Maynard James Keenan: work on new Tool album ‘can’t move forward’

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Unleash the memes! Work on Tool’s new album appears to have been put on hold.

Speaking to the Press Enterprise website, frontman Maynard James Keenan has said: ““We’ve found a common ground – we just can’t seem to move forward.”

Tool’s last album was 2006’s 10,000 Days. Guitarist Adam Jones previously explained that a protracted legal battle had kept the band from forging ahead with new material, but predicted that progress would be much speedier following the conclusion of the tussle.

As recently as November last year, Jones confirmed that Tool were working on as many as 20 new songs, saying: “Things are really flowing and going really well. I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I can’t wait for it to be done.”

It seems that the wait might be a bit longer yet.

Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan is currently on tour with his other band, Puscifer, who will be heading across the ocean in May for their first ever European shows:

May 30th: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
May 31st: London The Roundhouse, UK
Jun 02nd: Paris Le Grand Rex, France
Jun 06th: Lausanne Les Docks, Switzerland
Jun 07th: Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Italy
Jun 09th: Nickelsdorf Novarock Festival, Austria
Jun 12th: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Jun 13th: Esch Alzette Rockhal, Luxembourg
Jun 15th: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Jun 16th: Stockholm Cirkus, Sweden

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Puscifer announce first ever European live shows

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Puscifer have announced that they are heading to Europe for their first ever live shows on the continent.

Maynard James Keenan and Co. will traverse the Atlantic to play several dates in May and June as part of their The Money Shot Heard Around The World Tour.

Says Keenan: “UK, Europe – we are coming. Ready your cherries for soon we will be in you. We promise to be gentle since this is your first time.”

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday the 19th of February, with the exception of the Novarock Festival, tickets for which are already on sale.

Puscifer will play the following confirmed dates:

May 30th: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
May 31st: London The Roundhouse, UK
Jun 02nd: Paris Le Grand Rex, France
Jun 06th: Lausanne Les Docks, Switzerland
Jun 07th: Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Italy
Jun 09th: Nickelsdorf Novarock Festival, Austria
Jun 12th: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Jun 13th: Esch Alzette Rockhal, Luxembourg
Jun 15th: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Jun 16th: Stockholm Cirkus, Sweden

Puscifer’s most recent album, Money Shot, was released last year.

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Tool album ‘progressing nicely’ says Maynard James Keenan

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Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has given an update on progress of the band’s new album.

Sharing the info via Tool’s Facebook page, Keenan says: “I’ve been making regular trips to L.A. to check on the writing progress of my TOOL brethren. Things are 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.'”

He adds: “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.”

Tool’s last album was 2006’s 10,000 Days. Guitarist Adam Jones revealed last year that complex law suits surrounding album artwork and the band’s insurance company had delayed them starting work on new material.

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Tool return to the studio

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Rumours are rife that Tool are back in the studio following a picture of the band in a mixing room being posted on guitarist Adam Jones’ instagram account.

The picture shows Jones and bandmates Maynard James Keenan, Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey in an undisclosed recording studio and is accompanied by the hashtag #SmokeOnTheHorizon.

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The band have only recently spoken of their frustration at the long delays in recording their new album, brought about as the result of a complex lawsuit filed against them by a former collaborator.

Speaking with Rolling Stone earlier in the year, Jones said: “The fans are pissed at us. And while part of me is selfish and goes, ‘I’m not necessarily doing it for them,’ it’s time that they understand what’s going on.”

Danny Carey added: “I’m hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the year. 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.”

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Primus, Puscifer drummer suffers heart attack

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Tim “Herb” Alexander, drummer with both Primus and Puscifer, has suffered a heart attack.

It was confirmed in a statement that the sticksman is to undergo open heart surgery sometime in the next 48 hours.

Speaking via a short statement, Alexander’s Puscifer bandmates said: “Rough news – Tim suffered a heart attack. Global positive thoughts, por favour. We need our Herb the Ginseng Drummer aka Peter Merkin alive and thieving.”

Primus bandmate Les Claypool said: “Herb is a strong Herculean fellow, and we all expect him to be up and around in no time. But with all surgical endeavours we want to make sure he has the best energy working for him.

“So let’s all throw our coins in the nearest fountain, wish on the first star of the night, blow out the birthday cake candles with him in mind, pray to whichever deity seems appropriate and generally send good thoughts his way so we can soon experience the glory that is the magnificent percussive rhythm of the mighty Tim Alexander.”

Alexander began his third term playing with Primus last year and has appeared on seven of the band’s albums. He recorded alongside Maynard James Keenan in A Perfect Circle, playing on their Mer de Noms album, before recording parts for both of Keenan’s albums as part of Puscifer.

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