Maynard James Keenan: 5 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know

Published: April 17, 2023  |  Heidi

Maynard James Keenan

Here are 5 interesting facts about Maynard James Keenan, the frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer

Maynard James Keenan is a man of many talents. He’s the frontman of three of some of the most interesting rock bands of the past 20-plus years: TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. While he’s been focused on Puscifer and wine-making lately, there’s more to Keenan than just music and grapes. Here are five interesting facts you might not know about him:

1. He Served in the Army

Keenan was inspired by Bill Murray’s performance in the 1981 comedy film Stripes to join the United States Army, with the intention of having the G.I. Bill fund his dream of attending art school.

2. He is the proud owner of his own vineyards.

Alongside his ventures, including a produce market in Cornville, Arizona, Maynard James Keenan is the proud owner of Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars. These prestigious establishments are renowned for producing exceptional blends that have garnered multiple awards. Keenan’s passion for wine-making is deeply rooted in his family history, as his grandparents and great-uncle were involved in crafting wine in Northern Italy. This familial connection has undoubtedly influenced his dedication and commitment to the art of winemaking.

3. Even his son shared in his musical pursuits.

Keenan has a son named Devo, who has contributed to his father’s music. Devo sang backing vocals on A Perfect Circle’s Thirteenth Step and was credited as the cellist on Ashes Divide’s Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright.

4. Maynard James Keenan's Passion for Jiu Jitsu

Beyond his musical endeavors, Maynard James Keenan has also delved into the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, showcasing his dedication and discipline in yet another discipline. Keenan has embraced the art of Jiu Jitsu with passion and commitment, honing his skills on the mats and immersing himself in the intricacies of the sport. Training alongside accomplished practitioners, Keenan has proven himself as a formidable force, diligently refining his techniques and earning recognition for his proficiency in Jiu-Jitsu. With his relentless drive and unwavering focus, Keenan exemplifies the spirit of martial arts, both on stage and on the mat.

5. He collaborated with several big-name artists

Throughout his illustrious career, Maynard James Keenan has forged creative alliances with numerous acclaimed artists, demonstrating his exceptional versatility as a musician. Collaborations with iconic names such as Rage Against The Machine, Trent Reznor, and Deftones have further solidified his reputation as an artist willing to explore diverse musical territories. Keenan’s ability to seamlessly blend his talents with others has resulted in awe-inspiring and genre-defying collaborations that continue to captivate audiences worldwide.

6. Fun fact: Maynard performed at HeidiPalooza with his band, Tool

While I must confess it was just a dream lineup, I couldn’t resist including Tool, one of my all-time favorite bands, in my imaginary rock festival, Heidipalooza. Held during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual event provided a much-needed escape, with Tool’s remarkable music playing a pivotal role. Their powerful and captivating melodies not only united fans but also served as a source of inspiration and solace during those difficult moments. Maynard James Keenan’s exceptional talent and profound contributions to Tool continue to leave an indelible mark on the world of rock music, resonating with countless fans worldwide.