After nearly 11 years of writing these newsletters – constantly striving to improve their content – with this latest offering, albeit short, it appears that I’ve finally achieved my ultimate goal of providing Tool-related information in a concise manner, without any unnecessary details or padding to slow down the skimmer. So, here it is - the latest news, brief, and to the point: Having returned from their recent tour Down Under, after taking a few days to recover from any jet-lag, and to take care of personal affairs, starting last Monday, members of the band returned to their studio/loft to continue writing and arranging new material. According to one band member, although Tool has received numerous lucrative offers to perform live (summer tours both here and abroad), they have (unanimously) decided to focus their creative energy on producing a new album. As a matter of fact, the all-important dry-erase board has been brought out and is, with each passing day, becoming filled with colorful scrawls relating to the various arrangements that are only decipherable to the band. I should only add that this is a process that has in the past worked well for them. In checking with several of the fan sites out there (www.fourtheye.net, etc), there doesn’t seem to be any other pressing news concerning Tool at this time. However, if something should come up, I will promptly see that it gets posted in the news section on this site.