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Tool conclude lawsuit, re-focus on new album

By | Published on Tuesday 17 March 2015


Tool guitarist Adam Jones has said that the band are finally in a position to focus on recording a new album, following the conclusion of a long-running lawsuit.

As previously reported, the multi-layered legal problems stemmed from a claim by a former employee over ownership of some artwork. The band’s insurance company then refused to underwrite the legal costs in the dispute, resulting in a lawsuit and countersuit, which is what has now been resolved.

“It got really ugly and shameful”, Jones told Yahoo! Music. “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”.

After years of delayed and rescheduled dates, the matter was apparently quickly settled once it finally reached court. Jones explained: “I had a real feeling that things were going to go in our favour because the day the trial was supposed to start, the venue was changed on us. We moved over to a North LA courthouse and we had a brand new judge, who was fantastic. You know what his name was? Randy Rhodes! I knew the power of metal, and my appreciation of metal, was someday going to be like a guardian angel. But he was great. He came in and took over, and he’s the reason the whole thing is finally over”.

On the new music that the band have been busy working on, he continued: “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 up the progress of getting the album done”.