TOOL’s Justin Chancellor assures fans they won’t have to wait as long between studio albums this time around
We might not endure another 13-year wait akin to the gap between 2006’s “10,000 Days” and 2019’s “Fear Inoculum.” At least, that’s the optimism expressed by Tool bassist Justin Chancellor.
Speaking with Loudwire Nights, Chancellor revealed the band’s intention to release new material more promptly this time around, recognizing that time is ticking and the members of TOOL aren’t getting any younger. Chancellor, the youngest member of TOOL at 51 years old, acknowledges the urgency, especially considering that drummer Danny Carey is set to turn 63 in 2024.
“At that point [after touring in 2024], we’re looking at a bit of a break, but we’re also looking at a long stretch at home when we’re going to be ready to start meeting up again,” said Chancellor. “But, we’ve already started. We’ve got a few things on the table. It really starts with sharing the ideas with each other, going through what we call a listening party and just sitting at the loft where we write and just kind of re-familiarize ourselves with what’s available to us that we’ve already come up with.”
He later added: “We’re all getting older, so we’re determined to get this one cooking a bit quicker this time. That’s my pledge.”
Chancellor also touched on TOOL‘s writing process for the new material, revealing that soundchecks, while on the road, seem to be the best time to mess around with new ideas.
“Danny [Carey]’s been working on this beat everyday. It’s amazing, but I hadn’t really played with it, but we had a good half-an-hour and I just really sort of got it. Of course, there’s like three different things going on top of each other, but yeah, it is very exciting. It was like everyone just kind of stopped and we were just working on this thing. Some days you get that vibe and it’s very creative, you know?”
TOOL vocalist Maynard James Keenan recently made comments to diminish the building anticipation about new music from the band, telling Loudwire: “I never mention anything until we actually have it in our hands, because every time I say it out loud it runs further away like Groundhog Day.”
After Keenan was asked if band meetings ever occur within TOOL after someone publicly brings up possible new music, he added: “To get people wound up and excited about something that doesn’t exist, I think it’s irresponsible.”
Currently, TOOL is on a tour, which includes a series of dates, marking their first performances in Canada since 2019. The opening act for all the remaining shows in 2023 is STEEL BEANS. You can get the band’s upcoming 2024 tour itinerary below.
TOOL 2024 U.S. tour dates:
Jan. 10 – Baltimore, MD @ CFG Bank Arena
Jan. 12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jan. 13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jan. 18 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Jan. 19 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Jan. 21 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Jan. 23 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Jan. 24 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Jan. 26 – Birmingham, AL @ The Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Jan. 27 – Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Jan. 31 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center
Feb. 02 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Feb. 03 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Paycom Center
Feb. 05 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
Feb. 09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Footprint Center
Feb. 12 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
Feb. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Crypto.com Arena
Feb. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Crypto.com Arena
Feb. 17 – Ontario, CA @ Toyota Arena
Feb. 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena