tool-maynardMaynard James Keenan (imwielda James Keenan Herbert dwar April 17, 1964) hi kantanta, songwriter, mużiċist, produttur rekord, winemaker, u attur. Oriġinarjament mill Ohio, Keenan jintefqu iskola għolja tiegħu u s-snin kulleġġ fl Michigan. Wara li jservu fl-Armata fl-1980ijiet kmieni, hu attenda Kendall Kulleġġ tal-Arti u d-Disinn fil-Grand Rapids. Huwa tmexxa għal Los Angeles, California fl 1988 biex isegwu karriera fl-disinn interjuri u stabbilit kostruzzjoni. Huwa ffurmat l-Għodda Banda Adam Jones ftit wara.

Keenan huwa aħjar magħruf bħala l-kantanta ċomb tal-Għodda platinu multi-meded blat u A Circle Perfect magħhom huwa jkun rilaxxat 4 u albums studio 3, rispettivament. Fil 2003 hu ħoloq Puscifer bħala proġett ġenb, finanzjament u r-rilaxx 1 studio tagħha album f'Ottubru 2007. Peress li titla 'għal fama, Keenan kien recluse nnutat, għalkemm huwa ma jitfaċċaw biex tappoġġja kawżi ta 'karità.

Minbarra l-karriera mużikali tiegħu, hu jkun wettaq improvisational stand-up comedy u Schritt in jaġixxu. Huwa s-sid attwali ta 'Dwieli Merkin u l-inbid assoċjat, Cellars Caduceus, u s-sid parti Dwieli STRONGHOLD, kollha jinsabu fil Arizona, fejn jgħix. Fost intrapriżi tan-negozju oħra, huwa sieħeb fil-Los Angeles restorant Cobras & Matadors, u tippossjedi suq tal-prodotti u tas-suq organiku fil Cornville, Arizona, l-aħħar jidhru kamra jduq għall-inbejjed tiegħu kif ukoll qorti l-ikel.

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James Keenan twieled fl Ravenna, Ohio, dwar April 17, 1964, il-wild biss ta 'Judith Marie u Michael Keenan Loren. Meta l-ġenituri tiegħu divorzjati fil 1968, missieru, għalliem iskola għolja, mċaqilqa għal Michigan u Keenan biss tara lilu madwar darba kull sena għall-oħra 12 snin. Ommu reġgħu żżewġu, bringing Keenan into an "intolerant and unworldly household", fejn intelliġenza tiegħu u l-espressjoni kreattiva jkunu maħnuqa. Meta Keenan kien 11, ommu sofra anewriżma ċerebrali jipparalizza, li aktar tard jservu bħala l-ispirazzjoni għal ħafna ta 'xogħlijiet kreattivi tiegħu. Ftit snin wara, hi konvinta Keenan li jgħixu ma 'missieru fil Michigan. Keenan considers this "the best move [huwa] qatt sar."

Ispirati mill-prestazzjoni Bill Murray fil- 1981 film strixxi comedy, Keenan ssieħbu fl-Armata l-Istati Uniti, bl-intenzjoni ta 'wara l-G.I. Bill fond ħolma tiegħu ta 'l-iskola l-arti li jattendu. Permezz ta 'dan il-punt, kien għex fl Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Kansas, u Texas. Huwa inizjalment serva fl-Armata bħala osservatur quddiem jistudjaw fl-Istati Uniti Preparatorja Militari Iskola Akkademja (West Point Prep School) minn 1983 li 1984. Minbarra l-ikkompletar ta 'matematika rigoruża u kurrikulu Ingliż, mexxa fuq it-tim cross-pajjiż u kanta fil-klabb glee. It was during his time in the military that he adopted the sobriquet "Maynard" fuq kapriċċ. Huwa kien distint fit-taħriġ bażiku u avvanzat, iżda naqas appuntament biex West Point u minflok għażlet li jsegwu karriera mużika minħabba disillusionment tiegħu mal-kollegi tiegħu’ Valuri u minħabba li kien jaf West Point ma kienx se jittollera dissidence tiegħu.

