Maynard James Keenan Says He Borrowed Ideas From Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor For A Perfect Circle: “I’m Stealing From His Stolen Goods”

During a recent interview with Rick Beato, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) admitted to taking ideas from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor for A Perfect Circle. He specifically cited “The Fragile,” saying that Reznor is “stealing shit all over that album” and that he is “stealing from his stolen goods.”

Keenan said the following:

“…That’s again stealing—professionals steal, right?—and so, really looking at the work of people like PJ Harvey, Trent [Reznor] on ‘The Fragile‘—he’s stealing shit all over that album, but I’m stealing from his stolen goods. I think space was the thing that really… I wanted to hear more space in some of the A Perfect Circle stuff. So going back to my original influences of The Swans‘ early ‘Holy Money‘ & ‘Greed‘ albums, just the huge cavern of space that are in those albums. Simple rhythms, just primal in their approach.

I wanted to see more of that in… I mean when you think of A Perfect Circle and Swans, they’re not the same thing. But logistically if you look at the waveforms on a screen of those songs, you see the space in ‘The Noose‘ that might match the space on the screen of a Swans song. And that was the point of like leaving space, to let your brain keep going in the middle of the spaces.

And Josh [Freese] is a great drummer, but I remember on ‘The Noose‘ going ‘stop playing right there. Don’t play through, stop.’ And he was like ‘Ohhh.’ ‘Cause he’s already done that in other things, but you have to remind him, you’ve already done something like this. Do that again, leave space. And it really sells the atmosphere of the track. As contrasting to ‘Weak And Powerless‘, which is like a metronome just right through your head. Again, stolen from Trent. Don’t tell him. Don’t watch this Trent.”

On another note, Keenan also shared an update on Puscifer’s current plans:

“During COVID we shot four pay-per-views, two of which are coming out this fall. We got ‘Conditions Of My Parole‘—the whole album start to finish with a bunch of Billy D and Hildy bits mixed in. We’ve got a whole set of—we’re calling it ‘V Is For Versatile’—it’s the [‘V Is For Vagina‘] era of music, completely revamped again, and we did it at Sunset Sound. We recorded a whole concert film/studio documentary. Those two things are coming out right around Halloween, so I’m very excited about those and then of course simultaneously released the audio for those as well.”

[via The PRP]

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) Says He Has Had COVID-19 Four Times

During a recent interview with the Arizona Republic, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) discussed his past bouts with COVID-19. The frontman says he has already contracted the disease four times.

Keenan, who is vaccinated, said the following:

“I just had it the fourth time. I got the European-flavored one. That was fun.”

He went on to say that he is already feeling better:

“It was a flu. It’s done.”

Keenan also had the following to say about touring during the pandemic:

“I mean, when you’re in a room full of thousands of people, it’s being passed around. You get into a tube and you fly 10 hours in a contained environment, you’re gonna get it. If somebody has it and you’re gonna get it, you can get it. That’s just the nature of what it is now. We need to embrace that and stop freaking the (expletive) out.”

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Praises His Wife For Her Strength Amid Her Battle With Breast Cancer

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan has taken to social media to wish his wife, Jennifer Lei Li Keenan, a happy birthday, while also praising her for her strength as she battles breast cancer. The frontman said the following:

“Today is my wife’s Birthday. @licoricelust I’m going to guess that it will be viewed as her favorite. In late Nov she felt a lump in her breast. On X-mas eve, she was diagnosed with cancer. She didn’t collapse into a pile of self pity. She didn’t launch into an entitlement rage. She didn’t act out in any self destructive manner. Instead she asked the right questions, listened to her doctors, made a plan, and stuck to it. And when there were things she couldn’t do on her own, she asked for help. Before the chemo could take her hair, she cut it all off and had our friend Brooke make her a wig to match. And then she went to work. No one was the wiser. She’s successfully navigated both the chemo and the surgery, and now begins the radiation. And all without whining or bitching. She is my rock. She is my muse. She is my ALL. Be like Jen. Happy Birthday, My Love. Cheers to this one and many more.”

