New Tool Album: Frontman Maynard James Keenan Reveals Why Tool Are Taking Their Time With The New Album

There is yet another update on the new Tool album. Frontman Maynard James Keenan, in a recent Q&A with Yahoo! Music, has defended himself, saying that he’s not to blame for the delay in the new album. Oddly, his comments have since been removed from the original Yahoo! page, but popular music websites such as Blabbermouth and Alternative Nation had reported them.

“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 take a long time, they’re tedious. The other guys are very meticulous and I get bored. So I have to go do things in between. The perception, of course, if that they’re waiting on me. No, that’s not the case.

“With any group of very strong-willed people – even with A Perfect Circle; we’re starting to work on some stuff as well – it’s always a struggle to find your groove within the personalities.”

new tool album discussed by maynard james keenan It had widely been speculated that Maynard was the reason behind the delay in the new album. [Image by Felix Marquez/AP Images]

So there you have it. As it turns out, we were wrong in believing that the other members of Tool were waiting for the “egomaniac” Maynard to find his creative process. On the contrary, “good guy” Maynard’s latest comment shows that it is the other way around. But of course, in either case, fans can’t really blame a band that produces critical masterpieces such as 10,000 Days and Lateralus for being a little (too) meticulous.

The important question here is, why have his comments been removed from the original Yahoo! Q&A page? The original comments are still indexed with the article on Google, confirming the sources. The article itself has been edited to only promote Maynard’s new autobiography, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things.

New Tool Album

It has been 10 years since the release of Tool’s last album, 10,000 Days. Tool fans have been desperately awaiting a sixth album ever since. Therefore, it was only natural for even the most cynical ones to get excited about the rumors of a new double album that started floating around earlier this year. Frontman Maynard James Keenen’s initial reaction to these rumors was to shrewdly lay them to rest with a tweet calling the rumors “dumb.” But despite Maynard’s tweet, some fans still seemed very optimistic. Revelations from Justin Chancellor, Danny Carey, and Adam Jones confirming the new album had given them reason to do so. And besides, they pointed out how Tool enjoyed messing around with the fans regarding the release of a new album. And indeed, the band has done that in the past, one example being that time they posted fake track listings before the release of Lateralus in 2001.


It had widely been speculated that the delay in the release of Tool’s sixth album was the result of frontman Maynard James Keenan’s frustration and indifference with the band’s followers. But in 2014, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Danny Carey and Adam Jones revealed that the actual cause of the delay was family commitments and an ongoing lawsuit. After the lawsuit was settled in favor of the band in 2015, Jones revealed that the band was now turning their focus to recording a new album, adding that he hoped it would be released by the end of 2015. Well, we’re nearing the end of 2016, and the new album is still nowhere in sight. But with Maynard’s latest comment, at least we have a sort of reassurance that we will definitely be graced with it in the near future.

Tool played the Aftershock festival earlier in October, where they also played the rumored new song, “Decem.” You can check the song out, along with the entire set below.

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