Tool offered to play Lilith Fair, says Maynard James Keenan

Steven Ferdman/Getty ImagesThis summer marks the 20th anniversary of Lilith Fair, a music festival created by singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan to combat sexism in the music industry during the ’90s. Over 60 other female acts played Lilith Fair, including Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, Tracy Chapman and Jewel.

One band that didn’t play the festival was Tool, probably because they have a total of zero female members. But that didn’t stop frontman Maynard James Keenan from trying.

In an oral history posted by Glamour in honor of Lilith Fair’s 20th anniversary, Keenan says he “asked [Tool’s] booking agent to request an offer to play.”

“[Lilith Fair] declined,” Keenan says. “I wanted the ‘thank you but no thank you’ letter to frame. Never got it.”

Lilith Fair didn’t really need Tool, anyway, as the festival was a huge financial success — it earned $16 million and was the top-grossing touring festival of 1997.

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