Maynard James Keenan Explains His Unique Singing Style to Sammy Hagar

July 3, 2019

In a preview to an upcoming episode of Rock & Roll Road Trip with Maynard James Keenan, Sammy Hagar probes the Tool frontman's brain for the his unique style of singing and phrasing behind his songs.

“The thing that impresses me most as a singer and lyricist is that you have a phrasing ability that is genius," says Hagar. "You get words that work rhythmically and they’re so oddball."

Keenan replies by referring to his days running cross-country in high school, and discovering that he did not have a default breathing pattern, and instead would change it depending on the terrain. "I was actually running to [my footsteps>. So, if you’re going over hills, or down hills, or in chuck-holes, or whatever, my breath would follow those rhythms, which is weird.”

Keenan then adds that he would listen to remix tapes of AC/DC, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, and King Crimson saying, “It’s easier for me to write to things that are outside of 4/4 [time signature>.”