Maynard James Keenan has little to offer when he's asked about his band Tool -- which has gone a decade between albums -- these days.
"I'm wondering the same thing you are," Keenan, 51, grumbles over the phone line from Milwaukee. "As soon as I get that answer the sooner I can stop being asked that...question."
But he has plenty to say about his other band, Puscifer -- which, truth be told, is just as interesting.
Puscifer is in the midst of its Money Shot Heard Around The World Tour, supporting the collective's third full-length album, "Money Shot." It's another ambitious and theatrical stage outing, this time featuring a wrestling ring as well as a wrestling troupe, Luchafer, that stages matches before the band takes the stage.
"With most of the shows we have lofty ideas about how to bring in the added element," explains Keenan, who launched Puscifer with the 2007 EP "Don't Shoot the Messenger." "Usually it comes in the form of video and we do video breaks, and sometimes you get lucky and realize you can actually take the live portion of (the videos) on the road.
"And that's what happened with this (tour); Rather than filming (the wrestling) we actually have it. It's more of what we had in mind before, with actual performance attached to the performance."
Why wrestling? "Just the dynamics," says Keenan, who went to high school in Scottsville, Mich., and who as a resident of the Southwest -- he maintains the Merkin Vineyards and Caduceas Cellars winery in Arizona -- is very familiar with Mexican wrestling leagues. "It's very acrobatic. It's very athletic. I'm just very fascinated with the characters and their stories. It really fits what we do."
And Keenan, who's planning a "Money Shot" remix album for later this year, is also confident that as time goes on, more and more fans are becoming familiar with just what it is that Puscifer does, and how it's more than just something for Keenan to do while waiting for Tool.
"I think there's a real level of understanding for the band now," he says. "It just takes time. When you first hear a thing sometimes you don't quite understand it or you can't quite tune yourself into it. But I think people have figured out, 'Oh, OK, this is kind of what it is. It's an almost anything goes project,' and once they get their head around that, then they just strap in for the ride."
Saturday, April 2. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.
Tickets are $35-$75.
Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.
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