Maynard performs Queen

Maynard took part in the Activision E3 event last night, singing a version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody with Billy Howerdel on guitar.  This appears to be in aid of the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game out in September 2010.  Here’s a video:

According to Wikipedia, The Outsider by A Perfect Circle will be one of the playable tracks.

Update: Here’s a little more info from Rolling Stone:

For Keenan, performing "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Monday was an unexpected chance to revisit a big rock song from his own adolescence. Dressed in a black suit and red tie, he approximated the soaring operatics of Freddie Mercury against the strings and woodwinds of the L.A. Philharmonic, as animated characters from Guitar Hero sang along.

His A Perfect Circle collaborator Billy Howerdel filled in for guitarist Brian May (who was originally set to perform), rising from the floor with an old Vox amp and Gibson Les Paul to ignite the original glam riffs, adding touches of modern guitar texture. As the song faded out, Keenan hugged the guitarist, and then grabbed his ass as they descended into the stage.

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betteroffdead
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betteroffdead

Hope those who attended knew what they were witnessing.

Kadoka
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Awesome. Nice to see Maynard and Billy working together again.

Joelsy
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Joelsy

Wow what a nice surprise!

Sounds like Maynard’s voice is in good shape anyway!

Hilarious that the poster thought it was Satch on guitar – nice little Vox amp on Billy too….

SirGreat
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SirGreat

I loved it.

novaconda
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novaconda

That was absolutely awesome. Great to see those guys together on stage again.  Sorry I had to bring up the negative part about this, but someone would…the 2 classic sentences can be heard during this presentation….”Who is that, Moby?”  and  “TOOOOOOL!!!”
Wow…

chisox_83
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chisox_83

Ok…I see Maynard. I see Billy. But where in the hell is Satriani?!?!
Oh wait! He must be the one filming alongside all the screaming  teenage girls!!

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The screen shots from that video game were absolutely terrifying.

spiralout247
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spiralout247

if those are screaming game journalists, do they even have the slightest clue who MJK is??? and God forbid, if they do, can we at least HOPE he doesnt give a flying fuck about them? cuz then, ya know, those game journalists would rank a notch higher than the real fans. haha LOL 8~)

nuphpts
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I so wished I was there…instead I was sitting at work about 10 min. away being bitter! Lol! Wonder what time they’re going on tomorrow at Viper Room?

Pgrantham
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Pgrantham

Bravo, Maynard and Billy. God damn Maynard’s voice is so pristine.  Any cover he chooses to do ends up sounding as good as the original.
 
I doubt many people knew who was singing or on guitar, but how special and exclusive do you think the Tool fans in the audience felt when they realized what was happening? surreal.

264zn
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264zn

wow Maynard did sound really really good! Enjoy the upcoming show you lucky bastards who have tickets in the US! Living in London at the moment, and was hoping they would have made it here by now, probably have more luck back home in NZ (seen them twice there!)

fortysixand2
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fortysixand2

so thats what its like to be at a concert with a bunch of video game nerds

seanhalas
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seanhalas

i am a dude….and i like girls, but Maynard really knows how to make beautiful everything he touches. i just wish those people in attendance would shut the fuck up, so we could hear it even better.

amaster
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Why do people insist on singing aalong with that song. Another utterly great performance ruined by annoying fans. I hope there was a professional recording of that since I say camera booms flying around in the back. Also, did MJK check his cell phone in the middle of the song (around 4:30)

spiralout247
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spiralout247

[quote comment=””] Also, did MJK check his cell phone in the middle of the song (around 4:30)
[/quote] maynard has a cell phone..?!? what has this world come to!?? lmao. yeah, he probably has the iPhone4 before the masses can get it haha 😉

Naattik
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Since this looks like the ‘official’ post on this, somebody did get clear audio, sans über-annoying “background” vocalists joining in. And then the guy with the better video synced it up… it’s kind of… revealing, shall we say? Maynard does an admirable job on most of it, but there were clearly some challenging notes for him… this isolated audio gives you a completely different take from all the other audience perspective versions… nowhere to hide. Thoughts?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ikzaCelH7M

Ns1
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Ns1

[quote comment=””]
Thoughts?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ikzaCelH7M
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1.  Thanks for the HQ link
2. If Tool did a full cover of this ala “No Quarter”, it would be the greatest cover of Bohemian Rhapsody ever.

