Maynard James Keenan discussed the deaths of Chris Cornell, David Bowie, and Alan Rickman in a new Revolver video.
“Understand that you are on your fucking own, you are alone, do what makes you feel like you’re successful, or at least setting up the next level of okay, I’ve reached that understanding, now let’s go to the next level. Big fan of Chris Cornell, when was the last time, did you think about Chris Cornell this week? I didn’t. I loved the guy. Alan Rickman, David Bowie, there’s a bunch of posts on Facebook, and then you go about your way.
That’s what’s going to happen to you by the way, people are going to be upset that you’re gone, and then they’re going to move the fuck on with their lives. So be happy with what your decisions are, you are on your own, you don’t owe anybody anything. But if you’re doing your job and you’re doing it accurately enough and you’re expressing from the heart, from the core, from your experiences and intuition, it’s going to resonate with other people.
They’re going to get something out of it, their day might go better because of your true honest approach to what you’re doing. You’re going to help other people, you’re going to help yourself, you’re going to help your family. But just understand at the end of the day, nobody owes you as an artist any kind of accolades. You don’t owe them anything, they don’t owe you anything. You’re just doing.”