Despite the supposed progress on a new Tool album these days, it seems vocalist Maynard James Keenan couldn’t be less interested in the band and its fans right now. An interview he recently had with the Phoenix New Times has been in the spotlight due to Keenan’s choice words. You can find the specific excerpt from this below or read the entire thing by CLICKING HERE.
You’d think Keenan hates Tool. In fact, his reputation as a recluse comes largely from his stubborn refusal to answer questions about Tool, including the undying question: “When’s the next Tool album coming out?” New Times pointed out to him that he seems freer to express his less serious side in Puscifer, as critics and fans tend to view his other projects more seriously.
“It’s weird. It shouldn’t be,” Keenan says. “I mean, this one’s named dick, this one’s named vagina. That’s the start there, okay?”
He acknowledges that there was indeed humor in the Tool albums. But as with any time he’s asked about Tool, his answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.
“Yeah, it’s there,” he says. “But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.”
He shakes his head.
“It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”
Did he have to corral the other band members to play this one show in 2015?
“No, they had to con me into it.”
All things considered, I guess you can’t really blame the guy for his frustration. Between lawsuits and nagging, it has to get old. Anyways, that’s that. Here’s some music: