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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!

Tool February 2017 Newsletter

The Tool February 2017 Newsletter is out, and the first sentence tells you what you need to know:

Being that there is no Tool news that I know of this month, I was going to blow off the FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER until I received the following email.

The important part being that there is no Tool news.  The rest of the newsletter features a question from a fan regarding the Tool chat page, which hasn’t been working for quite some time.

Tool Newsletter September 2016 updated

As Blair hinted at in the January 2017 newsletter, he has also updated the one from September 2016.  For those with short memories, September 2016 was the infamous “positive thinking” one.  Blair mentions recent interviews with Justin, Danny’s appearance on the Seth Meyers show and even Adam at recent VIP outings as good evidence that the next Tool album is indeed a thing.

I doubt this is changing anyone’s mind though – I don’t expect that any of the skeptics are going to change their mind.  I for one am content to wait for whatever may come.  I’m obviously a huge Tool fan, but life is not so empty that a lack of Tool albums becomes an object of scorn or hate.

Instead I look forward to seeing Puscifer here in Adelaide in a couple of nights time (there’s even a free wine tasting in town before hand).  I’ll continue to enjoy the large number of quality releases from other artists.  Code Orange may have already released an album I might have on my top 10 of 2017 (we’ll see in 12 months time I guess!)

Tool January 2017 Newsletter

The Tool 2017 Newsletter for January is out, and it doesn’t say much except to confirm a few things we already know.  There is some vague promise of further news to come, but anyone’s guess as to what this is.

Here it is:

I especially don’t like to waste water here in the desert, but allow me to pour a tall cold glass of it over the on-line rumors that DANNY (“the mysterious buyer”) recently purchased a new house with vineyards so that he could become a wine-maker. The TRUTH is that he bought a house that just happened to come with a MICRO-VINEYARD. Therefore, DON’T expect him to be releasing bottles of “MONAS HIEROGLYPHICA” anytime soon. Instead, he will be working on new Tool material at the loft, and performing on February 4th with VOLTO! at… (No)… THE WHISKEY on the Sunset Strip. In other news, for those of you who only read the ‘newsletters’, TOOL will be playing a couple of festivals in MAY – one being “THE GOVERNOR’S BALL in NYC, with the other being “BOSTON CALLING.” In anticipation of your next question, these are the only Tool shows that I am currently aware of. I have also listed in the NEWS POSTS a number of APC shows in May. Now, in case you’re wondering why the January 17th newsletter is so short (or celebrating the fact), until I get a better grasp on certain things that have happened to me recently, this will have to do. In the meantime, look for an UPDATE explaining this in the archived SEPTEMBER 2016 newsletter on January 20th. Hopefully, that is…

Tool December 2016 Newsletter

Just in time for Xmas is Blair‘s December 2016 Tool Newsletter (you can find it in the newsletters section on Toolband).  It takes a Q&A format this time around, and doesn’t contain any info that typical Blair detractors need to know – save yourself the effort this Xmas Day (or Boxing Day if you’re an Aussie like me)!

If you are interested in Blair’s writings, then it contains some of the Santa Code that he talked about at previous Xmas’.  He also speaks about the curveball, and gives the following analogy:

Q: “Curveball, curveball, what ball, where is the ball?”

BMB:

All I can say is that I am standing in the batter’s box kicking at the dirt near home plate. I’ve got my helmet adjusted and have tightened my gloves. I’m wearing both shin and elbow guards, and there’s lots of pine tar on my piece of lumber. Although the pitcher can reache speeds in the 90s, I’m still looking for that wicked curve…

So more of the same in that regard then.  I suspect one day Tool will eventually tell Blair “ok, you can tell people about xxxx now” and we’ll get it.  Until then the wait continues with no clearer picture of when it’ll actually arrive.

Enjoy some time off Tool fans, and don’t forget to submit your albums for the Fourtheye Top 10 of 2016!

 

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