overview a quick summary
live DVD :
from last 6 2002 shows
: forgotten?
"vicarious" on radio :
"10,000 Days" release : may 2nd :
maynard's winery : www.caduceus.org

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[04/27/06] - Bugs | Records | Off-topic

Sorry to all of you who are trying to register for the Opinion forums and are getting a message saying you are "banned." Free email accounts have been blocked for some time for various reasons, and we are working on a solution to the problem. Please bear with us. It should be very soon.

The Tour and Articles pages are having bug trouble since the recent server crash. We're working on that one too. §

Last Monday (the 17th), the day "Vicarious" hit the radio, this site had a record number of people stop by: 62,602 visitors, breaking the previous record from "Lateralus" release day of 51,000-some. Thanks to all of you for your continued support! §

And two quick non-Tool personal notes. Due to various clerical errors, I wound up with zero tickets to Coachella on Sunday instead of the two I had been counting on. If anyone has an extra one, I'd be thrilled if you shot me an email. I'm sorry to make such a lame post here - I'll make it up to you all somehow.

I've been in New York for a few weeks, producing/directing a segment for "The Daily Show", and it airs Monday, if you want to see it. §

[Posted by Kabir]


[04/18/06] - Drip, drip.... | A review

Well well. Seems it is time to re-post something I posted here some four years ago. "Yes, the almost-inevitable has happened. Don't email me asking what I'm talking about. No, I'm serious, don't email me about it. Don't ask where you can get it, or anything else about this. Just make sure you buy "10,000 Days" when it comes out in two weeks. Make sure you support the band that has given you so much good music. If you don't, you may not get any more in the future. As one fan said, 'the band worked too hard on this for it to be blown by people who do nothing but accumulate MP3s.'"

Anyone who posts any links to any downloadable illegal unreleased material here will obviously be banned, at the least. I understand how you all feel about it. Try to understand my end of it. Thanks. §

Also, seems I forgot to post this. I had an opportunity to hear the record last week. If you care, you can read what I thought. §

[Posted by Kabir]


[04/17/06] - Many more US shows! | Maynard gets older

A whole list of shows appeared on the official site this morning, then disappeared. Readers are sending in news of local announcements of these shows; we're getting that list posted to our Tour section now.

Ticketmaster has confirmed Tool to play the Orpheum Theater in Boston on May 21 (WAAF apparently announced it as May 22 this morning). Tickets go on sale on April 22 at 10am EDT and will set you back $55 before fees and such. That same Ticketmaster page now lists shows for Tempe, AZ (May 6, $66.66); Minneapolis (May 12); Chicago (May 13); and Upper Darby, PA (May 17). §

Maynard turns 42 today. Maybe now he'll find the answer to life, the universe, and everything. §

[Posted by Chris]


[04/16/06] - Something has to change ...

 toolband.com has posted a new splash page, featuring the artwork from 10,000 Days and the 30-second tease that was sent to radio stations Friday morning. §

[Posted by Chris]


[04/15/06] - Detroit in May? | Oakland, too! | Vicarious on the Radio

ÂOne of our forum readers reports that WRIF has announced Tool to play the State Theater in Detroit sometime in May. This is one of the venues that Tool played during the 2001 Pre-Seminal Tour. §

"Live 105" in San Francisco is reporting that Tool will play the Paramount Theater in Oakland on May 4th. §

I also got an email this morning from a DJ in Oklahoma City stating that a few stations around the nation played the "Vicarious" leak on-air last night. They seem to also have gotten cease & desist letters for their trouble. §

[Posted by Chris]


[04/14/06] - Vicarious Leaked | Minneapolis Confirmed

We've gotten several emails that radio stations across the US are playing a 30-second teaser clip from "Vicarious". From what we understand, none of them will have the full track until Monday.

UPDATE: Well, "Vicarious" has leaked. Seems the record label was prepping to release the song Monday, sent online to radio stations. And it seems they left the FTP site unprotected for a few minutes. So now, naturally, it is all over the place. Do not ask us for it, because technically it is not supposed to be available yet, and technically it is stolen. We're just providing the info to keep you updated. §

[Posted by Kabir]

OK, so we had the right venue ... but the wrong city? Tool will be playing the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis (not Boston) on May 12, according to TicketMaster. Tickets go on sale April 22 and will cost $63 a piece. Ouch.

