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Tool January 2016 Newsletter

Blair has released the first Tool Newsletter of 2016, and in it makes a prediction that we might see some more action from Tool this year (and not in the touring sense):

As I’m sure some of you are aware, it’s now 2016 era vulgaris (or, if your pseudo-Latin is a bit rusty, 2016 in the common era), and as such, it’s a fair bet that at least a few Tool enthusiasts are wondering what might be in store for the band in the new calendar year. Well, the Criswell in me predicts that 2016 e.v. will be an exciting year (of course, Criswell once predicted that a beam from outer space would turn all the metal in Denver into carbon nanotube rubber!). However, before anyone reads too much into this (again), I have no time tables for anything, and that’s with a sequined tuxedo. As Tool finishes up the current mini-tour in those states where McDonalds first offered sweet tea, what I do have is e-mail traffic that suggests (nay, confirms) that the band making preparations for things to come besides a new record. And with regards to a new album, whether your pateience is waning thin, or if you are content to let the writing process proceed accordingly, perhaps you should check out the following article, as it just might put a smile on your face.

Bearing in mind of course that this is no guarantee that we will see anything. I think at the very least we should see something released in 2016, though I’m not so sure we’ll get an album until 2017 at best.

Adi Granov's Tool tour poster from the show tonight in Duluth

Tool offer VIP-lite tickets to select shows

According to a post on Toolband today, you can now buy cheaper versions of the VIP tickets for Tool shows in Southaven, Kansas City, St. Louis, Orlando, Pensacola and New Orleans. These tickets, as per the description below don’t get you entry to the soundcheck or Q & A session, but do get you some merchandise and great seats:

SPECIAL ‘LAST CHANCE’ DEAL IN SELECT MARKETS

Starting this FRIDAY MORNING (January 15th) at 10:00 AM PST and ending at the latest on MONDAY (Jan 18th at 10:00 AM, PST), we will be offering a SPECIAL ‘LAST CHANCE’ DEAL for shows in SOUTHAVEN, KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS, ORLANDO, PENSACOLA, and NEW ORLEANS in which LIMITED QUANTITIES will be available.
So, here’s the SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL and how it works: For the price of $299.98 per package, you will get a SHOW TICKET in THE FIRST FEW ROWS, along with a SPECIALTY MERCH PACK. These special ‘LAST CHANCE’ TICKETS will only be available for PICK UP AT WILL CALL on the DAY OF THE SHOW, with the MERCH PACKS to be MAILED to you either prior or shortly after the show date. Again, just to be clear – the ‘TICKETS’ are to be PICKED UP at WILL CALL on the day of the show, with the MERCH PACKS mailed to your home address.

To purchase these SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL TICKETS, go to https://shop.toolarmy.com (on FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15 starting at 10:00 AM PST) and CLICK ON the “TOUR” tab. Then click on “SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL” to SELECT tickets for the show(s) that you want to attend.

For those who are interested in the VIP experience, a remaining limited number of packages will only be available for sale now until THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 at 10:00 PM PST (or until they are sold out.) The VIP EXPERIENCE comes with a very exclusive opportunity that includes a show ticket, early entry into the venue, Q & A with ADAM JONES (or another band member), Tool tour merch available for early purchase at a discount, photo opportunity, light refreshments, etc.

Not a bad deal if you’ve struggled to get decent tickets to these shows.

If money is no object, you can also pick up one of these at the shows:

Super expensive cymbal signed by Danny Carey

Tool December 2015 Newsletter released

Blair has posted the Tool December 2015 Newsletter today, no doubt filling your hearts with much Xmas cheer, or humbugs depending on your life view. It doesn’t appear to contain much Tool news, but I’ll leave this part with you:

Oh, I almost forgot the encrypted holiday message: aaAaavvllll(rrrrrgeeeeeeeeeennndddoooocctttwiihhh)uussd.dj5yybmb

And don’t think it says: “All evergreen decorations (wreaths included) should be removed by January 5th.”

Speaking of Xmas – don’t forget that our Subscriber Giveaway closes on the date celebrating the birth of Brian. If you want to be in the running for a copy of Money Shot or a Tool shirt, then get onto it!

Brian of Nazareth

An Evening with Tool in San Francisco

Seems as though Tool have one more date for us, with an Evening With Tool being announced at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Unlike the others, this one won’t feature Primus as the support act – just 3teeth.

Details from the Toolband:

TOOL will be performing live at the BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM in SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6th. TICKETS for this “EVENING WITH TOOL” (with 3TEETH to open) go ON-SALE this FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 at 12:00 PM PST. Please note that there will be NO VIPS for this show.

Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.

The rest of the tour is pretty much sold out, with VIP tickets available for only a few of the shows left.

For details of the Tool Tour USA 2016, head to our tour page.

An  Evening with Tool in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Tool Xmas ornament for sale on Toolband

Xmas is here I guess, and as seems to be increasingly the case these days, there are some merchandise items available for purchase on Toolband. These include some Xmas ornaments, a lighter and some furry hat thing. If any of this stuff excites you, then head on over and spend some money.

Personally, I’d like to purchase:

  • A live Tool DVD
  • Some kind of Opiate re-recording
  • 10,000 Days vinyl
  • For that matter a reissue of most of Tool’s other vinyl, in particular Aenima
  • Some figurines from Tool videos
  • A coffee table book featuring live photos and other Tool related artworks
  • A Danny Carey drumming instruction (or just performance) DVD
  • Blu-ray HD versions of the Tool videos
  • 5.1 remasters of Tool’s albums
  • A version of Toolarmy where Tool fans get genuine pre-sales, and not just $500 VIP tickets.

For any of those things, I would happily open my wallet. For Xmas ornaments, I shall not.

Some stuff you can buy

Tool and Primus shows in Florida confirmed

Just in case you missed it, the two Tool shows in Florida that Primus posted yesterday have been confirmed – Orlando and Pensecola . Like the other recently announced shows they go on sale both the public, and to ToolArmy members as VIP tickets this week. Details are below:

TWO MORE TOOL SHOWS
TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

TOOLARMY VIP PACKAGES ON-SALE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 at 12:00 PM PST

Thu, Jan 28: Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena (ON-SALE TIME: 10:00 AM EST)
TICKETS

Sat, Jan 30: Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Bay Center (ON-SALE TIME: 10:00 AM CST)
TICKETS

Once again, as a salute to our distinguished COLLECTIVE, there will be a VERY LIMITED NUMBER of VIP EVENT TICKET SALES for the KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS and NEW ORLEANS shows EXCLUSIVELY available to TOOLARMY MEMBERS ON-SALE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 PM PST. So, be ready to reap the benefits of your MEMBERSHIP. However, please keep in mind that these VIP PACKS are LIMITED to 2 PER CUSTOMER, and that this will be STRICKLY ENFORCED! Anyone who doesn’t follow this RULE will have his or her ENTIRE ORDER CANCELLED and REFUNDED!

HOW TO PURCHASE VIPS: TOOLARMY MEMBERS need to LOG IN to the TA WEBSITE on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 PM PST and proceed to the SHOPPING BAZAAR and CLICK ON “TOOL SPECIALTY” and then SELECT THE PACKAGE. Remember the 2 PER CUSTOMER LIMIT RULE (that will be strictly enforced).

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:
– One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
– Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
– Early entry into the venue
– Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
– One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
– Tool’s tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
– Photo opportunity
– Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members./

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.

You can find all the dates for the Tool USA Tour 2016 on Fourtheye!

Tool play at the CFE Arena in Orlando on the 28th of January

Four more shows added to Tool USA Tour 2016

There have been four more Tool shows added to the 2016 USA tour. The New Orleans show which was leaked by Ticketmaster has now been confirmed, and shows in Houston, St Louis and Kansas City have also been added. VIP sessions for each of these shows will also be available to Toolarmy members:

Update: The Houston show will go on sale on Saturday the 5th of December.

Update 2: The Primus website is showing two shows in Florida. Thanks to fortysixand2 for the tip!

Here are some more TOOL SHOW dates, cities, and venues that will go ON-SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4th. Please continue to check back for times and links and to see if any more shows are ADDED to this list.
– January 14: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
– January 20: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
– January 22: St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Center
– January 31: New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

Once again, as a salute to our distinguished COLLECTIVE, there will be a VERY LIMITED NUMBER of VIP EVENT TICKET SALES for the KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS and NEW ORLEANS shows EXCLUSIVELY available to TOOLARMY MEMBERS ON-SALE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 PM PST. So, be ready to reap the benefits of your MEMBERSHIP. However, please keep in mind that these VIP PACKS are LIMITED to 2 PER CUSTOMER, and that this will be STRICKLY ENFORCED! Anyone who doesn’t follow this RULE will have his or her ENTIRE ORDER CANCELLED and REFUNDED!

