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Maynard James Keenan: “I’m Not Kirk Hammett”

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Maynard James Keenan
This site Loudwire recently nailed down an interview with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, and got him to talk about the band’s forthcoming album.

Writing is well underway, as guitarist Adam Jones — one of the first Gun Shy Interviews — and drummer Danny Carey continue to work on song structures.

“I’m allowing them their space to do what they do, so we’re still in that mode,” says Maynard. “Even if they told me how close they are to being done, I couldn’t tell you because if I say 60 percent, people will start counting down. When it’s done, everyone will know. But I haven’t done anything yet. They write forever and then we go in and knock it all out. We’re writing. We’re writing vocals. But nothing’s solid. With Puscifer, there’s ideas and then we’ll record stuff. Then we’ll go back and change stuff and fix stuff and record new stuff before we finally put it all together.”

Not with Tool, Maynard says. “We practice jams, but there’s no actual recording going on until it’s time to record,” says the singer.

Keenan added that fans should not expect Tool to tour much after the next record surfaces.

“Physically, I can’t do it, so that’s not gonna happen,” he says. “We will tour, but it won’t be the old school dog and pony show of eight months of beating yourself to death.”

Then, Maynard was informed that most bands need touring to survive.

“How much do you need, really? If we can make a living going out for a few weeks a year and keep people satisfied by making sure we play the locations we need to hit, I’m not Kirk Hammett,” says Maynard. “I don’t need to buy $10,000 guitars every day. That’s not my lifestyle. I love Kirk, but that’s not me. I have a very sustainable vineyard industry in the Valley which will eventually start to pay its own bills. I love to go on the road and play music for people and express myself, but for it to be something where I’m out there to make money, that’s depressing to me. You end up beating yourself up. Who gives a shit how much money you have if your back hurts so much you can’t stand up. Money’s not the goal. Having fun making the art, that’s the goal. Finding a nice, happy medium. Being healthy and still expressing what you need to express in an effective way, that’s the ideal.”

Right on, dude. Agreed. But still — this is coming from a dude who has money, so…consider the source.