Tool News and Rumours

This page contains all the latest Tool news and rumours collected by me from a bunch of sources. It also collects information for a range of Tool related acts – usually side projects such as A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, and friends of Tool such as Yob and The Melvins.

If you know anything you think is missing from this page, feel free to let me know!

Tool News

Adam Jones News

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  • Side project with King Buzzo and Terry Bozzio tba
  • Lustmord vs. Adam Jones tba

Danny Carey News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Justin Chancellor News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Maynard James Keenan News

Other Bands

Puscifer release title track from Money Shot

You may have taken a quick listen to the 30 second Money Shot snippets on Amazon yesterday, but today it appears the second full track has been released from the album. This time around it’s a much rockier number and the smooth poppy sounds of Grand Canyon. It’s certainly not a Tool track, but will appeal more to those who prefer their music with a harder edge.

Also with the track is a new Maynard James Keenan interview on Rolling Stone by Dan Epstein. If the interview is anything to go by, it seems as though the new Puscifer album may have a more serious one than their last two:

It seems like Puscifer’s trademark sense of humor has taken something of a back seat to heavier themes on this record.
Yeah, I guess so. I can see how someone would think that, but I see the humor all the way through it, even in the heavier tracks. On our earlier stuff, we completely separated it — “Cuntry Boner” over here, and then “Indigo Children” over here. Here, they’ve been integrated more. It’s like a fine wine that’s been aging in a large cask for two years, instead of being right out of the press and into the bottle.

They do ask a quick Tool question, with a not unexpected response:

So, last question… what’s up with the new Tool record?
I write lyrics and melodies to music. If I don’t have music, I can’t.

Listen to Puscifer’s Money Shot

Maynard looking dandy

Money Shot samples on Amazon

Aenimal from the Fourtheye forum posted this afternoon to let me know that Amazon now has 30 second samples for each of the tracks from Puscifer’s upcoming album Money Shot. In case you’re forgotten, the latest album from Puscifer comes out on October 30, just in time for their tour.

I won’t get a chance to listen to the samples for a little while, but I’d love to hear what you guys think. Good, bad, average, awe inspiring? I wasn’t blown away by Grand Canyon, but am still keen to see how the album pans out, and also to see what they have in store for their tour later this year.

You can pre-order Money Shot from Amazon using the widget below:

Money Shot track list:

1. Galileo
2. Agostina
3. Grand Canyon
4. Simultaneous
5. Money Shot
6. The Arsonist
7. The Remedy
8. Smoke and Mirrors
9. Life of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)
10. Autumn

Puscifer Money Shot album cover

Could Tool be playing in Australia at Soundwave 2016?

Around about this time every year, Australian festival promoters release details on the lineups for their summer music festivals. One of these is the popular rock/metal festival Soundwave 2016. Tool, being regular Australian tourists routinely get mentioned as a possible headline act for these festivals. Since the release of 10,000 Days, Tool have headlined the Big Day Out Festival twice, as well as a headlining tour following a Japanese Ozzfest date.

With Soundwave announcements around the corner, I thought I’d investigate the possibility of Tool, or related acts appearing on next years lineup.

Many of you who have read the August 2015 Newsletter will be aware that Tool, Breck and Junior are working on a new stage production designed specifically for festivals. While it seems likely Tool will play plenty of these in the long term, in isolation it seems a little strange that they’d do this with just one festival show on the cards – Monster Mash in Arizona. The Australian Festival circuit would seem to be a good opportunity for the band to further refine this stage before touring it on a large scale off the back of a new album. Junior elaborates a little on the festival production plans in a post he made on Toolnavy.

The obvious obstacle here is that Tool don’t appear to have a new album ready, and it seems increasingly unlikely that they will be recording this year. Will Australian fans support Tool for a fourth time around without a new album? Aussie fans are some of the most loyal in the world, but I’d expect enthusiasm levels would be lower than normal without some new material. A new lighting rig may excite a few of us die hards, but perhaps not the more casual fans out there.

I have had it suggested to me by a reliable source recently that the next Tool shows might be a bit closer to my neck of the woods. Will this pan out? With a Soundwave announcement expected in the next month or so, we will know for sure soon enough.

What we do already know is that Failure will be playing at Soundwave 2016. I’d also consider Puscifer could be a candidate as well. We know Puscifer have a new album out in October, with a tour US to follow, and that they have played Soundwave in 2013 as a double header of sorts with A Perfect Circle. Perhaps this time around we might see both Tool and Puscifer playing at Soundwave in 2016.

Soundwave 2016

New Puscifer date in Prescott, Arizona

Regular Puscifer reportee fortysixand2 tells me that there’s a new Puscifer date added to the tour, this time on the 14th of December at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott, Arizona:

Puscifer, who recently announced their new album, Money Shot, and the release of the “Grand Canyon” video will be returning to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott on Monday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets become available on Wednesday, August 26 at 10 a.m. and general on-sale is Friday, August 28 at 10 a.m. The evening’s opening act is Luchafer.

Details on the show, as well as links to ticket information can be found on the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center website.

Still no word on any further Tool shows by the way! I think it’s starting to look unlikely at this stage. We’ll see!

