Keenan defended himself by saying that his insults were aimed only at the “fanatics” who follow his band.
“Our core fanbase aren’t fanatics,” he told Billboard. “They’re music lovers, artists and good people. It’s the fanatics that are insufferable.”
Keenan has said his comments were “taken out of context by a few news outlets so they could drive up their own readership,” and that he doesn’t think all of his supporters are “insufferable retards.”
The frontman had previously attracted the ire of fans by criticising them in an interview with the New Phoenix Times..
When asked about humour in Tool’s lyrics he replied: “Yeah, it’s there, but people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit. It’s lost”.
He added of the band’s fans: “Insufferable people… It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”
The band only recently settled an eight year lawsuit and are to headline the Monster Mash Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona on October 31 in what will be their first live date of 2015.
Keenan also contradicted previous comments made by guitarist Adam Jones that work has began on a new album. “There’s nothing to say. I can’t,” he said.
Speaking about the band’s first new material in nine years, Jones had said: “Some of it’s really heavy, some of it’s complex and some is more atmospheric, but it’s definitely Tool.”
Tool haven’t released an album since 2006, with their most recent offering being 10,000 Days.