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Tool Drummer Danny Carey Suggests New Album Will Drop in 2013, Talks About Vespa Crash

Frazer Harrison, Getty Images Tool fans were disappointed to say the least when singer Maynard James Keenan announced that there would be no release from the band in 2013. The modern experimental legends have been working on a new album for some time, and drummer Danny Carey says, along with a bunch of other news, that a 2013 release is still planned. When it comes to the upcoming Tool album, Carey stated that it is still planned to dropin 2013. “Sometime this year … that’s all I can say,” Carey tells TheRockFM about the record. “The sooner the better for us. We’re working everyday but you can never predict it, honestly. We’re really excited about it so I hope all the fans will be too.” Carey also reports that bassist Justin Chancellor has been the “main driving force” to get the album completed. Carey also told the radio station that he plays drums on the soundtrack to the upcoming Superman film ‘Man of Steel.’ In addition, he adds that Tool have a massive amount of live material that may be released on CD or DVD form in the future. “We have tons of stuff recorded,” says Carey. “I hope we do make that happen one of these days. We have lots of video stuff too, we could do a DVD or two whenever we get around to it. We’re kind of trying to focus on the new thing now, so we’ll go back at some point and do it.” In a separate interview with David Farrier , Carey spoke about an epic 20-minute piece being constructed for Tool’s next record. “We’re still – believe it or not! – still working on it,” the drummer says about the piece. “[Laughs] It’s like an ever-evolving thing, it’s probably going to turn into a thing that’s like, a big trilogy type of feel to it, sort of like ‘Disposition’ and ‘Intension’ and ‘Triad,’ like on the ‘Lateralus’ record or something. It will probably be over a 20-minute piece when it’s all finished, so it will be a good part of the record. We’re dealing with it in sections, but it’s coming together really well, we’re having lots of fun working on it, that’s for sure.” Finally, Danny Carey revealed that he was, in fact, the mystery Tool member that sustained injuries from what was reported as a Vespa accident . “It’s been tough lately because I cracked four ribs,” Carey begins, “broke three of them on a motorcycle the other day, so I am kinda laid up at this point, it’s making it really painful to play. It’s not an easy thing to do. [Laughs] … it was just over in the San Fernando Valley, I was just turning to go on the freeway, and I think I hit some antifreeze or oil or something, and the wheels just slipped right out from under me, and I just hit the pavement really hard. [Laughs] … Yeah, I’m still in one piece anyway, but I don’t know how lucky I was the way I feel right now [Laughs]. It’s pretty painful, but some painkillers and some scotch will get you through it.” Tool have also just announced a cluster of tour dates in Australia and New Zealand. Stay tuned for more news on the band’s upcoming record. Tool 2013 Australia + New Zealand Tour Dates: 04/27 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena 04/30 – Adelaide, AUS – AEC Arena 05/03 – Sydney, AUS – Allphones Arena 05/06 – Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Centre 05/08 – Auckland, N.Z. – Vector Arena [button href=”” title=”Next: Danny Carey Jams With School of Rock Kids” align=”center”]

Daily Reload: Randy Blythe, Volbeat + More

Mary Ouellette, Here’s a look at the top stories of the day on Loudwire and around the Web: – Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe has begun to stand trial in the Czech Republic for a controversial manslaughter charge. Find out what’s going on and Randy said in court here. [ Loudwire ] – Guitarist Rob Caggiano has joined Danish rock band Volbeat only one month after leaving thrash legends Anthrax. [ Loudwire ] – Despite expectations of Tool releasing a new album in 2013, vocalist Maynard James Keenan has stated that there will be no Tool record released this year. [ Loudwire ] – Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will be hosting E! television show ‘Chelsea Lately’ for an entire week. [ Loudwire ] – Pantera beat out Metallica to win the 2013 Loudwire Rock Bowl! [ Loudwire ] – Beatles record player sells for over $12,000. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – The ‘Sound City’ film finally premiered, which was created by Dave Grohl and features Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor + many more. So how was it? Check out this review! [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Check out’s list of the 10 Best Hardcore Bands. [ ]

