It appears that no one wants the new Tool album to be completed more than the band’s own frontman, Maynard James Keenan, who has begun ‘begging’ his bandmates to finish the new record as soon as possible.
If you’ve been following the news about the group’s new album recently, you would be aware of how the group finally began recording the album earlier this year, with Maynard recently announcing that his portion of the recording process is done, with only guitar, bass, and drums to be completed by his bandmates.
“My work is done,” the enigmatic frontman said in a now-deleted Tweet. “Words, melodies. Waiting on them to track. Then I can finish. Can’t track to music that isn’t recorded.”
However, in true Maynard fashion, the singer recently appeared onstage with the band at the Northern Invasion festival in the US, where he was seen sporting riot gear as part of his onstage costume, as Ultimate Guitar reports.
Complete with a fake Starbucks logo which read “I ♥ Guns & Coffee”, the costume had obviously raised a few eyebrows, with the frontman taking a moment during a performance of ‘Opiate’ to address the elephant in the room.
“A lot of people recently have been asking me, Maynard James Keenan, what’s with the fucking riot gear?” he began. “Well, I’ll tell you. I’m afraid of bananas, and other forms of fruit, because eventually you wonderful people are going to run out of fucking patience.”
“So I beg you – Danny, Adam, and Justin, please finish your parts so I can finish mine. So I can take this fucking riot gear off.”
Back in April, Maynard James Keenan spoke about the new record by A Perfect Circle, and the delays he faced with his various music projects, explaining that fans would probably attack him if he recorded another Puscifer album instead of a Tool album.
“It’s just no different — and worse because there’s pressure now, and what are we? Chinese Democracy II or III? So I saw a window,” Maynard explained. “If I were to do another Puscifer record, I’m going to get fucking murdered in my sleep because people are going to keep blaming that project for the delay – when it’s not.”
So if you do happen to see Maynard in the street (and let’s face it, unless any of his three projects announce an Aussie tour soon, don’t count on that happening), be nice to him, and remember that he’s finished his part of the recording process – it’s all up to his bandmates now.
Check out Tool’s ‘Lateralus’:
Tool @ Northern Invasion, Wisconsin, USA 13/05/2018 Setlist
‘Forty-Six & 2’