Maynard James Keenan Remembers Low's Mimi Parker: "A Huge Influence on My Writing Approach"

He's right about the band's 2001 album 'Things We Lost in the Fire'

Photo (left): Carrie Musgrave

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Nov 7, 2022

Maynard James Keenan has paid tribute to late Low vocalist and drummer Mimi Parker, who passed away this weekend following a battle with ovarian cancer.

On Instagram, the Tool/Puscifer/A Perfect Circle singer called news of Parker's death "crushing," writing, "Although I've never met them, Mimi and Alan have been a huge influence on my writing approach w regards to pace, space, and harmony."

Keenan continued: "A few years ago right after Bowie, Lemmy, and Alan Rickman died, I began writing letters, 12 at a time, to strangers who have had a huge influence on me. This was in reaction to the outpouring of love I was reading that these dead artists would never hear. I chose to write and send those words of appreciation, along w some wine and gifts to my guides while they could still read them. Mimi and Alan were on that next round of 12 letters, and had been for about 6 months. And I fucking waited too long. I was literally going to ask mgt to track down a good address for them this weekend. I had no idea she was sick. This puts an added sting to my procrastination."

The frontman shared that he had Low's "Congregation" from 2015 album Ones and Sixes "on loop" upon learning of Parker's passing, concluding, "My point I suppose is Do Not Wait. Life Is Too Short. Say the Words. Send the Letter. Make the Call. Also — Do yourself a favour and dig deep on the [Low] catalogue. Things We Lost in the Fire is a good place to start. Alan, [Puscifer] will be dedicating 'Horizons' and 'A Singularity' to Mimi the next few days while we play our way through Canada. So sorry for your loss."

Read Keenan's complete tribute below.

Tonight, Puscifer play Montreal's MTELUS on their North American tour, ahead of a stop at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre tomorrow evening (November 8). Both dates will feature hyper-limited vinyl for sale.

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