My Chemical Romance, Slipknot, Tool, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Received Pandemic Assistance Loans

Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to give loans to businesses to help them pay their employees amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report, $660 billion was given out to 600,000 companies including ones owned by Slipknot, Green Day, Tool, My Chemical Romance, Guns N’ Roses, Disturbed, Eagles, Nickelback, Papa Roach, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Cheap Trick, and more. One of the aforementioned artists, My Chemical Romance, told Rolling Stone the following about their decision to take a PPP loan:

“Like most tours that were happening this year, My Chemical Romance’s world tour was cancelled. MCR received PPP money to ensure their crew is funded in these times of uncertainty until we are able to be out on the road again. We are so grateful to these skilled, dedicated people – some of them are parents, others caretakers, still others who simply have rent to pay – and this money helps them take care of themselves and their families.”

Tool Cancel Previously Postponed Spring/Summer Dates

Tool have officially cancelled their spring/summer tour. The band were previously planning to reschedule the dates, but they have since decided to scrap the trek so fans can get refunds.

Tool commented:

“As so many music lovers have come to realize over the last several weeks, there is no playbook that artists, promoters and venues can pull from in these unprecedented times.

When we played what would be our final show of 2020, March 11 at Portland’s Moda Center, we believed we would be back on the road sometime this Fall. As we worked towards that goal we’ve come to realize that there is absolutely no certainty in re-scheduling dates for this Fall or 2021. State and local ordinances vary widely and no one can predict when high capacity events will safely return.

At the same time that we were working to reschedule this tour, we read your messages. Messages of job losses, illness, emotional and financial pain. We could continue to postpone or reschedule dates for some time into 2021 but ethically, we do not think this is the right course of action. In our opinion, tying up our fans’ money for months, if not a full year, is unfair. With that in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the tour so we can help support the people who have supported us for years.

Please know, we want nothing more than to return to the road, to play these songs for you and to celebrate our shared recovery. When the time is right, we will do just that.

In the coming days you will receive an email from the ticketing service you purchased tickets through notifying you of the event cancellation and when to expect your refund.”

Justin Chancellor Writing New Riffs For Tool

During a recent interview with Bass Magazine, Tool’s Justin Chancellor revealed what he has been working on during his coronavirus downtime. Notably, the bassist mentioned that he has “written some interesting riffs” for the band.

Chancellor said the following about his current work:

“I’m working on tracks for a second M.T.Void album/EP with Peter Mohamed, who is in Poland. It looks like it will have some cool guest contributions. I’ve been adding bass lines to a project headed by Canadian director Jimmy Hayward, as well as bouncing some ideas around with Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy.

After taking part in a Berklee Bass Department webinar recently, I’ve been invited to contribute to Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten’s upcoming Bass Extremes record. And last, but not least, I’ve written some interesting riffs which will be reserved for Tool!”

This news comes after Tool drummer Danny Carey previously said that he is hoping to write a new EP during the pandemic.

Tool’s Adam Jones Shares Clip Of Early “Descending” Demo

Tool’s Adam Jones has posted a clip of an early demo version of “Descending.” The final version of that track is featured on the band’s latest album “Fear Inoculum.”

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Early comp of what is now descending. 🔲 Writing music 🔲 Justin and I normally bring in potential riffs and demos – then the 3 of us tear them apart like wolves while DC stirs it up with the most opposite counter rhythm drumming (which actually does drives everything forward)🤘🏽 Justin brought in this killer 7 melody which is now the main verse of the song. (He called it “bluegrass” as a working title). We jammed it a LONG time trying to find other cool working parts. Eventually I added the 9beat turnaround and a chorus. Then we arranged the intro -which came along very naturally. *The two guitar parts are recorded left and right stereo so feel free to try some headphones 🎧 ~enjoy friends 💕

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Danny Carey Hopes To Write New Tool EP During COVID-19 Downtime

Since virtually everyone is stuck inside right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tool’s Danny Carey is hoping to use the downtime to write a new EP. He said the following during a recent webinar:

“I’m hoping, during this downtime, as soon as we’re able, maybe we’ll get together – Justin [Chancellor, bass] and I, and Adam [Jones, guitar] – maybe start hashing out some new Tool stuff in the meantime, maybe write another EP since we’re down and we can’t do anything else. I’m just kind of waiting on that, you know, waiting around but – that’s all I’ve really got going on, you know?”