Malli titlesta mandat tiegħu ta 'arrwolament, huwa studja l-arti fil Kendall Kulleġġ tal-Arti u d-Disinn fil-Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fil 1988, huwa rilokati lejn Los Angeles fejn l-imħabba tiegħu ta 'l-annimali wassluh sabiex jipprattika disinn interjuri għall-ħwienet tal-pets, qabel ma kien malajr sparat u bdew jaħdmu fil-kostruzzjoni stabbiliti.

Karriera Music

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Tfal Ta 'L-Dynasty anakronistika, jew aktar komunement imsejħa C.A.D., kien rock band alternattiva li ġiet iffurmata fl- 1986 fil-Grand Rapids, Michigan. Oriġinarjament jikkonsisti Maynard James Keenan fuq vocals, bass guitar, u drum magna ipprogrammar mal Kevin HORNING fuq il-kitarra, huma rilaxxati dwiefer indipendenti kompatti cassette intitolati fil 1986, rreġistrati fil kamra tal-ħajja Keenan s.
F'Marzu 1987, Todd HORNING (kitarra ritmu), Stan Henderson (bass), u Tom Geluso (tnabar) ġew reklutati mill Keenan u band-ex HORNING s, TexA.N.S., biex jgħinu jirreġistra PE ġdida msejħa Dog.House, li kien rilaxxat fir-Rebbiegħa 1987.
Il-medda marru kważi inosservati matul il-ħin tiegħu flimkien, għalkemm l-interess fil-faxxa żdiedu wara Keenan sar famuż bħala l-kantanta prinċipali tal Tool, A Perfect Circle, u Puscifer. Għalkemm dwiefer ġiet sew pirati fuq l-Internet permezz format MP3, Dog.House huwa konsiderevolment iktar rari.

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Band 2 Maynard s, hu lagħab bass. Il-medda kienet rilaxxata żewġ albums qabel qasma apparti. Informazzjoni verifikabbli Little hija disponibbli fuq il-TexA.NS, bħala l-firxa rċevew ftit attenzjoni. Bħalissa l-attenzjoni fil-faxxa żdied bi ftit minħabba l-interess fil Maynard, għalkemm l-istrixxa għadu mhux ferm imfittxa.

Tool

Wara li jiċċaqalqu lejn Los Angeles, Keenan met Adam Jones li kien sema lilu kant fuq demo fil-kulleġġ. Impressjonat bil vocals Keenan s, Jones ssuġġeriet li tifforma band. Għalkemm riluttanti fl-ewwel, Keenan miftiehma u, fil 1990, Għodda ġiet iffurmata. B'quddiem minn Keenan, il-lineup eventwali inklużi guitarist Jones; ġar tiegħu, drummer Danny Carey; u bassist Paul D'Amour, li aktar tard jiġu ssostitwiti bi Justin Kanċillier.

Għodda iffirmata biex Zoo Divertiment f'Novembru 1991 u rilaxxati l-Opiate PE-sena li jmiss. Biex tappoġġja din l-istqarrija, l-istrixxa daret mal Fishbone u Rage Kontra l-Magni. Matul 1993tool2 juru fil-Knisja ta 'Scientology s Celebrity Ċentru fil-Los Angeles, Keenan (who would later write the lyrics "Fuck L. Ron Hubbard u fuck kollha kloni tiegħu" in Ænema") bleated bħal nagħaġ għal porzjon tajba ta 'l-ispettaklu. "Before our set this guy tries to intimidate me by showing me a gun in his jacket," Keenan mfakkar. "I explained to him that if he pissed me off I’d start a riot."

Ftit wara, Għodda rilaxxati tagħhom 1993 album, Undertow, fl-Istati Uniti. Hija ġiet iċċertifikata deheb wara biss tmien xhur, u inqas minn sena wara platinu. Fil 1994, the band released their single "Prison Sex"—a song in which Keenan opted to deliver in a slight grunge-style—with a corresponding music video created and directed by Jones. The video was deemed "too graphic and offensive", and was withdrawn by MTV after a few airings due to "a symbolic dealing with the sensitive subject of child abuse".

