tool-maynardMaynard James Keenan (kuzaliwa James Herbert Keenan juu ya Aprili 17, 1964) ni mwimbaji, mtunzi, mwanamuziki, mtayarishaji wa rekodi, winemaker, na muigizaji. Awali kutoka Ohio, Keenan alitumia shule yake ya juu na miaka chuo katika Michigan. Baada ya kutumikia katika Jeshi katika miaka ya 1980, alihudhuria Kendall Chuo cha Sanaa na Design katika Grand Rapids. Alihamia Los Angeles, California katika 1988 kutekeleza kazi katika kubuni mambo ya ndani na kuweka ujenzi. Alianzisha bendi Tool na Adam Jones baada ya muda mfupi.

Keenan ni bora unaojulikana kama mwimbaji kiongozi wa multi-platinum Tool mwamba bendi na Circle Perfect na ambaye iliyotolewa na nne Albamu studio tatu, mtiririko. Katika 2003 yeye aliumba Puscifer kama mradi upande, fedha na ikitoa studio yake ya kwanza katika albamu Oktoba 2007. Tangu kupanda kwa umaarufu, Keenan imekuwa mtenga alibainisha, ingawa yeye hana kuibuka kwa msaada wa hisani sababu.

Mbali na muziki kazi yake, yeye kutumbuiza improvisational kusimama-up comedy na ventured katika kaimu. Yeye ni mmiliki wa sasa wa Merkin Vineyards na Winery haihusiani, Caduceus Cellars, na ina sehemu ya umiliki wa Vineyards ngome, yote iko katika Arizona, ambako anaishi. Miongoni mwa mengine ya biashara ya ubia, yeye ni mshirika katika Los Angeles mgahawa Cobras & Matadors, na anamiliki soko mazao na soko kikaboni katika Cornville, Arizona, Mwisho akishirikiana chumba tasting kwa vin wake pamoja na mahakama ya chakula.

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Keenan James alizaliwa katika Ravenna, Ohio, juu ya Aprili 17, 1964, mtoto wa pekee wa Judith Marie na Michael Loren Keenan. Wakati wazazi wake talaka katika 1968, baba yake, shule ya sekondari ya mwalimu, wakiongozwa na Michigan na Keenan ingekuwa tu kumwona kuhusu mara moja kwa mwaka kwa ajili ya pili 12 miaka. Mama yake remarried, bringing Keenan into an "intolerant and unworldly household", ambapo akili yake na kujieleza ubunifu itakuwa stifled. Wakati Keenan ilikuwa 11, mama yake kuteswa paralyzing ubongo aneurysm, ambayo baadaye kutumika kama msukumo kwa ajili ya wengi wa kazi yake ya ubunifu. miaka michache baadaye, yeye hakika Keenan kuishi na baba yake katika Michigan. Keenan considers this "the best move [yeye] milele alifanya."

Aliongoza kwa utendaji Bill Murray katika 1981 comedy filamu Stripes, Keenan alijiunga Marekani Jeshi, kwa nia ya kuwa na G.I. Bill mfuko ndoto yake ya shule kuhudhuria sanaa. Kwa hatua hii, yeye alikuwa akiishi katika Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Kansas, na Texas. Alianza kutumikia katika jeshi kama mtazamaji mbele kabla ya kusoma katika Marekani Shule Military Academy ya matayarisho (West Point Prep School) kutoka 1983 kwa 1984. Mbali na kukamilisha math ukali na mitaala ya Kiingereza, alimkimbilia katika timu msalaba nchi na kuimba katika klabu ya raha. It was during his time in the military that he adopted the sobriquet "Maynard" juu ya whim. Alikuwa wanajulikana katika mafunzo ya msingi na ya juu, lakini hakutaka miadi West Point na badala yake alichagua kujiingiza muziki kwa sababu ya disillusionment yake pamoja na wenzake’ maadili na sababu alijua West Point asingeweza kuvumilia dissidence yake.

Baada ya kukamilisha muda wake wa kuajiri, alisoma sanaa katika Chuo cha Sanaa Kendall na Design katika Grand Rapids, Michigan. Katika 1988, alihamia Los Angeles ambapo upendo wake wa wanyama kumpeleka mazoezi kubuni mambo ya ndani kwa ajili ya maduka pet, kabla ya yeye alikuwa haraka fired na alianza kufanya kazi katika ujenzi kuweka.

