TOOL Spirals Out in Nashville [Review & Photo Gallery]

Four years and six days to the date since last descending upon Nashville, genre transcending and now three time Best Metal Performance Grammy winning band Tool returned to Music City to fascinate their ever loyal fan base and captivate the uninitiated. Along for the ride and opening was Author & Punisher, who, as with most Tool tours, was an eccentric choice that most Tool fans wouldn’t necessarily encounter when shuffling ‘Tool Radio’ on their streaming service of choice.
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Veteran Lead-Singers on Vocalists In General [Video]

Every once in while we get to hear an opinion of specific singer on individuality of another. Most of the time these are personal love or hate comments. However, frontmen rarely getting asked about what they think of vocalists in general. In this article three well-known non-rock’n’roll cliché lifestyle vocalists talk about people of their profession.

Maynard James Keenan

Despite having a lot of impatient yet loyal fanbase, MJK has always been a sarcastic, cynical and honest person. In spite of having three successful bands (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) he is also well-known for his passion to a viticulture. In documentary about his journey in the world of winemaking “Blood Into Wine” he shared his thoughts on the music industry. He explained the vicious career circle of regular famous musicians and singers in particular.

The problem with the music industry in general is that artists get into it because they have a desire to be desired and they have desire to scream their heads off for whatever issue happened to them in the past… They weren’t armed with proper tools to move through any trauma… What they do is scream their heads off. And at some point they get popular. Now they are part of the industry that is rum by people who are uneducated, emotional people. In the way it’s kinda dead-end in this society we expect those artists to continue screaming to the end of their days . If you don’t eventually feel better, I’m not sure how effective your screaming was and how your screaming will help somebody else… I didn’t necessary want to scream my whole life. If the songs don’t help me, how are they gonna help you?”

Mike Patton

Audience knows Patton as a lively, strange, diverse, 6-octave voice multi genre musician with numerous side-projects behind his back. Mike Patton always had attitude to collaborate with different musicians. That being said, his desire and experience of working with musicians makes him a credible source of information.

The interview was recorded around 1992-1993, after Faith No More’s “Angel Dust” release. By that time FNM toured with such acts as ZZ Top, Billy Idol, White Snake, Guns’n’Roses, Metallica, Beastie Boys and many others. Mike states the following

I think singers and guitar players are the fucking stupidest most overrated piece of the band. Singers are horrible. They just want to pat themselves on the back and be heard. Maybe a lot of singers have been ignored as children or something… but the same goes for guitar players!”

Henry Rollins

In the light of events after death of Kurt Cobain, iconic punk-rock vocalist Henry Rollins was interviewed about the suicide of legendary Nirvana frontman. In his commentary Rollins spoke about realities successful musicians have to face in their career. Because of the tragedy of grunge musician, unlike vocalists mentioned previously, Henry talks about the subject in almost empathetic way.

I think maybe in the situation where all these people want a peace of you where you’re being pursued by tabloid newspapers… To be in these weird situations might drive one to extremes… When that around you so excessive: the money, the attention, the hype, the hysteria… perhaps something in your own life might rise to that occasion and that might get out of your control. Also a lot of people they’re brilliant. They are very sensitive and perhaps they’re not ready for the brutality of the mass acceptance.”

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Release Clip, “The Contrarian” For 3D Hologram Companion Film For “Eat The Elephant”

Supergroup A PERFECT CIRCLE have released a 2D clip of “The Contrarian” along with extended North American tour dates. The clip is from a hologram film, directed by Steven Sebring (Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band, Dream of Life), in companion with their latest record Eat The Elephant. The album-length film is viewable with a prism and is included in the album’s deluxe box set.

The much-anticipated album debuted atop several Billboard charts, obtaining the #1 slot for Rock, Independent and Alternative charts, #2 on the Top Current Albums chart, and #3 album debut on the Top 200.

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A PERFECT CIRCLE In Tennessee On Halloween? Metal Nexus Was There!

Since 1999, A Perfect Circle have become giants in the music industry thanks to three very successful studio releases – ‘Mer De Noms’ (2000), ‘Thirteenth Step’ (2003), ‘Emotive’ (2004).  They’ve acquired one of the most loyal fan bases, as well as selling out countless arenas and headlining some of the biggest music festivals in the world.  The band’s current lineup consists of vocalist Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), guitarist Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), rhythm guitarist/keyboardist James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), drummer Jeff Friedl (The Beta Machine, Puscifer), and bassist Matt McJunkin (The Beta Machine, Puscifer), all of which bring exactly what A Perfect Circle’s sound calls for musically.  A Perfect Circle has recently announced signing with a new label, BMG Rights Management, and began touring with supporting act The Beta Machine in mid-2017, playing new material from their newly-announced upcoming fourth studio album.  In the midst of their ongoing tour, the band made a stop in Knoxville, TN on October 30th, 2017 at the Thompson-Boling Arena and I was there. Continue reading

Tool Announces Tour Dates!


After teasing about the tour dates for a week now Tool has released tour dates for their upcoming tour via Facebook. The tour is comprised of 8 dates and will begin on January 9th and will start in San Diego, California and end in Charlotte, North Carolina. Opening acts include Primus and 3teeth.


Saturday, January 9 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

Wednesday, January 13 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

Saturday, January 16 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

Sunday, January 17 – Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theatre

Tuesday, January 19 – Southaven, MS (Memphis) @ Landers Center
(Ticket link to be added)

Saturday, January 23 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

Monday, January 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center

Tuesday, January 26 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum

They advise more info to come so more dates may be added, with Tool you never know. Stay Tuned.