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Tool June 2019 Newsletter

The latest iteration of the Tool newsletter is out, and this month Blair recounts the tale of the band visiting CERN in Switzerland whilst on tour in Europe:

Even though some of the CERN workers are Tool enthusiasts (and pose for photos while raising the horns) this doesn’t change my mind as to the true purpose of the LHC. And, besides, its currently down for maintenance (?), so no instantaneous deliveries of strawberry ice cream to the Orion Delta, opening the rusty gates to hell or any conCERNs whatsoever about accidently erasing the known universe with their Higgs-Boson “god” particle. At least until they ramp up again (pun not intended).

https://toolband.com/news/2019/tool-newsletter-3/

I know some where expecting Blair to come good on his “promise” for news “next month”, but personally I felt this was a little optimistic. New will come soon, I’m sure, now that the band has wound up it’s tour. Be patient!

Tool May 2019 Newsletter

Blair has released the latest issue of the Tool Newsletter today, dropping a couple of smallish hints for deciphering, but mostly reiterating how he came to be the Tool webmaster:

In the nineteen years of writing for my – er – I mean the band’s website, the hardest thing is knowing something that would constitute real band news – something positive to relay to eager fans – only being unable to post it for a variety of reasons due to the site’s official nature. I’m faced with the same dilemma today, but hopefully (keep your toes crossed) I can make an official announcement next month. Until then, in keeping with Adam’s “write about whatever you want” pep talk to me all those years ago, and knowing the guys probably have poor internet connections in Europe, there IS something that has been on my mind for a while now.

I think that most of us would agree that Crohn’s disease – a chronic disorder that causes inflammation in the digestive system – is nothing to joke about and any FDA-approved product that offers relief from the severity of the symptoms is to be applauded. With that said, from what I can hear, the band in the T.V. commercial for HUMIRA is really… really… really terrible (unless the studio track is entitled “TrainWreck.”).

https://toolband.com/news/2019/tool-newsletter-2/

Let’s hope Blair is able to communicate his news sooner rather than later, though personally I’m not expecting much more in the way of announcements until after the European tour winds up.

Speaking of which, the first date in Berlin is tomorrow night at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Wishing all the best to our Tool loving European comrades, for whom the tour drought is about to break!

Tool February 2019 Newsletter

Another month has passed, and Blair shares with us another Tool newsletter. It’s a pretty dense newsletter, with a few veiled hints at a range of things, from release dates, to a possible Australian tour.

I’ve seen a few interpretations around the place, ranging from a April 19 release date, as well as some rumours suggestion Tool could town Down Under as soon as July, but nothing really solid enough to get too excited yet. I still think we can rule out April based on Maynard’s comments for example

Okay, that’s it for the short month of February. Those who still think that I should disregard my Non-disclosure agreement (perhaps not realizing that getting stung on the face by those wingless wasps is something that I’d rather not experience – and not just because of Spartley’s sting pain index!), how about showing some resourcefulness and getting your own new album information.  For instance, maybe take a closer look to see what ‘Evil’ Joe might have written on a piece of masking tape stuck on the recording console in those photos available on the Internet.  Show your initiative, friends.  All one needs to do is gain access to a computer with some serious computing speed. Magnification at 200 PetaFLOPS ought to do the trick.

https://www.toolband.com/news/458771/tool-newsletter

In other somewhat interesting news, Peter Grenader, who created Danny‘s synth for him had the following to say on Facebook recently:

While I was installing it, DC was tearing apart Vlad’s demo videos – he’s totally stoked about having it. Very good things are coming in the late Spring when Tool resumes a humungous touring schedule to support the new record, due out in April, and btw – I’ve heard parts of it and it is a paradigm shift…

It doesn’t change my mind on the April thing, but the “humungous tour” and “paradigm shift” sound interesting….

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Tool January 2019 Newsletter

Some were expecting the latest Tool newsletter from Blair would contain an announcement, and while technically it did, it probably wasn’t the one they are expecting! As has been reported before (I think), Danny has been working on a new book, and it will be out “soon”:

I am excited to announce that Danny’s new book Remember the Future is finally at the printers.  Over three years in the making, the coffee table-style glossy hardcover contains beautiful full color photos of nearly all of the vintage analog synthesizers in Danny’s impressive collection (many being museum quality), along with electronic percussion and related accessories.  The book also features articles by Danny, Chris Pitman, Blair MacKenzie Blake and synth historians Brian Kehew, Jack Dangers, Darrel Johansen and Peter Grenader.

