Tool April 2017 Newsletter

The April 2017 Tool newsletter is out, and it pretty much reinforced the previous post where Danny hoses down album speculation:

WTF!!!

Are you serious? How in the world could anyone – even the most desperate Tool enthusiast make such an incredible leap? I’ve received email over the years from people who have included a 20 page treatise on the true meaning behind “Lateralus” when the song tracks are re-arranged to their “secret” correct order and synched up to some obscure film, and I think: Hmm, who knows? But the idea about my mentioning a strange happening at Arby’s being a cryptic hint of “colossal Tool news” really had me scratching my head. (NOTE: For any one who is interested, I’ve copied my original post that was inserted as an update into the September 2016 newsletter. Check out the last sentence!)

So there we go.  There’s a moral here somewhere!

There’s not much else happening in the newsletter, so my advice for the easily Blair triggered – don’t read it!

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Naimed
Naimed
3 years ago

Well, its too easy to blame the fans that this has been so miscommunicated. You are a complete dick if you ignore that. We have been misinformed about toolshit for more then 10 years now…

This band, and the way how they handle this, is a joke.

bloo-mune
bloo-mune
Reply to  hellboy1975
3 years ago

Has anyone ever “reverse engineered” BMB’s newsletters AFTER Lateralus or TTDays? Like if we were to scour the old newsletters in the months prior to previous releases would we now see hints and secrets about the albums? Just curious, it would be interesting to see. It might help us, to know what to look for when the time is getting near. Unless BMB has always been full of it. ha ha! Seriously though, I’d like to meet him as much as Mr. Keenan.

Lateralus987
Lateralus987
3 years ago

Definitely can’t blame Blair for the lack of news. I guess my only issue with his newsletters is that he’s just a terrible writer. At times, he writes as though he thinks people care about him or like he’s some sorta celebrity. Again, can’t blame him for lack of tool news. But perhaps no updates until there’s something to wrote about would be the preferred outcome for the fans.

Lateralus987
Lateralus987
Reply to  Lateralus987
3 years ago

Write*

yogagoya19
yogagoya19
Reply to  Lateralus987
3 years ago

Someone is getting coal in there stocking this year.

yogagoya19
yogagoya19
3 years ago

Does anyone believe that lateralus and 10000 days can be rearranged to create some hidden song? Or that there is a secret track called “problem 8”? Its a serious question. Tool is my favorite band. Its helped me through a lot of tough times in my life. Its great music. Its like jazz, you can sit there and break it down to its core and rebuild and be inspired by the writing. The lyrics are just vague enough so that you can imply your own journey onto it. And the music set behind it elicits emotions so well that its… Read more »

Naimed
Naimed
Reply to  yogagoya19
3 years ago

Bullshit. Nobody is claiming here… Its very simple;
I like Tools music. I like getting new Tool music even better.
I like when they are communicating that new stuff is coming.
Nobody likes to wait, especially if you wait on that stuff what you like.
Nobody likes delays. It’s very human to feel frustrated of the thing that you like, they tell you is coming, and coming, and coming, but nothing is shown. Sorry for being human.

Earthrocker
Earthrocker
Reply to  yogagoya19
3 years ago

As for the serious question…its utter bollocks.

I think you’ve hit a few rather large nails in the head though.

If people are checking the website every 5 mins for news than clearly you’ve got too much time on your hands. What I don’t get is these letters have been like this for years and people still complain about there ambiguity.

Earthrocker
Earthrocker
3 years ago

Just think only another 12 (approx) newsletters…it will fly past

lumps
lumps
3 years ago

This is pretty hilarious though.

People read too much into this band.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
3 years ago

All an elaborate way to explain what I essentially said in my first post. Some of you are dumb as bricks.

But be sure to continue to financially support them.

(Its called ‘enabling” BTW)

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  hellboy1975
3 years ago

‘Bands’ release ‘albums’.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  hellboy1975
3 years ago

And tour ‘new material’.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
3 years ago

Jimi Hendrix releases more new material than Tool. On a regular basis.

njbrey15
njbrey15
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

Give it a rest man. Nobody gives a shit about your stale opinion.

Jethro Tool
Jethro Tool
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

Haha thats a good one! And true. At the Drive In released an excellent album today 17 years after their last. But they have done stuff inbetween…

Jethro Tool
Jethro Tool
Reply to  Jethro Tool
3 years ago

oops my reply was for Rollins!

