This weekend Tool will play their one and only 2015 show headlining the Monster Mash Music Festival in Arizona. The Phoenix New Times spoke with frontman Maynard James Keenan ahead of the show…hoping to hear good news about the gig possibly lining up with the release of new music from Tool.
Maynard James Keenan was asked if he had to, “corral the other band members to play this one show in 2015?”
“No, they had to con me into it.”
Well, that’s not a good sign and it gets worse. Speaking about the humour you can find on previous Tool albums:
“Yeah, it’s there, but people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit. It’s lost. Insufferable people… It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”
When asked specifically about the new Tool album:
“There’s nothing to say. I can’t.”
An exerpt from the article is below; it doesn’t end on a hopeful note.
“We bought an insurance policy for peace of mind, but instead we would have been better off if we never had it and just dealt with the original lawsuit,” Tool guitarist Adam Jones told Rolling Stone in 2014. Jones also noted what a creative drag it was on the band to have to deal with the litigation.
“I find it so hard to be creative when you have something awful nagging at you, just stuck between the hemispheres of your brain and affecting your sleep and your relationship with other band members . . . It’s like we’ve been in a war.”
In March, the band announced it had settled the lawsuits and work could continue on the next album. But there are complications.
Jones told Yahoo News that one of the band members is dealing with a serious illness in the family. Keenan is about to tour with Puscifer and otherwise is occupied with remaking the Arizona wine scene in his image. Drummer Danny Carey is in a lot of side bands, and bassist Justin Chancellor hasn’t made many public appearances recently.
Say these distractions resolve themselves. Can Tool fans expect a new album anytime soon from a band with four members approaching or in their 50s, one of whom is Maynard James Keenan?
You’re more likely to swim in Arizona Bay.
Read the interview from The Pheonix Times HERE