Puscifer rockin' on the back porch

Puscifer Money Shot Tour and Release Announcement

Puscifer have today released further info on their coming tour supporting the release of new album Money Shot. In a lengthy press release below, Maynard reveals the bands plan to tour with a range of shows in November and December following the Monster Mash Festival.

Jerome, Ariz., Aug. 17, 2015 – Puscifer, who recently announced a new album, Money Shot, and the release of the “Grand Canyon” video will be returning to the road, kicking off a six-week outing on Nov. 1 at the Monster Mash Festival in Phoenix.
“As is the Modus Operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany the Money Shot release. We’ve been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail,” said Keenan. “As usual, we prefer to Show rather than Tell. Odds are if you’ve been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you’ll want to go ahead and place those bets.”
It’s no surprise that Maynard James Keenan choose to debut the electro rock band-meets-comedy troupe on a Las Vegas stage (Puscifer’s first shows were at The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort). In the intervening years, we’ve met a cadre of characters including Billy D and Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Peter Merkin and spent time around a campfire, with an Airstream in the background, as audiences enjoyed a Sonoran sunset. Puscifer, who thrive on the element of surprise, have revamped their stage show, with no spoilers to share, we can only say it exceeds the production seen in recent outings.
The live line-up for the Money Shot tour includes Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Mahsa Zargaran and the newest addition, Paul Barker (Ministry, Lead Into Gold).
Money Shot physical pre-order packages are available now via The various offerings include both signed and unsigned copies of the new album as well as an instant download of “Grand Canyon.”

Money Shot track list:
1. Galileo
2. Agostina
3. Grand Canyon
4. Simultaneous
5. Money Shot
6. The Arsonist
7. The Remedy
8. Smoke and Mirrors
9. Life of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)
10. Autumn

Tour dates:
November 1 Phoenix, AZ Monster Mash Festival
November 3 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
November 4 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
November 5 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center
November 7 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
November 8 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
November 10 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
November 11 Bethesda, MD Strathmore Theatre
November 12 Boston, MA The Orpheum Theatre
November 14 New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre
November 15 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
November 17 New York, NY Terminal 5
November 18 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
November 20 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
November 21 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
November 22 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre
November 24 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
November 25 Salt Lake City, UT Kingsbury Hall
November 28 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
November 29 Spokane, WA INB Performing Arts Center
November 30 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 2 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 3 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
December 6 Fresno, CA Warnors Theatre
December 8 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
December 10 Los Angeles, CA Ace Theatre
December 11 Los Angeles, CA Ace Theatre
December 12 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater

Tickets will be on-sale on Friday, Aug. 21 with VIP packages available simultaneously via

Shows have already started appearing on Ticketmaster and will go one sale over the next few days.

Puscifer Money Shot album cover

Puscifer tour announcement on Monday?

Maynard has teased a Puscifer tour announcement coming this Monday (AZ time) via Instagram and Facebook, which I would conclude based on previous non-announcements is a list of tour dates:

For those not paying attention, Ticketmaster posted, and then removed a Puscifer date in Cincinatti, Ohio last week. It seems almost certain that we’ll see a list of other tour dates announced. How long the tour will be, and whhat cities it will visit is anyone’s guess. I don’t reckon the tour will be exhaustive, but expect the larger towns across North America to get a show.

Puscifer Tour 2015 dates on the way

Update 14-Aug-2015: The date has been removed from Ticketmaster. I’d say the show is still likely to happen, but I wouldn’t go booking flights or anything just yet. I suspect we’ll get an announcement of the full tour next week if the reported on-sale date is anything to go by.

The first date of the Puscifer Tour 2015 (aside from the Monster Mash Fest show) has been announced, and it’s at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH on November 20. Tickets go on sale on the 20th of August via Ticketbastard.

Since we’re expecting the new Puscifer album Money Shot to be released on October 30, we should also expect that there will be some new songs played in this tour, including the new track Grand Canyon.

Thanks to fortysixand2 for the tip!

Puscifer Tour 2015

Puscifer Officially Added to Monster Mash

As expected, Puscifer have officially been added to the Monster Mash lineup on November 1st with Linkin Park, Rob Zombie and Deftones. No word on if Drown By Mom will also be playing. Get tickets here!

Puscifer added to Monter Mash

Puscifer Grand Canyon and Money Shot

As promised, today sees the release of the new track from Puscifer – Grand Canyon. The track itself doesn’t stray far from what you’d expect from Puscifer, and it has a cool video to accompany it.

Also revealed is the title of the new Puscifer album, Money Shot. According to Rolling Stone we can expect to see it released on October 30, 2015.

While Tool continue to drag out the suspense surrounding the long-overdue follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days – and to prank the exasperated fans awaiting it – the band’s ever-prolific singer Maynard James Keenan has another record in the pipeline from his electro-rock project Puscifer. The group will release its third album, Money Shot, on October 30th, and has offered the first sights and sounds from the new LP with the video for “Grand Canyon,” which can be viewed above.

The video for Puscifer Grand Canyon is directed by Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer and Ghost Atomic. It’s shot by Gavin Fisher and Odin Wadleigh and edited by Odin Wadleigh and Michael Marlett.

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