Whoops! Ouch! Pulse Contest reports An unidentified member of Tool recently crashed his Vespa scooter on an icy road, suffering serious injuries and delaying work on the music for the band’s long-awaited next album. According to a post on toolband.com, the musician sustained several broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder in the crash, forcing the band to push back writing sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2006′s 10,000 Days. The incident was described in detail in a post at the band’s website earlier this week, with the webmaster writing, “Because of the physical nature of the musical instrument involved, 9 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 last Monday (January 21), despite it being a holiday for many.” (Editor’s note: I think it was Justin Chancellor. Danny Carey is just too big of a person for a Vespa! A Harley I can see, a Vespa? Not so much!) By coincidence, another person connected to the Tool camp also had a Vespa accident a few days earlier, sustaining injuries to his head and multiple cuts and bruises to his body. The post hinted that it may have been someone related to the band’s merchandising. The band’s webmaster concluded by writing, “I was hoping to be able to throw some of you a bone the first week of the New Year, but for certain reasons this announcement has been pushed back a month. Therefore, look for a news post that will be exciting to some towards the end of the first week in February.” Meanwhile, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, and his side act Puscifer will release their new EP, Donkey Punch The Night, on Feb 19th, with some touring to follow….Halestorm performed “Freak Like Me” on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night! Check it out here!….Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies posted a message on Tumblr regarding the status of the band’s next album: “Because we are perfectionists and don’t want to mess this up, we are taking our time to make sure this is right. We wrote over 70 songs and could potentially release more of these than 12 for the album, but the truth is, we have a need for this to be perfect and just right … and sometimes it takes a little more time.“ I know this is killing them, because they are chomping at the bit to get new material out there and get back on the road. Saw them earlier last year when they did a couple of shows (I was in Chicago) and they seemed a little stressed with the recording sessions they had been doing. Might have just been a bad day, we all have those, right? Wish them nothing but the best because they are great folks and we adore them!…..Heard some new music from the forthcoming Red Line Chemistry album, produced by Nick Raskulinecz! It sounds amazing! They really took things to the next level and I am sure they are chomping at the bit to get it out there! More news on that in the coming weeks, and they will be seen at Rock on the Range, Rockfest, Carolina Rebellion and more this spring…..More talk about Head reuniting with Korn. I am hoping if and when something OFFICIAL is on record, you hear it here first! I happen to have a connection there! ;> …..News from the Five Finger Death Punch camp! Jason Hook just revealed his new M-4 Sherman Gibson guitar (alpine white with olive green stripes) and it’s a beauty! Check it out at hooksguitar.com. And drummer Jeremy Spencer just announced he’s got his autobiography, “Jeremy Spencer: Deathpunched-Cheers to My Sobriety.” The book will be released next year and he’s celebrating his one year and 22 days sober today! Congrats to both fellas!…..Got Avatar stopping by the hardDrive studios today! Gotta dash! Later!