Maynard James Keenan explains long delay in new Tool album
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Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan explained -- yet again -- the long delay in the band recording and releasing a new album in a new interview with podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. Speaking about Tool guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor, Keenan said, "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?'"
Keenan continued, "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."
- The singer said a while back that even though the perception is that he has kept the band waiting for him, he is the one waiting around for the rest of the group: "If Tool was more prolific, if they were a little steadier, if we could get things done a little faster, I would probably be happy. But things are very -- they take a long time, they’re very tedious, very meticulous and I get bored. So I have to go do things in between. The perception, of course, is that everything's waiting on me. No, that’s not the case.”
- Keenan added that it's taken more than 11 years to come up with new material because his bandmates are so set in their ways, explaining, "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."
- The frontman admitted that he is "always butting heads" with the other members of Tool to move things forward, adding, "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."
- Keenan revealed how he’s actually written his parts to a few songs, only for the band to completely switch around the underlying composition, but added, "What they’re doing is wonderful.”
- Tool's last album, 10,000 Days, came out in 2006. The band wrapped up a North American tour last month, with work on the new album now presumably continuing.
SIDE NOTES: Keenan said on the podcast that he faces a similar situation with A Perfect Circle guitarist and songwriter Billy Howerdel. He explained, “He gets a little forest through the trees sometimes, and I’m the guy going: ‘Step back, look at it.' Then I’m out the door, the poor guy is going: ‘Where did you go?’”