F'Ottubru 1996, il-faxxa rilaxxati album tagħhom studio 2, Aenima. L-album kienet ċertifikata tad-deheb fil għaxar ġimgħat, miksub platinu doppja għaxar xhur, u rebaħ il-Grammy Award għall-Prestazzjoni tal-metall Aqwa fl 1998. Wara r-rilaxx tal-album, Tool bdiet battalja legali prolongat mal tikketta tagħhom, Vulkan Rekords (li qabel kienet Rekords Zoo), fuq ksur tal-kuntratt. Wara dan battalja legali, li rriżultaw f'sett ġdid ta 'tliet rekord jittrattaw, il-membri tal Tool ddeċidiet li tieħu ftit ħin off. Matul il-hiatus, il-membri tal-band kienu outspokenly kritika ta 'peer-to-peer file sharing networks, minħabba l-impatt finanzjarju negattiv fuq l-artisti li jiddependu fuq is-suċċess fil-bejgħ rekord. Waqt intervista ma NY Rock fil 2000, Keenan iddikjarat, "I think there are a lot of other industries out there that might deserve being destroyed. Dawk li jiksbu iweġġgħu mill MP3s mhumiex kumpanniji tant jew negozju, iżda l-artisti, nies li qed jippruvaw jiktbu kanzunetti."

Ħames snin wara r-rilaxx ta 'Aenima, Tool ħabbret album ġdid, Systema Encéphale, bi Tracklist 12-kanzunetta f'Jannar 2001. Xahar wara, l-istrixxa żvelat li l-album ġdid kien attwalment intitolat Lateralus u li l-avviż ta 'qabel kien Ruse. L-album kien rilaxxat f'Mejju 2001 għal reviżjonijiet pożittivi. Known for his "dark, intelliġenti, konvinċenti, and unexpected lyrical twists", Keenan kien milqugħ tajjeb għall songwriting tiegħu fuq l-album, in which he "doesn’t cross the line from darkness to uglinessas often as he has in the past". Fl-intervista ma NY Rock, Keenan spjegat, "Everything we release with Tool is inspired by our music. Ma jimpurtax jekk huwa video jew jekk lirika tiegħu. The lyrics for "Schism" huma xejn aktar minn interpretazzjoni tiegħi tal-mużika." L-album sar suċċess madwar id-dinja, jintlaħaq #1 fuq il-U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart fil-ġimgħa debutt tiegħu, u Tool rċeviet Grammy Award tagħhom ieħor għat-twettiq tal-metall aħjar 2001 for "Schism". Fil 2002, Keenan recorded a song called "Fallen" ma 30 Sekondi għal Mars li kien rilaxxat fuq album tal-band DEBUT awto-titolat.

Ħmistax-il sena wara l-formazzjoni tal-band, Tool had acquired what Dan Epstein of Revolver described as a devoted "cult" wara, u f'Mejju 2006 il-faxxa rilaxxati 10,000 Jiem, album li fih maynardKeenan kanta dwar kwistjonijiet aktar personali b'kuntrast għal tentattivi preċedenti sabiex tispira bidla. Ommu, who inspired the song "jimmy" fuq Aenima, also served as the inspiration for the two-part song "Wings for Marie" and "10,000 Days (Wings għal Marie, Pt 2)", li jittratta ma 'tagħha 2003 mewt wara 27 snin, jew madwar 10,000 jiem, ta 'tbatija. L-album mibjugħ 564,000 kopji fil-ġimgħa ftuħ tagħha fl-U.S. u kien #1 fuq il-Billboard 200 mapep. Madankollu, 10,000 Jiem waslet inqas favorevoli mill-kritiċi minn Lateralus qablu kien.

Wara 10,000 Jiem, Tool ikun wieħed album li fadal sabiex tissodisfa l-obbligu ta 'kuntratt rekord tagħha. Għalkemm hemm ftit informazzjoni disponibbli dwar pjanijiet għal dan l-album, l-istrixxa hija dejjem taħdem lejn ir-rilaxx tagħha studio 5. Għodda ħadem madwar Keenan u proġetti sekondarji tiegħu mill- 1999, tibda bil-ħolqien ta 'A Ċirku Perfect, li wassal għal bosta snin bejn proġetti. Rigward il-futur ta 'Tool, Keenan iddikjarat fil- 2007 intervista ma 'Spin, "We’ll make music together until one of us is dead."

Dwar Marzu 24, 2009, tour sajf kienet imħabbra fuq il-websajt Tool s, u b'mod Marzu 26 Għodda għall-istampa kienet ikkonfermata bħala headliner għat-tieni sena Mile Music Festival Għoli fil-Kummerċ Belt, Colorado, ma paniku mifruxa u Il-Fray. Tool wkoll headlined Lollapalooza 2009 f 'Chicago, Illinois.

A Perfect Circle

Huma jibqgħu għaddejjin, "Are you working on another Tool album?" Jien bħal omm fuq mejda. Jien, bħal, li welldu tarbija, u int tistaqsi lili jekk jien se jkollhom ieħor tarbija. Mhux dritt issa, probabbilment. Ma verament tħoss bħal li s-sess dritt issa, Jien li jkollhom tarbija fucking. Jien hawn busting ħmar tiegħi; aħna qed jaħdmu iebes fuq dan. Dan huwa tifel ġdid tagħna; aħna qed tmantni lilha, iżvilupp tagħha u turi lill-dinja.

Matul Tool 'wara l-Aenima hiatus biex jittrattaw kwistjonijiet legali tagħhom, Keenan beda jaħdem ma Billy Howerdel, Għodda tal-kitarra teknoloġija permezz tal-mawra Aenima, fuq proġett differenti. Il-supergroup huma ffurmati, A Perfect Circle, beda jwettqu fil- 1999 u rilaxxati album 1 tagħha Mer NOMS de fi 2000. Huma rilaxxati suċċess segwitu 2003 Pass intitolat Tlettax, referenza għal tnax-pass programmi (ħafna mill-kanzunetti ġew miktuba mill-perspettiva ta 'rkupru). Iż-żewġ albums eventwalment ġew iċċertifikati platinu. Tagħhom sussegwenti 2004 album, Emottiva, kien primarjament magħmul minn qxur, except for the singles Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums"—a song inspired by "Pet" that was originally released on Thirteenth Step—and "Passive". Keenan later characterized the record as a political album with which he "tested the waters" and was subsequently "crucified" għaliha minħabba l-kontenut. Hija ġiet iċċertifikata deheb tax-xahar wara r-rilaxx tagħha. Fl-istess sena huma rilaxxati l-DVD u CD stabbiliti amotion intitolat, li kienet iċċertifikata platinu fi żmien xahar tar-rilaxx tagħha.

Minkejja s-suċċess tagħha, il-futur ta 'A Ċirku Perfect tibqa' inċerta. Huwa bħalissa fuq hiatus, parzjalment minħabba l-impenji Keenan ta lil Tool; Howerdel rrappurtati f'rapport ta 'Mejju 2006 intervista ma 'MTV li x-xogħol tal-supergroup kien konkluż għalissa. Wara aktar minn sentejn minn meta l-meded ta 'rilaxx aħħar, Keenan kien mistoqsi dwar l-istatus ta 'A Ċirku Perfect waqt intervista ma' Revolver. Huwa ddikjara:

