During a recent interview with Ernie Ball‘s new podcast called ‘Striking a Chord’, Tool bassist Justin Chancellor revealed how he reacted to Maynard James Keenan when Maynard opened his idea about banning the use of smartphones for his live shows.
Justin Chancellor said he was horrified by Maynard at the time. Here is the statement:
“Yeah, we do. Since you brought that up, we just did it in Europe. I was horrified when Maynard told me, ‘I’m gonna tell everyone they can’t use their cellphones, they’ll get kicked out if they do.’ [Laughs] It’s a great thought, and for sure it was unbelievable, and we’ve had an announcement going on before…
Nobody did it, you can still see the stuff on YouTube, people have these little things, but to play a show with none of that in front of your face was just epic. And I think everyone else enjoyed it as well. And then at the last song, he said everyone can take their cell phones, it was kind of, like, a theatrical moment.”
He also talked about his feelings on live shows, and said:
“The best part is playing live, for sure. Playing the show, the real tangible thing where you stand in front of the crowd and you play exciting music and they have a great evening, there’s nothing better than that.”