Over the past few years, news about a new Tool album—what would be their first LP since 2006’s 10,000 Days—has periodically made its way through the Internet grapevine. Now, according to a Friday tweet from frontman Maynard James Keenan, it appears that the elusive new Tool record is close to completion. As Keenan notes, the vocals are tracked, and they are now in the process of mixing the album. You can see the tweet below: At times discouraging, at other times encouraging, progress on the new Tool release has been inching along for some time. Plans became more concrete when Keenan revealed plans last year to reunite with his bandmates in the studio to record music he’d been working on. At that point in February of 2018, he had finished writing the words and melodies to all but one of the new tracks, according to Consequence of Sound. Then, guitarist Adam Jones chimed in that recording of the new album would happen in March.As March 2018 went on, Jones posted a short video clip from a studio on Instagram with the caption, “Day 1.” Later, Jones posted a photo that confirms audio engineer “Immortan Evil Joe Barresi,” who mixed Tool’s 10,000 Days, as the man behind the console for the recording session. Marking the first new music since that 2006 album, Jones joked in the post: “Our first choice was Phil Spector – but he has other conflicting work obligations.”Tool has also been announced on a number of festival lineups for 2019. For a full list of upcoming Tool dates, head to their website here.With Keenan’s new update, we’re feeling pretty confident about the prospect of new Tool in 2019.[H/T AV Club]
Matthew Morrison After taking his final bow in Finding Neverland on January 24, Emmy, Tony and two-time Golden Globe nominee Matthew Morrison will hit the road with a series of special concert dates, including a three-day run at Feinstein’s/54 Below.In March, Morrison will play two symphony gigs, on March 19 with the Kansas City Symphony in Kansas City, Missouri, and March 24 through 26 with the Houston Symphony in Houston, Texas. Tickets for both cities are currently on sale.In May, Morrison will perform a series of concert dates with his band, kicking off on May 20 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey. On May 21, he’ll return to Feinstein’s/54 Below, where he previously sold out 11 shows in 2013, for a run through May 23. Then on May 26, Morrison will play the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Tickets for all of the above concerts will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 22. More shows will be announced soon.Morrison won two 2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for his performance as J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland. He previously was nominated for a Tony Award for The Light in the Piazza, and also originated the role of Link Larkin in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Hairspray. He rose to international fame playing Mr. Schuester in the Fox series Glee, a role that earned him nominations for both Emmy and Golden Globe awards.For more information, visit MatthewMorrison.com. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 23, 2016
Senator Michaela Murphy (center) is the co-chair of the diversity fund committee. Murphy explained that there is no precedent for senate vetoes in other USG funds. (Krystal Gallegos | Daily Trojan)The Undergraduate Student Government held a committee meeting Tuesday to discuss a potential amendment to a $50,000 diversity fund. The fund, which was created to provide funding for events that would promote diversity on campus, has undergone a process to create an amendment that would make it more accessible to cultural assemblies at USC. The first topic of discussion Tuesday concerned whether the senate should have the ability to veto a fund request that has already been granted. Senator Michaela Murphy, the co-chair of the diversity fund committee, explained that there is no precedent for USG senate vetoes in other USG funds.“I don’t think it’s fair to make it seem like we don’t trust the discretion of the people who would be sitting on this oversight board when we haven’t given senate this discretion on any other fund in the past,” Murphy said. Senator Meagan Lane said that in light of the Ben Shapiro event last week, there should be more checks to how certain events receive funding when they could potentially present harm to students.However, she explained that the diversity fund would not endorse any kind of event that would risk people’s safety and well-being. She said that any complaints against the use of the diversity fund would come from outside of the senate, not from anyone within USG. Speaker Pro Tempore Matthew Crane said he was concerned that denying funding to certain groups could lead to lawsuits from certain organizations. However, several cultural assembly representatives said that they have never witnessed such lawsuits at USC.Co-chief Diversity Director Shaghayegh Ebadi said that because of the makeup of the fund’s oversight board — which includes the USG treasurer, the chief diversity officers and a representative from each cultural assembly — it would be unlikely for the diversity fund to pay for anything that would harm students. “You have the most qualified, the most impacted communities that should know what’s good for them [and] should know what’s going to be of value to that community,” Ebadi said.Murphy echoed this sentiment, saying that the oversight board is not at risk of funding anything problematic.“The clear and most present and most explicit and most important stakeholders for conversations like these, for funding applications for different marginalized communities are not only present at the very beginning, but they are empowered at the very beginning,” Murphy said. “A senate veto is paternalistic … I don’t think that it’s important.”The second part of the meeting delved into whether or not the language of the amendment should set $50,000 as a floor for the fund.“Do we [as USG] want to get roped into funding things that admin should be paying for themselves, but now have an excuse not to fund them?” Murphy said. Murphy said that if USG puts its own money toward promoting diversity, the administration will follow their lead. She said that because the administration is not funding certain diversity-based initiatives already, it is up to USG to start a trend with the hope that the administration will follow suit.“If we use the belief system that … where we put our money is a reflection of our values, then that is a very strong statement to make to the USC administration to say that what we value is diversity-based initiatives,” Murphy said.