Maynard James Keenan‘s interview about Pink Floyd, his vineyard, and how is the best look at “real Maynard.” This interview happened in San Antonio, USA.
Puscifer is another band that combines heavy electronic elements with prog, rock, and metal parts by Maynard. On October 22, they will concert at San Antonio’s Tech Port Center + Arena for what promises to be a multi-media show besides a musical performance. Keenan practices the character-driven humor he has studied via acting roles on TV shows like Mr. Show at the band’s concerts and tours.
Although Maynard James Keenan is the main member of two other bands besides Tool, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle, don’t confuse them for side projects. A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, a book he published on his life, influences, and writing process, is also proof that he is a man who gives everything he does his best.
On Friday, October 28, Puscifer will debut two on-demand concert films besides its San Antonio show. These performance documentaries, which feature the early Puscifer records “V” Is for Vagina and Conditions of My Parole, will only be accessible on the band’s website for 72 hours.
In a recent interview with San Antonio Current, Maynard reveals his thoughts about Pink Floyd, Puscifer’s ongoing tour, and how fans think the best look of “real Maynard”:
“Pink Floyd took me a minute as a kid. Because I was growing up in rural Michigan and was used to pop songs and whatnot. You hear “Another Brick In The Wall,” and that’s a catchy radio tune. When I actually sat down with headphones that I borrowed from my uncle and listened to Animals, it changed everything for me. I had to have the right space. If I had put that on at any time before that point, it wouldn’t have made any sense to me. Back at that point, I couldn’t tell the difference between AC/DC and Sex Pistols.
There’s guitars, there’s a guy screaming, everything’s in 4/4. I didn’t know the difference until someone pointed it out. ‘Oh, these guys got arrested and these guys didn’t.’”
“I don’t like to repeat myself. So, I wouldn’t expect what you already expect. It’s a whole different vibe. There’s more theatrics to it. The song structures are different. It’s still gonna be my voice. Combined with Carina Round’s – so it’s still going to be somewhat familiar. There’s no point in repeating Tool. There’s no point in repeating A Perfect Circle. It’s a whole different vibe. It’s more. If you’re used to hearing a very large wall of guitars and overwhelming rock music, you might come in thinking that’s what we’re doing. We have far more in common with Kraftwerk and Peaches than we do with Metallica.
The best way I can describe it is that if you’re a fan of Bauhaus, then Love & Rockets was nothing like Bauhaus. And Tones on Tail was nothing like those two. And I love all three. There were similar people involved in all three. But different.”
Added about “real Maynard”:
“It’d probably be Puscifer. It’s more character-driven. There’s more story. At the end of the day, I’m not a drummer, I’m not a guitar player, I’m a storyteller. When the main focus of the track or presentation has a lot more emphasis on story, then you probably want to look to the place where the stories are being told more clearly and with more emphasis. It’s not just songs, right? There’s also characters and comedy writing and filmmaking, and there’s also a lot of art involved. And that’s not to take away from any of the other projects. There’s a beautiful balance between Billy and I and A Perfect Circle and the gentlemen in Tool. There’s a balance there in what we’re doing. If you’re asking where the personality comes out more, I would have to say Puscifer. It’s all-encompassing, it’s not just songs.”
Puscifer North American 2022 tour dates
- Oct 25: Houston 713 Music Hall, TX
- Oct 26: Ft. Worth Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium, TX
- Oct 28: New Orleans Mahalia Jackson Theater, LA
- Oct 29: Baton Rouge River Center Theatre, LA
- Oct 31: Nashville Ryman Auditorium, TN
- Nov 01: Charlotte Ovens Auditorium, NC
- Nov 03: Norfolk Chrysler Hall, VA
- Nov 04: Washington Warner Theatre, DC
- Nov 05: Atlantic City Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, NJ
- Nov 07: Montreal MTelus, QC
- Nov 08: Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre, ON
- Nov 10: Cincinnati The Andrew J. Brady Music Center, OH
- Nov 11: Louisville Louisville Palace, KY
- Nov 12: Indianapolis Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, IN
- Nov 13: Madison The Orpheum Theater, WI
- Nov 15: Grand Rapids DeVos Performance Hall, MI
- Nov 17: St. Louis The Factory, MO
- Nov 18: Kansas City The Midland Theatre, MO
- Nov 19: Tulsa Theater, OK
- Nov 22: Prescott Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, AZ