NEW UPDATE FROM TOOL ON NEW ALBUM + OTHER WORKS

Tool has put a new message on their website giving us some insight on what’s next now that their short tour is over. Although it’s vague (typical), it seems work is progressing on a new album, and there also seems to be some other project in the works too. Read part of the statement below, and the full thing here.

“With the latest mini-tour now a thing of the past, members of the band will continue working on material for their next record after taking a short break in order to unpack and sort through their mail. I say “continue” because – contrary to those who thought that the tour would only further delay the writing process -with all four band members together during sound checks, catering, etc., I’m fairly certain that they spent a considerable portion of that time experimenting with new tunes. In which case, the tour might have actually sped things up a bit. But then again, this snifter of cognac is half full…

Besides writing and arranging new songs, there is one other Tool project that was in the works prior to the tour that I will update you on should I hear anything (Yep, the so-called “curve ball.”) Likewise with another item of interest to both Tool fans and drummers in general that I will post in the news section once I receive more details.”

James Hetfields’ Black Pearl Car Won Custom of the Year

Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s custom car won Goodguys’ 2014 Mother’s Custom Of The Year award during the Goodguys 32nd annual All American Get-Together in California. The car is a scratch-built vehicle that originally started as a 1948 Jaguar.

The car is called “Black Pearl.” It’s sculpted, handmade aluminum body is inspired by European and American cars of the 1930s.

Under the hood is a 375-horsepower 302 cubic inch Ford V8, but this car isn’t about power, it’s about style.

The Black Pearl also recently won the Sam Barris award as well as the Custom d’Elegance at the Sacramento AutoRama.

DUFF MCKAGAN TO REUNITE WITH GNR FOR UPCOMING GIGS

With Guns N’ Roses’ current bassist Tommy Stinson joining his former band The Replacements for some reunion shows this month, founding bassist Duff McKagan will be reunite with GNR for a run of shows in South America this month.

Stinson told Billboard: “I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the (South American) tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate,” Stinson tells Billboard. “I didn’t want to fuck anyone up in Guns by saying, ‘Hey, I can’t do this tour’ or anything like that. Luckily someone was able to reach out to Duff and he was amenable to the idea and was into doing it. It’s Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl (Rose) out.”

Source and more on the story

MUSIC VIDEO FOR LINKIN PARK SERVES AS INTERACTIVE VIDEO GAME

The music video for Linkin Park’s new song “Guilty All The Same” is more of a interactive video game than a music video. Using Project Spark, a video game where people can go in and create their own worlds and game themselves. Here an example of what the game looks like accompanied by Linkin Park’s newest single.

KISS Finally Has The Cover Of Rolling Stone! Plus, More Drama Concerning Their RRHOF Induction

It’s been 40 years since KISS released their debut album and they are just now getting the cover of Rolling Stone.

The cover is an image of the band’s 1975 photo with the original lineup: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, plus Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who were both gone from the band by the early Eighties.

The cover story tells the story of the band and looks at the founding members’ lives and careers.

The story revealed that even Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have had their differences. Stanley said: “We’ve always seen each other as brothers. What we seem to be at odds at is how you treat your brother. Gene’s priority, by far, has always been himself. And he’s not one to let anyone else’s feelings or contributions get in the way.”

They also explained exactly why they won’t be reuniting for a performance at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Stanley and Simmons offered to allow the former members to jam with the current lineup of guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, but Ace and Peter found that insulting.

Peter Criss said: “I won’t be disrespected. How can you put me in the Hall of Fame and then tell me to go sit over there in the corner while another guy puts on my makeup and plays? That’s an injustice. To the fans, too.”

Simmons explained that Frehley and Criss “no longer deserve to wear the paint.”

He said: “The makeup is earned. Just being there at the beginning is not enough. And if you blow it for yourself, it’s your fault. You can’t blame your band members. ‘Oh, look what happened to me. Oh, poor me.’ Look at my little violin. I have no sympathy.”

Frehley said: “The reason they don’t want to perform with me and Peter is because the last time they did, they had to do a reunion tour. We play three songs, the fans go crazy. They don’t want to open up a can of worms.”

The story also includes Gene Simmons saying his touring days are almost be done.

He said: “I’m 64 now. Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind.”

The magazine goes on sale Friday but you can check out the story online right now.