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Maynard James Keenan Advises a Tool Fan: ‘Embrace a Global Perspective’

At a recent Tool concert in Canada, Maynard James Keenan admonished a fan for displaying stereotypical American behavior. Keenan, known for his preference for phone-free concerts, reprimanded a fan using a camera light to film the show. In a video shared on Reddit, he exclaimed: “Take the light off, d*ckhead.” Persisting during his performance, he urged: “Take the light off.” Later, recognizing the setting, he offered advice to the fan: “Don’t be American. Turn it off, d*ckhead.”

Maynard James Keenan’s Position on Cellphone Usage Over Time

Maynard James Keenan’s Disapproval of Cellphone Use at concerts has a history. In 2019, he cautioned fans that they could face ejection for it. He also addressed the issue on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast in 2017, expressing his viewpoint with the following words:

“This stuff annoys me—because I’m a firm believer in oral tradition. I embrace the storytelling—being able to describe to your friends that, sitting around that fire after a good long day of hunting. Where you tell the story about the hunt and you do all those things, and those family stories, and your grandfather, and your great-grandfather’s stories are told in that setting.”

Adam Jones Discusses Tool’s Stance Against Phone Usage

In 2022, Adam Jones, another member of Tool, discussed the band’s policy against phones and photos during their shows in an interview with Metal Hammer. The guitarist shared: “We’ve actually seen it changing, and more and more big acts are asking their fans respectfully to enjoy the show rather than looking at their camera the whole time.

I think one of the problems is you get a lot of lights because people don’t know how to use their cameras correctly, which makes it very blinding onstage. It’s just… it’s that connection. You lose something without that connection, and you just want people to be in their own world rather than getting the whole show on their phone and then never looking at it again.”

Currently on a North American tour extending until February, Tool also recently revealed their UK and European tour dates for 2024, commencing with a performance at the ZAG Arena in Hannover, Germany, on May 25, followed by the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam two days later.

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