Maynard James Keenan Breaks Silence After Tool Departure

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Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan recently posted the music video to “Hush” in what many saw as a response to Justin Bieber’s wife Hailey Bieber taking a shot at him after he poked fun at Justin claiming to be a fan of his, just ahead of the new Tool album release on August 30th. The “Hush” music video features some nice shots of ex-Tool bassist Paul D’Amour’s backside, and Keenan seemed to enjoy seeing it, as he liked a tweet from a fan who said, “Paul’s tush lollll.” Keenan rarely speaks about D’Amour, so it’s a rare remark.

D’Amour left Tool in 1995 and was replaced by Justin Chancellor, and he recently joined Ministry as their new bass player. Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen discussed giving drugs to D’Amour and Maynard James Keenan in a Revolver interview. Keenan and D’Amour didn’t know they were being given drugs.

“I used to live with Timothy Leary, and he had given me these bottles of liquid LSD to bring on tour. I’d put two drops in my bottle of whiskey that I’d bring onstage. I’d drink about half the bottle during a show. So we were on Lollapalooza in ’92, I think it was San Francisco, and when we came offstage there were these two guys who were like, ‘Great show, dude!’

So I gave them my bottle of Bushmills, but I forgot that I had put LSD in it. So they drank it and they were tripping balls for, like, two or three days. They didn’t know what was going on and they were freaking out. They were ready to call suicidal hotlines. It turned out to be Paul and Maynard from Tool! … But he actually thanked me for that moment because he said it really got Tool going into being a psychedelic band. Pretty cosmic, right?”

Maynard James Keenan was recently stunned by a drug bombshell from a Van Halen member. D’Amour told Bass Player Magazine about his Tool exit, “I wish it had been a better vehicle for me to create in, but it just wasn’t. Their creative process is excruciating and tedious, and I guess I never felt the desire to play a riff 500 times before I can confirm that it’s good; that’s why it takes them eight years to write an album. I always wanted to do other things, and it felt like I was too much in a box with that band. They’re set up where the bass player does the bass part and the guitar player does the guitar part and so on. I couldn’t be stuck in that paradigm—it’s too stifling. I’m not just a bass player; I’m a creator, I wanted to have a bigger role, and it just wasn’t happening in that situation. In the end, I knew leaving was the right decision.”