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Tool Monster Mash show confirmed

Many of you would have noticed the post on Toolband already (and on other numerous social media sites) that the rumoured Tool show on October 31 at the Monster Mash Music Festival in AZ has been confirmed. Supporting will be Primus and another couple of bands.

Blair notes that there is some important ticket information:

TOOL will be performing at the 2015 MONSTER MASH MUSIC FEST at TEMPE BEACH PARK in TEMPE, ARIZONA on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 (HALLOWEEN NIGHT). Gates at 3:00 PM.

The first thing that you will need to know is that you CANNOT get tickets for this show via Ticketmaster! Let me repeat this: You CANNOT buy tickets for this Tool performance at Ticketmaster. In order to PURCHASE TICKETS – which go ON SALE on FRIDAY, JUNE 26 at 10:00 AM PST – please click on www.monstermashaz.com

Again, tickets are AVAILABLE (on FRIDAY, JUNE 26 at 10:00 AM) at www.monstermashaz.com
(… and can ALSO be purchased at The Marquee Theatre Box Office, Bookman’s locations, Zia Records stores and Asylum Records in Mesa, Arizona)

Now that you know where to purchase tickets, the second thing that you will want to know is that there are NO 3-DAY INCLUSIVE TICKETS – meaning that if you want to see TOOL on Halloween night, you will NEED to purchase a ticket for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 (at www.monstermashaz.com)

Make sure you get the right day or you’ll find yourself singing along to The Old Man Down The Road or In The End.

Blair contacted me not long after the announcement, and wanted you guys to know that this isn’t the curveball (which he contends is nearly finished after so long), and that it’s unlikely to delay the album as some may fear. As I pointed out in the forum at worst the album gets pushed back a month, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t really a big deal. He also hints that it could be just the one show – I’ll follow up with Blair to clarify this.

Update: Blair confirmed to me that there are no other shows planned at this stage. That’s not to say there won’t be, but it appears likely this is a one-off show.

Wait for it…

A mysterious post appeared on Toolband over the weekend with nothing other than “Wait for it…” and a small orange dot being posted. “Wait for what?” is the obvious question here, but it appears there are a couple of possibilities.

Rumours (I have no insight into the source except it comes from a Tool Army fan page on Facebook) suggest that Tool might be headlining the Monster Mash Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona in October. Given that the lineup announcement (rumoured to also include Primus) for this festival is due on Monday, it would appear this is a relatively likely scenario.

That said, we know that Blair has been dropping hints that the curveball is almost ready in recent newsletters. Could it be curveball related?

Regardless of which scenario eventuates on Monday, a few questions remain – will a festival date in October also come with a tour? History suggests that Tool don’t often play one off dates, so I’d expect a mini-tour to happen as well. Recent newsletter references to Rance Q. Spartley, who’s name being mentioned often correlates to tour announcements suggest this might happen.

Are Tool touring again before releasing an album? If the show happens then this would appear the most likely scenario, unless of course the curveball is that they’ve secretly recorded the album and will have it out in time. Tool members have suggested they won’t tour again until a new album comes out, but I think even the most optimistic among us see this as an unlikely scenario.

What do the Fourtheye collective think?

Tool May 2015 Newsletter

Blair has posted the May 2015 Tool Newsletter for your reading pleasure. It’s one that is unlikely to win many fans amongst Blair’s critics, however may drop a few cryptic hints as to what Tool are up to these days. The most interesting part I got from it was:

How about the rumors of the band playing some festival date, where they can finally unveil Junior’s drone-suspended lightning configuration? No… what if the show never happens, or happens so far in the future that many Tool fans – believing this to be the most important event to ever occur on our aqueous gem in the cosmos – will incessantly question whether or not it is really going to take place, with some even driven to a premature madness by the very thought of it… But what about my commenting on the reaction of those fortunate souls that heard a (very loud) sampling of some new Tool material during the after party of Rynne and Danny’s baby shower the other night? Certainly not, much better to wait until the vocals are added. Maybe… just maybe, I could update people on the so-called “curve ball” now that it has finally left the pitcher’s grasp, and is – as seen by our slow-mo camera – heading towards the awaiting batter. No way, Jose, that’s old news!

It suggests to me a couple of things:

  • That Tool are looking at playing in the festival season, presumably in 2016. This would suggest they expect the album to be done by then
  • Danny & Rynne’s baby is due very soon, and that the new Tool material is getting closer
  • The curveball should finally be revealed, presumably in the next month or so

There are also further parts of the newsletter that make me wonder if the curveball is a movie. I’ve always maintained that I think the “curveball” is some form of movie, possible integrated with live performances. We’ll see I guess!

Maynard still waiting for music?

Think the new Tool album is getting close now? Suspect they might be in the studio? Maynard hoses it all down in his usual fashion:

Maynard will also be appearing on Comedy Bang! Bang! in an episode to be broadcast on May 15. Check your local TV guides!

Adam’s strings, Maynard Puscifer update and more!

As usual a bunch of things happened while I was away for a few days, so this post is a catch up of sorts.

Firstly, Adam posted a video of himself playing around with what is believed to be a Tremoloa in Joe Barresi‘s studio:

~Playing strange strings at Joe B.'s #EvilJoe #CaptainMidnight

A video posted by Adam Jones (@adamjones_tv) on

As yet there’s no real indication of what is going on in the studio. They’re recording something, and while there are plenty of clues suggesting they could be working on the new album, there’s just as many out there that suggest they aren’t! Something is happening, and I guess well find out in due time!

In somewhat related news Danny was recently snapped with Bob Ludwig, who mastered 10,000 Days for Tool. What Danny there for business of pleasure?

Speaking of 10,00 Days, Loudwire has an article celebrating it’s 9th anniversary, with a collection of quotes from Tool members giving insight into the recording of album.

Maynard had a chat with Punch as well, mostly about wines however did reveal that a Puscifer album is on the way and should be expected “hopefully in the fall”.

Adam posts a “Mid progress Cover Art for P@M”

An interesting post on Instagram today from Adam, where he gives us a “Mid progress Cover Art for P@M”. The image itself looks kinda “Toolish” and is quite similar to another he posted a week ago.

The question is – is Adam working on some kind of art for a future Tool release? Is it for the “curveball” or for the new album? Is it for a video? What the significance of “P@M”? Maybe it’s for a next U2 album?

~ Mid progress Cover Art for P@M ~ #Zbrush

A photo posted by Adam Jones (@adamjones_tv) on

#Zbrush doodle fun -just a beginner -getting a good head start w guidance from bgff @matthewcsantoro

A photo posted by Adam Jones (@adamjones_tv) on

Update: Looks like the P@M refers to Pat Mastelotto from King Crimson, who posted a Youtube video with some music from a project called Komara. It appears as though Adam is providing artwork for this project:

Tool bring in “the closer” to get the job done

A cryptic message appeared on Toolband today courtesy of Blair:

The closer is brought in to get the job done… using everything in his arsenal.

There’s a couple of theories on what this could mean. Perhaps Maynard is finally getting into the newly refurbished Loft to lay down the vocals for the new Tool album? The chill on the forum also pointed out that “the closer” is a bit of a baselball term, so it could refer to the “curveball” being almost ready to appear.

Either way hopefully we get some solid information soon!

Tool talk about Undertow on it’s 22nd anniversary

Loudwire have a new article online today in which Maynard, Adam and Danny each talk about Undertow on it’s 22nd anniversary. They talk about the album, the motivation behind the band in those days, as well as some further insight into the difficulties they were having with Paul D’Amour at the time:

“Paul really wanted to be a guitar player early on,” Carey says. “Even before we started on Undertow, he wanted to get another bass player in the band so he could play guitar. And we were all just like, ‘There’s no way we’re getting another a–hole in this band to deal with.’ But he really wasn’t happy with things the way they were. And that became more and more apparent over time.”

It’s an interesting article and worth the read.