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Maynard James Keenan Reveals Which Track He Feels Serves As The Best Introduction To The Music Of Tool


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Much of the catalog of the ever-enigmatic Tool can be intimidating, if not impenetrable to a potential neophyte. However, amidst the sprawl of their five full-length albums and change, there is one song which the band’s vocalist Maynard James Keenan suggests as a starting point to those looking to potentially join the Tool army. That track is “The Pot” off of their 2x multi-platinum certified 2006 album, “10,000 Days“.

Keenan spoke of that song and his appraisal of it during an appearance on this past weekend’s episode of the ‘BBC Radio 1 Rock Show With Daniel P Carter‘ as part of a ‘Threefold’ segment. Keenan spoke of three key tracks from his various projects, which also include A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, during his time on the show. You can listen back to that segment online for a limited time here.

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Discussing it, he offered:

“To me that’s one of the examples of some of our earlier energy blending perfectly with our more mature energy and kind of nods to our influences over the year. I feel like we really kind of struggle to make sure that all four of us shine as best we can on everything we do, to exhaustion.

But I feel like this one is one of the one’s that felt, not effortless, but fresh and conscious consciously effortless, if that makes sense? It just captures that vibe that I think, if you’re gonna play a song for people to kind of get them into our band, I don’t think you should start with the 27-minute one. Calm down. Don’t get all QAnon on us.

Focus on “The Pot“, that will be the introduction to all the other possibilities that happen in this project.”

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