Tool’s Maynard: “[I am an] Entitled Snowflake Asshole”
In exactly six days, Axl, I and several of our friends will be watching Tool headline The Governors Ball in New York City, the band’s first performance inside the city’s borders since 2001 and in the general area since, I think, 2009 (I last saw them at the All Points West festival in New Jersey in 2009). To say we’re stoked would be the understatement of the century. Shrooms might or might not be involved — still debating that, but stay tuned, and send help if you don’t see any posts here next Monday morning.
Tool kicked off their run of spring and summer dates last week including a performance at the Boston Calling festival, and Maynard greeted fans with the type of semi-self-hating, sarcastic, on-stage rant for which he’s become known. According to The Pulse of Radio, Keenan said:
“As artists, we interpret and report, that’s our job. We are merchants of emotion. We have the privilege to do that because of active and former law enforcement and military defending our right to do so.
“Those of you who are law enforcement and military, your job is to defend our right to act like whining, entitled snowflake assholes. Myself being one. Snowflakes, your job is to respect that I’m fucking doing that for you. Divided we fall. Don’t believe the hype dumb-dumbs, we’re all in this together.”
It’s not clear whether anything in particular prompted Maynard’s statement — if he saw security or law enforcement acting out of line during the band’s show, for example, or whether it was simply inspired by the Memorial Day holiday — but either way it’s certainly in keeping with Maynard’s long history of in-show lectures and audience-mocking jabs.
Maynard, it should be noted, served in the U.S. Army, which may give him more of an appreciation for law enforcement and the military than you’d normally expect from a lefty/commie/pinko/libtard/snowflake musician.
Lord knows we don’t need Maynard to make fun of New York City concertgoers — they do that to themselves without even trying — but hopefully he’ll drop some sage knowledge this coming Sunday anyway.