a perfect circle – fox theater, detroit

I was so super excited to hear that a perfect circle was getting back together to tour and I scooped up tickets to Fox Theater in Detroit and someplace in Pittsburgh right away. I headed out to this show with Phil, who had seen them in Buffalo (as did I) years ago, and we were both pretty excited.

After getting pulled over and having the car searched in Queenston, we made good time to Detroit through Windsor, grabbed yummy dinner at this Mexican place someone (I think sean) had posted a review of on fb a few weeks ago, then wasted a few hours at MGM casino before heading to the venue.

Fox Theater is stunning. You’ll just never have places like that built again, so glad it is well taken care of. The opener was Red Bacteria Vacuum, a punk band that turns out to be from Japan. Can’t say it was any good, but they were cute reading off a sheet of paper in english to the crowd about Japan, and how the best thing they can do to help Japan is play their music haha.

APC came on at 9, opening with Annihilation followed by Imagine, and then I got the bad feeling that this setlist was going to all be from Emotive…and I was right. So I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, because in general it was a good show – Maynard still sounds amazing, the band (Billy, James Iha, 2 guys from Ashes Divide/Puscifer, no Josh Freese 🙁 …) sounded great. Just…I felt like I was seeing a new band I’d never seen before, because since I hated Emotive and listened to it a whole total of once, I really only knew like 5 songs. The setlist just bummed me out big time. They really must have played the entire record, just song after song from Emotive (just checked, they played 10 of 12 songs), and I started wondering if they were still doing the “one album per show” thing, and had hopes that Pittsburgh would be better. But sadly, setlist.fm seems to show the same basic set – lots of Emotive with a few changes in the songs from Mer Des Noms and 13th Step. *sigh* Guess I need to try to brush up on my Emotive before August.

So here’s the setlist:

Annihilation (Crucifix cover)
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
Weak and Powerless
The Hollow
What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye cover)
People Are People (Depeche Mode cover)
The Outsider
(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? (Nick Lowe cover)
When the Levee Breaks (Joe McCoy cover)
The Noose
3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix)
Gravity
Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie (Black Flag cover)
Magdalena
Passive

Encore:
Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
Fiddle and the Drum (Joni Mitchell cover)
By And Down

APC was never a band you really had to SEE, as they are not very active on stage, and they still aren’t. Maynard, James Iha and the drummer were on boxes at the back, with the bassist and Billy moving around up front. I’m glad we got Magdalena, as they sometimes seem to switch it out with Orestes (wouldn’t mind that either though), and they seem to switch out Gravity for The Package. So much of Emotive is slowish, it just brought the whole thing down. The crowd didn’t seem to have any energy (maybe due to a seated venue, but I’m figuring it was the setlist, the older songs got big reactions). Passive is better live than on Emotive, but it still pales in comparison to the live version called Vacant from…2001?ish (aka the buffalo show). Counting Bodies Like Sheep was pretty awesome, but it was one of 2 songs I liked from Emotive so it makes sense. And closing with 2 songs I have never heard before (or don’t remember hearing) was just…blah.

So….it sounds all like a complaint, but it’s only a half complaint. They really sounded amazing, and live music is always awesome. Nothing compares to live guitar, and Billy is a pretty great guitarist. I just don’t understand the setlist choices.

Now I need to get excited for U2.

A Perfect Circle Toronto

i don’t know how i ever questioned going to the rochester show on monday. lol really…i must have been temporarily insane to think i didn’t want to go to it anymore. good thing i didn’t sell my ticket to anyone else.

a perfect circle is seriously the best band out there right now. ive said it before, i’ll say it again, and i’m sure i’ll say it even more in the future. maynard is the best male rock vocalist. period. wow. as soon as it started i had a big stupid grin on my face. they opened with “vanishing” which is kinda an odd choice, but it worked really well. i’ll get the set list eventually. but my comments.
– i love “blue” on the album. it’s one of my favs. it sucks live. it just totally doesn’t work.
– we got “brena” instead of “rose” from the first album. it was a nice change, i think i only heard brena at the boston show but i’m not sure. i forget about brena, and that it’s such a pretty song. maynard’s voice is so beautiful in it.
– “the package” is really cool live when it kicks in towards the middle. the guitars are just piercing
– “the nurse who loved me” is infinitely better live than on the album. it’s one of the songs i could do without, but the way they change it live it so cool
– maynard holds the note in “the outsider”, for “what a mess” and i think it’s more impressive than the “judith” note. that’s saying alot, since his voice on “judith” is just like, gah!!
– they played “the noose”. i totally didn’t expect it and it was wonderful
– this kid behind us had a funny shirt on that said “i’m like a superhero with no special powers and no motivation” hah it made me laff

the rest of the day…ikea didn’t have the lights i wanted. must be too new or something, will have to check the other store in a few weeks. i didn’t do my hair or makeup til i got to heathers. my hair looked so rad, but i dunno what i did when i did it, but it hurt like hell. so by the time we were finishing at ikea i was dying from the pain so i had to take them out in the car. booo. it looked so cool. *whine* i think i might have had them too high on my head maybe…cuz they didn’t hurt yesterday when i wore them around the house. i switched tickets with heathers friend, so i could sit with her instead of by myself. nice kid to do it for us. i had seats on the side of the arena, and heather’s were directly across the arena from the stage. so good view the whole time, and it was wonderful

orgy is going to kick so much ass omg i can’t wait. heather said she’s gonna go now, cuz it’s on her birthday, and james said he is coming too. ha i get to dress him up la la la anyone else want in on the orgy?!? the more the merrier. i decided i definitely won’t be able to wear the fake hair to orgy cuz it’ll just get pulled/tornoff/destroyed when i’m up at barrier so i’m gonna get my hair cut off after vacation. i think i might have seen a style i liked on this asian chick at the show tonight. yeah..me…black hair, how asian do i look now? lol

took a few dumb pics that maybe i’ll post tomorrow.