Report: Maynard James Keenan Says Tool Will Not Release New Album in 2013

Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images Fans who have been patiently waiting for Tool ‘s next album will unfortunately have to hang in there a bit longer according to vocalist Maynard James Keenan . In a recent interview with Chile’s Radio Futuro, Keenan apparently stated that Tool will not be releasing a new album in 2013. Tom Petty famously sang, “ The waiting is the hardest part ,” on his single ‘The Waiting’ in 1981, and Tool fans worldwide are currently blasting that classic track on repeat while cradling themselves in the fetal position. There are few groups that harness cult followings like Tool, which is why fans of the band have been rabid for new material since 2006; the year Tool released their most recent album, ’10,000 Days.’ With Tool’s album drought having lasted seven years, a new Tool disc was expected to drop in 2013, according to various sources. The other members of of the band have recently been working hard  to write the album, although a reported Vespa accident recently brought the jam sessions to a brief halt. However, according to Maynard Keenan, there will be no new Tool album this year. When asked by Radio Futuro if a new Tool album will be released soon, Keenan simply replied, “No new disc. Not this year … I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing.” Keenan has become infamous for screwing with the media. The singer played an April Fools prank in 2005, having revealed that he “found Jesus” and claiming that Tool were abandoning what would later become ’10,000 Days.’ Keenan has also peddled a book that doesn’t exist and once reported that the members of Tool were in critical condition after a bus accident, so whether or not you believe Keenan is up to your own judgement. In the same Chilean interview, Keenan also batted down the possibility of a new A Perfect Circle album, citing his focus on Puscifer and APC guitarist Billy Howerdel’s dedication to Ashes Divide as to why an album is currently off the table. Puscifer’s upcoming EP ‘Donkey Punch the Night’ is set for a Feb. 19 release. [button href=”” title=”Tool Guitarist Adam Jones Proposes to Girlfriend Live at WWE ‘Royal Rumble'” align=”center”]

Maynard James Keenan Addresses His Reputation as a Notoriously Difficult Interview

Puscifer Entertainment Prolific musical mastermind and fresh-faced feature columnist Maynard James Keenan has just posted the latest installment of his Phoenix New Times bi-weekly blog. Keenan seems to be given a great deal of freedom when it comes to the subjects he chooses to cover for his column, and in this edition, the musician addresses his reputation for being a notoriously difficult interview. With Maynard Keenan receiving a massive amount of attention for each of his three bands, Tool , A Perfect Circle and Puscifer , journalists are constantly attempting to grab a moment of Keenan’s time. Approaching the 30 year mark as an active musician, Maynard has done his fair share of interviews, famously locking up when not being stimulated by the art of conversation. In Keenan’s latest blog, the singer recounts a discussion that took place between him and the co-author of his upcoming “semi-autobiography.” “She’d been browsing through some press clippings from ?recent years, and after the business end of our conversation, she commented on how forthcoming I was during her interview. She said it stood in direct contrast to some — but not all — of my tight-lipped discourse she’d found online. Her guess was that the journalists in question lacked enthusiasm. Her understatement was correct. This is not the case with all journalists I’ve encountered, but unfortunately, it’s the norm.” He continues, “The awesome writers strike up a conversation and my publicist has to cut us off ‘cuz we’re having too much fun. We call these people journalists. The lazy ones have a list of questions to which they’ve already anticipated the answers, so they don’t bother listening to my responses. We call these people never again.” “There seems to be an epidemic raging out there,” adds Keenan. “A whole lot of people are calling themselves professionals who really have no business doing so … Their skill is squeaking and moaning in order to get their way. Which is fine with me. It makes for easier targets.” Maynard fans are anxiously awaiting for the next Tool album, which is expected to see a 2013 release . Before that, however, Puscifer will likely be releasing their ‘ Donkey Punch the Night ‘ EP this February. [button href=”” title=”Maynard Keenan Goes In-Depth About Upcoming Puscifer EP” align=”center”]

Rage Against the Machine, ‘Know Your Enemy’ (Demo) – Exclusive Premiere

Sony Legacy Rage Against the Machine  are marking the 20th anniversary of their self-title debut disc by reissuing the album as ‘ Rage Against the Machine – XX .’ To celebrate, the band is teaming with Loudwire to bring you an advance listen to one of the bonus cuts you’ll hear in the collection — a demo of ‘Know Your Enemy.’ The major difference between the demo of ‘Know Your Enemy’ (listen below) and the final version that appeared on the studio album is the absence of the guest vocal by Tool singer Maynard James Keenan during the bridge. The demo solely features Rage singer Zack de la Rocha on vocals, and offers a more stripped-down version of the tune. Like the final cut, the demo boasts driving guitar licks from  Tom Morello , a killer low end from bassist Tim Commerford and pounding beats from drummer Brad Wilk. ‘Rage Against the Machine — XX,’ which can be pre-ordered here , will be available in three configurations when it arrives Nov. 27. There will be a deluxe edition box set housing two discs, two DVDs, a 12-inch vinyl LP, a 40-page booklet and a two-sided poster. There’s the special edition version with two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks in an oversized softpack. Plus, there’s the standard single-disc bolstered with three extra tracks. It should be noted that the second disc of the two-CD versions is Rage Against the Machine’s original demo tape that was recorded in 1991 and was available for $5 at the band’s merch table. One of the DVDs that’s included features a free show the band did at Finsbury Park in June 2010 as a show of appreciation for the group’s U.K. fans sending ‘Killing in the Name’ to the top of the charts at Christmas the prior year. Also included are music videos and live concert performance clips. The second DVD focuses on live performances between 1991-1994 of songs from the band’s live album and includes the full set of the band’s first public appearance on the campus of Cal-State Northridge in 1991. Morello recently stated , “We’re really psyched to be putting this out for the fans. We are blessed with having perhaps the most passionate fans to ever listen to a bootlegged recording or mosh at a show, so I want to really give them a mother lode of Rage Against The Machine history, past and present.” However, he also squashed rumors of potential new music by stating that the band had “no plans” beyond the 20th anniversary reissue. Listen to Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Know Your Enemy’ (Demo) [button href=”” title=”Best Reunion Tours – Rage Against the Machine” align=”center”]

