TOOL: Promise “Slight Twisted” Big Day Out 2011 Show but NO New Music

TOOL are promising a “solid” and “slightly twisted” show when they headline the Big Day Out next year – but they won’t be showcasing any new songs.

TOOL will close the main stage when they perform at next year’s Big Day Out. Touring Down Under for the first time in four years, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor take a break from the studio where they have been working on a follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days.


They last headlined the event in 2007 and it’s been four years since they released an album, but bassist Justin Chancellor said the Los Angeles-based band had decided not to play any new material on this tour.

“It’s a rule of ours not to do that. A lot of ideas for albums sometimes come from jams that we’ve included in songs live, so there might be a little peppering of ideas you’ll hear in songs later … but to play a (new) song now would be unfaithful to the song.”

He admitted the set would be different to that performed in 2007, which included a trippy laser show, a human electric orb ball display and former System of a Down front man Serj Tankian – who guested on their 1993 hit Sober.

“We’ve talked about the Big Day Out. There’s going to be a lot of fantastic new music there. We’re really honoured to have been asked to do it and pretty much our role is going to be to close it with a really solid Tool set.

“We did a tour in the States this summer and a couple of old songs we bought back, reworked a couple of (others). We’ve got some movements in each song, little jams we’ve come up with.

“It will be greatest hits, but slightly twisted.”

…but what of new TOOL music?

“The wait will be worth it. We’ve all talked about it and we realised if we are going to pull off something that’s going to be worthy and remarkable it’s going to take a little bit longer this time”




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