Tool album work ‘very hard’ says Adam Jones
Tool guitarist Adam Jones says it’s “unfortunate” that it’s taking so long to finish a follow-up to 2006 album 10,000 Days – but the band have become victims of their own success.
Yet he insists it’s no bad thing, and vows that when their fifth record finally arrives, it will have been worth waiting for.
Rumours circulated earlier this year that they were well into recording work, but drummer Danny Carey’s scooter crash had derailed the process. Frontman Maynard James Keenan later said there was no work underway because he hadn’t written any songs.
Now Jones tells Revolver: “We live kind of cushy lives now, so we get together when we want. It makes everything go slow, which is unfortunate.
“It’s unfortunate that we haven’t put anything out in a while. But we’ve changed as a band. we’ve become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done is very hard. There are a lot of other interests.”
He continues: “We had two really bad things happen, things that I’m not going to get into, that set us back emotionally and mentally. We’re past them now – everybody’s recovered and that process has actually added to us focusing on being creative. Maybe sometimes bad things happen for a reason.
“When it’s done it’s going to be good. And that’s the point – we’re not going to put out something that sucks just to put it out.”
Tool recently revealed a limited-edition re-release of their debut EP Opiate, which will be issued in five batches of 1000 copies, each featuring its own artwork. Jones says of the package: “What I want is to go to the store, buy something and go, ‘Damn, I got more than my money’s worth.’ I want something where you can tell a lot of time went into it.”