Il-problema reali mat-tmexxija Tool u A Circle Perfect fl-istess ħin kien it-tnejn joperaw bl-istess mod. Huma qed kemm meded touring ħajjin tikketta, għadhom jaħdmu taħt il-mentalità kuntratt antik. So I ħsibt li kien żmien li tikri A Circle Perfect mur għal issa u let Billy tesplora innifsu. Huwa iebsa għal Guy li marru milli jkun tech kitarra [għall Tool] li jkunu f'medda ma 'pretentious, kantant famuż u jkollhom jgħixu f'dak dell. Kien importanti għall Billy tmur u tagħmel ħaġa tiegħu stess u verament tesplora ħoss tiegħu stess u in-nies jisma 'dak li jkun li jgħidu u kif kien se jagħmel dan fuq tiegħu stess, u mbagħad aħna ser terġa 'lura u jagħmlu xi għalf A Ċirku Perfect. -Maynard James Keenan, Revolver, Diċembru 2007

imagesMeta mistoqsi, fl-intervista għal Spin istess xahar, dwar il-possibbiltà ta 'ieħor A album Circle Perfect, Keenan iddikjarat, "Maybe, someday, kanzunetta fuq soundtrack. Iżda album? Nru. Sena wara, fuq Diċembru 9, 2008, blabbermouth.net rrappurtat li Keenan kienet ħabbret dwar Il-Pulse tar-Radju li hu u Howerdel ġew miktub mużika ġdida għal A Ċirku Perfect. Keenan also said that the band has no plans to resume full-scale touring, or even to write and record a new album. Instead, they will focus on "one or two songs at a time", which will most likely be released via the Internet.

On August 2, 2010, a seemingly official (but not "verified") Twitter account for the band was launched with a tweet reading: "It’s on." The tweet also linked to the Twitter accounts of Keenan, Howerdel and Puscifer. The following day the account tweeted, "Go tell Aunt RosieThe old grey goose is dead not," linking to more accounts including those of Danny Lohner and Josh Freese. It is believed that both Freese and James Iha (the latter of whom still refers to himself as a current member of APC) will both be involved. That same day Billy Howerdel tweeted "The APC dust is shaking off!"

Puscifer

Fil 2003, Keenan surfaced under the name "Puscifer" for the song "REV 22:20" fuq il-soundtrack film Underworld. Puscifer darba kien reklamati bħala proġett ġenb ma 'Danny LOHNER, li kienu qabel mwettqa jgħixu mal Disa imsiemer Inch, but has since been formed as a manifestation of Keenan’s "creative subconscious"—meaning that Keenan is now using the name as a pseudonym for his solo work. Keenan has stated that it is "a premiere improvisational hardcore band", and his "catch-all, fluss ta 'koxjenza, xi ħaġa tmur, eċċ" proġett. Meta nqabblu l-proġett Għodda fl-intervista mal Rolling Stone, Keenan described it as his "attempt to make music to inspire people. … Mużika Dan il-bniedem huwa definittivament mhux ħsieb tal-, but groove-oriented music that makes you feel good." In a later interview with Artistdirect, Keenan said that he did not want the lyrics to be puzzles. He wanted the complexity to be in the music, stating "that’s the part that gets under your skin and makes you feel good."

Fil 2006, Puscifer contributed the song "The Undertaker (Renholder Mix)" to the soundtrack of Underworld: Evolution, where "Renholder", a moniker for Danny Lohner created by the members of A Perfect Circle, is the reversal of "Re: D Lohner". Keenan financed and released the first studio album, "V" Is for Vagina, in October 2007. Created in a tour bus, in several hotel rooms, and in various studios around the country while Keenan toured with Tool, the album is a radical departure from Keenan’s contributions in Tool and A Perfect Circle. Tim Alexander, best known as the drummer for rock band Primus, was a guest musician on the album. He called Puscifer "trancy and hypnotic" and a "total 180 from Tool". The album was criticized as unfocused and lacking in the passion and intelligence present in Keenan’s previous work.

Puscifer is also a clothing line, with merchandise available for purchase on the band’s website. On September 16, 2008, Keenan updated the puscifer.com blog, revealing that the first ever Puscifer store would be opening "hopefully" by October 1 in Jerome, Arizona. Occupying a small space above a tattoo parlor, the store opened on October 3, 2008. In addition to the merchandise available on the band’s online store, Keenan has also made available locally-roasted coffee, art, and limited edition collectibles.

