The Reason Maynard James Keenan Started ‘Free Frances Bean’ Campaign Against Courtney Love
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan gained great fame and popularity as a very talented musician who released iconic records and performed extraordinary live concerts. Along with his successful musical career, Keenan had a great interest and talent in comedy and took place on an American sketch comedy named ‘Mr. Show.’ Also, the singer appeared on cult comedies, ‘Bikini Bandits’ and its sequel Bikini Bandits 2: Golden Rod.’
As it can be also understood from his famous April Fools’ Day jokes including being a religious person, quitting Tool, and replacing himself with former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar to release the records in a faster way, Keenan chose to combine the features of comedy and music throughout his career. He also drew great attention to himself when he started a hilarious campaign against Courtney Love by using her daughter Frances Bean Cobain to get revenge on her.
The Relationship Between Courtney Love And Frances Bean Cobain
Visual artist and model Frances Bean Cobain is the daughter of Hole lead singer Courtney Love and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Even though many people can think that she is very lucky to have famous parents, Frances’ childhood was very challenging due to his father’s suicide and her mother’s serious addiction problems. After Kurt Cobain killed himself on April 5, 1994, Courtney Love lost her control, and addiction problems arose again.
Love started to consume drugs and was arrested because of breaking several windows of her producer and then-boyfriend James Barber’s home. Following the arrest, she lost Frances’ custody for a while, which it caused serious problems between mother and daughter. In one of her previous interviews, Frances admitted that she was angry with her mother for a very long time but she decided to forgive her and move on.
Maynard James Keenan’s ‘Free Frances Bean’ T-Shirts
After Courtney Love defined Maynard James Keenan as a ‘media whore,’ the Tool frontman wanted to make of fun Love by launching a so-called campaign named ‘Free Frances Bean.’ He announced the platform and the t-shirt which was written ‘Free Frances Bean’ on it while he was talking about performing in the benefit shows. He stated that he decided to launch his own campaign considering the problematic relationship between Frances Bean and Courtney Love.
Keenan shared his ideas about Frances and Courtney saying:
“Everybody was trying to get us to do benefit shows, like ‘Free Tibet’. And I was gonna have my own platform: ‘Free Frances Bean.’ Just watching the tornado that is her mother, my first thought was, ‘Oh my God, how is Frances Bean Cobain gonna survive this insanity?’“
Keenan continued to target Love saying that he was very surprised about her daughter’s ability to keep her sanity in spite of her toxic mother. Although the campaign started as a joke, the t-shirt drew the attention of many people who wanted to wear it too. Therefore, Keenan not only wore the t-shirt in some of his appearances but also started to give ‘Free Frances Bean’ t-shirts away which probably made Courtney Love very angry.
You can check out Keenan’s photo with a ‘Free Frances Bean’ t-shirt below.