As we sit here together, it’s been about 11 years and five months since Tool released their last album, “10,000 days”… that record came out on April 28, 2006.
Let’s put that into perspective… the last time we tool gave us a record of new material, the introduction of the iPhone was still more than a year away and Bob Barker was still hosting “The Price is Right”.
And this is my favourite: that was the year when NASA launched the new Horizons Probe towards Pluto. It has since flown past Pluto and is well into the Kuiper Belt. In other words, you can travel out of the solar system in less time than it takes Tool to make an album!
This isn’t the longest interval between albums from a band who has never broken up. In fact, Tool has gone out on tour multiple times, just to remain acquainted with their fans, but this has only served to underscore the point that Tool hasn’t come up with any new music since 2006.
Here’s the question: why? What’s the holdup? Where’s the new music? Those are three big questions that we’re going to try to answer… I call this show “The Tool Odyssey”.