TOOL Gave MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Time Off To Make New A PERFECT CIRCLE Album

Maynard James Keenan planned to start working on the next TOOL album this summer, after A PERFECT CIRCLE wrapped up touring to promote their second album, "Thirteenth Step". But Keenan wanted to release A PERFECT CIRCLE's politically flavored album "eMOTIVe" in time for this year's presidential election, so he told Launch he asked his TOOL mates for special dispensation. "They understood this was an important thing to do, and so they gave me a, a hall pass for a few months," he explained. "We came off the road in, I think, June, and we started at the end of June, and just finished up, basically, at the beginning of September."

"eMOTIVe" — which is due out November 2, Election Day — features two new A PERFECT CIRCLE tracks, along with covers of protest and inspirational songs such as JOHN LENNON's "Imagine", DEPECHE MODE's "People Are People", NICK LOWE's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding", and MARVIN GAYE's "What's Going On", as well as lesser-known punk rock tracks such as FEAR's "Let's Have A War" and CRUCIFIX's "Not So Quiet On The Western Front".

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