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Listen To Final Show Of Tool’s 2016 Tour In Its Entirety

Tool Archive have uploaded Tool’s final concert of the winter 2016 tour in New Orleans, with a recording from tapeworm.

00:00 No Quarter
12:12 The Grudge
21:12 Parabola
31:54 Schism
40:35 Opiate
53:44 Ænema
1:01:25 Descending
1:05:15 Jambi
1:13:11 Forty Six & 2
1:19:30 Synth & Drum Solo
1:28:33 Sweat
1:33:09 Stinkfist

While Tool had a triumphant tour finale at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Sunday, one fan did not have a great night. Near the end of the band’s set, a fan fell from the balcony. It wasn’t clear where he fell from, or if he jumped, but it’s been speculated that it was the suite level. He was moving though when he landed, but it startled other Tool fans. Freelance journalist Wesley Hodges told The Advocate, “It was scary,” Hodges said. “I caught it out of the corner of my eye. I saw a body coming down and heard a really loud crash. I saw him lying on the ground. There was chaos after that. People were screaming.”

“We can confirm that a patron fell,” said Sabrina Trahan, the arena’s event marketing and media coordinator, in an emailed statement. “An investigation is ongoing.”

Police and security personnel arrived quickly to help the fan who fell, but there has been no update on his health.

Tool wrapped up their tour at Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA this past weekend, and frontman Maynard James Keenan did it in style, wearing a tutu. Watch video, and see photos, below!

Setlist:
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
The Grudge
Parabol
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Forty-Six & 2
Intermission
Drum Solo
Sweat
Stinkfist

Fan Falls From Balcony At Tool Concert

While Tool had a triumphant tour finale at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Sunday, one fan did not have a great night. Near the end of the band’s set, a fan fell from the balcony. It wasn’t clear where he fell from, or if he jumped, but it’s been speculated that it was the suite level. He was moving though when he landed, but it startled other Tool fans. Freelance journalist Wesley Hodges told The Advocate, “It was scary,” Hodges said. “I caught it out of the corner of my eye. I saw a body coming down and heard a really loud crash. I saw him lying on the ground. There was chaos after that. People were screaming.”

“We can confirm that a patron fell,” said Sabrina Trahan, the arena’s event marketing and media coordinator, in an emailed statement. “An investigation is ongoing.”

Police and security personnel arrived quickly to help the fan who fell, but there has been no update on his health.

Tool wrapped up their tour at Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA this past weekend, and frontman Maynard James Keenan did it in style, wearing a tutu. Watch video, and see photos, below!

Setlist:
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
The Grudge
Parabol
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Forty-Six & 2
Intermission
Drum Solo
Sweat
Stinkfist

Watch Video Of Maynard James Keenan Ending Tool Tour In A Tutu

Tool wrapped up their tour at Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA this past weekend, and frontman Maynard James Keenan did it in style, wearing a tutu. Watch video, and see photos, below!

No big deal. Just MJK in a tutu. In New Orleans. During Mardi Gras. #tool #toolband #maynardjameskeenan #mardigras2016

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#mancrushmonday #maynardjameskeenan

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Setlist:
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
The Grudge
Parabol
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Forty-Six & 2
Intermission
Drum Solo
Sweat
Stinkfist

Tool Wear ‘Very Sexy’ Furry Outfits On Stage

On Saturday night in Pensacola, members of Tool took the stage dressed in ‘very sexy’ furry outfits during opening act 3 Teeth’s set, as an end of the tour prank. 3 Teeth wrote on Instagram, “That time in Pensacola when the guys from TOOL stormed our set in some very sexy furry outfits #3teeth #OperationMindfuck #furry #pensacola #tour #tool #primus.”

Check out a short clip below of Tool on stage in their furry outfits, followed by the setlist from their performance, and videos of their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter,” “Ænima,” “Sweat,” and “Jambi.”

Setlist:
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
The Grudge
Parabol
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Forty-Six & 2
Intermission
Drum Solo
Sweat
Stinkfist

WWE’s Triple H Has Given Tool Advice ‘That Has Benefited Our Business’

Tool guitarist Adam Jones attended a WWE NXT wrestling event a couple of nights ago, and Jones wrote about how WWE Champion and COO Triple H has helped Tool’s business on his Instagram.

“Tonight’s #NXT tapping was EPIC. Want to thank EVERYONE involved. I’m totally floating above the ground. And here’s the deal – I can’t begin to tell you how much I admire this guy* Very inspiring friend, leader & entertainer (on stage & behind the scenes). Over the years He has shared advice & wisdom that has benefitted our business & made me a better person.
Another Hero that keeps that fire burning inside me. ~He’s kind of a big muscle’tastic version of #Yoda . bless you #TripleH.”

