Tool still working on new album
Back in 2014, Tool guitarist Adam Jones told a group of fans that the band's next record was not only done but would be released the next day. Then he added, "just kidding." Unfortunately, Jones' joke was taken out of context and reported on a website. Tool ultimately had to release its own statement explaining that no, the next Tool album was not done yet.
"Unfortunately, (Jones') off-the-cuff joke was taken out of context," they wrote to Rolling Stone. "Working on the forthcoming album is ongoing and as soon as it is done, trust me, we will be the first to let everyone know."
One thing that fans were completely unaware of was a lawsuit the band got embroiled in took on a life of its own. That stopped the band's songwriters from working on new music, but the turmoil lifted and the perceived work stoppage slowly began to resolve itself. In fact, Maynard James Keenan recently offered a progress report on Instagram, saying the album is "progressing nicely" and that that he's been making trips to Los Angeles to check in on the writing process.
"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," he said. "I'm as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else."
Tool back on tour (Updated 2/13/14)
It's been seven years since Tool's last album, "10,000 Days," and it's beginning to feel like fans may have to wait just as long for another one. In fact, listeners have suffered through only sporadic updates from members and the band's website, and recent comments from Maynard James Keenan on the progress aren't exactly encouraging.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Keenan said, 'I don't write the music. They [my bandmates] write the music. I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It's a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process."
That comes on the heels of drummer Danny Carey's Loudwire interview in which he speculated the band may have a new album out in early 2014. And while that timetable now appears to be in jeopardy, fans of the band have something else to look forward to.
The iconic rockers have finally announced a new string of US tour dates, and will be hitting the road March 2014 for a string of North American shows. It will be followed by two dates in Mexico, and the band hopes that the tour will be extended to include European and UK dates as well.
These will be the band's first live shows since the summer of 2012. They'll kick things off at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington on March 4, then make a pair of stops in Oregon before moving on to Reno, Nevada and San Francisco, California. The band rolls in Mexico City on March 18, and will play Festival Cumbre Tajin in Veracruz on March 21, 2014.
Tool works toward new album (Updated April 10, 2013)
Dark underground metal was the basis for the kind of rock music that the industry came know from Tool. Well, that and the tortured angst that helped them take the industry by storm in 1993. That was when Tool landed a slot on the third Lollapalooza tour and never looked back. Their debut album, "Undertow," was just the beginning for this group of guys making music in a post-Nirvana world.
In 1996, America said goodbye to alt rock and Tool was the benefactor. With a primarily metal-oriented sound, their sophomore album "Ænima," moved them on to bigger and better things – namely, a co-headlining slot with Korn and a tour that carried them well into the next year. And this, of course, was when experimentation and artistic flair really found their way into Tool's music
The album "Lateralus" (2001) marked the beginning of the critical acclaim and commercial success Tool would begin to achieve. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, helped the band to a Grammy Award for which they famously thanked Satan in their acceptance speech, and continued to grow what would often be referred to as the band's insane and devoted cult following
You can't really say Tool has been on an extended hiatus, even though its last full-length release was "10,000 Days" in 1996. Sure, they've taken breaks, but they've never broken up. A 2009 summer tour kicked off about the same time they began working on a new album, and even though the process isn't yet complete… it's getting there.
In January 2013, the band stated it was "over half done" with the upcoming project, with conflicting opinions among Tool's members on whether it would actually be released this year.
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Tool to Tour the West Coast
Tool Tour Dates Concerts Videos Tool Tour An oldie (but a goodie), Los Angeles-based hard rockers Tool have just confirmed a mini West Coast tour. Kicking off March 4 at Spokane, WA’s Spokane Arena, the band will play a series of shows in Portland, OR at Moda Center; Eugene, OR at the Matthew Knight Arena;…Read more
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date city state venue 1/14/2011 Honolulu HI Neal S. Blaisdell Center
date city state venue 6/19/2010 New Orleans LA UNO Lakefront Arena 6/20/2010 Houston TX Toyota Center 6/22/2010 Cedar Park TX Cedar Park Center 6/23/2010 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 6/25/2010 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 6/26/2010 St. Charles MO Family Arena 6/28/2010 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 6/29/2010 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 7/1/2010 Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 7/4/2010 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 7/5/2010 Regina SK Brandt Centre 7/7/2010 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 7/9/2010 Vancouver BC General Motors Place 7/10/2010 Seattle WA Key Arena 7/12/2010 San Francisco CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 7/13/2010 Sacramento CA Sleep Train Arena 7/15/2010 San Diego CA Viejas Arena 7/16/2010 Las Vegas NV Sin City at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino 7/18/2010 Los Angeles CA Microsoft Theater 7/19/2010 Los Angeles CA Microsoft Theater 7/21/2010 Los Angeles CA Microsoft Theater
date city state venue 7/19/2009 Salt Lake City UT EnergySolutions Arena 7/21/2009 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 7/22/2009 Rio Rancho NM Santa Ana Star Center 7/24/2009 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 7/25/2009 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 7/27/2009 Duluth GA Gwinnett Performing Arts Center 7/29/2009 Charlotte NC Bojangles Coliseum 7/30/2009 Fairfax VA EagleBank Arena 8/2/2009 Manchester NH Verizon Wireless Arena 8/4/2009 Kingston ON K-Rock Centre 8/5/2009 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 8/7/2009 Cincinnati OH PNC Pavilion