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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

Tool August 2015 Newsletter

Blair has posted the Tool August 2015 Newsletter this morning, and this time around it’s an interview with Tool video designer Breckinridge ‘Breck’ Haggerty. Here’s an excerpt:

BMB: What is the usual process of putting together the video clips and such for a Tool show or tour? The starting point and finishing touches? How much of the material used in the projections do you create, and do you get input from the band members? I’m guessing that Adam Jones is involved?

BRECK: Adam has always been very involved in the design, and all of the other band members contribute in different ways. Generally, Adam will give us the big picture, and Junior and I put the show together from there. The visuals are made up of small looped segments that I weave and layer through the show. There must be 2000 clips in the collection at this point, so there’s a lot to work with. The iconic images you remember from the shows are the works of far greater talent than my own. By name: Camella Grace is responsible for the psychedelic nudes and swimmers, Chet Czar creates the fish-skinned creatures of your nightmares, Meats Meier crafts the intricate mechanical/spiritual beings that populate the show, Matt Santoro, Kevin Willis, Robyn Breen Shinn, I could go on and on… My role is in the arrangement and mortar, and I build the abstract visuals that bind all these great artworks together as a whole.

BMB: What are the usual preparations for putting together and syncing up the video design for a Tool show or tour? How long does it normally take before you are good to go?

BRECK: The prep time depends on how much the show needs to change. When we made big leaps in design like with a new album, it can take months. If we’re just on to another leg with the same design, it may only take a day. This time around, we’re starting with a new overall concept from Adam, and we’re going to re-work the entire thing, so we’re starting to build the Halloween show now.

Seem like a lot of effort to go to just for one show…

Some of Brecks work with Tool

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

  • Tool New Album – Maynard finalising lyrics/vocals. Recording 2015?
  • Playing Monster Mash Music Fest in Arizona October 2015. Unconfirmed reports that there will be other shows, including one in LA
  • Some kind of video has been recorded. It was initially thought to be for The Pot, however may also be for Opiate, or perhaps something else. Possibly related to the curveball.
  • Tool Live DVD – Legal Wrangles/One day
  • Toolarmy busted! Toolband update on the way
  • 10,000 Days vinyl (tbc)

Adam Jones News

  • Side project with Robert Fripp tba
  • 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

Devo Keenan AMA or Reddit

An interesting post on Reddit r/toolband today is an AMA featuring Devo Keenan, son of Tool singer Maynard James Keenan. Devo posted a photo of himself to claim authenticity, I can’t really verify it, since I have no idea what he looks like.

Assuming it’s legit, it’s an interesting read. For Tool fans this is the most topical response:

Thanks for coming by! Have you heard any new Tool or Puscifer yet? Whatcha think?! Also, do you see any further Tool albums after the next one?

I’ve heard a little bit, and it sounds very good so far. If there is another Tool album after the next, I’ll probably be dead by then.

He’s a bit vague, but I’ll assume he’s talking about Tool rather than Puscifer.

Devo Keenan AMA

June newsletter updated to include “The Deal”?

Yodhehvauheh_ pointed out in the comments section of the page that the 2015 Tool June Newsletter has been updated finally. Part of it we already know, in that Puscifer are playing at the Monster Mash Festival in Arizona. The other part is something a little more cryptic.

From the June Newsletter:

THE DEAL

What should be of interest is the deal… I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

PUSCIFER ADDED TO MONSTER MASH FEST LINEUP

PUSCIFER has been added to the MONSTER MASH FEST LINEUP and is set to perform on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER, 1 on the WEST STAGE.

What is the Deal?” I hear you say? There have been some strong rumours about the place that there would be further Tool shows later this year. I had it suggested to me that LA (most likely the Staples Center) was likely to be one of these dates The Deal could be suggesting that the negotiation behind getting shows set up or almost done and the contracts close to being signed. This being the case I’d expect some kind of announcement in the coming weeks.

Of course it could mean something else…

Is a Tool show at the Staples Center part of The Deal?

Tool July 2015 Newsletter

Blair has published the Tool July 2015 Newsletter on Toolband this morning, and this time around it addresses Pluto, interviewing parking bollards, and hints at some further work being done on the new Tool album. It also gives Fourtheye a few plugs!

Okay, by now some of you might be thinking, “fuck this expansive mind-stuff! I’m going to go to the fourtheye site to see if there’s any real news?” Fine, but if you leave now, you won’t hear about my plan to personally interview one of the new parking bollards at the Tool loft/rehearsal space. That’s right! In keeping with my ‘leave no stone unturned, fine-tooth comb’ reporting style, I wasn’t going to let any identity-separation illusion get in my way of finding out what one of the highly-visible barriers thinks about Maynard’s new vocals, which I believe that the band members have heard in some stage of development on a particular track or two? No, sharing my mind with a non-conscious thing seemed like a no brainer…

At also hints that the name of the new album could start with a “P”. Parking Bollards? Pluto Rising? Potato? Puscifers? Any other suggestions from you guys?

Also, don’t forget to head on down to the Baked Potato for one of their fine spuds. My personal favorite is the Chicken Parmesan Potato, washed down with at least two beers.

A Parking Bollard

Tool January Newsletter

Blair released the Tool January Newletter today, despite the fact it’s February.  It talks about, and includes a picture of a bug found in a readers Vicarious DVD, and includes a vision, which may or may not mean something.  Not sure what to make of it, but the reference to various Toolarmy Ranks and so on could have some meaning.  Change coming to the website soon perhaps?

There’s also a picture of Danny at the recent NBA All-Stars game.  Looks like he could only get a seat in the nosebleed section!

Volto! gig, Pigmy pictures, ‘Busy” band members

Blair posted several updates to Toolband/Army today.  The first lot where a bunch of pictures from the recent Pigmy Love Circus gig.  Some nice work there with several shots take by Danny‘s girlfriend RynneToolarmy members get a close up of Danny in action.

Also mentioned is that there is a Volto! gig coming up on Friday the 6th of March at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood.  Blair mentions it will be the last Volto! gig for a while:

as certain band members might be busy with other projects in the months ahead.

Read into that what you will…

More Salival on Ebay

Another one of the 33 Signed Salivals made available last year is now up for auction on Ebay.  Bidding starts at US$0.01 and continues for another 10 days.  Good luck for those chasing one of these rarities!

Rumour: Lollapalooza 2009

According to Mitch123 on Toolarmy, there is some speculation that Tool might be headlining this years Lollapalooza Festival.  Not a shred of evidence to back this up as far as I can see, so don’t go booking your plan tickets just yet…

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