Maynard James Keenan Is Kind Of Done With Tool, Its Fans, And Probably You

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Remember Tool, the ’90s rock band you’d listen to when you were really angry at your parents for like being really uncool instead of being really cool? Well, they’re back. For at least one more show. And while tons of fans might be happy to see the band reunite live, Maynard James Keenan—now frontman for Puscifer—seems like he just can’t wait to get the whole thing over with.

Consequence of Sound reports that in a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, Keenan spoke about the band’s performance at Monster Mash as well as his upcoming performance with Puscifer at the same event. Guess which project he was least excited to talk about? And he’s not kidding. Keenan’s interviewer at the Phoenix New Times wrote this about his reaction to being asked about Tool.

…as with any time he’s asked about Tool, his answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.

Uh-oh. And it just went downhill from there.

Asked about the humor found in Tool’s albums, Keenan responded, “Yeah, it’s there, but people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullsh*t.” He added, “It’s lost. Insufferable people … It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”

And was performing as a band once again his idea?  Nope, he says his bandmates had to “con him into it.”

Anyone going to the show for an announcement that Tool might be returning to music together or releasing the long-awaited record fans have been demanding may be disappointed. Keenan’s focusing on Puscifer and wine-making right now. That’s right, friends! Your angsty heroes grow up to make wine. And they’re still pretty damn awesome.

(Via Consequence of Sound, Phoenix New Times)