While most fans of Tool, a perfect circle, and Puscifer singer Maynard James Keenan complain about their first world problems like waiting for a new Tool album, Keenan’s real long time passion is wine. Through his brand Caduceus Cellars and his stake in Merkin Vineyards, he has brought an old world vintners’ sensibility, to the arid climes of Arizona for over a decade. According to Arizona Central and the Republic newspaper, that sensibility is coming to a new tasting store in Scottsdale Arizona. As one of the founding members of a new Arizona winemakers’ alliance, Keenan will help open a tasting shop in Old Town Scottsdale, about 2 hours south of Jerome, where Keenan lives, has his vineyard, and also a Puscifer Store. Merkin Vineyards Old Town location will be singer’s first tasting room in metro Phoenix — will take over the space that most recently housed Counter-Intuitive cocktail bar. Those searching for Arizona wine already can find a handful of tasting rooms in Old Town Scottsdale. But this spring, one of the state’s most famous winemakers will put down roots in the popular dining district. Keenan’s wine is made in the North of the state and distinctively different. The store has a tentative March open date planned. Kennan’s wines can be bought and shipped in the USA to states that allow wine sales, and are often found at concerts and festivals he performs at. Continue reading
As the Ghost Cult Albums of the Year 2018 run-down approaches the business end, picking up where Part 1 left off, we invite you to peruse the albums that, democratically voted for by the entire crew, make our Top 25 and didn’t just prick up our ears, but smashed their way into our hearts and minds. Read on…
In a segment recorded earlier in 2018, Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan was a guest on the “Music Ruined My Life” segment on BBC Radio 1‘s Rock Show With Daniel P Carter. Keenan discussed his favorite songs ever from Joni Mitchell, Black Sabbath, Devo, Low, Pink Floyd, Swans, his first concert ever (Rick Springfield/Sparks) and more. Skip to 1:02:20 in the replay of the broadcast below. A Perfect Circle kicked off their new tour of Europe last night in Glasgow and will perform tonight in Manchester, UK. Remaining dates can be found below. APC released their Eat The Elephant album earlier in 2018 via BMG, and recently released a new video and Record Store Day Black Friday vinyl single for ‘So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish.’ Continue reading
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Record Store Day Black Friday not only supports artists and labels you love but it an opportunity to support small businesses, indie record shops and basically keep your scene alive, And if you can’t get out of the house, for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, don’t have a lot of money to spend, or just plain hate consumerism, consider heading over to our pals at Bandcamp and purchase even one track from one of your favorite bands. Consider joining Metal Bandcamp Gift Club or starting your own with friends. If you are participating in #RSDBlackFriday2018, Ghost Cult has you covered with our exhaustive list below. Continue reading
A Perfect Circle is currently on a headline tour of North America, supporting their current album Eat The Elephant (BMG). The album is in many ways the salve to calm the burn that is the state of our current society. Now the band has released a new video clip for ‘So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish’ that also has the feel of the end-times. The band will also celebrate with a limited edition 7 inch of the same track. Record Store Day Black Friday Continue reading
A Perfect Circle has been busy with their recent sold-out Hollywood Bowl appearance, intimate Grammy Museum show, and a further upcoming new run of world tour dates soon. The band also announced their participation in Record Store Day’s Black Friday, offering a limited edition 7-inch featuring ‘So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish’ with a B-side of the AC/DC cover ‘Dog Eat Dog’. They have released a new 2-D video for ‘Eat The Elephant’ directed by Steven Sebring (Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band, Dream of Life) from the companion film for the album of the same name, is part of a first of its kind, album-length hologram film viewable via a prism included in the Eat The Elephant deluxe box set. Watch the clip below! Continue reading
Supergroup is a term bandied about too much these days, including here at this very website. It’s hard to help it in the streaming music age, which coincidently has also fostered a new openness and freedom for artists to come together as never before. Perhaps we need another terminology to describe these collectives. How about “artistic hive-mind”? That’s one that definitely suits The Black Queen, who is more than a mere musical group, but carry these sensibilities in everything they do from songs and lyrics to album art, videos, t-shirts, and visual performances live. The sum of their recorded output is but one facet of what can be possible when they get together.
Last week an anonymous Twitter account @IWas17HeWas36 was launched by a person accusing Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan of raping them at A Perfect Circle/Nine Inch Nails concert in 2000. Although this account of events is anonymous, any accusation of this nature always must be considered with great care and respect until proven otherwise, just based on the overwhelming evidence of under-reporting of rape and abuse. We have a responsibility to create safe spaces for the most vulnerable people among us, not just in our music scene, but worldwide. Below you can read the thread with the accusations and Keenan’s response below that. He is currently on tour with A Perfect Circle promoting their new album. We will continue to track this story as it develops. Continue reading
What began at Crew Stadium in 2007 as a one day festival with 14 bands has evolved into a three-day festival with around 60 bands each year. Since its humble beginnings of Rock on the Range, it has sold out. In 2007, the fest sold out at only 30,000 tickets compared to this year’s 140,000 tickets. ROTR has become the “mecca” of rock fests on the east coast. Rockers AKA “Rangers” migrate by the thousands to Mapfre Stadium in Ohio from across the globe to attend. A spiritual pilgrimage of sorts for die-hard rock fans perhaps? I can only speak for myself, but it is an amazing experience to embrace the many cultures.