- The Washington Times - Friday, October 30, 2015

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has sparked a wave of backlash from his fanbase after he blasted Tool “fanatics” as insufferable “retards.”

Mr. Keenan first made the comments to the Phoenix New Times during an interview about his other band Puscifer.

According to the Phoenix New Times, the lead singer got increasingly annoyed when asked about Tool and whether they would be releasing a new album after nearly a decade of silence. The conversation turned to the humor in Tool’s music, and how the fans often missed it.

“Yeah, it’s there,” Mr. Keenan, 51, said. “But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bull–-.”

“It’s lost. Insufferable people. … It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up,” he added.

Adding insult to injury, the frontman said the other Tool band members “had to con” him into doing their lone 2015 show at Tempe, Arizona’s Monster Mash Music Festival.

The comments ignited a firestorm among Tool fans, forcing Mr. Keenan to clarify he was talking specifically about “fanatics.”

“It is unfortunate that during an interview about Puscifer’s Friday release of Money Shot, a comment I made, in the context of a much lengthier discussion about obsessive fanatics, was taken out of context by a few ‘news’ outlets so they could drive up their own readership,” he told Billboard magazine. “It’s called clickbait, and it’s boring. Our core fanbase aren’t fanatics. They’re music lovers, artists and good people. It’s the fanatics that are insufferable.”

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