According to a number of sources, Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan confirmed at last nights Q&A that A Perfect Circle will be touring in 2017, with a show announced for the 7th of May at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
There’s not much other detail at this stage, but word is it will be a decent sized tour and that new material has been worked on. More details to come soon I expect!
Last week my copy of Maynard James Keenan’s biography – A Perfect Union of Contrary Things arrived from the US, and over the last few days I’ve read through it, and composed a few thoughts in a review of sorts. If you haven’t read the book, below contains a few minor spoilers of sorts, but nothing that should ruin your enjoyment of it.
The first half of the book covers Maynard’s life pre-Tool. It goes through his upbringing with his mother in Ohio, then father in Scottville, time in the military, Boston and eventually LA. It talks about his various pre-Tool bands such as texA.N.S., C.A.D. and adventures with Green Jelly. I found this section interesting and insightful, and painted a great picture of how Maynard evolved into the man he is today.
Moving onto Tool, it covers the beginnings of the band quite well, recounting stories with Tom Morello (and how he considered Maynard for the singing role in Rage Against The Machine) and the coming together of the band with Danny and Adam. It tells anecdotes of the first few Tool shows, as well as their dealings with record labels during the signing process. We also get some good insight into his work on the comedy scene including the famous Cuntry Boner performance with Laura Milligan with Adam joining in.
We get to hear the story of Maynard’s move to Arizona, as well as the tale behind his time and self discovery with some local Native Americans. It gives us a good feel for Maynard’s connection, not just with the land but with nature in general – it’s a theme that has been with him throughout his life.
From then on though the book becomes a bit of a blur – Lateralus and 10,000 Days don’t get much more than a couple of paragraphs each, same with A Perfect Circle post-Mer De Noms. Even Puscifer gets squeezed into a single chapter.
Hi wine making exploits get good coverage, but there is no mention of Blood Into Wine and some of the topics (and personalities) contained within. We don’t really get much insight into delays in Tool albums expect that Maynard doesn’t write his lyrics until the music is done (which differs quite a bit from the Opiate and Undertow it would appear).
Overall I was both pleased and disappointed with the book. The first half I found quite interesting – surprisingly so since it really doesn’t cover much of what we Tool fans would expect. It is well written, and paints a great picture of Maynard’s upbringing, and as well for me insight into the difference between growing up in the USA vs Australia.
This was tempered with what I felt was a somewhat disappointing second half. Maynard’s “rockstar” career I felt was overly abbreviated, and was left craving more detail into almost everything. Touring really isn’t discussed in any depth, nor is recording. It wasn’t like he pushed one agenda over the other either – his recent work with Puscifer and wine making doesn’t get a whole lot more page space than his other projects. I feel like there is more to be told and would come as no surprise if there were to be some kind of Tool biography, or even an MJK book that focuses on his music career – I (and I expect many here) would read this.
Negatives aside, I come away from the book feeling like I know much more about Maynard the person – and I expect this was probably the goal behind this story being told. It’ll sound corny to some of you, but I do feel inspired by some of the words Maynard has had to say, and some of the philosophies behind how he works. This book won’t change your life, but may challenge you to reconsider how you consider some aspects of life.
A Perfect Union of Contrary things is an authorised biography written by Sarah Jensen with Maynard offering frequent insights into her writing. You can grab a copy from Amazon!
Well, mainly Korin anyway. The following article has some small insight into the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Malibu, as well as revealing the large Planet of the Apes statue in their backyard. Enjoy!
And in case you didn’t know, Korin gave birth to a second boy just days ago! Nice work Adam and Korin!
The walls of their home are covered with paintings and framed comic book art. Three Grammy Awards sit on the mantle, and the toys of their young son are scattered everywhere. On the back patio stands a giant statue of the Ape Lawgiver from the original Planet of the Apes films.
“We really love art,” says Jones, who created special effects for movies before Tool took off. “There’s a work ethic. We get very inspired off each other. It’s like two magnets coming together and becoming a strong force. I can’t think of anything I do now where I don’t go to her and go ‘What do you think of this? What would you do?'”
The October 2016 Tool Newsletter is out (tucked away in the Newsletter section), and it comes with a warning for some of you negative Nancy’s out there:
THIS NEWSLETTER CONTAINS CONTROVERSIAL TOOL-RELATED INFORMATION. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU DO NOT WISH TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION OR HAVE THIS INFORMATION IN YOUR POSSESSION, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER, AND LEAVE THIS WEBSITE.
For many of you, this is all you’ll need to read, as continuing further would result in only frustration and more negative comments on this blog post.
The good new is that Blair also commented on the problem, and suggested that Danny is already feeling better, so here’s hoping the rest of the tour goes as planned!
BMB: In speaking with Danny tonight, he is feeling better (happy for a Chief’s victory), following the doctor’s orders the best that he can, and NOT ruling out a venomous spider bite. Even though the doctors’ who worked on his leg on Friday thought it would be better if he didn’t play the show, Danny insisted on performing. As always – a real trouper, Tool fans!
Yesterdays Instagram post was a hint towards a new Puscifer video it seems, this time an animated feature with Joe Rogan, Ronda Rousey and Trumpzilla accompanying The Arsonist – in my opinion one of the better tracks from Money Shot. It’s pretty good! Watch it below:
A video posted by Puscifer & Caduceus (@puscifer) on
Perhaps we’re going to see Maynard and/or Puscifer on The Onion tomorrow?
In other Maynard related news, there is a reasonably new interview with him on Aussie digital radio station Double J. It’s not an especially insightful interview, however does give us a tiny clue as to the Puscifer Tour in Australia next year:
“It’s gonna be a different show to what we brought last time,” Keenan told Double J’s Myf Warhurst. “A couple of curveballs. It should be fun.”
Moderators for the upcoming Maynard James Keenan book tour have been announced today, and there are some interesting names including Billy Howerdel, Kim Thayil and Alex Grey. It sounds like these will be pretty interesting events, so get along to one if you get the chance!
Interviews are starting to appear online in support of the new Maynard James Keenan authorised biography A Perfect Union of Contrary Things. For your consideration today are an interesting interview with Rolling Stone magazine, and a Podcast.
In Rolling Stone, Maynard answers a range of questions which I suspect broadly preview the content of the book. The key point I take from this is that we shouldn’t be expecting it to be a Tool biography:
This book you just put out is very adamantly not a Tool book. Tool is a part of it, but in some ways, there’s probably more Puscifer or the winemaking or even the sort of pre-musical life. Was that a calculated thing?
There’s so much stuff out there about Tool, and there’s so many things about me with Tool out there right now it would just be redundant. And some of the more behind-the-scenes things that go on with the band, it should be a volume that’s done by all four of those people, not just me. So, a lot of the things are saved for that next incarnation. Even though this is a biography, I feel like it’s more of, like we talked about, a map – just a map of certain decisions and how they were arrived at, if nothing else for an inspiration for me, to chronicle where I’ve been, to know where I’m going, and also for an observer to look at it and see how it applies to their life.
Will be interesting to see if a Tool biography ever eventuates.
The second interview is a podcast with Kevin Eikenberry from The Remarkable Leaders series. It’s an interesting and thoughtful interview where Maynard talks about the creative process, and how he has refound his love for music.
The Tool newsletter for September 2016 is out now (sorry for the delay getting it up here but I’ve been out of town) and it doesn’t really contain any actual Tool news, just some reflection on the energy radiated by some Tool fans.
For those who are desperate for anything to cling their hopes on, here’s Danny on the Seth Meyers show confirming “it’s real”:
Here’s my message for the many Tool fans who read this site: