Maynard James Keenan says it's a massive relief to finally announce the title of Tool’s new album: Fear Inoculum, their fifth full-length studio project, is set for release on Aug. 30.

He's also begging fans who’ve become obsessed over the delay to “just go for a long walk somewhere,” while reflecting on why it took 13 years to deliver the follow-up to 10,000 Days.

“Fuck, what a weight lifted off my chest,” Keenan told the Joe Rogen Podcast, with relief evident in his voice. “It took a lot of work. The four of us are a lot of fucking work just to get anywhere. Oh my God – everything’s a fucking committee meeting and always gets shot down.” At the end of the podcast he concluded, "I'm just so excited we finished this record."

Asked if he could pinpoint the hurdle, he replied: “Success! When you get successful, you think you’re right about everything. You’re pretty sure as that individual, ‘I am right and you are wrong.’ I’m successful and we’re successful because of me, not because of you!” More seriously, Keenan continued: “It’s not that bad with us. … There’s a dynamic of, ‘I want this and I’ve always gotten my way and that’s why we’re successful, because I don’t compromise.’”

Elsewhere in the interview, Keenan sent a message to those who’ve spent so much time discussing their progress on Fear Inoculum. “I’m going to request, I’m gonna beg – do us all a favor: turn your fucking phone off, turn your computer off, turn the TV off, go for a long walk. … Just go for a long walk somewhere. Even if it’s in the mall, just go somewhere else. Go out! Go talk to a stranger and just find out something about them. Doesn’t matter what it is.”

He added: “Just go out of your house and go have a conversation. Unless they have a knife – do not talk to them, because they have a knife. Does that cover the lawyers? Do not approach violent, unstable people.”

 

 

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