Find Out How Much Money Tool & Scott Weiland Made At Recent Concerts

Billboard have released box office reports for recent rock concerts, including the late Scott Weiland’s final U.S. concert just two months ago, recent Tool and Puscifer shows, a Marilyn Manson show, and many more.

Artist: Scott Weiland
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: November 29, 2015
Gross Sales: $8,585
Attendance/Capacity: 566 / 1,573
Ticket Prices: $15

Artist: Tool, 3Teeth
Venue: San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Date: January 6-7, 2016
Gross Sales: $1,476,140
Attendance/Capacity: 17,365 / 17,365
Ticket Prices: $90, $85

Artist: Muse, X Ambassadors
Venue: Chicago, IL – United Center
Date: January 13, 2016
Gross Sales: $819,321
Attendance/Capacity: 13,439 / 13,439
Ticket Prices: $69.50, $59.50, $49.50, $39.50

Artist: Judas Priest, Mastodon
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: November 5-6, 2015
Gross Sales: $299,689
Attendance/Capacity: 3,160 / 3,160
Ticket Prices: $95

Artist: King Crimson
Venue: Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Date: November 19-21, 2015
Gross Sales: $286,697
Attendance/Capacity: 3,107 / 3,107
Ticket Prices: $150.07, $52.15

Artist: Nightwish, Amorphis, Arch Enemy
Venue: Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
Date: November 18, 2015
Gross Sales: $260,923
Attendance/Capacity: 6,409 / 8,378
Ticket Prices: $46.91, $31.99

Artist: Deep Purple
Venue: Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
Date: November 23, 2015
Gross Sales: $258,484
Attendance/Capacity: 4,359 / 7,555
Ticket Prices: $72.37, $51.09

Artist: Marilyn Manson, Krokodil
Venue: London, UK – Eventim Apollo
Date: November 19, 2015
Gross Sales: $251,391
Attendance/Capacity: 5,085 / 5,098
Ticket Prices: $49.44

Artist: Scorpions
Venue: Antwerp, BEL – Sportpaleis
Date: November 22, 2015
Gross Sales: $247,944
Attendance/Capacity: 4,669 / 8,000
Ticket Prices: $85.14, $40.44

Artist: Puscifer, Luchafer
Venue: Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Date: December 8, 2015
Gross Sales: $115,827
Attendance/Capacity: 1,907 / 1,907
Ticket Prices: $79.50, $59.50

Artist: Godsmack, Red Sun Rising
Venue: Fresno, CA – William Saroyan Theatre
Date: November 8, 2015
Gross Sales: $65,686
Attendance/Capacity: 1,360 / 2,319
Ticket Prices: $69.50, $29.50

Artist: Ghost, Purson
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
Date: October 26, 2015
Gross Sales: $40,321
Attendance/Capacity: 1,325 / 1,325
Ticket Prices: $30.60, $28

Artist: Falling in Reverse, Attila, Metro Station, Assuming We Survive
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Date: December 4, 2015
Gross Sales: $30,597
Attendance/Capacity: 1,315 / 2,300
Ticket Prices: $25, $23

Artist: Bring Me the Horizon, Issues, PVRIS
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Date: October 23, 2015
Gross Sales: $28,527
Attendance/Capacity: 771 / 771
Ticket Prices: $37

Artist: King Diamond, Electric Citizen
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Date: November 23, 2015
Gross Sales: $23,502
Attendance/Capacity: 859 / 2,300
Ticket Prices: $30, $27

Artist: Symphony X, Overkill
Venue: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Date: September 26, 2015
Gross Sales: $17,685
Attendance/Capacity: 594 / 640
Ticket Prices: $100, $32, $25, $12.50

Artist: Between the Buried and Me, Enslaved, Intronaut, Native Construct
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
Date: November 29, 2015
Gross Sales: $16,553
Attendance/Capacity: 601 / 1,300
Ticket Prices: $28, $27.50

Artist: Machine Head
Venue: St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
Date: December 4, 2015
Gross Sales: $14,193
Attendance/Capacity: 613 / 705
Ticket Prices: $30, $25

Artist: Tremonti, Trivium
Venue: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Date: September 30, 2015
Gross Sales: $10,555
Attendance/Capacity: 509 / 1,186
Ticket Prices: $25, $20

Artist: Eluveitie, The Agonist
Venue: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Date: September 16, 2015
Gross Sales: $9,615
Attendance/Capacity: 476 / 721
Ticket Prices: $20, $12.50

Tool Planning Two New Music Videos

NSYK posted an exchange from Tool guitarist Adam Jones’ recent VIP Q&A on the band’s Reddit a couple of days ago.

