Tool’s Maynard James Keenan To Host “An Introduction To Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” Next Month

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan will be hosting “An Introduction To Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” at Verde Valley Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Cottonwood, AZ on February 11. The following was said about that:

“Heads up to any Jiu Jitsu aficionados traveling to AZ to attend the Super Bowl. Cottonwood is just a short drive north from Phx. Maynard James Keenan will be hosting “An Introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” on Sat, Feb 11th at the new Verde Valley BJJ facility. This is a detailed orientation for Beginners, White belts, and Blue belts. Upper belts are welcome to attend. There will be 2 sessions and space is limited. Visit verdevalleybjj.com for details. To book your spot, call 928-963-6173 or email coordinator@verdevalleybjj.com”

Watch Maynard James Keenan Unbox Tool’s “Fetus In Skull” Statue

Tool have officially launched pre-orders for their “Fetus In Skull Maquette” statue. The collectible is expected to ship between mid-January and mid-February and you can watch Maynard James Keenan unbox it in the below video:

The band shared more information on the statue:

“Inspired by the 10,000 Days and Lateralus album artwork(s) by Alex Grey. Each collectible figure is cast in Polyresin, individually hand painted, and hand numbered, making each unit similar, but distinct from the next.

The Fetus in Skull Maquette is a beautiful, unique, piece of artwork for the Tool fan collector meant to be appreciated; but also to invoke thought, introspection, and conversation. Special accents can be found throughout the work including the third eye torch on the skull and sawblade base.

This hand-numbered collectible is extremely rare with only 3,100 units available Worldwide. 515 Signed by band members and 2585 Unsigned. Each unit comes with matching edition numbered base art, art box, secure shipping box, and Certificate of Authenticity. The base art is screen printed with seven colors. The art box and COA are printed with foil paper hits. Please use supplied soft cotton gloves for safe handling.”

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan On Artists Trying To Maintain Relevancy: “It Turns To Desperation Very Quickly”

During a recent appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc.) discussed the cultural impact of TikTok. The frontman says when artists try to use the platform to maintain their relevancy “it turns to desperation very quickly.”

Keenan said the following:

“I won’t be relevant with the TikTokers of the world because it’s just not on their radar. The things they respond to now…I’m not necessarily relevant. But there’s an entire generation of people that’s not my generation. They’ve grown with this thing, so as they’re aging, they’re going to be discovering it.”

He continued when asked about relevancy:

“You can’t [think about that], because then you’ll be desperate and get plastic surgery and look an alien trying to insert yourself into some stupid fucking thing. It turns to desperation really quickly, so just maintain your art.”

He also added:

“It turns to desperation very quickly. It reeks. So just maintain your art, dude.”

[via Metal Hammer]

Puscifer Recruit Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Members For New Remix Album “Existential Reckoning: Rewired”

Puscifer have announced a new remix album featuring new versions of songs from their latest album “Existential Reckoning.“ The effort, which is titled “Existential Reckoning: Rewired,” will be available on December 9 and it will feature members of Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bring Me The Horizon, and more.

“Existential Reckoning: Rewired” Track Listing:

01. “Bread And Circus” (re-imagined by Mat Mitchell)
02. “Apocalyptical” (re-imagined by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
03. “The Underwhelming” (re-imagined by Juliette Commagere)
04. “Grey Area” (re-imagined by Queen Of The Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen and At The Drive In’s Tony Hajjar)
05. “Theorem” (re-imagined by NYPC’s Sarah Jones and Bring Me The Horizon’s Jordan Fish)
06. “UPGrade” (re-imagined by Tool’s Justin Chancellor and The Crystal Method’s Scott Kirkland)
07. “Bullet Train To Iowa” (re-imagined by Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini)
08. “Personal Prometheus” (re-imagined by Failure’s Greg Edwards)
09. “A Singularity” (re-imagined by Carina Round)
10. “Postulous” (re-imagined by Phantogram)
11. “Fake Affront” (re-imagined by Gunnar Olsen)
12. “Bedlamite” (re-imagined by Daniel P. Carter)

Puscifer’s Maynard James Keenan (also of Tool and A Perfect Circle) commented:

“Sometimes it’s just fun to break stuff. Then you latch on to one familiar piece and build something entirely new.”

Mat Mitchell added:

“‘Existential Reckoning: Rewired‘ is a dataset of revoiced and reassembled orchestrations by friends and members of the larger Pusciforce family.”

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]

Puscifer Release “Bullet Train To Iowa” / ”The Underwhelming” Remix Single

Puscifer have released a new remix single featuring reimagined versions of “Bullet Train To Iowa” and ”The Underwhelming.” The tracks were remixed by frontman Maynard James Keenan’s A Perfect Circle bandmates Billy Howerdel and James Iha. Howerdel handled “Bullet Train To Iowa,” while Iha handled “The Underwhelming.” A 7 inch vinyl pressing of the single can be found HERE. Producer Mat Mitchell commented:

“It’s always a pleasure hearing other artists’ voices over what we’ve created. I love these remixes.”

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 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]

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: