Maynard James Keenan On Why He Doesn’t Expect Fans To Buy New Tool Record


Maynard James Keenan discussed Tool’s long awaited new album in a live Q&A with Alan Cross in Toronto last night. Alternative Nation transcribed Keenan’s comments.

Cross asked a long winded question about the depth of Tool being a big reason fans are awaiting their new album, especially since there haven’t been any bands quite like them to come out in the last 15 years, comparing them to Black Sabbath. “We don’t have any bands that are doing that today, so that is why we want this record so badly.”

Keenan responded, “Apparently you don’t listen to Puscifer much.”

Cross said when Tool’s next album comes out, it’ll be the only record that will have fans lining up at midnight at record stores to buy it.

Keenan said, “What record stores?”

He then quipped, “You mean by their laptop, waiting to hit download.”

Maynard James Keenan was asked about Tool’s new album in a recent Wall Street Journal interview, and he claims that he is not being lazy when it comes to the new record.

“I really love Led Zeppelin, and it’s a shame they’re not making more records, more records. But I got up this morning without any problem,” Keenan says. “We’re working on it. … Do I appear to you to be a lazy person who doesn’t want to get that done?”

He also discussed his approach to everything in life, including music.

“If the fruit’s not ready, I can’t pick it,” he says. “If it’s not ready I move on to something else.”

He said he has some issues with technology when it comes to his business projects.

“I have good people on staff who are a little more wired for those things, and I go, ‘F— it, I’m out of here. You deal with it,’” he says, laughing again. “Hands up in the air, walking out the door. ‘I’m going to go have a coffee. Let me know when it’s fixed.’”