Ken Andrews Recalls Maynard James Keenan’s Offer To Open For Tool

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Failure frontman Ken Andrews talked about his relationship with Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and revealed how they met during his recent interview with Revolver’s Fan First. The singer also recalled the time when Keenan offered them to perform together.

Both Tool and Failure were founded in 1990 and gained popularity and commercial success with the help of their unique progressive, alternative, and psychedelic rock sounds. The two Los Angeles-based bands performed many tours and concerts together during the ’90s, and Failure supported Tool’s 1992’s Opiate, 1993’s Undertow, and 1996’s Ænima tours, which they started to promote their records.

Their harmonies and unforgettable live performances were appreciated and received positive reviews from rock music lovers. Thus, it can be said that the two bands contributed to each other’s fame and success a lot, especially in their early days. In addition, Failure’s Ken Andrews unveiled that these special tours started after Tool and Failure’s live shows at the same club, Club Lingerie.

In his interview, Andrews stated that after the bands’ performances, Maynard James Keenan approached him to make an offer that would change their future. The singer said that he didn’t know that he was Tool’s frontman and had never watched the band live until then.

Keenan highlighted that the previous bands they collaborated with were terrible, so they wanted to join forces with a local band like Failure. Andrews accepted the offer, and it became a milestone moment between two successful singers, along with being the beginning of their longtime friendship.

Andrews said in his interview that:

“I definitely remember first meeting Maynard at Club Lingerie. I just don’t know if it was the end of 89 or the beginning of 90, but the thing was that both bands, Tool, and Failure formed around the same time, started playing our first shows around the same time. So we became aware of each other and played a show at the club, and after we played it, I was hanging out with some friends at the bar. Maynard came up to me, and I didn’t know who he was or didn’t even know Tool. I heard of Tool, but I hadn’t seen them live.

He introduced himself, ‘I’m the singer of Tool, and this is the second Failure show I’ve seen. We’re looking for local bands that we can kind of team up with and play shows with because the last two shows we played, the promote put us these really horrible acts that we don’t want to play with ever again. So we are going out ourselves and finding acts that we want to play with. Would you like to play shows with us?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, do you have a tape?’ and he gave me his tape. We exchanged tapes, and that was fun.”

You can watch the interview below.