10,000 Steps: Tool’s Maynard James Keenan reveals how cross-country running influenced singing style

Courtesy AXS TVMaynard James Keenan guests on an upcoming episode of former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip TV series. In an advance clip from the episode, the Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman describes how running cross-country in high school influenced his unique singing and songwriting style.

Speaking to Hagar, Keenan explains that, while he was running, he never had a traditional "in-out" breathing rhythm.

"I actually had odd rhythms...I was actually running to the steps," Keenan says. "So, if you’re going over hills, or down hills, or in chuck-holes...my breath would follow those rhythms."

He adds that, while running, he'd also listen to bands like Pink Floyd and King Crimson, as well as AC/DC and Joni Mitchell, which he feels all helped him become the musician he is now.

Keenan's full Rock & Roll Road Trip episode, which will also feature celebrity chef Guy Fieri, airs this Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on AXS TV.

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