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Maynard James Keenan Says This Song is the Best Introduction to Tool


Do you have a friend who you really wanna get into Tool, but don’t know what to play them for them in order to achieve that task?

If you do, I think you should do some soul-searching as to why it’s so important to you that other people like the same bands you like. Grow an ego, loser.

If after that soul-searching, though, you still wanna get your friend into Tool, Maynard James Keenan has a suggestion re: what song to play for that friend.

Keenan tells BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter:

“To me that’s one of the examples of some of our earlier energy blending perfectly with our more mature energy and kind of nods to our influences over the year. I feel like we really kind of struggle to make sure that all four of us shine as best we can on everything we do, to exhaustion.

“But I feel like this one is one of the one’s that felt, not effortless, but fresh and conscious consciously effortless, if that makes sense? It just captures that vibe that I think, if you’re gonna play a song for people to kind of get them into our band, I don’t think you should start with the 27-minute one. Calm down. Don’t get all QAnon on us.

“Focus on ‘The Pot,’ that will be the introduction to all the other possibilities that happen in this project.”

Not a bad suggestion. “The Pot” is probably as accessible a Tool song as the band has ever produced.

Y’know what else really helps people get into Tool, though? Pot. Not “The Pot,” the song. Like, actual pot. Weed. Grass. Reefer. Dope. Ganja. Mary Jane. Broccoli. Marijuana. People getting baked is arguably responsible for Tool’s entire career.

So maybe try that, then play them “The Pot.”

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[via The PRP]

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