Being a musician always has its fair share of blockages when it comes to the press. This is still an industry that revolves around promotional material, and having to sell something that comes from your heart and soul will never be an easy thing to deal with. Some can handle it diplomatically, but don’t be surprised when some musicians also decide to fly away.
Throughout rock history, there have been countless musicians who have worked as hard as they could to keep a low profile or make music on their own terms, only to find themselves dealing with the press reporters on many occasions. When you’ve been part of this media circus for so long, it can sometimes feel like a pot is overflowing, and these artists have boiled over more than once, going on long tirades in the press or giving them very flippant compliments. about how they do their job.
Even though it sounds like diva behavior half the time, you can understand why some of these people were upset seeing their albums and songs turned into a stage show, when most of them were originally meant to be art projects intended only for themselves to understand. Having fans who adore you is always special, but the company pigs also have to spend time in the sun, and none of these musicians had it for a second.
Once grunge started dying in the mid-90s, metal music started to glamor again. While bands like Korn and Deftones offered a new sound to what most of us heard from Metallica, the nu metal explosion seemed to bring back the party vibe you had in the 80s, with the Family Tour Values looking like one of the biggest parties in the world. And the whole time metal was in the spotlight, Tool was there for absolutely nothing.
Part of the appeal behind Tool’s music has always been a certain mystique, and the band took a more self-contained approach to the media machine, still making in-house music videos with animated shorts by Adam Jones and not even doing a proper interview with the set. group until the release of the album 10,000 Days. Then again, this could have been just another draw for them, as fans ended up doing the extra work to find the intricacies behind a song like Lateralus or spending more time internalizing the bassline of a song like Forty Six and Two or Schism.
Even though Maynard James Keenan has started to open up with both Tool and A Perfect Circle, don’t expect him to be a tabloid magnet either, spending most of the time on Tool shows trolling the audience, either by implying that each song is their last and singing like a silhouette from the back of the stage. They may not have wanted to play along, but that’s because they weren’t your average metal band. There was something more sophisticated here, and it was worth more than any Limp Bizkit song could ever hope to be.