The iconic Tool and Puscifer leader, Maynard James Keenan had a new interview with Rod Yates of Junkee and revealed a story never before told of his childhood.
Maynard asked him about his youth days and how he handled the difficult situations he had in his early days.
Here is the story written in Junkee:
It says something about Tool’s rabid fanbase that when the LP’s title was announced on July 29th, the word ‘Inoculum’ became the most-searched word on the online Merriam Webster dictionary. “Of course,” says Keenan, speaking from his home in Northern Arizona. “Get the word, kids! That’s the whole point, right? I come from a family of educators. My father and step-mother were high school teachers for their entire career before they retired.”
Not, he says, that that was at the forefront of his thinking when coming up with the title. “But if somebody learns along the way…that’s a collateral benefit.” WHEN THE LP’S TITLE WAS ANNOUNCED ON JULY 29TH, THE WORD ‘INOCULUM’ BECAME THE MOST-SEARCHED WORD ON THE ONLINE MERRIAM WEBSTER DICTIONARY. Quiz the singer on whether the title means being inoculated against fear, and he’s non-committal. “
It could go either way,” he says. “It’s definitely a polar statement. It could be someone who’s been inoculated by fear. And that’s the only thing they know.”