Maynard James Keenan Calls Tool Fans Retards, Says Band Conned Him

Maynard James Keenan ripped his Tool bandmates and fans of the band in a new Phoenix New Times interview.

Kennan acknowledges that there was indeed humor on Tool’s albums to the reporter. But as with any time he’s asked about Tool, his answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.

“Yeah, it’s there,” he says. “But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.”

He shakes his head.

“It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”

Did he have to corral the other band members to play this one show in 2015?

“No, they had to con me into it.”

Deftones is also playing the festival. Are we going to hear “Passenger,” the Deftones song featuring Keenan guesting on vocals? Keenan hasn’t performed it live in more than a decade.

He shakes his head vigorously.

Then the million-dollar question: When’s the next Tool album coming out?

“There’s nothing to say,” he says. “I can’t.”

  • Felonious Punk

    This is just Keenan being Keenan. He’s not serious about the band conning him, and he has no idea when the next Tool album will come out because little, if anything, has progressed on it.

  • Bilbo

    Sometimes I wonder if Maynard’s heart is still with Tool. He’s always willing to talk about wines, APC and that Puscifer crap, but anytime someone mentions Tool he gets all touchy. I’d rather the guys got a new singer and become more active than waiting for Maynard’s good will…

    • Billy

      i wouldn`t replace him but he clearly doesn’t have the same passion for Tool anymore. He does get snarky when asked about it, the same way a type-casted actor does when nobody takes their other ventures seriously.
      Or if Einstein was a master of the yo-yo, nobody would give a shit because of his other accomplishments.

  • fellowwarrior

    TOOL is a musically advanced band, composed of satanists, unfortunately, and Maynard has admitted he has sold his soul. APC, Puscifer and Wine making are part of his deal. TOOL is part of his deal. He is as contracted and limited as Madonna and the rest of the soul’d out Illuminati music artists. When it comes to his lyrics containing things like “blue as our new second sun,” “get off your fuckin cross, we need the fuckin’ space to nail the next fool martyr,” “we are all one mind,””I sold my soul long before you ever heard my name,” it is clear that he partakes in the shit-eating and donkey sodomy rituals while aiding in pushing the New Age Alien Agenda masked as spirituality when it is electromagnetism and UFO/alien programming. It sounds like he doesn’t want to go ahead and take a next step into TOOL (the root of progression), to perform some particular ritual too horrifyingly full of debauchery and filth to describe. I wonder if he will be killed sometime soon. There’s no telling who is doing what at this moment but Maynard may not want to progress in the rituals, Justin may not want to either. Adam and Danny are always ready for more.

  • Rizz

    Here’s a thought: Don’t do any more interviews if you don’t want to talk Tool.

  • Jesusswept

    Wouldn’t you lose interest in Tool too if there was nothing that has happened in 10 years? the guitarist continues to drag his feet now with lame excuses for a decade. It’s obvious Maynard isn’t holding back any Tool progress. He is constantly working on something new. It’s Adam who cannot complete any project he starts. Instead of blaming Maynard who actually puts music out, blame the guy on the couch watching wrestling that hasn’t even completed the video for the pot. oh wow look guys, he made a poster for the Phoenix show! -Lame, re-used imagry. I’d get sick of answering questions about the (non-existent) new album too.
    Puscifer has a new album out this month.

    • Flawed81

      Pucifer sucks,im sorry..