Xmas stocking on Monday morning. Vote away!!

Tomahawk in 2007, Fantômas Later

Some news regarding the bands Tomahawk and Fantômas was posted on Toolarmy by Bastardometer earlier today.  It seems as though the new Tomahawk CD is coming eventually, and that the guys hope to record by the end of the year.  The reason for the delay has been Patton’s commitments to Peeping Tom.  The new CD is said to consist of versions of public domain Native American songs.  Lipan Conjuring anyone?
Not so good news for Fantômas though, it looks like their promised “electronic only” album will not see the light of day for a couple of years.  Sounds like an interesting concept though, and I hope it will be worth the wait.

A video interview with Mike Patton where he talks about his music can be found here.

Lies, Rumours and Speculation….

All the time I get people asking me questions. “Hey Hellboy, when do you think Tool will be playing in country X?” “When do you think the Vicarious video will be coming out?”. I’m always happy to answer these questions, but the truth is, most of the time I don’t know the answer.

Anyway, since it’s a slow news day, and in order to inform those of us who don’t have the time on inclination to trawl through the net or Fourtheye/TA/TDN etc. here are my thoughts on several topical Tool-related topics.

Bear in mind, most of this is based on speculation, innuendo and gut feelings, so feel free to agree, disagree or give us some more facts and/or wild speculation:

Tool Touring:

  • Regardless of what’s been said, I don’t think we’ll see any more Tool shows in Australia squeezed into an already tight schedule. This goes for NZ as well, though I guess it would be easy for them to play a show there before doing the Big Day Out. Tool don’t seem to be fond of playing shows on consecutive nights, so that doesn’t leave many gaps.
  • Tool will be touring the US again in Northern Spring. This is all but confirmed.
  • Tool will probably tour Europe again during the Northern Summer. Festivals perhaps?
  • I’d be surprised if Tool didn’t head back down under after that. Look for Tool shows perhaps August-September 2007
  • If Tool decide to head to South/Central American, I’d suggest it would be around then as well.
  • Tool will then probably do one last run at the US before going back into “hibernation”.
  • Don’t expect the set to dramatically change – get over it!

Vicarious Video & DVD:

  • Expect the video to have far more CGI than previous ones.
  • Unless Adam finished the video in the weeks before heading to Europe, don’t expect to see it anytime this year
  • Audio Commentary will again be provided by a guest. I predict it will be Mike Patton.

Live DVD:

  • I don’t think we’ll see a live DVD at all until after Tool call it a day
  • We certainly won’t see it anytime before 2008
  • Expect some live video to be on the Vicarious DVD


  • Don’t expect a new album before 2009
  • If Maynard get involved with another band (APC or something else) don’t expect a new album before 2010
  • Half expect that there won’t be a new album
  • Every song on the new album will be about anal sex
  • Somewhat expect Maynard to retire from touring due to problems with his voice, vineyard/family commitments, etc.
  • Expect Adam to release some kind of recording in 2008
  • Expect the unexpected


  • Toolarmy will never change
  • Blair will continue to post whatever the hell he wants
  • Danny will find a way to make his drumkit bigger and better
  • Doors will comment on this article about how Tool suck anyway and should retire right now before they make fools of themselves (that’s if they haven’t already)

Tour Rumours

Blair made a couple of posts today, one a Toolarmy exclusive which talk about the upcoming arena tour.

Firstly he suggests that Tool will be visiting the southern parts of the US not already mentioned, though this may not be until they get back from Europe/Australia.  I guess this means Tool down under immediately afther the Euro tour winds up in December?  Not too surprising i suppose, and a source (admittedly of a dubious background) suggests to me Tool will be playing the Big Day Out, and may well be joined by Mike Patton’s new band Peeping Tom and Audioslave.  This of course flies in the face of the other reliable source who insist Tool will be touring in January, though not with the Big Day Out but with Isis in tow.  We’ll wait and see I suppose.

The second bit Blair mentions is that the stage show for the arenas will be alot bigger than what we’ve seen in the warm-up shows, and that the set lists will be changing as well.  Personally, i can’t wait to see Tool delivered to the stage in a purple UFO, kinda like the lemon in the U2 Popmart tour….

Melvins Back in Action, Jelvins Down-Under

mobius maximus on Toolarmy pointed this article out to us today:

Basically, it covers the Melvins latest happenings, some details on Mike Pattons Peeping Tom project, and my favorite bit, the fact that Jello Biafra and the Melvins will be touring Australia. Holy shit yes!

Jelvins, Melvins, Tomahawk and TMOC

Some non-Tool news for a change.

There’s a relatively interesting, if a little short interview with Jello Biafra here, where he talks about his involvement with the Melvins. It boes on to mention that Adam Jones plays on half of the tracks on the new CD Sieg Howdy! are reporting that the Melvins are releasing a ‘new’ version of Houdini in the near future. Also, Peeping Tom for mid-2006.

Last but not least, according to The Mark of Cain’s website they are touring around Australia in January 2006 with John Stanier. For all you Tomahawk fans, and I know there’s plenty out there (including Tool) they also revealed that Tomahawk will be recording in December.

Hey Joe!

It’s Joe’s (presumably Joe Baressi) birthday today, August 16th according to Toolband so I thought I’d share with you all an interview with ex-Helmet/Tomahawk/Mark of Cain drummer John Stanier, where he talks (amongst other things) about Joe’s recording techniques. Enjoy!

Is it a coincidence that Joe’s birthday is the same date as the alleged Teleincision (not that it ever happened, surprise surprise!).

Fantomas Tour!

According to the The Frontier Touring Company, Fanotmas are on their way back Down Under. Not sure if I’ll be able to catch them this time, since the finances are a little tight for a trip down to Brisbane at the moment. Maybe if everyone who uses my Toolarmy Toolbar donate’s $5 I’ll be able too!

Still I’m better off than when I was in Adelaide, since they’ve decided to skip the City of Churches altogether. Getting to Brisbane from Rockhampton is still cheaper than Adelaide to Melbourne or Sydney.

What does this have to do with Tool you say? Not much, but I love Fantomas, and I guess they did tour with Tool at one point, not to mention Buzz’s longtime association with Adam.

Slow News Week

Not much new stuff to post about at the moment, so I’ve done some digging and come up with 3 interesting things:

1. Hidden away in Blair‘s profile on Toolarmy are some posts talking about having a meeting with Tool in the next week, and working on having a new Web-Chat, as well as updating Toolarmy. As usual I’m not getting my hopes up about a Toolarmy update just yet, since this has been mentioned on and off for at least the last year.

2. After trawling through some posts in the Toolnavy site, there’s much speculation regarding the producer for the new CD. Apparently it won’t be David Bottrill due to his commitments with some lame nu-metal acts, but may be Joe Barresi, producer of many bands including Tomahawk and it’s been quoted in the EQ Magazine (never heard of it!) that “Melvins guitarist Buzz Osborne liked Barresi’s unorthodox approach to recording so much that he recommended Barresi for Tool’s new record”. Personally I reckon Tool will produce the new CD themselves but we’ll know soon enough.

3. I’ve decided to start working on a Firefox Extension to allow navigation on Toolarmy to be a little easier. It should allow you to bookmark Boards and Members, and will hopefully make life easier for those who desparately cling to the old boards located right down the bottom. Should have a working version out in the next week so keep your eyes peeled.

News Catch-Up!

I’ve been away for a few days, and have missed out on several little bits and pieces of Tool related news. No tour news though, which is what people really want!

Firstly, Maynard appears in the new movie Crank 2, which also features Danny Lohner, Mike Patton doing the soundtrack, and some dude from Linkin Park.  Thanks to Ziggy and AZB for the tips.

In another movie related item, apparently The Taking of Pelham 123 will have an A Perfect Circle remix appearing on the soundtrack.  Cheers Hurtfrog!

Maynard tweeted a couple of times, alluding to being in certain places at certain times.  Possibly Tool, everything is as vague as you’d expect:

Oakland/Fox Theater? Seattle/Moore Theater? June? Anything is possible.


Wine events coming to the Midwest, NorthEast and SouthEast. But No Puscifer shows in those areas yet. Sorry. Soon. Hold please.


Possible dates in the NorthWest.

Aaron Harris from Isis confirms the tracks that Adam appears on Wavering Radiant:

Aaron continued to explain the exact contribution Adam Jones did on ‘Waving radiant, “He just did some guitar and its not gonna be that recognizable, its not your typical guitar sounds. I think he used an ebo and effects. But it still has that signature Adam Jones sound to it.”

Now on what tracks does Adam Jones play what Aaron describes as “a whole fading frog sound”? The opening song ‘Hall of the Dead’ and the instrumental title track ‘Waving Radiant’.

That’s all for now – some news in regards to the Fourtheye shirts will be coming soon!

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