Paradigm
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Paradigm

spiralout247 – 5 hours ago  »   Also, did MJK check his cell phone in the middle of the song (around 4:30) maynard has a cell phone..?!? what has this world come to!?? lmao. yeah, he probably has the iPhone4 before the masses can get it haha Yeah, Maynard is super tech savvy he has twitter accounts for his wine and Puscifer. He also has a clothing line. If you look in his journal at his caduceus site you can see pics of him living it up with giant Gucci bags and all. I guess it is difficult to ignore material… Read more »

Paradigm
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Paradigm

spiralout247 – 13 hours ago  » 
if those are screaming game journalists, do they even have the slightest clue who MJK is??? and God forbid, if they do, can we at least HOPE he doesnt give a flying fuck about them? cuz then, ya know, those game journalists would rank a notch higher than the real fans. haha LOL 8~)

Yeah, I think that if they had a clue who it was there would have at least been bouncers by the stage. Plus, no one was screaming hysterically lol.

danielkauai21
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danielkauai21
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This angle shows that he was using his cell phone to make fun of the audience by pretending to take pics of the audience with his phone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSpnJCoof9A
Lol funny shit, also to the person who was suprised Maynard had a cell I refer you to this 1999 video where Maynard again uses his cell on stage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRct0p2OyKU

mrs jones
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kittaan – 3 hours ago  » 
Since this looks like the ‘official’ post on this, somebody did get clear audio, sans über-annoying “background” vocalists joining in. And then the guy with the better video synced it up… it’s kind of… revealing, shall we say? Maynard does an admirable job on most of it, but there were clearly some challenging notes for him… this isolated audio gives you a completely different take from all the other audience perspective versions… nowhere to hide. Thoughts?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ikzaCelH7M

That’s a huge difference. And wow…some places he really sounds, well, terrible… Damn.

nembutals
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nembutals

I listened to the video with the better audio and I think he still sounded fantastic. Not really getting which parts you think he botched it on.

a4sharma
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a4sharma

[quote comment=””]I listened to the video with the better audio and I think he still sounded fantastic. Not really getting which parts you think he botched it on.[/quote] I’m not sure why people would pick this apart too much.  How many people can sing other people’s material?  And realistically how many times do you think he’s rehearsed this?  A handful at best I’d say. I think the parts he struggled with are parts that Freddie struggled with live himself (the parts where Maynard tries to go into falsetto territory). Personally I’m more excited about another APC album now that I’ve… Read more »

mrs jones
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mrs jones

I for one wasn’t being hypercritical, based on youtube video/audio or not, some of those notes Maynard was definitely off key. Rather than being critical, I was actually rather quite amazed he was actually off key. I thought he was perfect, dammit. LOL

Overall, though, I think he did an AMAZING job. I love his version, he definitely Maynard-ized it. 🙂

lachrymologist
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lachrymologist

I thought he was incredible and I can’t wait for a better audio and of course the new APC album I wonder if the scalpers know who they are/remember them? Same suit as some of the pussy-fur east coast tour shows as well

nembutals
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nembutals

Ooooh…
http://twitter.com/brianpomp/status/16367488888
At Viper Room for @ashesdivide. Maynard just entered the building. This might get interesting.
8 minutes ago via Echofon from West Hollywood, West Hollywood 

nembutals
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nembutals

Oh, shiiiiit. Maynard just got onstage. APC jams incoming? I WANT TO BELIEVE

nembutals
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nembutals

lol

Naattik
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admin – 1 hour ago  » 

Oh, shiiiiit. Maynard just got onstage. APC jams incoming? I WANT TO BELIEVE

They’re probably gonna play eMotive from beginning to end…

Apparently not:

@mjkeenan was COMPLETELY uninterested in being on that stage. Hopefully he’ll come back up and at least fake it.
about 1 hour ago via Echofon from West Hollywood, West Hollywood

sigimaster14
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sigimaster14

i mus admit i dont really like seeing maynard singing for guitar hero…
he shouldnt do it is my opinion , it kinda damages the message he wants to give with his music from Tool…, atleast that is my opinion.

