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Maynard James Keenan Tells Tool's Origin Story in Biography Excerpt

Backbeat BooksThe famously reclusive Maynard James Keenan will delve into his past in his upcoming biography A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, written by Sarah Jensen with contributions from the Tool frontman himself. In an excerpt from the book, which you can read on RollingStone.com, Keenan reveals the Tool origin story.

The excerpt picks up with Keenan in Los Angeles, jamming with his friend Tom Morello. As Morello was beginning to form his new band, which he called Rage Against the Machine, Keenan was looking for a new outlet to express his music.

"I needed to destroy," Keenan writes. "I needed to primal scream and I needed to be loud enough to make people go, 'What the f*** was that?!' I needed to get it out. It was that tipping point where you either become a serial killer or a rock star."

As luck would have it, a musician named Adam Jones was also looking for a collaborator, and he thought Keenan would be a perfect fit. While Keenan wasn't sure about Jones at first, that changed during their jam session.

"Maynard invited Adam to jam on a basic song structure and recognized immediately his rhythm skills, his methodical pace that reflected commitment to his craft, and he had no doubt he'd lay down a firm base for his words and fury," the excerpt reads. "Adam was no noodler."

Jones then brought in bassist Paul D'Amour, and the trio began practicing in a rehearsal space owned by a drummer named Danny Carey. When Keenan and company couldn't find a drummer, Carey decided to step in. Thus, Tool was formed.

You can read the rest of Keenan's story in A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, which will hit bookshelves November 8.

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posted : October, 24th by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock