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
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Naimed

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.

Lateralus987
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Lateralus987

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
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Lateralus987

Write*

yogagoya19
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yogagoya19

Someone is getting coal in there stocking this year.

yogagoya19
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yogagoya19

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
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Naimed

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
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Earthrocker

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
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Earthrocker

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

lumps
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lumps

This is pretty hilarious though.

People read too much into this band.

manowarrollins
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manowarrollins

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
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manowarrollins

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

njbrey15
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njbrey15

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

Jethro Tool
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Jethro Tool

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
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Jethro Tool

oops my reply was for Rollins!

manowarrollins
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manowarrollins

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
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Bagochodes

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
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manowarrollins

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
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manowarrollins

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
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manowarrollins

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

Bagochodes
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Bagochodes

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
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Maynerd

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

manowarrollins
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manowarrollins

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
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smithersSOCAL

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
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manowarrollins

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
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Earthrocker

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

smithersSOCAL
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smithersSOCAL

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.

rinkwhopper
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rinkwhopper

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

manowarrollins
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manowarrollins

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
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manowarrollins

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

Sollus
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Sollus

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
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atakx

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

ChrisC
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ChrisC

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
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manowarrollins

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
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manowarrollins

‘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
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manowarrollins

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

hexagone
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hexagone

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.

DTWAirport
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DTWAirport

@ 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
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manowarrollins

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
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manowarrollins

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

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

WOW… this thread got out of hand…

ChrisC
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ChrisC

Besides all this bullshit:

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

children
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children

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
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bsfurr

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

j/k 🙂

lumps
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lumps

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
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smithersSOCAL

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
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Maynerd

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…