[via Ultimate Guitar]

Tool Postpone Spring Tour

Tool have postponed their spring tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band are hoping to reschedule at a later date.

Tool said the following:

“Friends –

We hope you and your loved ones are doing as well as possible given the difficult time we all find ourselves in.

As the spread of COVID-19 continues we have made the difficult decision to postpone the remainder of our previously announced Spring 2020 performances. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled performances, which we hope to be able to announce soon.

Stay home, stay healthy and please, wash your hands.

– TOOL

The full list of postponed headlining dates:

April 16 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
April 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center
April 19 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
April 21 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
April 22 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
April 24 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
April 25 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
April 29 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
May 1 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
May 2 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Centre
May 4 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
May 5 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
May 29: Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
May 31: Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
June 2: Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
June 4: Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place
June 6: Minneapolis, MN Target Center
June 7: Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
June 9: Madison, WI Kohl Center
June 10: Moline, IL axSlayer Center
June 13: St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
June 16: Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
June 17: Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
June 19: Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
June 22: Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
June 23: San Francisco, CA Chase Center”

Tool Postpone April/May North American Dates

Tool have postponed their April/May North American shows due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band are planning to reschedule at a later date.

Tool commented:

“TOOL’s April 16 to May 5 North American tour dates have been postponed.

TOOL regrets to confirm that the first leg of their upcoming North American tour has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They wish everyone well during this difficult period and hope to see everyone again very soon.

The postponed dates are:

April 16 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
April 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center
April 19 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
April 21 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
April 22 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
April 24 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
April 25 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
April 29 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
May 1 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
May 2 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Centre
May 4 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
May 5 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

Rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible. All previously purchased tickets for the above dates will be honored for the rescheduled performances.”

Tool Postpone Nampa, ID Show

Tool have postponed their March 14 show in Nampa, ID due to the coronavirus pandemic. This news comes after the band previously postponed their March 12 show in Eugene, OR and their March 16 show in Salt Lake City, UT. Tool commented:

“As we mentioned late yesterday, the situation with Coronavirus is ever-evolving. Due to a request from Boise officials, we have postponed our March 14 performance at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater. We will continue to update you as we get any additional information about upcoming tour dates.”

Watch Drum-Cam Footage Of Danny Carey Performing “Pneuma” During Tool’s Boston Show

Drum-cam footage of Danny Carey performing “Pneuma” during Tool’s November 14, 2019 show in Boston, MA has been shared online courtesy of Vic Firth. You can check that out below:

Tool Postpone Eugene, OR And Salt Lake City, UT Shows

Tool have postponed their March 12 show in Eugene, OR and their March 16 show in Salt Lake City, UT due to city-wide bans on public gatherings related to the coronavirus pandemic. The band will be taking a “day-to-day approach” for the rest of their spring tour.

Tool issued the following statement about the Eugene show:

“Tonight’s TOOL concert in EUGENE, OREGON has been postponed due to the restriction on group gatherings of over 250 people that is now effective per the state of Oregon’s announcement late last night. The band was eager to play this show and are working to reschedule it. The remainder of the previously announced North American tour dates are currently unaffected.”

They also issued a separate statement about the Salt Lake City show:

“We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with Coronavirus and are in continual conversations with local promoters and venues. The health of our fans, bandmates, crew members and all of those that work in and around the venues is what we are focused on. As of now, our March 14 date at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater is going on as planned but our March 16 performance at Maverik Center has been postponed. As for the recently announced North American Spring tour, we are taking a day-to-day approach so please continue to monitor our website (Toolband.com) and social media channels for updates.”