Tool have spoken out in interview with Rolling Stone saying they know fans are “pissed” that they haven’t released new material.
The band’s last album, 10,000 Days, was released in 2006, and many have been clamoring for new music ever since.
But now drummer Danny Carey and guitarist Adam Jones have revealed a complex set of legal proceedings, blaming them for the lack of a new album. The litigation has all stemmed from events that happened in 2007, when a friend of the band claimed that he had created artwork for Tool and wanted credit for doing so.
This led to an insurance firm that the band felt would defend them in the resulting case turning around and suing them too.
Said Jones: “The fans are pissed at us. And while part of me is selfish and goes, ‘I’m not necessarily doing it for them,’ it’s time that they understand what’s going on.”
“And 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 the point is, 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.”
The band have been writing and recording, added Carey, saying that they have completed at least one song. He described it as around 10 minutes long and more “metal” sounding than their previous work.
“I’m hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the year. But we’ll see how it goes,” said the drummer. “I thought that last year, too. But we’re making great progress. We’ve really knocked out a lot of good things, especially over the last month. We’re all excited about it.”
The court case is due to be heard in January 2015.
You can watch the video for song “Vicarious” from Tool’s album 10,000 Days below: