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Tool is in talks to make the band's music available for the first time ever on streaming services, according to a report at Bloomberg News. The quartet is one of the last remaining holdouts that has not made any of its catalog accessible for streaming, but private negotiations have reportedly taken place between the band and service providers such as Spotify and Apple Music.

The report suggests that Tool wants the arrival of its music on streaming services to coincide with the release of its first album in more than a decade, although there is still no word on when fans can expect to hear the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days.

  • Tool, Spotify and Apple Music all declined Bloomberg's requests for comment.
  • An update posted at Tool's official website last month indicated that singer Maynard James Keenan had finally begun working on vocals for some of the group's new songs.
  • The other three members of the band have been working on new material for the better part of the past year, but this is the first time that Keenan has actively joined in.
  • Meanwhile, the band will head out on a late spring/early summer tour beginning May 24th in Fairfax, Virginia. It will include several festival stops in addition to headlining dates, with cities like Edmonton, Calgary and New York City getting their first Tool concerts in over 10 years.


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Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen has posted a photo of his drum set on Twitter, fueling speculation that he will perform with the band at next month's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Krusen, who played on the group's 1991 debut Ten, is one of two Pearl Jam drummers who will be inducted, the other being current drummer Matt Cameron. The three stickmen who played in between them -- Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons -- were all invited to attend but will not enter the Hall with the other members.

Krusen left Pearl Jam shortly after the completion of Ten due to his struggle with alcoholism, but he got sober and managed to continue a career that included stints with Candlebox and many other artists. He told us a while back what he learned from his time with Pearl Jam: "I learned to get my act together, as far as personally, you know? And take care of whatever demons I had that were kind of running my life at the time. And just to be, like, grateful that you get another shot at it. To get one shot is amazing, and to, like, get any other shots at it, you know, you should be glad you're doing it and make the most of it."

  • Asked on Pearl Jam Radio’s Faithfull Forum in January if he thought he would perform with the band at the Hall of Fame ceremony, Krusen replied, "I don’t even know if I’ll be playing with them, but if I do, I probably won’t find out until 10 minutes before."
  • Krusen was also asked what his current relationship with the group was like, to which he said, "We don’t really have one, just because it’s been 25 or something years. I haven’t even been in the same room as these guys since 1991, and I believe I was hauled off by security guards at that. I’m just really looking forward to it, I think everything’s fine, I love them, hopefully they don’t hate me, and it’s all good."
  • The drummer said he was "seriously shocked" to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, adding, "I obviously feel a little like I’m not so deserving, but I appreciate them going out and doing all of this, and me getting to sneak in at the end."
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 7th at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, where Pearl Jam will be inducted alongside Journey, Joan Baez, ELO, Yes and Tupac Shakur.
AUDIO: FORMER PEARL JAM DRUMMER DAVE KRUSEN ON GETTING A SECOND CHANCE


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Evanescence, which has not released a new album in six years, is working on a "unique" new project, according to an interview done with singer Amy Lee by Team Rock. Lee told the site, "We're working on something new -- and the info about it is on lockdown just for a little bit longer. In a short amount of time I'll explain exactly what it is. But we are in the studio, we are working on a new project, and it's something different -- it's not just a straightforward next Evanescence album."

She added, "It's something unique, something complex, something a little bit beyond that -- and it's definitely new territory for all of us."

  • Lee said that the project will be released this year and that the band is "working very hard."
  • Although Lee has taken long breaks from Evanescence in the past, sometimes for several years, while also starting a family, she told us a while back she could never give up music entirely: "The music is an oasis. It's a place where I have complete freedom to say anything and everything that my heart wants to. It's a place for me to just completely let go and emote and things just come out and I don't always even know what they mean at first, but then listening back I hear my subconscious talking. I mean, that has been the case for me from the beginning. It's part of the reason I love what I do so much."
  • While the current project remains a mystery, Evanescence did debut a previously unheard song called "Take Cover" during its North American tour last fall.
  • Lee also released a solo single called "Love Exists" in February, while a second solo song, "Speak To Me," will appear on the soundtrack for the forthcoming supernatural thriller Voice From The Stone, due out April 28th.
AUDIO: EVANESCENCE'S AMY LEE ON MUSIC BEING AN ESCAPE


  • KATE WINSLET, ONCE KNOWN AS 'BLUBBER,' RECALLS BEING FAT-SHAMED AS A KID

    It’s hard to believe the seven-time Academy Award nominee and all-around gorgeous woman Kate Winslet has been consistently bullied for being "fat" and was once even locked in a cupboard by her school-age tormentors, but it's true, the actress says.

