Saturday, February 06, 2016

There is a not so unwritten rule at rock concerts that says you don’t go on stage with the band. This is for the band’s safety and, as we find out in this video, the fans’ safety as well.

Maynard James Keenan is the lead singer of the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle and is a bona fide music god. He’s also a well known practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, having trained under Rickson Gracie and recently receiving his purple belt from Luis Heredia.

The incident occurs as Tool performs their song “Pushit”. The fan hops up onto the stage and rushes over to give Keenan a hug, which he accepts before immediately launching the fan with a hip toss and transitioning to his back. Keenan sinks his arm under the neck and, luckily for the fan, uses his other arm to continue holding the mic and sing rather than finish the choke. He then transitions to back mount and continues on with the song, almost making it seem like it was an everyday occurrence.

The whole thing makes for a wild scene. Fans rushing onto the stage is a relatively common thing to witness at concerts, but they are usually dealt with by hired security and not the lead singer of the band. The fans who attended the show were surely not expecting a little BJJ exhibition mixed in with their heavy metal, but that’s exactly what they got. Judging by the cheer that goes up as Keenan hits the hip toss, they appreciated his display of grappling skill. And the fan got to walk away unharmed and with a great story to tell his grandkids.