Chissà, forse un giorno i Tool ci daranno il nuovo ‘The Wall’. Parola di Maynard James Keenan che nel maggio scorso interveniva alla proiezione di “Manhunter”, film del 1986 di Michael Mann, all’interno della rassegna FILM: MASTERS series della Modern School of Film, alla domanda se un giorno la band realizzerà un video concerto sullo stile pinkfloydiano ha così risposto: “Well, if we could maybe finish the new album first then… yeah, we would consider it”. Il leader della band americana è quindi tornato sull’ormai annosa/noiosa questione nuovo album, spegnendo le critiche arrivate da alcuni fan stanchi della snervante attesa: “Do I seem like a lazy person? Then stop blaming me”. Ad “aggravare” la situazione ci ha pensato anche il chitarrista Adam Jones che nello scorso marzo, dopo aver scherzato col fuoco dichiarando che il disco era stato ultimato al 100%, è dovuto tornare sui propri passi correggendo decisamente il tiro: “one-hundred percent done” (spinto da una smentita dei suoi compagni arrivata subito dopo la bravata: “Last night, Adam Jones, in a private conversation with fans attending the Portland Tool concert, joked that the band’s new album was not only finished but coming out the next day. Unfortunately, his off-the-cuff joke was taken out of context. Work on the forthcoming album is ongoing and as soon as it is done, trust me, we will be the first to let everyone know”). Ulteriori voci di corridoio vogliono comunque il seguito di ’10,000 Days’ fuori entro la fine dell’anno.
15 luglio 2014. In una nuova intervista al Rolling Stone la band spiega la lunga assenza. Adam Jones e Danny Carey raccontano: “The whole thing is really depressing. The bad thing is it’s really time consuming. As we’ve gotten older and our priorities have changed, it’s hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there’s lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out. And it’s costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us. And the fans are all going, ‘We want a new Tool album. What the fuck?’ And you don’t want to pull people into your problems, because they don’t understand. We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy. We bought an insurance policy for peace of mind, but instead we would have been better off if we never had it and just dealt with the original lawsuit. I find it so hard to be creative when you have something awful nagging at you, just stuck between the hemispheres of your brain and affecting your sleep and your relationship with other band members. We have such a strong creative freedom in this band. It’s like we’ve been in a war. And it’s unnecessary. It’s just a shame. I’m hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the yea. But we’ll see how it goes. I thought that last year, too. But we’re making great progress. We’ve really knocked out a lot of good things, especially over the last month. We’re all excited about it”.
Buone nuove a distanza di qualche mese. Dopo la foto pubblicata da Adam Jones su Instangram qualche giorno fa (#SmokeOnTheHorizon) il webmaster del sito ufficiale scrive: “progressing rather nicely”. Poi si accenna ad un prestigioso ospite: “Good friend and King Crimson percussionist Pat Mastelotto stopped by the Tool loft the other day to listen to the guys working on new material. Since the recent sound-proofing renovation, I’m told that the writing/arranging sessions have been progressing rather nicely (welcome news for those waiting for a new record)”.
27 ottobre 2014 – Dal profilo Instagram di Adam Jones arriva una foto che ritrae la band in studio con tanto di hashtag che riporta: “SmokeOnTheHorizon“.
27 febbraio 2015 – Dopo aver registrato le “scappatelle” di Adam Jones (con i Motorhead) e di Danny Carey con i The Legend of The Seagullmen, Maynard James Keenan utilizza Instagram per aggiornare lo stato avanzamento lavori. Non manca poi molto…
“I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon’. I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw”.
Adam Jones attraverso Yahoo! Music parla dello sblocco della situazione legale che aveva tenuto fermi i Tool sin dal 2007. “We would have had an album out a long time ago, we would have been taking more tours. But we’ve been discouraged and distracted by this major lawsuit, which is the worst thing that’s ever happened to us. It reminds me of one of those ads you see on TV where a guy goes, ‘Have you been in a car wreck? Call us!”.
1 aprile – Scherzetto della band attraverso il profilo Facebook. Ascolta!
“This music leak is unsettling on many levels. First off, it truly sucks to have your unfinished music available on the interweb without your consent. And second, to have it immediately picked up by someone and released as their own work is infuriating. We don’t encourage anyone to listen to this leaked clip because it’s far from finished and it will spoil what’s to come. But if you absolutely must, then listen to both clips. These are practically identical. It’s a clear cut case of copyright infringement and plagiarism.” #sueeverybody #marchthirtysecond
maggio – Sempre Adam Jones attraverso Instagram ci aggiorna postando due brevi filmati. Nel primo compare Joe Barresi (“A little taste ~ Mixing a would be jam with Evil Joe Barresi”) nel secondo qualche nota suonata (“Playing strange strings at Joe B.’s”).
30 ottobre – Viene pubblicato ‘Money Shot’ il terzo album dei Puscifer.
2 novembre – L’unico show del 2015. I Tool “vestiti” come i Led Zeppelin protagonisti al Monster Mash eseguono (nel video) anche ‘No Quarter’: “Good news, it’s fucking Halloween! Bad news, we are not Led Zeppelin”. Di seguito la setlist.
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
Forty-Six & 2
13 novembre – Con un comunicato apparso su Facebbok i Tool annunciano il tour USA nel 2016.
TOOL TOUR VISIONS
SOMETHING WICKED THIS… YOUR WAY COMES!
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…
24 novembre – Adam Jones al Rolling Stone:
“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 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”.
E sul lavoro di Maynard James Keenan con la band:
“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.”
10 gennaio 2016 – Anno nuovo notizie nuove. Dopo 17 anni sul palco del Bill Graham Civic Auditorium di San Francisco i Tool eseguono ‘Sweat‘. Ad assistere al concerto anche Lars Ulrich e Robert Trujillo dei Metallica. Guarda le foto.
7 marzo – Con una foto postata dallo studio di registrazione Chris Pitman svela la sua collaborazione con i Tool (“Studio nite, tracking, #dannycarey #beatrazr #kentbrisley #toolband”). Il 55enne musicista americano dal 1998 è membro dei Guns N’Roses, ma vanta numerosissime collaborazioni tra cui quella a nome ZAUM proprio con Danny Carey dei Tool. Con quest’ultimi si aggrega al tour tra il 1994 e il 1995 e nel 1996 suona i synth nel brano ‘Third Eye’.
16 marzo – Maynard James Keenan a The Press Enterprise sul nuovo album dei Tool: “We’ve found a common ground. We just can’t seem to move forward”.
UPDATE – Salto temporale di sei mesi (nel frattempo solo voci e mezze ammissioni) fino all’intervista di Justin Chancellor a TopGuitar.
“Just trust me that it’s going to be awesome.”
“It’s in the oven. It’s cooking, it’s cooking.”
“So don’t ask that question. Just trust me that it’s going to be awesome. It’s going to happen.”