“Adam talked a lot about the process they were going through on the new album. No one asked about the progress, so I can’t tell you what the status of that was.

What I did find very telling, however, was him talking about the progress they’ve made on producing the two music videos. It came out of him talking about using CGI vs stop motion work in Hollywood and his time as a visual effects artist. This made me believe they are very far along in their work on the album.”

He added, “He said two music videos that they were on the hook from the record company for, complained they only get an advance on the video and would likely lose money as it would be all over Youtube and Vimeo and not get traditional revenue, and talked about different options for making money back.”

Tool also recently released a newsletter that hints at future projects, though does not offer an update on their new album.

“As I’m sure some of you are aware, it’s now 2016 era vulgaris (or, if your pseudo-Latin is a bit rusty, 2016 in the common era), and as such, it’s a fair bet that at least a few Tool enthusiasts are wondering what might be in store for the band in the new calendar year. Well, the Criswell in me predicts that 2016 e.v. will be an exciting year (of course, Criswell once predicted that a beam from outer space would turn all the metal in Denver into carbon nanotube rubber!). However, before anyone reads too much into this (again), I have no time tables for anything, and that’s with a sequined tuxedo. As Tool finishes up the current mini-tour in those states where McDonalds first offered sweet tea, what I do have is e-mail traffic that suggests (nay, confirms) that the band is making preparations for things to come besides a new record.”

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These 15 Alternative Rock Artists Deserve Your Attention Right Now!

On New Year’s Day Alternative Nation posted an article Make Listening to These Ten Up and Coming Bands Your New Year’s Resolution, and now that we have given you some time to fall in love with those ten bands, here are fifteen more. So before you start raving out (do the kids still do that?) to that new Skrillex record, try listening to these ten bands that may just save rock and roll and make people realize that EDM is pretty much just disco.

Dear Stalker
Lisa Murphwell – Vocals/Guitar
Adam Learner – Bass/Backing Vocals
Alan Murphwell – Drums
A three piece band from Melbourne, Australia which features a talented front woman with a stellar and bold voice accompanied by one of the best rhythm sections in modern rock, Dear Stalker have the pieces in place to break at any moment.

Website
Facebook
Bandcamp

Echo Collider
Members:  Bryan, Matt, Derek, RJ and Matt
Echo Collider is a five piece progressive hard rock band hailing from Kansas City, MO. Dynamically mixing heavy guitars along with moments where the listener can get whisked up in the exploratory song progression, Echo Collider have the music to take you on a trip.

Facebook
Bandcamp

Dear Adamus
Raytheon Dunn: Vocals/Guitar
Chris Wilkins: Bass/ Vocals
Severin Di Croce: Drums
With multiple vocalists that are as smooth and flawless as they come and a sound that rivals some of the best singer/songwriter acts of today, Dear Adamas is just getting started with their latest single “Somber Face”.

Bandcamp
Facebook
Reverb Nation

Helms Alee
Ben Verellen:  Guitar/Vocals
Dana James:  Bass/Vocals
Hozoji Margullis:  Drums/Vocals

A three piece band out of Seattle, WA, Helms Alee are masters of progressive melodies and vocal harmonies; its modern rock that builds and explodes. If you like Tool they are a must listen, though Helms Alee are by no means imitators and often branch out finding unexplored musical territory. And on a side note, their album artwork is breathtaking.


Webpage
Facebook
Bandcamp

Home Address
Frankie Mattero:  Vocals
Brandon DeAtley:  Drums
Albert Deel:  Bass/Vocals
Christian Deel:  Guitar
Brandon Deel:  Guitar
Home Address is a five piece band from Fredericksburg, Virginia that radiates nothing but feel good alternative rock. It’s one of those rare perfect musical marriages where all the components mesh together to form a unique and refreshing sound all its own, as evident in the track “Supposedly“.

Bandcamp
Facebook

Inner Temple
Dustin Schumacher: Guitar/Vocals
Keeyan Zimmerman: Drums
Dan Dent: Bass
A three piece band from Bloomsburg, PA, Inner Temple quench the thirst for fans of early 90s alternative rock that crave that type of new music from a modern band.  Inner Temple are carrying the torch passed on by Nirvana and The Screaming Trees but with a modern twist.
https://youtu.be/9Xjd9t9QnkE
Facebook
Bandcamp

Messenger Birds
Parker: Vocals/Guitar
Chris: Drums
A two piece band from Detriot, MI, Messenger Birds are a bit grungy and a bit solo Jack White, but their use of space allows them to stand apart from their peers.
https://youtu.be/ycT3Lj80Q5c
Bandcamp
Facebook

Outta The Furnace
Minnesota John: Guitar/vocals
Stevie Steve: Bass Guitar
Matt Albright: Drums
Outta The Furnace are a three piece bluesy modern rock band from Virginia Beach, VA. White Stripes meets Buddy Guy; Outta The Furnace has formed a sound all their own.

