Maynard James Keenan, frontman of A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER and TOOL, will be joined by fourteen friends — including SOUNDGARDEN's Kim Thayil, A PERFECT CIRCLE's Billy Howerdel and the FLAMING LIPS' Steven Drozd — over the course of his forthcoming "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" book tour.

Keenan, who is known for not merely being protective about his personal life but at times pointedly cagey and misleading about his history, will participate in a moderated discussion about the book and his decision to share such intimate details about his life. The special evening also includes Keenan reading passages from "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" with a backdrop of never before seen photos and videos, as well as taking questions from the audience in what will be a rare moment of direct interaction between the elusive musician and the fans of his projects.

"A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" moderators:

* November 9 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery

Moderators: Dino Paredes (Suretone Management) & Mark Brooks ("Metalocalypse" director)

* November 10 - Wappinger Falls, NY @ Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

Moderator: Alex Grey (Renowned artist/Chapel of Sacred Mirrors founder)

* November 11 - New York, NY @ The New York Society for Ethical Culture

Moderator: Roxy Myzal ("HardDrive" Producer/radio personality)

* November 12 - Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Moderator (both 7:30 and 10 p.m. readings): Roxy Myzal ("HardDrive" Producer/radio personality)

* November 14 - Toronto, ON @ Convocation Hall (University of Toronto)

Moderator: Alan Cross (102.1 The Edge Music Director)

* November 16 - Chicago, [email protected] Thalia Hall (7 p.m. reading)

Moderator: Amanda Danielson (owner, Trattoria Stella and The Franklin/Master Sommelier)

* November 16 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (10:30 p.m. reading)

Moderator: Dirk Flanigan (executive chef, Ocean Cut and Il Coniglio/former PIGFACE vocalist)

* November 18 - Portland, OR @ The Aladdin Theater

Moderator (both 7:30 and 10 p.m. readings): Paul Barker (MINISTRY, LEAD INTO GOLD, PUSCIFER)

* November 19 - Seattle, WA @ Kane Auditorium

Moderator: Kim Thayil (SOUNDGARDEN)

* November 21 - San Francisco, CA @ Herbst Theatre

Moderator: Laura Milligan (a.k.a. Hildy Berger/"Mr. Show")

* November 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Montalban Theater

Moderator: Billy Howerdel (A PERFECT CIRCLE, ASHES DIVIDE)

* November 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center

Moderator: Kimber Lanning (Local First Arizona, Stinkweeds)

* November 26 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater

Moderator: Matt Mather (Sommelier at Frasca Food & Wine)

* November 27 - Dallas, TX @ Texas Theatre

Moderator: Steven Drozd (FLAMING LIPS)

Tickets for all dates are on sale now, with the exception of the November 14 event at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, which are available to the general public on October 14.

"A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things" presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led Maynard James Keenan to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes-surprising opportunities. Included throughout are passages in Keenan’s own words, often-humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative. Commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues rounds out the Sarah Jensen-penned memoir, with a foreword from American visionary artist and longtime Keenan friend Alex Grey. The biography arrives on November 8 via Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group.

Keenan told The Pulse Of Radio that Jensen was actually around for many of the formative events of his life. "She met me when I was doing music, which was in high school of course. High school plays, choir, all those performances. She saw me, you know, when I was going into the military, she saw me in all the sports activities that I was involved in, a lot of the poetry that I used to write back in high school, some of the publications that I was involved in back she's seen all of that progression."



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