In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Tool drummer Danny Carey talked about the crazy fanbase of the band and overzealous fans sending singer Maynard James Keenan death threats, blaming him for the massive delay of the group’s new album.
“I felt bad for him [Keenan].”
“And he even told me he was getting death threats from these idiots out there. They just have no idea what our work ethic is. These things don’t happen, man.
“There’s no other record that’s going to sound like this Tool record. What you hear is what you get, and what you get is what it takes to get it done. And it’s not an easy process.”
Bassist Justin Chancellor added:
“Sometimes I thought we were nearly there. We’d written an album or we had some songs that were cool, and then we’d dump the whole lot and start again. It was devastating.”
Guitarist Adam Jones further added:
“I never felt pressure, though. I felt anxiety because they would blame our singer [Maynard James Keenan], and it’s not his fault.
“We all have our own things going on – lives, families, other projects, other interests – so it’s ready when it’s ready. But I appreciate the dedication from our fans – the very strong dedication. [Laughs]
“But the record turned out cool and it’s very different than our last record. I think that’s what we all wanted.”