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Created on: 18 Nov 2006
A Group dedicated to anything Tool related. Where Maynard came from, and some things that helped him get to the success level he is at today. All about the music of TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER

Maynard James Keenan (born April 17, 1964, as James Herbert Keenan) is an American rock singer. He has been a member of the band Tool since 1990 and A Perfect Circle from 1999–2005 (hiatus).Keenan was born to a Baptist family in Ravenna, Ohio, on April 17, 1964. He joined the Army in 1982. By that time he had lived in Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. He studied at West Point Academy prepschool from 1983 to 1984; however, he eventually left the military to study art at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which eventually landed him a job in Los Angeles "applying spatial design concepts" to pet stores. Before his years with Tool, Keenan sang for Green Jellÿ and Children of the Anachronistic Dynasty, and played bass guitar for TexAns.

In the 1980s Keenan moved to Los Angeles, apparently to work in interior design. He formed Tool with guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Paul d'Amour (later replaced by Justin Chancellor). The lineup was not completed until Keenan's neighbor drummer Danny Carey agreed to join.

They released the Opiate EP in 1992 and toured with the bands Fishbone and Rage Against the Machine. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. saw the release of Tool's 1993 debut album, Undertow, which eventually launched the band into success. Keenan's lyrics and vocals were melodic, grim, and angst-ridden. However, as Keenan continued to record with Tool, his lyrics evolved into increasingly introspective and spiritual works that focused not only on anger but on the positive benefits of transcending it. Henry Rollins, singer for Black Flag and Rollins Band, appeared on Undertow.

Keenan's photo in a U. S. Military Academy Preparatory School yearbookKeenan has repeatedly used his voice to advance issues which are of special interest to him, among them being an appearance at a benefit concert for Tori Amos' RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) on 1997-01-23 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

So this is one of my dearest friends. This is Maynard from Tool, and uh, I call him up when I'm feeling terrible and he sings me lullabies. So I asked him to come and sing tonight. (Tori Amos, introducing Keenan to the audience at the RAINN benefit concert)
After the release of Ænima the band would find themselves in a prolonged legal battle with their label Volcano Records (formerly Zoo Records). Following this legal battle, which resulted in a new three record deal, the members of Tool decided to take some time off. During this period, Keenan found time to work with Billy Howerdel (a guitar tech known to the band) on a different project. The band they formed, A Perfect Circle, began performing in 1999 and released its first album Mer de Noms in 2000. They eventually released a successful follow-up, Thirteenth Step in 2003. In 2004 they released an album comprised mostly of covers titled eMOTIVe.

In 2003, Keenan surfaced under the moniker "Puscifer" on the soundtrack for the movie Underworld. Puscifer is a cover name for non-Tool related work with Danny Lohner, former member of Nine Inch Nails. They contributed the song "REV 22:20". In 2006, Puscifer contributed a song to the Underworld sequel, Underworld: Evolution. This track is called "The Undertaker (Renholder Mix)". That same year Keenan explained in an interview conducted by French magazine "Rock Hard", that his band A Perfect Circle is not only on hiatus due to the release of Tool's fourth full-length studio album, but finished.
On April 1, 2005, Keenan announced as an April Fool's joke - to the shock of many of his fans and friends - that he had "found jesus" and would be abandoning the recording of the new Tool album temporarily and possibly permanently.

Kurt Loder of MTV contacted Keenan via email to ask for a confirmation and received a very nonchalant confirmation. When Loder asked again, Keenan's response was simply "heh heh." Loder also noted that Keenan had not capitalized Jesus, uncommon for someone who had just converted to Christianity. The announcement was most likely inspired by Brian "Head" Welch's 2005 decision to leave his band KoЯn to dedicate his life to Christianity.

On April 7, the official Tool site announced that the gag was up with the statement; "Good news, April fools fans. The writing and recording is back under way." When approached for comment on his recent encounter with the "Son of God," Keenan said, "That guy's a punk!" [Note: the official band Web site reported something different. It pointed out that "Jesus" was an acquaintance of Keenan's and that the two had been drinking wine together.]

In February, 2005, Keenan appeared as a surprise vocalist at a Seattle benefit concert for victims of the recent 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", and "Man in the Box."

Keenan is unmarried and has one son named Devo (born August 5, 1995). He was engaged to Jennifer Ferguson, but they broke up before marrying. The song "Breña," by A Perfect Circle, uses her middle name, while another song bears the name of Keenan's mother, Judith. His mother is also the inspiration for the two-part song "Wings for Marie" on 10,000 Days.

Keenan's newest project is winemaking. He owns Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars, based in the unincorporated area of Page Springs/Cornville, Arizona, southwest of Sedona.

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  • JeroenKlomp ;-) Official chat @ is back after being down for a year. We need fresh (& intelligent ;-P) blood... Also some news bout Tool Army to find there. Further: I'm trying to set up group connections, maybe this group wants to do vice versa? ;-) Namasté

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • mykotron

    love the Puscifer stuff.. cant wait for a new Tool album too! thought i'd share my friends band....the end of the song is prolly my favorite part:

    12 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Akito-sama

    Are You seriously?! (sorry, My English is not the bst, You know...)

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • abourquin

    new tool supposedly in the works now, cant wait!!

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Akito-sama

    Hello everyone! \m/!

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
  • sourstitch

    i cannot let a day/night pass without listening to a few songs from APC and Tool. Maynard Kicks @$$!! the music and his voice are so inspirational and mesmerizing...mmmmm...XOXOXOX MUCH LOVE! CHEERS!

    7 Apr 2007 Reply