Ozzy Osbourne Elected President of Heavy Metal

What an amazing election! After close calls, intense moments and incredible campaign efforts, the President of Heavy Metal has finally been elected. The winner is the one and only  Ozzy Osbourne . The Black Sabbath singer has captured the hearts of heavy metal music fans with his wailing voice and legendary debauchery, leading him to the evil office in a nail-bitingly close final round. Defeating GWAR’s Oderus Urungus , Maynard James Keenan and Rob Halford in previous rounds, the final battle pitted Ozzy against Rob Zombie . Zombie himself had defeated such legends as Bruce Dickinson , Dave Mustaine and Lemmy Kilmister on his way to the final round. The lead changed hands a number of times as both Zombie and Ozzy began to actually campaign for the title of President, with Zombie’s team creating custom graphics for multiple Facebook posts and Ozzy’s team busting out an old ‘Ozzy for President’ button and enlisting the help of his wife Sharon and son Jack to collect votes via Twitter. After roughly 100,000 votes, Ozzy edged out Zombie by a margin of 50.82 percent to 49.18 percent. Congrats to the ‘Prince of Darkness’ for winning Loudwire’s inaugural President of Heavy Metal Election and thanks to everyone who voted and made this whole race such a blast! Full President of Heavy Metal Election Bracket: Campaign Artwork: [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch a ‘Bark at the Moon’ Halloween Light Show” align=”center”]

Maynard James Keenan Explains the Concept of Puscifer in New Column

‘Blood Into Wine’ A Monday morning is perhaps the most dreaded part of any person’s week. There are few moments more frustrating than being shocked into consciousness in order to face a 40-hour block of work or school, with Carly Rae Jepsen’s diabolical infection known as ‘Call Me Maybe’ creeping out through your alarm clock. Thankfully, musical mastermind Maynard James Keenan ( Tool , A Perfect Circle , Puscifer ) is here to save you from the mundane, with yet another introspective article from Phoenix New Times.  Last month, we reported that Keenan was to write a bi-weekly column for the publication, seemingly being given carte blanche concerning the many subjects of his writings. This morning (Oct. 8) the beloved musician posted ‘What is Puscifer?,’ acting as somewhat of a manifesto for the experimental act. For those who have seen Puscifer live, Maynard’s latest column may seem familiar, but if you’ve never experienced the musical collective in concert, allow Maynard Keenan to explain the foundation of Puscifer. “At some point in human history we became aware of our own mortality,” begins Keenan. “When confronted with the death of a companion, we had the epiphany that this was simply no longer just a pile of inanimate meat and bone. This was our companion and whatever energy made them who they were is no longer present. And then reality sinks in: Someday I will no longer be here. And for the first time we asked the question. Why? Why are they no longer here? What can I do to prevent that from happening to me? Or at the very least, ‘What can I do to put off the inevitable?’” The singer continues, “We were now aware that our very survival was directly connected to and contingent upon how creative we could be. Our instincts to Fight or Run were not enough. We weren’t as fast or strong as our larger and ferocious opponents. Instead, we needed to use every fiber of our imagination, every spark of our creative energy to stay ahead of these daily threats on our lives.” So how does Puscifer act as an extension to this notion? Keenan offers three explanations: 1. “An attempt to reconnect with that seemingly lost balance between the Artistic and Utilitarian.” 2. “An attempt to reawaken our inner storyteller, and our ability to Observe, Interpret, and Report all the fun stuff we’ve witnessed.” 3. “An attempt to remind us all to dance before the inevitable End of the World. (Make checks and money orders payable to Chicken Little ?…etc.)” Keenan concludes, “Because we at Puscifer feel that Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.” Check out Maynard James Keenan’s newest article at  Phoenix New Times , and give your Monday morning a welcome jolt. [button href=”” title=”Previous Maynard Keenan Column: ‘These Are the ‘End of Days'” align=”center”]