Maynard James Keenan Shares The Secret Behind Tool, Puscifer, And A Perfect Circle’s Success

Maynard James Keenan recently spoke about the bands he has founded and how he could maintain success in all of them. Even though he was scattered between Tool, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle, he never failed, thanks to his mindful agenda.

The frontman was not involved in a musical career until 1990 when he formed Tool with Adam Jones. Before that, he had taken place in the US Army and was involved in the design and set construction. His musical adventures began soon after he met the guitarist, Jones. After Tool’s formation, Keenan also went off to create other bands.

Almost five years after the formation of Tool, Maynard formed Puscifer and A Perfect Circle four years after that. The three bands have been consistent with their music, and their roles in the rock world were stable. Tool sold around 13 million records in the US and was awarded several Grammy Awards for their work. Keenan’s other two bands also had successful careers, and they are all still active to this day.

The founder of all three bands, Maynard James Keenan, spoke about their success and revealed how he maintained it throughout the years. According to the vocalist, one has to keep the audience’s attention and not get boring. The key is to satisfy the fans, and he achieved that by making a ‘thoughtful presentation.’ He also paid attention to what could be improved and adjusted to avoid gaps and show the audience that they are constantly working.

Here are Kenaan’s words:

“Well, they’re not going to support it if they show up and it’s boring; they’re not going to come back. You have to have follow-through. You have to have a thoughtful presentation.

People want to be entertained; they want to be moved in some way. And I think to do that, depending on your agenda, people like me, I just need to do a thing, and I need to do it well. And I’m never satisfied with how I did it; I think I can do it better. So if you get in that mindset — you’re always trying to improve on the thing you did, even if it was the night before and you’ve done this thing ten thousand times, there’s always room for improvement and adjustment. So I think that’s what people have come to expect, is that they know that we are thoughtful and we’re always thinking about fixing, correcting and making better.”

You can watch his whole interview below.