Tool guitarist Adam Jones has opened up about the band's recent lawsuit and the affect that it has had on them releasing their new album. Jones spoke of the suit and told Metal Hammer, "Basically a long time ago, the band paid my best friend to do some artwork for shirts, albums and advertising — we’ve hired many, many artists over the years. And then he decided to sue us for one fifth of the money we’ve ever made. It was just ridiculous!"
Jones went on to reveal the problems Tool faced with their insurance company, who tried to back out of covering the band. He continued, "I honestly think it’s like if you buy auto insurance and you’re in an accident, then you go to the insurance company and they say, ‘Well, you drive an SUV and we don’t really consider that an auto, so we’re not covering you.' Then you try to argue with them and then they go, 'Well, we’re suing you.'"
- On how the lawsuit has prolonged the release of their album, Jones explained, "This lawsuit has really gotten in the way. All we want to do is get it behind us so we can focus on what we do best. I don’t want to just get it out and worry about the next record and then look back and go, ‘Why did I do that? It’s a piece of crap.’ I want to sleep well at night. It’s my legacy, you know? Some day I’m gonna croak and I wanna look back on what I did and go, ‘I worked really hard, took the time and had integrity."
- He added, "I know our fans are frustrated and obviously want to hear new music. You gotta look at that in a good way and think, ‘Wow, they really like us and they want more!’ To be honest, you can’t beat that feeling at all."