Friday, January 14, 2011
[honolulupulse.com] Justin Chancellor is not a member of the social network. The bassist for Tool got his back up when he heard about a Facebook page on him.
Chancellor was packing for the band’s trip to Hawaii for a concert at Blaisdell Arena tonight when he was told right off the top of a phone interview Tuesday afternoon of the “intrusion” on his private life.
“That kind of struck a nerve,” he said, “because I had nothing to do with that and I don’t want anything to do with it at all. In fact, I’m thinking of wearing a T-shirt (tonight) that says ‘I’m not on f**king Facebook.’”
It’s not a surprising comment, considering that the band has made its mighty reputation on its formidable and streamlined experimental metal sound, not by bending to conventional methods (let alone Facebook).
An international force for over 15 years, Tool is also known for its striking and provocative visuals, in album design and on stage.
The band is returning to Honolulu for the fourth time: Memorable shows include an appearance in November 2001 at Andrews Amphitheatre on the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus, and then in August 2006 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in promotion of the album “10,000 Days.”
The man responsible for Tool’s visual presentation, guitarist Adam Jones, has designed a specially made tour poster for the Honolulu show tonight that will be sold at the merchandise table.
Tool is making a stopover in Hawaii before flying farther west to Australia and New Zealand, mainly to do this year’s Big Day Out festivals being staged in both countries.
Since last summer’s mainland mini-tour, Chancellor said he and the rest of the band — Jones, drummer Danny Carey and frontman Maynard James Keenan — have been writing for Tool’s next album and otherwise taking it relatively easy.
With Keenan tending to his wine business in Arizona, “Adam went to England, so there’s no real rush to get a new album out,” the 39-year-old bassist said. “Now that we’re a lot older, we want to pull off something worthwhile. In the meantime, we’re just living our lives.”
Returning to the subject of social media, Chancellor reiterated, “I’m not on Facebook, because I think it’s more important and realistic to live a normal life away from scrutiny. We’re still passionate about writing and playing our music. We want to keep this thing together because we have something special between the four of us, in my opinion. What we do is really worth taking seriously.”
Asked if he’s comfortable with the tag “progressive metal,” Chancellor replied, “In our teens, we were into metal, but now we’re into different types of music. There’s so much amazing music out there. A problem I see is the limited availability of music to young people these days. What’s being pushed is just like fast food.
“It takes the good stuff to cut through, and we want people to hear that. Music should be without boundaries, without limitations.”
As for what’s in store for Tool in 2011, he said, “we were asked to do some dates in Europe later this year, but we’re not going to do them; we’re really deep in the middle of getting music together for the album. It’s a really cool thing to be in the middle of this process, and it’s my hope we can capture something special in the studio.”
Posted by Dan Goldin at 9:58 PM