He also talks about how piracy has destroyed music, and reveals plans to write an autobiography to prove there's more to him than his role as a rock star.
Posted on Jan 27, 2013 03:05 pm
Tool singer Maynard James Keenan says his Puscifer side-project has recorded a cover of the Queen classic "Bohemian Rhapsody", to be released in February.
In the same interview, he shared opinions on the music industry and revealed plans to write an autobiography.
"There's a disconnect between people not buying music and not understanding why [bands] go away," he told the Phoenix New Times. "There are people who are like monkeys in a cage just hitting the coke button. They don't really get that for [musicians] to do these things, they have to fund them. They have to have something to pay the rent."
He says the music industry is going to default back to having musicians who are willing to work for the love of it, and for less money. "The illusion is gone," he says. "There's no longer blank checkbooks."
Maynard had been writing an autobiography, which he hopes will prove that there's more to him than just his bands like Tool and A Perfect Circle.
"I think there are a lot of misconceptions with some people that, all of a sudden, I was born when my first band came out. I actually had a life before that, and there were a lot of accomplishments. [The book] will kind of chronicle why it is I got to where I am, and why I got to where you knew about me."
Meanwhile, his prolific side-project Puscifer will release the "Donkey Punch The Night" EP on February 19. It will include two new songs, covers of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody" and Accept's "Balls To The Wall", with extra remixes.
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