Adam explains the Opiate 21st Anniversary re-issue

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Post by hellboy » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:54 pm

Revolver published an interview today with Adam regarding the 21st Anniversary Edition of Opiate. He goes into more detail about the recording and politics of the album, as well as the new artwork being created for it. He also mentions that there are no bonus tracks:

Overall, how does Opiate hold up for you 21 years after its release?
It’s kinda like a time machine. It takes you back to that time and what you were thinking. Creatively speaking, there’s always room for improvement. Playing some of those songs live 21 years later, you’ve obviously evolved. And now Justin [Chancellor, bass] is in the band, which makes it that much different and better. So it’s fine. I mean, I’m sure you’ve written an article where you go back and look at it and wish you’d set it up differently. So you can always change stuff. But I’m very happy with it. It’s really fun to give it a birthday and celebrate it. It’s more of a special thank-you for the fans. I know that sounds weird because we’re selling it, but we just wanted to make sure we did something unique and special with it—which is why rather than just reissue the music, we’re going back and readdressing all the packaging and artwork. I felt like George Lucas going back and adding digital effects to Star Wars. I know a lot of people are against that, but I’m into it. It doesn’t change the story. I think it’s great. It’s stuff that you wanted to do back then but you couldn’t.

Is there anything specific you would change about it?
Maybe the way it’s mixed. But there’s a politic in that whole thing, too. You can’t just explain it to somebody, as far as capturing your music the way you want. As far as my guitar playing? Yeah, maybe I’d redo a lead or use a different effect here and there, but overall I like it. It’s something I’m very proud of.

He also talks in a little more detail about the delay in their next album:



You mentioned earlier that you guys are in writing mode. What’s the status of new Tool music?
I guess you wouldn’t be doing your job if you didn’t ask. [Laughs] It’s unfortunate that we haven’t put anything out in a while, but you know, we’ve changed as a band. It’s just like a marriage—you grow older, people change, and you’ve gotta adapt or move on. We’ve become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done and getting together is very hard. There are a lot of other interests. But what I really want people to know is that it’s not a bad thing. I’m serious. I think there’s a little more respect now, and when there’s compromise, it’s a little more open. I don’t know if that’s just a matter of getting older and going, “Ah, fuck it,” or what. [Laughs]

I’ve been with these guys a long time, and we’ve outlasted all of our peers. I mean, I try to think of the bands we came up with that haven’t broken up or broken up and gotten back together, and I can’t think of one band. OK, the Melvins. But that’s it. And we kind of set that up early by deciding that no matter who does what we’re gonna split everything four ways. Some decisions have to be unanimous. Others are put to a vote. We’re really involved in the business side. We write our own checks. But as far as the writing? It’s been a little more lax—as in relaxed. But it’s nice. We live kind of cushy lives now, so we get together when we want. It makes everything go slow, which is unfortunate—we all would have liked to have been done with a new record a long time ago—but when it’s done, it’s gonna be good. And that’s the point. We’re not gonna put out something that sucks just to put it out. We also had two really bad things happen, things that I’m not gonna get into, that set us back emotionally and mentally. But we’re past them now, everybody’s recovered, and that process has kind of actually added to us focusing on being creative. So maybe sometimes bad things happen for a reason.



It's a great interview, and worth the read.


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Post by Ravenpig » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:03 pm

Like I said in the other thread, I'm guessing one of the "bad" things is his divorce, I wonder what the other is?

 

Good luck to everyone here who wants to buy this, I'm sure it won't be easy.
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Post by hellboy » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:11 pm

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Like I said in the other thread, I'm guessing one of the "bad" things is his divorce, I wonder what the other is?


I've heard rumblings about what the other bad thing may be, and it's not my place to say (nor do I know for sure it's even true).  I suspect that since we haven't heard by now it may never be revealed.  The good news is that seeing where Tool are right now there's every chance it has been successfully resolved.

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Post by hellboy » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:13 pm

Also, a little disappointing that there's no bonus tracks (though I can't say I'm surprised).  No doubt those expensive recording trucks capture more than two songs live at those shows.

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Post by Zwerewolf » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:22 pm

Nice clean place to post is just what we needed. I've always enjoyed listening to and reading Adam's interviews the most of any of the members so I'm glad he's been doing alot lately. I'm not really disappointed in this and I think I'm even more so inclined to purchase this. I wonder how difficult it's going to be to order this. Is it for sale online only? Are they distributing physical copies anywhere? What time in my time zone does this go on sale? I'd like to sit at the computer and take my crack at ordering one... I think a meet and greet with the band for the golden tickets in addition to getting tickets to a show would be amazing. However, where would the show be and how much would it cost to have to travel to it if it's long distance.... details details... I like that he addressed the fact that there's no new material being released with this because they've been so busy writing. Again, I am one of the more patient people here with regard to their creative process and the time it's been taking them to get this together. I cannot picture this being a price gouge in any way what so ever... 5,000 copies is 5,000 copies. As for some things that had set them back... alot can happen in 8 years... alot can happen in 1 year period. The divorce jumped out at me but wasn 't there an accident of some sort with one of the members? I wonder how serious that was? Anyways... I'm excited about this re-release but getting even more excited for the new album. I don't for one second think that they will let us down. Cheers.

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Post by Ravenpig » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:35 pm

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Ravenpig said
Like I said in the other thread, I'm guessing one of the "bad" things is his divorce, I wonder what the other is?


I've heard rumblings about what the other bad thing may be, and it's not my place to say (nor do I know for sure it's even true).  I suspect that since we haven't heard by now it may never be revealed.  The good news is that seeing where Tool are right now there's every chance it has been successfully resolved.


Interesting.  Well then let it stay a mystery.

 

Anyway, this interview made me think that all 4 of the guys are getting along pretty well, at least he's getting along with them just fine.  He spoke very positively of ol' May Jay.

 
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Post by Casey Tatum » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:41 pm

Are there bonus tracks on this thing?
There are no bonus tracks. It’s the original CD in new packaging. We’re writing right now, so there’s not really the time to readdress that stuff. That’s why we’re not making that many. If it was a bigger commercial thing, there might be an expanded version.

So it seems that since they didn't have time to focus on this Opiate release, they decided to do a limited collector's item for now, and in the future they will put together a more widely available release with bonus tracks and whatnot.

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Post by void » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:46 pm

By HellBoy's comment I'm going to assume that there was a possible legal dispute between Paul D'Amour and the band over royalties and/or previous releases?

If that's what you mean by "where we are now" as in Opiate being able to get re-released. I could be totally off-base, but it's fun to guess.

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Post by hellboy » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:47 pm

void said
By HellBoy's comment I'm going to assume that there was a possible legal dispute between Paul D'Amour and the band over royalties and/or previous releases?


Nah, I haven't heard anything like that.  More of a personal matter than a band one, hence my hesitation in saying anything.

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Post by void » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:51 pm

Ah, ok. Got it. Well it was fun to guess.

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Post by snazzlefrass » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:51 pm

If Tool won't put out an album until Lazy Bones Jones and the gang love it, then it should be a pretty good record. I can't speak for others. They put out 10k days when they were happy with it, and there are people who don't like it.

Good interview. I'm gonna pull a fanboi and say my excitement for the record has gone up a little. I can wait.

 

edit: Two bad things happened that set them back mentally and emotionally. Wonder if that emotion will find its way on a recording eh?
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Post by snazzlefrass » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:52 pm

hellboy1975 said

void said
By HellBoy's comment I'm going to assume that there was a possible legal dispute between Paul D'Amour and the band over royalties and/or previous releases?


Nah, I haven't heard anything like that.  More of a personal matter than a band one, hence my hesitation in saying anything.


Did something happen to Danny boy? I wonder if one of them got diagnosed with testicular cancer or something...

 
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Post by not tyson » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:08 pm

hellboy1975 said

void said
By HellBoy's comment I'm going to assume that there was a possible legal dispute between Paul D'Amour and the band over royalties and/or previous releases?


Nah, I haven't heard anything like that.  More of a personal matter than a band one, hence my hesitation in saying anything.


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Post by N.Y.H.C. » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:57 pm

Nice of Adam to clear things up being on facebook they wrote "TOOL will release a handcrafted, bonus-laden, limited edition package of their original debut EP, Opiate, on Mar. 26 to mark the 21st anniversary of the six-song release." So how is an EP released in the 90's with a new cover "bonus laden"? How much are they charging for this hand crafted package?
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Post by badkittygothgirl » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:00 pm

hellboy1975 said

void said
By HellBoy's comment I'm going to assume that there was a possible legal dispute between Paul D'Amour and the band over royalties and/or previous releases?


Nah, I haven't heard anything like that.  More of a personal matter than a band one, hence my hesitation in saying anything.


I was thinking it had something to do with Cam de Leon's attempt at a lawsuit as the "5th member" of the band.

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Post by N.Y.H.C. » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:00 pm

And it can't be a lawsuit with Paul being Danny just tracked a song with the guy. If they were entrenched in a lawsuit where they lost a significant amount of money and Danny did a song with Paul, Maynard would leave the band on general principle. Listened to the entire Joe Rogan Experience Podcast and MJK, he clearly has a line and if you cross it, say bye bye.
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Post by hellboy » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:17 pm

Tyson said 
If you're just going to dry hump us you shouldn't have said anything at all


The purpose is not to "dry hump" you, it's more to point out that there are reasons for the delay other than the band being lazy (not to say that isn't the case as well).

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Post by N.Y.H.C. » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:26 pm

It would have been funny if instead of Adam saying "but when it’s done, it’s gonna be good." he instead said...."but when it’s done, it’s gonna be good...at least we think it will be good."
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Post by MarryHanback » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:31 pm

Actually... Maynard would make a great Willy Wonka!

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Post by vuduuu » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:33 pm

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Post by petemasterpete » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:59 pm

"There are no bonus tracks. It’s the original CD in new packaging."

 

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Post by void » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:02 pm

Oh possibly the Cam De Leon thing, but I thought that was already known.

He did define their image pretty heavily with his Aenima and Salival artwork, but then they took it in a totally different direction by Lateralus anyway. He just wanted some quick cash I guess.

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Post by Jethro Tool » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:14 pm

good interview. can we assume the artwork he posted recently is for this? or is The Pot DVD still gonna happen?!

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Post by lipanconjuring » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:21 pm

>Playing some of those songs live 21 years later

o rly

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Post by hellboy » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:18 pm

lipanconjuring said
>Playing some of those songs live 21 years later

o rly


I don't think it will be a huge surprise if a track or two gets played on the coming Oz/NZ/Japan tour.

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