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.”

Watch Brass Against Cover Tool’s “Stinkfist” With Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, & Danny Carey

While Brass Against were opening for Tool in Budapest, Hungary, Tool’s Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, and Danny Carey joined the band onstage for a performance of “Stinkfist.” You can see footage of that below:

Watch Dennis Chambers Add His Own Drums To Tool’s “Schism”

Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame inductee Dennis Chambers (Parliament/Funkadelic, Santana, etc.) recently performed a cover of Tool’s “Schism” for Drumeo. You can see footage of him adding his own drums to the track below:

[via The PRP]

Tool’s Adam Jones Says He Would Like To Tour With Arch Enemy

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Tool’s Adam Jones opened up about choosing opening acts for the band’s headlining tours. Notably, he also mentioned that he would like to tour with Arch Enemy someday.

Jones said the following about choosing openers:

“I mean, a lot of bands that are our level do the industry giveaway, take out a band that will actually pay them for the exposure. We’ve never done that. Never done pay-to-play back in the old Sunset Strip days, and never charged bands that we take out with us. We always pay the bands and ask them ourselves, and we always take out bands that we like.

We don’t have to look for a band to draw tickets, because we don’t really have a problem doing that, so what we do is we take turns. It’s Dan‘s turn so he picks this band, then it’s Justin’s turn and he picks that band, Maynard‘s turn and he picks a band. This time it was my turn and I picked Brass Against. I have always really liked them: their energy, their cover songs, their wind section…you don’t really see that anymore.”

He also added the following when asked which band he would like tour with someday:

“That’s a loaded question! There are so many! I really like Arch Enemy. That was one that I was really thinking about asking.”

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Shares Technique That “Could Have Saved Chris Rock’s Life The Other Night”

As you are probably well aware of by now, actor Will Smith recently made headlines after slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars due to the comedian making a “G.I. Jane 2” joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia. With this in mind, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has decided to share a Brazilian jiu-jitsu technique that “could have saved Chris Rock‘s life the other night.” You can check that out below:

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Recently Hung Out With The Cast Of “Letterkenny”

It’s no secret that Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc.) is a fan of “Letterkenny” having worn the show’s merch in interviews, naming his dog Shoresy, and more. As such, the frontman attended the cast’s March 29 show in Phoenix, AZ and even got to hang out with them. You can see some photos from the meeting below:

[via The PRP]

ALS Patient Uses Experimental Brain Implant To Request Tool

According to Science.org, a 36-year-old ALS patient was recently given an experimental brain implant in an effort to help him communicate. The technology allowed him to express a number of his thoughts including his love for his son, his desire to listen to an unspecified Tool album at a loud volume, and more.

The report said the following:

‘After nearly 3 months of unsuccessful efforts, the team tried neurofeedback, in which a person attempts to modify their brain signals while getting a real-time measure of whether they are succeeding. An audible tone got higher in pitch as the electrical firing of neurons near the implant sped up, lower as it slowed. Researchers asked the participant to change that pitch using any strategy. On the first day, he could move the tone, and by day 12, he could match it to a target pitch. “It was like music to the ear,” Chaudhary recalls. The researchers tuned the system by searching for the most responsive neurons and determining how each changed with the participant’s efforts.

By holding the tone high or low, the man could then indicate “yes” and “no” to groups of letters, and then individual letters. After about 3 weeks with the system, he produced an intelligible sentence: a request for caregivers to reposition him. In the year that followed, he made dozens of sentences at a painstaking rate of about one character per minute: “Goulash soup and sweet pea soup.” “I would like to listen to the album by Tool loud.” “I love my cool son.”’

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Watch Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Prank Danny Carey By Replacing His Gong Mallet With A Dildo

During a recent live show, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan pranked drummer Danny Carey by switching his gong mallet with a dildo. You can see footage of that below:

Tool Share Three-Minute Preview Of “Opiate²” Short Film

Tool recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of their “Opiate” EP by digitally releasing a reimagined and extended version of the title track. Now, the single, which is titled “Opiate²,” has also been released on Blu-ray along with a new short film, which guitarist Adam Jones worked on with Dominic Hailstone (“Alien: Covenant”, “The Eel”). You can find a three-minute preview of the visual component below. Notably, the physical release also includes “a 46-page art book with behind-the-scenes and making-of photos as well as interviews and insights from special guests.”