Tool New Album rumour update April 2019

Us long suffering Tool fans are used to periods of near radio silence from the band, and while that’s ok when there’s not much happening, it becomes much harder when we know that something is imminent.

There are plenty of rumours flying around, but it’s pretty hard to discern what is true and what is false. They come from a range of sources – relatives, friends of the band, some dude who works at a radio station. None of these are easily verified. Some may have noticed something a little unusual about one of the fake tracks posted during April Fools.

Blair even comes in from time to time to drop us some hints:

I recently received my “Surrender Spirit Board” from the APC store and I must say that it’s quite talkative. However, I’m having a little trouble interpreting what I believe to be the first message from the other side as given by the octopus planchette: 

t-h-e-y-i-e–l-d-f-r-o-m-f-i-e-l-d-s-a-p-p-e-a-l-e-d-o-n-c-e-u-n-s-e-a-l-e-d-b-y- 

Some have taken this to be an anagram of sorts, and predicted an album release in early May. Some thing it might be lyrics from the album. Blair knows something I’m sure, but as to when he’s allowed to reveal – who knows?

What do I know? Bugger all actually. Quite often I get asked what insider news I have. The answer is very little. Sure, if I lived in LA I could probably rock up to the Loft, give the secret handshake and maybe chill with the band, but here in sunny Australia, I don’t quite have that access.

But here’s my educated guess as to what I think will go down:

  • When will we know something about the album? We’ll get an announcement in the next week or two, about the first track from the album, and possible further details of when we might see the album released
  • When will the first track come out? I’ll be surprised if we don’t have a track by early May, and expect to see this played live on the US dates
  • Will they play new material live in at the US shows? If you’re going to one of the festivals, it might be realistic to expect that it’s the single only. At their solo shows, where they can control phone recordings a bit better, we might see some more. I think there’s a pretty good chance the album will be out by the European tour.
  • Will there be a video with the first track? This is an interesting question. Maynard mentioned the possibility of a video in a semi-recent tweet. I don’t think this necessarily means there will be one so soon, but there’s no denying that Youtube is a powerful tool for promoting songs.
  • So when will the album actually get released? At this time, I don’t see the album out until late May at the earliest. I think we should expect ~6 weeks between announcement and release
  • Are you sure this isn’t just a big hoax and there is no album? “No” – Maynard
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bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

Definitely think there’ll be an announcement by the end of April, first single drops in May, probably right before their festival dates start and album released by the end of June.

bloo-mune
bloo-mune
Reply to  bent eye
1 year ago

I personally estimated there would be a Single release by now. Looks like you’re looking more accurate than my prediction.

Lateralus987
Lateralus987
1 year ago

What are some of the “rumors” being thrown out? I haven’t been able to find anything.

limeygringo
limeygringo
1 year ago

Given the David Lynch rumors, I really want to watch the Jimminy Glick movie again.

Jethro Tool
Jethro Tool
1 year ago

Just met Adi Granov. Forgot to ask who is handling artwork on new album…

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  Jethro Tool
1 year ago

I’d love to see Granov do the artwork for the album. Alex Grey has done enough of it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they chose him again.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

I don’t have a problem with Alex Grey. The Lateralus artwork is amazing and I liked the 10K Days stuff. I’m a fan of Grey’s non Tool output as well. Adi’s tour posters bring an entirely different vibe so it would be refreshing to see some of his work incorporated into the album art.

fiftheye
fiftheye
1 year ago

Mystery solved: Taylor Swift’s instagram countdown to 4/26 is actually for the new Tool album.

bloo-mune
bloo-mune
1 year ago

3D and holographic technology has advanced a lot in a decade, could make for some amazing artwork.
Hopefully, little Agostina doesn’t lock Mr Keenan’s tablet with the new recordings on it, for 48 years.

adoxnz
adoxnz
1 year ago

One assumes / hopes the artwork will be suitably next level and will do something that hasn’t been done before.

I hope some new music is out for those of you who are in line to see the upcoming shows.

Also, I secretly suspect that Hellboy knows more than he is allowed to let on. #conspiracy #tooluminati #misdirection

rinkwhopper
rinkwhopper
Reply to  adoxnz
1 year ago

I think it’ll be kind of along the lines of 10,000 Days with the stereoscopic images, but this time there will be a 3rd lens. You know, for the 3rd eye.

TashLeopard
TashLeopard
Reply to  rinkwhopper
1 year ago

That’d be fun.

nemesis
nemesis
1 year ago

Hellboy was the voice of the doctor on Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman) so I wouldn’t be surprised if he features on the new double album

joey joe joe shabadoo
joey joe joe shabadoo
1 year ago

Hellboy, you left out the most important piece of speculation: Will we get a new TOOL logo?

TOOL_Rules
TOOL_Rules
1 year ago

When did Pete Riedling stop managing the band? The job now appears to be Debbie Alagao’s. Didn’t know that there had been a change, not that they would consult (or inform) fans, lol. I had read that Carmella was the nurse’s voice on Rosetta but also recently that Pete was Dr. Watson. Is this management change a big deal, or no?

junior
junior
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

Pete is still the manager, as far as I know.
Debbie has been the business (finance) manager for quite some time, as well.
Nothing has changed.

Jethro Tool
Jethro Tool
1 year ago

thought 19/4 was gonna be the announcement day?

Ferda
Ferda
1 year ago

Do you think the band will ever try to have shows like Jack White has done recently in regards to putting phones in a Yondr pouch and fans could only use them in certain areas of the venue ?

Ferda
Ferda
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

I would love to go see them with absolutely no phones allowed, but the Yondr pouches are a close second. I’ve seen JW 4 times now in phone-free shows and it was honestly some of the best concert experiences I’ve ever been to/seen. Can’t wait till the 14th to see them at Sprint Center 🤘

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  Ferda
1 year ago

Considering APC’s stance on mobile phones at their gigs, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tool implements something like Yondr pouches.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
1 year ago

For any of you who attend Aftershock, keep your eyes open for the announcement. There was a lineup that was allegedly leaked from the Aftershock people and TOOL are on the lineup to close Sunday.

If the leak is real then there are bands I’d like to see each day but overall, they could have just done two really bad ass days. Can’t believe they are stretching it out over 3 days this year.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

Yep they are confirmed as of this morning. The only difference from the leaked lineup is Lamb of God was added to Friday (welcome addition) and Ministry is not on the bill at all. The leaked lineup had Ministry the same day as TOOL and I was pretty excited about that. So now I’m only mildly disappointed. But TOOL! Can’t complain about that and we should have the album by then and most certainly we’ll hear new songs live.

Stinkfist
Stinkfist
1 year ago

New email update from ToolArmy regarding website maintenance just went out.

Interesting tidbit contained within:
2. If your membership is expiring between now and May 31st, it’s a good idea to go ahead and renew now just to make sure there are no gaps in your membership during this time period.

May 31 is a Friday. Just sayin…

@ out…
Stinkfist

TashLeopard
TashLeopard
1 year ago

The message from beyond could be ‘The yield from fields appealed once unsealed by’ unsealed by who, though?

Jethro Tool
Jethro Tool
1 year ago

is this not just a wine reference?

ericcoleman
ericcoleman
1 year ago

this new album should be released before the first show in Europe. Why would they travel to Europe without a new album?