March 16, 2016


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

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Martin Philbey/Redferns

Throughout January, Tool devotees got the rare opportunity to see the band live. What they won't get any time soon is new music. “We’ve found a common ground,” 51-year-old frontman Maynard James Keenan told Southern California's Press-Enterprise on Sunday (March 13) in an interview just now starting to make the rounds. “We just can’t seem to move forward.” 

Tool guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey have been in the band since its 1990 inception; Justin Chancellor has played bass since 1995. It's been 10 years since their last album, 10,000 Days.

Keenan's word runs counter to what Jones told Rolling Stone in October, when he said, “Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together." He added that the process was "wonderful" and had already yielded 20 song ideas. "When you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”

Jones later acknowledged that "the thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it's a very rewarding one."