Jan 21 - Auckland

Jan 23 - Gold Coast

Jan 26 - Sydney


Jan 30 - Melbourne

Feb 4 - Adelaide

Feb 6 – Perth

With the 2011 BIG DAY OUT dates now confirmed (and fans hoping for some Tool solo shows to be added), the band members continue with their near daily jamming/writing sessions at the loft. And despite persistent rumors that they’re about ready to go into the studio, the truth of the matter is that they’re not that far along in the writing/arranging process (if you think playing a nano-Silverburst is difficult, try to imagine using nano-guitar effects with it). Even so, the guys are stoked about the new material – so much so, in fact, that perhaps it might be a good idea for me to drop in next week to hear for myself what one band member’s girlfriend meant when she told me that it sounded like… Tool. And when I go to check it out, I’ll be sure to take with me a very telling metal lid from a can of whole kernel corn that I recently purchased from “Trader Joe’s” (yes, from an overly exuberant clerk at the local grocery chain with Nazi connections. (What do all of you hippies driving VW’s think of that – I ask, while writing this at my Ikea desk?) The reason for bringing along the lid from the can of corn (maize to those students of the new-Mayanism) is, of course, to serve as a reminder and keep the band members focused on the task at hand – difficult as that might be – in order to produce a new album before it’s too late. For certainly, along with the rebuilding of Babylon by Americans, the IRS buying shotguns, hole punch clouds, tropical drinks in Cleveland, and the Queefs starting the season at 3-0, it is further evidence that the world as we know it will end on December 21, 2012 e.a. (Better stock up on the “two-buck Chuck” when the fourth bell tolls!) And honestly, what good is a new Tool recording in a world with the envisioned Fourth Reich’s Nibiru wunderwaffen, Popcicle sticks with boobs, assassin caterpillars, deep-fried Twinkies, and baby-killing pythons slithering in a doomed hellscape under a Miami black sun?


In checking out the band’s website, it appears that APC have sold out their 2010 FALL TOUR. Congrats on that, and to those who scored good seats.


Volto! (DANNY CAREY, KIRK COVINGTON, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER) will be stirring up all kinds of trouble at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16. For reserved seats (highly advised), call the club AFTER 7:00 PM – 818-980-1615

ADDRESS: 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West
Studio City, Calif. 91607


Tabla master Aloke Dutta will perform at CODA on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2010 at 10 P.M.

Admission: $ 12 (for both shows: Aloke Dutta, and  Mike Dillon & Earl  Harvin)
Address: 1710 Mission Street (at Duboce), San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: 415-551-CODA (2632)
The room is ages 21+

Hear Aloke’s masterful solo tabla playing on Tool’s “SALIVAL” CD.

Okay, at this point I was hoping to deliver some more (TOOL) tour-related news – having held off on publishing the newsletter for a few days with the knowledge that I would be attending a meeting with the band’s management on the 29th (yesterday). Unfortunately, for now at least, there is nothing for me to add. If things should change – decisions are made, contracts are signed – I will be sure to post in the news section on the site. In the meantime, people are encouraged to check the web for rumors and/or possible leaks, especially from fan sites closer to the source. I do, however, have one little piece of news regarding the 2011 BIG DAY OUT festival. Readers of this site might recall a recent post about ISIS drummer Aaron Harris’ new website. Well, no sooner did we post his ‘portfolio’ than one drummer took interest. That drummer is Danny Carey, and he asked if his good friend would have any qualms in cracking open cans of Victoria Bitter and putting tomato sauce on his meat pie (i.e. being his drum tech for the BDO)? Having been informed that there might even be time for Mai-Tais along the way (on some ash-heap in the blue Pacific, I believe), Aaron accepted the offer. Of course, the bloke could have held out for the Rochefort Trappistes 10 stashed in D.C.’s dressing room.




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