|26 July, 2016 (05:02pm) |
JULY, 2016 E.V.
Knowing that Danny would be visiting me in the desert for a couple of days, I scratched out a list of questions for him to answer about how things were progressing with the new material and about some other Tool projects that are currently in the works. You know, things that he (and the other band members) never get tired of being asked about. After picking him up at the airport, with the carmometer showing 122 degrees!, I suddenly remembered that when I first suggested that he come and hang at my new place for a while, the selling point was that it would be a good chance for him to relax while kicking back in a Tiki-themed bar and/or trying his skills at video poker. In keeping with a new policy of moderation, we could also hunt for some obscure esoteric books on our obscure esoteric books list - something that we hadn't done for quite a while. So, with that in mind, I tossed my page of questions into the trash.
However, the next day while having lunch at "Bootleggers" - a 'Sinatra's Way' Italian restaurant on the Vegas south strip - I casually asked about the status of the new album (Namely, how the writing/arranging sessions were going?) - to which he replied, "Good!" While enjoying his "House Specialty" lasagna to the sounds of an excellent pianist (and master harpist, Mariano Gonzalez!), he added that they were very close to knocking out another tune, and that as soon as it was finished, they would send a recording of it to Maynard. When I asked if this was the song with the REALLY unique time signatures, he told me that they had already finished the music on that one. Okay, admittedly, not exactly stop the press news, but what can I say, other than that they are still grinding away on new material four days a week, and would be back at it later in the week (once Danny returned from the Las Vegas glitz, Justin from celebrating his wedding anniversary and Shelee's birthday in palm-swaying Hawaii, and Adam hunting for glossy treasures at Comic-Com 2016 in San Diego).
The other question that I asked Danny concerned the fate of the broken vintage Pepsi machine from the loft - whether or not it had been repaired? Now, here was something that brought a quick response: Yes, he was determined to have it fixed, with or without the 'original' parts. Finally, what about the so-called "curveball", to which he replied that he still wasn't sure when it would be made available for public consumption, but that "It turned out dang good, though!"
So, what didn't I ask him? Well, a few things, with the first being: Excluding vocals, segues, etc., what percentage of the new album material was complete? I also didn't ask him if there were plans for any guest musicians to perform on the new record, or if they had discussed any cover artwork concepts? Finally, I didn't ask him if there would be anything that was shockingly different from the signature Tool sound on the new album? Sorry, maybe next time - when there might be some answers that I can post. For now, keep in mind the old adage: "No news is good news." It was time to head to the long bar of the dimly lit "Golden Tiki" for a tropical libation (and glass of ice water!).
I almost forgot one last item. On second thought, why even bother to bring it up? Oh, what the hell... Danny did mention the possibility of something happening after the record was released, but that this was definitely NOT a sure thing at this point. Since this involves something that may or may not even happen, I won't (if fact, can't) expand on it - only to say that: if it does happen, now that would be stop the press news!
To see photos of Danny's 'Four Kings', check out the NEWS on his website (www.dannycarey.com), and/or in the PHOTO ALBUM SECTION on www.toolarmy.com.
Photo by BMB
|26 July, 2016 (11:28am) |
See more news about MAYNARD'S UPCOMING BOOK TOUR posted by MONICA on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE..
|26 July, 2016 (11:22am) |
Combine guitarists John Ziegler with Jamie Kime and you get ZIME (including the other great musicians) at the 'tator' on August 4th.
|23 July, 2016 (10:27am) |
Birthday cheers today to SHELEE DYKMAN-CHANCELLOR from JUSTIN and the Tool family.
|22 July, 2016 (12:33pm) |
DANNY will bring his lightning-fast sticks to the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY for the JULY 25 offering of the MONDAY NIGHT (PRO) JAMMMZ. Joining Danny and the regulars will be lightning-fast keyboardist BILLY STEINWAY. All ages welcome to experience this stellar lineup at the 'tator.'
|22 July, 2016 (10:43am) |
More info about MAYNARD'S book tour (including ticket links for N.Y and D.C.) has just been posted on the TOOL Facebook page. Keep checking back.
|22 July, 2016 (10:34am) |
Those who are familiar with the structured layout (the demonstrable geometry) near Rennes-le-Chateau, including the phenomenon known as "SUNRISE LINE", should know that today (JULY 22) would be the perfect time to order Danny's "ASMODEUS" tee shirt.
|20 July, 2016 (05:43pm) |
Congrats to Tool tour manager Jerome Crooks and his wife Julie on the birth of their son BOWIE KING CROOKS - born at 7:42, July 20, 2016 - and, yes, Bowie has already been told that his birthday marks the 47th anniversary of the first fake moon landing, staged and firmed at Area 51 in Nevada.
|18 July, 2016 (09:25am) |
Check out Monica's new post on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE regarding a couple of ADDED dates for Maynard's book tour.
|17 July, 2016 (10:27am) |
DANNY will be performing with VOLTO! at COMPLEX in L.A. on SATURDAY, JULY 30.
|17 July, 2016 (10:23am) |
It appears that drummer TODD WOLF and keyboardist HANS ZERMUEHLEN (with his vintage Minimoog) will join JOHN ZIEGLER, JAMIE KIME, and H. CHRIS ROY for the JULY 18 Monday Night Jammmz at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, Cali. The first set usually gets started around 9:45, and there is a second set in which local musicians have a chance to join in on the action. All ages welcome to the 'tator' experience.
|14 July, 2016 (04:17pm) |
A limited number of tickets have been added for the TOOL SHOWS in October, so don't miss your chance to experience the band's exceptional musicianship and unparalleled stage visuals.
Here are the ticket LINKS:
10/22 - Sacramento:
10/24 - SLC:
10/26 - Denver:
10/28 - Little Rock:
10/29 - New Orleans:
|14 July, 2016 (09:40am) |
Check out this article from LoudWire about the first announced dates of a book tour in which MAYNARD will be promoting his forthcoming biography, "A PERFECT UNION OF CONTRARY THINGS" (NOVEMBER 8th published by BACKBEAT BOOKS).