For years now, Tool and A Perfect Circle fans have discussed theories that frontman Maynard James Keenan is prophetic in his song writing.
Maynard was recently interviewed by Ultimate Classic Rock and they brought this very subject up, asking him what his thoughts are.
Maynard said, “People have, I guess, complimented or acknowledge, or they claim, that there’s a lot of prophetic things that came out on [the most recent APC record] ‘Eat the Elephant,’ prophetic things on ‘Inoculum,’ probably prophetic things on [the new Puscifer album].
“But it’s not really prophetic, it’s just understanding patterns and understanding human nature and where we’re going. Although they might seem specific, they’re not. They’re human experience.
“Last night we had pasta with tomatoes and basil from our garden, drinking our own wine. It’s one of those things that didn’t happen overnight. We had to work for that…
“I could claim, ‘Look how I was right 25 years ago when I planted that orchard and planted that garden.’ That’s absurd. I just like planting things.”
I know conspiracy theories can be fun, but Maynard himself has said he’s not a prophet. He’s a guy who likes studying human nature and creating amazing music.