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Loder: Are you a difficult guy to work with?

Keenan: I think the biggest problem working with me would be that I'm an only child, and so I have an internal dialogue that goes on that I just assume you can hear. Because as an only child, you have your own little world. Then you go into a situation where you're working with other people, and unless you actually vocalize what you're thinking, the other people will go through hell trying to figure out what's going on.

I'm a lot easier to work with now than I have been in the past, for sure.

Loder: How do the Tool guys feel about A Perfect Circle?

  "I think now they realize the benefit of it..."
Keenan: I think initially they were offended and, ah, jealous. But I think now they realize the benefit of it. It allows us to do what we set out to do, which is to take the time that the music needs to take before you present it. For me to have done Lateralus and then come out with another Tool album within a year wouldn't have been a good step forward. We've always subscribed to the idea that you have to process life experiences and go through your natural progression as an artist to let the [music] come out, rather than forcing it out. We're just the kind of band where it takes a long time for us to process.

Meanwhile [with A Perfect Circle], I'm processing other things while Tool's going on. I have another outlet.

Loder: But Tool fans inevitably do want another Tool album, and some of them must resent your devoting all this time to A Perfect Circle.

Keenan: They keep going, "Are you working on another Tool album?" I'm like a mother on a table. I'm, like, giving birth to a baby, and you're asking me if I'm going to have another baby. Not right now, probably. Don't really feel like having sex right now, I'm having a f---ing baby. I'm out here busting my ass; we're working hard on this. This is our new child; we're nurturing it, developing it and showing it to the world.

Loder: How do you relate to your fans?

Keenan: I just hope that our fans are people who are inspired by music, and just use our music as a background or inspiration for whatever it is they do. I would hope they would be our fellow artists, rather than trying to emulate or idolize clowns like us.

Loder: Tool fans are pretty intense. Some of them already appear to think of you as a legendary character.

Keenan: That's kind of weird. How'd that happen? I don't even know how to process that statement. I can't be a legend yet. I'm not dead.

Loder: Why do you never include a lyric sheet with your albums? Why do fans have to go online to get them?

Keenan: Because I think reading is a thinking process, and I would prefer that people feel the album first, and just let it sink in. Because you might get something out of the music that you might not get from thinking about it, and watching the words go by. I usually put the lyrics online a month or so after the release of the album, but it's better to feel them first.

Loder: You're a writer — have you ever thought about writing a book?

Keenan: No, not really. I was going to write a book once, and I did that thing where you open up your Microsoft Word and ...

Loder: And you just sit there staring at a blank screen.

Keenan: Yeah, totally. So I started searching for Internet porn instead.


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