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Maynard James Keenan Of Tool/Puscifer/A Perfect Circle

Maynard James Keenan (Tool/A Perfect Circle, Etc.) Says We’ve Almost Outgrown Rock As A Culture


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It’s an all too familiar refrain these days that the genre of rock n’ roll is on its last legs. KISS vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons infamously proclaimed its demise a few years back. Guitar Center is said to be in financial trouble, Gibson recently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A recent article published by The Washington Post posited that the genre of rock doesn’t even really matter anymore at the moment.

You can add Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan to those foretelling the genre’s potential demise as he recently told The Atlantic that hard rock in particular use used to have ‘danger’ and ‘made his parents nervous.’ However, he believes that element is now long gone in the modern age of immediate access, commenting:

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“…When you watch Ozzy Osbourne stumbling around in his kitchen picking up dog poop on The Osbournes, well that scary part is gone, isn’t it? Rock, we’ve almost outgrown it as a culture. There are other things that are dangerous.”

Of course one could argue that the decade-plus absences of material from Tool and A Perfect Circle haven’t exactly helped the genre of rock maintain its once prominent position. But with the veil steadily listed on the music industry as a whole in the age of the internet, it’s hard to deny Keenan‘s assertions.

Keenan however doesn’t appear to be ready to admit defeat anytime soon as A Perfect Circle‘s latest release “Eat The Elephant” recently debuted at debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and Tool‘s long-awaited new studio album is finally being recorded after a nearly twelve year wait.

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