Maynard James Keenan’s non-Tool activities include making wine at his vineyard and music with his other projects. After dropping a single at the dawn of the pandemic, “Apocalyptical”, the band has shared more new music and announced a new album. The new single “The Underwhelming” is streaming on all platforms now and the album, Existential Reckoning is dropping, October 30th, via Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG. Pre-orders are live, including special vinyl variants and a bundle that comes with Marynard’s wine, at the link below.
Hellfest Open Air recently completed its first-ever online streaming festival. Hopefully, the real thing is coming back next summer! The venerable metal and rock fest announced their lineup for 2021, with most of the bands slated to have played in 2020, but canceled due to COVID-19. Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and many more will perform. Ten more bands will be added soon. Thirteen bands slated to play in 2020, but cannot attend 2021 include Incubus, Mastodon, Infectious Groove, Thy Art Is Murder, Alter Bridge, Baby Metal, Joyous Wolf, Unleashed, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Body Count and August Burns Red. Continue reading
As promised, Maynard James Keenan has released new music with his Puscifer band. HE dropped a new single and a hilarious video for ‘Apocalyptical’, featuring MJK cutting a rug and other weirdness. He gave the first interview on the project’s resurrection to Zane Lowe on “New Music Daily” on Apple Music. The episode is set to air in full on Friday, May 8th, at 9:00 a.m. PT at Apple.co/nmdb1, but a video clip is available now for viewing below.
As we wait on pins and needles for the new Tool album to release August 30th, Maynard James Keenan’s other band Puscifer has been hard at work on new material. MJK made a post ti Instagram which indicates the group is recording. We’ll take it! Continue reading
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
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
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
One of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2018 back into the spotlight. Jokes about another musical project impeding the appearance of a new Tool album aside (categorically untrue, but funny) the much-loved and missed band hasn’t so much as roared back into the light to get our attention, as they rolled through with a purposeful stride and made themselves known by clearing their throats. “Ahem. Pay attention dumbass.” What presents itself for inspection might be the best release from the band yet.