Maynard James Keenan Details Tool and Rage Against The Machine's Formations In New Autobiography
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:05:56
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Maynard James Keenan, best known as the vocalist for Tool, is set to release his autobiography A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, on November 8th. The book was co-authored by Keenan's friend Sarah Jensen, and follows the 52-year-old frontman from his early years through the present day. Rolling Stone featured as exerpt from the book yesterday about how Rage Against the Machine and Tool played a part in each other's formations.
"Tom had recruited the best of the best to populate his new band: longtime musician Tim Commerford on bass and backup vocals and Greta drummer Brad Wilk, who'd contribute his extensive percussion skills. He had only to identify a suitable lead vocalist to round out his ensemble. By now, he'd attended plenty of Maynard's Green Jellö performances, had heard the C.A.D. cassettes, and respected Maynard's vocal talents as highly as his ability to analyze complex arrangements. "There was sort of in the air an idea of us working together," Tom would recall. "Brad and I had been jamming with both Maynard and Zack De La Rocha. We really liked playing with both of them, and Brad and I had this long phone call to discuss who we should ask to the dance."
"In the end, rapper De La Rocha proved to be the most logical partner. His hardcore band, Inside Out, had gained a substantial underground following, and his success would help validate Rage. It would be only a matter of time, Tom told himself, before his band would be noticed by one of the labels scrambling to be the first to sign distinctive and serious acts.”
Read the entire excerpt on Rolling Stone.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff