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Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Etc.) Speaks On Social Media Entitlement, The State Of The World & More


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Tool/Puscifer/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan appeared as one of the guests on a new episode of ‘The Strombo Show‘. It was a particularly lengthy and revealing chat with Keenan opening up on his outlook on the future of society, social media entitlement, his writing process, his book and much more. Some excerpts from the chat, which you can hear at the above-mentioned link, can be found below:

When asked what what he feels that overzealous fans don’t understand when asking him questions about Tool‘s long-awaited new album and more, he replied:

“I think those ‘When’s the fucking album…’—those things are, they’re so much a larger symptom in our culture that goes way beyond that question and that specific band. Just the entitlement and that you are owed something or do something.

It’s unfortunate that that voice that social media has given people, they’re so disconnected with the bigger picture and the movements of things. We really need a meteor. We need something that’s going to get people organized with each other.”

When suggested that U.S. President Donald Trump might be an ‘intellectual meteor’, Keenan replied:

“Oh god, beyond, beyond that’s terrifying. I don’t know if I really wanna go into that, but I mean the bigotry and racism and the negativity, just everything about it. There’s a war coming, there’s a war coming. And it’s not going to be pretty.”

He later addressed the current uproar and political climate:

“It’s funny because those very people in the states that would marginalize Muslims around the world and denounce them for their ‘archaic views’ [laughs]—they’re demonstrating the same exact ‘archaic views.’

The fundamentalist, crazy, extreme, just Salem witch trial mentality that we thought we were beyond; and we haven’t… I guess that’s the message I’ve tried to explain to people in the past is that we’re not beyond that.

We’re the same people that did those awful things to each other. We’re not beyond that. Our genetic makeup is no different than what it was thousands of years ago. There’s no difference, we’re still monsters, the trick is to keep your monster in check. There’s no way out.”

He continued:

“We need a meteor to just kind of—and that’s just metaphorical—but I don’t think it’s the meteor of hate, because I think that is just going to end up making things pretty awful. What we need is something that’s an outside meteor that brings people together, that they start realizing that they need to help each other and that they let go of some of that crap.”

Speaking further on the concept, he offered:

“One of the opening monologues for the ‘Conditions Of My Parole Tour‘ was about how, you know we had to use our creative juices. We had to be intelligent, we had to be resourceful in order to stay ahead of the things that were trying to eat us.

We weren’t faster, we weren’t stronger. We had to be more clever. And that’s why art is so drastically important. Throughout the ages you’ve had crazy things happen, you know? A meteor or a series of asteroids or whatever. Or the blackening of the planet with volcanic activity, ice ages, all these things have kind of hit—tsunamis, in areas, in isolated areas of the world where ground water is contaminated.

All these things that get sewn into a culture through a religious practice or just a ritual, to help you survive in case that thing happens again. The argument people have made is there’s clothing, food, shelter everywhere you turn now, so why we need to continue to develop that creative muscle. And the answer is that it’s never going to come in the way that you thought it was going to come.

It’s not going to come for those areas that have tundra as part of their religious or ritualistic practice to survive. Ice age: it won’t be an ice age for them, it’ll be another thing. Something you had no idea that was coming: a virus, an alien culture… you know some other thing.

And that’s how we as a creature have survived is our creative think outside the box processes. And I think that’s gone, just our basic puzzling. Social media is the biggest glaring sore in terms of that.

You can put a post up that has all the information is in the photo and in the post and someone will ask you the question about [it]. Didn’t you just read what was in front of you? They didn’t read it, they didn’t look, they just want you to hand them the answer. And you are going to be food, sir, you are going to be food for something. For some thing you are going to be food because you can’t puzzle, you can’t figure these things out that are right in front of you.”

When asked about if he has a plans for Puscifer, A Perfect Circle and Tool going down the line, he offered: “For some things yes, I see a plan and others I just see roadblocks.” He declined to specify which projects he see’s with roadblocks, out of “respect.”

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