Rush left Tool a letter in guitarist Adam Jones’ road case a couple of years ago, and Jones rediscovered it last night and shared it with fans. The letter reads: “Have a great gig! We’re in the studio now. Catch you next time. Alex, Geddy, and Neil.”
Jones called Rush his ‘heroes’ on his Instagram account, “Cleaning out my road case & found this from a couple years back. #RUSH #heroes.”
Tool drummer Danny Carey jammed with Rush drummer Neil Peart last year. The pair united with Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell, South Park creator Matt Stone, and The Police drummer Stewart Copeland.
Adam Jones discussed Tool’s new album in a recent Rolling Stone interview.
“I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”
“We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.”
He also discussed how Maynard James Keenan is working with the band.
“We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.
The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.”