HOW TO PURCHASE VIPS: TOOLARMY MEMBERS need to LOG IN to the TA WEBSITE on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 PM PST and proceed to the SHOPPING BAZAAR and CLICK ON “TOOL SPECIALTY” and then SELECT THE PACKAGE. Remember the 2 PER CUSTOMER LIMIT RULE (that will be strictly enforced).

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:
– One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
– Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
– Early entry into the venue
– Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
– One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
– Tool’s tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
– Photo opportunity
– Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members.

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.

As noted, all of these shows go on sale this Friday, presumably via Ticketmaster. I expect they will sell out in a similar fashion to the others shows on tour.

Will there be any more dates? There’s a couple of gaps in the schedule that could lead to a show in Arizona, or somewhere else in Southwest USA, and also one prior to the New Orleans show where we could see something down in the South East – perhaps Florida? I have no leads on shows in either of these locations, however I probably wouldn’t count on their being more shows added for now.

Tool will be plaing at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on the 20th of January

Alternative Nation and Junior reckon the tour is set

An article on Alternative Nation, as well as a comment Junior made on Fourtheye suggest that the 2016 Tool tour is pretty much set and that there won’t be many, if any, more dates to be added. This is despite rumours (and that’s all they were) that Failure were to join Tool on a second half of the run across the USA. Looks like those of you in the northern half will be missing out once more!

From Alternative Nation:

In a direct quote from our source, “This is it, these tour dates are what we have and as of this moment there isn’t any new plans to release more tour dates.”

From Junior:

I would lean more towards the first announcement containing “half the total shows” than there being a “second half”.
ie: some of the empty dates will fill in, rather than there being a longer tour. I think it will end at January’s end.

Also, the announced lineup (with Primus and 3teeth) is likely the only lineup you will see on this round.

The good news is that Alternative Nation have listed that New Orleans show, show there seems to be some weight behind that one being added to the tour (albeit on a different date to what Ticketmaster leaked).

2016 Tool Tour Dates

January 9 San Diego—Viejas Arena
January 10 San Diego, CA—Viejas Arena
January 13 San Antonio, TX—AT&T Center
January 16 Tulsa, OK—BOK Center
January 17 Grand Prairie, TX—Verizon Theatre
January 19 Southaven, MS—Landers Center
January 23 Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena
January 25 Atlanta, GA—Infinite Energy Center
January 26 Charlotte, NC—Bojangles Coliseum
January 30 New Orleans, LA—Smoothie King Center

Negative Tool Fans, the pattern is full!

Ticketmaster leak Tool New Orleans show?

Ticketmaster apparently posted a new Tool date, this time for January 31 in New Orleans, LA at the Smoothie King Center. The page has since been removed, so we don’t know for sure if this show will actually happen though I’d say there’s a good chance it will. Don’t go booking holidays just yet though! There is also some speculation on Reddit that there might be a second Charlotte show on the 27th of January, so keep your eyes peeled.

Enjoy the smoothest smoothie of your life while taking in the prog stylings of Tool!

Adam speaks with Rolling Stone about Tour and New Album

Adam Jones from Tool has recently talked with Rolling Stone about the Tool tour coming up in January, and progress on the new album. It’s a great interview, and while it doesn’t give us any real indication on how far away the album actually is, it does seem very positive. Interestingly it doesn’t seem to mention the Opiate video, which may or may not be out later this year.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

Speaking of, you played a new song called “Descending” in Tempe.
Yeah, it’s a working title. We have a song that’s probably about 13 or 14 minutes long, so what we’ve done with it is … I don’t want to call it a “best of,” but it’s a shortened, different approach to it. It is a new song. It’s like a vague movie trailer to the real movie [laughs]. Sometimes we do jamming between songs or some kind of segues, and it’s usually involved in some kind of new material. But that one’s just a little taste of things to come.

and:

Has Maynard heard the music?
Yeah. We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.

He goes on to add that Maynard is probably joking around when talking about not having any music from Tool.

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