On February 13–15, 2009, Keenan debuted Puscifer at the Pearl Concert Theater in Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, with a cabaret-style show so abstract it is not easily described. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Keenan stated "we didn’t really have any clue what to call it, so we just kind of called it cabaret." Keenan—who has had previous experience with this type of entertainment, having fronted a similar show in Los Angeles before achieving fame with Tool—went on to add that "you just can’t really describe it, you just have to see it, then it makes sense." Featuring an ever-changing lineup of artists including Milla Jovovich and Primus drummer Tim Alexander, the show was originally said to have a long-term residency at the Pearl; however, Keenan later revealed that it was to be only a two-show performance.

Puscifer continued to perform with a revolving lineup throughout 2009 at venues around the Southwest. Madankollu, in a November 2009 interview, Keenan iddikjarat: "Efforts to confine our beloved enigma to the Southwestern United States have been thwarted. We are compelled beyond all reason to bring the noise Eastward and share our special sauce. Although authorities suggest you be prepared for any and all possibilities, we simply suggest you arrive happy and hungry."

Writing and performance style

A primary purpose of Keenan’s lyrics for Tool involves a desire to connect with the listeners on a personal level; to encourage them to look within themselves for self-identity, understanding andmaynard2 reflection. Tool does not include lyrics with any releases as Keenan believes most people "don’t get it" and it is not a priority of the band that people do. Madankollu, after each release Keenan has eventually published his typed lyrics online via the semi-official fansite, with the exception of "Lateralus", which was published on the official Tool website. Lyrical arrangements are often given special attention, such as in the lyrics to "Lateralus", wherein the number of syllables per line correspond to an arrangement of the Fibonacci numbers, and "Jambi", in which the metrical foot iamb is used. Keenan’s lyrics on Ænima and Lateralus focused on philosophy and spirituality—specific subjects range from organized religion in "Opiate", to evolution and Jungian psychology in "Forty-Six & 2" and transcendence in "Lateralus".

In live performances with Tool, Keenan has often been known to be situated on a platform towards the rear of the stage, without a spotlight, facing the backdrop rather than the audience. Breckinridge Haggerty, the band’s live video director, says that the dark spaces on stage "are mostly for Maynard". He explains, "a lot of the songs are a personal journey for him and he has a hard time with the glare of the lights when he’s trying to reproduce these emotions for the audience. He needs a bit of personal space, and he feels more comfortable in the shadows." An exception, which surprised even hardcore Tool fans, occurred when a fan climbed on stage and attempted to hug Keenan during the band’s performance of "Pushit". After picking the fan up and dropping him to the ground, Keenan wrapped himself around the man’s back. He eventually turned the fan to his stomach and sat on his back, where he stayed for "an uncomfortably long period of time." His appearance with Tool has included the Mohawk hairstyle, wigs, Kabuki masks, bras, tights, and his entire body in blue paint. This is contrasted with a variety of long haired wigs while performing with or promoting A Perfect Circle. His posture on stage is usually bent.

Describing Keenan’s contribution to Tool and A Perfect Circle, The New York Times wrote that "both groups rely on Mr. Keenan’s ability to dignify emotions like lust, anger and disgust, the honey in his voice adding a touch of profundity". Keenan’s ability as a vocalist has been lauded by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: after his performance during an Alice in Chains reunion concert in 2005, freelance journalist Travis Hay saw him as "a natural fit at replacing Layne Staley". His unique style of singing has often been considered influential to artists such as Pete Loeffler of Chevelle.

Comedy and acting

Keenan became friends with comedian Bill Hicks in the early 1990s. Keenan did sketch comedy on improv nights in comedy clubs in Los Angeles during that time. The two became acquainted and Hicks later opened some Tool concerts. Best known is a routine Hicks did while on tour with Tool during the Lollapalooza tour in 1993, when he asked the audience to look for a contact lens he had lost. Keenan enjoyed this joke so much that he repeated it on a number of occasions.

