Those that pay close attention to the members of Tool birthdays you will surely have remembered that next year is Maynard’s 50th birthday. To celebrate he’s bringing together two of his bands, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer as well as one of his favorite other bands Failure. Details of this Cinquanta (Italian for 50) are below:
Puscifer, A Perfect Circle and Failure celebrate Maynard James Keenan’s 50th Birthday on May 10 at The Greek Theatre. Tickets for the special evening, known as Cinquanta, are on-sale this Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 am pacific. VIP packages with preferred seating and commemorative items are on-sale Dec. 5 at 10 am via cinquanta.frontgatetickets.com
Tickets are sure to be limited, so I’d suggest you keep your finger on the trigger for this one!
There’s a new interview with Maynard online where he discusses the recent A Perfect Circle and coming Puscifer releases on Artist Direct. No huge revelations in the interview, but here’s a snippet anyway:
Did you get closer to the A Perfect Circle music by playing all of the songs live? Many artists don’t ever get that chance.
Well, you know your body changes as you age. To go back and re-look at those songs basically in a different skin definitely gives you perspective. I sing differently than I did when I recorded those songs. So, it was difficult to go back and try to re-shape my throat to make those sounds. It was definitely a learning experience, in terms of where I am with my vocal approaches, subject matter, and everything.
Maynard also hints that “there’s always music being written. You never know. All of that is happening.”
In news just at hand, Maynard will be on the Joe Rogan Experience show tonight! Stream starts at 9pm Pacific Time which is just over 2 hours from now. You can watch the stream here.
It’s anyone’s guess what will be discussed, but if the last show in any indication it will be an interesting conversation regardless of if it ventures into Tool land.
Update: For those that missed it, music wasn’t discussed in any detail. Maynard mentioned he’d been writing (presumably for Tool) but that was about it. None the less it was an interesting interview.
Riff messaged me today to tell me that when he was listening to the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Podcast he mentioned Maynard will be on next week. We’ve known Maynard will be back on the show for a while now, so it’s good to get some confirmation as to when.
For those that missed the last interview, here it is!
Puscifer are releasing a tour documentary of sorts on November 26th called What Is…, and they’ve just released a trailer for it:
According to Amazon this will be released on both Vinyl and CD, though it seems odd there’s no mention of a DVD version (which I expect is the main release). The tracklist for the album is:
1. The Green Valley
2. Tiny Monsters
3. Vagina Mine
6. The Rapture
7. The Weaver
8. Rev 20:20
9. Momma Sed
13. Conditions of My Parole
14. Man Overboard
15. Telling Ghosts
A few clues have been dropped over Instagram in the last week are pointing to some new Puscifer material being prepared for release. One shows Mat Mitchell tracking something (image below) while another is a video which has a track with both Maynard and Carina singing. It doesn’t sound like an existing Puscifer track or remix to me, so I’m thinking that we may be getting a new EP sometime later this year.
Update: Looks like it’s a false alarm – nxrm has informed us the track is actually Sunflower by Low.
In a recent interview with Spin celebrating the streaming of the All Re-Mixed Up album, Maynard has revealed that a Puscifer DVD, titled What Is…, is due out on November 26th. The DVD will features live performances and skits. To read the short interview, and stream the album, visit the Spin website here.
For our New Zealand wine loving brethren it seems that United Cellars are now selling Maynard’s finest Arizona Stronghold wines directly to your door. Prices are reasonably high (starting at NZ$49 a bottle for the Mandala red or white), but it’s worth a look if you want to support Maynard and his wine making endeavors.
Found out a couple of days ago that Maynard will be discussing wine with comedian Marc Maron on his show WTF. Here’s a preview:
Don’t expect much Tool discussion (if any). Full interview out on the 19th of August.
Word from Tony at KATT FM in Oklahoma is that Maynard has donated platinum copies of Tool’s Undertow and A Perfect Circle’s Mer De Noms to support Oklahoma’s Animal Resource Center which was affected by the recent Tornados. Both albums are signed and there’s even a couple of photo’s to certify that they are legit. According to the webpage:
Our first 2 items for auction are the personal RIAA sales plaques that once belonged to Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. After the May tornado’s destroyed countless homes and lives across Oklahoma, Maynard thru his trainer gave us his plaques for the specific purpose of helping in relief efforts. The following pictures below serve as genuine authentication that the actual auction items once belonging to Maynard James Keenan.
Unfortunately the auction is for continental US bidders only (no Canadians either) so if you’re overseas you made need to find alternate means to make a bid. You can make a bid here, and at the time of writing both albums are at $650. Great to see Maynard donating what seems to be a great cause.