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Danny & Blair chat on Children of Saturn

As promised, Danny and Blair had a chat on Rynne’s Children of Saturn show, discussing their trip to France as well as a small update on Tool. They also took a few questions from Facebook, one of which was from yours truly! Here’s a summary of the bits I imagine most of you are interested in:

  • Songwriting is progressing well, especially on the 20 minute epic they’ve mentioned numerous times. Danny mentioned that Justin in particular is quite happy with a recent version of the song. No mention of Maynard at all.
  • Adam didn’t go on his annual trip to the UK this November, which means that the band seem to have found some extra time to work together.
  • No tours or other distractions are on the cards
  • There are no plans for other Tool (non-album) releases or reissues at this stage, however Danny did suggest that the curveball was a video for Opiate that was presumably supposed to be part of that reissue. This may get a proper release soon
  • A working title for one of the new songs is Bouncing Arab.
  • Danny named Rosetta Stoned as the most difficult Tool song to play live.
  • Blair gave the hint “REAL2REEL” in regards to Problem 8. Danny mentioned that there may be such a thing, but didn’t go as far as to validate what Blair was talking about.
  • Danny talked about both Pigmy Love Circus and ZAUM and in particular the likelihood of either releasing something new. He didn’t discount the idea, nor are there any current plans.

That’s about it for now. Nothing to groundbreaking, but a good listen regardless. When a link for the full podcast becomes available I’ll try and remember to post it..

Here’s the link to the podcast.

Danny to appear on Children of Saturn

Danny is set to appear with Blair on the Children of Saturn radio show where, according the blurb below we may get an update on Tool songwriting:

DANNY TO BE A GUEST ON THE “CHILDREN OF SATURN” RADIO PROGRAM ON MONDAY NIGHT

DANNY and I will be Rynne’s guests on her “CHILDREN OF SATURN” internet RADIO program on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (6 PM – 8 PM PST). Among other topics involving the strange and unusual, we will be reminiscing about our adventures at Rennes-le-Chateau in the south of France that we somehow managed to survive back in the mid 1990s. We will also play some select tunes, and YES!, I will ask Danny (or ask Rynne to ask Danny) how things are proceeding with the writing of the next TOOL album.
TUNE IN TO “THE CHILDREN OF SATURN”
AT
http://www.radio23.org/ccr

Should be an interesting show – Rynne normally plays some good tunes,so get on line for what should hopefully be a good Tool update.

Tool October 2014 Newsletter

Blair published the October 2014 Tool newsletter not long ago (after a short delay due to an overly “frightening” one being drafted earlier) in which he discusses Rance Q. Spartley and a cursed signed Tool drumhead. For those of you with little patience for Blair’s work, I urge you to not bother reading it and take your complaints elsewhere. There seems to be little if any Tool news (though Rance is quite often used as a metaphor for Tool touring – something I suspect is unlikely for a while yet).

There was also an interesting picture (below) and allegedly a 99c drumhead for sale (now out of stock!).

More Smoke On The Horizon…

Adam has posted another photo with the tag #SmokeOnTheHorizon this time a shot of all four members of Tool in the newly refurbished Loft. Presumably they’re listing to some material for the new album, and Maynard is either starting his lyrical process, or is listening to the progress so far.

It’s hard to get too excited considering all the delays we’ve had, but it finally looks as though we have some solid progress in the songwriting department. Who knows, maybe they’ll even hit the studio before the year is out?

Jakob unleash Sines

New Zealand instrumental post-rock band, and regular Tool touring buddies Jakob are preparing to release their long awaited new LP Sines in a couple of days. These guys joined Tool on tour Down Under in 2011 and then again for a show in NZ in 2013. Justin even joined them on-stage in a memorable set at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. In a recent interview with Off The Tracks they talked about meeting Adam for the first time:

“we meet Tool. Which was, you know, huge. We’re all big fans of the band, we played that stuff in school and they were one of the bands to follow, you know. Jakob actually played Tool covers in school. So we’re playing on the bill with Isis, in L.A. at the Troubadour, it’s the last gig of the tour and we’re the first of three bands on the bill so we’ve got five minutes before we are due to play. And Adam [Jones] from Tool comes into the Green Room – which is this mezzanine where you can look down onto the bands Jakob 1that are playing – and he introduces himself. And then we’re offered to tour with Tool. We’re like ‘fuck yeah!’ – but our visa was due to run out right then. So we had to say no. Which was tough obviously, really gutting”.

