Tool Drummer Broke Four Ribs

Danny Carey reveals his scooter accident wounds, and says their new album could be released inside 2013 after all.

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Drummer Danny Carey has admitted that he was the Tool member to have the scooter accident that has been holding up their new album production.

He also shared an optimistic outlook on the long-awaited album, saying it could be released in 2013 after all, despite claims from singer Maynard James Keenan that it would take at least another year.

Rehearsals were held up by nine critical days in January for the long-awaited new album, the successor to "10,000 Days" in 2006.

Carey came off a Vespa scooter while riding in the San Fernando valley only days after another unnamed Tool member had a similar scooter accident.

"I cracked four ribs, broke three of them on a motorcycle the other day, so I am kinda laid up at this point. It's making it really painful to play. It's not an easy thing to do," he said. "I was just turning to go on the freeway, and I think I hit some antifreeze or oil or something, and the wheels just slipped right out from under me, and I just hit the pavement really hard!"

Carey added that they're hoping to complete the new album inside 2013, but can't guarantee it.

Meanwhile, there's hope of a Tool DVD release to follow the new album, after amassing a huge archive of footage over the years.

"We have tons of stuff recorded," he told David Farrier. "I hope we do make that happen one of these days. We have lots of video stuff too, we could do a DVD or two whenever we get around to it. We're kind of trying to focus on the new thing now, so we'll go back at some point and do it."

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    I don't know what to believe anymore
    So no one else thinks this is all too farfetched and a Tool album is right around the corner?
    Ye I get that feeling from the fact that he doesn't seem like the type of guy who would own a vespa..... unless he is secretly a mod
    They're playing a show in New Zealand in May and the advertising page for it suggests that they're playing some new material, so could be so.
    danny sounds honest so ill go with what he is saying here. but hearing about all the things recorded and videos for a dvd makes me very excited for that to see the light of day. after seeing them live i would gladly buy any live dvd they put out.
    i wonder who was the other member who had an accident...for some reason i can't visualize maynard humming along on a vespa... and for that matter i can't see danny on one either..
    If the dude can own a winery, respectably sing Bohemian Rhapsody and be a black belt in some form of martial arts I think he could probably pull off a scooter, he wouldn't even have helmet hair!
    Damn, he's a blackbelt?! I didn't even know that. It's brazilian jiu jitsu that he practices.
    Pretty sure the other guy who had an accident was their friend who runs their website. It wasn't a band member.
    Danny Carey is a pretty big dude to be zipping around town on a vespa. I am having a bit of trouble picturing it.
    I bet after allll this build up, it'll be a terrible album. HA. Good one, me...
    I must admit, the mental image of Danny Carey on a Vespa kinda makes me giggle. I mean, the dude is frikin tall! But on a more serious note, I do wish a speedy, healthy recovery to him, as well as to the other unnamed member injured. As for the new album, I hate the wait, but I know that I'm gonna love it for sure. If it's to be released this year, then its definitely my most anticipated. If not, QOTSA will definitely keep me sated.
    I can't help but be curious about this, considering they leaked a fake version of 10,000 days before its release and always tend to mess with everyone's heads when it comes to their music is this just another tactic and ploy they've come up with? Maynard and Danny saying exact opposite things its just so perfectly Tool... can't wait for the new album.
    The linked article is a bit better than this UG summary. Check it out. "Some info about the accident, and the new album. Looking forward to the show - where they hope to debut at least one new song." Maynard was contacted by phone along with Danny but only Danny's statements are listed. Why do I kind of get the feeling that only 3 out of 4 TOOL members are hopeful for a 2013 release of the new album? It sounds like it'll be an epic album regardless of when it's released.
    Play through the pain Danny, play through the pain...Play you bastard!
    Spoken like someone who's never broken their ribs before... As a drummer I can GARAN-****ing-TEE you that NO ONE can play drums with broken ribs, no matter what your pain tolerance...
    Well that's another crap band out of action for a bit!! Come at me haters!
    Doesn't give you much credibility when you're quoting Jersey Shore, bud.
    Have to agree nothing special about them repetitive garbage terrible 90's style singing (which is always garbage). Hopefully he sees its a sign to retire and ride around on his lambo insted of his vespa.
    "nothing special about them repetitive garbage terrible 90's style singing" - can someone please educate this guy?
    Ha! Vespas aren't allowed on the freeway! and he said the wheel fell off? LOL this whole thing is BS and the album is probably coming out this month!
    my theory: last week maynard hinted about the album release, this week danny carey talks about the accident and the album, next week they will reveal the other who was in scooter accident, after another week the fourth and last member will talk about... something xD after another week they will finally release new album I don't know, probably this is a theory like that about the end of the world on 12/21/2012 If I'm right, I hope UG writes a news about my prediction
    EDIT: my mistake: maynard talks this week NOT last week. Next week the other two members will talk, in two weeks they will release new album...
    dude Danny on a scooter must be an awesome sight. Anyways, I agree with an above commenter. Tool is totally bullshitting us and they're gonna release an album next week and we're all gonna be like "HELL YEAHH!!!"
    I'm happy with an album release whenever it comes. Better late than never. Also, better late than rushed. I'm seriously looking forward to a DVD/Blu-Ray release, though. Nothing matches the intensity of their live performances, and, unfortunately, there are very few live videos on Youtube with decent quality.
    Danny is the media friendly member .... Whatever he says is the truth i listen to these days...
    Maynard judo flipped Carey and broke his ribs so he can do one more Puscifer album and tour!!
    Well, I trust Danny more than Maynard... But still having a really hard time imagining that TWO members were in scooter accidents.