Having just approved the soft proofs as the book’s editor (with some assistance by Greg ‘DailyGrail’ Taylor ), my best guess would be to look for the book (with the first edition limited to only 300 copies) in Danny’s webstore in a couple of weeks.  Should the printing and shipping process go faster (or if pre-sales are offered), I will be sure to give an update. 

https://www.toolband.com/news/458309/tool-newsletter-january-2019-e-v

Sounds interesting to me, I’ll consider grabbing a copy when they go on sale!

Hopefully we get another announcement in the not too distant future!

Tool Newsletter December 2018

The Tool December 2018 Newsletter is out, and since it’s mostly about me (of all people) I can assure you all there there is no actual Tool news contained within.

BMB:  How do you get your Tool-related news? How regularly do you check other sites? Do you have sources with other sites that give you a heads up as well as friends close to a band member that give you some inside info? I remember giving someone news to give you that I couldn’t post officially. Did you get this? (It was from someone that knew Danny.)

MATT:  These days, social media is the king for up to the minute Tool news.  The Toolband Subreddit is probably my primary source of information these days – if something has been posted on the internet that’s Tool related, it’s normally on there sometimes within minutes of being posted.  It’s a firehose like environment, with a range of Tool news and discussions coming thick and fast. On Fourtheye I tend to take the quality over quantity approach, and I think my readers prefer the more curated feed as opposed to the wild west of social media.

I have a few sources that give me snippets of info here and there, though I’d note that many of them have been pretty quiet the last few years.  I don’t want to be that guy who keeps bugging people all the time, so tend to let them come to me with information if and when they have any. The common link is that they are almost always friends of Danny!  A couple I know nothing about other than their email address, one in particular having provided a quite interesting recording from what I think was the Loft a few years ago…

Tool November 2018 Newsletter

Blair‘s Tool Newsletter for November 2018 is out now.  It highlights a recent visit to LA following the Malibu fires, where Blair catches up with Danny Carey and a few other regulars from the Tool family.  The good news is that Blair managed to hear at least part of the new album, though keeps it spoiler free:


While walking to his car (parked on yet another deficient alley), Danny emerged from the studio and insisted that we hear a couple of new Tool songs before we left. (Not the final mix.)  Yes! Climbing into the Porche, I remarked that a cave man probably wouldn’t be able to tell that it was better than Kent’s BMW because he would be so astonished at seeing an automobile that little details wouldn’t matter.  While reclined in the passenger seat (with both Sturgeon guitarists comfortably in the back), Danny put the CD into the tray and selected track 3… (No spoilers here, which I’m sure you’ll thank me for later.)

https://www.toolband.com/news/newsletter/457514/tool-newsletter-november-2018-e-v

To indulge in a little speculation: Blair suggests that it’s not the final mix.  The glass half full people (myself included) would take this to be that Tool are in the process of finalising the mix of the album – meaning that tracking has finished (including vocals) and that we’re perhaps on track for a release sometime before touring kicks off in 2019.  The more cynical among us might say that they’ll believe a new album is coming out when they actually see it.  Some are still waiting for the non-hoax version of 10,000 Days is released.

Also Danny has a Porsche Panamera now, which I believe is in addition to his Lamborghini.  Perfect for a growing family!

Tool September 2018 Newsletter

Blair’s Tool newsletter for September 2018 is out now, and is a pretty short one, that really just highlights Maynard’s recent tweet.  As many of you may know, Blair lives in Las Vegas now which makes getting regular updates from a band not always know for being communicative tough.

The good news is that Blair is heading to LA soon, and plans to take up Adam’s invitation to join them in the studio.  Hopefully we’ll see some nicer updates in the next month or so.

TOOL NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER 2018 E.V.

