Maynard James Keenan Of A Perfect Circle Accused of Alleged Rape

He’s currently on the road with A Perfect Circle at the moment in support of their latest record, ‘East The Elephant’ but now vocalist Maynard James Keenan has been accused of raping a fan in 2000.

Here is the full statement from the victim.

“Deep breath. I have to anonymously tell this story because I tried to tell it from my real account and couldn’t name him directly out of fear, so I deleted the tweets. Here goes: I was 17 and he was 36.

I went to see A Perfect Circle and NIN in the year 2000 with my high school boyfriend. I will leave out the city in an attempt to protect myself. We were looking forward to this all year as both of us were really huge fans, teenagers obsessed with great music.

We were in the front row and my boyfriend had his arms around me. The band started. Maynard noticed me in the crowd. Not that it matters what I wore, but I was wearing a NIN tank top and baggy cargo pants with flat-soled combat boots.

Maynard saw me and threw a water bottle in my direction. The guy next to me caught it. My boyfriend and I laughed and thought that was cool. Minutes later, a heavy-set, blonde, white woman came out to meet us. She looked at me and asked, “Do you want to meet the band?”

I said, “Can my boyfriend come with me?” The heavyset woman said “I only have one pass. You can meet them now if you want.” I told my bf that I’d see him in a few minutes, and then I followed her backstage. She lead me back to the VIP area, and I never saw her again.

Maynard was sitting on a picnic table and was staring at me. NIN hadn’t gone on yet so I thought I had plenty of time to get an autograph and get back to the show and my boyfriend. I didn’t have a piece of paper, so I asked Maynard to sign my hand.

I was ready to go back with my bf. NIN was starting and I didn’t want to miss it. But Maynard kept chatting. He asked me how old I was. I said, “I’m 17.” Then he said, “I can’t talk to you here, let’s go watch a movie” and he pulled me away from everyone and onto a tour bus.

He lead me to a bed in the back on the bus and closed the door. He put on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I decided to watch a few minutes and at least have a weird story to tell my boyfriend later. Yes, 17 year olds can be naïve. This is why older men target teenage girls.

He started rubbing my neck. At this point, I fell silent. He talked about the film, Johnny Depp, and Hunter S. Thompson while he started taking his pants off. All I could do was sit there, looking at the movie, unable to move.

I froze so he had to move my body into a missionary position. He pulled off my cargo pants. He forced himself in- there was no attempt at “warming up”. I mention this because this wasn’t about sex. This was about raping me as fast as he could.

He penetrated my vagina without a condom, moving rapidly, while I lay there frozen in a stunned silence. If I sound clinical it’s because it has been a long time and I have tried to push down any sort of fear or shame that comes with a rape.

There was no consent made. I was not high. I was clean. He did not seduce me, he forced me, quickly taking advantage of my paralyzed state. It took me years to process his actions. He came all over my torso and didn’t wipe me off. There were stains on my tank top when I left.

I don’t remember the next few minutes but I do remember this- my boyfriend was waiting for me at the doorway where I had been lead. His face was sick with worry. I didn’t want to upset him so I kept it to myself.

I’m sure to some this doesn’t sound like rape. I’m telling this story because in the year 2000 the conversation about consent was non-existent, at least not at my high school. Statutory rape in this state is 16 and under. Lucky for him he beat it by 1 year.

It has been 18 years and I’m still working through the trauma of that assault. #MeToo and #TimesUp has been an eye opener. I hope that everyone gets a chance to heal. I hope I can heal. Maybe telling your story is part of the healing process for victims of sexual assault.

I kept it in for years because I knew I wasn’t going to be believed by he legion of dedicated fans. Because he chose to not use a condom when he raped me, he also gave me a strain of HPV, which thankfully was not the cancerous type.

Later on, I heard from a male friend that he did this in every city, at every show. He preferred underage girls (or as close to underage as he could get). What happened to me has likely happened to a lot of underage girls by this same man.

