February 2011 Tool Newsletter posted

Blair posted a relatively short, but somewhat exciting newsletter today.  It basically talks about how Tool are quite focused on writing the new album at the moment.  Here’s an abbreviated version of an already short newsletter:

Having returned from their recent tour Down Under, after taking a few days to recover from any jet-lag, and to take care of personal affairs, starting last Monday, members of the band returned to their studio/loft to continue writing and arranging new material. According to one band member, although Tool has received numerous lucrative offers to perform live (summer tours both here and abroad), they have (unanimously) decided to focus their creative energy on producing a new album. As a matter of fact, the all-important dry-erase board has been brought out and is, with each passing day, becoming filled with colorful scrawls relating to the various arrangements that are only decipherable to the band.

Make sure you check out that Fourtheye.com site – I bet it’s full of Tool news!

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spiralout247
spiralout247
9 years ago

i sure hope that their (unanimous) decision to focus on the new album means that it will actually be recorded and released SOON!!!  fingers crossed!!!
   8~)

Naattik
9 years ago

I knew Blair was a FourthEye lurker. lol.

I think he should make two versions of the newsletter every month. The Blair-Speak ultra expanded version he usually spews forth, and the readers digest condensed version like this month’s. I guarantee he disappointed some TA folks with that factual no-chaff version…

TAoutsider
TAoutsider
9 years ago

i was hopeing for an east coast tour, but would much rather have the new album. looks like were going to get the album. 😉

MystaRabbit
MystaRabbit
9 years ago

Wow. Are TooL fans/TA members actually getting to BMB? I should certainly hope not. HB, is this the 1st “official” nod at 4theye.net?

APC is scheduled for some dates in the coming months, so I’m still not holding my breathe for a 2011 release from TooL; although I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong.

darkstarhub
darkstarhub
9 years ago

After getting a condensed version of the newsletter, it makes me kinda miss a little of the colorfulness of the usual newsletter. Oh well, that is what I have been bitching about anyway is something concrete on the new album, and I believe I have it now. Got my tickets for the Rock on the Range to see A Perfect Circle, and my wife is excited about Korn, but APC is the only reason I am going.

Joelsy
Joelsy
9 years ago

Congrats on the official recognition Hellboy

contraption
contraption
9 years ago

I am still waiting for TOOL trinkets.

Sprout
Sprout
9 years ago

How fucken sarcy and jaded does the end of it sound lol.

264zn
264zn
9 years ago

haha go fourtheye, nice work. Fuck how exciting is this news! The four tool brains we know and love creating their next masterpiece right now….cooool. I’m also gutted that I won’t see them in Europe this year, but the news of a new album is far more exciting, plus they will tour with the new material when the finally get round to it which is even better. Woop woop.

Intension
Intension
9 years ago

That was a nice how do you do to fourtheye! No matter how sarcastic? I liked the to the point version obviously, but i do appreciate Blairs strange esoteric bullshit. A meshing of the two is whats needed. Ha, still not happy. But see, he still didnt give all that much info, and every one is pleased to suck it down. Blair must have been shaking at his computer, or just too hung over to try anymore. But hey, seriously thanks Blair. Fourtheye is filled with coffeed up tweekers, so were a tough bunch to beat to the punch.

hodge
hodge
9 years ago

nice little plug hellboy, bet u got a bit of a chub!

great news, bet they are really focused to try and outdo radiohead’s latest masterpece, heh

fortysixand2
fortysixand2
9 years ago

hodge – 4 hours ago  » 
masterpece

i dont know if id go that far…

but yeah its nice to finally get some concrete information

Sprout
Sprout
9 years ago

264zn – 13 hours ago  » 
Fuck how exciting is this news! The four tool brains we know and love creating their next masterpiece right now

I reckon it’s more like 3, unless you count Danny as 2.

Naattik
9 years ago

Sprout – 58 minutes ago  » 

264zn – 13 hours ago  » 
Fuck how exciting is this news! The four tool brains we know and love creating their next masterpiece right now

I reckon it’s more like 3, unless you count Danny as 2.

Danny should be counted as 8.

markuspoop
9 years ago

That’s not the same octopus that was picking World Cup winners is it?

jarred
jarred
9 years ago

“According to one band member, although Tool has received numerous lucrative offers to perform live (summer tours both here and abroad), they have (unanimously) decided to focus their creative energy on producing a new album. ……………” Oh GTFO Blair!… makes it sound as if TOOL were noble enough for us to go back to the recording studio and neglect all these huge offer$. Fucking get back to work already you lazy fucks! You haven’t earnt the privilege to go out and tour on the back of an album that has been in stores for the past 5 years and counting.… Read more »

auroboros
auroboros
9 years ago

[quote comment=”43510″]”According to one band member, although Tool has received numerous lucrative offers to perform live (summer tours both here and abroad), they have (unanimously) decided to focus their creative energy on producing a new album. ……………” Oh GTFO Blair!… makes it sound as if TOOL were noble enough for us to go back to the recording studio and neglect all these huge offer$. Fucking get back to work already you lazy fucks! You haven’t earnt the privilege to go out and tour on the back of an album that has been in stores for the past 5 years and… Read more »

jarred
jarred
9 years ago

[quote comment=””][quote comment=”43510″]”According to one band member, although Tool has received numerous lucrative offers to perform live (summer tours both here and abroad), they have (unanimously) decided to focus their creative energy on producing a new album. ……………” Oh GTFO Blair!… makes it sound as if TOOL were noble enough for us to go back to the recording studio and neglect all these huge offer$. Fucking get back to work already you lazy fucks! You haven’t earnt the privilege to go out and tour on the back of an album that has been in stores for the past 5 years… Read more »

jarred
jarred
9 years ago

Fucking get back to work already you lazy fucks!

