Maynard James Keenan Clarifies Tool Comments: ‘The Fanatics Are Insufferable’

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Maynard James Keenan has taken to Twitter to clarify his comments about Tool’s fanbase. Keenan had kind words for the band’s fanbase, but was still critical of the Tool ‘fanatics’ who he called retards a couple of days ago. “Our core fanbase aren’t fanatics. They’re music lovers & artists & good people. Its the fanatics that are insufferable.” He also said it is untrue that he wants nothing to do with Tool or the band’s fanbase. Keenan also mentioned ‘context,’ implying that he was only talking about specific types of fans. Tool also posted a photo of Facebook with the caption: ‘4hrs a.m. w/ @puscifer 4hrs p.m. w/ @tool @barry_mccockener and I TOTALLY hating on each other. #donttaketheclickbait #context.’


Maynard James Keenan joked about his Tool bandmates and mocked fanatics 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

    Wow, life must be pretty sad if you’re a “Tool fanatic”. What do those people do listening to the same four albums — the last two of which sound virtually identical to one another — over and over, and waiting an average of eight years between albums?

    Oh, that’s right: they check the Toolshed website every hour of the day, get routinely trolled by the doofus who runs it, and complain that Tool has no humor in that whopping discography they’ve amassed. Life is hard, bruh.

    • Corndog

      They should just go listen to Mastodon. It is much more satisfying:)

      • Felonious Punk

        Agreed. Mastodon are fucking awesome. I saw them live earlier this year and it was insane. It sounded like a mountain was toppling. The lead singer guy’s stage banter is hilarious, too.

  • Bilbo

    The unanswered question is still in the air, though. Who are the ones spending 500 dollars to shake hands and take a picture with the band, the regular fans or the fanatics? So they don’t like the fanatics but they are fine with charging for meet and greets that will only appeal to them…

  • Wam Meesly

    More lame news about Tool that does not result in an album. Being that albums do not sell anymore, I anticipate even more random junk being sold by Tool and the possibility of a never ending tour to break even. Additionally, many Tool fans I knew back in the early 2000s no longer attend shows, which makes me question who their audience is any more.