While Tool fans are going mad thinking about impending new material, the band themselves seem to be more focused on their older works. During a recent Q&A with fans, guitarist Adam Jones revealed that they are currently working on more music videos for 10,000 Days.
Jones, the resident Tool AV buff, also revealed that Tool are “totally open” to making a movie on the band. One fan recently put it to him why only one track, Vicarious, from the 2006 album was accompanied with a music video, and why Jones didn’t make it.
It’s safe to say no one predicted Jones’ response:
“There are, we just haven’t finished them yet. We ran into a really big snag because the first video is all CGI and we had some vicious production problems. The company we started with kinda screwed us, but luckily my friend’s company is bailing us out.
“Since he’s helping us, they can only work on it when their schedule is clear. But it’s gonna be great. When I go home, practically all my time is spent on it.
“I thought the CGI process would be a lot easier than physically filming something, which is what we’ve always done in the past. But it’s actually a lot harder to get action down and get it moving and looking right. Plus, you can say, “The character has 15 eye lashes. Can he have 16?”
“You can get super picky. So at some point you have to shoot for 100 percent and try to get 70. We’re also doing pre-production on the second video, which will be all stop-motion.”
Also surfacing during the session is word on the heavily rumoured Tool DVD. Frontman Maynard James Keenan is down with the idea and will be releasing a DVD with his other project Puscifer, though it seems capturing Tool on film is proving to be more of a challenge. Said Keenan:
“Yeah, we’ve talked about it. We had shot a bunch of live concert footage and were going to put out a DVD, but it turned out to not sit very well with our band. We were like, What can we do that’s more epic than just a live DVD?
“I think we’re just going to keep shooting stuff, and when we’re ready, we’ll put something out. Of course, we’d like to do something really epic, like the movie version of The Wall, but movie deals are really tough.
“Here’s a hilarious example: [director] John Carpenter was putting out Escape from L.A. and they wanted an original Tool song. We said, ‘Well, you’re not getting an original, but maybe we’ll give you an older one.’
“But then we realized John Carpenter is a musician. So we were like, ‘Wait, let’s do a song with John Carpenter!’ [laughs] The last thing we heard was the studio wanted half the rights to the song, our record company wanted the other half and John Carpenter’s people wanted the other half.
“So we were like, ‘Ah, fuck it!’ and gave them an older tune. Basically, there’s a lot of red tape in trying to get a movie made. But if we can—or if there’s anyone out there that wants to facilitate a Tool movie—I’m totally open to it.”
As for the upcoming new album, solid details are few and far between, though at last check, the album appeared to be closer to completion than we previously thought.