Maynard James Keenan gave a tantalizing update on new music last night (June 11th) while accepting the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Icon Award at a ceremony at London, England, venue IndigO2. "A lot of work's being done, a lot of work's been done," the rocker told the crowd, going on to promise: "I'll go on record now saying you're gonna see some new music next year.
While the singer didn't name names in his proclamation, chances are good that he was referring to Tool's long-awaited new album, given his labor-intensive framing of the creative process and the band's recent footage of studio sessions for the new LP. But then again, maybe he's talking about another Puscifer album, or perhaps a different project entirely, or maybe he was talking about new music in general, by anyone. Only Keenan knows for sure — and as fans know for sure, he's not exactly one for spilling the beans.
Check out our run-down of everything we know about the new Tool album so far, and stay posted for more studio updates.
Below, watch Maynard James Keenan train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and discuss how fighting is connected with his larger vision of sustainable living, self-sufficiency and creativity: