Tool have been embroiled in a bizarre lawsuit since 2007, but luckily, that saga has finally come to a close. Some background: Eight years ago one of the band’s employees claimed he created the artwork for an album, but the band dismissed his claim, saying it had no merit, and assumed their insurance company would protect them against the suit. Instead, the insurance company refused, and when Tool disputed their refusal, the company turned around and sued Tool themselves.
In 2014 the band gave several updates on the situation and noted that they were working on new material but admitted that the legal dram was distracting them from music and draining their resources. They also hinted that their new album would have metal influences, and perhaps this was what led to their eventual legal victory.
After years of delays in the L.A. court system, the suit was finally settled the week of 3/2 in the band’s favor when the case was moved to a new courthouse, one where the venerable judge Randy Rhodes presides. This isn’t the legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads of Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot fame, the guy who played on “Crazy Train,” but the band considered it a good omen anyway. Guitarist Adam Jones spoke to Yahoo Music about the fateful coincidence:
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.
Behold, the power of metal. Jones also mentioned in the interview that one of his bandmates has been battling a serious illness, but he declined to give further details other than saying the sickness is over now too. Hopefully this means we’ll finally get to hear some that new music from Tool soon.