Last summer progressive metal band Tool revealed one of the major reasons for the delay of their upcoming new album was a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving their insurance company suing them over “technicalities” in a copyright case and a subsequent series of countersuits. In a new interview with Yahoo! Music, guitarist Adam Jones revealed that the legal drama had finally ended and the band is back to work on their 10,000 Days follow-up.
“We would have had an album out a long time ago,” Jones said, “we would have been taking more tours. But we’ve been discouraged and distracted by this major lawsuit, which is the worst thing that’s ever happened to us. We moved over to a North LA courthouse and we had a brand-new judge, who was fantastic. You know what his name was? Randy Rhodes!” Randy Rhoads was a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. “I knew the power of metal, and my appreciation of metal was someday going to be like a guardian angel.”
Jones also revealed that an unnamed member of the band had been dealing with a “do-or-die, serious illness” that kept the band from recording. He chose not to reveal whom he was talking about out of respect, but said, “When you’re trying to write music and you have that eating away at you — this person you’re married to and you love and hate at the same time has something they’re dealing with that’s out of their control — it’s distracting.”
Tool is now back to work on its next album. The band has one track finished and 10 others in the works. “Some of it’s really heavy, some of it’s complex and some is more atmospheric, but it’s definitely Tool,” Jones said. “I think having this lawsuit out of the way should really speed of the progress of getting the album done.” Fans rejoice as Tool season is slowly approaching!
Check out the band performing below.