Tool’s Maynard James Keenan: “You’re Gonna See Some New Music Next Year”

While accepting the Icon Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards in London, England, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan confirmed that new music will be coming in 2019. He said the following:

“I wouldn’t be here without you guys, so thank you very much for all that. A lot of work’s being done, a lot of work’s been done. I’ll go on record now saying you’re gonna see some new music next year.”

He didn’t specifically mention Tool, but many have assumed that’s what he meant. So far, the group have finished tracking drums and have started tracking bass.

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Maynard James Keenan Begs His Tool Bandmates To Finish Recording Their Parts For New Album

During Tool’s set at the Northern Invasion festival in Somerset, WI over the weekend, Maynard James Keenan jokingly begged his bandmates to finish their parts on their new album. The frontman, who was wearing his riot gear, said the following:

“A lot of people recently have been asking me, Maynard James Keenan, what’s with the fucking riot gear? Well, I’ll tell you. I’m afraid of bananas, and other forms of fruit, because eventually you wonderful people are going to run out of fucking patience. So I beg you – Danny, Adam, and Justin, please finish your parts so I can finish mine and take this fucking riot gear off.”

So far, drum tracking is done, but the group are taking a break for some shows and music clinics.

Tool Finish Tracking Drums For New Album

It looks like Tool’s Danny Carey has finished tracking drums (other than a segue) for the band’s new album. The group shared the below picture with the following caption: “TOOL STUDIO SHOT taken by Joe’s assistant KEVIN MILLS to celebrate the completion of the drum tracking (other than a segue).”

Tool Debut New Music In Promo Video For Their Upcoming Music Clinics

Tool have posted a new promo video for Adam Jones, Danny Carey, and Justin Chancellor’s upcoming music clinics and the clip happens to feature a three-plus minute clip of the new song “Descending,” which was previously performed live. The teaser seems to be from a live show considering a crowd can be heard. The upcoming music clinics will see the band performing and offering a behind-the-scenes look at their music by discussing their writing process and dissecting various tracks.

Music Clinic Dates:

05/11 St. Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center
05/14 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
05/15 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
05/16 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/17 Columbus, OH – Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
05/19 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
05/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/23 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore

Tool’s Adam Jones Shares More Footage From The Studio

Tool guitarist Adam Jones has shared another clip from the studio where the band are tracking their new album with producer Joe Barresi. It isn’t much, but you do get a look at some of drummer Danny Carey’s gear.

Maynard James Keenan Talks Tool And A Perfect Circle On Lars Ulrich’s “It’s Electric!”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich recently interviewed Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) for his Beats 1 show “It’s Electric!.” You can check out the full chat below, along with some excerpts [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

Keenan on the long lengths of time between new A Perfect Circle and Tool albums:

“There’s a lot of timing issues with TOOL getting to the studio, I always try to gauge where they’re at, how things are going, and if I see a window where, ‘Okay, doesn’t seem like things are going to get done any time soon…’ The window might expand based on me going ‘I’m gonna go do something then.’ That’s why you had a lot of PUSCIFER for many years.

“I felt like if I was to go back and I do another PUSCIFER record, someone was gonna sneak into my bedroom and slit my throat, so I figured I’d go and call Billy [Howerdel, A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist] and see where he’s at with music.”

Keenan on staying creative without chasing trends or consciously trying to appeal to the youth:

“Just be okay with not being part of the future, if you can get your head around the fact that you’re not going to be part of the next generation’s focus.”

“It gets easier to get lazy, so the only way to really do that is to always try to figure out some way to take yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you can get outside your comfort zone, you can then tap into things that are in a way fresh. I guess you could chalk it up to staying relevant. At our age now, you see a lot of artists coming out of the woodwork trying to clearly desperately trying to remain relevant, that stinks. That’s just stenchy.”

The first part of the “It’s Electric!” episode featuring Keenan will officially be released on April 22, while the second part will officially be released on April 29.

Tool Announce Two More Music Clinics

Tool’s Adam Jones, Danny Carey, and Justin Chancellor have added two more intimate music clinics to their schedule. These events will see the band performing and offering a behind-the-scenes look at their music by discussing their writing process and dissecting various tracks. This news comes after the group recently issued a statement to clear some apparent confusion about the $500 events. Here’s all the clinic dates:

05/11 St. Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center
05/14 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
05/15 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
05/16 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/17 Columbus, OH – Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
05/19 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
05/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/23 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore