Maynard James Keenan Clarifies Calling Tool Fans 'Insufferable'

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Maynard James Keenan performs during 2011 Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Aug. 5, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  

"Our core fanbase aren't fanatics. They're music lovers, artists and good people. It's the fanatics that are insufferable."

So, when’s the next Tool album coming out? 

Right now, frontman Maynard James Keenan doesn’t even want to deal with the question.

In a well-publicized interview with the Phoenix New Times, Keenan had some harsh words for fanatics of the rock band, which released its last studio album in 2006. 

Keenan was doing promo for the new album from his other band -- Puscifer -- and he wasn’t too enthused about diving into some Tool talk. As the topic came up, conversation drifted to the humor in Tool’s music, and how the fans often missed it. The interview reads:

“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.”

But Keenan wants Tool fans to know that he wasn’t bashing all of them. In a comment to Billboard, he says:

It is unfortunate that during an interview about Puscifer's Friday release of Money Shot, a comment I made, in the context of a much lengthier discussion about obsessive fanatics, was taken out of context by a few “news” outlets so they could drive up their own readership. It's called clickbait and it's boring. Our core fanbase aren't fanatics. They're music lovers, artists and good people. It's the fanatics that are insufferable.

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Still, the Phoenix New Times interview didn't exactly leave the fans enthusiastic for Tool's future. Asked if he had to “corral" the other Tool members to play their lone 2015 show (Oct. 31 at Tempe, Ari.’s Monster Mash Music Festival), Keenan replied, “No, they had to con me into it.”

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In a March 2015 interview with Yahoo, Tool guitarist Adam Jones revealed the band would soon begin to focus on its next album, since a troublesome lawsuit that had been delaying the process had finally settled. However, no timetable for that album’s release had emerged.