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!! 21,296 VISITORS ON DECEMBER 12 !!
That's the record since The Tool Page started in 1995,
the third record day this December.
[12/20/00] - I'm out for vacation again, expect slower site updates and slower email replies. In fact, it would be real good if you didn't write in any mail at all unless it is burningly necessary. Thanks. Word is that "Salival" may not be out until January in Australia, due to a problem clearing customs. Some say the DVD was never rated for content, and that will take them a few weeks. Sorry. But Happy Holidays to all anyhow.
[12/16/00] - The Lyrics page has gotten updated again, though it's still not as pretty as it deserves to be. Patience. It wouldn't be "Salival" news if it wasn't addressing some unfortunate packaging error. Many of you point out that the VHS tape of videos has the four in reverse order than the tracklist (that is, the tape runs newest to oldest). And, DVD owners might notice that on their CD, the catalog number is printed as though it were the VHS copy, along with the word "VHS." Is this important at all? Not really. But at least now you've got one more arcane factoid in your head.
[12/14/00] - A whole lot of people sent in transcriptions of LAMC, so you can now go read along in the Lyrics section. Whee. A staggering amount of you have written in concerned that the first little hand icon on the DVD takes you to a dead page. This is not a defect. Those familiar with DVDs know that all discs allow you to choose sound formats, depending on your system setup. That said, go back and play with it and look at the choices on that two-hand page. One has two little circles, one has five plus one. Think about it. Angela (firstname.lastname@example.org) reminded me of the "Salival" error that wasn't listed yesterday: "Pushit" and "Stinkfist" are listed as two words each, instead of one word. Oops. You can not currently post Opinions or Tabs for "Salival." The FAQ has also not been updated yet. Thanks for being patient while they all get set up.
[12/13/00] - Well, there appears to have not been a great scarcity of "Salival", as nobody has written in saying they haven't been able to find one. CDNow might just be crazy. (Note: if you can't find one, you should not write in, because I can't help you find one). The bonus referred to earlier was the inclusion of a Tool song from the "Opiate" era known as "Maynard's Dick." Its existence is now finally confirmed. No reports of CD defects; it seems the main production errors cropped up on the info page of the liner notes, and are actually somewhat numerous. Most emails received today here was about how the following information slipped past the quality control department:
The first word is spelled wrong in "Message to Harry Manback II"
Aloke Dutta and Paul D'Amour's names are misspelled
"You Lied" and "Merkaba" are listed in reverse order (thanks to Dan Hurlburt (email@example.com) for noticing this first)
Buzz from the Melvins is credited for playing on "No Quarter" instead of "You Lied"
Check the Lyrics section of this site for the latest updates on the latest words from the mouth of Maynard. Horvok (firstname.lastname@example.org) noticed, unlike most of us, that the Official site was selling autographed copies of "Salival" early this morning, but by the end of the day, had stopped. Early birds and worms and so forth. Yes, most of the tracks floating around on Napster were actually fakes, not included on "Salival." The other potential impostor is the website salival.com, which has links to a merchandise section which seems to have nothing to do with Tool, and seems to be set up by someone looking for a few dollars. Several Canadians were unable to find a DVD version of "Salival" -- Eugene (email@example.com) saw a sticker on a VHS box he saying the DVD will be available in Canada on the 19th. Also, several people have written in saying that the bonus on the DVD is not on the VHS version. But VHS as a format blows anyway, so take this opportunity to upgrade. The release was not without some major errors. Some people bought the DVD version only to find the DVD itself or the CD missing. Some people found two CDs instead of just one. Paul P. (firstname.lastname@example.org) reports melt-marks on the underside of his DVD, "rendering it "useless". But the strangest story of the day belongs to Dojcsak72 (@aol.com), who wrote this: "No kidding they were having manufacturing problems. The first box set that I bought actually only had the DVD part and for some strange reason 'Undertow' on top of the DVD with nothing in the other CD holder." Further questions about "Salival" will be answered as soon as I have a chance to update the FAQ. Meantime, try to figure some stuff out for yourself.
[12/12/00] - "SALIVAL" IS OUT, THE FIRST NEW TOOL RELEASE IN FOUR AND A HALF YEARS. It is somewhat limited edition, and it isn't out in every country yet, but today finally marks a fourth Tool release ... and a lot of other news as well. Last night's Tool webcast did happen, though it started over an hour late, and ran for about one hour. The band took questions submitted via the website, and answered some (very few) of them over a streaming audiocast. Most of their answers were chock full of their signature humor -- read: they didn't answer much seriously -- and revealed roughly no new information about the band, unless you count Adam's repeated subliminal invitations to a commune. They fessed up to having drank a bit beforehand, which undoubtedly contributed to the light (as Maynard said, "smartass") tone of the event. All four bandmates were heard pronouncing "Salival" as "sa-LIE-val." Mallus (email@example.com) writes in that "Salival" will now be out in New Zealand on the 15th. Mike Russo (firstname.lastname@example.org) got this memo at the chain store he works at: "due to manufacturing problems all orders were cut by over 50% for the entire country." The CDNow message sent out earlier was actually not sent to everyone as reported yesterday, which only adds to the confusion. Many of you sent in today's CDNow message: "The manufacturer of the Salival gift pack recently notified us that a technical error was identified in the production of the CD. The manufacturer immediately stopped production so that they can isolate and fix the problem. Unfortunately, due to this situation, your order for this item will be placed on Backorder until we are able to receive unflawed product from the manufacturer. They hope to resolve this problem shortly and we anticipate fulfilling your order in early January." The nature of this error is still not known. The chain store I was at said they had well over 50, so maybe we shouldn't believe the hype too much.
[12/11/00] - Tonight at 6PM Pacific Time is the chat with Tool, at the Official Site. The release of "Salival" has been pushed back a week in Australia. The Tool Page (t.d.n) has just been voted Best Unofficial Fan Site in the Shoutweb Awards 2000. And you thought you had to be www.something.com to succeed. In fact, because so many of you have asked, here's the answer to why toolshed isn't www.something. Thanks to everyone who voted. CDNow has sent a letter to everyone who pre-ordered the set there. Thanks to a series of people for sending this in: "There seems to have been a problem with the manufacturing of this item and the label has stopped production of this item until they fix the problem. There are some "good" copies but the numbers are extremely limited .... The problem with the set should be fixed soon and the label expects a full shipment to be sent to vendors in January." More on this as it happens. I don't have one yet, so maybe I'll see you in line later. If you're wondering what it looks like, check out the Salival info page above. Good luck.
[12/10/00] - "Salival" is upon us. Two days to go, and so much email, there's no way I could ever reply to all, most, or a lot of it. But here are the most salient points. Foreign release dates seem to vary widely depending on who you ask, especially in New Zealand. Some say the 4th, some say the 11th, the 12th, or the 20th. Try just hounding your local stores. One buyer for a large American chain wrote in that they had their order cut in half by the distributors, because "they aren't being made fast enough." A few nights ago, the host of VH1's Rock Show held up a copy of "Salival" and made viewers look but not touch. That's not very nice. Even less nice is how many people already have copies. Even more less nice are those who are selling it on Ebay and who ripped it to Napster. A lot of people have written in saying they have it off Napster already, but are still going to pay for it / support the band. Just think - a few more years, and you're going to be able to rip / download / burn DVD's at home. Anyhow, I digress. Once again, the answer on "Merkaba" is yes, it's six minutes long, and yes, it is really a live intro to "Sober." Check your bootlegs post-1996. The live webcast with Tool tomorrow night will be taking place at the Official site; check out their press release (now posted 4 days late, sorry). Recording is complete for the new album, due out April 17. So don't panic that A Perfect Circle is going on tour in early spring; album postproduction will be going on while Maynard is out on the road. Lastly, the Discography is currently offline, Shane has moved and is currently without steady net access. Patience.
[12/6/00] - A bunch of you have sent in info on what the bonus material on "Salival" is. It seems Mulder was right; you can't keep the truth hidden forever. (However, you apparently can keep the truth not posted for five more days ... sorry, kids.) Nobody yet knows if the DVD has more than the VHS or not, bonus or otherwise. Thanks to all who have voted for this site at Shoutweb, and thanks to all who have commented on the still-slowly-changing look of this site.
[12/5/00] - We still don't know how limited "Salival" is (see 11/30 post), but word is that stores are not being sent enough to keep pace with demand. A few people have already managed to get their hands on copies (no, I'm not one of them -- I hope I get one soon), and have discovered a very shocking surprise bonus. At the band's request, it won't be posted here until the disc is out, but be prepared to find something you've either never heard of or thought was only a rumor. The bug in the Opinion section has been fixed -- you can now post again freely. Sorry it was down for so long. A guy's gotta live away from the computer.
[12/3/00] - The interview in Alternative Press magazine has been floating around the net for a few days and a copy finally landed here; the first entry for 2001 in the Articles section. A release date finally exists for the Tapeworm project, though it's currently only an insider's rumor. Word is that the album will be out this July. The Tapeworm project has been coming together for a while now, and includes Trent Reznor, Charlie Clouser, Danny Lohner (all of Nine Inch Nails), Maynard, and possibly Phil Anselmo of Pantera.
[12/2/00] - The question posed in yesterday's news post has been answered - it was a typo, and most of you seem to have missed it because it has since been corrected anyhow. (We won't point out the other word they spelled wrong.) More importantly, there will be a live webcast with all four members of Tool on December 11th at 6 PM Pacific Time. More info on this to follow. There is no official word on whether the DVD of "Salival" will feature more than the VHS (unless you count the menus, which obviously won't be on the VHS). We probably won't know for sure until it is out, but for what it's worth, there's that thought. A new official newsletter is out. Check it out here and in the Community section.
[12/1/00] - Happy December! The Official site put up a graphic listing the songs on "Salival", and the last song is listed as "Lame" instead of "L.A.M.C." Typo, or last-minute change of heart? (My guess is typo, but we'll see soon enough I suppose).
Minor site changes are not listed here -- they aren't really news.