Muziki kazi

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Watoto wa nasaba Anachronistic, au zaidi hujulikana C.A.D., alikuwa mbadala mwamba bendi ambayo iliundwa katika 1986 katika Grand Rapids, Michigan. Awali likijumuisha Maynard James Keenan juu Waimbaji, bass gitaa, na ngoma mashine programu na Kevin Horning kwenye gitaa, wao iliyotolewa huru Compact mkanda kucha haki katika 1986, kumbukumbu katika sebuleni Keenan ya.
Katika Machi 1987, Todd Horning (rhythm guitar), Stan Henderson (bass), na Tom Geluso (ngoma) waliajiriwa kutoka Keenan na Horning wa zamani wa bendi, TexA.N.S., kusaidia kurekodi EP mpya iitwayo Dog.House, ambayo ilitolewa katika spring 1987.
bendi akaenda karibu unnoticed wakati wake pamoja, ingawa riba katika bendi iliongezeka baada Keenan akawa maarufu kama mwimbaji kiongozi wa Chombo, Circle Perfect, na Puscifer. Ingawa kucha imekuwa vizuri-pirated juu ya Internet kupitia MP3 format, Dog.House ni mno rarer.

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Maynard ya pili bendi, alicheza bass. bendi alikuwa iliyotolewa albamu mbili kabla ya splitting mbali. Habari kidogo lithibitishwe inapatikana kwenye TexA.NS, kama bendi kimepata makini kidogo. Hivi sasa tahadhari katika bendi ina kidogo iliongezeka kutokana na maslahi katika Maynard, ingawa bendi bado si yenye walitaka baada ya.

Chombo

Baada ya kuhamia Los Angeles, Keenan alikutana Adam Jones ambaye alisikia naye kuimba demo katika chuo. Hisia na mwimbaji wa Keenan, Jones alipendekeza kuwa wao kuunda bendi. Ingawa kusita kwa mara ya kwanza, Keenan walikubaliana na, katika 1990, Chombo iliundwa. Fronted na Keenan, lineup eventual pamoja gitaa Jones; jirani yake, Drummer Danny Carey; na bassist Paulo D'Amour, ambaye baadaye kubadilishwa na Justin Kansela.

Chombo saini kwa Zoo Entertainment katika Novemba 1991 na iliyotolewa Opiate EP mwaka uliofuata. Kwa msaada huu kutolewa, bendi toured na Fishbone na chuki dhidi ya Machine. Wakati wa 1993tool2 kuonyesha katika Kanisa la Scientology Mashuhuri wa Centre mjini Los Angeles, Keenan (who would later write the lyrics "Fuck L. Ron Hubbard na fuck clones wake wote" in Ænema") bleated kama kondoo kwa sehemu nzuri ya show. "Before our set this guy tries to intimidate me by showing me a gun in his jacket," Keenan alikumbuka. "I explained to him that if he pissed me off I’d start a riot."

Muda mfupi baada ya hapo, Chombo iliyotolewa yao 1993 albamu ya kwanza, Undertow, katika Marekani. Ilikuwa kuthibitishwa dhahabu baada ya miezi minane tu, na platinum chini ya mwaka mmoja baadaye. Katika 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".

Katika Oktoba 1996, bendi iliyotolewa studio yao ya pili albamu, Ænima. albamu alikuwa kuthibitishwa dhahabu katika wiki kumi, mafanikio mbili platinum katika miezi kumi, na mshindi wa tuzo ya Grammy kwa Best Maungano katika 1998. Baada ya kutolewa kwa albamu, Chombo alianza muda mrefu wa kisheria vita na studio yao, Volcano Records (zamani Zoo Records), juu ya mkataba ukiukaji. Kufuatia vita hii ya kisheria, ambayo ilisababisha mpango mpya tatu-rekodi, wanachama wa Tool aliamua kuchukua muda mbali. Wakati hiatus, wanachama bendi walikuwa yakimkosoa peer-to-peer mitandao faili kugawana, kutokana na madhara hasi ya fedha juu ya wasanii tegemezi juu ya mafanikio katika mauzo rekodi. Wakati wa mahojiano na NY Rock katika 2000, Keenan alisema, "I think there are a lot of other industries out there that might deserve being destroyed. wale ambao kwa kupata madhara MP3s si sana makampuni au biashara, lakini wasanii, watu ambao ni kujaribu kuandika nyimbo."

Miaka mitano baada ya kutolewa kwa Ænima, Chombo alitangaza albamu mpya, Systema Encéphale, na tracklist 12-wimbo katika Januari 2001. mwezi mmoja baadaye, bendi umebaini kuwa albamu mpya yenye jina la Lateralus alikuwa kweli na kwamba tangazo uliopita alikuwa ruse. albamu ilitolewa Mei 2001 kwa maoni chanya. Known for his "dark, akili, kulazimisha, and unexpected lyrical twists", Keenan alikuwa acclaimed kwa uandishi wa nyimbo zake kwenye albamu, in which he "doesn’t cross the line from darkness to ugliness … as often as he has in the past". Katika mahojiano na NY Rock, Keenan alielezea, "Everything we release with Tool is inspired by our music. Haijalishi kama ni video au kama lyrics yake. The lyrics for "Schism" ni kitu zaidi kuliko tafsiri yangu ya muziki." albamu akawa mafanikio duniani kote, kufikia #1 juu ya U.S. Billboard 200 Albamu chati kwanza katika wiki yake ya, na Tool kupokea Grammy Award yao ya pili kwa ajili ya utendaji bora wa chuma 2001 for "Schism". Katika 2002, Keenan recorded a song called "Fallen" na 30 Sekunde ya Mars kwamba ilitolewa katika albamu ya bendi ya kwanza aliyoipa jina.

Miaka kumi na tano baada ya kuundwa bendi ya, Tool had acquired what Dan Epstein of Revolver described as a devoted "cult" kufuatia, na Mei 2006 bendi iliyotolewa 10,000 Siku, albamu ambayo maynardKeenan aliimba kuhusu masuala binafsi zaidi tofauti na jitihada za zamani za kuhamasisha mabadiliko ya. Mama yake, who inspired the song "jimmy" juu ya Ænima, also served as the inspiration for the two-part song "Wings for Marie" and "10,000 Days (Wings kwa Marie, Pt 2)", ambayo inahusika na yake 2003 kifo baada ya 27 miaka, au karibu na 10,000 siku, ya mateso. albamu ya kuuzwa 564,000 nakala katika ufunguzi wiki yake katika U.S. na ilikuwa #1 kwenye Billboard 200 chati. Hata hivyo, 10,000 Siku ilipokelewa chini vibaya na wakosoaji zaidi kuliko mtangulizi wake Lateralus alikuwa.

Kufuatia 10,000 Siku, Chombo ina albamu moja iliyobaki ili kutimiza wajibu wa rekodi ya mkataba wake. Ingawa kuna habari kidogo inapatikana juu ya mipango kwa ajili ya albamu hii, bendi ni kufanya kazi kwa kasi kutolewa yake ya tano studio. Chombo amefanya kazi karibu Keenan na upande miradi yake tangu 1999, kuanzia na uumbaji wa Circle Perfect, ambayo imesababisha miaka kadhaa kati ya miradi. Kuhusu mustakabali wa Chombo, Keenan alisema katika 2007 mahojiano na spin, "We’ll make music together until one of us is dead."

On Machi 24, 2009, ziara majira ulitangazwa kwenye tovuti ya Tool, na Machi 26 vyombo vya habari Tool kutolewa umethibitishwa kama headliner kwa ajili ya pili ya mwaka tamasha Mile High Mziki katika Biashara City, Colorado, na hofu na Kuenea Fray. Chombo pia kutawala Lollapalooza 2009 katika Chicago, Illinois.

Circle Perfect

Wao kuendelea, "Are you working on another Tool album?" Mimi nina kama mama kwenye meza. Mimi nina, kama, kujifungua mtoto, na wewe ni kuuliza mimi kama mimi nina kwenda kuwa na mwingine mtoto. Si haki ya sasa, pengine. Je, si kweli kujisikia kama kufanya ngono sasa hivi, Mimi nina mtoto fucking. Mimi nina nje hapa busting punda wangu; sisi ni kazi ngumu katika hii. Hii ni mtoto wetu mpya; sisi ni kuwalea ni, zinazoendelea na kuonyesha kuwa na ulimwengu.

Wakati hiatus Tool wa post-Ænima ya kushughulika na masuala yao ya kisheria, Keenan alianza kufanya kazi na Billy Howerdel, Gitaa chombo cha tech kupitia ziara Ænima, kwenye mradi tofauti. supergroup wao walianzisha, Circle Perfect, alianza alicheza katika 1999 na albamu yake ya kwanza Mer Noms de katika 2000. Wao iliyotolewa mafanikio ya kufuatilia katika 2003 Kumi na tatu yenye jina la Hatua, kumbukumbu ya mipango kumi hatua (nyimbo nyingi ziliandikwa kutokana na mtazamo wa kufufua). Albamu Wote walikuwa hatimaye kuthibitishwa platinum. Yao ya baadae 2004 albamu, Emotive, alikuwa kimsingi linajumuisha inashughulikia, 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" kwa sababu ya maudhui. Ilikuwa kuthibitishwa dhahabu mwezi mmoja baada ya kutolewa. Mwaka huo wao iliyotolewa DVD na CD kuweka haki Amotion, ambayo ilikuwa kuthibitishwa platinum ndani ya mwezi wa kutolewa.

Pamoja na mafanikio yake, baadaye ya Circle Perfect inabakia uhakika. Ni sasa ni juu ya hiatus, sehemu kutokana na ahadi Keenan wa Chombo; Howerdel taarifa Mei 2006 mahojiano na MTV kwamba kazi supergroup ilikuwa alihitimisha kwa wakati kuwa. Baada ya zaidi ya miaka miwili tangu bendi ya mwisho kutolewa, Keenan aliulizwa kuhusu hali ya Circle Perfect wakati wa mahojiano na bastola. Alisema:

tatizo halisi na mbio Tool na Circle Perfect wakati huo huo alikuwa wao wote kazi kwa njia hiyo hiyo. Wao ni wote kuishi bendi touring na studio, bado kazi chini ya umri wa mawazo mkataba. Hivyo nilifikiri ilikuwa muda kuruhusu Circle Perfect kwenda kwa sasa na kuruhusu Billy kuchunguza mwenyewe. Ni ngumu kwa kijana ambaye alikwenda kutoka kuwa tech gitaa [kwa Tool] kwa kuwa katika bendi na pretentious, maarufu mwimbaji na kuwa na kuishi katika kivuli kwamba. Ilikuwa muhimu kwa Billy kwenda kufanya jambo yake mwenyewe na kweli kuchunguza sauti yake mwenyewe na kuruhusu watu kusikia aliyo kusema na jinsi gani angeweza kufanya hivyo juu yake mwenyewe, na kisha tutaweza kupata nyuma na kufanya baadhi ya Perfect Circle stuff. -Maynard James Keenan, Bastola, Desemba 2007

imagesAlipoulizwa, katika mahojiano kwa Spin huo mwezi, kuhusu uwezekano wa albamu nyingine Perfect Circle, Keenan alisema, "Maybe, Someday, wimbo kwenye soundtrack. Lakini albamu? Hakuna. Mwaka mmoja baadaye, juu ya Desemba 9, 2008, blabbermouth.net taarifa kwamba Keenan alikuwa alitangaza juu ya Pulse ya Radio ya kwamba yeye na Howerdel wamekuwa kuandika muziki mpya kwa Circle Perfect. Keenan pia alisema kuwa bendi haina mipango ya kuanza tena kamili wadogo touring, au hata kuandika na kurekodi albamu mpya. Badala yake, they will focus on "one or two songs at a time", ambayo uwezekano kuwa wengi iliyotolewa kupitia mtandao.

On Agosti 2, 2010, inaonekana rasmi (but not "verified") Akaunti ya Twitter kwa bendi ilizinduliwa na kusoma tweet: "It’s on." tweet pia wanaohusishwa na akaunti ya Twitter Keenan, Howerdel na Puscifer. Siku iliyofuata akaunti tweeted, "Go tell Aunt Rosie… umri wa kijivu Goose ni wafu si," kuunganisha na akaunti zaidi ikiwa ni pamoja na wale wa Danny Lohner na Josh Freese. Inaaminika kwamba wote Freese na James Iha (Mwisho ambao bado inahusu mwenyewe kama mwanachama wa sasa wa APC) wote wawili kushiriki. That same day Billy Howerdel tweeted "The APC dust is shaking off!"

Puscifer

Katika 2003, Keenan surfaced under the name "Puscifer" for the song "REV 22:20" on the Underworld film soundtrack. Puscifer was once advertised as a side project with Danny Lohner, who had formerly performed live with Nine Inch Nails, 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, stream of consciousness, anything goes, etc." project. When comparing the project to Tool in an interview with Rolling Stone, Keenan described it as his "attempt to make music to inspire people. … This is definitely not thinking man’s music, lakini Groove-oriented muziki kinachokufanya kujisikia vizuri." Katika mahojiano na Artistdirect, Keenan alisema kuwa hakutaka lyrics kuwa puzzles. Alitaka utata kuwa katika muziki, stating "that’s the part that gets under your skin and makes you feel good."

Katika 2006, Puscifer contributed the song "The Undertaker (Cleaner Mix)" kwa soundtrack ya Underworld: Evolution, where "Renholder", moniker kwa Danny Lohner iliundwa na wanachama wa Circle Perfect, is the reversal of "Re: D Lohner". Keenan unaofadhiliwa na iliyotolewa kwanza albamu, "V" Ni kwa ajili ya Uke, katika Oktoba 2007. Created katika basi ziara, katika hoteli kadhaa vyumba, na katika studio mbalimbali nchini kote wakati Keenan toured na Tool, albamu ni kuondoka radical kutoka michango Keenan katika Tool na Circle Perfect. 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. Hata hivyo, in a November 2009 interview, Keenan alisema: "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. Hata hivyo, 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 but… he knows it. I mean, you’re guilty, and you don’t know it. So… who’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. Frances’ mother, 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 Fools’ Day 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 Fools’ pranks 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 alisema:

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. Katika 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 (kuzaliwa 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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