Maynard James Keenan Reveals If He Quit A Perfect Circle

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Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan recently joined in for an interview with Rick Beato as he spoke about A Perfect Circle, stating he hasn’t left the band and he sees a potential tour coming.

Maynard James Keenan opens up on A Perfect Circle

During the interview, he was asked if he ever listens to his records once they are done.

He said: “Yeah, I mean it’ll come up and I’ll listen to them sometimes, especially like when we’re going to go back on a tour. Like, if we go back out with A Perfect Circle, there’s gonna be some, I’m going to do songs that we haven’t done. So, I had to go back and listen to that song and remember not the recording but what it became while we were doing it live because you fixed it whatever the nuances that didn’t get caught in the recording you fixed it.”

Keenan has worked with some incredible musicians – including Adam Jones in Tool, Billy Howerdel in A Perfect Circle, and Mat Mitchell, who co-produced the latest Puscifer record, Existential Reckoning – and in this interview, he explained some of the similarities and differences between his three bands.

Further on in this in-depth interview, Keenan talks about his songwriting process, highlighting the importance of being able to take a step back and allow bandmates’ creativity to flourish. “I accidentally only work with very strong personalities – stubborn people,” he says with a half-smile.

“I almost have to let them take the first step… and then react and allow them to see the reaction so that they can built on [that]. And that’s the same across all those projects.”

You can check out the video clip below: