Maynard James Keenan Says He’s Not The Reason Tool’s Albums Aren’t On Streaming/Digital Media Services


As it currently stands, Tool remain one of the highest profile metal/hard rock acts to have not taken part in the digital revolution of the music industry. The band’s music remains largely unavailable through any legal retail digital music service with official streaming options also essentially being non-existent.

Back in early 2017, a Bloomberg report stated that the band’s camp had been having meetings with Spotify and Apple Music to potentially get their songs out via the now dominant form of music consumption. Given that it has been roughly two years since that report and Tool‘s music still remains absent, it certainly seems as though those talks didn’t pan out.

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Replying to a fan about the matter of Tool‘s music not being available digitally on Twitter this past weekend, the band’s frontman Maynard James Keenan more or less stated that the blame doesn’t fall on his shoulders. That conversation can be seen below:

That Keenan himself isn’t the apparent holdout when it comes to digital media shouldn’t be too surprising; his Puscifer catalog and work with A Perfect Circle is available across the board.

However, in an industry beset with plummeting physical sales and sharply declining digital album sales amid the rise of streaming, Tool‘s reluctance to release their long-awaited new album digitally could have drastic consequences. While rock and metal music fans retain one of the highest consumption rates for physical media, the dominance of streaming is readily apparent in the charts these days.

One need look no further than A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s album “Hoodie SZN” setting a new record on the Billboard 200 earlier this month for topping the chart with the lowest actual album sales yet. According to Billboard, that album rose to #1 on the chart with under ten thousand albums sold in total overall, instead climbing on some estimated 83 million streams in the United States.

While there have been legal matters to address in the past related to the Tool‘s output, Keenan hinted at ‘indecisiveness’ and ‘dysfunction’ amongst his bandmates as being the possible culprits for the absence of the group’s music digitally when discussing the matter via this Twitter exchange in March of 2018.

Currently the band continue to work on their first album since 2006’s “10,000 Days“—and no, Maynard‘s not to blame for it not being out yet either.