Website
Facebook
Reverb Nation

Sabrosa Purr
Will Love: Vocals/Guitar
Sabrosa Purr is an experimental alternative rock band from Los Angeles, CA. They have taken a wide range of influences while superbly taking advantage of time in their songwriting and created something truly extraordinary.

Webpage
Facebook
Bandcamp

Tim Branom
Alternative Nation’s very own multi-talented reporter Tim Branom is a rock music veteran from Los Angeles, California. Branom has worked with the likes of Layne Staley and Days of the New. A guru in the studio and a great songwriter, Branom’s music is tailored to perfection. Throw in some great hooks, perfect transitions, and voice that can rattle the soul, Branom’s music is a must listen.  Branom just released a raucous new single entitled “Blind” last month, download it on iTunes.


Website
Facebook
Reverb Nation

Ultra Major (Formally Concreatures)
Ty Jontz
Nick Tardif
Eric Pearson
From Brooklyn, NY, Ultra Major create nothing but great and heavy melodic tracks. Their sound is a throw back to the 90’s with smooth vocals and loud guitars.; a hint of Screaming Trees mixed with their own brand of alternative rock.

Facebook
Bandcamp

The Vidos
Brett Hornall: Lead Vocals/Bass
Kirk Musfelt: Guitar / Backup Vocals
Nolan Nielsen: Drums / Backup Vocals
The Vidos are a three piece punk band from Vancouver, BC, Canada and fun is the only way to describe them. Their music isn’t overplayed pop/punk nonsense, but is actually reminiscent of the early punk days by perfecting the habitual short punk track with excellent musicianship.

Website
Facebook
Bandcamp

Ribs
Keith Freund: Vocals/Guitar/Bass
Chris Oquist: Drums
Ribs are a duo from Boston, MA. With heavy guitars layered with a vocalist that has the aura of The Cure’s Robert Smith, Ribs have conjured up a sound like no other. They have opened for the likes of bands like Queens of the Stone Age and in 2016 a much anticipated new album is set to be released.

Website
Facebook
Soundcloud

If you have completely given up on rock or just came back from that much anticipated trip to mars, or any other random place completely void of all things regarding rock music in pop culture, and haven’t heard these two bands that have recently garnered significant fan bases, you should check them out!

Torche

Dead Sara

What are some of your favorite up and coming artists?  Feel free to share in the comments section below.

Hear all the best from all these great up and coming bands and many more at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio

Tool Celebrate The X-Files’ Return

Tool gave a shoutout to The X-Files at their show last night in Atlanta, GA. During intermission, a classic phrase and tagline from the series was displayed: ‘I want to believe.’ The X-Files returned to television on FOX Sunday after 14 years off the air. The show originally ran from 1993 to 2002 for 9 seasons, with feature films released in 1998 and 2008.

On another interesting note, Maynard James Keenan told fans that the band would be seeing Tool again soon, which is a promising sign for future tours and the next album. There was also a fan dressed as a banana, who Maynard referenced during “Opiate.” There was a fan dressed as a penguin next to the banana.

Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænima
Descending
Jambi
46&2
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Stinkfist

Maynard James Keenan Tells Snowstorm To ‘Suck A Bag Of D**ks,’ Chewbacca Attends Tool Show

Tool toughed out to the snowstorm over the weekend and carried on with their concerts. Fans had great reviews of the show on the band’s Reddit page.

Holy_crow_above_me wrote:

Section 331, perfect angles for all of the visuals. That fucking star man. They knew exactly what they were doing, and this was by far the best I’ve ever seen them perform. They completely reworked all of those songs, it’s as if they were a cover band of themselves only better than the original. Danny was basking in his greatness with the most technical and clear solo I’ve ever seen. Maynard is correct in saying this snow can “suck suck a big bag of salty dicks”

Hiphoppington posted:

chewbaccatool

Blad514 wrote:

Section 208. My first time seeing Tool. They were incredible. I knew No Quarter was going to be the opener and I wasn’t really too excited…that song is just too long and slow to be an opener, IMO. BUT, being there, in the moment, it totally fucking worked. I have a new respect for that song. I wish the setlist was maybe 3-4 songs longer but I’m not complaining. Some of the songs they DID play were among my very favorites of theirs.

