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Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan told Rolling Stone in a new interview that the band's first studio album since 2006 has been delayed because his bandmates take so long to assemble the music. Keenan explained, "I don't write the music. They write the music. I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It's a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process."
Keenan added that while he holds the material to a very high standard, the other three members of the group might be even more exacting. The singer said, "In some ways, they are bigger perfectionists. But you can only help support their talent so long. They don't have to go through it 700 times. They can trust that first thought. But that's their process, so you gotta let them do it."
- He added that he "couldn't tell you" if the process is happening and the music is getting completed. But he also said, "We're all in this together. I'm not pointing any fingers. I will take full responsibility if I have to."
- Tool drummer Danny Carey told us a while back that the band prefers to take its time: "We're not pressured, I think, and we don't have a record company hanging over us, saying, 'You have to do an album every year,' or something. It's a lot more important to take our time and have something to say, and if you're putting out a record every year, how much can you really learn in one year? You know, you've got to develop as a person and develop as a player."
- Keenan was also asked whether Tool should bother making a new album at all when the band has been able to still go out and tour for years without new material. He replied, "As an artist you don't want to become a greatest hits version of yourself, either. You want to push the boundaries. You want to figure out how can you challenge yourself to discover something new, discover something different about yourself. What are your limitations? What avenues can you push and expand? That is life. I don't have any interest in coasting yet."
- Tool's last album, 10,000 Days, came out in 2006. The band has toured a few times since then.
- Keenan has kept himself busy with his Arizona wine-making business and his band Puscifer, along with doing some live work and a little new music with A Perfect Circle.
- The instrumental members of Tool have acknowledged working on new music for a large portion of the past year, but have yet to give any sign that they are ready to hit "record."
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