Maynard James Keenan picks the best Tool song for introducing new fans

"I don't think you should start with the 27-minute one. Calm down."
25 August 2022 2:05PM

We bloody love Tool - but we have to admit, trying to get a non-Tool-fan into their music can sometimes be tricky.

Tool were this years Rock Wars winners, and we're sure a lot of you would agree that picking just one song to show off all of the band's greatness is a hard task to do.

But now frontman Maynard James Keenan has picked out the one song that he reckons is the best to show to a potential new fan.

The singer appeared on BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter over the weekend, where he revealed that Tool's best gateway song is "The Pot".

"To me, that's one of the examples of some of our earlier energy blending perfectly with our more mature energy and kind of nods to our influences over the years," Keenan said.

"I feel like we really kind of struggle to make sure that all four of us shine as best we can on everything we do, to exhaustion. But I feel like this one is one of the one's that felt, not effortless, but fresh and conscious, consciously effortless, if that makes sense?

"It just captures that vibe that I think, if you're gonna play a song for people to kind of get them into our band, I don't think you should start with the 27-minute one. Calm down. Don't get all QAnon on us.

"Focus on 'The Pot'. That will be the introduction to all the other possibilities that happen in this project."

To be fair, we're not too surprised he picked "The Pot" - it's one of the band's most popular and accessible tracks from their 2006 album,10,000 Days

And it's a tuuuune.

Listen to the full interview here if ya like.