The frontman of Tool and Puscifer, Maynard James Keenan was the recent guest of the former frontman of Sammy Haggar’s latest ‘Rock ‘Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar.‘

AXS TV released a preview video of this legendary couple and Maynard responded to Hagar’s question about his vocal phrasing.

Here is what Keenan said:

“I remember running cross-country in high school, and everybody has their own breathing rhythms, right? It’s just supposed to be in-out, right? I was actually running to the [footsteps]. So, if you’re going over hills, or down hills, or in chuck-holes, or whatever, my breath would follow those rhythms, which is weird.

But you know then I would have remix tapes of some of my favorites songs… AC/DC… Odd time signature stuff. There’s some Joni Mitchell that’s crazy time signatures…

She’s singing on the up, she’s singing on the down and that was kind of like the running. You’re kind of following some of that… So, just naturally it’s easier for me to write to things that are outside four-four.”

You can watch the preview video below.

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