Maynard James Keenan, the singer for TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE and PUSCIFER, recently agreed to write a bi-weekly column for Phoenix New Times' "Up On The Sun"blog.
In his debut piece, titled "These Are The “End of Days", the musician discusses his winemaking and offers offering advice to those who believe in the Mayancalendar's promise of a 2012 apocalypse.
Keenan writes, "The inherent problem with being a Chicken Little-type person is that if or when the sky ever falls, I'll be too flattened to snip 'See? I told ya so!' And although I live near Sedona, I possess no crystal ball, and any Tarot cards I may have owned have certainly all been shredded in the spokes of my long retired banana seat Huffy."
He continues, "These are in fact the 'End of Days' and people need to know about it As Soon As Possible! Obviously the only rational thing to do is to clear out all of your bank accounts and send me a cashier's check for the full amount … along with that cashiers check, I'm gonna need [for] you to go ahead and send along a detailed list of all your assets, toys, deeds, to any real estate, patents pending, etc. Please include highresolutionphotos. I can't be bothered to Google image each and every one of them. Not enough time."
TOOL has not issued a new album since 2006's "10,000 Days".
Keenan recently spent time on the road with PUSCIFER in support of that band's sophomore album, "Conditions Of My Parole", which was released last October via Puscifer Entertainment.
A PERFECT CIRCLE will perform one show in 2012 — on December 29 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The band also confirmed its participation in the 2013 edition of the Soundwave Festival, which kicks off February 23 in Brisbane, Australia.
Muse’s Label Sued for $3.5 Mil for Allegedly Stealing Ideas for The Resistance
Muse’s record label, Warner Music, has been slapped with a $3.5 million lawsuit over concepts behind tracks on the band’s 2009 album, The Resistance.
Austin, Texas-based attorney Robert Kleinman tells ABC News Radio that he filed a lawsuit against Warner Music in federal court in Manhattan last week on behalf of his client, Charles Bolfrass, who is accusing Muse of stealing the idea for his "cinematic science-fiction rock opera," Exogenesis, and using it on The Resistance.
Bolfrass is suing Warner Music for copyright infringement, unfair trade practices and unfair competition. Contrary to other online reports, Kleinman confirms to ABC News Radio that Muse is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Kleinman says that Bolfrass pitched Exogenesis to Muse in 2005, supplying them with a binder that included a screenplay, storyboards and about 1,000 pages of supporting material. The attorney added that while Bolfrass says Muse rejected his ideas, he is claiming that the band copied concepts from Exogenesis for their songs “Exogenesis I,” “Exogenesis II” and “Exogenesis III,” which appear on The Resistance. The lawsuit also alleges that the image from The Resistance’s cover artwork was stolen from Bolfrass’Exogenesis storyboards.
An ABC News Radio request to Warner Music for comment went unanswered as of Monday afternoon.
In other Muse news, the band will take the stage later this month as part of the iTunes Festival. The guys will perform at London’s Roundhouse on September 30, just two days before the release of The 2nd Law. You’ll be able to check out the band's full performance at the event for free: iTunes will be offering live and on-demand HD video streams via the iTunes Festival App or the iTunes Store.
Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello Perform with Bruce Springsteen in Chicago
Fans who attended Bruce Springsteen’s concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday got a special treat. Springsteen welcomed Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello onto the stage during his headlining set.
Vedder joined Springsteen for a special rendition of The Boss’s classic 1982 hit “Atlantic City,” and then reappeared with Morello to perform Springteen’s "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and a cover of "Twist and Shout."
The onstage collaboration is nothing new: both Vedder and Morello have a history of performing with Springsteen. Morello has shared the stage with Springsteen several times over the years, and he appears on two tracks on his latest album, Wrecking Ball. Vedder has also gotten the opportunity to jam with Springsteen several times over the last decade, performing at The Boss's concerts in Chicago in 2002, two shows in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. in 2004, and at the Kennedy Center Honors Springsteen event in 2009.
Fan-filmed footage of the performances has been posted on YouTube.