Marilyn Manson, who last fall promised a new album dubbed Say10 to release via his own Hell Inc. Records, saw the supposed Valentine’s Day release date come and go with no album available via any digital service provider or physical pre-order sale. Angry and confused fans swarmed social media, lamenting the tease of a new album that apparently is not ready for release yet. Continue reading
band. A few excerpts from Jones:
“The way we’ve always done our live thing is to put as much money as we can afford into the production and make it as exciting as possible,] “Our whole outlook on putting out a CD or making a T-shirt or a poster or doing something live is, ‘What would you want if you went, and did you get your money’s worth or did you get more than your money’s worth?’ I don’t want to make any promises, but we try to make it a really great visual experience. To me, it’s always been the visuals are first, and seeing the band is secondary. That’s what we would want if we saw a concert.”
On the new album:
“My philosophy has always been, ‘It’s not good when it’s done, it’s done when it’s good,'” Jones says.
On tour partners Primus:
We’ve done a lot of one-offs together. We’re always talking about how we should do a tour together. We’re big fans.
Yeah. I got on the plane to go home, and I’m sitting next to some guy and he goes hi, and I go hi, and he goes, “Adam, it’s Larry [LaLonde] from Primus.” And I’m like, “Oh, my God. I didn’t even recognize you.” The last time I saw him, he had his hair dyed and it was shorter. We started talking and I said, “We’ve got to play together; we’ve got to tour together.” And he’s like, “Absolutely.” I got back and our manager had already talked to their manager about possibly touring together. The stars were aligned.
And changing up the set-list for the new tour, dusting off old songs
Yeah. Usually, Maynard picks set lists because he’s the one who’s gotta sing and get through it. Sometimes his voice is a little sensitive so he picks a certain kind of set list and sometimes his voice is right-on. I like playing different songs. I don’t want to keep playing the same songs over and over again.
On the new track played at Monster Mash Music Festival on Halloween, Descending:
Yeah, it’s a working title. We have a song that’s probably about 13 or 14 minutes long, so what we’ve done with it is … I don’t want to call it a “best of,” but it’s a shortened, different approach to it. It is a new song. It’s like a vague movie trailer to the real movie [laughs]. Sometimes we do jamming between songs or some kind of segues, and it’s usually involved in some kind of new material. But that one’s just a little taste of things to come.
That was more than a segue, though — it was written onto the set list.
Yeah. But sometimes you’ll see it and it will say, “Justin,” and Justin [Chancellor, bass] will do an intro or it will say “Jam” and we don’t have a name for it yet. “Descending” is the newest title of the song. We were calling it “B.G.” or “Bluegrass” or something. It had a funny name. Now it’s “Descending.”
…Yeah, the song’s amazing. It’s one of those things, too, where we’re playing this “movie trailer” version of it and we just want to go into the main part of it. The main part’s the best part, I think, but we just don’t want to give that away yet. We’re just doing a little taste test all the way through and put it together. I’m glad the response has been really good. But again, we don’t want to go too far with it because we’d rather just hear the end piece, and we don’t want people to hear the end piece until it’s done and everyone’s happy with it.
On the progress of the new Tool album, expected in 2016
I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.
We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.
If Maynard has heard the music yet, often one of the last steps in finishing new music for the band:
Yeah. We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.
The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.
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Tool has released a cryptic message on their website and Facebook account tonight, for the first time acknowledging a possible new headline tour of the USA this winter, a potential idea of the opening band(s) and perhaps the approaching new Tool album, all expected in 2016.
TOOL TOUR VISIONS
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For those of you who only like NEWS about TOOL, here’s something that should be of great interest. The impenetrable veil of my dark scrying mirror FINALLY CLEARED today – enough so, in fact – that I could perceive a large heptagram on a complexly lit stage where four performers were dwarfed by dramatic video projections. Evidently the sonic and visual extravaganza that I was receiving is a rare glimpse of FUTURE TOOL U.S.A. TOUR DATES in the month of JANUARY, 2016 e.v. However, with some of the images in the depths of the black glass not being clearly distinct… YET, fans will have to keep checking back (SOON) on the Tool websites and Tool facebook page for an official announcement containing a list of the SHOW DATES, CITIES and VENUES, as well as for info about a tour support act(s). Regarding an opening band(s), what I was able to discern through the ever-shifting veil will in all likeliness be exciting to many Tool enthusiasts. STAY TUNED, FOLKS… as my trusty SCRYING MIRROR CONTINUES TO CLEAR…
Members of Tool have been evasive about future plans and tours until now. Recently enigmatic front man Maynard James Keenan gave a rare and wide ranging interview to the Phoenix New Times newspaper in which he offered no release date for a new Tool album.
On the whereabouts of the next Tool album.
“There’s nothing to say. I can’t.”
Tool recently headlined the first Monster Mash Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona on Halloween. To mark the special occasion of the show, the bands’ first performance in 17 months and their only performance of 2015, the band dressed as Led Zeppelin famously did in their 1976 concert film The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song/Atlantic). Opening their rendition of Led Zeppelin’s ‘No Quarter’, Tool played a career spanning set for over two-hours which included a new instrumental song, ‘Descending’. Maynard James Keenan is currently on tor with his other band Puscifer. Puscifer’s new album Money Shot (Puscifer Entertainment) is out now.
In an interview Ozzy Osbourne has contradicted previous statement, now saying there will be in fact no new Black Sabbath album to coincide with “The End” World Tour dates. The band had spent several years touting the work towards one more album following the smash success of 2013’s 13 comeback album.
Ozzy on the change of direction about a new Sabbath album:
“We were gonna do one before the tour, but I’m 67 in December, it would take three or four years to write and record an album, by which time I’ll be f—ing 73 or 72 or something,” Ozzy tells veteran rock journalist Gary Graff in a new interview. “So we decided just to do a farewell tour. If we did an album and it went to No. 2, people would go, ‘It’s over.’ There’s only one more place you can go after No. 1 and that’s No. 2, you know.”
You can here the entire interview between Ozzy and veteran music journalist Gary Graff at this link:
Black Sabbath USA tour dates, summer 2016:
Aug 17: Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 19: Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug 21: Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 23: Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 25: Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Aug 27: Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 29: Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug 31: Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater
Sept 02: Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sept 04: Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept 07: Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sept 09: Albuquerque, NM Isleta Ampitheater
Sept 11: Salt Lake City, UT USANA Ampitheater
Sept 13: Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Arena
Sept 15: Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Sept 17 :Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sept 19: Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
Sept 21: Phoenix, AZ AK-Chin Pavilion
Other Black Sabbath tour dates, 2016:
Jan 20: Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Jan 22: Chicago, IL United Center
Jan 25: Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Jan 27: Winnipeg MN MTS Centre
Jan 30: Edmonton, AB Rexall Centre
Feb 01: Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Feb 03: Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Feb 06: Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Feb 09: San Jose, CA SAP Pavilion
Feb 11: Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Feb 13: Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
Feb 15: Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Feb 17: Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Feb 19: Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Feb 21: Hamilton, ON First Ontario Centre
Feb 23: Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Feb 25: New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Feb 27: New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Apr 15: Perth, AU Perth Arena
Apr 17: Adelaide, AU Entertainment Centre
Apr 19: Melbourne, AU Rod Laver Arena
Apr 23: Sydney, AU Allphones Arena
Apr 25: Brisbane, AU Entertainment Centre
Apr 28: Auckland, NZ Vector Arena
Apr 30: Dunedin, NZ Forsyth Barr Stadium
Jun 01: Budapest,Hungary Groupama Arena
Jun 08: Berlin, Germany Waldebuhne
Jun: 11 Donington, UK Download **
Jun 13 Verona, IT Arena Di Verona
Jun 15: Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadon
Jun 17: Dessel,Belgium Grasspop **
Jun 23: Halden, Norway Tons of Rock **
Jun 25: Copenhagen, DE Copenhell **
Jun 28: Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
Jun 30 Prague, Czech Rep. 02 Arena
Jul 02: Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena
Jul 5: Riga, Latvia Riga Arena
Jul 07: Helsinki, Finland Monsters of Rock **
Jul 09: Stockholm, Sweden Monsters of Rock **
Jul 12: Moscow, Russia Olympisky Arena
**Denotes festival appearance
Tool Front man Maynard James Keenan gave a rare and wide ranging interview to the Phoenix New Times newspaper in which he offered no release date for a new Tool album, dismissed obsessive fans, and praised one of his other bands, Puscifer as more versatile outlet for his talents.
On experimentation and Tool versus Puscifer comparisons
“I experiment with all these places I’ve been… I’m experimenting with grapes in Arizona, I mean, come on. Everything’s an experiment. But I feel Puscifer has more breadth . . . We can do animation, film, music, scores.”
On the role of comedy in his art:
“It’s weird. It shouldn’t be. I mean, this one’s named dick, this one’s named vagina. That’s the start there, okay?”
“Yeah, it’s there. But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.”
“It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”
On playing Monster Mash Music Festival on Halloween, the only Tool show booked for 2015
“No, they (the other members of Tool) had to con me into it.”
On the whereabouts of the next Tool album.
“There’s nothing to say. I can’t.”
Tool headlines the inaugural Monster Mash Music Fest in Tempe Arizona this Saturday. Get tickets here:
Kirk Hammett of Metallica gave an interview to Tim Virgin of WLUP-FM 97.9 (Loop 97.9) radio recently where he updated fans on the status of the bands’ next album, tentatively due in 2016. The interview was a precursor to last weekend’s performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL and can be seen below:
Recently as a guest on Jamey Jasta’s podcast The Jasta Show, Hammett described the coming album:
“Let’s just say that the stuff that’s coming up is super riffy, super heavy… It’s a lot similar to [2008’s] ‘Death Magnetic’ but different in certain parts.”
“There’s a couple of songs that remind me of something on [1988’s] ‘…And Justice For All’, but the album doesn’t sound like ‘…And Justice For All’.”
Death Magnetic (Warner Bros/Vertigo), Metallica’s last studio album was released in 2009.
In an interview online with brothers Joseph and Mario Duplantier, Gojira has revealed that their new album, originally planned for release on Roadrunner Records next fall, will now be pushed back to early in 2016. Citing the scrapping some of the track finished in an earlier recording session from this past winter, as well as not wanting to cancel a heavily planned schedule of concert festivals and other tour dates this summer. The band has recently completed building a new studio in New York City, dubbed Silver Cord for their own use and other projects. Work on the follow-up to 2013’s L’Enfant Sauvage (Roadrunner) will be completed at Silver Cord and at the bands’ home base studios in Bayonne, FR.
Regarding the progress of new Gojira music:
Mario Duplantier: “The drums are done. Part of the guitars… almost all the guitars are done also. So we need the bass and the vocals at this point. Because… We were supposed to record around February, something like this. But we made a statement of the songs in February, and we thought the songs were not enough good, you know?! So we decided to… ‘Let’s put this song in the trash. Let’s just…’ We were super picky, like [we] never [were] in the past. We worked on each song super long. Usually we have ten songs, and we record ten songs and that’s it. This time we were so picky that we decided around February to just… ‘Let’s push the limit. Let’s do another song — maybe a better song.’ And Joe brought some crazy ideas, and I brought some cool ideas too, and together we built four new songs we thought were better than the [ones were had already written]. So we pushed the recording process and finally we started in April. So it’s why we couldn’t finish everything — because we had this tour also. It’s a summer tour planned — three months on the road. So we had two options: we can cancel the summer tour, but we didn’t wanna do that. So, finally, we did the drums and the guitar.”
Commenting on exactly what caused the delay of the new album:
Joseph Duplantier: “We’re thinking early next year. We were aiming for October this year, but, like Mario said, we had to push the recording. I think the difficulty was… Mario brought a lot of ideas on the table… very challenging drum patterns. It’s less complicated than before. It’s more… I wanna say it’s more straight to the point. That’s what we were doing since we started. We’re getting rid of layers and complicated things, just to keep the core of the idea. There’s always an idea behind a song, and sometimes it gets too crowded. So we’re trying to keep the core of each idea. So the energy that Mario has, it’s a big signature for our band, Gojira — the drum patterns and the double-kick stuff. And I have my own impulse. So it’s mainly Mario and me composing… I think the fans know that. And one of the biggest difficulties is to come together on these songs and to create something that, okay, we both feel like, ‘This is it. This is the song.’ It took a while to get there. Sometimes, on previous albums, Mario wouldn’t be totally satisfied — like three [or] four songs — and for me, I [would be] like, ‘Eh, this song is just like a drum solo with guitars on it.’ And this time, I think we really found something — a balance. [It’s] very powerful and exciting. We’re very excited about the new record.”
Gojira tour dates:
Jun 16 : Circus- Helsinki, FI
Jun 18 : Tyrol- Stockholm, SE
Jun 19 : Tons of Rock – Halden, NO
Jun 20 : Copenhell- Copenhagen, DK
Jul 04: Les Feux de l’Été- Saint Prouant, FR
Jul 06: Rockhal – Esch Sur Alzette, LU
Jul 08: Z7 Konzertfabrik – Pratteln, CH
Jul 10: Musilac Festival- Aix Les Bains, FR
Jul 11: Kristonfest- Bilbao, ES
Jul 12: Arena – Madrid, ES
Jul 13: MEO Arena Sala Tejo- Lisbon, PT
Jul 15: Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona, ES
Jul 17: Dour Festival- Dour, BE
Jul 28: Festival Emmaus- Lescar, FR
Aug 08: Heavy Montreal 2015- Montreal, CAN
Aug 24: Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL
Aug 25: Patronaat- Haarlem, NL
Aug 27: The Limelight- Belfast, UK
Aug 28: The Academy- Dublin, ER
Aug 29: Reading Festival- Reading, UK
Aug 30: Leeds Festival- Leeds, UK
Sep 19: Rock in Rio- Rio De Janeiro, BR
Sep 27: Santiago Gets Louder- Santiago, CL