Puscifermjk1_klein_30101115Keenan is featured in several segments of Mr. Show, most notably in the Ronnie Dobbs sketch presented in the first season. In one scene, he is seen being arrested with Dobbs. Later in the sketch he is featured wearing a wig as the lead singer of the then-fictitious band "Puscifer". When asked about the arrest of Dobbs, Keenan replies "Guilty? Yeah. I’m sure he’s guilty buthe knows it. I mean, you’re guilty, and you don’t know it. Sowho’s really in jail?" He also appears in episode 2.6, "The Velveteen Touch of a Dandy Fop", as one of the viewers of Coupon: The Movie, saying "Now is not the time", waving the cameras off and slapping the microphone out of his face in disgust after walking out of the theater. Later, Keenan would sing on a track for the Mr. Show incarnation Run Ronnie Run, and appear in the "music video sex scene" on its DVD. Keenan appeared on the cover of the May/June 1999 issue of Pop Smear magazine, portraying Charles Manson as part of a photo essay, imitating a famous Life magazine portrait of the imprisoned murderer. He also appeared as Satan in the 2002 film Bikini Bandits and its 2004 sequel Bikini Bandits 2: Golden Rod. When asked in an interview which role was more difficult, Keenan responded, "Oh, Manson. He’s a real person. People know what he looks like, how he talked. With Satan there’s so much gray area."

In the mid-90s, responding to requests for Tool to perform in benefit shows, Keenan created "Free Frances Bean" tee-shirts to represent his own platform. Francesmother, Courtney Love, had previously referred to Keenan as a "media whore" to which he responded, "Isn’t that great? I have the distinction of being called a media whore by Courtney Love." He said that after watching "the tornado that is her mother", he thought "Oh my God, how is Frances Bean gonna survive this insanity?" Although it was started as a simple joke, the tee-shirts were soon in high demand and Keenan was giving them away.

On April 1, 2005, the official Tool website announced, as an April FoolsDay prank, that "Maynard has found Jesus" and would be abandoning the recording of the new album temporarily and possibly permanently. Kurt Loder of MTV contacted Keenan via email to ask for a confirmation and received a nonchalant confirmation. When Loder asked again, Keenan’s response was simply "heh heh". On April 7, the official site revealed that it was a hoax. During an interview Keenan later stated, "It was April Fools’. If you fall for that on April Fools’ Day, there’s nothing I can do for you." He has been part of other April Foolspranks related to Tool, including one in which he was said to be in critical condition after a tour bus accident.

Keenan made his major feature film debut in the April 17, 2009, release of Crank: High Voltage. Sharing a scene with the movie’s lead, Jason Statham, Keenan portrays a dog walker "who has an electrifying experience […] in a public park".

Winemaking and other endeavors

In addition to being part-owner of Cobras & Matadors, an LA restaurant run by Steven Arroyo, and owner of a produce market in Cornville, Arizona; Keenan, whose grandparents and great-uncle made MaynardJamesKeenan-with-wine2wine in Northern Italy (in what is now Southern France), owns Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars, based in the unincorporated area of Page Springs/Cornville, Arizona, southwest of Sedona, where he resides. While the winery is named after an ancient symbol for commerce (caduceus), the vineyard is named after a pubic wig (merkin). He is also a partner of Stronghold Vineyards, "an 80-acre site dedicated to producing affordable wines in the state", located in the small, unincorporated area known as Kansas Settlement in Sulfur Springs Valley, Arizona. Keenan’s mother died in 2003, at the age of 59, due to complications from an aneurysm. Following her death, he scattered her ashes across one of his vineyards, and later named one of his wines after her, honoring her memory with his Cabernet Sauvignon "Nagual del Judith". In a statement released in April 2009, Keenan iddikjarat:

I am standing on a metaphorical plateau. The view from here suggests that I/we still have many mountains to negotiate. It has already been a long journey. But the successes and failures have been in balance. Which would suggest that I/we have chosen the correct path. I hold in my hands the evidence to support this statement . . . With tears in my eyes, I present to you the very first 100 percent Arizona Caduceus wine. Nagual del Judith, named after my late mother, Judith Marie.

