Tool has a simple message — good things come to those who wait. And its fans apparently feel the same way.
“10,000 Days,” the heavy rock quartet’s first album in fi ve years, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in May with fi rstweek sales of 564,000 copies — even better than 2001’s “Lateralus,” which also came after a fi ve-year wait. “10,000 Days” has since gone platinum in the United States and topped the charts in six other countries.
Guitarist Adam Jones says he’s ecstatic about the success but tries to keep a measured perspective about it.
“I’m very hopeful that what we do is successful,” says Jones, 41, who’s also responsible for the arresting artwork that usually accompanies Tool albums, including the foldover, 3-D package for “10,000 Days.”
“But I worry that people appreciate it as much as I do. If I’m into it, there’s going to be people into it, I think. And if we don’t sell half a million albums the first day, it’s OK. The point is, you have to do what makes you happy, and success comes second.”
Jones says he and his bandmates fi gure that the time spent between albums — during which frontman
Maynard James Keenan has led another band, A Perfect Circle — ultimately makes sure there are different lyrical avenues and creative ideas, more so than if Tool’s albums were clustered closer together.
“I’ve seen a lot of bands desperately try to put out a record ’cause they’re afraid to lose their fan base, or they want to keep the big single rolling that they had,” Jones said. “So they’ll put out an album every year, and I think you really lose sight of yourself.
“If you’re thinking that way, you’re just going to sound like a bad cover band of yourself. Everything in moderation, y’know?”
Tool and Isis perform at 8 tonight at The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $65 and $45. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit
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