Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Want To Control Every Element Of Everything

Maynard James Keenan

The legendary leader of Tool and Puscifer, Maynard James Keenan, was the recent guest of Daniel Carter’s interview on BBC Radio Rock 1 and revealed the untold details about Tool’s recent album, Fear Inoculum.

As he will read next, Maynard James Keenan stated that he and his bandmates want to control every element of everything. That is why it took them 13 years to release the recent album.

Here is the conversation, transcribed by Alternative Nation


“Is that currently a worry then because as we have discussed and I won’t get into it too much, but all of it sudden it feels like, and please don’t take this as a slight but it feels like now Tool is suddenly, it’s like: “Welcome to 2019.”

Maynard James Keenan:

“You’re telling me, Tool’s on iTunes now! That’s pretty much the seventh seal of hell breaking open, isn’t it?”


“Yeah, I had trumpets.”

Maynard James Kennan:

“[Laughing] Yeah, sad. Shrill trumpets…”


“Yeah but it’s like a beautiful thing, you know?”

Maynard James Keenan:

“I agree, you know? I think part of the hard part with bands like ours that want to control every element of everything – they forget that all you needed to control was the writing and the recording. Once that thing is done let other people do what they do with it. You know, iTunes is just another records store, Amazon Music is just another record store, everything you did is done, you did it.”

The good thing is because of the resurgence of vinyl and because of the tenacity of the small mom and pop stores that were existing within their means – they still exist, they weren’t greedy. The larger rack stores, the Virgin megastores, the Tower Records, eh, of course, they’re gone. That’s not sustainable.”

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