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Maynard James Keenan

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Maynard James Keenan (born April 17, 1964 as James Herbert Keenan) is an American singer. He has been a member of the bands Tool since 1990, A Perfect Circle since 1999 and Puscifer since 2003
He has also worked with TexA.N.S.,Children Of The Anachronistic Dynasty, Green Jelly and Tapeworm.

Keenan was born to a Southern Baptist family in Ravenna, Ohio on April 17, 1964. He joined the Army in 1982, studying at the United States Military Academy prep school 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.” Before his years with Tool, Keenan sang for Children of the Anachronistic Dynasty and played bass for TexANS.

In the 1980s Keenan moved to Los Angeles, apparently to work in interior design. He formed a band 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 called the band Tool.

Tool released the Opiate EP in 1992 and toured in support of Fishbone. On tour, Keenan met Billy Howerdel, a guitar tech for Fishbone. In 1996, during the recording of Ænima (1996), Howerdel played Keenan some of his songs, and Keenan was impressed. However, they did not have a chance to begin collaboration until 1999, when they would work together to form A Perfect Circle.

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