Mike Patton’s Confession About Maynard James Keenan

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Throughout his music career, Mike Patton crossed paths with Tool many times. When Faith No More split in 1998, Patton returned to continue working with his other band Mr. Bungle. At that time, he also formed the experimental supergroups Fantômas and Tomahawk. In 2001, Tomahawk released its eponymous debut and began touring. Although they were mainly the headliners, the band also supported Tool on some dates.

Moreover, Tool, Fantômas, and Faith No More have cited each other as influences. On several occasions, Mike Patton himself also joined Tool on stage to perform with them. However, Patton met Tool back when the band wasn’t even formed. As it turns out, the singer has been friends with Tool’s members for years and had something to confess about Maynard James Keenan.

What Did Mike Patton Reveal About Tool’s Maynard James Keenan?

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In a 2008 interview with Revolver, Mike Patton revealed his thoughts about working with Tool. During the conversation, the interviewer asked the singer how Tool had inspired him or his work. Afterward, Patton said Tool showed him that not all big bands in the scene had to be ‘clueless morons’ or struggle with addiction.

After that, the Faith No More lead admitted that he stole many fashion ideas from Maynard James Keenan’s stage outfits. Throughout the years, Patton has explored many fashion styles; he changed his hairstyle, shaved his facial hair, grew a goatee or a mustache, wore piercings, and used suits with boutonniéres or basketball jerseys.

In 2008, Revolver asked Mike Patton the following in an interview:

“What influence, if any, have Tool had on you and your own work?”

Patton responded by saying:

“They give me hope that not all huge bands are pompous, clueless, drug-addled morons. That, and I steal lots of fashion ideas from Maynard’s stage wear.”

Maynard James Keenan has often changed his style, and sometimes these changes were drastic. The singer has used wigs, makeup, body paint, suits, bras, and other interesting pieces to express himself. Although Keenan has somewhat eccentric choices of stage apparel, it seems like he inspired Mike Patton to some point.