Tool fans aren’t the only ones growing increasingly frustrated with the infamously crawling pace with which the hard rock veterans release new material, with the band’s prolific frontman Maynard James Keenan now revealing that he is as eager as the fans for a new album to see the light of day.
Fans were given a brief glimmer of hope in March after reports surfaced that guitarist Adam Jones informed a fan during a meet-and-greet in Portland that their long awaited new album was “one-hundred percent done” and arriving later this year – later revealed to be an out-of-context joke.
Last fans heard of the follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days, the band had returned to the studio following a mini-tour. According to an update on the band’s website, the members spent “a considerable portion” of the time spent on the tour allegedly “experimenting with new tunes.”
Now, as Alternative Nation reports, during a Q&A that followed a screening of the 1986 Michael Mann film Manhunter — done as part of The Modern School of Film’s FILM: MASTERS series, which screens films hand-picked by renowned cultural figures — Maynard has sided with the fans.
During a discussion about Pink Floyd‘s The Wall feature, Maynard said that the band could potentially make a similar project one day, “Well, if we could maybe finish the new album first then… yeah, we would consider it.” The singer also reportedly asserted that he is not the one to blame with the slow pace of the sessions, saying, “Do I seem like a lazy person? Then stop blaming me.”
Watch: Maynard James Keenan Post-Screening Q&A