How Maynard James Keenan Prevented A Possible Conflict Between Tool And A Perfect Circle, Justin Chancellor Explains

Tool bassist Justin Chancellor revealed if there was a competition between the band and A Perfect Circle both of which were founded by Maynard James Keenan, during an interview with Kerrang, and apparently, Keenan reflected two different sides of his creativity to the bands which prevented a possible conflict from happening.

As many of you know, Maynard James Keenan had multiple bands all of which were founded or co-founded by Keenan himself starting from Tool which was formed in 1990 and has achieved countless accomplishments such as winning four Grammy Awards, performing worldwide tours, and producing albums topping the charts in several countries.

A Perfect Circle is one of the other bands formed by vocalist Maynard James Keenan as well as guitarist Billy Howerdel in 1999 and the band had a peculiar music career since after releasing four studio albums, it went on hiatus while Keenan returned to Tool and started up solo work under the band name Puscifer.

Lucky for the fans, despite the fact that the band’s activity was irregular in the following years, A Perfect Circle reformed in 2010, and played live shows on and off between 2010 and 2013, but disappeared once again after the release of their greatest hits album, ‘Three Sixty,’ and a live album box set named ‘A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo in late 2013. Fortunately, the band was united again in 2017 in order to record a fourth album, ‘Eat the Elephant,’ which was released on April 20, 2018.

During a recent interview, Justin Chancellor opened up about if there was a competition between A Perfect Circle and Tool which is a matter of curiosity since Maynard James Keenan managed to be a band member of both bands for such a long time. Apparently, both bands didn’t see each other as competition mostly thanks to Keenan’s attitude.

According to Chancellor, Maynard James Keenan displays two individual features of his creativity in A Perfect Circle and Tool which gives both bands two different playgrounds, and ultimately, this action of Keenan was what prevented the competition between two bands.

Here is what Chancellor said:

Tool is not a competition, and it’s not one thing against the other. It’s really all quite complementary in a way. I know for Maynard, he can express himself in all these different forums to lead out different sides of himself, which I can hear. In the end, you have to come back together and really hash it out. A little time apart is good, but if you’re going to create something together, part of that creativity is communicating with each other and understanding each other.”

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