According to The Pulse Of Radio, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan took to Twitter on Wednesday (October 28) to clarify comments he made during an interview in which he seemed to denounce the band's fans as "insufferable" and "way too serious." Keenan wrote, "Our core fan base aren't fanatics. They're music lovers & artists & good people. It's the fanatics that are insufferable." He also said it was untrue that he wants nothing to do with TOOL or its fans, posting the word "context" to imply that his words were misconstrued or misinterpreted.
Also responding to fan speculation that he had no desire to work with TOOL anymore after he said in the interview with the Phoenix New Times that he had to be "conned" into playing a show with them this weekend, Keenan posted a photo of him and TOOL drummer Danny Carey in a rehearsal studio with the caption, "[Carey] and I TOTALLY hating on each other. #donttaketheclickbait #context."
Keenan was asked in the interview if fans miss the sense of humor in TOOL's music, to which he replied, "It's there, but people miss it because they're so focused on the other bullshit. It's lost. Insufferable people... It's just ridiculous, retards. I'm sorry. Can't help them. Way too serious."
He also said that the rest of TOOL had to "con me into" doing the band's headlining gig this Saturday (October 31) at the Monster Mash Music Festival, where his other band PUSCIFER is also playing.
"Money Shot", the third studio effort from PUSCIFER, arrives on Friday (October 30).
The writer of the Phoenix New Times article, David Accomazzo, noted in his piece that any time Keenan was asked about TOOL, "his answers quickly become curt" and a "hint of exasperation creeps into his voice."