It’s been 8 long years since 10,000 Days has been released and fans of progressive rock/metal giant Tool have been chomping at the bits for any new material. In fact, guitarist Adam Jones tells Rolling Stone, “The fans are pissed at us…”
But there’s far more to the story than meets the eye. What many fans assumed was simply a break for side projects has in fact been a multi-level lawsuit that has embroiled each member, taking years and costing, “…millions and millions and millions of dollars…”
What happened was that back in 2007 a friend of Jones’ claimed that he had created artwork for the group and wanted appropriate credit. He filed a lawsuit and things got complicated when an insurance company that was supposed to defend the band turned around completely and filed suit over technicalities. The band has since filed a countersuit and this has been going on for years. The case will go to trial in January, if everything goes according to plan.
Drummer Danny Carey states:
The whole thing is really depressing. The bad thing is it’s really time consuming. As we’ve gotten older and our priorities have changed, it’s hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there’s lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out.
…we’re fighting the good fight. We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy. We bought an insurance policy for peace of mind, but instead we would have been better off if we never had it and just dealt with the original lawsuit.
Meanwhile, the band has been hard at work on new music and songs are being written. It’s simply a matter of time before they can enter the studio and release a new album. For more information, click on the link above.