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MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Says TOOL’s Creative Process Is Committee-Driven, “Even If It’s Fucking Death By Committee”

James Maynard Keenan recently spoke with Rick Beato on his YouTube channel for an hour-long conversation, touching all KeenanThe projects of: pusciferous, A perfect circleand naturally, Tool. You can check out the video below.

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Keenan shared some early memories of pusciferous being the musical attraction that accompanied performers on the LA sketch comedy scene in the mid-1990s; a scene that included david’s cross and Bob Odenkerk (which led to a link with Mr. Show), Jeanne Garofalo, green jellyand Tenacious D.

Beato Noted Keenan’s ability to write lyrics and vocal melodies to riffs, something Keenan attributes to his understanding of rhythm, but he also spoke at length (no pun intended) about Toolcomprehensive creative process.

“[The guys in Tool]they just take longer to process the information and put it together and then present me with something I can start building on,” Keenan said. “I’ve made the mistake in the past of trying to build on something that wasn’t ready yet, and then all the work I put into building on ‘the thing’, they changed the foundation. I’m trying to decorate the house and then you move the doors and move the windows or add a floor I have to start over as an interior designer so I have to wait for them to do it so it’s time [for other musical projects]. I have time to do all these other things in between because I can and I have to.”

Keenan went on to add, “We could talk about a little discipline and a little push [contributes to the extensive exercise of making Tool records.] A little cattle prod or a taser would help get these guys moving a little faster, but that’s their process. You just kind of respect him. You know it’s frustrating. I’m sure they’re frustrated with me because they give it to me and I’m like “It’s done” – [and the band is] like, ‘Didn’t you take long with that?’ Yes, it took me 50 years – didn’t I? – for this reaction to these things. I’ve been preparing myself for decades to hear these things and to be able to react honestly and I riff them.”

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At the end of the day, Keenan summary that listening to each other and working in committee is the best recipe for success, at least for Tool , In any event. When asked if he had the last word in the band, he firmly replied, “No…that has be by committee. Even if it’s fucking death by committee. It has to be in committee because you have to trust yourself at the end of the day to make it a full piece with multiple sets of eyes (and ears). »

pusciferous will be back on the road in October and November. Check out the dates below, plus a recently released remix of “Bullet Train To Iowa” by A perfect circle guitarist Billy Howerdel.

10/13 San Francisco, CA The Field of War
10/15 Reno, NV Grand Theater at Grand Sierra Resort
10/16 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheater
10/18 Escondido, CA California Center for Arts Escondido – Concert Hall
10/20 Tucson, AZ The Linda Ronstadt Music Hall (formerly Tucson Music Hall)
10/21 El Paso, Texas Abraham Chavez Theater
10/22 San Antonio, TX Tech Port Center & Arena
10/25 Houston, TX 713 Music Room
10/26 ft. Worth, Texas Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
10/28 New Orleans, LA Mahalia Jackson Theater
10/29 Baton Rouge, LA River Center Theater
10/31 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
11/1 Charlotte, NC Fours Auditorium
11/3 Norfolk, Virginia Chrysler Hall
11/4 Washington, D.C. Warner Theater
11/5 Atlantic City, New Jersey Soundwaves at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/7 Montreal, QC Mtelus
11/8 Toronto, ON Queen Elizabeth Theater
10/11 Cincinnati, OH Andrew J. Brady Music Center
11/11 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
11/12 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theater at the Old National Center
11/13 Madison, WI The Orpheum Theater
11/15 Grand Rapids, MI DeVos Performance Hall
11/17 St. Louis, MO The Factory
11/18 Kansas City, MO The Midland Theater
11/19 Tulsa, OK Tulsa Theater
11/22 Prescott, AZ Yavapai College Performing Arts Center

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