Given a Sliding Doors scenario, there is a universe out there in which Maynard James Keenan is the frontman of Rage Against the Machine, it’s just not this one. It almost was, however, according to a new Rolling Stone interview with the Tool frontman.

“Well, there wasn’t a Rage when I was working with Tom [Morello],” Keenan told Rolling Stone. “I think he was working with Timmy [Commerford], perhaps. I can’t remember if Brad was drumming or not.”

“This is very foggy at that time ’cause I didn’t know Brad yet, so you’d have to talk to Brad, find out if it was actually him. We actually were in a rehearsal space – this is after [Morello’s former band] Lock Up was dead and he was trying figuring out where he gonna go next.”

“And so yeah, it was right around the same time all those things were happening. And I think just the vibe of where they wanted to go … I guess I had a little bit of that Green Jellö thing going on in me still, so I was looking for almost a Puscifer approach to music at that point.”

“They were looking for a more serious approach, so I think that was pretty much immediate,” the frontman continued. “If there was a consideration for that at all, it was very brief, but it was all at the same time.”

Of course, Keenan did end up appearing on Rage Against the Machine’s landmark first album once they finally hooked up with Zack de la Rocha, who became the band’s frontman. Keenan contributed vocals to the track ‘Know Your Enemy’.

Keenan will soon be touching down in Australia when he appears with Puscifer during the upcoming MONA FOMA and a series of headline dates. Check below for more details.

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Puscifer’s Money $hot – Round Under Tour Dates

Friday, 20th January
Mona Foma, Hobart, Tas

Saturday, 22nd January
Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Vic or 132 849

Monday, 23rd January
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA or 136 100

Wednesday, 25th January
Darling Harbour Theatre, Sydney, NSW or 132 849

Thursday, 26th January
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD or 132 849

Sunday, 29th January
Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand or 0800 111 999

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