Ongoing History Daily: Tool April Fool’s

Here’s my annual warning about potential April Fool’s gags by Tool. They have a history of putting out fake news on April 1st that goes back decades.

  • 1997: They punked the whole world with a tale that the band had been involved in a serious bus crash.
  • 1998: When everyone was waiting for a new album, a story appeared about a hard drive crash that wiped out all that new music.
  • 2001: Drummer Danny Carey announced he was leaving the band. Fake, fake, fake.
  • 2002: The announcement of a fake EP.
  • 2005: An announcement that singer Maynard James Keenan had become born again and was leaving the group.
  • 2006: False concert announcements
  • 2009: False concert announcements.
  • 2015: Fake news about a leak of new music.
  • 2017: It was announced that Maynard was being replaced by Sammy Hagar.
  • 2019: A fake Tool song was released on Twitter.

Bottom line? Beware any Tool-related news today

Yesterday’s post talked about the art of preventing the album leak.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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