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MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN On New TOOL: “We Can’t Drag This Out Another 14 Years”


Tool seems to be operating with a sense of urgency these days, mostly due to their ages. In a recent interview, Tool bassist Justin Chancellor put it like this: “Danny Carey is 62 now, so there’s no thought of taking 13 years if we’re gonna do it. We’re gonna have to be more efficient, and we’ve been talking of ways that we can do that.”

So how does the rest of the band feel about Chancellor‘s thoughts on the matter? According to Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan in an interview with Metal Hammer, there’s definitely an overarching agreement to get things done quicker.

Tool is a more complicated beast with a lot of egos and a lot of other things going on in our lives,” said Keenan. “But all the creativity’s there, the songs and the ideas can flow and the arguments ensue. As soon as we get past the arguments, we can get shit done! Ha ha ha! I think we could do it more efficiently. And I think everyone’s on the same page that we have to get through that, because we can’t drag this out another 14 years.”

Added Tool guitarist Adam Jones: “Most of the people that you hear from on those things – like, ‘When’s your next record?’ – when you do finish it, they’re like, ‘OK, when’s your next one?’ You can’t make people happy. We have this very selfish approach to art. It’s our rules. When you start trying to make people happy, you’re losing yourself. You’re losing that burn inside you of why you do what you do.”

At the very least, it sounds like Tool‘s long-awaited vinyl reissues of their catalog are nearly completion. In the meantime, go catch Tool at one of their European tour dates. Tickets are available here.

5/25 Hannover, GER – ZAG Arena
5/27 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
5/30 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
6/1 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
6/3 London, UK – The O2 Arena
6/5 Paris, FRA – Accor Arena
6/8 Berlin, GER – Parkbühne Wuhlheide
6/10 Wien, AUT – Wiener Stadthalle
6/11 Kraków, POL – Tauron Arena
6/13 Budapest, HUN – BudapestAréna
6/18 Köln, GER – Lanxess Arena
6/20 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
6/22 Copenhagen, DEN – CopenHell
6/25 Stockholm, SWE – Tele2 Arena
6/27 Oslo, NOR – Tons of Rock

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