UPDATE: No surprise, but Ticketmaster has now removed that page. §

[Posted by Chris]


[04/13/06] - Rock On, Seattle! | Anyone Else? | Where's the Leak? | Coachella Webcast

Seattle radio station 107.7 "The End" sent this message to its "End Mail" subscribers today:

"Monday (4/17) at 10am, tune in to The End for World Premier New End Music from Tool, 'Vicarious', [...] Plus, we'll have the details on an upcoming Tool show in Seattle."
Additionally, a DJ from 91.3 in Vancouver seems to think that it will be held in early May (between the 2nd and the 6th) at the Paramount Theater in Seattle and admission will only be available through radio contests.

UPDATE: According to 106.9 (out of Hartford, CT), Tool is due to play the Orpheum Theater (in Boston, I assume) on May 22. §

And just in case that wasn't interesting enough, we're expecting a tour announcement next week (possibly as early as Monday) from the band. We have no idea if this is a pre-Europe or post-Europe announcement, but more reports have been trickling in (from radio stations) that suggest pre-Euro shows in Boston and Denver. §

With "Vicarious" just days from airing on the radio, some folks would have expected it to leak by now. Why hasn't it? It turns out that most radio stations will be downloading a digital file from a secure webserver (no, we're not telling you which one) and may receive a physical CD at a later date. Other info indicates that, instead of mailing out promo copies of the album, Tool is flying journalists to LA to review it under their supervision. §

Lots of you seem to be getting excited over the fact that Coachella is webcasting parts of the festival again this year, but you may want to curb your enthusiasm. Tool have a long history of explicitly disallowing any part of their performance to be included in any webcast. §

[Posted by Chris]


[04/09/06] - April Fools Wrap | New York, New Work

As promised, here is the full story about our 2006 April Fools' Day fun. Grab a beverage and start reading. §

And for you east-coasters who might care about this sort of thing, I'll be in New York for the end half of April, directing a segment for The Daily Show. (I'm only making this post because a lot of you think I still edit for VH1, and I haven't done that since the 1990s...) §

[Posted by Kabir]


[04/02/06] - April Fools!

Well, well, well. April Fools' Day has come and gone again. There were in fact no listening parties for the new record in cities across the world. Some fell for it, some scoffed, but it seems overall a good time was had by all trying to figure out just what the heck was going on. A full wrap-up will be posted here shortly. Happy April! §

[Posted by Kabir]


[03/27/06] - Living Vicariously | Hammersmith Ticket Info

Billboard.com has this to say:

Billboard.com has learned that first single/album opener "Vicarious," which stretches past the seven-minute mark, is due to arrive April 17 at U.S. rock radio outlets.
Thanks to Nebel for pointing this out. §

Ricky writes in from London to tell us that Hammersmith tickets went on sale for both shows this weekend and that all standing tickets are sold out. Seating tickets can't be far from doing the same. §

[Posted by Chris]


[03/21/06] - There is no EP | Amazon.com Update

When I said to grab your salt shaker, I wasn't kidding. Someone has spun up a rumor that the filename for the artwork posted at toolband.com (xmdays_mini_art.jpg) is somehow indicative of an EP ("mini album"). This is an unfounded rumor at best. §

Amazon updated their listing for "Tool - TBD" to include what is presumably the final cover art for the album. §

[Posted by Chris]


[03/20/06] - Domo Arigato | New Artwork

According to the official Summer Sonic Festival website, Tool will be in Japan in mid-August. §

Grab your salt shaker, folks. The official site (toolband.com) has posted a new logo and some artwork.

[Posted by Chris] §


[03/16/06] - Promo Photos | A Review! | Guitar World

Several readers have pointed us to a stack of new promo photos. Head over to the Images section to see them for yourself. (Thanks Ryan for helping me get my hands on these.) §

Australian radio network JJJ aired a short review (approximately three minutes) of 10,000 Days. Have a listen here. §

Adam Jones will grace next month's issue of Guitar World, due to hit news stands on April 11. §

[Posted by Chris]


[03/14/06] - (Re)New Dates | No Artwork Yet

toolband.com has relisted some previously-dropped tour dates (June 11, 13, and 14). Ticket info is slowly trickling in, but you're bound to find more details in the forum. §

There's a whole slew of fake artwork flying around the 'net, but nothing official has been released yet. Thanks to Ryan for keeping up with all the fakes. §

[Posted by Chris]


[03/10/06] - Track List!!

The track listing for "10,000 Days" has just been released via the official site!

Wings For Marie (Pt 1)
10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)
The Pot
Lipan Conjuring
Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)
Rosetta Stoned
Right In Two
Viginti Tres

A few more mathematically-oriented titles, and certainly a lot to discuss. (Including the ongoing question about whether we are being toyed with ... though at the moment that is unclear). Maybe you want to head over to the "10,000 Days / New Album" forum in the Opinion section and weigh in! Thanks to Joel Haugen for giving us the heads-up...

[Posted by Kabir] §


[03/06/06] - Album Name Confirmed

Well so much for all the conspiracy theories. A reliable source confirms that the title is "10,000 Days." There it is! (Those of you complaining that it "doesn't sound like a Tool title" might want to refer back to other mathematically-themed names such as "Forty-Six & 2", "4 Degrees", "Parabola", etc.) It is sounding more and more like the album will be out at the start of May.

[Posted by Kabir] §


[03/03/06] - Album Name Released!!! | Single Release Date

Earlier today, toolband.com posted that the new album's art is finished and being released to the printers today. They also announced the name of the new album: "10,000 Days". [Posted by Chris] §

Several readers have also noted that Jake Daniels, a radio DJ for KATT in Oklahoma City, has announced April 17 as the day the first single will be released to radio.
[Posted by Chris] §


[03/02/06] - Tool in Oz?

We're hearing very early rumors of Tool booking dates in August for Australia. Check the tour page for details. [Posted by Chris] §


[02/28/06] - Less Tour? | More Festival!

Not sure what's going on, but toolband.com has been updated to drop four of the previously confirmed tour dates (June 11, 13, 14, and 27). §

In other news, it looks like Tool will be playing the Download Festival, according to their website.
[Posted by Chris] §


[02/27/06] - More Euro Festivals

I just posted a whole slew of CONFIRMED tour dates to the tour section, thanks to the kind folks @ toolband.com. Two shows on our list are still unconfirmed and are looking to be less and less likely.

If you can help confirm or disprove these dates, please contact us.
[Posted by Chris] §


[02/26/06] - Release Dates in Oz, Japan | Download Festival

I've gotten reports from several people that JJJ in Australia is announcing April 29 as the release date for the new album. If I know my CD release trivia, Australia now releases CDs on Saturday, so this makes sense. Blabbermouth also posted a news update claiming a May 10 release in Japan. §

In tour news, eFestivals UK seems to think that Tool will be playing this year's Download Festival, scheduled for June 9-11 at Donington Park in England.

[Posted by Chris] §


[02/20/06] - First review of the new album!

A bunch of people have emailed this one in this morning: Andy King at totalrock.com has posted his review of the new album (it appears to be the first published review of the as-yet-untitled record). You can read it in the Opinion section in the New Album forum (it will be posted to Articles eventually). He mentions 11 tracks, though some melt together a la "Disposition / Reflection / Triad", and one or two are "segues" in the vein of "Mantra" or "Faaip de Oiad." He also mentions that it rocks to the point that hearing it makes him almost cry and pleasure himself. At least he's honest.

[Posted by Kabir] §


[02/14/06] - Release date?

A few sources are now floating May 2nd as the release date for the forthcoming Tool album. No confirmation of this yet, or of the album title yet. §

Oh and Happy Valentine's Day! [Posted by Kabir] §


[02/13/06] - More Euro Festivals

Tool will play the Nova Rock festival in Austria this year, which takes place on June 15. They will also play Rock Werchter, scheduled for June 29 - July 2 in Belgium. [Posted by Chris] §


[02/08/06] - New album

Rumors continue to fly around about album release dates, and now rumors are out about the title of the new album. A Seattle radio station this morning announced the title would be "Elephtheria", to which Maynard's response was "nice try." Even more amusing were the song titles they announced (these bogus names are here only so you can laugh and ask yourself if these sound more like Tool titles or Limp Bizkit titles) -- "Greed Lies", "Psychiatrical", "Karma", and "Feminist Souls." Yikes.

The new album title will be publicly announced first on the Tool Army site, and will probably spread like wildfire from there... [Posted by Kabir] §


[02/07/06] - We have Quart-er after all

A few readers have written in to tell us that Tool has been confirmed for the Quart Festival, scheduled for July 4-8. [Posted by Chris] §


[02/06/06] - Reading Festival

According to blabbermouth.net, Tool will be playing this year's Reading Festival in England, August 25-27.§

Italian concert promoter Live in Italy has posted some Italian Tool dates. Check the tour section for details. [Posted by Chris] §


[02/02/06] - Pinkpop Confirmed

Tool has been confirmed for the Pinkpop Festival, June 3-5. [Posted by Chris] §


[02/01/06] - An Old Friend | A New Festival | Mastered!

