Maynard James Keenan Discusses New Tool Album Delay

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan recently appeared on Joe Rogan’s “The Joe Rogan Experience” and discussed the band’s writing process, as well as their new album delay. You can watch the full interview, and read some excerpts below:

Keenan on his bandmates’ process:

“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.”

“As far as the way that Danny and Justin and Adam write, it’s a very tedious, long process. And they’re always going back over things and questioning what they did and stepping back and going back farther and going forward and, in a way, they’re laying a foundation, they’re putting in the footings for a house. So I can’t write melodies until the footings are in place. I can’t write words until the melodies are in place.

I can’t build walls and then start decorating this place until the foundation is in place. ‘Cause if they keep changing the foundation, changing the footings, the melodies change, and then the story, of course, isn’t getting written. So that’s where we are. There’s a lot of footings that keep shifting — lots of awesome footings, but they keep changing. And they keep changing their minds. So I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing; it’s just their process.”

He also added:

“When you have a lot of very strong-willed, stubborn, opinionated people that have had success—myself included—when you give somebody some success, they’re pretty convinced they’re right. So it’s hard to talk to me, or it’s hard to talk to them, it’s hard to talk to people that are in that position, because they’ve been successful and so you think that the reason you got there is because of whatever position it is you’re taking today. Which is fine. But our process has evolved over the years, and that stubborn nature, you try [to] take a step back and not take any of these things personally.”

“My desire to move forward—go, go, go—and get things done… I’m always butting heads with the guys in Tool to get those things done, and it’s just not their process. It took a while for me to go, ‘This is not personal. This is just the way that they have to do it, and I have to respect it, and I have to take my time and let them take their time.’ And I just check in. I come and see what’s going on.

‘Hey, Justin, send me the track, see where we’re at. Is this thing done?’ If this thing is done-done-done and I can start writing words and music on it, great. But I’ve had instances where I’ve started to write stuff, and by the time I actually got it around and back and we were actually listening and whatever, the song had gone in a completely different direction, so everything that was written, melody-wise or lyric-wise, was completely irrelevant now, and I have to start over…”

He went on to say that him living in Arizona does not factor into the delay:

“I mean, I can sit there in that room and be with them in that room, but their process is so tedious and so ‘Rain Man’ that I just can’t… I just start fucking folding in on myself. But it’s a great thing. What they’re doing is a wonderful… I completely back what they’re doing. There’s no other way for them to do it. For me, I can move much more quickly if you let me help you.

But I think this is what they need to do, and I’m okay with it. You’ve gotta get a little friction in there, so I had to come in and puff my chest out a little bit and be aggressive and, ‘Let’s move it, guys. Let’s move it.’ And that works for a minute, and we definitely make traction. But if I were to do that every day, it would just become a part of the friction—more friction rather than actually getting anything done.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Justin Chancellor On New Tool Album “We’re About 90% There”

Tool are continuing to work on a new album, and now it appears the band are even closer to to completing it. In fact, bassist Justin Chancellor recently told Metal Sucks that the group are “about 90% there.”

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Chancellor said the following:

“It really is an evolving thing. Being out the last couple of weeks on the road and playing together, this year, we’ve really kind of hit a new level I’d say. [We’re] really excited to be around each other and we’re gonna just bang it out when we get back home, we’re ready to go…”

He also added:

“We’re about 90% there, it’s been like a crazy science project—kind of like a petri dish. We’ve just been really picky over what we want to put on this new album and really want to come up with something completely unique. Plus, we have endless amounts of material to sift through, so it’s just been a process… a little different from last time.”

[via The PRP]

Fantômas & Clutch Added To Tool’s San Bernardino, CA Show

More bands have been added to Tool’s June 24 show at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. Joining previously announced acts Primus, Melvins, and The Crystal Method, will be Fantômas and Clutch.

Here’s Tool’s full schedule:

05/24 Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
05/25 Hershey, PA – Giant Center
05/27 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
05/28 Allston, MA – Harvard Athletic Complex (‘Boston Calling‘)
05/30 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
05/31 Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Centre
06/02 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
06/04 Randall’s Island Park, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
06/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
06/07 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
06/08 Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
06/09 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
06/12 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
06/13 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
06/15 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
06/17 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheater
06/18 Nampa, ID – Idaho Center
06/21 San Jose, CA – SAP Center
06/23 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
06/24 San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater

Tool Announce San Bernardino, CA Show With Primus, Melvins, Etc.

Tool have announced a big headlining show at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. The event will take place on June 24 and it will also feature Primus, Melvins, live DJ sets from The Crystal Method, and another special guest TBA.

Here’s Tool’s updated schedule:

05/24 Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
05/25 Hershey, PA – Giant Center
05/27 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
05/28 Allston, MA – Harvard Athletic Complex (‘Boston Calling‘)
05/30 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
05/31 Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Centre
06/02 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
06/04 Randall’s Island Park, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
06/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
06/07 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
06/08 Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
06/09 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
06/12 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
06/13 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
06/15 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
06/17 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheater
06/18 Nampa, ID – Idaho Center
06/21 San Jose, CA – SAP Center
06/23 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
06/24 San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater

Tool Add Three More Dates To 2017 North American Tour

Tool have added three more dates to their North American tour. Check out the updated schedule below.

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Tour Dates:

05/24 Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
05/27 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
05/28 Allston, MA – Harvard Athletic Complex (‘Boston Calling‘)
05/30 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
05/31 Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Centre
06/02 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
06/04 Randall’s Island Park, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
06/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
06/07 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
06/08 Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
06/09 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
06/12 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
06/13 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
06/15 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
06/17 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheater
06/18 Nampa, ID – Idaho Center
06/21 San Jose, CA – SAP Center
06/23 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center

Tool Reportedly In Talks To Make Their Music Available On Streaming Services

According to Bloomberg, Tool are reportedly in talks to make their music available on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. It is worth noting that neither the band or the companies mentioned would comment on the potential deal, but if it does happen it will be a significant move when the band finally get ready to release their first new album in over 10 years.

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