seanhalas
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seanhalas

i thought he sounded great on the better audio versions. sure, he strained to hit a couple notes and hold them, but who wouldnt. Justin Bieber could hit those notes, but he is a 16 year old whos balls have not dropped yet. name one other person who could hit those notes perfectly(that has hair on their balls).

badkittygothgirl
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seanhalas – 1 hour ago  » 
i thought he sounded great on the better audio versions. sure, he strained to hit a couple notes and hold them, but who wouldnt. Justin Bieber could hit those notes, but he is a 16 year old whos balls have not dropped yet. name one other person who could hit those notes perfectly(that has hair on their balls).

Ok, I’ll bite. I’ll bet Freddie Mercury could hit those notes. Oh wait, he did hit those notes back in the day.

a4sharma
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a4sharma

[quote comment=””] seanhalas – 1 hour ago » i thought he sounded great on the better audio versions. sure, he strained to hit a couple notes and hold them, but who wouldnt. Justin Bieber could hit those notes, but he is a 16 year old whos balls have not dropped yet. name one other person who could hit those notes perfectly(that has hair on their balls). Ok, I’ll bite. I’ll bet Freddie Mercury could hit those notes. Oh wait, he did hit those notes back in the day. [/quote] Guess he and Maynard have something in common then, since there’s… Read more »

buk
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All things considered, they did an amazing job. I’d like to hear Freddy Mercury do a reasonable version of 46 & 2, even in his prime.
 
I like how Maynard made the song his own, as someone else posted. Even singing a Queen song, it felt like he was singing to his own mother, oooh ooh oooh.

Ns1
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Ns1

[quote comment=”38468″]i mus admit i dont really like seeing maynard singing for guitar hero… he shouldnt do it is my opinion , it kinda damages the message he wants to give with his music from Tool…, atleast that is my opinion.[/quote]
 
dude bro, you haven’t listened to hooker with a penis? bro.

blahmoo
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blahmoo

Just listened to the “cleaned up” version and I think Maynard sounds fucking incredible!

gnjasmkr
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gnjasmkr

For those that want to see some pics. These were taken by a friend. I was in front of her right by the stage between Billy and Johnny. For those that know me will understand and those that don’t trust me i wasn’t blocking anyone’s view LOL!!!
 
http://www.lawomanphotography.com/Rock-N-Roll/Ashes-Divide/12590245_DC5pd#904246982_sPPwq

nembutals
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nembutals

Thanks for taking those photos. What did Maynard perform? I couldn’t find anything.

gnjasmkr
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gnjasmkr

[quote comment=””]Thanks for taking those photos. What did Maynard perform? I couldn’t find anything.[/quote]
I didn’t take them a friend did. He sang “The Prey” with them. Well he mostly moved around taking pictures of them while they played than he did singing the song.
 
Nembutals – Where were you standing? How about that version of “The Chain”?

nembutals
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nembutals

I wasnt there (unfortunately). I was just following on twitter. They had me all fucking giddy though cause I thought someone was gonna shoot them playing some APC tunes and throw them up on Youtube. Oh well.

gnjasmkr
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gnjasmkr

Yeah! Too many rumors about the APC stuff but it was a smart move to have him there to bring more people in for Ashes. I don’t think they needed the help but nonetheless it was cool to see the little guy there. We read the one about how the smell hadn’t changed at The Viper Room since 1999 and just lit up… No not that way. Ashes are a great band to see live if you get the chance. I’m looking forward to seeing them again next week and then off to Denver. That version of Fleetwood Mac’s The… Read more »

Euphony
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Euphony

I’m sorry, what was Maynard singing? All I could focus on was “grabbed his ass”, and then after getting the giggles out of my system, realized that Maynard and Billy were performing together again, which is good. This reminds me of that horribly awkward video interview that Maynard and Billy did in 2000 where someone sent in a question asking if they were in love with each other. In all seriousness, I’m looking forward to hearing new material from both of them. I saw Ashes Divide live at a small show and had a great time. They write music really… Read more »