Maynard James Keenan is most notably the singer for rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle whose albums have all gone platinum. He also founded and financed Puscifer, a side project. A bit of an eccentric personality on stage and in interviews, Maynard James Keenan is also known for being a recluse, barely leaving the house except for occasional charity fund raisers. Outside of music, Maynard James Keenan owns Merkin Vineyards and its winery, Caduceus Cellars and has part ownership of Stronghold Vineyards. These are all located in Arizona where Maynard James Keenan currently resides.
Maynard James Keenan grew up in Ravenna, Ohio then spent his high school and college years in Michigan. In the early 1908s he served in the U.S. Army, then studied art at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. In 1988 he moved to Los Angeles to practice interior design for pet stores and set construction for film and theater. He met guitarist Adam Jones and formed the band Tool.
With the band’s 40th anniversary less than one year away, Steven Tyler may end up being replaced as legendary rock act Aerosmith’s front-man. Classic Rock magazine reports him as focusing on his solo career saying, “it’s definitely going to be something Steven Tyler, working on the brand of myself — Brand Tyler.” Brad Whitford, guitar of Aerosmith, says Tyler definitely leaves “big shoes to fill” commenting that it’d be difficult to mimic him: “But, if somebody was willing to do it and the chemistry was right, why not?” Lead guitarist and songwriter Joe Perry told the Las Vegas Sun, “Steven quit, as far as I can tell.”
Bassist Tom Hamilton told the Boston Herald that the troubles surrounding the legendary classic rock band didn’t necessarily mean they would break up. “We’re always full of troubles, trials and tribulations, but somewhere in the back of everyone’s mind is the knowledge that the only way to get something like the unbelievable experience we just had in Abu Dhabi is as this band.”
Forming circa 1970 and having released a wopping 14 albums, some of their most famous tunes include hits such as Walk This Way, Crying, Janie’s Got a Gun, Dude Looks Like a Lady and Living On The Edge. Steven Tyler, 61, had suffered a fall from stage during a concert in Abu Dhabi. It had put strain on the band and they were forced to nix the remaining part of the tour.
When asked “When did you know that you’ve made it?” by Alexa, Lady Gaga responds, “I still don’t know I’ve made it. Ya know for me it’s not about a goal or making it or anything like that, it’s about feeling like I can sustain a real career with a real true fan base that stands by me and I stand by them. I really can’t stress my fans enough because that’s where my renewed spirit has come from with this new album. When something does really well and things are going well in your life you think ‘oh god, something bad’s gonna happen’ right? But I sort of woke up one day and I had topped The Fame and it’s because of you [the fans].”
With the re-release of The Fame as The Fame Monster is included eight new tracks and a delux-edition with the Book of Gaga. She says she wanted to have a few different versions of the release so that years from now people could go to the record store on the corner and look for the collector’s item they missed. She’s also a big fan of David Bowie and says, “I used to sit in my apartment for hours and do his make-up on myself over and over again.” She also says of her new release that she doesn’t “consider it to be a re-release, I really consider it to be a body of work on its own; it’s a complete finished entity.”
When asked what the best piece of advice she’s ever been given, she replied, “You only have one set of parents.”
In a recent press release to Yahoo!, pop weirdo Lady Gaga discusses the content of her new songs on her re-release of The Fame, aptly titled The Fame Monster:
“On my re-release The Fame Monster, I wrote about everything I didn’t write on The Fame. While traveling the world for two years, I’ve encountered several monsters, each represented by a different song on the new record: my ‘Fear of Sex Monster,’ my ‘Fear of Alcohol Monster,’ my ‘Fear of Love Monster,’ my ‘Fear of Death Monster,’ my ‘Fear of Loneliness Monster,’ etc…….I spent a lot of nights in Eastern Europe, and this album is a pop experimentation with industrial/Goth beats, 90’s dance melodies, an obsession with the lyrical genius of 80’s melancholic pop, and the runway. I wrote while watching muted fashion shows and I am compelled to say my music was scored for them.”
After exploring the idea of the Fame Kills tour with Kanye West (which was subsequently canceled due to lack of sales — who says irony is dead??), it’s no wonder her new songs reflect the dark side of being a celebrity. With a new twist to her beat, will Lady Gaga now start pushing less mainstream and more underground experimental?
Alexis Petridis of The Boston Globe (a newspaper in a town where music is incredibly overpopulated) said her music lacked originality and if Gaga found herself in Boston as an an amateur artist, she might have trouble finding one of the cooler parties to go to. Maybe this sort of press is what is pushing her to explore underground music a bit more. I guess we shall see in November..