Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan was asked in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal about the status of the band’s long-awaited new album, with Keenan pushing back against accusations that he’s been “lazy” about working on the disc. Keenan explained, “I really love Led Zeppelin, and it’s a shame they’re not making more records, more records. But I got up this morning without any problem. We’re working on it . . . Do I appear to you to be a lazy person who doesn’t want to get that done?”

  • Keenan said that his approach to making music is the same as his approach to other aspects of his life, remarking, “If the fruit’s not ready, I can’t pick it. If it’s not ready I move on to something else.”
  • Tool’s last album, 10,000 Days, came out more than a decade ago, in May 2006.
  • Guitarist Adam Jones reportedly told fans during a meet-and-greet session last month that he, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor have been working on new music three days a week.
  • While he said that they have two albums’ worth of material prepared, he added that only five of those songs meet the “Tool standard” and that Keenan has yet to write or sing lyrics for anything.

SIDE NOTES: Five surprising things in Maynard James Keenan’s new memoir, A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things:

1. Growing up, Keenan’s favorite band was Kiss and by the  time he joined Tool his collection of Kiss memorabilia was large enough to take up most of a wall in his Los Angeles loft.

2. He was the most accomplished athlete in the history of Mason County Central High School.

3. He once walked from Boston, Massachusetts to Scottville, Michigan — a journey of 800 miles.

4. A psychic told Keenan that original Tool bassist Paul D’Amour would be replaced by someone from London — which turned out to be true.

5. Tool was signed to a record contract after playing only seven shows.