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New Tool album almost derailed by the California wildfire disaster

Adam Jones of Tool was watching the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles very closely. When it crept too close to his home in Malibu, he and his family had to bug out. Evacuate.

The fire continued to creep towards his neighbourhood. Neil Young lost his place. So did Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers had to, er, flee. Adam was sure he’d be next.

Fortunately, though, he learned from TV coverage that his house had been spared. This message went out:

 #KTLA Helicopter footage of Malibu as of this morning* Korin & I were overjoyed to see that our home & property had indeed been saved ?? My neighbors said the fires ran behind from the highway to the ocean during Friday night & FD Ground & Air kicked total ass •Thank you?????? •

Many homes on the opposite side of the highway are damaged or gone ?

We are truly TRULY lucky.

Obviously, had the fire tore through Adam’s place, work on the new Tool album would have stopped. Making a record is a trivial thing when so many people have lost their homes and in dozens of cases, their lives.

Meanwhile, Tool has been confirmed as the co-headliner with the Smashing Pumpkins at the Firenze Festival in Florence, Italy, on June 13. You’d think they might want to have the album out by then, right?


Alan Cross

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