Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan‘s authorized biography, A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things, debuted at Number 10 on the New York Times best sellers list of hardcover non-fiction releases. The book chronicles the events, the disappointments, the triumphs and the outtakes that led Keenan to take each next step in his life and career while exploring sometimes surprising opportunities.

The Sarah Jensen-penned book includes commentary by Keenan’s family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues, along with anecdotes from the singer himself. We asked the singer if he was proud of the Maynard James Keenan who is portrayed in the book: [“I would hope so. If you’re standing in your own skin, you’d better be okay with who you are. I think that’s probably the hardest thing to look at, is have you made the right choices, and I think that’s kind of what the book is about, is trying to make the right choices and following your instincts. So yeah, I think as far as instincts are concerned, yes, I’m proud of that person.”] 

  • Keenan, who is known for being not just protective about his personal life but at times misleading about his history, is in the midst of a tour to promote the book.
  • The events include Keenan reading passages from the book against a backdrop of never-before-seen photos and videos, in addition to the elusive musician taking questions from the audience.
  • The next stop on the book tour bring Keenan to San Francisco’s Herbst Theater on Monday night (November 21st).
  • The instrumental members of Tool have been working on music for their long-awaited next studio album, but Keenan has not begun working on lyrics and melodies yet.