Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Review: A Perfect Circle at Red Rocks

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 12:53 PM

And not to pull your halo down
Around your neck and tug you off your cloud
But I'm more than just a little curious
How you're plannin' to go about makin' your amends

God I love that song.

And yes, I'm fully aware that "The Noose" is nearly an eight-year-old track, off A Perfect Circle's second album, Thirteenth Step.

True, this is Maynard James Keenan circa Aug. 2006, when I photographed him at Denvers Coors Amphitheatre, but you get the idea. Same rock star, different band.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • True, this is Maynard James Keenan circa Aug. 2006, when I photographed him at Denver's Coors Amphitheatre, but you get the idea. Same rock star, different band.

But if you weren't there to relish old material, or catch opening act Red Bacteria Vacuum, a lively female Japanese punk trio, then there really was no reason to spring for last night's A Perfect Circle concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The band has come off a six-year hiatus and isn't touring with a new album, so the show consisted entirely of tracks from Thirteenth Step, Mer de Noms and eMOTIVe (the anti-war cover album), except for a single new song played during the encore.

Many in the audience knew to expect "By & Down" from recently released articles in Billboard and Blabbermouth.

And I'm pretty damn sure that that's what we heard last night — it was a first listen at the night's end, so even as I watch the video below and think that has to be it — I want to cover my ass and say it might have been something else. I swear, I was awake.

For those holding out for new material from Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan, he's expected to release Puscifer's Conditions Of My Parole in mid October, to be followed by a tour beginning the following month.

As for last night's performance in the rain (a sightly addition to the light show), the band was as tight as ever, with Jeff Friedle of Puscifer and Ashes Divide (A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel's side project) filling in for drummer Josh Freese, who'd committed his summer to Weezer.

Howerdel and Keenan harmonized beautifully as always — it's always a bit eerie to me how similar they're able to sound — which makes for rich layering on many tracks.

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