Tool's Maynard Is "Passenger" On Deftones' LP

The Deftones' third album, "White Pony," will arrive in record stores on June 20, containing a contribution from none other than Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan.

Keenan, who has been busy with his new group A Perfect Circle, took some time out of his schedule to join his friend, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno on a track for the Deftones' new LP.

A song called "Passenger" was co-written by Moreno and Keenan, and the two also trade verses on the track. According to Moreno, the two were able to put the song together very easily.

"We laid down, like, some rough ideas," Moreno told the MTV Radio Network. "And then the next day, [Maynard] came back with all the lyrics just written out. And I told him about the concept of the song, what I wanted it to be, just like, being in this car.

"He really used a lot of cool

imagery," Moreno continued, "and we traded off, line for line, as opposed to, 'This is my part, this is his part.' Our voices, for some reason, they just work together." [RealVideo]

The Deftones' first single off "White Pony," "Change," is due on May 8 as an enhanced CD created by one of the group's more energetic fans (see "Deftones Make Big Plans For "White Pony" Release").

As for Maynard James Keenan, he is currently on tour with A Perfect Circle, supporting Nine Inch Nails (see "Nine Inch Nails Taps A Perfect Circle For U.S. Tour").

For much more on the Deftones, be sure to check out the MTV News Online feature "Deftones: Worth The Wait"