The Pulse of Radio reports: A band that provided a launching pad of sorts for TOOL is reforming and will head out on a national tour this summer. GREEN JELLŸ came out of Los Angeles in the early '90s as a combination of metal, punk, satire and performance art. While the group was best known for its album "Cereal Killer" and cult hit "Three Little Pigs", it was also where future TOOL drummer Danny Carey and singerMaynard James Keenan first met. Carey spent five years with the group and told The Pulse of Radio what he remembered most about it. "At the time when I was playing with them, it was pretty rad," he said. "It was more of almost an X-rated vibe to it when we were just playing in clubs, you know, for older people. It was just controlled chaos in a lot of ways, and then once the record deal happened and stuff, you know, they were kind of freaking out on censorship issues and it turned into more of a kiddie vibe or something. It was an obvious choice for me to go with TOOL at that point."
GREEN JELLŸ will play its first show on June 7 at the annual Milwaukee Metalfest. It's unlikely that either Carey or Keenan will show up.
Keenan sang background vocals on "Three Little Pigs". There are also plans to reissue the group's albums and videos.
The band was originally called GREEN JELLÖ, but was forced to change its name when the owners of the Jell-O trademark, Kraft Foods, threatened legal action.
Keenan recently told MTV.com that TOOL will begin writing the follow-up to 2006's "10,000 Days" "right away."
The 'Spanish Fly Mix' of Puscifer's (Maynard James Keenan of Tool, etc.) track "The Undertaker" has been posted online here. The track features performances from a variety of musicians, including Alain Johannes, formerly of Queens of The Stone Age fame, producer Joe Barresi and others. More info on that can be found here.
TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan has told MTV.com that the band will soon be reconvening to start kicking around song ideas for the group's fifth studio album.
"We're going to start writing the new TOOL record right away," he said.
Keenan didn't say when he expected the band to start tracking the effort, when it might be ready for release or what it might sound like. But with TOOL's touring schedule wide open for the foreseeable future, he said it's time for the band to buckle down. He also elaborated on TOOL's creative process.
"The music always comes first," Keenan said. "We all get in a room, shut out all the extra noises from the other people and what goes on outside the room and just focus on the four of us, where we are that day. And then we just start making sounds."
TOOL has been nominated for several Grammy Awards over the years, and they've even won three: "Best Metal Performance" in 1997 and 2001; and "Best Recording Package" in 2006 for their most recent LP, "10,000 Days". This year, TOOL was up for "Best Hard Rock Performance" again, for the "10,000 Days" track "The Pot", but they lost the award to the FOO FIGHTERS.
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour, with Slipknot and Disturbed topping the bill, will play 30 Live Nation amphitheaters in North America during July and August. News of the tour was first reported earlier this month by Billboard.com.
Rockstar Mayhem is produced by Warped founder Kevin Lyman, his partner on the Rockstar Taste Of Chaos tour John Reese, CAA's Darryl Eaton, and Jason Garner, Live Nation Chief Executive Officer of North American Music.
"Jason was real cool on this. [He] pretty much allowed us to use their facilities and create a show we wanted to present and the financial backing we needed to make the creative deals with artists that we were able to make," Lyman tells Billboard.com. "This all came together to bring in a show at a fair ticket price for the caliber of the bands that will be on the package."
The tour goes a long way toward filling a hard-rock niche at outdoor amphitheatres this summer, as sources say Ozzfest is expected to go out only in a limited run.
(PR) ASHES dIVIDE is the brainchild of guitarist and producer Billy Howerdel. Music fans know him as the founding member and producer of A Perfect Circle who featured Tool's Maynard James Keenan on vocals as well as members of Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age and Marilyn Manson. Rather than simply rest on the multi- platinum success of that project, Howerdel decided it was time to start fresh, under the pseudonym ASHES dIVIDE, with a new collection of songs and collaborators. Island Records' chief, Antonio "L.A." Reid announced in early January 2008 that they had signed ASHES dIVIDE to their storied roster. The album, Keep Telling Myself It's All Right, will be released in March. In the meantime, Howerdel is putting a touring band together for a worldwide tour.
The proficient musician played nearly every instrument on the upcoming album. The drums were masterly handled by his A Perfect Circle bandmate Josh Freese. Maynard James Keenan's 11 year old son, Devo, added some gorgeous cello. With Howerdel providing such a rich and layered production style to the sessions, legendary engineer, Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, NIN) was enlisted to mix the results.
Fans of APC and bands like The Cure and Smashing Pumpkins will fall for the album's alluring blend of rock bombast and dark atmospherics. The internet has been buzzing about the debut single "The Stone," and rock and alternative radio has already added the song to their rotations. - http://www.myspace.com/ashesdivide
Steve Baltin from Spinner.com spoke to TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan recently about a number of topics including the state of the music industry, his inspirations, his wine business and more.
Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Spinner.com: Do you think people have the same love for music today as previous generations of kids? Keenan: "One thing that's not going to change is people like music. They're really inspired by music and even now with the digital downloading it's actually made it a lot more accessible to people who might not have heard stuff before because you had to buy the CD with this mysterious cover, you don't know what it's about. Well, now a lot of people are just passing around MP3s. 'Check this world music out, check out this country song, check out this GIPSY KINGS' - stuff you wouldn't normally have been exposed to because radio stations have pigeonholed themselves. They're not going to be diverse in what they're playing on their format. They're just going to play this. And some people are going to spend that $14.99 on a CD."
Spinner.com: With Tool and A PERFECT CIRCLE you say had to be more knowledgeable, 'cause what you were doing was different. Yet you found that audience. Was there a moment where you knew you had found that audience? Keenan: "Yeah, over the years it's obvious there are people that have come around, and that's inspiring to kind of know, 'Oh, yeah, you guys are kind of getting it.' But then it starts to get to that weird Holy Grail level where at some point you go, 'Dude, we were just having fun. They were just songs. We inserted some codes in there just as a joke, but we weren't serious. We're not wearing masks in some basement chanting, nothing to do with any of that stuff. It's just us having fun.' And so when it becomes familiar, like most of my peers, we take off in different directions, and do something else to just have more fun in a different way."
Spinner.com: How did you get interested in the wine business? Keenan: "Wine is just in my blood. I'm just a creative, restless person, and I like to challenge myself, and winemaking definitely takes patience, so this is teaching me patience. And the payoff when you open up the wine is immense. I have a history of winemaking; apparently my great-grandfather made wine in Northern Italy. So because I'm a person who believes in that intuition, that thing that brought me here, I want to believe, on some level, that history in my family was somehow speaking in my ear and brought me here to start this industry here, to pioneer this with Eric in this area."
Spinner.com: How do you find people perceive you in this industry? Keenan: "They immediately just shrug and go, 'OK.' They think I'm Vince Neil coming in with a bottle of vinegar. Initially people go, 'Oh, you're in a band. It'll sell just because you're in a band.' Yeah, but it doesn't mean that people are going to take it seriously. So I have to try three times harder, work three times harder, and have three times as good a product for them to take it seriously."
TOOL will release a documentary covering the build up to the video “Vicarious” from their platinum album 10,000 Days. The DVD includes a tour that takes you through the history of Adam Jones’ visual effects work, and the process and people involved in the creation of the groundbreaking all CGI video “Vicarious,” as well as a tour of Alex Grey’s CoSM. Audio commentary on the video was done by comedian David Cross, which will be out December 18th.