Tool guitarist Adam Jones has revealed that he is working on a new music video from the group -- for a song off its last album, 2006's 10,000 Days. During an online chat with Guitar World, Jones -- who created most of Tool's videos -- was asked why he did not direct any for songs from 10,000 Days.
He replied, "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."
- Jones added, "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 . . . We're also doing pre-production on the second video, which will be all stop-motion."
- Jones did not direct the sole video released to date from the 10,000 Days album, for the song "Vicarious," although he has directed many of the band's creepiest and most popular clips.
- Jones, who worked as a visual effects artist before Tool took off, told us a while back how visuals have always played a major role in the band's music: "I've just always thought in vision, I mean, just, like, putting on headphones when I was a kid and trying to dream stuff while I was listening to music. I guess I still do that today when I play. But it's a lot more emotional than visual and I know that sounds pretentious, but it really is, what the four of us do. The visuals just kind of, like, bring themselves in it."
- The guitarist also spoke about long-awaited plans for Tool to make a live DVD, saying, "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."
- Jones and the rest of the members of Tool are reportedly working at last on the follow-up to 10,000 Days, although as usual information on that remains murky.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Are videos for songs from the last album better than nothing at all from this band at this point?
- Should Jones be spending time preparing music for a new album instead of finishing seven-year-old videos?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire -- agree or not?
Maria Zheglova wrote: "It's great news. Honestly, one day I stopped waiting for a new album as I have realised, how much I should draw out from the previous ones."
Jim Smith wrote: "What I really want is a live gig in a good quality, and hearing, that it will be a film (like The Wall!!) is a delight."
Chris Janesco wrote: "The statement about a new video for 10,000 Days is also exciting! If for no other reason than because it is my favourite song from the album."
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for "Vicarious" from 10,000 Days, which Jones did not direct:
Tool's Adam Jones On How Visuals Fit Into The Band's Performance
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