Maynard Discusses Tool Album Delay On Lars Ulrich Podcast, Blames 'Timing Issues': Watch

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Lars Ulrich interviews Maynard James Keenan for Beats 1 on Apple Music.

What is going on with Tool? After announcing in December that they were finally working on the yet-untitled follow up to 2006’s 10,000 Days, the elusive rock band posted, then deleted, pictures of them recording in the studio at the beginning of April, leaving fans wondering.

In a recent interview with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on his podcast It’s Electric, Maynard James Keenan said that “timing issues” have caused major delays in the production of Tool’s highly-anticipated fifth album. “There’s a lot of timing issues with Tool getting to the studio,” Keenan said, “I always kind of gauge where they’re at, and try to figure out where things are going.” He added: “If I see a window where, ‘OK, it doesn’t look like things are going to get done anytime soon’ – because I need certain pieces to do my job – if I see there’s a window, that might expand based on me going, ‘I’m gonna go do something then.’"

Keenan also discussed not being able to do another Puscifer record. “I felt like if I was to go back and do another Puscifer record, someone was going to sneak into my bedroom and slit my throat, so I figured I’d go and call Bill Howerdel of A Perfect Circle and see where he’s at with music.” A Perfect Circle released their new album Eat The Elephant last week, their first in over 10 years.

Check out the full interview below.