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.

A Perfect Circle Reveal Opening Acts For Upcoming U.S. & European/UK Tours

A Perfect Circle have revealed the opening acts for their upcoming touring. Tricky and Night Club will be joining them on their U.S. dates, while Chelsea Wolfe will be joining them on their European/UK dates.

Tour Dates:

With Tricky and Night Club:

10/20 West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
10/22 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
10/24 Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheatre
10/26 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (no Tricky/Night Club)
10/27 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Michtell Pavillion (no Tricky/Night Club)
10/29 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
10/30 Orlando, FL – CFE Arena
11/01 Charlotte, NC – Bojangles’ Coliseum
11/02 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
11/03 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
11/06 New York, NY – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
11/07 Baltimore, MD – UMBC Events Center
11/09 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre (WRIF Radio Show) (no Tricky)
11/10 Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
11/11 Minneapolis, MN – Armory (93X Radio Show) (no Tricky)
11/13 Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Center
11/14 Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
11/17 Anaheim, CA – The Theatre at Honda Center
11/18 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea (no Tricky)
11/20 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

With Chelsea Wolfe:

12/02 Glasgow, UK – Glasgow Academy
12/03 Manchester, UK – Victoria Warehouse
12/05 London, UK – Wembley Arena Pavilion
12/06 Paris, FRA – Zenith
12/07 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto Arena
12/09 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
12/10 Cologne, GER – Palladium
12/12 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum
12/13 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle Hamburg
12/15 Kraków, POL – Tauron Arena Kraków
12/16 Vienna, AUT – Wiener Stadhalle
12/18 Milan, ITA – Mediolanum Forum
12/19 Rome, ITA – Palalottomatica

Alleged Victim Who Accused Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Etc.) Of Rape Issues New Statement: “I Will Testify If Need Be”

Despite recent findings that seem to suggest the recent rape accusation against Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc.) may be a hoax, the alleged victim has now issued a new statement to New York Daily News. The accuser told the publication that they “do not fear libel or any lawsuit” and that they “will testify if need be.”

Here’s the full statement:

“I do not fear libel or any lawsuit, because he knows that he’s guilty. I will testify if need be. The whole point of this is to stop him and others from assaulting anyone else.”

For those unaware, the alleged victim claimed Keenan raped her when she was 17 in a series of tweets on an anonymous Twitter account. Keenan has since denied the allegation. The accusation is still uncorroborated, and it is still unknown if anyone has made an effort to contact authorities. Stay tuned for further developments.