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  Jethro Tool
3 years ago

Excellent example. Omar Rodríguez-López Cedric Bixler-Zavala are on 3 albums together, release 6 albums together as The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López (the main creator) releases 51 solo albums, 6 more as main collaborator, 11 more under different 5 different band names, 17 guest appearances. Omar Rodríguez-López : A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume One (2004) Omar Rodriguez (2005) Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007) The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange (2007; as Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quintet) Calibration (2007) Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus (2008) Minor Cuts and Scrapes in the Bushes Ahead (2008) Old Money (2008) Megaritual (2009) Despair (2009)… Read more »

Bagochodes
Bagochodes
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

What’s your point mate? I don’t think pooping out everything you write is necessarily a superior position as an artist. Omar’s stuff (not that I’ve heard all of his work) is very hit and miss ; this tends to apply to most artists this prolific i.e. Zappa, Townsend, Patton and what not. Their output’s quality is almost never evenly distributed. I honestly don’t even care that Tool only have a couple of albums or that they’re so late with the current one ; if the artist doesn’t feel it what makes you think you’ll like it more? People would just… Read more »

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  Bagochodes
3 years ago

MY point was this.

Of course not. But the point is one poster defended Tool because “At The Drive In had a 17 year break between releases”, and HB said Tool are “still playing music from their most recent album”. So does Led Zeppelin.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  Bagochodes
3 years ago

To defend Adam Jones having zero output in 11 years Tools defenders chose to compare him with a man who’s had 67 releases of new material. I’m just pointing out that mathematically there’s a slight difference between 67 and zero.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

And comparisons between Zappa and especially Devin Townsend are horrific examples.

Bagochodes
Bagochodes
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

You’re grasping at straws really ; there is absolutely no sense in making such mathematical comparisons between two artists. You seem to define Adam Jones as this unidimensional person who’s sole purpose is to please your nipples until they explode with delight, all of this based on the fact that he had 0 musical (key word here) outputs since 10k. How do you know he hasn’t done some fine pottery over the years? Bottom line is, bands do whatever they want and when they want it : to claim otherwise would be a delusional misunderstanding of what this business is,… Read more »

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  Jethro Tool
3 years ago

The new At the drive-in album does kick some serious ass.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
3 years ago

Omar Rodríguez-López has actually been the bandleader and pretty much sole composer for 74 albums under his own and multiple band names including The Mars Volta since At The Drive In”s last.

smithersSOCAL
smithersSOCAL
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

beware. pointing out that Omar is far more prolific then adam is frowned upon in t00l circles……that crystal fairy album is super crunchy and fun.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  smithersSOCAL
3 years ago

Thanks,- it was just OF ALL EXAMPLES…..

Far better one would have been System Of A Down. But they haven’t claimed to be an active, functioning band touring constantly to support their opulent lifestyles while claiming to work on a new album for 11 years.

Earthrocker
Earthrocker
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

I don’ really buy into the 11 years claim nonsense tbh.

smithersSOCAL
smithersSOCAL
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

I like system, but live they have a tendency to be sloppy live. similar to deftones…. when theyre on, they totally destroy, but when they have an off night. it doesn’t sound so hot.

both bands rarely do the same thing live..and theyre a lot of fun…. unlike other bands who just phone it in. and use the same visuals from 90’s.

smithersSOCAL
smithersSOCAL
Reply to  hellboy1975
3 years ago

i’ve been to a few of the souls benefit shows they’ve done in LA. again… sometimes system sound real messy. and when they first reunited i went to the forum a few years back and they were amazing. they didn’t rely on props and the GA floor was this seething mass of energy.

rinkwhopper
rinkwhopper
Reply to  smithersSOCAL
3 years ago

that’s great for him, but are people really listening to all this music? That’s an insane amount of output.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  rinkwhopper
3 years ago

Of course not. But the point is one poster defended Tool because “At The Drive In had a 17 year break between releases”, and HB said Tool are “still playing music from their most recent album”. So does Led Zeppelin.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

And please HB and other posters, don’t provoke another connect the dots/see Dick run level lesson in elementary logic.

Sollus
Sollus
3 years ago

I don’t really care that there is no album coming soon. I just get seriously tired of the ambiguity. Just start these stupid things, or end them, with “Nothing to report.” That’s all that’s needed here. Also, adding to the frustration is that their web presence is such an embarrassing failure. Their websites are terrible and any options for community have been gone for years. Their webstore is barely passable. They have become better at the social media thing but barely. The lack of any real benefit for subscribing to ToolArmy is another thing that’s been complained about ad nauseum.… Read more »

atakx
atakx
3 years ago

My only complaint is that they dont come to Europe… So we cant even go to their shows…

ChrisC
ChrisC
Reply to  atakx
3 years ago

Yup!
As a fan from Europe there’s just nothing to be excited about for so many years now. The band is dead, that’s what it is.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
3 years ago

So after another 5 years of cargo cult speculation and navel gazing on Fourtheye, Danny says the exact same thing he said in 2012,- “Plan is to begin in the studio in the fall”. Here’s to another 5 years…..

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
3 years ago

‘Moved on’ Yep. By the way, the post we’re commenting on is this one; WTF!!! Are you serious? How in the world could anyone – even the most desperate Tool enthusiast make such an incredible leap? I’ve received email over the years from people who have included a 20 page treatise on the true meaning behind “Lateralus” when the song tracks are re-arranged to their “secret” correct order and synched up to some obscure film, and I think: Hmm, who knows? But the idea about my mentioning a strange happening at Arby’s being a cryptic hint of “colossal Tool news”… Read more »

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

The very definition of having moved on, isn’t?

L-Hol
L-Hol
Reply to  hellboy1975
3 years ago

I think we all need to stop feeding the troll

hexagone
hexagone
3 years ago

Anyone else not digging the new mastodon? Same songs as last album except for like 2 or 3. They are in full on tool territory like, I’ve heard that riff or drum fill or vocal line/harmony before in a superior mastodon song. This retread shit drives me nuts. They’ve been stuck since the hunter. Do something new for fucks sake and stop letting the drummer sing. I had such high hopes for this one.

hexagone
hexagone
Reply to  hellboy1975
3 years ago

Agreed that jaguar god is the best thing they’ve done in awhile. I’d love more in that direction. I like track 1, sultans curse as well. But the rest are more of the same. I thought bringing Brendan Obrien back was a good move but I can’t even hear his touch on it.

DTWAirport
DTWAirport
3 years ago

@ L-Hol _ This is only one of this Trolls frequent stops. Same criticism, same insulting behavior to anyone that is still a Tool fan and most certainly a desire to try and prove his musical knowledge is beyond approach. Yawn…tiresome.
On a separate note….29 days until to Detroit!

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  DTWAirport
3 years ago

No, only site I’ve ever commented on. Had to actually ask a friend what a troll was. Since I only serve to please myself, my taste in music is certainly not beyond reproach. Manowar, Dead, Phish, WSP, Sonic Youth, Motorpsycho,Jean Luc Ponty, Mahavishnu Orchestra, love it all.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
Reply to  manowarrollins
3 years ago

BTW,- like new Mastodon. Check out Motorpsycho if you haven’t heard them.

L-Hol
L-Hol
Reply to  hellboy1975
3 years ago

I think he’s not only trolling, but lying as well. I doubt he has a friend

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
3 years ago

WOW… this thread got out of hand…

ChrisC
ChrisC
3 years ago

Besides all this bullshit:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANNY!
One of the most creative drummers of our time – that’s for sure!

children
children
3 years ago

The comparison between how many albums bands put out is pointless. It’s quality over quantity every single time. When it comes to comparing Omar’s work to TOOL’s, you can really only say that THE MARS VOLTA is in the same league as TOOL. Even though I enjoy most of what Omar does with his solo projects, and really love AT THE DRIVE-IN, as well as DE FACTO, those projects are not comparable to TOOL, in my opinion.THE MARS VOLTA is, on the other hand. So if you were to compare THE MARS VOLTA albums to TOOL they are actually very… Read more »

bsfurr
bsfurr
Reply to  children
3 years ago

You need to stop making so much sense. Your logic is not appreciated in this complaint session…

j/k 🙂

lumps
lumps
Reply to  children
3 years ago

Well said…

I just hope Tool haven’t been trying too hard to out-do themselves. This might end up hurting them.

Besides, they are well versed in the putting out excellent content, so we’ll have to see.

smithersSOCAL
smithersSOCAL
Reply to  children
3 years ago

i tend to think the volta is far beyond anything in the tool canon. to each their own, and art is always subjective. and it’s not a quantity over quality thing. but i put Omar and Cedric up there with King Buzzo and the melvins. there’s a shit ton of material and it can be daunting to new fans. but also rewarding if you seek/search it out.

Maynerd
Maynerd
3 years ago

Hellboi, I remember asking maybe 6 or 8 months ago if you could try and code in a function where if a user has visited a thread like this once, and then they return again it could be possible to have something like a ‘new’ title in red or something on posts that have occurred since the last time that browser viewed the thread.
All we can do is try and remember the amount of replies listed, and then if it changes we have to scroll down through them all, looking for the most recent date…