Maynard James Keenan Of Tool/Puscifer/A Perfect Circle

Maynard James Keenan Jokes About Next Tool Album Being The New ‘Chinese Democracy’


Tool, A Perfect Circle & Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan recently compared Tool‘s forthcoming new album to Guns N’ Roses‘ long-fabled 2008 release, “Chinese Democracy“. While that album required a roughly fifteen year wait, the new Tool album—which the band are currently recording—stands at a wait of roughly twelve years since their last opus.

Speaking with Revolver in a cover story on A Perfect Circle‘s new album “Eat The Elephant” (out April 20th,) Keenan said of Tool:

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“I had this other looming project [Tool] that can’t seem to go forward, as much as I’ve tried, every magic word in the book that I tried. It’s just no different – and worse because there’s pressure now, and what are we? ‘Chinese Democracy II‘ or III? So I saw a window [to work on A Perfect Circle.]”

He added:

“Having conversations with Billy [Howerdel], it seemed like he was ready. If I were to do another Puscifer record, I’m going to get fucking murdered in my sleep because people are going to keep blaming that project for the delay – when it’s not.”

Speaking of the lyrical inspiration for “Eat The Elephant“, Keenan stated:

“The new album touches on all of those things and my opinions are not veiled. It’s about reconnecting and taking responsibility for yourself. There’s accountability with that and in yourself. What are you doing to help your family? What are you doing to look at yourself and figure out what part of the problem you are? I don’t think any of this stuff is going to be fixed. Pointing a finger at Trump isn’t going to get anything done. And yeah, he’s a buffoon. He’s not the only buffoon.

Cutting the head off the snake’s not going to do shit. It’s not really a snake, is it? A Medusa. I live in Arizona. I work in my cellar. I am the winemaker, I run the forklift, I clean the press — I have friends who are better mechanics so if anything breaks I go to someone who knows it better than I do. My dad runs my greenhouse.

I am the one with my wife who gathers the eggs and we walk the ducks next to the orchard every day. There’s a hands-on approach to those things, and I think that’s something we’ve lost touch with. All the bitching and posting on Facebook to think you’re going to change something, it’s not going to do anything. We need to reconnect.”

You can find the full feature online over at Revolver.

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