Maynard Gives New Tool Album Update: 'It's a Long, Very Tedious Process'

"I don't write the music, they write the music," the singer explains.

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The perfectionism seems to be very much alive and well among the Tool ranks these days and is even making singer Maynard James Keenan a bit impatient. Chatting with Rolling Stone, Maynard discussed the whole creative process. "I don't write the music. They write the music," he said about his bandmates. "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." The vocalist continued, "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." Asked whether such process is happening, Maynard added: "I couldn't tell you." Acknowledging that the band doesn't need to release new material in order to pack arenas, Keenan added, "But 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." Finally, the vocalist revealed pretty much no details as far as the band's future musical direction goes. "Just in general, each project is going to find its own way," he explained. "Depending on the motivation. We're all in this together. I'm not pointing any fingers. I will take full responsibility if I have to." The latest Tool studio effort, "10,000 Days," saw its release in May 2006 as the fourth record in the band's opus.

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    Maynard - "more vague statements that provide no further indication of just what the shit is actually going on with this project"
    Thrice Capades
    Quick lesson in quotes and legality: Maynard never said, "It's a long, very tedious process" What he said was, "It's a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process." So he was technically misquoted, which could lead to a host of lawsuits. The best way to avoid that is the simple use of the ellipses. For example: "It's a long...very tedious process." Boom. Totally legal and grammatically correct. Obviously it doesn't make a huge difference in this case, but seeing how many times this website misquotes people (almost certainly on purpose) I just wanted to drop a quick reminder.
    Finally, the vocalist revealed pretty much no details as far as the band's future musical direction goes. That made me laugh.
    Is it just me, or does Maynard sound like he feels obligated to make a new Tool record?
    I was thinking that maybe they've been working on this album for longer then anyone outside the band knows, and It's starting to annoy him. But that's just my thought
    I've never read an interview of Maynard where his words show that he's super excited and happy over anything
    Maynard has no real interest in Tool whatsoever. Yet, he has pussied out, afraid of admitting publicly that he's no longer into the band, because it would turn public opinion and fandom against him, because that would be a very bad thing for his huge ****ing ego.
    How do you know? Are you his personal assistant? Have you ever met him? You try to have three bands, a vineyard and two restaurants to run. He's a master artist, you cant just slap paint on canvas and call it a masterpiece, a masterpiece is the work of an artist who has been absorbed by the spirit of his times and can transform a personal experience into a universal one.
    "you don't want to become a greatest hits version of yourself" ...what as we've just found out a perfect circle are releasing a greatest hits collection after 3 albums instead of making new music?
    Probably more to do with their record label contract than a cash grab. Maynard kind of treats APC as more of an afterthought due to his wine schedule and the growing popularity of PUSCIFER.
    Tool has one of the best live shows ever NIN not even in the same league
    Seen em both several several times. Tool - Pay close to 200 bucks each time to sit far away and to see 9 songs. They are 9 long and great songs though. A few times I have seen them Maynard has been completely drowned out by Dannys drums. Also Maynard hides in back and cannot see/feel his emotion as much. NIN- Pay 40 bucks for GA pit seats. 5 feet away from Trent. The man puts so much emotion into every show. One of the best live performers out there imo. Also for your 40 bucks Trent normally plays close to 30 songs! I know his songs are shorter but still! TL,DR NIN offers way more bang for your buck!
    If you're paying 200 bucks to see Tool you're obviously going through scalpers. I've had to go through scalpers for them once and payed that much, but I was in the pit, 5 people from the front rail. Ive seen em 5 times, and usually pay $50-$80 for great seats. And if you're close enough. you can see that Maynard does his funny little dances and does get into the music, just in his own way, with no lights shining on him. Either way Tool is always my favorite show to go to, the music is so precise and the way they slow it down and add segues between songs with synthesizers and whatnot, it's just AMAZING. Best show Ive seen was 2010 at Toyota Center in Houston, just mind blowing.