Touring isn’t work?

Recording is WORK (promotion for the band to tour), and touring is the REWARD ($).

264zn
264zn
9 years ago

I count Danny as 4 : ) haha just realised how excited I was when I wrote that comment, still buzzing about the news.

Whisp
Whisp
9 years ago

Yes but that didn’t stop bands like Radiohead and countless others (thousands in fact) in releasing a new album every 2 years. Last I heard people go to concerts to hear new material. unfortunately Tool has been left behind by its own free will and became a cover band of itself. Quite sad really. Last I heard people go to concerts to see bands play live music, be it new or old. Don’t like that they are touring on old material? Then don’t go and see them. Don’t like how long it takes for them to put out a new… Read more »

auroboros
auroboros
9 years ago

Jarred, I’m sure Tool would be a completely different band if they released material in a happy meal box. They are artists too, Adam for example has done ALOT away from Tool over the years. Maynard obviously falls into this category of a human too. My point was regading where the band is now, and it’s nice to see them considering another album for their own well being in their timing. The global problem of piracy and ignorance of what it takes to deliver an art form that’s so important to our well being, civilisation barely deserves Tool. I hate… Read more »

jarred
jarred
9 years ago

[quote comment=””]Jarred, I’m sure Tool would be a completely different band if they released material in a happy meal box. They are artists too, Adam for example has done ALOT away from Tool over the years. Maynard obviously falls into this category of a human too. My point was regading where the band is now, and it’s nice to see them considering another album for their own well being in their timing. The global problem of piracy and ignorance of what it takes to deliver an art form that’s so important to our well being, civilisation barely deserves Tool. I… Read more »

novaconda
novaconda
9 years ago

[quote comment=””][quote comment=””]Jarred, I’m sure Tool would be a completely different band if they released material in a happy meal box. They are artists too, Adam for example has done ALOT away from Tool over the years. Maynard obviously falls into this category of a human too. My point was regading where the band is now, and it’s nice to see them considering another album for their own well being in their timing. The global problem of piracy and ignorance of what it takes to deliver an art form that’s so important to our well being, civilisation barely deserves Tool.… Read more »

amaster
amaster
9 years ago

“In checking with several of the fan sites out there (www.fourtheye.net, etc), there doesn’t seem to be any other pressing news concerning Tool at this time. However, if something should come up, I will promptly see that it gets posted in the news section on this site.” – February 2011 Newsletter

WTF? Is Blair really that clueless to what the band is up to that he has to resort to checking with the fan sites? Seriously?

Although, the Fourtheye plug does add to my growing suspicion that Hellboy is Blair. HAHAH!!! Just kidding friend.

Naattik
9 years ago

Wow, why does it always degenerate into this bullshit? Oh yeah, never mind, I forgot where we are having this conversation… By the way, as the band has pointed out, the time between working on new material, where they, you know… live and experience what the world has to offer… travel, work on various projects away from TººL, reflect on the intricacies of sacred trigonometry… that’s where they get the inspiration for the new material. I too am really getting antsy to hear some new TººL, but this is how they work, and the formula has always produced superb quality.… Read more »

novaconda
novaconda
9 years ago

[quote comment=””]I too am really getting antsy to hear some new TººL, but this is how they work, and the formula has always produced superb quality. I’m more than willing to wait it out.
[/quote]

Bingo.

inokh
9 years ago

Personally I’d sign up right now to wait another five years if it meant weeding out all the whiney bitches.

Calfium Jay
Calfium Jay
9 years ago

I’m hoping it will be their darkest, most visceral, most thought provoking album yet.

I’m also hoping that nude, self fellating, rubber band girl makes a comeback on the album artwork.

Hopefully it will be released before all that wacky, Aztec end of the world stuff starts to happen sometime next year.

contraption
contraption
9 years ago

I thought all that 2012 nonsense was determined to be bullshit, or predicted incorrectly or something.

SirGreat
SirGreat
9 years ago

I have a question for all the people whining about Tool: Do you listen to any other music? Do you have any of your own tastes that don’t have Tool’s stamp of approval (Isis, Mastodon, King Crimson, etc)? There’s A LOT of good music out there, and guess what? It’s not all metal, let alone prog-metal. But back on track to the root of my rant inspiration, I suggest all the people that are extremely impatient with Tool try to get their mind off of Tool for a while. Listen to something new. I’m currently having a love affair with… Read more »

royalred
royalred
9 years ago

I don’t think Tool cares what other bands do or how long other bands go between albums. It’s really kinda hard to argue with their process. Look what it’s produced.

Then look at what Nickelback’s process has produced..

ilikecheese
ilikecheese
9 years ago

*in a Stewie voice*

“Well now, isn’t this a delightful conversation?!”

Jethro Tool
Jethro Tool
9 years ago

I remember when Metallica decided to churn out album year after year. If yr not careful we may end up with Tool S&M… Check out Man Alive by Everything Everything if you want something new and interesting to listen to…

fortysixand2
fortysixand2
9 years ago

arcade fire sucks balls. why is this band so popular? i dont get it. they sound like a kings of leon rip off

amaster
amaster
9 years ago

I want to know why all the bands today have such SUCK names, bands like Arcade Fire, PANIC! At the Disco, or Queens of the Stone Age. What ever happend to the short names that screemed rock, like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, or Pantera?

Naattik
9 years ago

amaster – 12 minutes ago  » 
I want to know why all the bands today have such SUCK names, bands like Arcade Fire, PANIC! At the Disco, or Queens of the Stone Age. What ever happend to the short names that screemed rock, like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, or Pantera?

How about you answer your own question?

List 5 even half-way decent band names with the criteria you specified above THAT AREN’T ALREADY TAKEN.

I’m waiting….

novaconda
novaconda
9 years ago

[quote comment=””]

amaster – 12 minutes ago  » 

I want to know why all the bands today have such SUCK names, bands like Arcade Fire, PANIC! At the Disco, or Queens of the Stone Age. What ever happend to the short names that screemed rock, like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, or Pantera?

How about you answer your own question?
List 5 even half-way decent band names with the criteria you specified above THAT AREN’T ALREADY TAKEN.
I’m waiting….
[/quote]

And “Tool” is a thoughtful “hardcore” name for a band? 🙂

amaster
amaster
9 years ago

kittaan – 1 hour ago  »  amaster – 12 minutes ago  »  I want to know why all the bands today have such SUCK names, bands like Arcade Fire, PANIC! At the Disco, or Queens of the Stone Age. What ever happend to the short names that screemed rock, like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, or Pantera? How about you answer your own question? List 5 even half-way decent band names with the criteria you specified above THAT AREN’T ALREADY TAKEN. I’m waiting…. Ummmmm . . . . ? Damn it! Now I must go and wipe up my tears of shame… Read more »

markuspoop
9 years ago

Arcade Fire most certainly do suck balls.

Kings of Leon actually suck even more balls, if that’s possible. I mean they’re up there with Creed and Nickelback, in terms of overall suckyness.

Naattik
9 years ago

Poopyface – 12 minutes ago  » 
Arcade Fire most certainly do suck balls.
Kings of Leon actually suck even more balls, if that’s possible. I mean they’re up there with Creed and Nickelback, in terms of overall suckyness.

Oh, don’t make me go look for the posts where you talk about those bands you went to see with your girlfriend Poop… lol.

And yes, I find Arcade Fire and KOL completely unlistenable as well.

Naattik
9 years ago

amaster – 1 hour ago Ummmmm . . . . ? Damn it! Now I must go and wipe up my tears of shame with this . . .

Bwahahaha. Ah, I was actually hoping you WOULD come up with something. It’s f’ing hard to name a band these days.

markuspoop
9 years ago

kittaan – 3 minutes ago  »  Poopyface – 12 minutes ago  »  Arcade Fire most certainly do suck balls. Kings of Leon actually suck even more balls, if that’s possible. I mean they’re up there with Creed and Nickelback, in terms of overall suckyness. Oh, don’t make me go look for the posts where you talk about those bands you went to see with your girlfriend Poop… lol. And yes, I find Arcade Fire and KOL completely unlistenable as well. Hey, at least at a New Found Glory concert you can go down into the “pit” area and push a… Read more »

amaster
amaster
9 years ago

Poopyface – 11 minutes ago  »  kittaan – 3 minutes ago  »  Poopyface – 12 minutes ago  »  Arcade Fire most certainly do suck balls. Kings of Leon actually suck even more balls, if that’s possible. I mean they’re up there with Creed and Nickelback, in terms of overall suckyness. Oh, don’t make me go look for the posts where you talk about those bands you went to see with your girlfriend Poop… lol. And yes, I find Arcade Fire and KOL completely unlistenable as well. Hey, at least at a New Found Glory concert you can go down into… Read more »

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9 years ago

amaster – 4 hours ago  »  I want to know why all the bands today have such SUCK names, bands like Arcade Fire, PANIC! At the Disco, or Queens of the Stone Age. What ever happend to the short names that screemed rock, like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, or Pantera? Here’s some more shit band names: And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of Our Dead, Godspeed You Black Emperor, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Neutral Milk Hotel, They Might Be Giants, Death Cab For Cutie, Everybody Was In The French Resistance…NOW. My buddy made up the name Three Pulls From… Read more »

amaster
amaster
9 years ago

Do you think PETA would protest Sick Puppy and Skinny Puppy going on tour together? I would at least think Animal Control would step in.