A warning to Maynard James Keenan and all men: *leave underage girls alone.* Do not take advantage of a girl’s kindness and trust. She deserves to keep her self-confidence and happiness forever. /End #TimesUp #MeToo

I’ve carried a sense of deep shame from this assault for many years. I thought it was my fault. How could I let him do this to me? But he was 36. I was 17. He knew exactly what he was getting away with. What could I have done differently? My body was paralyzed. #MeToo

Now that I am approaching the age that Maynard James Keenan was when he assaulted me, the thought of assaulting a 17 year old is completely unthinkable. Just *unthinkable*. We have to train men to think rape is as unthinkable as cannibalism. #MeToo”

Following this circulation of Tweets and the story, the topic has been under heavy discussion on Reddit, with the following comment:

“In ’98, i took my then-girlfriend to her first Tool show. She was 19 and was as obsessed with them as I was. After the show, we were filing out when we were approached by someone from the Tool entourage (had lanyard with passes, ID) who asked her to come meet Maynard. She asked if both of us could go and we were told only she could go, because she was “his type”. She thought it felt sketchy so noped out and we left. Websites and message boards at the time mentioned Maynard’s proclivity for hooking up along the tour – not saying they were true, or that any activity wouldn’t be consentual. I’m sure he could find a hundred female fans in any city who would jump on their bus for anything. But the setup for this really reminded me of that moment. I used to joke about Maynard trying to steal my girl, but this story makes me extra glad she felt a little creeped out by the invite.”

 

At the time of writing, Maynard James Keenan is yet to publicly respond to the allegations, with no known legal action begin taken against him.

More news surrounding this will be posted as it develops.

All Time Low Sent A Fan A Birthday Cake! And A New Song!

This is one way to get a new song out there as All Time Low have sent a fan a Birthday Cake.

Along with this was a link to a streaming site for a brand new track called ‘Birthday’. Here’s the link.

 

Oli Skyes (Bring My the Horizon) Opening a Arcade/ Bar

This is very unexpected. Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes is opening Church. I know what you’re thinking and no it’s not an actual church. It’s going to be a gaming arcade with a bar!

Those who have already visited Oli’s Drop Dead Clothing store in Sheffield will already be familiar with the building that Church is set to be housed in. The building is a traditional Victorian industrial premises, designed by famed architect William John Hale, who is responsible for a number of the Victorian churches in the Sheffield area. Hence the name- Church.

On this, Oli has said “Our building has incredible heritage and I wanted to develop a barcade concept that truly celebrated and developed that legacy. We wanted something that fitted with William John Hale’s original and stunning design but provided something to wow 21st century customers. Our strapline is ‘Temple of Fun’ – we provide a whole experience.”

Enter Shikari Announce ‘Content’ A Photozine and CD of Unreleased Live Songs

This is something I guess which is new but kind of old at the same time. Enter Shikari are going to be releasing a limited edition photozine which features their 2017 ‘The Spark’ tour across the UK and the EU.

‘Content’ is a 40-page magazine, made up of a selection of photos from Shikari’s band photographer, Tom Pullen. With the collection, it includes rehearsals in Bedfordshire to Alexandra Palace.

Accompanying this is an exclusive CD ‘Bootleg Series Volume 8 featuring four songs recorded live at their show in Newcastle Arena.

It’s limited to 2000 units which is available to pre-order now via the band’s website.

A percentage of the profits will be shared between Donae4Refugees and Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

 

Coheed And Cambria Announce UK Tour

They’ve just announced their record and now something fresh. Coheed And Cambria have announced a huge UK tour which sees them playing six cities in the UK.

Here are the dates.

October 2018

9th – Cardiff Y-Plas

10th – Glasgow ABC

12th – Newcastle O2 Academy

13th – Manchester Academy

14th – Birmingham O2 Academy

16th – London Roundhouse

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Live Review: He Is We @ Newcastle Think Tank

Date: 21/06/18

Support: Lizzy Farrall

He Is We are an indie rock band, hailing from Tacoma, Washington, fronted by Rachel Taylor. The first time I ever heard their music was probably the track All About Us which features Owl City. Something about that track never left me and I just hoped that one day they would announce a UK run of shows. Several years later, I had the opportunity to see He Is We in one of the most intimate gigs I’ve ever attended in Newcastle.

I had the chance to speak to Rachel before the show and you can just tell there’s more to her than meets the eye. She’s insightful, thoughtful and a caring individual which transcends to her stage presence as a highly underrated vocalist everyone needs to know about today. However, the performance of He Is We as a whole? Captivating to say the least.

The first act to play was Lizzy Farrall. She’s had a busy year so far, opening for Seaway on their most recent UK tour, a Tiny Moving Parts sold-out show in Manchester and going to America to work out her next steps. Given her experiences this year, you definitely see she’s a much better and capable performer than before. She released her debut EP: ‘All I Said Was Never Heard’ in January of this year and it’s just that raw emotion which draws you in. Similarly to He Is We, both vocalists have a similar style at the base of their performance but the main difference (other than nationality) is the musical style, but that’s what makes them both stand out as performers to make them all the more inviting to watch on stage. With tracks such as ‘Better Off’ and ‘Broken Toy’, it’s a pleasant experience once again and on the next tour, I’m sure Lizzy will blow us away, with one or two better jokes in mind.

Now the crowd was smaller than I’ve seen at the Think Tank, but that makes it all the more intimate for the evening’s experience. I mean, British crowds are usually a little shy but people could’ve come closer to He Is We. Even though it was a small crowd, they looked as if the place was packed with Rachel talking to everyone in the audience and getting people involved, especially when they decided to perform (I can’t remember off the top of my head what it was so I’m going to compare it to a Riff Off from Pitch Perfect) a riff off, to the delight of fans. Taylor took this to her younger days when she said to her guitar teacher you could use the four chords from any pop song and string them together. Although, please don’t hold me to that, it’s not word for word accurate I’m sure.

The band continued through a catalogue of tracks which would leave anyone envious that they weren’t there. Pushing their vulnerability, at times it felt as if they bore all to the audience, but here that’s where you really admire them because when stripped down to its bare necessities which make He Is We the band that it is.

Honestly, I felt like the show didn’t last nearly as long as I had wanted it to. Before I had to leave, I was pleased to find the fans and the bands interacting with one another as it’s accustomed for artists to rush off after their set to avoid being swamped by fans. Here though, you see these two acts that are extremely down-to-earth and grateful for the support they were receiving.

If I could relive the night again, I’d say 100% yes, please do because this is the sort of gig you come across rarely and for He Is We’s first time performing in the UK, it’s a dream come true for the band and the fans.

Rating: 8/10

 

Lizzy Farrall

He Is We

Stone Sour Detail Announced Re-Issue of Sixth Record, ‘Hydrograd’

just been playing a few dates in the UK in support of their sixth record, ‘Hydrograd’ but now Iowan rockers Stone Sour have announced there’s more to come as they’ll be releasing an extended deluxe edition of their record.

It’ll feature an additional disc of 13 more tracks, including unreleased b-sides, acoustic tracks, covers and live recordings, the deluxe edition of ‘Hydrograd’ is set to drop on August 31st via Roadrunner Records.

Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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Disc One.
01.) YSIF
02.) Taipei Person /Allah Tea
03.) Knievel Has Landed
04.) Hydrograd
05.) Song #3
06.) Fabuless
07.) The Witness Trees
08.) Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)
09.) Thank God It’s Over
10.) St. Marie
11.) Mercy
12.) Whiplash Pants
13.) Friday Knights
14.) Somebody Stole My Eyes
15.) When The Fever Broke

Disc Two

01.) Burn One Turn One
02.) Bootleg Ginger
03.) Live Like You’re On Fire
04.) Subversive
05.) Unchained (Van Halen cover)
06.) Bombtrack (Rage Against The Machine cover)
07.) Outshined (Soundgarden cover) (Live at Sphere)
08.) Song #3 (Acoustic)
09.) Mercy (Acoustic)
10.) Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I) (Acoustic)
11.) The Witness Trees (Acoustic)
12.) Mercy (Live at Sphere)
13.) Fabuless (Live at Sphere)

You can Pre-order the deluxe edition from Pledge Music, Itunes and Amazon.

A Conversation With… He Is We

It’s the first time coming to the UK for He Is We and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been keeping up with them for a while and couldn’t believe it when they announced a Newcastle date. I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a chat with Rachel Taylor to talk about everything from the Tour to Tattoos.

 

Rachel: Hello, I am He Is We. That’s my stage name.

Jack: Let’s go from the beginning, where’s that name come from?

Rachel: I was like 14 or 15 years old and I decided if I was ever going to have a band, I wanted them to understand people on stage shouldn’t be above anybody. They should be eye level. At the end of the day, nobody should be idolised so the people on stage are with the people in the crowd, just with a microphone or guitar, drums or flute in their hands. It kind of became a more religious experience where I started to see social issues and understanding that faith was being used in a negative way I wanted to promote that the god I serve would not give a shit about your sexual preference.

Jack: Can I get a halleluiah?

Rachel: He loves you and at the end of the day he created you the way you are and He Is We is a collective of that though.

Jack: That’s a nice way to put it.

 

Rachel: Your accent is so cool.

Jack: I was going to say the same thing as well.

Rachel: Oh really? We’re cool but thank you very much.

 

Jack: and the Let’s Talk About Us Tour. The first time playing in the UK.

Rachel: For sure, this will be officially the first He Is We show ever in the United Kingdom ever in the ten years of its existence. I came to the UK when I was a kid but this is the first time I’ve been able to play music over here. It’s pretty rad.  You guys have Starbucks so it’s cool.

Jack: Best beverage to have?

Rachel: Oh, Matcha Green Tea Latte. It’s powdered but it’s not and I love it.

Jack: Would that be your official endorsement tag? It’s healthy but it’s not?

Rachel: The Medicine Ball is another one. You take mint majesty, steamed lemonade and six packets of honey and then you drink it and feel better. It’s good for vocalists.

Jack: I’ll take your word for it there but I’ll pass on that concoction to a few friends.

He Is We: Please do.

 

Jack: I did notice the picture of your dog last week on your Instagram feed as well.

Rachel: He’s my little nugget. I got him because I started looking into adopting children and figured I should get him first and make my way and so far he’s alive. He’s perfect. I wanna donate his time to military hospitals. The last dog I had served with the soldiers that had just come back from Germany which was pretty cool. If he here, he’d be on his back sleeping next to your feet, he’s awesome.

Jack: And then just snap a picture of him

Rachel: I always do, I’m creepy as hell. Only toward him though. I talk to him all the time. Every time he pees or poops outside I get stared at because I’m like that was so good, you’re number one at number two like over and over again and he stares at me I’m like please stop mom.

Jack: God help your child when you eventually have one.

Rachel: God help them, for sure. That’s my life.

Jack: Then you’d be going from playing to supporting your kid in the crowd and they’re like mom please stop, please stop.

Rachel: Oh if my kid plays sports and someone puts a hand on my kid, I’m going to jail, for sure.

Jack: I’m imagining that right now and I’d pay to see that.

Rachel: I would. I definitely would so maybe I should just stick to dogs.

Jack: And after you wrap up things here in the UK, you’ve got a little break then straight back to things in the US.

Rachel: Mhmm, in like a month and a week and a half off then Australia. I’m getting all my firsts out there.

Jack: And the latest EP, To Infinity and beyond, toy story reference right there.

Rachel: Hell yeah. Toy story is my childhood right there.

Jack: I’ll say I have already seen Incredibles 2.

Rache: Oh I haven’t seen that yet, we were gonna go see it. Did you see Deadpool 2 yet? It’s so good. It’s soooo good. I need to see a couple of movies. Incredibles 2 is on there, Jurassic world.

Jack: I really need to see Hereditary.

Rachel: I really wanna see that one. I like scary movies but I’m not good at watching them.

Jack: Halloween comes out this October.

Rachel: What? Really? They’re making a new one?

Jack: John Carpenter is aboard and working on the music and Jamie Lee Curtis is aboard as well.

Rachel: Oh wow, really?

Jack: And the guy who played Michael Myers originally.

Rachel: Holy sh**! I’m so stoked for that. Hopefully, when I’m on the road I can do that. On our day off. We did an amusement park the other day.

 

Jack: I have to ask what’s in that drink as well?

Rachel: Oh. Lemon.

Jack: By the looks of your face I could’ve guessed that. Going to Infinity And Beyond again, what’s your favourite track to play off that?

Rachel: I’d have to say Every Other Man. I like playing it live, it’s just empowering. To Infinity is really fun but I think it’s Every Other Man. There are ones that are fun which is hold my heart and every other man is like a story. It’s like if I got on stage naked, the vulnerability would be there. I’ve never gone on stage naked but I’d assume it’s like that.

Jack: Have you ever seen Birdman?

Rachel: No.

Jack: There’s a bit where Michael Keaton walks through times square semi-naked.

Rachel: See, he gets it a little. I wrote that song on the piano and we were going to try and write something that was upbeat and I jumped on a piano while the producer wasn’t there and he came back in and I was just this emotional mess. I finally started talking about stuff that was going on with me and that song came about and it was about the way to verbalise everything that was going on with me.

Jack: Damn!

 

Jack: I’d be ashamed if I didn’t ask about your tats as well. I’ve not inked myself.

Rachel: Don’t worry about it. On my right arm, I told my dad if he came back from Iraq. He’s been there most of my life with military stuff, I’ll dedicate my right arm to you so I dedicate my entire arm to that man. The feather is because he called my his phoenix growing up. My left arm is so that my kids will know where I came from so they know what makes up half of who they are. Story of my dad, right-hand side, left-hand side it’s me. And so I intend on filling this thing up.

Jack: And I’m guessing you’re getting something dedicated to the dogs.

Rachel: Oh I frickin’ hope so. I got this because I have the way my dad sees me which is the Phoenix and then I have the way I see my which is the lion and the lotus is the new chapter. The Hercules knot is ever binding, never parting then one of my favourite lines from a song, let my name be feared at the gates of hell but it’s in pretty handwriting.