You can pre-order the new album either on iTunes or via Bandcamp below:

Trademark Nerd summarise Tool’s legal plight

It was reported several months ago that Tool were facing a legal battle related with Cam De Leon‘s work with the band, and the insurance associated with that legal action. Legal documents were found, and discussed both here and other forums online. For some the legalese used was a little overwhelming and it wasn’t necessarily clear what was actually going on.

Trademark Nerd have created for us a summary of the legal case in language that is a little easier for the typical Tool fan to understand. Not to say that you guys are stupid or anything…

Anyway, the legal action will be unfolding in the coming months, and hopefully out the way early next year. Hopefully in the meantime the members of Tool can take advantage of the time prior to the holidays to nail down a few more tracks on their coming album!

Tool September Newsletter out now!

Blair has posted his September Tool Newsletter, and it’s one huge advertisement of stuff we already know (coded messages excluded!).

It covers:

  • Danny & Puscifer publishing new websites
  • Darklore selling new stuff
  • Volto! playing a gig soon
  • Some Tool tour posters are on sale in the store (some as cheap as $9.99)

He also hints that Puscifer may play some shows. Not sure how serious that is, but expect much celebration among Tool fans if this is true!

Paul D’Amour speaks to Bass Player Magazine

Paul D’Amour speaks in the latest issue of Bass Player magazine, mostly discussing his work with Lesser Key, however he does touch on his time with Tool and his reasons for leaving:

How did your time in Tool affect you as a musician?
That experience changed my DNA. To go from 0 to 100 miles an hour in the span of a year was incredible. All of a sudden, we were playing in front of huge crowds, and we had a ton of success. It gave me a lot of confidence to do anything I wanted to.

Do you have any regrets about leaving Tool?
I wish it had been a better vehicle for me to create in, but it just wasn’t. Their creative process is excruciating and tedious, and I guess I never felt the desire to play a riff 500 times before I can confirm that it’s good; that’s why it takes them eight years to write an album. I always wanted to do other things, and it felt like I was too much in a box with that band. They’re set up where the bass player does the bass part and the guitar player does the guitar part and so on. I couldn’t be stuck in that paradigm—it’s too stifling. I’m not just a bass player; I’m a creator, I wanted to have a bigger role, and it just wasn’t happening in that situation. In the end, I knew leaving was the right decision.

Go and buy a copy if you want to read the whole thing! Thanks to coreyisonreddit for the tip!

Tool August 2014 Newsletter published

The Tool August 2014 Newslettertopolband has been published by Blair, and it has a couple of interesting points which, as usual, are open for interpretation.

Firstly he talks about Tool fans misinterpreting some recent posts, including confusing the recent Sturgeon album release party with that of a new Tool album. I admit the thought did cross my mind, however I refrained from emailing Blair about this. He also mentions that some expressed concerns that Danny joining Primus would create a considerable delay. For those not paying attention, it’s worth nothing he’s only lined up to play 3 shows with them. Oh, and word is the band have been practicing some Tool tunes, so expect more that just the usual Primus set…

He also talks about entomologist Rance Q. Spartley and something called the “Hoola Effect”. In the past references to Rance have often coincided with tour planning, so perhaps things are being set in motion for tours in 2015 (presumably post album release).

Finally he discusses the Loft, and it’s recent upgrade of soundproofing in a couple of rooms. With that he posts another photo of some “lenticular keychains” which appear to be some DAT tapes with recordings of No Quarter and You Lied on them, as well as some “final mixes” from 2000. Presumably this all relates to Salival.