Sammy Hagar Says Maynard James Keenan Is A Genius

In a recent appearance on Spin, Sammy Hagar shared his admiration for vocalist Maynard James Keenan as a musician, especially for Tool‘s ingenious album ‘Ænima.’

It is not rare for artists to share their love and admiration for others because of the nature of the music industry. When fans get a chance to learn about what their favorite artists’ music preferences, they also start understanding what has impacted their work. Sammy Hagar recently surprised his fans by expressing his interest in Tool’s ‘Ænima’ album and Maynard James Keenan.

However, the Red Rocker is not the only one in love with the ‘Ænima’ album, as the band’s audience has also embraced it and it has received generally favorable reviews from critics. The album managed to carry over generations after its initial release in 1996, debuting at number two.

When Hagar shared the top five albums that he couldn’t live without, one of the works he mentioned was none other than Tool’s ‘Ænima.’ The frontman said that the record is musically superior to anything he could produce, which is why he was inspired by it. He also disclosed that he has become friends with Maynard, and the closer they got, the more Hagar realized that Maynard is a genius with a wide range of interests and a versatile musician with many talents.

Sammy Hagar’s words on Maynard James Keenan:

“This record is so musically great – far from an album that I could make–that it drives and inspires me. It’s so innovative, raw, and dark. I’ve become friends with Maynard, and I think he’s one of the great artists of our time. He’s a genius, a complete renaissance man. We’re kind of like the odd couple.”

You can listen to ‘Ænima’ below.