Report: Tool’s Music Finally Coming to Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
If you’ve ever tried to load up Tool on Spotify — or any streaming service — you’ve been roundly disappointed; the band’s catalogue is completely absent. They’re one of the last big holdouts — following The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Prince, etc (crazy to even include Tool in that group!), all of whom eventually got on board after lengthy negotiations — but, since they haven’t released a new album since 2006, well before those services existed, they haven’t been forced to confront the problem head on.
Now with a new album on the way the issue is more pressing, and negotiations are allegedly underway to bring Tool’s music to the streaming masses. A Bloomberg report cites “people with knowledge of the matter” who claim members of the band themselves “have been talking to the biggest services” including Spotify and Apple. Maynard James Keenan didn’t respond to a request for comment, while representatives at those streaming services declined to comment for the article.
Streaming revenue has become an incredibly important part of the income pie for any band in recent years, so it’s good to see Tool finally jumping on board. But mostly I’m just happy I’ll be able to listen to their music anywhere and any time I please.
Tool just announced a bunch of U.S. tour dates this coming spring and summer; get those here.
Here’s a clip of a new song called “Descending” the band debuted live last year: