Maynard James Keenan Explains His Secret To Not Becoming A Miserable Rock Star


Tool’s Maynard James Keenan joined an interview by Esquire and shared how he managed to avoid turning into a depressed rock star.

Maynard James Keenan is a multifaceted artist who is a musician, record producer, songwriter, singer, actor, and winemaker. However, he is best known for being the lead singer and primary lyricist of the bands Tool and Puscifer. Throughout his musical career, Maynard released five albums with Tool and another four with Puscifer. Still active today in the music scene since 1986, Maynard continues to have an influence on many musicians with his distinctive vocal style and lyrics.

Apart from being a rock star, Maynard is also interested in other fields. As you may know, before getting into the music industry, he had joined the US army and got into an Art School to study interior design. And now, the musician has his own vineyards. Focusing on making wine as a businessman, Maynard appears to be not that much interested in making music these days.

Moreover, Maynard is glad he is not a miserable rock star today. Speaking to Esquire, the musician gave the example of a scene of the film ‘Decline Of Western Civilization Part Two.’ He then said that as a result of his other interests than music, he is not miserably drunk in his pool like the guy in the film. Apparently, Maynard keeps a healthy balance between being a rock icon and living his own private life.

Maynard James Keenan told Esquire that:

“You cut to ‘Decline of Western Civilization Part Two’ where you see the guy from WASP, drunk in his pool and you go, that’s where you end up? And you have to assume, in a music career, that’s where you end up. Especially if you hang your hat on the thing you did not the thing you’re doing. That really put a zap on me.”

He then continued:

“There’s a poison in purity with those kinds of things. I’m proud of what we did, but if I did it right, like if it was a bottle of wine, it was that year for that weather and that’s it. Don’t expect me to repeat that. I’m being true to that time. I shouldn’t be able to repeat that.”

You can check out that scene in the film that Maynard has referenced below.