Tool Resolves Lawsuits, Returns To Writing

Band has been in and out of court since 2007, but returned to the recording studio recently for more writing



Since 2007, Tool has been battling it out in court with both a former friend (who’d claimed he was owed money for artwork he’d created for Tool) and their onetime insurance company, who they countersued.

But Tool’s legal travails are now finally behind them, with word from Blabbermouth that the suits have been settled, and in the band’s favor no less.

“It got really ugly and shameful,” Tool’s guitarist Adam Jones is quoted as saying. “This is a real simplification of the matter — but imagine paying auto insurance, getting into a wreck, and expecting the insurance company to cover you. And they come back to you and say, ‘Well, you drive an SUV and we don’t consider that an auto so we’re not going to cover you.’ And then they turn around and sue you because you want them to cover you. It’s crazy.”

Jones also claims one of his bandmates has been dealing with an unspecified medical issue, which has stymied progress on Tool’s next album.

“I’d rather let the person who dealt with the illness talk about it out of respect,” Jones said. “But one thing was a really scary do-or-die, serious illness and that was really scary. 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.”

Jones said Tool have finished writing one as-yet-untitled song for the band’s upcoming album, with more than 10 other tracks in various stages of completion.

“Our greatest strength is jamming and coming up with stuff,” Jones said. “We’re doing that really well now and I’m excited about everything we’re working on. Some of it’s really heavy, some of it’s complex and some is more atmospheric, but it’s definitely Tool. I think having this lawsuit out of the way should really speed of the progress of getting the album done.”

Jones said the band hopes to have the new album out before year’s end, but also acknowledged that the band still is Tool, so, that probably won’t fucking happen.

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