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Weekly Update 11-Sept-2017

Things are moving so slowly in Tool land at the moment, I’ve run out of material (and motivation) for regular posts.  So while Tool are in stealth mode (likely for the rest of the year I expect) rather than bombarding you with with stuff that is only somewhat interesting, I’ll do a weekly update.  This update will include Tool related stuff, relevant side projects, and even a few updates from bands that have supported Tool, or I feel would generally interest Fourtheye readers.

In this weeks episode:

  • Justin gets a new bass
  • The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan
  • The Melvins rate legal weed

Got anything that might interest Fourtheye readers?  Let me know!

Justin gets a new bass

Adam posted on Instagram a pic of Justin with his new Warwick bass.

~ S o m e b o d y ~ got a new custom bass ~ sounds so amazing*

A post shared by Adam Jones (@adamjones_tv) on

Some of you may notice the whiteboard behind, suggesting that perhaps they’re working on new stuff.  Frequent AJ followers on Instagram may have also noticed

The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan

Maynard is featuring in a number of short episodes recorded for the Revolver website, in which he discusses a range of topics – mostly about what inspires him to make music and wine.

Part 3 and 4 are yet to arrive, but keep your eyes peeled

The Melvins rate Legal Weed

The Melvins are always good for a laugh, and this interview for Pitchfork media has a few solid chuckles:

Don’t forget they have a newish album A Walk with Love & Death (which isn’t bad).  And Dale has a solo album called The Fickle Finger of Fate (which is better).

Danny confirms that Tool remasters are in the works?

On Reddit the other day some chap called cptsweatpantz decided to start an online petition to get Tool to re-release their albums on vinyl.  A noble suggestion, however was met with the usual cries of “online polls don’t do shit!” – something I agree with despite signing anyway.

Lo and behold the creator of the petition receives an email from Danny Carey (screenshot of which is below) in which he says:

The petition won’t really matter.  We are already in the process of remastering all of our albums for release on vinyl in the near future.

Thanks for your enthusiasm Josh,

D.C.

Good news on the surface of things, since I suspect many would embrace the opportunity to grab some legitimate, and reasonably priced Tool vinyl.  “Near future”  can be taken to mean anytime between now and End Times.

It should be pointed out that it’s pretty easy to spoof email addresses, so I’d suggest some caution here (though I have no real reason to doubt this random Reddit guy).  Fingers crossed it’s legit though.

Email from Danny confirming Tool vinyl remastering

Maynard talks Tool and other things with Joe Rogan

Maynard James Keenan spoke with Joe Rogan on his podcast this week, and covers a range of the usual topics you’d expect – wine making, fighting, discipline, the music industry, his love for cross-stitching and of course, Tool.  As with Maynard’s other chats with Rogan, it’s an interesting listen, and great to hear him speak in a more relaxed, between friends manner than the usual defensive style taken with clickbait focused music journalists.

But let’s face it, Tool is what most of us want to know about (that bit starts at around the 1:22 mark on the video embedded below).  Specifically Maynard discusses frustrations, but also understanding and acceptance of the current writing process.  He also mentions that there are several tracks ready for vocals, and others in the works as well.  Though nothing is complete yet, he does mention that he had worked on vocals for a track, only to find when he returned to the band it had changes so much they were no longer relevant.

I came away from the interview feeling pretty good about where the album is at.  It appeared to me that Maynard feels good about what has been written so far.  There are obvious frustrations, but he seems at peace with where it’s at.  Some question if we’ll ever see another album from Tool, but for me this interview definitely made me feel it’s more of a “when” situation rather than “if”

So, my take on all this is that songwriting continues.  It’s not going to wind up any time soon.  I don’t think anyone should have expectations of Tool recording anytime this year.  I’d go so far as to say we’re unlikely to see a Tool album before this time next year.

Justin discusses the new album with Metal Sucks

Metal Sucks have today published a Podcast which contains a 10 minute interview with Justin Chancellor, where he talks about progress on the new Tool album, and their love of playing live.  While the interview is short on much concrete information, Justin does mention that he believes the new album is about 90% done.  He declined to give any indication of when it would be released though.

It’s an insightful interview, so well worth your time.

Tool Summer 2017 tour wrapup

The Tool Summer 2017 tour is done; capped off with a huge show at San Bernadino this evening. I’ve been holding back posting much about the tour, as I don’t really want to spoil it for those who are attending shows, but now that were all done, here’s a re-cap of what went down:

  • Tool played much the same setlist each night.  It was a pretty good one, though some are critical that it doesn’t include Lateralus:
    • The Grudge
    • Parabol
    • Parabola
    • Schism (typically the extended version)
    • Opiate (the new extended version – more on this further down)
    • Ænema
    • Descending
    • Jambi
    • Third Eye
    • Forty-Six & 2
    • ~12 minute intermission
    • Drum Solo
    • The Pot/Vicarious/Eulogy
    • Sweat
    • Stinkfist (typically the extended version)
  • Vicarious was played at most shows, with Eulogy once in Hershey, PA and then The Pot at several others.  Those at the San Bernadino show were lucky enough to see both Vicarious and The Pot.
  • The Pot was accompanied by some cool new video footage some speculate may be the video that was recorded for it sometime many years ago.  There has been no official confirmation of this.

  • The stage configuration was similar to the past couple of tours, with a few new lights in stage, as well as lasers placed in the centre of the main video wall (which made for a few cool effects).  Despite bans on recording, there’s plenty of footage of the show on Youtube for those curious.
  • The posters for the shows were variations of the bug theme used on recent tours.  While this may seem a little disappointing, the poster quality was pretty high with a foil type paper used on many of them. (image pinched from pooptank55 on Reddit)

  • The San Bernadino show had a one off poster by Adi Granov.  Image taken from Adi Granov’s Instagram account

  • Speaking of San Bernadino, despite a few suggestions otherwise there didn’t appear to be much “special” about the set.  As previously mentioned, they played a song longer than usual, but there were no guest slots from what I’ve heard.  Given the quality of the support acts, no doubt it was a great day, but the Tool set didn’t appear to be much out of the ordinary.
  • From the videos I’ve watched, I have to say the band are in really good nick.  Maynard’s vocals are as good as they’ve been for quite some time now, in fact probably the strongest since 10,000 Days.
  • Reports from the VIP sessions sound like they were much the same as those in the past, with one important distinction – attendees were shown part of the new video for Opiate (which is strongly suspected to be the “curveball” Blair has referred too over the years).  The whole video wasn’t shown, but what was shown was reportedly excellent.  Accompanying the video is a new recording of the extended version of the song, including new vocals from Maynard.  Nor release date for this was given, though I read that Adam suggested this could be released digitally at the appropriate time.

Here’s a collection of reviews from the tour:

tl;dr a couple of minor surprises, otherwise the same old (albeit high quality) Tool show

 

Justin talks about San Bernadino show

Adam had his chance, now Justin Chancellor speaks OC Weekly about the San Bernadino Tool show coming up this weekend.  He opens up a bit about some of the other acts playing on the weekend including Primus:

“My fourth gig I ever did with Tool was at the Oakland Coliseum. We supported Primus,” Chancellor said. “I was like 25 and it was all very overwhelming. To come full circle and be touring with them last year, and actually not be quite so intimidated and shy, and be able to strike up some relationships with these people has been really fantastic.”

 

 

Adam Jones interview in upcoming issue of Kerrang

Reports from the Tool Army Members Facebook page suggest that Tool will be the focus of the next issue of Kerrang Magazine, and will feature Adam Jones on “that new album”.  Exactly what we’ll get remains to be seen (the title seems a bit click-baity), but I’d hesitate to suggest it’ll be anything more than “we’re still working diligently on it”…

Adam talks about the San Bernadino not-festival

Adam Jones from Tool recently had a chat with Kelli from the Orange County Register, in which he discussed a few things about the current tour and upcoming San Bernadino show.  He suggests that they’re still working on the album (though doesn’t give any clues as to when it’ll be done), and that the coming San Bernadino show isn’t a festival!