Jack: It looks very sweet but then you read it and it’s like woah.

Rachel: I wanted the arm to be strength but on an intimidating level like the strength in me that goes what you see really. It’s more for interpretation. You’ll get one then you’ll get it and it’ll be so cool

Jack: Well I just have to decide on that first.

Rachel: You just have to decide on something that represents you to the point that you’re reminded of who you are. You get it as a reminder that you’ve been through this, you’ve had bigger demons and I’ve fought them and I can do it again and so, that’s how I look at it so I can persevere. Get something that makes you excited to be alive. It shouldn’t be for aesthetic purposes, what would you want to have on you, to remind you of your character, of your upbringing, the things you overcame. Did you come from a religious background?

Jack: Yes and no because my mum’s Catholic and dad’s Protestant.

Rachel: That’s some intense religion man.

Jack: But the only church experiences I remember were when I went on Christmas Eve to the local church with my family.

Rachel: That’s so cute. That’s precious. It was a lot of corruption in church so that’s why I love what I’m doing right now. That’s how I wanted church to be. Get on stage but you’re not talking at people, you’re with them. And so a lot of my tattoos they reflect the religious stuff that turned me away from God and what ended up bringing me back. Finding stuff like that, that’s like hell yeah, this is who I am. It’ll open a door to discuss at surface level and get people to connect with you. We were actually talking about getting tattoo’s on this trip but we don’t know where to get them or what to get.

Jack: Finding someone’s half the battle then deciding on what to get’s the other half.

Rachel: Well for us, it’s more what because we don’t lack the courage. It’s the first time he is we have come to the UK and that’s huge so I don’t know what I should get.

Jack: The British flag?

Rachel: My dad would die if I get the British before the American.

Jack: Well, get the American one then when you come back to get it done

Rachel: That would be hilarious. I was thinking something, Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s face. That is like it says the UK, is there a flower?

Jack: There’s the poppy that comes to mind.

Jack: A poppy? Hey, Josh do you wanna get a poppy flower tattooed on you?  On your butt?

Josh: A Poppy Flower.

Rachel: I’m asking what would represent us coming to the UK? Is ther like a bird?

Lizzy Farrall: You could get a bumble bee.

Rachel: A Bumble Bee. Would you get that? That would be cute. I get a flower and then you get a Bumble bee and then we would pollenate one another. My boyfriend would be like what the fu**?

You can watch the video for He Is We’s track Happily Ever After below.

Sworn In Part Ways With Vocalist, Tyler Dennen

After seven years fronting the band, metalcore group Sworn In have parted ways with their vocalist, Tyler Dennen.

In a statement posted online, the band have explained that Dennen left to focus on a new project and that both will be releasing new music later this year.

Below is the band’s full statement.

 

“Moving forward, we wanted to share with you guys that us and Tyler are going our separate ways.

Over 3 albums and an EP, we’ve done so much together and we’re proud of him for moving on to write his own music, sing, and play guitar in his new project. We’ll be continuing to follow our own paths while supporting each other.

Sworn In will be continuing on. We will be releasing a remixed/remastered ‘Start/End’ EP next Friday 6/29 via Fearless Records and celebrating with a release show in Milwaukee. You can catch us playing the EP and Let Down live on tour all summer.

Tyler wants to make sure it is understood that he has nothing but love, respect, admiration and appreciation for every moment spent in sworn in, and with Chris Derek and Eugene.

Both us and Tyler have new music coming and you can expect to hear new releases from us both in the next year. We’re really happy to both be doing our own things and getting along better than ever. Thank you for always supporting us.

– Sworn In // JAINE DOE”

 

Along with the band’s statement, Dennen has confirmed that he’ll be releasing new music soon through his new project titled as Jaine Doe.

Here is Dennen’s tweets which act as his statement.

Brian Fallon Announces Acoustic UK Tour

He’s coming back to the UK. Brian Fallon has announced he will be returning to the UK for an intimate, eight-show run in early 2019.

Speaking on the tour, Fallon has said: “I’m very excited to be able to come back over to the UK and do my solo acoustic and piano shows. Many songs and many stories!”

Here are the dates.

February 2019

5th – Newcastle Wylam Brewery

6th – Edinburgh Queens Hall

7th – Manchester Albert Hall

8th – Cardiff Tramshed

9th – London Union Chapel

22nd – Cambridge Junction

23rd – Brighton St. Georges Church

24th – Bath Komedia