Tool’s Jones Talks New Album Delay

Adam Jones

For some reason, people still think Revolver is a relevant music publication that doesn’t just cater to the lowest common denominator in the name of the almighty advertising dollar.

Or maybe they do, and that’s why Revolver still manages to get interviews like the one they recently did with Tool’s Adam Jones.

Jones recently spoke with Revolver about the 21st anniversary reissue of Tool’s 1992 release, Opiate, out March 26.

He was also asked what the fuck’s up with the new album delay.

“It’s unfortunate that we haven’t put anything out in a while, but you know, we’ve changed as a band,” says Jones.

“It’s just like a marriage — you grow older, people change, and you’ve gotta adapt or move on. We’ve become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done and getting together is very hard. There are a lot of other interests. But what I really want people to know is that it’s not a bad thing.

“I’m serious. I think there’s a little more respect now, and when there’s compromise, it’s a little more open. I don’t know if that’s just a matter of getting older and going, ‘Ah, fuck it,’ or what.

“I’ve been with these guys a long time, and we’ve outlasted all of our peers. I mean, I try to think of the bands we came up with that haven’t broken up or broken up and gotten back together, and I can’t think of one band. OK, the Melvins. But that’s it. And we kind of set that up early by deciding that no matter who does what we’re gonna split everything four ways.

“Some decisions have to be unanimous. Others are put to a vote. We’re really involved in the business side. We write our own checks. But as far as the writing? It’s been a little more lax — as in relaxed. But it’s nice. We live kind of cushy lives now, so we get together when we want. It makes everything go slow, which is unfortunate — we all would have liked to have been done with a new record a long time ago — but when it’s done, it’s gonna be good. And that’s the point. We’re not gonna put out something that sucks just to put it out.

“We also had two really bad things happen, things that I’m not gonna get into, that set us back emotionally and mentally. But we’re past them now, everybody’s recovered, and that process has kind of actually added to us focusing on being creative. So maybe sometimes bad things happen for a reason.”

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