    The Oscar-winner shared her personal story and extended words of empowerment to a room full of children at a charity event this week. Speaking in London, Winslet recalls the insults and degradation: "They called me ‘Blubber.’ Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me."

    • Unfortunately, the ugly derision didn’t end in the schoolroom. Winslet remembers career advice suggesting she would be "lucky" to even get a shot at acting, and should be "happy to settle for the fat girl parts."
    • Even when she was established, the name-calling didn’t end. Winslet told Rolling Stone back in 1998 that Titanic director James Cameron used to call her "Kate Weighs-a-Lot."
    • But she "fought back," she says, and advises kids to do the same: "I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard. You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part."

  • JAY MOHR CLAIMS WIFE NIKKI COX IS BATTLING MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG ISSUES

    The Ghost Whisperer’s Jay Mohr is claiming that his estranged wife Nikki Cox is battling untreated mental health issues and drug addiction, according to People Magazine.

    He is requesting sole physical and joint legal custody of their son Meredith, 5, according to court documents filed Friday, March 10th and obtained by People.

    • Mohr wants Cox to have "reasonable visitation with Meredith," but insists that the visits "be professionally monitored."
    • Mohr filed for divorce from Cox for the second time in December after 10 years of marriage. Initially, Mohr was requesting joint physical and legal custody, but alleges that since then, "Based upon the increasing hostility in our home, Nikki’s ongoing refusal to attend her mental health issues … her abuse of drugs, and her failure to respect boundaries, I had no choice but to obtain alternate housing for me and our son."
    • The documents go on to claim that Cox is "incapable" of caring for Meredith and alleges that she has left ovens on and doors open at night, and once administered a double dose of medication to Meredith, causing him to vomit.
    • The ongoing issues are causing major disruption and distress in Meredith’s life, Mohr claims: "Meredith is exhibiting signs of regression, both at home and in school (he is starting to have bathroom accidents throughout the day) … His behavior is deteriorating both at school and with his therapists."

  • WILLIAM SHATNER, NICK VIALL CALL A TRUCE

    William Shatner is not at all happy that Nick Viall is on Dancing with the Stars, and he wants the Bachelor star to get the boot. Shatner went on a Twitter tirade against Viall on Monday and Tuesday, urging viewers to vote off the reality star, saying, "My goal for #DWTS is to knock Bachelor Nick out ASAP. Who is with me?"

    The Star Trek actor, who said he’s watched the show "for years," doesn’t even seem to have a horse in the race, tweeting, "Whoever your favorite is - just not Nick- make the 10 phone calls for them." Shatner said that any fans who watched the Bachelorette season with Andi Dorfman would understand his dislike. Viall simply responded to Shatner with a sad emoji.

    Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron asked for a truce on Wednesday, wishing Shatner a happy birthday and tweeting, "Any chance I can negotiate a truce between you & @viallnicholas28 ??" Later, Bergeron joked, "If I can bring peace to this reality show I’m moving on to @Schwarzenegger & @realDonaldTrump."

    Shatner finally made peace, sort of, with Viall, offering him a virtual rose. The peace offering was accepted, with Nick wishing Shatner a belated happy 86th birthday. "Saw Nick Viall dance," Shatner said 45 minutes after extending his peace offering. "He can really dance. I hope he’s as good a lover."

  • BRAD PITT IS REKINDLING OLD FRIENDSHIPS AFTER SPLIT FROM ANGELINA

    Brad Pitt may not be quite ready to date yet, but he is taking other steps as he continues to separate his life from estranged wife Angelina Jolie, insiders tell People.

    The 53-year-old has been "in better spirits" recently after the tough split from Jolie in September. And as the two sort out their separation and a custody agreement for their six children Pitt "often has friends over" to hang out and blow off steam an insider spills.

    • Reconnecting with people seems to be energizing him, the source says: "Old friends are back in his life, and he seems happy about it."
    • In addition to connecting with old pals, he’s "lost a few pounds" and is spending a great deal of time pursuing his new hobby – sculpture.

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