A Perfect Circle @ Universal Amphitheater, Universal City CA 06/05/04
Hey peeps, I caught APC at the Universal Amphitheater last night, and it was one kick ass show It was mellower than I thought, perfect musical setting to get lost in dream like haze…or more accurately a pot like haze
There was plenty of politically charged dialogue onstage. Maynard and Billy took plenty of pot-shots at President Bush, affectionately referred to as “G.W.” or “the prick.” Maynard even had a life sized standee of President Bush, which he hid behind during their opening number “Vanishing.” Right after the song “Magdalena,” Maynard started playing with the crowd, saying “you know, not this last song, but the song before it, I could have sworn I smelled…marijuana!” which of course was greeted with a roar of laughter and applause. He then proceeded to say “wucha think of that ‘G.W.’(pointing over at the life-size standee), they’re just tryin to have fun!”
After “3 Libras” which featured guest musician Paz Lenchantin on violin, Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez) led the crowd into a little musical satire called “Freddie’s Got Slacks” …while the life-size standee of “G.W.” (James Iha) battled it out with a standee of “The Terminator” (Billy Howerdel). The Terminator won by the way, literally demolishing the standee of “G.W.” Maynard apologized for the silly antics, and promised it would never happen again haha.
WEAK AND POWERLESS
THINKING OF YOU
FREDDIE GOT SLACKS/GW vs. THE TERMINATOR
THE NURSE WHO LOVED ME
All in all a great show, even with the political undertones. The band was in good form, and it was very cool to see various alumni of other groups, like James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, Jeordie White of Marilyn Manson’s band, and Josh Freese (what band hasn’t he played with?). My lady made the observation, she said something like “there’s only one way to describe it, it was beautiful.” She hit the nail on the head. APC’s music is dark, moody, brooding, but it also has this lovely yet melancholic side to it. Even onstage, shades of blue lighting were used heavily, adding to the mysticism and sweet sorrow of the music. My only disappointment with the set was the absence of “Orestes,” one of my favorite tracks off of Mer De Noms. I later reported this to a coworker who opined that the track is too difficult for Maynard to consistently pull off in a live setting. That could be true as evidenced by some bootlegs that are floating around online. Maynard’s voice would crack during the outro. Good experience, very glad we caught these guys live.
Thanks for reading, and if you’re even remotely interested in seeing APC, I suggest you get your ass out there and see them
Posted on October 3, 2012, in A Perfect Circle, Concerts: 1998-2004 and tagged A Perfect Circle, Billy Howerdel, concert, James Iha, Josh Freese, Maynard James Keenan, Review, Tool, Universal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.