Maynard James Keenan Details His Hiatus From Tool

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Maynard James Keenan discussed the worldwide pandemic forcing him to take a hiatus from touring with Tool, and how it has changed the United States, in a new Revolver interview.

“I think we’re going to head toward more chaos.”

He added, “What happens when you’re so comfortable in a particular way [and] it’s taken away from you and you have no backup plan … people are going to panic. And I think it’s going to get worse. [But] it doesn’t have to get worse …”

“I think there’s a level of arrogance and confidence … with being a U.S. citizen,” he says. “I don’t know if this is an engineered attack on us … but if it was, what do you attack? You attack our stubborn arrogance by introducing a virus and us refusing to put on a mask and help out our brother … out of [gruff voice] freedoms. We lose. That’s how you got us.”

He said the pandemic has affected his winemaking business as well, “It’s good … We still have some stuff lingering and fermenting. We’re through the bulk of it. … With the pandemic, and with other politics, you have picking crews … that are afraid of COVID and also afraid of the government. Even if they’re legal … they’re still afraid. So a lot of picking crews were at 30 percent capacity. … That definitely affected us.”