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Says He Contracted COVID-19 Twice

During an interview with “Strombo” on Apple Music Hits, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc.) revealed that he ended up contracting COVID-19 twice. The frontman previously said that he had the disease in February 2020 and has since confirmed that he had it again in “mid-November and ended up in the ER on December 1.” He also added:

“Ugly, ugly. Couldn’t breathe. I could barely put two words together without going into a coughing fit that, you know? It ended up kind of also progressing into pneumonia. So, if I stayed in the hospital, they said, ‘Okay, we can keep you here, but you’re fighting 12 other people for a bed and a ventilator we don’t have, so what do you want to do?’ I’m like, ‘Well, I need to breathe and I need to sleep.’ So, you’re just treating symptoms at that point. There’s nothing you can do other than treat the symptom, so for a real cough medicine, not the crap over-the-counter and then like an inhaler, and some antibiotics to fight the pneumonia and strap the fuck in.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Further Discusses His Battle With COVID-19 On “The Joe Rogan Experience”

As previously reported, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) recently revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February. Now, during a recent appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the frontman discussed his battle with the disease even further.

Keenan said the following [transcribed by The PRP]:

“I didn’t have a bad [case], yes and no. So it was one of those, you know I’m in Australia. We went out to dinner… and immediately food didn’t taste right, but this is now, this is all hindsight, right I didn’t know at the time. We didn’t know that these are the things you’re looking for, like immediately.

So nobody knew what to tell you. I immediately was sick, then I had to get on an international flight the next morning, fly to New Zealand on… I’m a super spreader [jokingly replying to Rogan], I brought it [to New Zealand], it was in me. And I put it in you.

So we got there, I was like four days in the hotel. Cuz we have four days off before the shows. So I was just drinking water, hot showers, taking care of myself, hot tea, just trying to get through it and it sucked. But you didn’t know yet that like what, how bad this thing could have been. if I’d have known how bad it could have been I would have been freaking out.”

[I] isolated pretty well like I you know I was, I grabbed the masks before I even got on the plane, because I just instinctually like just having, you know friends that are that are, you know, going to Taiwan and going to Japan like you just see the mask, like, Okay, I’m probably just gonna wear the mask anywhere on the plane.”

He continued when asked if all this happened before people were more aware of COVID-19:

“No, it was happening. I asked the doctor when I got to New Zealand ‘do you think this is COVID?’ He’s like, ‘did you have a fever?’ I’m like I don’t remember if I had a fever, well then ‘you didn’t have COVID.’ Okay.

So I got through that. I was able to do the [Tool] show I didn’t have to close my throat down enough [that[ I would have to cancel.”

“Then the next show was going to be in the Northwest…” [Rogan asks how hard it was to sing] “It was not, it was not fun. We had to kind of adjust to set around a little bit, don’t put the hard ones in. I got to Hawaii to go train with Luis.

And some of the guys there, Chad was a Muay Thai instructor. And I’m starting to do the Muay Thai I’m like, ‘dude, this hurts’ like, I’ve never, my hands have never hurt this bad. I thought maybe I sprained them because right after I recovered in New Zealand. I went and trained in New Zealand, thinking, I’m just gonna fucking gut it out, you know, I’m gonna walk it off, rub some dirt on it and I felt okay then.

But when I finally got to Maui, I’m like, this is not right. This hurts I can’t fucking do this. I thought well maybe I sprained my wrist, so months go by that they’re not healing, I’m going through harvest [at his winery] at this point and like nothing’s [changing] they’re not healing.

But I finally went to a doctor, an arthritis doctor, and he was like ‘okay so walk me through when you first saw…’ And I started walking him through everything he goes, ‘you had COVID.’ And what what are some of the side effects that you find are the are that inflammation.

So whatever I guess so it’s some kind of a rheumatoid response. That alone would be well maybe, I’m just 56 and I have arthritis, but my blood work was completely clean everywhere else no other issues anywhere else in my body but just the wrists, explaining that, but I still have the cough.

So whatever cough I had whatever cough I got in New Zealand, like every other day, I’ll have a coughing fit for, you know, for 10 minutes, coughing up stuff, so I have lung damage from from it still.”

