Tool and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan said in an interview earlier this week with Louisville, Kentucky radio station WTFX he has “no idea” which band he will record his next album with. Keenan is currently on tour with Puscifer behind last year’s Money Shot record, while the instrumental members of Tool are working in Los Angeles on music for their long-delayed fifth studio effort.

Puscifer heads to Europe at the end of May and is there through late June, after which Keenan returns to his winemaking business in Sedona, Arizona. He told the radio station, “After Europe, it’s harvest time, so I’ll be in the cellar for three or four months.”

  • Keenan told us which times of the year he needs to take off to tend to his vineyard: [“I usually need two weeks on and off throughout late winter, early spring just to kind of get bottling and blending going. But other than that, it’s basically mid-July to mid-October — and sometimes, you know, the beginning of November — is kind of the blackout dates when I can’t really tour.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . can’t really tour.)
  • Keenan currently owns Merkin Vineyards and the associated winery, Caduceus Cellars, both of which are located in Arizona.
  • Tool’s webmaster recently posted online that the band is “trying to outdo themselves” with the music for their new album, which will follow 2006’s 10,000 Days.
  • While a large portion of the music for the new Tool disc has reportedly either been completed or is near completion, Keenan has yet to begin writing lyrics and melodies. There is no start date yet for recording to commence.

SIDE NOTES: As someone noted online, if Maynard is going “in the cellar” for four months and won’t re-emerge until September or October, that means he won’t be doing any writing of lyrics and melodies for Tool until this fall — assuming that the band has finished with all the music. That pretty much means that you can kiss the idea of hearing a new Tool album in 2016 goodbye.

INTERNET COMMENTS at Alternative Nation — agree or not?

Corndog wrote: “Actually, the full title of their last album is ‘It Will Be 10,000 Days until the next Release, so you’d better Enjoy This One!'”

Bram wrote: “Who cares. A new album won’t happen anytime soon.”

FP Punk wrote: “These things take time. I mean it’s not as if they’ve had 10 years to get it done. Oh wait….”

Jesusswept wrote: “Adam Jones and the rest of the band are doing what exactly? Watching wrestling?”

Theolonius wrote: “Probably wondering how Maynard has managed to build a comfortable empire with both Puscifer and Merkin Vineyards in the 10 years it’s taken them to come up with an album’s worth of instrumental tracks.”