The sound quality in the arena was really good for where we were sitting, I was surprised. My only complaint was this lady SCREAMING throughout Primus’ entire set, (drunk lady voice), “GET UP!! WHY ARE YOU SITTING! GET THE FUCK UP!” Overall, it was amazing. I can’t believe I never saw them live before.

bcfromky wrote:

I was in 205. Hands down the best show I’ve ever seen. I’m not a huge fan of arenas but Bridgestone was perfect last night. The sound was amazing! I’ve seen shows in Rupp Arena in Lexington and the YUM Center in Louisville. Neither compared to the show in Bridgestone. No Quarter was on point! I recorded several songs on my cell and they’re really good quality! These guys know how to put on a show.

Behind The Scenes Of Tool’s $500 VIP Experience

Many fans have wondered what Tool’s $500 VIP experience entails (now cut down to $300 in certain cities for last minute deals), and fans have taken to social media to praise the experience. One fan said Adam spent 2 hours talking to fans during a Q&A, and even gave him his guitar pick!

“During the Tool VIP Experience Adam Jones comes down to take a group photo. He walks right by me so I ask if I could have his guitar pick. He said yes! The pick was still in his hand so I just took it! Yeah! Also second time front row for Tool!!”

“I got VIP for van halen, not worth it. Tool so worth it 1st row & 2hr q&a Adam!”

#Tool VIPs in #SouthHaven @adamjones_tv #MaynardJamesKeenan #DannyCarey #JustinChancellor #ToolArmy #ToolBand

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Watch Maynard James Keenan’s Hilarious Birthday Video For Tool’s Adam Jones

Tool guitarist Adam Jones celebrated his 51st birthday over the weekend, and his bandmate Maynard James Keenan recorded a hilarious video to celebrate the occasion. Check out that video below, followed by a post by Adam, a picture of Maynard practicing his martial arts moves while on tour, and some videos from shows over the weekend!

Happy Birthday, Butt Munch. @adamjones_tv

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Watch World’s Biggest Tool Fan Lose His Mind At Houston Show

Tool performed in Houston last night, and one fan clearly had a better time than everybody else. Check out an awesome video below of a dedicated Tool fan losing his mind, followed by the setlist!

#tool

A video posted by Jonathan Chapa (@chapanation) on

Setlist:
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
The Grudge
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Forty-Six & 2
Intermission
Drum Solo
Vicarious
(-) Ions
Stinkfist

When Tool played in San Diego over the weekend, Maynard James Keenan took the chance to respond to fans being offended by the word ‘rape’ being in the lyrics to “Opiate.” Keenan of course was dryly sarcastic as always, discussing the San Francisco feminist vegans and others of “those” were offended by the phrase “rape you.” Quite thoughtfully, he replaced the phrasing with “metaphorically rape you [with a rhino horn].”

San Diego January 9th Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate w/ Jam
Aenima
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Stinkfist

San Diego January 10th Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate
Aenima
Descending
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Sweat
Stinkfist

1st post of 2016. So much for New Years resolutions. @logcad insert comment here: #puscifer #maynardjameskeenan

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Watch Maynard James Keenan’s Epic Iron Man Entrance At Tool Show

Tim Cadiente has uploaded a great video of Maynard James Keenan walking on stage at last night’s Tool show in San Antonio, Texas. The video is filmed behind Keenan, making him feel more like a superhero than he already does with the Iron Manesque suit he’s been wearing.

A video posted by ©TIM CADIENTE®™ (@timcad) on

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San Antonio Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænima
Descending
Jambi
Forty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Sweat
Stinkfist

Watch Tool’s complete shows in San Diego and San Francisco below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UqKHiwJ654

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtk5seU3t0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXBsq6g0uMo

Adam Jones discussed Tool’s new album in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

“I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”

“We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.”

He also discussed how Maynard James Keenan is working with the band.

“We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.”

Maynard James Keenan Reacts To Fans Being Offended By Rape Lyric At Tool Show

Photo credit: @timcad on Instagram. Maynard with a donut backstage.

When Tool played in San Diego over the weekend, Maynard James Keenan took the chance to respond to fans being offended by the word ‘rape’ being in the lyrics to “Opiate.” Keenan of course was dryly sarcastic as always, discussing the San Francisco feminist vegans and others of “those” were offended by the phrase “rape you.” Quite thoughtfully, he replaced the phrasing with “metaphorically rape you [with a rhino horn].”

San Diego January 9th Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate w/ Jam
Aenima
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Stinkfist

San Diego January 10th Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate
Aenima
Descending
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Sweat
Stinkfist

1st post of 2016. So much for New Years resolutions. @logcad insert comment here: #puscifer #maynardjameskeenan

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Tool Perform “Sweat” For First Time Since 1998, Metallica Attend Show

Photo credit: SFBayAreaConcerts.com

Tool performed “Sweat” for the first time since August 28, 1998 at their show in San Francisco on Thursday. Metallica members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo attend the show. Watch video and see the setlist below!

