Maynard James Keenan and Steven Drozd Cover “Rocket Man”
Tool/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips, recently collaborated on a cover of Elton John’s iconic track “Rocket Man” for the film The Heart Is a Drum Machine. This new film, which was released in March of this year, poses the question: "Why do people create and listen to music?" Drozd backs up Keenan's vocals and assists with instrumental aspects of the recording. In my humble opinion, the track is quite good and may be one of the better covers Keenan has sung on, including the well-meaning, but shaky, A Perfect Circle cover album Emotive. Although the cover song end up in the final cut, Keenan is featured throughout the film along with a wide range of guests like Jason Schwartzman, Kurt Loder, Nic Harcourt, Juliette Lewis, and Elijah Wood. In addition to this film, Moog filmmakers Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenk also made up the team that produced a documentary called Blood Into Wine: The Arizona Stronghold about Keenan’s winery, Caduceus Cellars. The film which had a limited release earlier this year also featured an array of guests, such as Patton Oswalt, Milla Jovovich, and more. The Heart Is A Drum Machine trailer Listen to “Rocket Man” at Puscifer’s website or check it out here.