“We’re not using the ‘F-word’ on this – you know, festival,” Jones said. “It was just a nice opportunity since we were playing that outdoor venue to be like, ‘We’ll let’s add one more band. OK, wait, let’s at one more.  OK, maybe one more.’

“Our band has always taken the route of what would we want if we went to a show and what I would want if I bought a ticket, a T-shirt or a record, is to get my money’s worth. We didn’t have to up the price of the ticket or anything like that for this show, we just had to fatten the budget a little so we could have more bands and just make a fun day of it. It’s definitely not going to be like Lollapalooza or anything, just a day with bands that you can come out, enjoy and have a good time.”

The interview is reasonably short, and worth a quick read.

In the meantime, the summer tour seems to be going pretty well.  I’ve held back reporting on it wanting to not spoil those who are seeing them later in the tour.  it’s safe to say that it’s not what some boldly predicted it to be (ie. a month long album launch party) but there have been a couple of small surprises.  For those that want to delve deeper into these spoilers they can check out this thread in our forum.

Photo courtesy of Fret12

New Tool Website

Looks like Tool have made the switch this morning from their old Toolband site to the new Full Screen Direct service.  There seem to be a number of problems (a few usability issues, some 404’s invalid SSL certificates) but otherwise seems to work for the most part.  I haven’t had much of a chance to delve into the social aspect of the site, or the Toolarmy “bits” so will render final judgement for later.

A couple of interesting points:

  • The old Toolarmy now seems to be completely gone.  I would have preferred to see it archived personally. RIP Toolarmy!
  • 10,000 Days still isn’t mentioned in the releases section.  Decoy album confirmed?

Interested to hear your collective thoughts on the update?

Fantômas and Clutch join Tool show in SoCal

Announced this morning are the two “special guests” promised for the Tool show in San Bernadino this June.  They are Fantômas and Clutch, who are both great additions to the lineup!

Anyway, this sounds like a great show.  Wish I could be there, but seems unlikely to happen!  Looking forward to hearing reports from all Fourtheye readers who attend!

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR
TOOL’S ONLY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHOW

CLUTCH AND FANTOMAS
JOIN LINEUP FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 24 SHOW
AT GLEN HELEN AMPHITHEATER IN DEVORE, CA

“Clutch and Fantômas–in a very rare live performance–will join iconic band TOOL along with PRIMUS, MELVINS, and DJ sets by THE CRYSTAL METHOD at Glen Helen Amphitheater in Southern California on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Clutch–known for pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music–is one of the world’s most respected and influential hard rock bands. Clutch is touring in support of their 11th studio album Psychic Warfare, while laying the groundwork for their next studio album.

The brainchild of Mike Patton, Fantômas is an anti-hero from a series of pre-WWI French crime novels, sometimes dubbed the “lord of terror.” Rounding out the lineup are Buzz Osborne on guitar (Melvins), Trevor Dunn on bass (Mr. Bungle, Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant) and Dale Crover (Melvins) on drums. This will mark the band’s first U.S. show since 2008.

This is a unique opportunity to experience Tool’s unparalleled sonic and visual performance, along with live sets by some of the most highly acclaimed artists beneath the picturesque San Bernardino Mountains in Devore, CA, just outside Los Angeles.

Tickets for the show–which is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and Live Nation Los Angeles-are on sale now at www.Ticketmaster.com.
TICKETS

Glen Helen Amphitheater is a short drive from Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, the San Joaquin Valley, and many more cities in the Southwestern U.S.”

Interestingly this doesn’t line up with the band reportedly mentioned by Danny at the Baked Potato recently.  That band was Killing Joke, who are in fact on tour in Europe while this show goes ahead.  Miscommunication perhaps, or just a killer joke?

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