As if Tool needed any further reasons to delay progress on its long-awaited next album, frontman Maynard James Keenan has revealed that he's undergone hip replacement surgery.
In a post on his other band Puscifer's Facebook page, Keenan has posted a photo of himself standing with a cane and giving the finger as he write, "Didn't want to freak anyone out, wanted to wait until out of the woods. Years of foot stomping left me with no cushion in my right hip. Full replacement yesterday. Walking today. 12 weeks, back on the mat to work towards that Brown Belt. OSS.”
The news comes just after it was revealed Keenan had earned a purple belt in jiu jitsu, and he writes on Facebook that his recover will last 12 weeks, after which it`s "back to the mat to work towards that Brown Belt" -- and presumably Tool's album, which will be the group's first since "10,000 Days" in 2006.
Tool has posted periodic online updates indicating that the group is working on the album.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.