It’s been 2,996 days since Tool released 10,000 Days, with nary a new album in sight. There have been many rumors, but none have come to fruition. Fans are growing impatient, something that guitarist Adam Jones is very aware of, so he explained what the hell is going on to Rolling Stone.
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. And the fans are all going, ‘We want a new Tool album. What the f*ck?’ And you don’t want to pull people into your problems, because they don’t understand.” (Via)
The good news is that the band’s been working on new music, so once this lawsuit is resolved in 2098, expect Maynard James Keenan’s grandson to fill in on “Space Ticks & Space Leeches.”