His previous wines were named after relatives of the Chiricahua Apache chief Cochise who lived in the area where the vineyard is located, and were produced at Page Springs Cellars, owned by Keenan’s business partner. While those wines used some fruits imported from California, "Nagual del Judith" is the first made entirely from Keenan’s own vineyard.

During the fall season of 2008, Keenan began a small tour of sorts with his Stronghold Vineyards partner Eric Glomski, promoting his wine with signing sessions at Whole Foods Markets in California and Nevada. The tour continued in 2009 with sessions in Texas kicking off in March, and appearances scheduled during Tool’s 2009 summer tour in Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. In July 2009, Keenan opened an organic market which features a tasting room for his Arizona wines as well as a food court. In an interview with Spinner.com that same month, Keenan stated that he had been taught by Southwestern chefs "how to make spaghettis and pastas and gnocchis and various soup stocks", which would be made fresh and served at the tastings.

Keenan is featured in Blood Into Wine: The Arizona Stronghold, a documentary co-produced by Moog filmmakers Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenk that chronicles Keenan and Glomski’s embarkation into winemaking in the desert conditions of Arizona’s Verde Valley, and the success they’ve seen in the decade since its inception. The film, which includes appearances from Tim & Eric, Patton Oswalt, and Milla Jovovich, is to be shown at the Noise Pop festival on February 25, 2010, along with another documentary produced by Pomerenk, The Heart is a Drum Machine. It investigates why people create and listen to music, and features Keenan, Jason Schwartzman, Kurt Loder, Nic Harcourt, Juliette Lewis, and Elijah Wood.

Philanthropy

Keenan has used his voice on numerous occasions to support charitable causes. He performed at a 1997 benefit concert for RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) organized by Tori Amosmaynard1233 (who had often referred to Keenan as an unofficial brother). He is one of the notable performers for Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization that brings musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations together to fight for social justice. Fil 2004, Axis of Justice released Concert Series Volume 1. Included are two tracks featuring Keenan on vocals. The second track on the album, "(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", was recorded live during Lollapalooza in Seattle, Washington on August 23, 2003. The first track, "Where the Streets Have No Name", was recorded live during the Axis of Justice Concert Series at The Avalon in Hollywood, California on July 19, 2004. In February 2005, Keenan appeared as a surprise vocalist at a Seattle benefit concert for victims of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in southern Asia, performing with the partly reformed Alice in Chains, in place of the deceased vocalist Layne Staley, on the songs "Them Bones", "Man in the Box", and "Rooster".

Personal life

Keenan, who has described himself as "happily unmarried", was in a relationship as of December 2007, when he stated "For the first time in my life, I have someone who’s taking care of me, rather than the other way around." He has a son named Devo H. Keenan (imwielda 1995) who sang backing vocals on A Perfect Circle’s Thirteenth Step, and later was credited as the cellist on Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright—the debut album of Ashes Divide, Billy Howerdel’s post-A Perfect Circle project. It was after the birth of his son that it occurred to Keenan to obscure his own identity in order to prevent his son from being "victimized by [his] career". The song "Breña" by A Perfect Circle uses the middle name of Keenan’s former fiancée, while the single "Judith" bears the name of Keenan’s mother, Judith Marie.

Keenan has a reputation for being reclusive, elliptical and controlling of his public image. He dislikes the manner in which rock stars are worshipped, and at one point carried business cards with the name "Jesus H. Christ" printed on them. Often having to deal with stalkers, Keenan has resorted to using a paintball rifle to run trespassing fans from his property. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of Keenan’s pursuits, and he studied under Rickson Gracie, who is widely considered one of the martial art’s greatest practitioners.

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