Tool has been known for pulling a fast one or two on their fans in the past, and they delivered again this week for April Fool’s Day (Wednesday, April 1st). The band pranked its long-suffering followers with a Facebook post blasting the supposed leak of a song from its upcoming new album. Calling the leak “unsettling on many levels,” the group even accused another band of grabbing the stolen song and posting it as their own work.
The Facebook post read in part, “First off, it truly sucks to have your unfinished music available on the interweb without your consent. And second, to have it immediately picked up by someone and released as their own work is infuriating.”
The post asked fans to avoid listening to the leaked music at all, but added, “If you absolutely must, then listen to both clips. These are practically identical. It’s a clear cut case of copyright infringement and plagiarism.”
The post then links to a pair of YouTube pages that are supposed to feature both the leaked Tool clip and the “plagiarized” version — but both instead play a song called “El Sondito,” a massive 2009 hit for the Mexican group Hechizeros Band.
Some fans did not apparently see the humor in the post — after all they’ve been waiting for a new Tool album for nine years.
But this isn’t the first time that Tool has punked its fans on April 1st, as singer Maynard James Keenan told us a while back:
“There’s a lot of people online that apparently can’t read very well. I put an April Fool’s notice up there for the album release, and it was 2011, I said, ‘New Tool album, such-and-such a date, 2009, and everybody ran around like, ‘Oh, really, the new Tool –?’ God, you guys are dumb. I swear to God. You’ve got to read.”
Guitarist Adam Jones revealed last month that Tool had finally settled a multi-level lawsuit that had dragged on for eight years and set back its recording and touring plans.
Jones also revealed that an undisclosed member of the band faced a “really scary do-or-die, serious illness” not long ago.
The band is now working at a faster pace on music for its first new studio set since 2006’s 10,000 Days.