Maynard James Keenan Tool Rant Leaks: ‘Just Finish It’


Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan unloaded on how long the new album Fear Inoculum took to record in a new LA Weekly interview. Maynard James Keenan frustrating his Tool bandmates in the studio was revealed yesterday.

When he was asked about a record’s completion? “When you’re done f**king recording it,” he says. “Just f**king finish it. I think a lot of bands get in their own way when they start to overthink things. I guess there’s still a preciousness from our generation and before our generation that the album has to be perfect. There’s no such thing.

If you go back and listen to those old recordings that you were told your whole life were perfect, you start going, ‘oh, that’s not right.’ That’s f**ked up. Old Zeppelin recordings where they’re just duct-taping together different takes from different times and different guitars; those things are fine. That’s what that moment was.” A Tool member made a ‘sick’ revelation after quitting guitar.

Keenan said that any album is “blending of the actual work and your hard work to get it right, blended with the moment and capturing the moment.” Then, he says: “you just have to let it go. It’s done because it’s done. It’s not done because it’s perfect, it’s done because you’ve captured where you were right then in that month, in that day, in that week. In our case, in that 13 years or whatever. But it is what it is. That’s a cross-section of what we went through.”

Maynard James Keenan revealed who is ‘selfish’ in Tool a few days ago. RogueTaters wrote about Tool’s Aftershock Festival performance yesterday, “I watched TOOL play live last night in Sacramento California and although I was too in the moment to share any awesome pics with you guys. I wanted you to know that TOOL fans are like no other bands fans I’ve ever experienced and I’ve been to a lot of live shows. You guys are the literal mf best and make watching TOOL live all the better when we’re in the crowd all singing together to the best band in the world. I left the show with the most full heart. Thank you all.”

You can read the full interview at LA Weekly.