In 2013, Tool‘s Maynard James Keenan told the Phoenix News Times that digital music is “just this disconnected thing that you can’t touch and feel and experience.” He’s admiralty been against streaming music, declaring himself a physical purist. Could he have changed his mind?
Bloomberg broke the massive news this afternoon that Tool is in talks to make its catalog available on streaming services in time for the release of its first album in more than a decade!
Members of Tool have been talking to the biggest services, including Spotify Ltd. and Apple Inc., about the best way to release their music, said the people, who asked not be identified discussing the private negotiations. Lead singer Maynard James Keenan didn’t respond to requests for comment. The music services declined to comment.
This is huge, huge news as the hard-rock quartet, whose hits in the 1990s included “Sober” and “Prison Sex,” is one of the few major recording acts still unavailable on most streaming services. And I don’t blame Keenan for flip-flopping; I personally did the same thing with crowd-sourcing. Sometimes you need someone to show you the other side of the coin to truly understand why it’s necessary, maybe even special.
The release date of Tool’s album is still unknown. Keenan has been in the studio recording, the band said on its website, a promising sign for followers.