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Maynard James Keenan on New Tool Album: ‘We Just Can’t Seem to Move Forward’

Maynard James Keenan (Tool / A Perfect Circle / Puscifer)
Charles Epting, Loudwire

Tool’s new album has become stuff of legend. We know it’s being worked on, but for the past few years, a release date has been impossible to lock down. In a new interview, frontman Maynard James Keenan revealed that even though Tool has found common ground through songwriting, the band just can’t seem to move forward.

Tool members have been predicting the album’s release date for years, but each year passes by with not a hint of new material by the hard rock / metal phenoms. Come May 2, it will official be 10 years since Tool released its most recent album, 10,000 Days. A decade without new Tool? Fate can certainly be cruel.

While speaking with The Press Enterprise about Puscifer, Maynard was asked about the progress of Tool’s next effort. In his signature to-the-point style, Keenan replied, “We’ve found a common ground. We just can’t seem to move forward.”

Keenan also spoke about the fan base he’s trying to build with Puscifer. “Let’s say we do the Money Shot tour. And some random date in the middle of the Money Shot tour, we do from top to bottom AC/DC’s Powerage and Let There Be Rock and that’s it. The people in the audience, you’ll have a huge percentage of them that are (mad) because they didn’t get to see the Money Shot songs. But the other ones will go ‘That’s what Puscifer is. We got to see the weird show, the random one,’” said Keenan. “That’s the audience we’re trying to build. We’re trying to build that flexible, forgiving isn’t even the word (fan base). They’re along for the ride.”

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