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.

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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

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