So, in theory (my own theory, which I deem correct), Tool is very close to eligibility into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They'll have to wait eight extra years because the RRHoF is terrible at inducting worthy bands.
Can you believe that Tool's 'Opiate' EP is now 21? It was released a couple of years before Aenema if that gives you any indication of how long these guys have been at it. Tool's guitarist Adam Jones (no relation) did an interview with Spin recently discussing the re-issue of 'Opiate' and more on the upcoming newish album.
This is the 21st anniversary edition of Opiate. Why did you skip the 20th?
We talked about doing it when it was the 20-year anniversary, but we were sort of un-serious. Then when the 21st anniversary came up, we considered it. Lately, we've been trying to write music and not doing any other projects that distract us.
Why did you decide to update the original release's artwork?
When we did the art for the original, we did it so fast. The record company was giving us input about what sells and what doesn't, and we tried to ignore it. It's nice to update it. It still features the image of the priest from the original. There are more ideas developed around it instead of just this one guy. I feel like Spielberg or Lucas updating their movies. It's me thanking the fans, giving them something special.
The new artwork features illustrations by Iron Man artist Adi Granov. How did you hook with him?
He sent me a Facebook request, and I accepted it. He's a huge Tool fan and I'm a huge fan of his artwork. He does this very uncanny perspective that looks like it's done with a computer but it's not. Originally we talked about doing comics projects together. I've been developing comics ideas, and we'll get to that when I finish the Tool record and he gets through his big workload. But when the Opiate thing came up, he said he would absolutely do it. I sent him some really quick, crappy sketches, because that's all you need to push someone like him in the right direction. And he did an amazing job. He's just the bomb. I can't wait for our fans to see it and hope everyone appreciates it.
What went through your mind when you listened to Opiate again?
A lot of things. I'm proud of what we did. We worked hard, and it's this little photograph or postcard from that time. It's like a time machine.
What songs stood out to you most?
The live tracks, "Cold and Ugly" and "Jerk-Off," which we don't play anymore. I kind of miss them. Something else that stood out were the themes of Opiate and the way all the songs lead to [the title track]. It's more the feeling of the record that hit me. It's hard to describe.
You recorded the live songs at Green Jellö's loft. What was that show like?
It was so strange. We wanted to record some live songs, so we rented a mobile truck, which is so funny these days because you can set up a laptop and do a better job. The mobile truck had all these spidering, webby cables stretching into a two-story loft. It was kind of chaotic. And there were just lots of problems with people who came. They were too drunk. You can hear this total idiot who climbed up into the rafters, and nobody could get to him, and he was heckling us with a bullhorn. So you hear Maynard make the comment about a dreadlocked idiot. [Sighs] Overall, the performances were really good. In the press, I've read that it was the first time we ever played, but it wasn't. We were signed. We were recording Opiate. I think we were hungry and we really wanted to bleed and chew glass to get a good performance captured. I was very happy when I heard what we did.
Read the rest of the interview HERE and go ahead and give your ears some happy down below: