Maynard James Keenan on Potential Tool Memoir + Almost Fronting Rage Against the Machine
Tool’s Maynard James Keenan has been making the rounds promoting his upcoming memoir, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things. In a new chat with Rolling Stone, Keenan speaks about almost joining the group which became Rage Against the Machine and how he’d like to team up with Tool to release an official band biography.
Could Maynard have been the frontman of Rage Against the Machine? The answer is yes and no. “Well, there wasn't a Rage when I was working with Tom [Morello],” Maynard begins. “I think he was working with Timmy [Commerford], perhaps. I can't remember if Brad [Wilk] was drumming or not. This is very foggy at that time 'cause I didn't know Brad yet, so you'd have to talk to Brad, find out if it was actually him. We actually were in a rehearsal space – this is after [Morello's former band] Lock Up was dead and he was trying figuring out where he's gonna go next, and so yeah, it was right around the same time all those things were happening.”
Maynard continues, “I guess I had a little bit of that Green Jellö thing going on in me still, so I was looking for almost a Puscifer approach to music at that point. They were looking for a more serious approach, so I think that was pretty much immediate. If there was a consideration for that at all, it was very brief, but it was all at the same time.”
When asked about singing onstage with Alice in Chains at Lollapalooza 1993, Keenan replied, “I guess you could probably save that response for when we do the Tool biography. You know, it's hard to say. I've had a lot of golden moments. That might've been one of 'em."
When pressed on whether there'd be a Tool memoir, in addition to his own autobiography, Keenan remarked, "Oh, yeah, that would absolutely be in the cards, I think. It's just a matter of all four of us agreeing how that's gonna go forward. That's always the trick, isn't it?"
An official Tool memoir? Yes, please! We’ll be hoping that comes to pass in the future, but for now, get excited for the release of A Perfect Union of Contrary Things coming Nov. 8. Click here to pre-order the book. Maynard will embark on a short book tour following the release of his memoir. For the full list of dates, click here.
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