Even front man Maynard James Keenan is begging for the new Tool album now
Fans of alternative metal band Tool have been waiting a considerable amount of time for a new album. Over 12 years have passed since the band’s last album 10,000 Days was released.
It has become a running joke that all kinds of ridiculous things that would never happen will happen before a new Tool album comes out. Now however, singer Maynard James Keenan is also getting sick and tired of the waiting.
This past weekend Keenan at a Tool show at the Northern Invasion festival did something unusual to try to catalyze the process for finishing the album. He donned a set of police riot gear and said to the crowd and band alike:
“Eventually you wonderful people are going to run out of fucking patience. So I beg you, Danny [Carey, drums], Adam [Jones, guitar], and Justin [Chancellor, bass], please finish your parts so I can finish mine.”
Last year Keenan in an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience (which can be viewed in its entirety below) discussed why it takes a long time for the band to write and all of the time, effort, and meticulous detail put into everything, saying:
“Their writing process is so drawn out. And I’m sure there’s a lot of reasons why the delay has been long. Their process is very analytical, and I think, at some point, maybe because so much time has gone by from the last album, there has to be a little bit of fear in here.
[You think to yourself] ‘Is this record gonna be as good as the last one?’ The anticipation now is… Now the pressure is huge, so I’m sure there’s some of that [that] goes into play.”
Keenan’s other band A Perfect Circle put out their first album in 14 years Eat the Elephant last month.
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Watch: Maynard James Keenan interview on The Joe Rogan Experience