Maynard James Keenan Picks The Top 3 Representatives Of Music


In a recently unearthed conversation with Revolver, Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan was asked about the artists he would carve on a musical Mount Rushmore. Keenan surprisingly said he would choose Steve Martin, Joni Mitchell, and Nina Simone – who was particularly praised by the rocker.

Maynard James Keenan’s musical style is unique compared to other rock stars. For instance, his lyrics aim to encourage his fans to look within themselves for self-identity, understanding, and self-reflection. As for his music videos, it’s fair to say that he likes to confuse his fans with one-of-a-kind images like he did with ‘Schism‘ and ‘Prison Sex.’

With a musician who has been creating such distinctive artistry, fans immediately want to know who influenced them in the early stages of their career. Lucky for them, Keenan revealed the most influential albums in his life during an appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Music Ruined My Life.

The Tool lead singer picked Joni Mitchell‘s fourth studio album, ‘Blue,’ released on June 22, 1971, which music critics generally regard as one of the greatest albums of all time. His second choice was Black Sabbath‘s eponymous debut studio album, released on February 13, 1970.

His list continued with Devo’s ‘Q: Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!,’ Low’s ‘Things We Lost In The Fire,’ Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals,’ and Swans’ ‘Greed/Holy Money.’ The diversity in his choices wasn’t a surprise for his fans as the musician himself represents the variety of styles in his music with Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer.

During a recent interview, Maynard James Keenan was asked about the musicians he would name to be featured on the musical Mount Rushmore. The rocker’s first choice was rather unexpected; Steve Martin. Then, Keenan met his fans’ expectations by naming Joni Mitchell. His last choice was Nina Simone, whose ability to blend emotions with technical singing have clearly impressed Keenan.

When asked about his musical Mount Rushmore, Keenan said:

“Oh, interesting. Steve Martin, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, obviously. She’s just the cornerstone of pure emotion, technical singing, and piano ability, but balancing it with what would anybody that was that emotional generally is a basket case. She was able to really focus that energy technically and for their execution. I would reserve my fourth for another conversation because I don’t know.”

You can check out the interview down below.