[You play] heavy music, and your record company, which has never owned an album anything like what you're doing, immediately markets you to the obvious stinky kid with the dreadlocks and the B.O. and the urine on his shoes because he's been sleeping in his own filth in a festival in the middle of the rain. They basically market right to that guy. And then you realize the only people showing up to your shows are those primates—these weird, cretin people… Then, let's say you're at a coffee shop, and you've got a friend sitting next to you, and you've been reading some Noam Chomsky, or you're reading The Onion, and you look over and see a bunch of kids [who] look like they could be made of cheese, because there are flies everywhere. And you go, "Hey, you want to go where they're going?" and everybody goes, "Fuck no." And they're wearing Tool shirts. Why would you want to go there? Why would anybody other than those kids wanna go see Tool if that's our representative in that area? So it ends up being a no-win situation. Of course, that's a completely extreme example.
Interesting that he came out and said that. Not going to lie .. it's the sort of thing you kind of expect a few artists in our scene to want to say every once in a while, don't you?
hahahaha, did anyone else read that interview and think he was full of himself?
i got the exact opposite impression, it seems to me that he thinks everyone else is so full of him (for a lack of a better way to say that) and he thinks they just need to chill out and not take things so seriously.
all in all, great interview and i have a lot more respect for him now (and i had a good amount before). and i think that's the first interview i've ever read with him.