Maynard James Keenan Forgets Tool ‘The Grudge’ Lyrics

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Tool recently returned to touring after a gap of 18-long months due to the virus. The band kicked off its 2022 tour in support of the “Fear Inoculum” album Monday night (January 10) at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. It marked the band’s first live appearance since March 2020, and Maynard James Keenan had briefly seemingly forgotten some lyrics while singing “The Grudge” as video clip emerged, as seen below.

A fan noticed Maynard James Keenan forgetting the lyrics

A fan named Gabriel commented, My favorite Tool song ever…finally restored completely to it’s original glory. So Maynard forgot the lyrics at the bridge. Who cares? It’s great to have you back boys (and this song sounding like it did 20 years ago). Now if Omicron could not end the world before 2/20…”

Another fan named Chris added, “Justin was looking back at the “let go” part.. Maynard started a wee bit early lol. What an amazing performance. Can’t wait to see more from this tour!!”

You can check out the video clip of Tool playing ‘The Grudge’ below:

The setlist for last night’s concert was as follows:

01. Fear Inoculum
02. Opiate (extended version)
03. The Pot
04. Pushit (first time since 2014; album version)
05. Pneuma
06. The Grudge
07. Right In Two (first time since 2011)
08. Hooker With A Penis (first time since 2014)
09. Descending Intermission
10. Chocolate Chip Trip
11. Eon Blue Apocalypse
12. The Patient
13. Invincible

A year back Maynard James Keenan revealed that he battled the virus twice in the span of just a few months. He told “Strombo” on Apple Music Hits that he suffered a second virus infection around “mid-November [2020] and ended up in the ER on December 1.”

Keenan had also previously discussed his first encounter with the virus in October 2020, telling AZ Central that he suffered symptoms of the disease in February 2020 and was still recovering eight months later. “I’m still dealing with the residual effects,” he said at the time, “But it was ugly. I survived it, but it wasn’t pretty. So I definitely had to deal with that.”

Last week, it was reported that Tool was one of several artists utilizing specially trained sniffer dogs to detect the virus at their shows. The dogs are able to sniff for traces of the virus on anyone involved backstage, including members of the band’s crew and entourage.