Tool Singer Maynard James Keenan Reacts To Crazy News Reports


Update: Maynard James Keenan has offered a brand new statement, echoing what he talked about in this NME interview a couple of weeks ago.

There have been some allegations leveled towards Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan in the last few days regarding sexual misconduct that we aren’t reporting due to their anonymous and completely unverified nature, but Keenan recently did an interview with NME (prior to this story which he hasn’t yet commented on) where he criticized the nature of social media and internet reporting. The quote is very eerie especially with what’s going on right now. The discussion moved to this topic after political issues were discussed.

“Oh, don’t get me wrong,” he says. “I am a snowflake. I am that liberal Democrat that wants to embrace people and help people. I’m sat here trying to work out what the fuck is going on in my country we’re they’re separating children from families. And of course, my military and law enforcement Republican friends are, like, ‘there’s the snowflake’. I’m, like, ‘how am I snowflake for questioning children being separated from families?’”

He burst into laughter.

“And of course, there’s also the question of whether it’s actually happening, because can you trust social media? Clickbait is the currency. Something doesn’t have to be true, you just have to click on it. You just have to be incendiary. It’s such a fucking rabbit hole…”

He also discussed making art during turbulent times.

“It’s a hard balance to strike, right?” he says. “Because there’s so much horseshit flying around. I don’t believe that total isolation is healthy for any artist, especially if you’re an artist that’s had some sort of success, because that can be quite posh, and you can lose touch with things. You have to get your hands dirty, and find a way to work through the noise. At the same time, I think you have to find that quiet time, the quiet room so to speak, because that’s where the work is done.”

He continues, “it’s like in martial arts. You learn to implement techniques you learn under stress. If you can’t do them under stress, you haven’t learned anything. And that’s where the writing comes in. Can you do this amongst the noise? Can you tune in and find out who you are as a writer.”

“Listen, there is a way out of this I believe, and it’s about not being caught in the drama and the distractions. Ignorance is your biggest enemy. The more the polarization of social media and other distractions draw you in, the less you’ll talk to each other…”

Alternative Nation has reached out to Keenan through his representatives about the allegations against him.

  • Willvs7

    Allegation against Maynard regarding rape back in 2000, followed by an allegation against Trent Reznor for rape in 1994. The Reznor tweet was in response to the Maynard tweet, and both of those anonymous accounts were created on June 22nd- within an hour of each other and the Reznor account was created first.

  • Lady Lilith
    • Olga Stewart

      And we also get the articles about Vicky Cornell trashing her husband’s legacy.

      Yes, Brett, those articles are also nonsense.

  • Wesley Gray

    speaking of clickbate, AltN. …but i fell for it! +1!!

  • Corndog
  • hp-fourtwenty

    fuck your clickbait!!!

    • Thomas

      Pre-fucking-cisely. Yet here we are. Notice the ad just below your comment! Heh

  • James Valenti

    Thanks for being a perfect example of clickbait

  • Creepy Green Light

    Another garbage article by Brett the “reporter”.

  • Goldfoot

    You’re guilty of the shit he’s talking about. This headline is vague enough that I thought it would actually be about the allegations. Hope it got the clicks you were looking for.

  • Geoff R

    Are you kidding me? The title of your article claims he reacts to the news and in the first paragraph state that he hasn’t commented yet. Congratulations on being part of the fucking problem.

    • Krissalee85

      I think the photo was Maynard’s response to th allegations.

      • therightclique

        It definitely was not.

  • Rizz

    The irony of this story and AN is too funny. Life sure is a trip ehh Bret?

  • Rachel Padovani

    Your salary depends on clickbait, doesn’t it, Brett?

  • ourworlds atwar

    I think Maynard is silent because he’s lawyering up.

  • Jared K

    I created an account just to call u a lieing sack of shit, Brett Buchanan. Loser bitch.

  • Jason Kustra

    Can’t say whether Maynard did it or not but this article is shit and so are the other two of yours that I read.
    I think this is more of a personal Blog than an actual news site

  • JewbixCube

    You have at least one typo in your clickbait article. You typed “we’re” instead “where” in one of the Maynard quotes.

  • Steve

    Snow flake clinton is the one responsible for the seperation of immigrants in 1993. That’s been the policy until now. President Trump fixed that like he’s fixed everything else the liberals screwed up

  • mystic headlock

    These allegations shouldn’t even be mentioned in passing. That was an anonymous, single-use Twitter account made expressly for this purpose. The story is completely bogus and deserves no acknowledgement whatsoever thanks.

  • Tom

    Is this some sort of post-modern ironic take on click bait? Some kind of meta click bait? You click baited to get someone to read about someone talking about click bait.

  • Aaron Quintana

    Good way to further extrapolate his accusation, lol.

  • Francisco Marroquin

    Wow the click bait is strong with this one

  • Nerdelbaum Frink

    What a shit article. I suggest everyone visit this site with an adblocker on now. Fuck their clickbait.

  • 20YR_FED

    Mayos pic = number of fans he has left including him