Setlist:
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
The Grudge
Parabola
Schism (with Opiate bass intro)
Opiate (with Schism bass intro)
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Forty-Six & 2

Encore:
Drum Solo (with synth)
Sweat (first since August 28, 1998)
Vicarious
Ions (recording)
Stinkfist

Rush left Tool a letter in guitarist Adam Jones’ road case a couple of years ago, and Jones rediscovered it last night and shared it with fans. The letter reads: “Have a great gig! We’re in the studio now. Catch you next time. Alex, Geddy, and Neil.”

Jones called Rush his ‘heroes’ on his Instagram account, “Cleaning out my road case & found this from a couple years back. #RUSH #heroes.”

Tool drummer Danny Carey jammed with Rush drummer Neil Peart last year. The pair united with Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell, South Park creator Matt Stone, and The Police drummer Stewart Copeland.

*Cleaning out my road case & found this from a couple years back. #RUSH #heroes

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Adam Jones discussed Tool’s new album in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

“I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”

“We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.”

He also discussed how Maynard James Keenan is working with the band.

“We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.”

Rush Leave Tool Hidden Letter In Road Case

Rush left Tool a letter in guitarist Adam Jones’ road case a couple of years ago, and Jones rediscovered it last night and shared it with fans. The letter reads: “Have a great gig! We’re in the studio now. Catch you next time. Alex, Geddy, and Neil.”

Jones called Rush his ‘heroes’ on his Instagram account, “Cleaning out my road case & found this from a couple years back. #RUSH #heroes.”

Tool drummer Danny Carey jammed with Rush drummer Neil Peart last year. The pair united with Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell, South Park creator Matt Stone, and The Police drummer Stewart Copeland.

*Cleaning out my road case & found this from a couple years back. #RUSH #heroes

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Adam Jones discussed Tool’s new album in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

“I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”

“We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.”

He also discussed how Maynard James Keenan is working with the band.

“We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.”

Tool Illuminate Crowd With Lasers At 2016 Tour Kickoff In San Francisco

Tool kicked off their 2016 tour in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last night by reaching new heights with their lasers, as seen above. The band’s setlist was the same as their lone 2015 show, with a Led Zeppelin “No Quarter” cover kicking off the show. See the setlist and watch video clips below!

Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate w/ Jam
Aenima
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Stinkfist

Short one due to security telling me to not film, but how could you not! #lightshow #tool

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An incredible and unforgettable concert! #Tool #Progressive #Metal #SF

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#tool #aenima #billgrahamcivic @toolpusciferapc

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#Tool absolutely killed it tonight. Best show I have ever experienced.

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Adam Jones discussed Tool’s new album in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

“I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”

“We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.”

He also discussed how Maynard James Keenan is working with the band.

“We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.”

Make Listening to These Great Up & Coming Bands Your New Years Resolution!

Do you think all the best rock music was made before the year 2000? Have you jumped ship with rock and hopped on the EDM bandwagon? Do you not have a New Year’s resolution? Well, before you pick up that latest Dead Mou-Five (Did I spell that right?) record, how about I give you a new years resolution.. and that is find a new up and coming band that you can’t get enough of!

It’s actually a little easier than you think, and I’ll make it even easier for you by giving you a list of ten of the best up and coming bands to check out if you haven’t already (and if you have, good job doing your homework!):

Black Map
Mark Engles: Guitar
Chris Robyn: Drums
Ben Flanagan: Vocals/Bass

Black Map is a three-piece alternative hard rock band hailing from San Fransisco, CA. Loud and boisterous, Black Map are a hard rock force with a heavy, clean sound. In 2014 Alternative Nation reviewed their album And We Explode… giving it a 9/10.

“This album practically holds every characteristic necessary for an alternative rock musical masterpiece, which should come as to no surprise.”
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Black Map have supported Chevelle on tour and have also played various shows with the likes of ††† (Crosses), Tombs, Pelican, and Kill Devil Hill.
Essential Tracks: “Code”, “Chinaski”, “I’m Just the Driver”

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Dinosaur Eyelids
Evan Staats – Vocals
Scott Staats – Bass
Patrick McKnight – Guitar
Mark Leone – Drums

Dinosaur Eyelids are a four piece band based out of New Brunswick, NJ. With a bit of a grungy and progressive sound, Dinosaur Eyelids are excellent songwriters with many tracks that can take you on a journey. “The LIDS” have opened for Parlor Mob and shared the stage with Dean Ween of Ween and have earned a reputation for their aggressive live performances.

