Maynard James Keenan Reveals ‘Deadlines’ For New Tool Album


Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone. He discussed how he schedules his albums. Keenan is currently working on a new Tool album and has a new A Perfect Circle album coming out in April.

“I had a lot of things I needed to do, but it sounded like things weren’t, um, going forward so I had time to shift focus and dabble in something else and see where it would go. With everything I do, there are deadlines for progress. So if I see a spot like, ‘Eh, there’s just not a lot of movement,’ I’ll shift gears.”

Rolling Stone later asked, “Speaking of which, Danny Carey has been saying Tool would be releasing a new album this year. Can you say anything about that, Maynard?”

Keenan responded, “[Pauses] No.”

Rolling Stone said, “It’s just something a lot of people are curious about.”

Keenan shot back, “[Longer pause] Yeah, I’ve got nothing.”

Rolling Stone asked, “On the subject of vanity and selfishness, there was a big hullabaloo online recently about 60 or so A Perfect Circle fans being kicked out of one of your concerts for taking photos ­–”

Keenan responded, “[Interrupts tersely] They’re not being ejected from our shows for taking photos. They’re being ejected because they’re recording things and they’re annoying the fuck out of their neighbors.”

A fan named Sean Bowers commented on Alternative Nation’s Facebook in November regarding the story about 60 fans being kicked out of a Reading, PA A Perfect Circle show in fall 2017 for taking photos.

He wrote, “I was there and was kicked out for simply turning my cell on for about 30 seconds and checking an email. It had been sitting on my thigh and raised it no higher than the seatback in front of me and apparently caught the attention of security atop of the stairs.

I suggested they look in my gallery proving I wasn’t filming shit but they weren’t having it. Met a ton of people outside with similar stories. No doubt some ejected were guilty of taking pics too. As for me, I’m no rookie to Maynard events so know the standard. However, the staff at the venue were beyond trigger happy and dropped the ball big-time!”

Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan issued a brief response to fans following reports that more than 60 concertgoers were ejected from an APC show a week ago in Reading, Pennsylvania for taking photos in violation of the band’s stated policy. After a fan complained about the policy on Instagram, Keenan wrote: “No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and enjoy the ride.”