He also talked about the disease having an impact on his martial art training:

“Yeah… my motivation is diminished because I’m like trying to do stuff and my hands hurt. Not anymore [though] not that I’m on medication.”

Rogan then made a joke saying Keenan was on meth, before the singer revealed that he has been taking a chemotherapy agent/immune system suppressant called Methotrexate:

“[It’s] is not fun to be on. But my wrists have cleared up… I’m back to, you know, doing stuff.”

He continued when Rogan asked if he has tried CBD:

“The Methotrexate goes for about, it’s like a you know I did, I’ve done it for now 10 weeks. I have another five weeks supposedly I’m gonna do, but I’m going to continue the CBD after that.”

Later in the chat, Keenan also discussed COVID-19 conspiracy theorists:

“I’m still feeling residual effects of that. I feel like there’s a bunch of people that that—maybe I didn’t almost die—I have friends who almost died. Yeah, it was close. So then you have people going… apparently I’m being paid to say this [that he contracted COVID-19]. Eat a dick dude.”

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Says He Is Still Dealing With “Residual Effects” From COVID-19 After Testing Positive In February

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) has revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February. Unfortunately, the frontman also added that he is still dealing with “residual effects” from the disease.

Keenan told azcentral.com the following while discussing the pandemic’s impact on touring:

“Well, I’m not a delicate flower. You make the adjustment. ‘OK, well, we can’t do that. So what are we gonna do? Are we just gonna take this opportunity to unplug and kind of step back and reevaluate everything?’ It was good. I mean, I was still recovering from having gotten COVID at the end of February. I’m still dealing with the residual effects. But it was ugly. I survived it, but it wasn’t pretty. So I definitely had to deal with that.”

He then discussed his diagnosis further:

“I kind of didn’t want to run around screaming it. But it’s real. And there’s after-effects. I had to go through some major medications to undo the residual effects. Still coughing. There’s still lung damage.”

He also confirmed that some of his friends and family members got infected too:

“Several of my friends, too. Very not old people, young people, in shape, runners, who contracted it as well. And they’re still dealing with some of the after-effects. I lost a few family members.”

He also added the following when asked if he is “feeling all right now?”:

“Well no. I still have the cough. Every other day, I have these coughing fits because my lungs are still damaged at the tips. And I just got over the inflammation that was going on with my wrist and hands. I had an autoimmune attack on my system in the form of, like, a rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, from what I understand, it attacks weird spots and it’s random. So that’s what I got. That was my prize.”

Listen To A Perfect Circle’s Cover Of AC/DC’s “Dog Eat Dog”

A Perfect Circle are streaming their cover of AC/DC‘s “Dog Eat Dog.” The track will appear on the band’s “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish“ 7 inch, which will be available as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday (November 23). Maynard James Keenan commented:

“A belated farewell nod to Malcolm Young, who, along with Bon Scott, played a significant role in my rebellious, hasher youth. God Speed, Malcolm.”

A Perfect Circle Premiere “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish” Music Video

A Perfect Circle have premiered a new video for their song “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Eat The Elephant.“ Maynard James Keenan said the following about the Kyle Cogan directed clip: “Welcome to the new normal.”

[via Revolver]

A Perfect Circle Lift Phone/Filming Ban For One Song At Recent Show

During their October 20 show in West Valley, UT, A Perfect Circle actually lifted their phone/filming ban for one song. As part of a “present from Grandpa,” Maynard James Keenan allowed fans to record the band during a performance of “Delicious“ off their latest album “Eat The Elephant.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpLwn77BlL5/?taken-by=evenakker

[via Loudwire]

A Perfect Circle Share 2D Version Of “Eat The Elephant” Hologram Clip

A Perfect Circle have shared a 2D version of their “Eat The Elephant” video. The clip is from the holographic companion film that comes with the deluxe box set edition of the band’s latest album of the same name. Steven Sebring directed the film, which can be viewed with a prism that allows fans to use their smart phones to project a hologram. The video originally debuted via Grammy.com, one day after the group played a stripped down set at the Clive Davis Theater in The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, CA.