Tom Morello recently did a Twitter Q&A with fans, and he reacted to a fan asking about the story of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan almost becoming the lead singer for Rage Against The Machine when the band formed.
How did you feel when Maynard want picked to front your band?
It all worked out for everybody.
Any new rock band you like?
Royal blood is good
If you could take 4-5 of your favorite musicians and create a rock/metal band who would those people be?
Great bands are about chemistry not players
Dog just died, what song should i listen to to help?
Very sorry to here that. Springsteen: land of hope and dreams.
what’s yr favorite Randy Rhoads solo or song wth Ozzy?
Both solos on me Crowley are insane
Any additional projects lined up with Run The Jewels?
I’ve never done anything with RTJ but there’s a dope Killer Mike feature on my new solo record
What’s your favorite kind of fan interaction?
Long sweaty hugs with drunken dudes while their bro figures out how to snap pic with cell phone.
How’d it feel to be in guitar hero 3?
Fine being in it but the weird stuff people say to me since it came out I could do with a little less of.
In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Maynard James Keenan revealed that he briefly considered joining the band that would become known as Rage Against the Machine.
Following the breakup of Morello’s band Lock Up in 1990, he began jamming with Keenan, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. “We actually were in a rehearsal space – this is after [Morello’s former band] Lock Up was dead and he was trying figuring out where he gonna go next, and so yeah, it was right around the same time all those things were happening,” Keenan recounted.
However, Keenan said he ultimately chose to go a different direction. “I was looking for almost a Puscifer approach to music at that point. They were looking for a more serious approach, so I think that was pretty much immediate.”