Tool's Maynard James Keenan Interviewed By Marc Maron On WTF Podcast

Evan Petersen

by Evan Petersen

Published August 21, 2013

WTF with Marc Maron is one of the best known podcasts in the business and this week's edition features a massively in-depth interview with Maynard James Keenan, frontman of Tool, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle.


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During the course of the almost 90 minute interview, the two go over most of Maynard's life: His recent career in winemaking, his school days and military service, his job "cleaning up birdshit" at a pet store, his connection to the comedy world, and the sudden formation of Tool in 1990.

I would go to these clubs and I would see these bands playing that just seemed... that are all focusing on the wrong shit. There was no heart. There was no soul.

...And I'm the drunk guy at the back of the room going, "This fucking sucks." And I said that out loud enough times somebody went, "Ok, smart fucker. You try it. You think you can do better." And I went, "Aight." And that was right around the end of 1990 and by '91 we had a record deal and Tool was on its way.

Keenan describes his life, the music scene, and his start in the music industry so clearly and insightfully that it's hard to imagine him as the enigmatic recluse he's so often painted as being. The other aspects of his life and career all shed a different light on the singer and create an incredibly deep portrait of him. He also reveals that he drives a Smart Car while he's in LA, so you know he's still hardcore.

Take the time and listen to the whole thing above. The podcast is both very interesting and hugely entertaining. The actual interview portion starts at 10:13, after a few minutes of Marc introducing the conversation.

Check out Keenan's winery at their official website and be sure to listen to WTF with Marc Maron at the official website.

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