They lost nine days of song development time after the member, who hasn’t been named, suffered broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder.
The incident took place earlier this month and the victim is on the mend.
Tool say in a statement: “The New Year started off on a bad note. For the most part this was due to a ‘minor’ accident on a Vespa scooter, slick road conditions being the cause, by a certain band member.
“Because of the physical nature of the musical instrument involved, nine days of jamming were lost, although I’m happy to report that the person involved is recovering nicely. So much so, in fact, that writing sessions resumed on Monday, January 21 – despite it being a holiday for many.”
It’s not the only scooter accident to have derailed the band’s progress. The statement continues: “A few days prior to the mishap on the scooter, another person involved with Tool also wound up in the hospital after crashing his Vespa in Hollywood.”
Maynard James Keenan and co have been working on the follow-up to 2006′s 10,000 Days for four years. Drummer Danny Carey recently said they were more than half way through the writing process. The band had hoped to reveal some album details by now, but now aim to do so towards the end of next week.