05\05\11 Tool Madness: Second Round Wrapup

As the second round comes to a close, there have now been over 61,000 votes cast in Tool Madness! Of the sixteen matchups, two ended in ties! Also, the radio singles were not all shoo-ins as you might have expected; “Stinkfist”, “Schism”, “Ænema”, and “Forty-Six & 2″ all received less than 53% of the vote in their matchups. Also worth noting: the Lateralus bracket is represented by the songs seeded #1 through #4, suggesting that at least on that album, the most popular tracks are also the most highly-regarded.

No covers and no segues made it to the Sweet 16. Only two title tracks remain in the competition: “Lateralus” and “10,000 Days”.

One #1 seed (“Vicarious”) was eliminated. All four #2 seeds are still contenders. The only #3 seed to be eliminated is “Ænema”. The lowest surviving seed is #10-seed “Third Eye.” For more, load up Tool Madness. §

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05\03\11 Tool Madness: Second Round Update

The second half of the second round is over; a complete roundup of the round (a “round roundup”?) will be posted this week. Most notably, the end of the second round had a tie matchup, just as the first half of the round did. “Rosetta Stoned” and “Right in Two” will have a tiebreaker before we move on to the Sweet Sixteen. “Schism” squeaked past “Reflection”, and looks to have some even more serious competition in the next round. “10,000 Days” dispatched #1-seeded “Vicarious”, showing again that being a radio single won’t be enough to get you to the finals.

Next up are tiebreakers for the last round. Check out all the action on the Tool Madness page! §

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05\02\11 An Anniversary Tool Madness Update

Today is the five-year anniversary of the release of 10,000 Days, and to commemorate the occasion, a rollout of a new feature here at The Tool Page was planned, but everyone had their “eye on the TV” with the Osama bin Laden news. We’ll have something new for you soon. §

And speaking of lyrics from “Vicarious”, that song has become the first #1 seed to lose in the Tool Madness tournament; defeated by the title track “10,000 Days.” The final matchups from the second round are now live, and we’ll move into the Sweet Sixteen next. And we’ll deal with both ties that resulted in the second round. Check out all the action on the Tool Madness page! §

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04\27\11 Tool Madness: Second Round Update

It’s been a wild ride in the first half of the second round of the Tool Madness tournament. As you vote for the Greatest song by Tool, there has been much interesting discussion, both on the Opinion forums and on Twitter (you are following us @thetoolpage, right?). Here’s a breakdown of what’s happened:

So far, the second round has featured eight matchups, and only in three of them did the winner get more than 60% of the votes. Not surprising, as many of these decisions were very hard for voters. “Forty-Six & 2″ edged out Grammy winner “Ænema”, in a contest so close it could very well go a different way if we voted on it again next month (which we probably won’t do). At least it held on to a 1.5% lead in the final twelve hours of voting; “Undertow” and “4°” were locked in a much closer battle, which will be resolved by a tiebreaker at the end of the second round.

“Ænema” became the first #3 seed to lose, and the second title track (it’s basically the title track) to lose. “Eulogy” became the first #2 seed to lose. Many of you foresee a #1 seed losing sometime soon. Tool Madness continues! §

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04\19\11 Tool Madness: First Round Analysis

The first round of Tool Madness is over. You can see the updated bracket for the quick hit of results, but here’s some deeper analysis:

34,919 votes were cast! There were many blowouts, owing largely to the fact that there were so many segue-type tracks.

Of the 32 matchups, there were 15 songs that won with more than 90% of the vote. The biggest loser was “Useful Idiot”, getting only 1.2% of the vote against “Ænema.” The lowest percent of votes for a traditional song went to “The Gaping Lotus Experience” (5.9%).

Only 5 songs won without reaching 60%. The closest battle by far saw “Undertow” defeat “Opiate”, with only 52.5% voting for the winner.

Also: every #1, #2, #3, #6, and #9 seed advanced. All four #8 seeds were upset by the #9s. The only #4 seed to lose was “Swamp Song” (defeated by the only #13 to advance: “4°”). The only #5 seed to lose was “Parabol” (defeated by the only #12 to advance: “No Quarter”).

Expect more close ones and more upsets to happen as we go forward. The Madness continues! §

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04\18\11 Final Final 4 Day

Today is the final day to submit your picks for the Final 4 in the Tool Madness tournament. If you haven’t already, head over to the Tool Madness page and take a stab at it! §

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04\15\11 Tool Madness Update

The first round of matchups in the Lateralus & Salival bracket has ended. No real surprises here, though the not-often-played “No Quarter” is the first #12 seed (and the first cover) to advance. “Reflection” steamrolled over companion song “Disposition”, so through three quadrants of the bracket, we have yet to see a #8 seed advance. The remaining losers this round were two segues, two introductory songs, two instrumentals, and the cover of “You Lied.”

Complete scores, your ballot for the Final 4 (open for just a few more days now), and voting on the latest matchups, are on the Tool Madness page. §

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04\12\11 Tool Madness: The Right Side

The first round continues down the right side of the bracket this week, and judging from the ballots you have all cast predicting the Final 4, there are a few heavy favorites and a few unpredictable matchups coming. More details, a chance to pick the Final 4 (still open!), and your opportunity to vote on the latest matchups, are on the Tool Madness page. §

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04\10\11 Tool Madness: Ænima Bracket Update

The first-round matchups in the Ænima bracket are now over, and the Tool Madness tournament marches on. As expected, all of the six segue tracks from Ænima were soundly defeated, though “Die Eier von Satan” was the only one to at least put up a fight. Interesting to see that the Salival version of “Pushit” moves on, leaving the original album version behind, though it was not a blowout. The only other song that will not move on is “Jimmy”, which only received a quarter of your votes versus “Third Eye.”

More details, and your opportunity to vote on the Lateralus matchups, are on the Tool Madness page. §

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04\08\11 APC Tickets | Tool Madness Changes

This morning, tickets for A Perfect Circle’s tour are on sale. Good luck to all who want them! §

One change to the Tool Madness voting – by popular demand, each poll will now stay open for at least 24 hours. Thanks to all our international readers for being patient as the kinks get worked out; you’ll all get a chance to vote on each one. And because it’s Friday, four new matchups have been added, in addition to the ongoing rivalry between the two versions of “Pushit”.

Interestingly, no songs from “Opiate” made it out of the first round. But there’s still time to fill out a Final 4 ballot for Tool Madness. More people have signed up than I expected – good luck to all participants! §

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04\07\11 Tool Madness Ballot

As of yesterday evening, you can now fill out a Final 4 ballot for Tool Madness. Who knows, maybe we’ll have a prize announced before this is all over. A lot of people have already signed up; fill yours out while you still can!

The matchup between the songs “Undertow” and “Opiate” was actually tied after a few hundred votes, but one finally pulled ahead. “Swamp Song” vs. “4°” also had a winner yesterday. To find out who won, and to vote on the next matchups, load up the Tool Madness tournament! §

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04\06\11 Undertow is Legal | Tool Madness Matchups 3 & 4

Well well. “Undertow”, an album that got many of us into Tool, was released eighteen years ago today. No word yet on whether the venerable record will celebrate by registering to vote, buying a pack of cigarettes, or just enjoying being of legal age at last. It is, however, old enough to do all of those things. Makes you feel old, doesn’t it? §

One way to celebrate is to vote on the latest matchups in the Tool Madness tournament! On our way to voting for the Greatest song by the band, two have already been eliminated in blowouts yesterday. Check out the Madness for the latest! §

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04\05\11 Tool Madness

Tomorrow marks eighteen years since the release of “Undertow”, the album which put Tool on the map. (Which map? I’m not sure.) After all these years, Tool has released 63 of their own songs, and since March Madness has just ended, it’s the perfect time for Tool Madness to get underway!

We’ll be posting polls every day, so you can vote for the Greatest song by the band, tournament style. Click the bracket below for more info!

So get to it! You can vote, see the full bracket, and read all about the madness on our Tool Madness page. May the best song win! §

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04\02\11 Fooled?

Mwahaha. Yesterday’s post here and on this site’s Twitter feed (@thetoolpage) was in fact our annual April Fools’ Day prank. Sadly, Tool will not be opening any shows for A Perfect Circle, but I would like to commend all of you who did not fall for it. Seems many of you were expecting there to be some prank posted, after there wasn’t one in 2010. So, it’s cool that so many of you were looking forward to it. As for those of you who did go retweeting it and hoping that it was true… well, welcome to the fun. Maybe we’ll meet again next year… §

Also, as a test for a future t.d.n feature, please answer the following question. Thanks!

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04\01\11 APC Surprise Support!

The Tool page doesn’t normally cover A Perfect Circle news in-depth here, but many of you probably already know that Maynard’s other band will be hitting the road for their first tour in years. What I just heard from a very reliable source is that Tool is expected to open all of the A Perfect Circle shows, performing a short setlist using a fake band name, in order to practice and refine live versions of new songs!

Tickets went on sale at midnight for the whole tour via TicketWeb here. I’m told per the band’s policy, shows will no longer be listed for sale once they sell out. As of this writing (12:30am PT), most shows are still available. Hurry and get yours! §

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01\15\11 Aloha, Again

Last night Tool played a show in Hawaii – if you were in attendance, get on over to the Tour page and post your own concert review for the masses to read! §

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