Watch Maynard James Keenan Play Jenga During a Tool Concert

"Tryn ta Jenga back here, ffs"

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Feb 28, 2022

It's well-known that when performing with Tool, A Perfect Circle or Puscifer, vocalist Maynard James Keenan isn't the centre of attention, often stationing himself in the shadows behind his bandmates onstage. When Tool launch into a lengthy instrumental passage, the frontman will sometimes leave the stage entirely, and he's now given a glimpse of what he gets up to in those moments away from the mic.

Vocal warmups? Nope. A quick drink of water to keep hydrated under hot stage lighting? Not quite. For the man who once sang, "I know the pieces fit," a game of Jenga is the only suitable way to spend those offstage moments, as shown in a new video Keenan shared on Instagram.

The clip sees the vocalist sheltered behind drummer Danny Carey, puzzling out which block to move from his Jenga tower while his bandmate bangs away at his kit during a performance of "Descending" from 2019's Fear Inoculum.

Carey then picks up a mallet and reaches behind himself to strike a gong, which ruins Keenan's Jenga stack and steely focus. The vocalist jokingly yells, "What the fuck! What's wrong with you?!" Maybe next time Keenan will keep it simple and queue up some episodes of Letterkenny.

Tool's current North American tour behind Fear Inoculum features no Canadian dates. The band recently detailed a deluxe vinyl edition of their most recent album.

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