The Many Faces Of Maynard James Keenan — Kerrang!


Very similar to Rick Sanchez, protagonist of insane cartoon present Rick & Morty, Maynard James Keenan appears to have one distinct tremendous energy: he does no matter he desires to, at any time when he feels prefer it. Because the frontman of such genre-defying and mind-blowing acts as Device, A Good Circle, and Puscifer, the laborious rock singer has made a profession of taking over unstable and hefty tasks, all whereas laughing within the face of anybody who tries to pigeonhole him.

However even exterior of his musical endeavors — as a gifted winemaker, philanthropist, and occasional actor (we’ll get there) — Maynard has worn many uncommon hats, each actually and figuratively. He has the uncommon distinction amongst rock stars of being instantly recognizable whereas on the identical time by no means adhering to 1 particular picture or identification.

As we speak, in honor of Maynard’s 55th birthday, we check out the numerous faces of considered one of rock’s most unusual frontmen from during the last two many years.

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Maynard The Horny Satan (2002)

Maynard might take his music extremely significantly, however fortunately he doesn’t take himself as a lot. In a 2002 video for the DIY comedy sequence Bikini Bandits, the frontman took on the position of Devil and bit the titular stars to go to the Vatican and commit acts of blasphemy in his title (the video additionally stars Marky Ramone because the Pope). However in actually stylish style, Maynard doesn’t go all grim or black steel together with his Lucifer — as an alternative, he’s a horny bondage satan who threatens to make the Bandits watch Corey Feldman dance till the tip of time (which is scarier than most hells we are able to think about).

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Maynard The Vintner (2004)

Photograph by Andy Cantillon/RetnaUK

When Maynard first introduced he could be producing his personal wine, loads of cynics rolled their eyes and chalked his enthusiasm as much as rock stars pondering they might do something. However Maynard defied stereotype by not solely following by means of on his ambition, however pursuing it passionately. As we speak, Maynard is thought amongst wine circles for being a rock star who’s as concerned together with his Caduceus Cellars vineyards as he’s together with his music. The above shot of Maynard in the course of the early days of his Dionysian ambitions is superb if just for the newfound pleasure you possibly can see in his eyes.

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Maynard The Metallic Frontman (2004)

What’s most fascinating about Maynard’s position as frontman of laborious rock/heavy steel act A Good Circle is that it appears to be the place the place the singer can let his hair down (actually and figuratively). Whereas Device and Puscifer are each bands that appear closely pushed by tone and picture, A Good Circle are a bit extra open to new influences and a basic rock and roll vibe. As such, that is the place we get to see Maynard in a human gentle, sitting on the ground or hanging out together with his band.

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Maynard The Rock Star (2007)

Due to his many faces and sides, we frequently consider Maynard as a formless supply of weird, hilarious genius (type of like Q in Star Trek: The Subsequent Era). However it’s additionally vital to do not forget that Maynard is a fucking rock star: a dude who’s been making music, touring, and navigating the globe longer than you’ve. This shot is Maynard as with out frills, trying like a real king of rock and roll.

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Maynard The Gentleman (2010)

Someplace alongside the best way, Maynard distinguished himself from the nu-metal frontmen he was typically unfairly in comparison with. As Device grew to become a extra psychologically nuanced band, and their fanbase (and members) matured, Maynard began channeling his eccentricities in much less apparent or immature instructions. This didn’t imply he’d misplaced his humorousness (see the barbecue present beneath), simply that he wasn’t going to play the sport. Right here, trying like an unhinged member of the Audubon Society alongside his bandmates in Device, Maynard nonetheless seems like he’s obtained a bizarre scheme in thoughts, it’s simply not the one most metalheads would anticipate.

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Maynard In Cost (2013)

Whereas Device and A Good Circle showcase Maynard as half of a bigger collaborative band, Puscifer stays the distillation of his “inventive unconscious,” and as such is one of the best show of Maynard as a musical Svengali. The truth that he’s generally entrance and middle in pictures of the band and different occasions barely seen would possibly say one thing about how his unconscious is manifesting at any given time. However this shot, with Maynard smack dab within the center, able to roll, sums up the band’s identification: an extremely cool venture with an impressed nucleus at its core.

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Maynard The…Terrifying Squid Farmer (2018)

A Good Circle’s 2018 launch Eat The Elephant didn’t simply shock followers as a result of it was the band’s first album in 14 years. It additionally featured a canopy with Maynard and bandmate Billy Howerdel dressed like twin Uncle Festers who had been too scary for a black steel band. It was an aggressive assertion towards the accepted idea of the band as a conventional laborious rock outfit: this properly goes deeper and darker than you assume. Regardless of how bizarre the brand new Device album is, it’ll by no means be fairly as off-putting as this.

Posted on April 17th 2019, 7:00pm

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