Tool singer Maynard James Keenan has revealed that he will not quit his Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards winemaking business, despite disrespect from some people. Tool explained a horrible Ticketmaster concert failure yesterday.
“We don’t get a lot of love in California, a little bit of love in Arizona but it’s still an uphill struggle,” he tells Gourmet Traveller Wine, but there’s focus from other quarters. “I didn’t expect to see it from Colorado, New York, Texas.”
Having to battle for credit doesn’t bother Keenan it seems. “Maybe there’s just too much information in the world,” he says. “There’s so much that people just don’t have the bandwidth to take on another new thing until it’s an actually established thing. There’s no hurry, so we’re just fighting the good fight and trying to do the right thing, to survive, without cutting corners. We’re dug in like ticks, we’re not going anywhere.”
Tool are rumored to be working with 90’s producers on a new project. Tool performed “Swamp Song” in Philadelphia on Monday night, a treat for fans who have been waiting a long time to hear it live.
ekalchev commented on Reddit, “Damn, Maynard really surprised me! I thought his voice is not capable anymore of such epic shouts. He still has it, it is unbelievable how much better the songs are when he unleash his powerful voice. Great performance old man!!!!”
mellowfellow02 posted, “I was happy they played Swamp Song, but then disappointed because I thought they wouldn’t play Descending since it seemed they were switching between an old song and Descending for most stops. Can’t believe they played both!”
Tool recently warned rude fans that they’d be ejected. Dr_Strangelove said, “That is the song I remember most when Tool were on the second stage at Lollapalooza. First time I crowdsurfed. The best mosh pit ever. Primus headlined that one. Alice In Chains were on that bill. Layne came out in a silver suit and ray bans and started singing ‘I think it’s gonna rain when I die.’
Right when he did a big storm wind blew the tarp from behind the stage and it started to rain and the show was delayed. Mind you, hours earlier fire trucks came in and sprayed the crowd with water because it was so hot and sunny. Epic moment in a show that had many. I was the only one in my group that was down with Tool at the time.
The girl I was with and everyone else stayed at the main stage when I went to Tool because Fishbone was on at the same time. Fishbone is a great group, but I had to see Maynard and the boys. I’ve been going the opposite direction of my peers all my life. Blue Collar Tweakers was the best song of the day.”
You can read the full Maynard James Keenan interview at Gourmet Traveller Wine.