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Tool on U2 Vinyl Mishap: ‘Nice Freakin’ Try’

Heavy metal act trolls Irish rockers after their ‘Opiate’ vinyl accidentally appears in ‘Songs of Innocence’ packages

Maynard James Keenan of Tool and Bono of U2Maynard James Keenan of Tool and Bono of U2

Tool posted a note to Facebook after Record Store Day copies of U2's 'Songs of Innocence' inadvertently contained the band's 1992 EP 'Opiate.'

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This past Record Store Day was once again packed with unique, limited edition releases, but one of the stranger collectibles happened entirely by accident: Some pressings of U2‘s Songs of Innocence deluxe vinyl edition, released in celebration of Record Store Day, inexplicably contained a copy of Tool‘s Opiate EP instead. The mix-up appears to have only affected a few customers at one U.K. record shop, but that didn’t stop Tool from trolling U2 about the error.

“Nice freakin’ try, U2,” the 10,000 Days band posted on their official site. “Some very lucky people who purchased U2’s Songs Of Innocence during a recent record store release found instead a copy of Tool’s 1992 Opiate EP inside. Kind of makes you believe in mysterious higher powers, doesn’t it?”

The irony of the situation is that U2 gave away their new album for free as part of a deal with Apple, and now some fans that actually wanted to purchase Songs of Innocence were thwarted in their attempts. It’s unclear how many of the minimalist Songs of Innocence deluxe editions accidentally contained Opiate or which packaging and assembly plant was responsible for the error.

When Tool isn’t teasing U2 or pranking their own fans on April Fools’ Day, they’re at work on their first new album since 2006’s 10,000 Days. Progress on the album has sped up since Tool settled a years-long lawsuit, guitarist Adam Jones revealed in a recent interview, with the band hoping to release their much-anticipated new LP by year’s end.

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