Happy February! The Tour section of this site, long dormant (three years without any significant update) is now back to its old duty of keeping track of all upcoming Tool shows. [Posted by Kabir] §

Tool has been confirmed for the Rock am Ring / Rock im Park festival, scheduled for June 2-4, 2006. Is anyone else getting the feeling that this might be a Tool / Depeche Mode world tour? [Posted by Chris] §

Maynard writes to say that the mastering of the new album is nearly done. We can probably expect it to be released before long, to go along with their upcoming live shows in Europe this spring/summer and tour in the USA afterwards. [Posted by Kabir] §


[01/31/06] - Tool @ Coachella Festival | Greenfield, too?

Although nothing has been posted to the official Coachella website, several websites (1, 2, 3) are reporting that Tool will join Depeche Mode, Sigur Ros, and others in headlining this year's festival, which is scheduled for April 29-30, 2006. Tool headlined the same festival in 1999. §

Also, it looks like Tool will be playing the Greenfield Festival. I'm not multi-lingual by any means, but a handful of online translation tools (heh) all agree that Tool will be playing the June 16-18 festival. [Posted by Chris] §


[01/25/06] - Tool @ Roskilde Festival

According to the official Roskilde website, Tool has been confirmed to play the festival this year. The festival will take place June 29 - July 2.

Between this announcment and Blair's latest announcement on toolband.com about a stretch of Euro promotional interviews and such, there seems to be something brewing across the pond. Summer tour, maybe? §

The news post below about the "Quart" festival is still unconfirmed. [Posted by Chris] §


[01/12/06] - UK DVD | Prime numbers

Steve Just writes from London that the "Schism" and "Parabola" DVDs will be released in the UK on February 6th. Only a few more weeks... §

Also, some of you missed your chance yesterday to wish Kabir a happy birthday! [Posted by Kabir] §


[01/06/06] - Summer Tour?

"Ruby", a forum member from Norway, writes, "The national channel TV2 here in Norway reported today that Tool will play the Quart festival this summer." That festival is currently scheduled for July 4-8. Other Norwegian fans have emailed this same info in, but the website of the festival does not show Tool playing. Consider it unconfirmed for now. [Posted by Chris / Kabir] §


[12/21/05] - DVD Scans Online | An Engineer is Found

I just finished scanning and uploading the packaging and liner notes from yesterdays DVD releases. Check them out here (at the bottom). §

Also, it looks like Joe Barresi (who has worked with Kyuss and Weezer, among others) will get engineering credits on the new Tool album. §

[Posted by Chris]


[12/20/05] - DVDs Released Today

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you know that today is the long-awaited release for the Schism and Parabola DVDs. Run to your nearest store (as long as it's not Wal-Mart) and score your copy!

The big news about this release is the sticker on the wrapper promising a new Tool album in "Spring 2006". Anyone around five years ago probably remembers a similar sticker on Salival, which predated Lateralus by a mere five months. Keep your fingers crossed. :)

We'll have hi-res scans and/or photos online late tonight, for those of you who can't quite get your hands on a copy. [Posted by Chris] §


[12/18/05] - It's alive!

Thanks to Igor Dan, the opinion section is alive and kicking again. [Posted by Chris] §


[12/15/05] - UPDATES: [ DVD | New Album | Underworld ]

Word on the street is that toolarmy members could order the DVD sometime last week and that they're starting to land in mailboxes. If the forums were up, I'm sure we could quickly confirm this, but I'm only hearing whispers here and there. The Collective tends to be good at keeping secrets.

Blair posted some previews of the menu backgrounds on toolband.com. If that sort of thing excites you, go check it out.§

I also got an email from a reader saying that ThePRP.com posted something about the new Tool album being in mix-down.§

The Underworld: Evolution soundtrack listing has been announced. It opens with "The Undertaker (Renholder Mix)" by Puscifer, which seems to be Maynard's musical alter-ego. He updated his website, also. [Posted by Chris] §


[12/09/05] - Release dates | Forum limbo

Early word is that Tool's next album may well be out by April. But we all know how much release dates love to change... §

The Opinion forums at toolnavy.com are, as many of you have likely noticed, very very down. Some folks hacked their way into the control panel, and caused a good deal of mischief, including the deletion of a few thousand posts. Dan is fairly swamped at the moment, and hopes to have them back online sometime soon... if he is able to undo all the damage. Of course if he can't, then the terrorists win, or something. [Posted by Kabir] §


[12/08/05] - Undertow Underworld: Evolution Soundtrack?

indiie pointed me to an article @ blabbermouth.net:

Launch Radio Networks reports: SLIPKNOT, TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan, LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington and up-and-coming band FLYLEAF all contribute tracks to the soundtrack of "Underworld: Evolution", the sequel to the 2003 vampire action hit "Underworld" ... The soundtrack arrives in stores on January 10.
Since it mentions only Maynard, I assume it's another Puscifer track, but you never know. Stay tuned. [Posted by Chris] §


[12/03/05] - Not being sober...

