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Maynard James Keenan to Play With Puscifer Again This Fall

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Tool’s Maynard James Kennan is spending his summer vacation on tour with his recently reunited platinum-selling “other” band, A Perfect Circle. Once the Circle closes, MJK will return to work on another of his bands, and no, it’s not Tool, metalheads. Keenan will shift his focus to the always entertaining Puscifer. The band’s second album, ‘Conditions of My Parole,’ is due out October 18. Keenan recently told SPIN the album “is like ‘Twin Peaks’ in the desert.”

‘Conditions of My Parole’ was recorded in a makeshift studio set up in Keenan’s Arizona wine cellar. Keenan is a noted wine enthusiast with his own brand, Caduceus. “It’s different writing music in the outback compared to writing music on Hollywood Boulevard,” he mused about the location’s influence on the music. “The Verde Valley has so much diversity. You’ve got stories of ghosts and aliens, plus Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, vineyards, ranches, horses. It’s hostile territory: You’ve got scorpions, black widows, brown recluse, javelina, rattlesnakes… and hippies.”

Guest players on the album include Jeff Friedl and Matt McJunkins from Ashes Divide, L.A. songwriter Juliette Commagere, Bat for Lashes drummer Sarah Jones, and Jon Theodore, formerly of The Mars Volta. “Working with different people opens up a whole new set of questions and puzzles and solutions,” says Keenan.

Puscifer will tour for two months upon the album’s release. The shows will resemble the band’s 2009 variety show style tour, where no two performances were alike.

As usual, Keenan was tight-lipped about Tool. “We’re writing,” he said. He also said A Perfect Circle might release new music in the future.

Oh Maynard. You always keep us guessing and 100 percent entertained.

Watch the video for ‘Queen B’

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