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Cinquanta round-up

Maynard celebrated his 50th birthday over the weekend with a couple of concerts featuring his bands Puscifer and A Perfect Circle, support act Failure and a number of other surprises. The way the set was structured was the first surprise – rather than each band having their own set, it was one large show split into two acts where each band got play a short 3-4 song set before moving onto the next act. Guest performances happened seemlessly throughout the set.

For the encore we were treated to a few unique performances, including Cuntry Boner, Green Jello, Devo on cello and 3/4 of Tool performing an interesting version of Sober. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive both from Fourtheye readers and the media. The LA Weekly also has a gallery of photo’s for you to check out.

Danny celebrates birthday in style at Cinquanta

The first reviews of Cinquanta (featuring Puscifer, A Perfect Circle, Failure and more) are dribbling in, but I won’t spoil it for those attending the second show. I will reveal the worst kept secret of the show, which is that Danny is playing in part of it. It’s a pretty special performance, that shouldn’t be missed – and here’s a video of part of it (SPOILER WARNING!).

Get along to the show if you’re able, I don’t think we’ll see anything like this again.

Maynard and Eric part ways on Arizona Stronghold

Citing “Artistic differences”, it appears Maynard and Eric Glomski have ended their partnership with Arizona Stronghold:

Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer of Tool, has ended his association with Arizona Stronghold, leaving the state’s best-selling and highest-volume winery without an asset that led to its initial popularity.

Under the deal, Keenan will take possession of Arizona Stronghold’s southern Arizona vineyard, which he will rename. Eric Glomski, the other co-founder, will keep the winery in Camp Verde and rights to the Arizona Stronghold brand.

More details can be found on the full article on Arizona Central.

Maynard’s work with Eric was outlined in the documentary Blood Into Wine.

Maynard touches on Tool at Manhunter screening

A story from the Facebook Tool Army group in regards to the recent Manhunter Screening with Maynard:

So I saw “Manhunter” last night followed by an interview / Q&A with Maynard. He mostly talked about the film specifically, but did talk about his various music projects including Tool briefly, but only when someone would ask a specific question. No new information other than him seeming increasingly frustrated with the slow process of making the new Tool album. When someone asked if Tool would consider making a concert video similar to Floyds “The Wall” he answered with “Well, if we could maybe finish the new album first then…yeah, we would consider it.” Also with regards to the new album, he asked the audience “Do I seem like a lazy person? Than stop blaming me.”

He gave some fascinating insights into his music making process and how it relates to the visuals in his live performances. Basically summarized – he pays a lot of attention to the pacing of things, not giving away too much too soon. He really lets Adam run the show when it comes to the music (something we already knew) and comes in after they have things composed to lay down vocals. He unabashedly called Adam a “control freak” when it comes to the process.

People asked a lot of questions about his favorite films and things like that. “Manhunter” was his first choice for the screening and is one of his favorites. He mentioned “The Exorcist”, as well as film I’ve never heard of called “Bliss,” and “Wings of Desire” among his favorites.
The interview was pretty cool, but from a Tool fans perspective there wasn’t a whole lot of new information. I enjoyed the show and was glad I was there to see the man in person.

I expect the quotes there are paraphrased, so don’t take them verbatim. Not entirely sure why he was answering Tool questions on the night (though I guess it’s kinda inevitable that he was asked). I doesn’t really add anything new to the equation, though it certainly appears that optomism regarding Maynard having started his part on the album are unfounded for now. I think it’s pretty safe to put a line through a 2014 release date at this point in time.

Maynard hits 50

April is a popular month for birthdays it appears, and while other sites may be struggling to remember, here at Fourtheye we’d like to say Happy Birthday to Maynard on his 50th year. Maynard will be partying with a couple of Cinquanta shows in May featuring A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and Failure. Word is this won’t be your ordinary show and could feature a few collaborations and guests.

It is customary (when I remember) to post a video capturing some of the finest work of the birthday boy, and this year is no exception. In my opinion, the best recording of Maynard’s vocals is on Salival, in particular the Third Eye cut. For your listening pleasure:

Exorcise your demons with Maynard

Update: Looks like The Exorcist is no longer being screened, however it will be replaced by Manhunter. Maynard will still be appearing:

Our previously announced screening of THE EXORCIST has been replaced with Michael Mann’s MANHUNTER. Tickets purchased for the original program will still be honored, or, you can request a refund by May 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM. Please contact fandango via http://fandango.custhelp.com/ to request a refund. If you purchased tickets at the box office you may get a refund in person when you present your un-used ticket or you can e-mail us for further information. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Egyptian Theatre in LA will be hosting a special screening of The Exorcist on Tuesday May 6th which will feature a discussion of the film with Maynard and director William Friedkin:

The Modern School of Film’s FILM: MASTERS series screens movies hand-picked by renown cultural figures, followed by in-depth discussions with them.
A favorite film of Maynard Keenan from the band Tool, who joins us for a discussion following the screening with William Friedkin, moderated by Modern School of Film founder Robert Milazzo.

THE EXORCIST
1973, Warner Brothers, 121 min, Dir: William Friedkin
Friedkin adapted William Peter Blatty’s bone-chilling best-seller into the classic American horror film in which Catholic priests Jason Miller and Max von Sydow go head-to-head with the unholy one, inhabiting the body of young Linda Blair. “I auditioned 500 girls and went with Linda because I felt she was the most intelligent, most pulled-together youngster I had ever met.” – Friedkin. With Ellen Burstyn.

Special Ticket Prices: $10 Member, $12 Student/Senior and $15 General. No vouchers accepted for this or any other specially-priced program.

It’s a cool movie, so sounds like a pretty good night out. Grab your tickets here.

Maynard adds to the family?

Maynard posted a picture on Instagram today that looks suspiciously like a ultrasound, suggestion he and his wife are expecting a baby sometime in the next 6 or so months. Congratulations to both of them!

Who will be next? Justin or Danny?

Best Xmas present ever. @licoricelust @doscabezas @matmitchell @jbonne @bobbystuckey @kentcallaghan @sandreckonervineyards

Maynard helps Mason Country Wrestlers

In a Monday morning feel good article, Maynard has returned to his home town wrestling team to support them getting ready for an upcoming tournament:

Most of the world knows Maynard James Keenan as a rock star. He is probably best known as the vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning band Tool along with the bands A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. Most recently, he has turned much of his interests towards his Arizona vineyards and wineries.

But, for many of us here in Mason County, he’s Jim Keenan, Mason County Central Class of ‘82, wrestler and all-state runner. That’s who he’s been this week. Keenan flew in Tuesday and since Wednesday has been practicing with the MCC wrestling team, getting them ready for Saturday’s Optimist Tournament in Scottville.

Keenan was at today’s tournament cheering on the team, along with his dad, former MCC teacher and wrestling coach Mike Keenan, who lives in Eden Township.

“I got involved with the team last year after I found out that Jim Allen was coaching,” Maynard said. “Jim and I wrestled together and I knew that he would give the kids the type of work ethic and pride that we grew up with. I knew they would have the drive under Jim’s leadership.”

Good to see Maynard giving something back to his community. For all the criticisms some seem to lay at Maynard’s feet regarding disrespect of Tool fans and such, his undertakings in the community, both in the article above and in his work with his local community in Arizona certainly paint a different picture.