Our old friend Maynard (remember him?) writes to let us know of his newest project. In his words, "www.caduceus.org". [Posted by Kabir] §


[11/30/05] - All this pain is a remix.

Blair posted another update over @ toolband.com today:

Besides containing commentaries of the videos (with observations that only the truly [TOOL] initiated are capable of making), the set also includes audio remixes of the singles produced by the legendary Brian "LUSTMORD." And... let's not forget that 'Toolish' MENU.
So there you have it: December 20 release confirmed. Lustmord himself (who collaborated with The Melvins and Adam Jones fairly recently) contributing a few remixes. [Posted by Chris] §


[11/29/05] - Recognize this as a Christmas gift.

Blair posted something over at toolband.com about an upcoming Schism DVD (which is not the much-anticipated live DVD), but that's not all. There'a apparently a Parabola DVD to go with it. Release date looks to be December 20th.

Amazon has posted cover art and pre-order pages. Looks like they cost less than $10 USD a piece.

schism parabola

Now I know most of you are saying, "Welcome to last week!", but cut us some slack. Kabir and I managed to lock ourselves out of the t.d.n FTP and SSH accounts. We got it worked out, though, and we're back. :)

While we were sitting and waiting for our passwords to be reset, tooldiscography.com (helmed by long-time t.d.n friend and contributor, Shane Brouse) was on top of things and posted the DVD info a few days ago. If you haven't seen that site, or if you have questions about anything Tool has released, get over there and check it out.

More of the highly-coveted Lateralus vinyls (all unsigned) were apparently released to the toolband.com store, but they've since come and gone. A small number of the autographed vinyls went on sale during the recent toolarmy.com chat, but they, too, have come and gone.

There was apparently a rumor floating around that Tool was playing Big Day Out 2006. According to what I've been told, that's not happening. Sorry to disappoint, folks.

If you haven't visited t.d.n/opinion lately, you need to. Dan's been doing a hell of a job keeping that place in tip-top shape.

We missed Justin's birthday, due to the downtime, but toolband just posted a few pictures from the celebration. Happy belated Birthday, Justin! [Posted by Chris] §


[09/21/05] - Is this what you wanted?

According to an article over at ultimate-guitar.com, Maynard will be making an appearance on the soundtrack for Saw II:

The SAW II Soundtrack is [...] distinguished by several exclusive tracks, including [...] Lohner's REV 4:20 Mix of "REV 22:20" by Puscifer (the duo of Maynard James Keenan - of Tool and A Perfect Circle - and Lohner himself) [...].
The soundtrack is slated for an October 25th release date, according to IGN. [Posted by Chris] §


[09/16/05] - You lie?

Here's a tasty morsel: the guys over at the official Suns of the Tundra site (the band formerly known as Peach, Justin's old band) mentioned something about a live Tool release:

"much excitement with the new Tool live album just round the corner, while the boys are finally laying some tracks for the sequel to 'Lateralus' now ..."
The plot thickens. [Posted by Chris] §


[09/14/05] - Recording continues | Aussie tour dates?

So Tool continues recording. Based on patterns from past records, you can figure that we probably won't see another Tool release until 2006. Adam continues posting pictures from the recording studio to his MySpace page. (And as long as you're over there, check out t.d.n's own profile!) §

A few different anonymous tipsters report that Tool has been confirmed to play next year's Big Day Out festival in Australia, a festival which hits several major cities Down Under. More on this to follow. §

And by the way, have you stopped by the Opinion forums recently? §


[08/17/05] - Ten years!! | Recording photos | Lateralus vinyl update | Touring?

Happy birthday to The Tool Page, t.d.n - today marks an astounding TEN YEARS since the site began reporting Tool news! Take a moment and ask yourself where you were ten years ago. This site was right here way back then, and since then has been through multiple server moves, the addition of many sections, three major Tool releases, several tours, nine April Fools' Day pranks (two of which hit MTV News), and one platinum album award from the band. Thanks to all of you for keeping this place going, and thanks especially to Dan Green and Chris Brightwell for keeping it vibrant in recent years as I've been getting too old to deal with it all. And yes, thanks to Maynard, for always being there through the hard times. (Or something.) With all of your continued support, t.d.n will remain a good-times place for Tool people and cool people in the future. §

OK, so things may be really slow in the world of Tool, but sure enough, recording of the new album is slowly progressing. Adam has posted some pics from the recording process to his MySpace page. Thanks to Italo in Chile for being first to point this out. §

Next week will see the release of the vinyl edition of "Lateralus." If you're really curious, you can see a copy of the sales sheet (PDF, 544 k). Some people have already gotten theirs, and have noticed something strange. Michael Bolkin writes that he just received his copy of the "Lateralus" vinyl (through toolarmy.com), and found that "the track order has been changed. The last song on Disc 1 Side 2 is Disposition (as song #8), which now follows Parabola. Disc 2 then starts with Ticks and Leeches as song #9, Lateralus as song #10, then followed by Reflection and Triad." As far as we can tell so far, the re-arrangement seems likely due to technical limitations; no definitive word is yet available on this. Think of it as listening to the CD on shuffle. §

And last, Mario in Croatia writes that "Tool's booking agents have contacted all the biggest european promotors / festivals, and a tour is being booked for summer 2006." If this is the case, coupled with ongoing recording sessions, it means we should expect a Tool record before then. (Amusingly, the first news post ever to The Tool Page intoned presciently "maybe in the spring.") §


[07/11/05] - Lateralus vinyl

Word on the street is that the vinyl edition of "Lateralus" will be hitting stores August 23rd, only fifty-one months after the album first came out. The record will apparently be a double vinyl four-picture disc (which sounds like four pictures total on two sides of two records), plus a gatefold package with some type of holographic foil. Finally, some Toolish news. §


[04/06/05] - Fooled! | Forums

Mwaha. Chalk up another success for our annual April Fools' Day gag. Maynard found Jesus. Sure he did. This year's prank actually got a mention over at mtv.com, making it the first April Fools' joke to get written up there since the ol' Bus Crash of 1997. (They have since updated the original article to reflect the fact that they fell for it. Excellent.) Fan responses ranged from disbelief to despondent, which I suppose is good for this sort of thing. If you're curious, some of them are posted here. §

The Opinion forums are back up, in case you were wondering.§


[04/01/05] - Completely unexpected

I have no idea how to introduce this, so I'll just post it. This is an email Maynard (the real one) sent in moments ago:

"hi, kabir. i thought it only fair to inform you first, before you hear it second or third hand. some recent events have led me to the rediscovery of jesus. tool will need to take the back seat. this may come as a shock. i just thought you should know considering all the support you given us over the years.

all my faith. maynard."

This is an actual email from actual MJK. I was going to type up a post about how the RIAA had sent us a letter shutting down The Tool Page (as this year's annual April Fools' Day joke), but now I just don't think it seems appropriate. More on this as it develops. §

Also, the Opinion forums are down temporarily. They will return as soon as possible. §


[03/02/05] - Maynard in the Box

Happy March! Audio from the recent Alice-in-Chains-featuring-Maynard show has sprung up online in the last few days. The bootleg-quality files are available as a torrent download to members of easytree.org (though it seems they are not taking new users just at the moment). You may find it online on various other torrent trackers, though, as well as on various file-sharing services like Limewire (not that you would ever use such a program to download anything illegally, because that's wrong and you know it). I'm not sure we can post MP3's of the whole show all at once, (you might recall that the last time we put up a set of MP3's, we took up 99% of the ISP's bandwidth) but just as a test, you can find MP3's of two songs Maynard sang with the surviving members of Alice in Chains in this site's Audio section. Maybe you'll share them with others, so we can spread bandwidth around and leave them up longer. Thanks to Josh in Nashville for pointing us in the right direction. §


[02/20/05] - Maynard in Chains | Maynard in movies

This past Friday night, at a benefit concert for tsunami victims in Seattle, the three surviving members of Alice in Chains played two sets with a rotating set of vocalists, including our very own Maynard! Maynard sang with the band during "Them Bones", "Man in the Box", and was part of a vocal ensemble (also featuring Wes Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd and Nancy Wilson from Heart) during "Rooster." Thanks to Tony for the news that most of us missed a fantastic show. Anyone who happens to have audio from this show is encouraged to get in touch with us, so we can share it with the masses. §

Also, Maynard writes in to let us all know that he recently played the role of Deputy Lance in the independent movie "Sleeping Dogs Lie." Check out the amusing pic of him at sdlmovie.com. §

And really, there's hardly any news these days. §


[08/16/04] - Is this thing on?

Roughly half a year since any kind of real update has been posted here, and I'm sure you all know why. Nothing is happening in the land of Tool. So much so that when I ran into Maynard at the movies recently, Tool wasn't the first, second, or third thing we discussed. So enjoy the little break. The band is still working on new material, supposedly daily, targeting a release of the next album sometime in the next half-year (though as has been the case in the past, we should probably wait to see it before we believe it). The bottom line is that at the moment, this site is only as dead as Tool is. Nine years ago tomorrow, this website started up; these days, it seems hard to remember a time when there was a constant influx of Toolishness.

And clearly, the post dated April 1st is an April Fools' Day joke. §


[04/01/04] - Reality check

According to sources, we can now announce here that Tool will be starring in a new reality series for Fox this summer. Though much information is not yet available, the show (tentatively titled "How Hard is your Rock?", though this is expected to change) is scheduled to run for eight episodes starting in June. What I've heard from people I work with at Fox is that the band will be overseeing a competition between other bands who are struggling to reach prominence. Fox is giving these bands a chance to make it on a national stage, with a twist (as only they could deliver): the bands will apparently be hanging out with the members of Tool in an attempt to win their approval and their vote to be the 'next big thing,' but unbeknownst to the bands, Tool will be mocking them the whole way.

I personally was shocked that the band would be interested in doing this, but I guess they are hoping to improve the quality of programming out there from within ... maybe? Weird though this news is, we should get more information from a "How Hard is your Rock?" press briefing expected to be held later today, which coincidentally is April Fools' Day. §


[02/05/04] - Write, now | Opinions back

Work is underway on Tool's next album, despite the fact that A Perfect Circle will be touring for the next little while. The writing process for this album will be similar to the process for "Lateralus": the band works on music, sends demos to Maynard, he works on vocals, and so on. The singer discusses this in the newest issue of Kerrang magazine, saying "we're working on a new Tool record now. I'm multi-tasking. I can't walk and chew gum but I can change hats." It was four and a half years between "Ænima" and "Lateralus", it has so far been (only) almost three since the spirally record was released. So really, they are almost ahead of schedule. §

The Opinion forums are back online following some post-upgrade weirdness. They should look more normal fairly soon. §


[02/01/04] - Nothing, still | Opinions will be right back

Happy four-months-later! Yes, you may be wondering why there's been no update for a while. Things here are slow for a lot of reasons, the big ones are 1) nothing is happening in the land of Tool these days; 2) I managed to turn 29 and am editing and directing larger and better projects and have less time to donate to the 'shed than when I was skipping class in college; and 3) nothing is happening in the land of Tool these days. We do know that A Perfect Circle is still going to be touring for a while, plus in an interview with Modern Drummer Magazine, Danny Carey states that he will be on tour with his band (Pygmy Love Circus) untill the end of 2004, so likely no Toolishness for a good while (thanks to Dave for sending this in). §

The Opinion forums are temporarily down, they will be back ASAP. They may even be back now... §


[10/06/03] - Summer vacation? | Double Plat-eralus

Happy October! It's been a year of no Tool developments, and it will probably stay that way for a while. In November's issue of Guitar World, Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle offers up this info: "Maynard will be going back to work with Tool next summer, but we have him until then. He could change his mind at anytime, though. We really don't know." Thanks to All_One_Mind for the heads-up. §

"Lateralus" was officially certified by the RIAA as reaching double platinum status, having sold two million copies in the US! (The certification actually came a few weeks ago.) That's a whole lot of copies. If you won a million dollars, you couldn't buy that many copies. You could burn them, but we all know you would never do that. Thanks to Philth for the info. §


[09/24/03] - Prying open my third Doom

IGN.com reported last night that they were informed by an anonymous source that Tool would be doing an original song for the forthcoming game Doom 3. Trent Reznor has also been on tap for this project earlier, but his current status is unknown. When recording / writing of this new song would happen is a mystery, given the current schedule of A Perfect Circle. §


[08/17/03] - Silent Anniversary

Eight years ago today, this site turned into a fully-operational webopedia for a band that was about to become even bigger than they were. It's true that these days not much is going on around here, but then again, not much is going on with the band either. While there is a fair amount of APC and Pigmy Love Circus activity these days, that type of news is not typically posted here. Outside of APC, though, Maynard does appear on the Underworld soundtrack, on a Danny Lohner remix of a David Bowie song, as well as with Danny in an outfit known as Puscifer. As for Toolish news, we're still waiting for the "live DVD", which may be out by the end of the year... §


[06/25/03] - Condolences | Apologies | Updates

From all of us, condolences to Maynard and his family, on the recent passing of his mother Judith. You can send flowers for the June 28th service to Judith Marie Keenan/Garrison, Toland-Herzig Funeral Home, 803 North Wooster Ave, Dover, OH 44622. §

Nearly three months pass and finally a brief update. The day I posted the last update was the start of seven weeks of hellacious work for Fox, which segued immediately into a trip to Panama for another show, which led straight into another insane-schedule job; all of this left me no time to go grocery shopping, let alone check email or this site. Sorry everyone. §

Most of you already do know, but "Ænima" was certified triple-platinum (sales of three million records) recently. There continues to be no update on the live DVD release. And if you are wondering about the April Fools' joke ... maybe the joke was that there was no April Fools' joke? Or was there? Chew on that one ... §


[04/02/03] - Happy April!

Another year, another bit of April Fooling here at The Tool Page. Fear not, as far as we can tell, nobody from any band who happens to sing in another band has made any duplicate commitments precluding any appearances on any so-called "unannounced" tour. A full wrap-up of this year's fun will follow shortly. §


[03/26/03] - A Perfect Palooza

Once again, those of us on the West Coast get a lucky break in the land of live shows. Queens of the Stone Age will miss a few Lollapalooza dates due to other commitments, and it seems A Perfect Circle will take their place on the main stage. So if you are into that, and you live in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, or Seattle, then you're in luck. Otherwise, you are out of luck. No luck for you. §


[03/25/03] - Is this thing on?

So you were wondering what is going on in Tool land, or even in toolshed-land. Honestly, not that much is going on in either. To be sure, we just set a new record of two months without a news post. But very little is happening with Tool of late. The few bits of info aren't especially Tool-news-worthy. Danny played a show with Pygmy Love Circus in Los Angeles (actually minutes from my house). Concerning A Perfect Circle, you likely know that Twiggy from Marilyn Manson and Danny Lohner from Nine Inch Nails have replaced Paz (who is working with Zwan) and Troy (who is working with Queens of the Stone Age). Depending on how you view it, neither of these items is necessarily "Tool news."

There is no real new info about the live DVD, the elusive "Schism" DVD-single, or much else for that matter. Even the correspondence I've had from the band has concerned the war more than the band.

The Opinion section is rapidly heading for its 50,000th post, and Dan has recoded the inner workings of the Articles section from perl to PHP, which means newly posted articles will be up faster than in the past (though with no Tool activity, there's not much writing about them either). Times like this, I think it wise to thank all of you for still coming by, and to remind you all of this post from four years ago. See y'all in the Opinion section.§


[01/24/03] - King Toolmus | "Everyone has one" | Mystery release | Keep going

Well, well, well. So you are wondering what the hell is going on around here? Read on...

First off, word surfaced yesterday that Danny has headed up to the Bay Area to begin a new recording project with Adrian Belew (uber-guitarist from King Crimson) and Les Claypool (uber-bassist from Primus). You don't need me to tell you how exciting this all is. §

The Opinion section recently had its 15,000th post, after being open for just two months. Seems it's true what they say about opinions being like that part of your body. And, thanks to the generous (and the skimpy) contributions from t.d.n readers, we were able to purchase the forum software, and actually do something on the up-and-up for a change. Names of the $upporters will be etched in stone here soon. §

Towerrecords.com has listed a CD titled "Aenima/Opiate" due to be released next week, on the 28th. Nobody seems to know what this is; it may just be a record company marketing trick, packaging the two together in the same shrinkwrap at a (slight) discount so that you will get into older Tool even more quickly. It may just be a typo. No doubt we will know for sure in the next few days. §

Finally, my word - more than a month since the last news post?! Many of you likely noticed the downtime at the start of the year. The first few days of 2003, both name servers for down.net somehow died, and it took a few days to get things working again. Special thanks to the folks at webair for their help with that. Some of the non-updatedness has to do with there being no real Tool news to speak of (what with Danny's other project, Maynard's many other projects). Plus, there is the undeniable fact that I've gotten way too busy to deal with this site myself.

So, many months overdue, some other folks will be helping out with the daily administration of the site. We're just figuring out how to proceed, but the goal is to keep this place more updated - faster email response, a cleaner Links section, loads of new Images, etc. So say hi to Dan Green, Chris Brightwell, and the ever-anonymous Kelly. With any luck, their help around here will become apparent shortly. Thank you for staying tuned. §


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