Essential Tracks: “Further Down the River”, “21 Graham Salute”, “Answer In The Sky”

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Everyday Losers
Dylan Seidel- Vocals/Guitar
Tyler Seidel- Guitar/Vocals
Danny Norton- Bass
Damian Baker- Drums

The Everyday Losers are a four piece band out of Washington, Indiana. They describe themselves as a band full of heavy riffs, powerful choruses, and frenetic live performances. They recently wrapped up a touring stint with Saliva in November and have also shared the stage with Jackyl, Smile Empty Soul, and Black Stone Cherry.   The Everyday Losers boast tracks that are both heavy and melodic, such as the standout “Here We Are Now”.

Essential Tracks: “Outta My Head”, “Hate You”, “Here We Are Now”

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High/Low
Steve Weston – Guitar/Pedals/Vocals
Lee ‘meatarm’ Yates – Bass
Dave Pankhurst – Drums

High/Low are a four piece band out of Essex, UK. The band’s entire catalog is bursting with catchy, heavy, alternative rock tracks. All the elements seem to perfectly blend together to form a unique brand of rock music that works more on a high level, not a low one (ba dum tiss). High/Low have a much anticipated new album being released on January 29th, 2016.  Get an exclusive free download from the new album entitled “MONO” here and you can hear their new single entitled “Mould” below.

Essential Tracks: ‘Mould”, “Beef Back”, “Spy Eye”

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Minus Cube
Joe Weinstock – Guitars
Glyn Rolmanis – Drums
Michael Martin – Vocals

Minus Cube is a three piece band with a unique setup in that Michael is based in the USA, and Joe and Glyn are based in the UK, but that distance hasn’t stopped the band from creating one of the most unique sounds in rock today.  A listener can hear the influences from bands like Tool, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, particularly in tracks like “Everything” and Trance Decay”.  Minus Cube have a new album planned for 2016 entitled The Butterfly Effect, watch the teaser here.

Essential Tracks: “Everything”, “Trance Decay”, “Catalyst”

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New Oceans
David Downs –Vocals/Guitar
Rob Miller – Bass
John Kehoe –Drums

New Oceans is a three piece band out of Chicago, IL. Starting out as an industrial, electro-rock band, New Oceans have changed their style, releasing a unique high energy punk/grunge album entitled Fuzzbuzz. Having the feel of early Seattle grunge while throwing in some of the most unique song progressions in modern rock, New Oceans have grown to be an innovative and exciting newcomer to the american rock scene.

Essential Tracks: “ADHD”, “She Lives in a Shack”, “Sun Drunk”

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Noiseheads
Nick Gray – Vocals/Guitar
Greg Nicholas – Drums/Vocals
Joe Gray – Bass/Vocals

Noiseheads are a three piece band from Pensacola, FL, but are soon transitioning to Greensboro, NC. Alternative Nation hailed Noiseheads as “One of America’s most promising young rock bands,” and with catchy radio friendly hard rock tunes, Noiseheads may be one of those bands that will ensure the world that rock is still alive and well. The band is influenced by many of the greats such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana, but sound like no other. Dave Grohl once said the intensity that Kurt Cobain had in his voice sounded like he was grinding nails in his throat when he performed, and this comparison is also the only way to describe Nick Gray’s vocals, throw in a stellar rhythm section from Greg and Joe and yes it is true, Noiseheads is one of America’s most promising young rock bands, and they may just be a band that brings rock music back from the underground.  Noiseheads may be taking a bit of a break with the move, but have been busy recently, including releasing a video for their track “Fellow Man” in November.

Essential Tracks: “Fellow Man”, “Expectations”, “Pretty Hate Song Pt. 2”, “Annie”

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Soul Inclination
Shashank Bhatnagar – Vocals/Rhythm Guitars
Puneet Vohra – Lead Guitars/Vocals
Ashish Sharma – Bass
Nishant Hagjer – Drums/Vocals

Soul Inclination is a four piece band from New Delhi, India. Though they have recently gone through some lineup changes, the two tracks they released in 2015 were fantastic. So great in fact that their second single “Not a Loser” was the most requested song on Alternative Nation Radio in 2015. Influenced by bands like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, Soul Inclination has the makings of a modern rock force.

Essential Tracks: “Not a Loser”, “I Am Alone”

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The Burning of Rome
Adam Traub – Vocals/Keys/Guitar
Joe Aguilar – Guitar/Vocals
Aimee Jacobs – Keys/Glockenspiel/Vocals
Keveen Baudouin – Bass/Vocals
Danny King – Drums

The Burning of Rome are a five piece band from the Los Angeles and San Diego, CA area. Describing themselves as death-pop, they have the elements of a band who will eventually garner a very large cult following. Their use of both male and female vocal leads gives them a diversity that not many modern rock bands possess.  They released their second album Year of the Ox in 2014 which included three tracks that were among the most requested on Alternative Nation Radio in 2015.

Essential Tracks: “Better Than He”, “Cowboy’s and Cut Cigars”, “Year of the Ox”

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Tidalwave
Dean – Guitar/Vocals
Marc – Bass
Nils – Drums

Tidalwave is a three piece band from Berlin, Germany. Their first release, a four song self-titled EP released in Feburary 2015, was pure melodic alternative rock bliss. Influenced by bands like Foo Fighters, Deftones, and Muse, Tidalwave have the ability to create a smart and cohesive sound unlike no other. With a new EP entitled “1992” being released in early 2016 (watch the teaser), Tidalwave is sure to turn even more heads in the coming months.

Essential Tracks: “Find Myself”, “Rx”, “Solace”

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Hear all the best from all these great up and coming bands plus many more at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio.  What are some up and coming bands that you can’t get enough of?  Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Top 10 Most Anticipated Rock Albums Of 2016

Co-written and edited by Brett Buchanan

As we kick off 2016, the year should be an eventful one in the year of alternative rock. Check out 10 of the most anticipated albums for the year below!

Wolfmother

Wolfmother are set to release their new album Victorious in February. The band has already released two raucous tracks from the album, “Victorious” and “City Lights“.

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey will release her first album since 2011’s Let England Shake this spring. The album documents a “unique artistic journey which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C,” according to a press release. She has already performed new tracks live, including “Chain of Keys” and “The Ministry of Social Affairs.”

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Radiohead

In October, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood said that the band has recorded “lots” of material for a new album and are currently sifting through the material to find the best tracks.  It will be the band’s first release since 2011.

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Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains were already beginning work on their new album this past summer, so a 2016 release has to be expected.

Bassist Mike Inez told Rock 103 (as transcribed by Alternative Nation) in August:

“We’ve been throwing around riffs for a new record, we’re taking it nice and slow, and we just wanted to get out of the house this summer, and just play. It’s funny, we’re still like brothers to this day.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers have completed the majority of their new album and in December were only waiting for Anthony Keidis to track vocals.  Flea has called the new material “emotional” and the first single is set to be released in early February.

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Deftones

In November Chino Moreno announced in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that the Deftones have finished recording their new album and were in the mixing process with an early 2016 release.  Moreno also mentioned that the album has 16 tracks and will feature an appearance from Jerry Cantrell.

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Soundgarden

In August Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone that Soundgarden is working on a new album. Kim Thayil said earlier in the year that the band is aiming for a 2016 release.  No additional details have been confirmed.

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Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan has been hyping up the followup to 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy since before that album came out, originally titling the followup Day for Night and saying it’d be released in 2015. Corgan then dropped the titled and reworked the album over the summer, but there has been no update from Corgan since. Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin recently revealed that he will be getting together with Corgan early this year, so there may be news coming soon.

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Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor made a big announcement on Twitter on December 18th: “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.”

Reznor told Rolling Stone in July that he was in the early stages of working on new Nine Inch Nails music.

“Yeah, I’ve been messing around with some things. And I went through a period of “tour, tour, tour.” Things right after another, with scores and what I’ve been doing whilst working on Apple music here is what I call “laboratory time,” more experiments without any definite agenda. It’s not for a thing, it’s not a record I’m trying to finish in a month. It’s more just feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds interesting. It’s nice to do that every few years to try and reinvent and discover and try to learn about yourself and what feels exciting to you as an artist.”

He also discussed rock bands no longer selling albums, “As an artist, there’s the difficult transition from realizing that where you used to sell an item that you got X amount for – those days are over. And the toothpaste is not going to go back in the tube. And people aren’t going to suddenly want to buy CDs again and feel good about overpaying for them. That’s a fact. Most of my peers have swallowed the bitter pill that I have swallowed, which is that you don’t make a lot of money selling music these days. It’s just the way it is. I don’t think that’s the way it should be, but that is the way it is. So I’m excited to accept that.”

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Tool

The elusive Tool have been somewhat quietly working on a new album over the past year.  They debuted a snippet of a new song entitled “Descending” at a Halloween show in Tempe, Arizona which Adam Jones later told Rolling Stone was a preview of a new track.  So we are all holding out hope that 2016 is the year that we finally get a new Tool album since 2006’s 10,000 Days.