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Tool Comments On Lawsuits And New Album Delay

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It's been eight years now since prog brigade Tool released the "10,000 Days" album, and fans have been antsy for a follow-up, with very little information coming from the band regarding the delay.

Now, in an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carer have stated part of the reason for the long time between albums has been due to a lawsuit that wasn't made public knowledge.

An excerpt from the article follows:

Although both Jones and Carey acknowledge that two albums ago, when they were creating 2001's "Lateralus," they could settle into a lengthy creative process that external obligations now prohibit, the biggest problem has been a multi-level lawsuit that has weighed on all of the group members. This stemmed from a claim that a Tool associate had made against the group, but it eventually spiraled into the labyrinthine legal equivalent of a Laurel and Hardy routine, amounting to "who's suing whom."

Initially, in 2007, a friend of Jones' claimed that he had created artwork for the group that he wanted credit. But the suit got complicated when an insurance company that Tool thought would defend it against lawsuits turned around and sued the band over technicalities regarding the case. The band then filed a countersuit to defend themselves against the insurer's claims and now, seven years later, Tool are still deeply mired in litigation with the insurer. The case is scheduled to go to trial in January.

"The whole thing is really depressing," Carey says. "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."

"And it's costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us," Jones adds. "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," he continues. "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."

According to the article, music for the new album has been written with one 10-minute track essentially complete. Further details on the possibility of hitting the studio are still forthcoming.

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1. coldiem writes:

Tool just needs to harness the hate!

They gloss over the whole artwork thing pretty quickly, maybe the guy really did deserve credit and they should have just paid him off and been done with it.

I'm sure there's a lot more to the story... anyway, it is a pretty good indication of all that is wrong with the current legal systems in place, in the US at least. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the piles and piles of crap holding up legitimate cases because people just can't STAND that someone was more successful in life. They DESERVE some of that fortune for being such a good friend or sister or cousin or whatever. And then there's appeals and mistrials and blah blah blah... What a remarkable waste of time. Almost as much as posting about it online! Sadly, this waste of time does not come with a money vacuum.

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2. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

Can't f***ing believe it's been 8 years since that last record came out.

# Jul 16, 2014 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RememberMetal? writes:

Maybe Tool will delve into Kafkaesque realms after this. Surrealist paranoia could work given the maze-like nature of their some of their songs from 'AEnima' forward.

I seem to recall that legal nonsense between 'AEnima' and 'Lateralus' gumming up the works too but I think that was record label high jinks... The result of all that gap was a wonderful A Perfect Circle album (Mer de Noms) and "Ticks and Leeches" as direct commentary.

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4. Houston from Houston writes:

I dislike TOOL the way branded hates metallica

# Jul 16, 2014 @ 10:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. lolzers writes:

Except that branded is a flippin' idiot.

# Jul 17, 2014 @ 7:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brandedcfh420 writes:

aw ty lolzers, xxxooo

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7. hellrat writes:

I'm just p!ssed that I got sucked into reading a fvcking rolling stone article

Doh!

# Jul 17, 2014 @ 11:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Maynard James Keenan writes:

Have patience, guys! The new album will be released eventually.

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9. Fucko writes:

^^ I know damn well you're not the real Maynard James Keenan.

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10. Drum_Junkie writes:

Post #8. It may serve you best if you follow the example set by post #2.

Back on topic. This is just further evidence how soul-sucking and draining politics, the legal system and kids can be. At least with them having kids, there was enjoyment in the procreation as opposed the legal system politics where you're going to get fvcked regardless. Here's to hoping the frustration of the process leads to an album with the discontent of AEnema with the progressiveness of 10,000 days.

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11. brandedcfh420 writes:

Yea DJ, im hoping the same thing. After years and years of watching our country rot from within I am sure that some of the songs will be good and angry!!!!

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