    Everyone should see Tool once and form their own opinion.But if you want to get the best out of Maynard then go and see Puscifer. Spend like 50 bucks, sit close, and Maynard is damn near front and center stage with them. No hiding in the back. I have seen Tool, APC, and Puscifer and Puscifer was the best quality show imo and had more bang for my buck.
    Went and saw Puscifer about 5 months ago, absolutely best live show I have been to, it was so personal (only a couple of hundred of people packed in a bar)...really great experience
    Tool and NIN are equally the most amazing live acts around. Musically, visually, and emotionally, they both offer more than any other band currently touring.
    I used to love tool and they make amazing music there is no doubt, but if bands like Tool and Rage Against the Machine weren't tools for the establishment then they would have made tons of music over the last 10 years. Fuck that. I know what this world is and what Hollywood is for. The people who use alternative media as their way of being informed will know what I'm talking about.
    Tool would rather put out 1 quality album every 5 years than a 5 shitty ones in 5 years. It is quality vs quantity. I prefer quality.
    Ahhhh so this is why I stopped listening to Tool. Their heads are so far up their own asses creatively
    I would really want to go see them on tour, but I'm afraid of the stereotypes I have heard of the fans.....NIN wasn't that bad of a fanbase; I expected a lot more goths so maybe the stereotypes I have heard of Tool's cult won't be as bad.
    Unfortunately, only seen them once so far, but it was one of the most diverse crowds I have ever seen at a rock concert - all kinds of folks, ranging from nerdy types to metalheads. I am not sure what stereotype there is about Tool fans, but I didn't see any - at least at the one show....
    I'll second that. Back in high school I followed Tool through their New York shows with my gf at the time, and the crowd that shows up is a little bit of everybody. The first day of this economics class, the room was divided left and right, and out of the blue this preppy girl goes "I should be at the Tool concert right now!" Needless to say, I sat on the wrong side of the room. >.>
    Not sure what the stereotypical Tool fan is and what's so off putting about them live? I think most Tool fans will be a bit pompous in terms of the music because its that bit more 'out there' and are proud (to a fault sometimes) that they 'get' Tool's music, but how that would translate over into a live setting I don't know? It's not like a 5FDP gig or something where the stereotypical fan there might very well end up killing me in a mosh pit, I think most Tool gigs are really chilled.
    Not sure why you got downvoted. Tool is one of the few bands that I consistantly go see. Their live shows are great and pretty easy going.
    The main sterotype for Tool fans is the guy who thinks they understand the band better than anyone else. "Oh, what? You didn't like that seven minute native American chant, you just don't get it" or "Most Tool fans like the band cuz their heavy but I like them because they are smart. I don't really listen to the music per say.
    The irony of those kind of Tool fans is that Tool's music is actually not very "out there". Yeah, the lyrics can be a bit confusing at times, but Tool isn't really doing anything musically that is advanced.
    you are both brave for saying that, and completely wrong at the same time
    Thank you! You're totally right. It's annoying how stating something like that gets you thrown to the dogs so to speak. I'm on your side haha
    I Think Maynard would rather create great wine than the same album again, that's the music business Sloan
    Honestly I don't care anymore. There has been so much AMAZING prog rock coming out of Australia in the last 10 years that has been more than enough to tide me over.
    screech n' moan
    "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." Says the guy that said he didn't like the music they first presented him with. Everyone should keep in mind that the actual MUSIC for this album started being made in late 2009/early 2010. At this point, I'd prefer an instrumental album to Maynard having anything to do with it. I know that's not "cool", but seriously, he doesn't need Tool at this point in his career, and in my opinion, they don't need him, or any vocalist. Just listen to Triad.
    He didn't say he didn't like the music. That UG article title is completely false. Go read it; it's not what he said at all.
    Lols. Another person who took UG's horribly false and misleading title right at face falue. That's not at all what Maynard said. UG does that shit all the time.
    I'm cool with whatever approach they want-- it's their approach and I agree with most people who think that they don't put out anything bad. But damn, going this long between albums seems like a disservice to Tool. It's hard for me to even consider them a band. Bands, you know, put out new music.
    I totally respect Tool's process, quality over quantity is definitely the way to go when it comes to music. But, I still think they're fully capable of an EP between albums.