Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan; April 17, 1964), also known by fans simply by his initials as MJK, is an American progressive metal singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning American metal band Tool. He is originally from Ohio, but spent his high school and college years in Michigan. After serving in the Army in the early 1980s, he attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1988 to pursue a career in interior design and set construction. Shortly thereafter, he formed the band Tool with Adam Jones.
I think psychedelics play a major part in what we do, but having said that, I feel that if somebody's going to experiment with those things they really need to educate themselves about them. People just taking the chemicals and diving in without having any kind of preparation about what they're about to experience tend to have no frame of reference, so they're missing everything flying by and all these new perspectives. It's just a waste. They reach a little bit of spiritual enlightenment, but they end up going, 'Well, now I need that drug to get back there again.' The trick is to use the drugs once to get there, and maybe spend the next ten years trying to get back there without the drug.
Once you take yourself too seriously the art will suffer.
I'm a pessimist. But I'm a pessimist with a sense of responsibility. If I had never joined the military, the weight of my words wouldn't be so heavy.
|Song Title||Year Released *||Song Rank|
|David Bowie- Bring Me the Disco King (Loner Mix)||1,043,575|
|Where the Streets Have No Name||1,122,268|
|Calling Dr. Love||1,022,855|
|Replicants- Silly Little Love Songs||1,043,574|
|21st Century Schizoid Man- RARE & NEW||1,092,428|
|Silly Love Songs||1,197,808|
|Titannica- Ass Kickin' Fat Kid||1,022,854|
|Full Name at Birth||James Herbert Keenan|
|Date of Birth||April 17, 1964|
|Birthplace||Ravenna, Ohio, USA|
|Height||5' 7" (170 cm)|
|University||Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Winemaker|
|Claim to Fame||Lead singer of Tool|
|Father||Michael Loren Keenan|
|Mother||Judith Marie Keenan|
|Friends||Bill Hicks (comedian)|