Tool/Puscifer Frontman Covers Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’
The enigmatic Maynard James Keenan, frontman for Tool, A Perfect Circle and his most recent shits-and-giggles collaborative project, Puscifer, has recorded an Elton John song – and it’s awesome.
The track in question is Elton’s ode to orbital loneliness, "Rocket Man". Officially credited to Puscifer & Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips lead guitarist) and dubbed "Rocket Mantastic," the cover is a beautiful rendition of the 1972 classic, autoplaying on Puscifer.com.
While the song appeared on Puscifer setlists last year – including the Los Angeles Nokia show we attended – the recording is attached to Christopher Pomerenke’s cheap music documentary The Heart Is A Drum Machine, in which Keenan appears for roughly 15 seconds – staring at the camera and not saying a word. You’re certainly not missing out if you haven’t seen the film; it’s poorly made and difficult to sit through. What’s more – the song’s not even in the damn thing.
In more Maynard news, not only is Tool working on a new album, but Antiquiet recently got the scoop on new activity with A Perfect Circle as well. Exciting times!