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
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.
Due to popular demand, a second Cinquanta show (featuring A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and Failure) has been added for the 11th of May 2014. Tickets are on sale now I believe, and you can get them here!
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.”
As is the norm, Tool news arrived while I wasn’t able to post it (this time in transit between Indonesia and Australia), so I apologise for the slight delay getting this article online. Anyway, Maynard spoke with Rolling Stone recently (not sure how recently) where he talks about writing with his fellow Tool members as a tedious process:
“I don’t write the music. They write the music,” he says of his bandmates. “I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It’s a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process.”
There’s a not a great deal of real information on actual progress on the album, but it is interested, and somewhat comforting to hear Maynard discussing the process that is behind creating a Tool album. Certainly it appears there is frustration there, but then again I don’t think any of the Tool albums have really been a walk in the park for the members of the band.
You can read the full interview on the Rolling Stone website.
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!
An interview with Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle today by Greg Prato at Rolling Stone. Billy chats about the Greatest Hits album, By And Down, the Red Rocks shows, Ashes Divide and APC’s future plans. I’m sure the highlight for many of you will be this:
What about future recording plans with APC?
I hope to, but I know Maynard is in full Tool mode right now. They’re writing a new record, and I have given him some songs that maybe he’s going to look at, but I don’t know how he does with juggling those things at the same time. I’d like to get an APC record underway. But I don’t know – I’m just leaving it up to him and what his schedule allows. I’ll be there when he’s available.
You can also check out the version of Weak & Powerless from Stone And Echo here.
Three Sixty is out November 19th.
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.