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.

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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

Tool Elaborate On Upcoming $500 Music Clinics

Tool’s Adam Jones, Danny Carey, and Justin Chancellor previously announced some intimate music clinics in which they will be performing and offering a behind-the-scenes look at their music by discussing their writing process and dissecting various tracks. Now, due to some apparent confusion, the band have shared a new statement about these $500 events.

Here’s what the group had to say:

“First of all, KUDOS to those Tool enthusiasts who realize the unique opportunity of the upcoming music clinics and have secured their spot for the experience. As you might imagine, there has been a great response to these intimate forums and the limited number of tickets available to ToolArmy members went really fast.

As of my writing this, there are still a small number of tickets for sale to the general public and these can be purchased via the links below. Again, I urge you to act fast so as not to miss out – the clinics also include a damn near personal performance of songs followed by the dissections of the tunes by its composers!

From email that I’ve received, it appears that some of you aren’t sure what exactly these clinics entail, and have been comparing them with the Meet and Greets hosted by Adam Jones in the past. As special as those events were, rest assured that the clinics are designed to be on an entirely different level.

As advertised, “A rare immersive dissection and performance with DANNY CAREY, JUSTIN CHANCELLOR & ADAM JONES,” here’s your chance to gain insight as to how the Tool machine works. Just about everything’s on the table: methods and processes behind the writing and arranging of their critically acclaimed albums, individual vision that goes into the overall mix of things, artistic and philosophical concepts behind their distinctive stage projections, videos, etc., as well as their thoughts on the current recording process.

But, you’ve got the green light to change things up – questions need not be of a technical nature; ask about their personal musical preferences and other subjects of interest. Believe me, they are varied!

So, while you are there – seize the moment. Connect. Interact. Whether you’re an aspiring or seasoned musician… or just someone who appreciates the band members and wants to know what makes them tick.

Ask that one question that you never thought you’ve have the chance to. Intermingle like you’re backstage. Chat with Tool about anything now that you will be among the very few people that ever have the opportunity to do so

This is also your chance to view up-close rare Tool memorabilia and receive exclusive commemorative merch that only you are privy to.”

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

Tool Members Announce Six Special Music Clinic Appearances

Tool’s Adam Jones, Danny Carey, and Justin Chancellor have booked some intimate music clinics for May. The group will perform live at these events and will also offer a behind-the-scenes look at their music by discussing their writing process and dissecting various tracks. They will be holding an open Q&A session at each date as well.

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

Tool’s Adam Jones Shares A New Clip From The Studio

Tool guitarist Adam Jones has shared a new clip from the studio where the band are tracking their new album with producer Joe Barresi. It isn’t much, and was probably just posted to tease fans for April Fools’ Day, but you do get about a millisecond of new material.

Tool Are Recording Their New Album With 2″ Analog Tape

Tool guitarist Adam Jones has revealed that the band are recording their new album with the use of 2″ analog tape and an ultimate SSL board w/ Neve and API modules. He posted the following:

Tool Post Official Update From New Album Sessions

Guitarist Adam Jones previously confirmed that Tool are currently in the studio working on their new album with producer Joe Barresi, and now an official update has been shared via the band’s website. You can read that below.

Tool album update:

“Who’s ready for some major breaking news? Brace yourself; get ready… okay, here we go. We are very excited to announce what is sure to be welcome news for both fans of TOOL and prog-metal enthusiasts in general. After all the years of writing and arranging (and re-arranging) at the band’s loft, I can at this time officially report that the guys have moved into a major studio where the recording process for the next album is about to begin in earnest.

For the past few days the band members have been getting sonically adjusted to their new surroundings – dialing in the equipment settings and restaurant catering choices – in preparation for Danny to begin his tracking any time now – perhaps by the time that you read this!

I am also excited to announce that ‘evil’ JOE BARRESI will once again have his capable fingers at the engineering controls for what will certainly be another masterful TOOL offering by the talented team. Pinch yourself if you want, but I have been told that all systems are GO at this point for the upcoming sessions.

I will be posting periodic bits and pieces on the progress of the tracking once the guys get deeper into the recording process, and hope that all of you will keep checking back to the official website for these updates. In the meantime, be sure to also visit the individual band members’ sites and socials (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) for more inside glimpses as TOOL prepares for the next stage in their musical odyssey.”