Tool frontman labels band’s own fans as ‘insufferable retards’

Maynard James Keenan also says he was 'conned' into reuniting with band

Maynard James Keenan of Tool has criticised the band’s own fans in a new interview.

Tool headline the Monster Mash Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona on October 31 in what was their first live date of 2015.

With the band having recently settled an eight-year lawsuit, Keenan spoke to the Phoenix New Times on which he said that the rest of the band “had to con me into” playing the upcoming show.


The interviewer notes that Keenan’s “answers quickly become curt” when asked about Tool, and, when quizzed on the 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”.

The singer 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.”

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.


Tool’s most recent album, ‘10,000 Days’, was released in 2006.

Jones had previously said of progress on new music: “Our greatest strength is jamming and coming up with stuff. We’re doing that really well now and I’m excited about everything we’re working on. Some of it’s really heavy, some of it’s complex and some is more atmospheric, but it’s definitely Tool. I think having this lawsuit out of the way should really speed of the progress of getting the album done.”