Tool Front man Maynard James Keenan gave a rare and wide ranging interview to the Phoenix New Times newspaper in which he offered no release date for a new Tool album, dismissed obsessive fans, and praised one of his other bands, Puscifer as more versatile outlet for his talents.
On experimentation and Tool versus Puscifer comparisons
“I experiment with all these places I’ve been… I’m experimenting with grapes in Arizona, I mean, come on. Everything’s an experiment. But I feel Puscifer has more breadth . . . We can do animation, film, music, scores.”
On the role of comedy in his art:
“It’s weird. It shouldn’t be. I mean, this one’s named dick, this one’s named vagina. That’s the start there, okay?”
“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.”
On playing Monster Mash Music Festival on Halloween, the only Tool show booked for 2015
“No, they (the other members of Tool) had to con me into it.”
On the whereabouts of the next Tool album.
“There’s nothing to say. I can’t.”
Tool headlines the inaugural Monster Mash Music Fest in Tempe Arizona this Saturday. Get tickets here: