By at 2:27 PM Thursday, October 27th 2011


Maynard James Keenan Updates Tool Fans On New Album

Tool, Music


A couple of weeks ago, Maynard James Keenan released Conditions of My Parole, the sophomore effort from his “solo” project Puscifer. In a recent interview with Loudwire, he touched on the subject of new albums from the other acts he fronts – Tool and A Perfect Circle, as the former hasn’t released any new material since 2006, and the latter since 2003.

When asked about Tool, and the band’s modus operandi of having guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey of writing the music before Maynard gives his input, he stated: “I’m allowing them their space to do what they do, so we’re still in that mode. Even if they told me how close they are to being done, I couldn’t tell you because if I say 60 percent people will start counting down. When it’s done everyone will know. But I haven’t done anything yet. They write forever and then we go in and knock it all out. We’re writing. We’re writing vocals.”

He added that “nothing’s solid” yet, and compared Tool’s writing process to Puscifer’s: “With Puscifer, there’s ideas and then we’ll record stuff. Then we’ll go back and change stuff and fix stuff and record new stuff before we finally put it all together. But with Tool, we practice jams, but there’s no actual recording going on until it’s time to record.”

On whether or not any touring will happen when Tool’s fifth album finally drops, Maynard said that fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for an extensive amount of dates: “Physically, I can’t do it, so that’s not gonna happen. We will tour, but it won’t be the old school dog and pony show of eight months of beating yourself to death.” Regarding the necessity that artists have of making money from touring, he said: “How much do you need, really? If we can make a living going out for a few weeks a year and keep people satisfied by making sure we play the locations we need to hit […] Who gives a s–t how much money you have if your back hurts so much you can’t stand up. Money’s not the goal. Having fun making the art, that’s the goal.”

As for the possibility of a new A Perfect Circle album, he was decidedly less enthusiastic, mentioning that he and guitarist Billy Howerdel don’t have much ready at the moment: “We’ve been kicking around some stuff. Nothing’s ready. Until it’s really solid it doesn’t make any sense to present it, and right now he’s busy with Ashes Divide and I’m doing Puscifer.”

Next week, Puscifer will be featured on a special Halloween appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. After that, the band will commence their US tour:

11/07 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

11/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre

11/10 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre

11/12 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House

11/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre

11/15 – Chicago, IL @ Cadillac Palace Theatre

11/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Lakewood Civic Auditorium

11/18 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

11/19 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

11/22 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

11/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre

11/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

11/26 – Washington, DC @ TBA

11/27 – Charlotte, NC @ TBA

11/29 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre

11/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

12/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre

12/09 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA

12/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ TB A


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  1. zoopster says:

    Really excited to hear some new tool. Can’t wait. But of course, I shall………… patient..

  2. Conor says:

    Puscifer tour looks fairly extensive for someone who can’t physically do it anymore!

    • mike says:

      2 months o touring is nothing. he just means he cant tour for a year like they used to. If tool did tour it would be how they did last summer just some us date and some europe dates.

  3. Rob says:

    Thanks, Maynard. Balls across your nose, pal.

  4. gen says:

    please come to australia……. im despeeate…..

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