Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Reveals How He Learned He’s A Prick


Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan revealed how he learned he’s a prick in a new interview with Kerrang.

Going back to the book, what made you feel it was the right time to release it?

“I turned 50. I thought we’d be able to get it done by the time I turned 50, but it was a lot more laborious process. Sarah’s really good at doing research so she went above and beyond the call of duty on picking up details outside of the story and bringing them into the book for absolute structure. It took a lot longer than we thought it would.”

Did you give her all your private papers?

“No, I gave her a lot of photos and, basically, just every Sunday we’d speak for an hour or two hours and just try and go through era by era.”

Did you learn anything about yourself in the process?

“Yeah, I’m a prick. Are you sitting down?”

Yes, I’m sitting down…

“Turns out I’m a prick. The end. (Laughs) I did not know that. It was a very rewarding experience seeing some of the crossroads and choices made and how a lot of it ended up coming down to intuition. By just trusting your instincts. I think people that are raised as an only child kind of have a little bit more of that than most people, because we don’t have siblings to correct our path or tell us what’s acceptable, or not acceptable. We just have the voice in our head, which is our own, you know?”