Tool are one of the biggest cult bands on the planet, a band of ambitious prog-metal warriors capable of bringing millions with them even on their furthest-out excursions. But it’s been eight years since 10,000 Days, the band’s last album, and they don’t seem to be a whole lot closer to getting a new one done. And now guitarist Adam Jones laments the fact that the band’s fans are all “pissed” at them and says that a weird web of lawsuits is making it harder for the band to record.

Talking to Rolling Stone, Jones claims that the real problem is that an insurance company, one the band hired to help them with a different lawsuit, sued the band over technicalities, and the band countersued. That court case has been going on for years, and it’s drained the band’s energy and financial resources. It’s not that Tool have been legally barred from recording or anything; it’s that all this litigation is making it harder for them to concentrate.

Talking about the legal fight, drummer Danny Carey says, “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.”

Jones agrees: “It’s costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us. And the fans are all going, ’We want a new Tool album. What the fuck?’ And you don’t want to pull people into your problems, because they don’t understand.”

But Jones and Carey do say that the band has been working on new music, and that they’ve got plenty of ideas germinating. There’s also one monster of a 10-minute song that’s almost done, which Carey says is “a little more ’metal’ sounding, if I may.” The prospect of a metal-sounding Tool album is, at the very least, an intriguing one. But if they haven’t even completed one song after eight years, it’s probably best not to hold our collective breath on this one. In any case, there are more details on their progress at Rolling Stone.

Comments (8)
  1. They should’ve revealed they were in a mess of lawsuits years ago. Can you imagine the amount of Tool lawyers out there that would’ve jumped to offer their services for the mere price of a new album?

    Well, this explains why they’ve been touring so much with no album to support. At first I figured they were just making money to stay afloat, but now I guess it’s to pay for the lawsuits. That’s crazy it’s costing millions, but I imagine they make many more millions every time they tour. They’re one of the few bands that if they tour in the right areas, can sell out arenas and sell $40 shirts or $100 limited edition posters with ease.

    The Tool cult is enormous.

    • I think part of it is their desire to keep their lawsuits out of the public domain. Maybe the specifics are embarrassing. Maybe it’s none of our business and they are doing us a favor.

      “They’re one of the few bands that if they tour in the right areas, can sell out arenas and sell $40 shirts or $100 limited edition posters with ease.” No kidding, it’s crazy.


      • You’re exactly right Howlen’. One of the greatest things Tool has continually done is keep their private lives separate from their music. I think what is equally baffling to the fact they haven’t released an album in 8 years is that it feels like this is the first bit of news we’ve even heard from the band.

        Even as I typed it I thought, “Who the hell would want a Tool fan fighting for you in court?”

        • I told a friend (and Tool fan) this news today – that there are lawsuits keeping keeping the newest album from being released. His reaction was that Tool was just making this crap up because they know they can get away with it. After all, they did have the lyrics, “All you know about me is what I’ve sold you, Dumb fuck.” OWWWOOOOOOOO!

  2. I can assure you of one thing Maynard, the rest of Tool, AND Stereogum can expect in the near future….A cease and desist letter from my team of attorneys!!!!

    My nu-metal, gothic, bedroom auteur, post dubstep, chill wave band “Maze of Lawsuits” will not have our name infringed upon.

    Yup, I’m this dumb.

  3. i’ve actually been going back and re-evaluating Tool these past couple of weeks and forgot how great some of their music was. For whatever reason, in my late teens/early 20s i thought i was “too cool for Tool” (jesus christ…) after them being one of my favorite bands for a good bit in high school.. Maybe I mindlessly feared being viewed as unhip, thinking if i discussed the band with anyone they’d think I was a goofy 20-something stuck in a 9th graders body… In other words, I was really fucking lame for awhile. Anyhow, I gave Lateralus a front to back spin just last night and wow.. there are some awesome awesome tracks on that. The Patience, Parabola, The Grudge.. pretty dope stuff. Really glad I gave this band a second chance. Anyways, just wanted to share my story.. A new album would be nice, it’s a shame about all this legal bullshit.

    • Hey, “too cool for Tool” is a fantastic turn of phrase. No shame in running the pun game like that.

      • I couldn’t disagree more. “too cool for Tool” is the worst pun I’ve ever heard.

        Then again, I might just be bitter cuz I wish I would’ve been clever enough to come up with it.
        Or stupid enough….I’m not splitting hairs here.

        Nice work

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