Tool On Stage At Big Day Out In Sydney

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Tool posted footage from their second night performing during the Big Day Out Festival in Sydney, Australia at Olympic Park. Watch the faceless perspective via YouTube below.

Maynard James Keenan Q&A With Spinner

Maynard James Keenan points a gun

AOL Music’s Spinner caught up with Maynard James Keenan for a Q&A, where the Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman talked about whether people have the same love for music today as previous generations of kids have had. “One thing that’s not going to change is people like music,” the 43-year-old said. “They’re really inspired by music and even now with the digital downloading it’s actually made it a lot more accessible to people who might not have heard stuff before because you had to buy the CD with this mysterious cover, you don’t know what it’s about. Well, now a lot of people are just passing around MP3s. ‘Check this world music out, check out this country song, check out this Gipsy Kings’ – stuff you wouldn’t normally have been exposed to because radio stations have pigeonholed themselves. They’re not going to be diverse in what they’re playing on their format. They’re just going to play this. And some people are going to spend that $14.99 on a CD.” Check out the entire transcript here.

Maynard James Keenan Sounds Off On Illegal Downloading

Rock singer Maynard James Keenan

During an interview with Australia’s Beat magazine, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer sounded off on illegal downloading, but not for selfish reasons. “I acknowledge I am one of the winners of the lottery,” Keenan tells Nick Snelling. “Around the time Nirvana came out, labels were out there looking for something different. Tool got lucky, we got a record deal, but we were also smart and planned to do as much as we could to take advantage of it. But there’s a lot of young bands out there where that $1000 in record sales could be the difference in them going on the road or recording their next record or not, you know? So kids out there need to understand that if they dig a band’s music, then they have to find some way to get compensation to that band for their art so that they can ensure the band can keep making it.” But looking out for the little guy isn’t an endorsement to download Keenan’s own material for nothing. “I can’t do this for free,” he said. “It’s ridiculous and insulting.”

The full interview at has since been removed.

Maynard James Keenan Invites To His Winery

Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan

Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer invited down to his winery in Arizona to chat about music and wine. Keenan talked about the chaotic state of record labels with several folding, being inspired by David Bowie, and dealing with middle men. Watch the interview below.

Myspace Artist On Artist: Maynard James Keenan & Patton Oswalt

Puscifer and Tool singer Maynard James Keenan

‘Ratatouille’ star Patton Oswalt, who happens to also be a Tool A Perfect Circle superfan, was more than happy to meet with Maynard James Keenan in the singer’s very own wine vineyard in this MySpace Artist on Artist interview. Keenan talked about his new band Puscifer, drew parallels between Maynard and Justin Timberlake, and recalled their humble beginnings. Watch the interview below.

Tool Lock In On Stage

Australia’s Time Off magazine caught up with Tool bassist Justin Chancellor, asking him why the band tends to play facing each other rather than the audience. “Well, we’re jamming together,” Chancellor responded. “A lot of our music is kind of fractured, and it holds together very tenuously, so we try to lock in with each other as best as possible on stage. You’ve got your monitors, but it never hurts to have a bit of eye contact, too.” The article at has since been removed.

Tool & Mastodon Perform In Leuven

Tool and Mastodon performed at the Brabanthal in Leuven, Belgium on Wenesday (November 8). Watch a fan filmed clip from Tool’s ‘Lateralus’ performance via YouTube below.