Tool: No New Album Plans

Following Tool's tour last summer, rumors of a new album have been rife.

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Following Tool's tour last summer, rumors of a new album have been rife. Fans shouldn't get their hopes up, though, since frontman Maynard James Keenan tells Noisecreep that he's too busy right now - what with Puscifer hitting the road and his Arizona winery, Merkin Vineyards, at all systems go.

Still, there's some good news: Keenan doesn't totally discount more activity from the iconic mathy metal band. "It's hard to say," Keenan tells Noisecreep. "I don't know if I can right now. I am on the operating table and I'm breaching, I'm having a baby. The idea of making another baby right now is not appealing," he says metaphorically, if not a little dramatically, of recording a new album.

More pressing, it seems, is Keenan's desire to promote a grassroots lifestyle. That's one of the reasons he made his mockumentary, "Blood Into Wine," which documents Keenan's efforts as a wine producer.

"Why make this film? I think it's really important for people to understand that you can start something in your backyard, and it doesn't have to be something that takes over the world." Standard ideals of consumer and commuter culture clearly don't sit with Keenan. "I can walk to my winery from my kitchen. That's the way things used to be, when you made your living in your home." But he isn't the average rock star with a jones to save the environment. "The idea of saving the environment with a Prius doesn't quite do it," he scoffs.

Another of Keenan's ventures is a food market specializing in organically grown local produce, which he opened near his rural estate in Arizona. "You have a lot of buzz words flying around like sustainability, local and organic. It looks good on a sticker in a grocery store, but the actual practices of growing those things seems to erase political lines, social lines. When you meet the farmer who is struggling, then you don't really care who he voted for, honestly. You want to help him to grow the crop."

Thanks for the report to Noisecreep.com.

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    CoreysMonster
    if there is no new tool album in 2011 I'm gonna fly to Arizona, find maynards vinyard, and unleash a hellstorm of locusts and other bugs to his yard, pee in his bottled wine and drink enough to get wasted enough to insult his son and break his Steinberg headless guitar.
    adseason218
    Oh well, we can't hear their new cd that sounds the goddamn same as every other song theyve written.
    icbm666
    Tool is my favorite band, but I get impatient waiting for their new albums. Maynard needs to quit his stupid Puscifer project and get down to making some actual music. It would be better if he was with APC because they weren't that bad. Also, I don't want to hear people talkin about "oh they just take forever because they want their music to be its best" because its not true. If it was then 10,000 Days wouldn't have sucked like it did.
    John1138
    If anyone here has ever LISTENED to a TOOL album, it is not like you can just go in and 'do it.' These are complex pieces of art. 2011 would be about right. If anyone here could do as well as this band has (Including Myself) we would be doing it. Give it time.
    aephqan
    Even a li'l sign of their comeback is enourmously makin' my day... Thank you UG...
    DanteJayG
    Tarsplitter wrote: SLonergan wrote: Tarsplitter wrote: I hope they will break up ASAP. Why do you care if they're together or not? It doesn't affect you. Please, be quiet. You have no idea if it affects me.
    LOL
    [travis]
    TOOL is such an amazing band. I love all the odd timing and complicated riffs they come up with. The only thing I hate is how people talk about the lyrics and what the meaning of the songs are, just shut up, it's just a song.
    Shayne777
    KurdtStaley wrote: I think UG is just making the assumption that if there's nothing coming out this year, it will next year. And although I love Tool, the pace they make records at is just pitiful. I guess it's just not their intention to produce a lot of music but as a fan, I'd like to hear more from them. At least Maynard is an ambitious song writer and will put his talents to use elsewhere. Hopefully Puscifer comes to Portland.
    i hate they way they write music too but if it takes them 5 years to write the best possible album they can insted of rushing one out every year then we're just gonna have to wait cause i would rather have a handful of amazing albums then a 20 album long cataolg of just decent stuff
    metalheadblues
    CoreysMonster wrote: if there is no new tool album in 2011 I'm gonna fly to Arizona, find maynards vinyard, and unleash a hellstorm of locusts and other bugs to his yard, pee in his bottled wine and drink enough to get wasted enough to insult his son and break his Steinberg headless guitar.
    unleash the fooking fury man i agree but at the same time you can't blame the guy i mean it seems like the writing processes for Justin and Adam takes forever which is why Maynard get fedup and does his side projects..but in any case i want a new tool album..Who doesn't??
    some.will.seek
    AdenZerda wrote: Ahahaha Picture of a guy in sunglasses and a cowboy hat with no shirt on Labeled "tool" Made my day
    Lolatron. Your post made my day
    shhaannt
    adseason218 wrote: Oh well, we can't hear their new cd that sounds the goddamn same as every other song theyve written.
    fck tht
    GasPipe
    Disappointed naturally, but hey its his life, and he seems to be doing what he wants to do, good on him.
    Tarsplitter
    SLonergan wrote: Tarsplitter wrote: I hope they will break up ASAP. Why do you care if they're together or not? It doesn't affect you.
    Please, be quiet. You have no idea if it affects me.
    Mr Pringle
    here's a realistic title: Maynard is busy with his baby, wine company and mokumentry. The new tool album will be released in 2020.
    Corner9
    The headline was a pretty cruel joke. Can't wait for new Tool when it does come out, though
    zporras
    Black Orchid wrote: larrytheguitar wrote: As much as I love Tool and MJK, every interview I read of him, he just seems like a snob. I mean, what kind of rockstar builds a winery? Well, he COULD drive around in a hummer, make snide remarks about other celebrities, or star in obscure sex tapes, but I guess he's too much of a snob for that one. :\
    its a nice sarcastic way of lookin at it, but honestly he's just being straightforward and always has the best of intentions with his actions, never an unwise statement or anything. the whole "snob" image that some people see is just his manner of speaking.
    Black Orchid
    larrytheguitar wrote: As much as I love Tool and MJK, every interview I read of him, he just seems like a snob. I mean, what kind of rockstar builds a winery?
    Well, he COULD drive around in a hummer, make snide remarks about other celebrities, or star in obscure sex tapes, but I guess he's too much of a snob for that one. :\
    Ciaphas
    larrytheguitar wrote: As much as I love Tool and MJK, every interview I read of him, he just seems like a snob. I mean, what kind of rockstar builds a winery?
    I agree MJK can come off as pretentious in some of the interviews he does, but what does having a winery have to do with him being a "snob?"
    larrytheguitar
    As much as I love Tool and MJK, every interview I read of him, he just seems like a snob. I mean, what kind of rockstar builds a winery?
    peter0unger
    lol @ his baby quote =D Ummmm, there's nothing in the article about a new album in 2011.. This reminds me of that April fools joke concerning Audioslave UG did last year.. Seriously though.. Puscifer is total garbage compared to Tool.. He should drop that crap completely and focus on Tool..
    j-e-f-f-e-r-s
    icbm666 wrote: Tool is my favorite band, but I get impatient waiting for their new albums. Maynard needs to quit his stupid Puscifer project and get down to making some actual music. It would be better if he was with APC because they weren't that bad. Also, I don't want to hear people talkin about "oh they just take forever because they want their music to be its best" because its not true. If it was then 10,000 Days wouldn't have sucked like it did.
    Because your opinion is fact and not, y'know, another opinion. God forbid anyone should actually enjoy 10,000 Days, or even (hushed whisper) prefer it over Lateralus. Who the hell are you to tell Tool how long they should take? It's their band, they're making music for themselves, it's their call. As a wise man once said "Point that ****ing finger up your ass!"
    patbuck2
    Eh, I don't mind the wait. I want them to take their time with the album, just like they have done with all of their other albums. The more time they spend on an album, the better it is more likely to be, in my opinion.
    Draconis93
    A new album from Tool would be pretty awesome, but I don't really see one coming out anytime soon.
    riti
    patbuck2 wrote: Eh, I don't mind the wait. I want them to take their time with the album, just like they have done with all of their other albums. The more time they spend on an album, the better it is more likely to be, in my opinion.
    Well I dont care too ,but it just looks like theyre not working in new material ,,,otherwise as long as theyre working in new album I actually dont mind waiting , Im used to wait for tools album
    C1osur3
    Tarsplitter wrote: C1osur3 wrote: That's only because the headline used to read 'Tool: Now new album plans until 2011.' It seems UG attempted to be sneaky, little bastards by subtly switching the title over. Way to be discreet. These idiots should take responsibility for misinformation. If you hate 'em so much. Go away. No one likes you.
    I come here for tabs, not fabrications. It just caught my eye.
    OctoberWind
    I remember reading somewhere that Danny, Justin, and Adam write the music and then bring it to Maynard for lyrics and vocals. So work on an album could be underway.
    Tarsplitter
    C1osur3 wrote: That's only because the headline used to read 'Tool: Now new album plans until 2011.' It seems UG attempted to be sneaky, little bastards by subtly switching the title over. Way to be discreet. These idiots should take responsibility for misinformation.
    If you hate 'em so much. Go away. No one likes you.
    StringAssassin
    Was this a direct interview with Maynard or was it just some copy/paste shit from another website? If it's the latter it's probably true and we shouldn't expect anything new until 2012.
    C1osur3
    xNoL3AFCLov3R wrote: valdean wrote: I can't find any word in the article supporting the statement that it will come out in 2011. He actually said to not get hopes up, and that he doesn't feel like making another album right now. So what's up with the misleading title? What misleading title? it clearly says " no new album plans "
    That's only because the headline used to read 'Tool: Now new album plans until 2011.' It seems UG attempted to be sneaky, little bastards by subtly switching the title over. Way to be discreet. These idiots should take responsibility for misinformation.
    xNoL3AFCLov3R
    valdean wrote: I can't find any word in the article supporting the statement that it will come out in 2011. He actually said to not get hopes up, and that he doesn't feel like making another album right now. So what's up with the misleading title?
    What misleading title? it clearly says " no new album plans "
    Sam Wotrey
    We may not get any Tool but we can have some wine! Because that's what Maynard's fans want! WIIIIINE!
    gosuhaxbuild
    gosuhaxbuild wrote: People who are unsure about the release date of another Tool album should check out this month's newsletter at toolband.com.
    My mistake, it's actually the February newsletter, there isn't one for March yet.
    randyaintdead82
    Im sure maynard will immediately start working with Tool when Adam, Danny, and Justin are secure enough to present the songs to him, because those songs will be great. I dont think Maynard would pass up either. Yes he is in fact a very talented artist, and can do whatever he wants. But Tool is what made him successful. Thats his legacy. Hell have to go do it eventually. 2011 should be the right year to release an album then tour. Cant believe they didnt come to Mansfield on the summer tour....
    gosuhaxbuild
    People who are unsure about the release date of another Tool album should check out this month's newsletter at toolband.com. Blair hints that "the process has begun in earnest". What exactly he means by this is unclear, however he did imply that the band members as well as Blake had gotten together at Danny Carey's house. I can't wait for new Tool.
    Patstrument
    Avedas wrote: Why are there so many angry children in this thread?
    Cuz many aggravated children like Tool.
    Avedas
    10,000 Days was great. Title was misleading but I pretty much expected it anyways. Why are there so many angry children in this thread?