Why Maynard James Keenan Implied Other Rock Stars Did Some ‘Dark Shit’ To Him
There’s no doubt that Maynard James Keenan is a hard-working musician, known for his tenure in three bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. Throughout his music career that spans over 35 years, Keenan has always delivered music distinctively different from any other artist. On top of his music, the rocker also has a unique way of expressing himself through his music videos, nearly all of which are disturbingly good such as ‘Schism‘ and ‘Prison Sex.’
Regardless of being a musician who loves to express himself through his art, the Tool frontman isn’t particularly known for talking about his private life. As a matter of fact, his fans rarely see the singer in front of a camera or speaking to a magazine. Therefore, his social media accounts have to be followed closely to get a peek into his personal life, but Keenan is not a fan of social media.
However, there was one time when Maynard James Keenan behaved unusually and released an authorized biography of himself, ‘A Perfect Union of Contrary Things,‘ in which he actually opened up about his life. Furthermore, the singer gave an interview about his book and shared exclusive details about his past. According to the musician, he had to soften some of his experiences since he was exposed to some ‘dark shit’ by other rock musicians. Let’s take a look.
Maynard James Keenan Said He Struggled Visiting His Past
The Puscifer lead singer unexpectedly made a move that none of his fans expected when he released a biographical book back in 2016. Since musician is known for being a private person, his book, ‘A Perfect Union of Contrary Things‘ became a New York Times Bestseller when it came out. The book includes Keenan’s journey from his midwest childhood to his years in the Army, his time in art school, and eventually the musician we all know today.
Around the time his book came out, Maynard James Keenan also gave an interview to Vice Magazine during which he opened up about writing a book that was solely about himself. Keenan found it challenging to dig up his past, but revealed he has always channeled negativity to his art, which makes things positive.
When asked if some memories were specifically difficult for him to remember, the Tool singer admitted that some portions in the book had to be smoothed out due to being hard to expose directly. Furthermore, the rocker didn’t want his book to be about showing a musician’s dirty laundry, which is why he kept them hidden in his autobiography.
In addition to this, Keenan said that dark things happen to people all the time, and they have to deal with them after figuring out how. Apparently, the musician implied that he was discouraged by the people in the music industry, but he never let them beat him down. Instead, he focused on benefitting from those challenging times, which is the only thing he could’ve done.
In his own words, MJK said:
“Yeah, I’m sure there were things that I had to generalize. The last thing I wanted to do was for this to be dirty laundry or some rock star expose or any of that crap. That’s not really what we wanted to do. Yeah, there’s some dark shit that happens to people, and you’ve got to figure out.
Just empower people to say, ‘If life gives you lemons, fuck lemonade. Make lemon jello and lemon meringue pie and plant one of those fucking lemon seeds and grow another fucking tree to get lemon trees, and you can get drunk under the tree if you want.’ There are all these things you can do.”
While his fans are no stranger to make deductions out of his words since Maynard James Keenan never reveals his point obviously, the musician made it pretty clear this time that no matter what happened to him, he turned out to be a self-sufficient person. Although many people would break down due to the pressure, Keenan seems able to deal with numerous things at once and keeps on making incredible music without promoting it with scandals, which is why his fans adore him.