In a couple of weeks I will be heading into Los Angeles to take care of some business regarding a couple of joint book projects with Danny.  While there I will drop into the studio (taking Adam up on his recent invite) where the guys have been tracking to see how things are going and listen to some great prog-metal.   Of course getting this Toolband update means securing a rental vehicle, dodging falling Prothonotary warblers that have been fried to a crispy char from the Ivanpah Solar Plant at the Nevada state line, filling up the tank in Baker for whatever dollar amount they want to charge for a gallon of gas, stopping at EddieWorld in Yermo to get retro candy for ‘Evil’ Joe (Curly Wurlys and whatnot), being searched for Sub-Saharan Kiwano at the I-15 South agriculture inspection, honking at confused drivers from Victorville in the Bear Valley Road intersection clusterfuck, stuck in mind-numbing traffic in the city (from what I remember after chewing all that Prevagen), having to find a few bucks to pay the valet at the North Hollywood Chevron station, and trying to find a parking space at the studio. But, then I’ll get the goods…maybe.  At least, I’ll have some Reed’s Root Beer Rolls for Joe.

In the meantime, for those who haven’t already read it, here’s a tweet from Maynard on September 10, 2018.

“Update- Scratch Vox tracked awhile ago. AJ deep in Guitars now. Final Vox after. Step back. Adjust. Mix. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Master. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Long Way 2 Go But Much Closer.

https://www.toolband.com/news/newsletter/455997/newsletter

What the update says to me though, is that recording is progressing, and I assume Adam is still doing his stuff with guitars.  Given that reports tell us that the album is full of long complex songs, perhaps there are many intricate sounds the band is trying to capture this time around. 

Also, given that Maynard hits the road again with A Perfect Circle this month, the question remains when we he record his vocals?  It sounds like the instrumentals aren’t done yet, and I’m guessing he hasn’t already recorded  so I suspect they will be recorded in Arizona sometime later in the year.

Tool July 2018 Newsletter

Another month goes by, and we have another newsletter with even Blair admitting there’s not much to share at the moment:

Well… I haven’t heard a peep pertaining to studio updates so make of that what you want.  I know that it’s pretty typical in the ‘Tool world’ to be kept in the dark when projects such as recording sessions are ongoing, so what can I say?  I’ve tried to get something… anything.  I even checked out Hellboy’s fourtheye website to see if he managed to get wind of anything via the Net, but evidently he hasn’t.  Keep checking, though (www.fourtheye.net).  With that mind, I guess I’ll go have a couple of beers while playing video poker.  Should Danny decide to pay me a visit (which he threatened to do a few weeks ago during my visit to Los Angeles), I’ll see if there’s anything that he can say on the record…about the record?

Maybe Danny should pay me a visit as well?

Being an optimist, I think that no news is good news.  The band are busy doing their thing, and it seems at the moment that Danny & Justin have done their parts, and Adam is working on his.  I suspect he shouldn’t be too far off done.  The A Perfect Circle tour is done for now, and Maynard back in Arizona, getting ready to kick off the harvest.  I don’t know how/when he’s planning to record, but interviews around the time of Eat The Elephant‘s release suggest he records from home these days.  I expect once the instrumental work is done, Evil Joe will fly over and kick off the process.

Tool April 2017 Newsletter

The April 2017 Tool newsletter is out, and it pretty much reinforced the previous post where Danny hoses down album speculation:

WTF!!!

Are you serious? How in the world could anyone – even the most desperate Tool enthusiast make such an incredible leap? I’ve received email over the years from people who have included a 20 page treatise on the true meaning behind “Lateralus” when the song tracks are re-arranged to their “secret” correct order and synched up to some obscure film, and I think: Hmm, who knows? But the idea about my mentioning a strange happening at Arby’s being a cryptic hint of “colossal Tool news” really had me scratching my head. (NOTE: For any one who is interested, I’ve copied my original post that was inserted as an update into the September 2016 newsletter. Check out the last sentence!)

So there we go.  There’s a moral here somewhere!

There’s not much else happening in the newsletter, so my advice for the easily Blair triggered – don’t read it!

Tool March 2017 Newsletter out now!

The Tool March 2017 Newsletter is out, and to save you all some time it’s just a summary of the tour announcements so far.  It suggests it’s a “work in progress” so perhaps there is more tour dates to come (there are certainly rumours of more dates).

In the mean time, I’m about to start putting together a rant of things that bug me in the Tool world that I’ll publish over the weekend.  Stay tuned!

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