Saturday – July 23. A long awaited show after a 6 year hiatus, A Perfect Circle stopped in to TX to play to a sold out show at the Verizon Theatre. As always, Maynard James Keenan was buried deep in the stage and unlit. Photographers were only able to shoot the first two songs while he hardly had enough light for auto-focus to even catch him. Something that was most likely well planned as he likes to stay out of the media and especially photographers.
The first song was pretty much dark and instrumental so there was only a few moments to even capture any of the band. However, Billy Howerdel was glad to step up and into the light to throw down some of his super tasteful guitar riffs. Bassist Matt McJunkins had no problems being up in front of the stage, and in front of Maynard of course. While many fans I am sure missed Josh Freese, Jeff Friedl of Ashes Divide and Puscifer did a killer job of keeping the beats from start to finish.
The stage was set up well with a silver-like backdrop that draped the sides as well as the ceiling. It caught and reflected all of the colors that were being shot out and at one point looked like there was every color in the spectrum.
Now for the music. Opening for APC was a band from Japan called Red Bacteria Vacuum. A truly odd pairing. Was it intentional to make APC sound better? They were really tough to listen to and punishing to the ears. Once they finally got off the stage, the venue filled up waiting for A Perfect Circle to begin playing.
Throughout the show they were pretty laid back and steady with Billy taking more of a lead role with stage presence and energy, coming out a few times to get in front of the audience. With mostly cover songs being played and lots of slow times, there were a few moments where they really rocked. The lights were in sync with the band and the crowd was into each moment. You could feel the energy of the crowd together with the music and the lights! Unfortunately they missed a few key songs that would have been great to hear. Maynard, to help with efficiency, decided to skip the encore and finish the concert with the last three songs. Overall it was a must see but could have been better concert. A few more originals and a better photo opportunity would have been great. Plus, how could he not play “Judith”? Set list is below.
All photos by Jeff Resta. Please subscribe to my article HERE!
“Weak and Powerless”
“What’s Going On”
“People Are People”
“(What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding?”
“When the Levee Breaks”
“Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie”
“Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums”
“Fiddle and the Drum”
“By and Down”