It's been oh so long since we've heard anything new from Tool. That could all be about to change.
Tool, at some point in the very distant past
In a new interview with Yahoo! Music, Tool guitarist Adam Jones has revealed that a long-running legal battle that put a halt to new music from the Californian psych-metallers since 2007 has now been resolved.
The legal dispute was wrapped up on March 02, having overshadowed the band for the best part of a decade. Initially, an ex-employee of the band claimed he created artwork for them which was never credited, and when Tool passed the issue on to their insurance company to clear up, they ended up suing the band, too.
“It got really ugly and shameful,” Jones says in the interview. “This is a real simplification of the matter — but imagine paying auto insurance, getting into a wreck, and expecting the insurance company to cover you. And they come back to you and say, ‘Well, you drive an SUV and we don’t consider that an auto so we’re not going to cover you.’ And then they turn around and sue you because you want them to cover you. It’s crazy.”
After LA courts delayed the hearings to resolve the case for years, things took a turn for the better as March 2015 rolled into view.
“I had a real feeling that things were going to go in our favor because the day the trial was supposed to start, the venue was changed on us,” Jones continues. “We moved over to a North L.A. courthouse and we had a brand-new judge, who was fantastic. You know what his name was? Randy Rhodes! I knew the power of metal, and my appreciation of metal was someday going to be like a guardian angel. But he was great. He came in and took over, and he’s the reason the whole thing is finally over.”
As for how that follow-up to 2006's '10,000 Days' is coming along?
“Our greatest strength is jamming and coming up with stuff,” Jones says. “We’re doing that really well now and I’m excited about everything we’re working on. Some of it’s really heavy, some of it’s complex and some is more atmospheric, but it’s definitely Tool. I think having this lawsuit out of the way should really speed of the progress of getting the album done.”