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A couple of things have passed my desk today.

Firstly there are a couple of new articles up on Toolband, on talking about Blair and Danny‘s trip to Maynard‘s vineyard.  Apparently this will be the covered in more detail in the next newsletter.  Blair also tells the tale of Danny losing $400 in a ATM recently after being asked for an autograph.  Oh the stories we hear when there is no real Tool news!

Secondly SOTRAB tells me that Danny‘s website will be updated soon, and mentions that “it is all in 3d and is absolutely amazing…. the fans are going to love it!”.  No idea this will happen but apparently soon….

Finally a new Notes from the Crew post on Toolarmy has been made, this time referring to work being done, snow thawing in May in Vermont and other stuff such as “Junior and I did a lot of hard, brutal work this summer for a band that for matters related to confidentiality contracts will go un-named at this time.”  What this all means I don’t know, but some people have been speculating that some kind of Tool video is being made, possibly for Rosetta Stoned. All will be revealed in time I guess…

Toolband Updates

A couple of Toolband updates came out this morning….

Firstly Volto! (featuring Danny) are playing on the 21st of August at the Baked Potato.  Check them out if you’re in LA.

Secondly Blair posted a somewhat cryptic message accompanied by a picture of a smashed laptop courtesy of Maynard.  Despite the message to not speculate, I’ve been wondering for some time if the Tool website, and or Toolarmy are due for an update.  Perhaps the smashed PC is a hidden message.

Or maybe Maynard just got a really bad virus infection….

Right In Two Lyrics

The lyrics for the 10,000 Days track Right In Two are now available on Toolarmy as a TA Exclusive, which means I won’t be posting them here.

Guitar Hero tracks – Undertow Tour?

Prez2044 from Toolarmy pointed us to an alleged leaked tracklisting reveals that Guitar Hero 4 will include an Undertow Tour including the following:

Undertow Tour:
“Stinkfist” by Tool
“Lateralus” by Tool
“Schism” by Tool

There’s no indication as to how legitimate this list is, however it’s suggested that it will be officially confirmed in the next few days.

Undertow Tour seems like an odd name considering there are no Undertow tracks included.  Also, it appears to include Stinkfist and Lateralus, while other leaks suggested Vicarious and Parabola.  Not that I’d be bothered if this was the case, I’d prefer Stinkfist and Lateralus and Parabola is one of my least favorite Tool tracks.

I’ve posted the complete tracklist as a comment for those interested.

June 2008 Newsletter

As promised, Blair released the June 2008 newsletter, and this time it contains some “details” of what’s up in the Tool world. Head over to Toolband/Army to read it, but here’s my summary.

Adam is:

  • working on some undisclosed entertainment industry related project? Guitar Hero perhaps?
  • also involved in the construction of some future band-related endeavor. Building a recording studio perhaps?
  • Spending time playing Halo 3 and watching Baseball games with Buzz

Danny is:

  • spending lots of time in his loft studio gearing up for some music-related enterprise. Writing new material? Pigmy Love Circus record?
  • performing with Volto!
  • writing a book with Blair
  • other stuff including driving his lamborghini, painting his house, etc.

Justin is:

  • building a new house
  • working on new Tool riffs
  • possibly working on another musical project
  • revamping Lobal Orning at some point

Maynard is:

  • working on wine and Puscifer as outlined on his Myspace site
  • hopefully looking after his vocal chords

Tool are:

  • working to complete a couple of new projects
  • one of these is very close to becoming a reality

So there you have it. No detail really, but we didn’t expect that.

Two Tool Projects

Blair from Toolband/Army took some time today to “clarify” an email he received questioning the April Newsletter – the one about the business meeting. Here’s his response:

That mentioned in the April (1) newsletter had NOTHING to do with the
all-Tool issue of “Revolver” Magazine, although at this time I am still
not able to disclose any further information about any decision made by
the band as to whether it’s a go or not. It’s my belief, however, that
if it is a go, this will most likely be leaked on the Net before I get
a chance to post it. Perhaps it already has been (I’m not really sure).
Also, with regards to my last ToolArmy exclusive, that involves an
entirely different project that is most definitely a go (Again, please
be patient).

The last ToolArmy exclusive, was Camella’s picture of the sunset, and the “good things are coming” line.

For me, this post would suggest that there is perhaps a good reason to expect some more tour dates. I can’t imagine some kind of recording would leak online before they would post news of it, and in the past tour dates have been leaked before they are officially confirmed.

The second project I’d speculate is some kind of change or update to Toolarmy, hence the Toolarmy exclusive. Maybe work is afoot to update the site. I guess we’ll find out eventually.

What do you guys reckon is going on?

Tool Tour Rumour

According to dirtyrockstar on Toolarmy, he heard them saying that Tool would be on tour soon on 97.1 (FM I presume) in Dallas. Apparently the station will be giving away tickets.

Not too sure about this to be honest. I’d like it to be true, but I don’t know that I’d expect Tool to tour again until after a new album had been released. Unless of course they’re recorded something in secret and will surprise us NIN style, but I kinda doubt that too.

Relax…

According to an exclusive Toolarmy post:

Good things are coming… Be patient… Don’t speculate… Good things are coming… Just relax…

The post is accompanied by a picture take by Camella of a couple of deck-chairs on the beach, possibly sometime around sunset. I have no idea what this means. Should I or shouldn’t I speculate….

Triumph, Notes from the Crew

Blair tells us that Mike Savage from Pigmy Love Circus has triumphed over hs bout of throat cancer.  Apparently he’s ready for his next challenge, which I’m sure some hope is a new Pigmy’s album.

The Notes From The Crew section in Toolarmy finally got a start today, and it’s been revealed that Eric, the bands stage manager is writing it.  In his first post he talks about how Tool’s equipment is transported from one continent to another.  Hopefully the first in what will be in interesting journal. Thanks to Adam for suggesting he writes these notes for us.

Meshuggah tour with Dillenger Escape Plan

Rogue from Toolarmy tells me that Meshuggah have announced a series of European Tour dates with US band Dillenger Escape Plan.

  • November 03, 2007 – Portsmouth / UK – Pyramid Centre
  • November 04, 2007 – Sheffield / UK – Corporation
  • November 05, 2007 – Birmingham / UK – Academy 2
  • November 06, 2007 – Manchester / UK – Academy 2
  • November 07, 2007 – Glasgow / UK – Garage
  • November 08, 2007 – Newcastle / UK – Academy 2
  • November 09, 2007 – Bristol / UK – Academy
  • November 10, 2007 – London / UK – Astoria
  • November 12, 2007 – Eindhoven / Netherlands – Efenaar
  • November 13, 2007 – Essen / Germany – Zeche Carl
  • November 14, 2007 – Amsterdam / Netherlands – Melkweg
  • November 15, 2007 – Erfurt / Germany – Centrum
  • November 16, 2007 – Prague / Czech Republic – Roxy
  • November 18, 2007 – Berlin / Germany – Kato
  • November 19, 2007 – Hamburg / Germany – Markthalle
  • November 21, 2007 – Vienna / Austria – Arena
  • November 22, 2007 – Munich / Germany – New Backstage
  • November 23, 2007 – Fribourg / France – Fri-Son
  • November 24, 2007 – Milan / Italy – Rolling Stone
  • November 25, 2007 – Strasbourg / France – La Laiterie
  • November 27, 2007 – Paris / France – Elysée Montmatre
  • November 28, 2007 – Antverp / Belgium – Hof Ter Lo
  • November 29, 2007 – Esch-Sur-Alzette / Luxembourg – Kulturfabrik

Maybe once they’ve finished doing that they should come down to Australia with Tool.

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