Radiohead branded ‘one trick pony’ by Tool

Maynard James Keenan attacks 'In Rainbows'

The wisdom of Radiohead releasing new album ‘In Rainbows’ as a download has been attacked by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan.

The singer suggested that the band were more interested in publicity than thinking of anything more long-term.

“I love Radiohead. They’re a great band, but I do think – and i’ll go on record now as saying – i’ll probably be wrong and time will tell – what they did is a one-trick pony in a way,” he explained. “Cause it might work for a publicity thing to allow people to download it, but it’s very comfortable for them to be able to do that. They’re going to make lots of money touring and they’ve already made lots of money selling records.”

Keenan added that he believed Radiohead‘s action may inspire other musicians to follow suit, but this would not necessarily be a good thing.

He told Spinner: “One thing that I see the musicians wanting is more independence and, you know, more control over their destiny. The one downside to it is that for the most part, the reason they make music is because they’re damaged goods and they’re generally not that bright when it comes to making business decisions.

“So eventually the vampires that survive the aftermath of the industry collapse will figure out a way to get their fingers back into these guys.”