by Chris Atticus l Thursday, December 06, 2012
MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN ADDRESSES HIS REPUTATION AS A NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT INTERVIEW
Prolific musical mastermind and fresh-faced feature columnist Maynard James Keenan has just posted the latest installment of his Phoenix New Times bi-weekly blog. Keenan seems to be given a great deal of freedom when it comes to the subjects he chooses to cover for his column, and in this edition, the musician addresses his reputation for being a notoriously difficult interview.
With Maynard Keenan receiving a massive amount of attention for each of his three bands, Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, journalists are constantly attempting to grab a moment of Keenan’s time. Approaching the 30 year mark as an active musician, Maynard has done his fair share of interviews, famously locking up when not being stimulated by the art of conversation. In Keenan’s latest blog, the singer recounts a discussion that took place between him and the co-author of his upcoming “semi-autobiography.”
“She’d been browsing through some press clippings from recent years, and after the business end of our conversation, she commented on how forthcoming I was during her interview. She said it stood in direct contrast to some — but not all — of my tight-lipped discourse she’d found online. Her guess was that the journalists in question lacked enthusiasm. Her understatement was correct. This is not the case with all journalists I’ve encountered, but unfortunately, it’s the norm.”
He continues, “The awesome writers strike up a conversation and my publicist has to cut us off ‘cuz we’re having too much fun. We call these people journalists. The lazy ones have a list of questions to which they’ve already anticipated the answers, so they don’t bother listening to my responses. We call these people never again.”
“There seems to be an epidemic raging out there,” adds Keenan. “A whole lot of people are calling themselves professionals who really have no business doing so … Their skill is squeaking and moaning in order to get their way. Which is fine with me. It makes for easier targets.”
Maynard fans are anxiously awaiting for the next Tool album, which is expected to see a 2013 release. Before that, however, Puscifer will likely be releasing their ‘Donkey Punch the Night‘ EP this February.
STONE SOUR + PAPA ROACH TEAM UP TO CO-HEADLINE 2013 U.S. TOUR
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There’s a pretty powerful one-two punch coming to audiences across the United States early next year asStone Sour and Papa Roach will team up for a co-headlining tour. The trek launches Jan. 20 in Bethlehem, Pa., with Stone Sour closing out the shows.
Stone Sour have spent much of the latter half of 2012 promoting their ‘House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 1‘ album, which has already spawned the hit singles ‘Absolute Zero’ and ‘Gone Sovereign.’ The timing for the tour works out perfectly for them as it will lead up to the release of ‘House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2,’ which is expected in the spring. At present, the band is receiving positive reviews as they trek across Europe.
Papa Roach, who also are enjoying a successful European run at the moment, have rebounded quite well after singer Jacoby Shaddix‘s vocal surgery earlier this year. The group issued their hit album, ‘The Connection,’ featuring the hard-hitting single ‘Still Swingin’,’ over the summer and have also received some love for the track ‘Before I Die‘ off the album. This will be the group’s first major run through North America in support of their latest release.
Joining the two bands on the run will be one of 2012′s breakout bands, Otherwise, who are promoting their ‘True Love Never Dies‘ album. The disc has already spawned the singles ‘Soldiers‘ and ‘I Don’t Apologize.’
Beginning Dec. 7, links to purchase tickets will be included here.
Stone Sour / Papa Roach 2013 Tour Dates (more to be added):
1/20 — Bethlehem, Pa. — Sands Bethlehem Events Center
1/22 — Niagara Falls, N.Y. — Rapids Theatre
1/23 — New York, N.Y. — Terminal 5
1/25 — Milwaukee, Wis. — Eagles Ballroom
1/27 — Chicago, Ill. — House of Blues
1/29 — Minneapolis, Minn. — The Myth
1/30 — Kansas City, Mo. — Midland Theater (Stone Sour only)
2/1 — Amarillo, Texas — Aztec Music Hall
2/2 — Lubbock, Texas — Lonestar Pavilion
2/4 — Midland, Texas — Midland Horseshoe Arena
2/5 — College Station, Texas — Hurricane Harry’s
2/7 — Corpus Christi, Texas — Concrete Street Amphitheatre
2/8 — Pharr, Texas — Pharr Entertainment Center
2/9 — Laredo, Texas — Laredo Energy Center
2/12 — Tempe, Ariz. — Marquee theatre
2/13 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Club Nokia
2/15 — Las Vegas, Nev. — The Joint
2/16 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Salt Air
2/17 — Denver, Colo. — Fillmore