haha my dream calendar for today is “car” and it says…”finally, some dream pros say cars symbolize your current relationship. hopefully it’s humming along.” and maybe its just me, but my mind immediately jumped to blow jobs. LOL may your relationship be blessed with many blow jobs…i apologize for that. i’m over tired

A Perfect Circle in London, ON

i don’t know what to say or where to start….but…

first off….
what i love about canada: i can go 85 mph and still get passed
what i hate about canada: they’re retarded ass backwards address numbering on streets

got out of class earlier than i was going to have to leave it, so i got on the road about 4. took 2 hours to get to london, the drive wasn’t too bad at all. it’s all familiar territory cuz it’s the way we go to detroit. but once i got to london it took me a half an hour to find centennial hall. why? because canada numbers things retardedly. this is the 2nd time in recent history (aka a month) that i couldn’t find a place because of retarded numbering. the directions were easy, the location was easy…550 wellington street. no problem. it’s 1 friggen exit, turn right, and bam….wellington street. i drive down, i’m in the 700s, no problem. the numbers are going down, no problem. suddenly i’m in 300s with no sign of any centennial hall. wtf. so i figure i passed it somehow and turn around and head back up the numbers. still, i don’t see it. i stop at a tim hortons and ask. they didn’t know where it was, but they said their address was 7 something, so i had to go left down the street again. right. makes sense. still no centennial hall. wtf. i turn down this street where big hospitals are, cuz i think, maybe you can’t see it from this street. no. no centennial hall. i stop in another tim hortons. this time 2 customers knew where it was. it’s downtown. i have to continue down wellington til i get into downtown london…where the numbers decrease down to 1, and then go back up again….!!!!! WTF! who numbers streets like that?! canadians do! so after all that, i did find the place, and parking was 3$…yeah. 3$ canadian. i was like holy shit that’s cheap.

anyway. waited outside for over an hour cuz they didn’t open doors ontime (surprise) and it was friggen freezing.  i actually thought at one point it was snowing. but it was just rain. yeah. it rained. thankfully, just sorta misted and not a torrential downpour.

inside, it was another good setup like the boston show, where there was an outer elevated ring area…up 2 steps. so i immediately claimed my space along the railing of this elevated area. perfect unobstructed view of the entire stage, and no possibility of getting killed. some guy started talking to me randomly. his name was phil, he’s a musician, and he’s 26. he was sorta asking me the stupidest small talk questions ever like… “What do you think of canada?” um, it’s just like the US….”where were you during the big blackout?”….”do you shop in fetish stores?”….yeah. k. anyway.

first band, danny carey’s band Pygmy Love Circus. yeah. sucked. the music was alright, and of course the drumming was amazing (he’s drummer in tool), but…yeah. i don’t think so. i didn’t think they were as awful as some of the reviews i had read, about people being pissed they spent 40$ to see APC and have to suffer through danny carey’s shitty band calling them fucking assholes. it wasn’t fun, and i didn’t quite get it, but at least it wasn’t velour.

now this venue had the most nazi security guards i’ve ever seen. when we get in we get our bags searched, no problem. we get patted down. no problem. nothing unusual. but they wouldn’t let anyone take lighters in. so any lighters they found when searching you were thrown in these big bins (you could get them back after i guess). they were sniffing everyone’s cigarette packages for pot. still, that’s not super nazi or anything. so we’re inside, and the Pygmy’s had played, and this Phil guy is still hanging around with his friend, but they went down the 2 steps to the “main floor”. some guy gave him a cigarette and a few of them were smoking. security saw them and came over, and started searching phil for a lighter, and he got thrown out. and they were doing this to anyone they saw smoking. holy nazi. they had really good crowd control though, only 2 crowd surfers, there was no moshing and falling and me almost breaking anything like in boston.

these 3 other guys started talking to me before APC and everyone was amazed i came from NY to see the show. it’s like, it’s only 2 hours, it’s really not that big of a deal. they were asking me if i had a boyfriend so i just said yes hahah.

so…the show. gah. anyone who doesn’t recognize how friggen amazing this band is needs to have their head (or ears) examined. because they are one of the most talented and interesting (lyrically and musically) bands out there right now. possibly ever (imo of course). seriously. it might not be your “thing”, they might not play music you’re really into, but give me a break. if you’re a music fan, you should be able to recognize good music even when you don’t like it. and this is a fucking. good. band. holy shit. i was completely blown away.

i’m going to assume the set list tonight was the same as the other setlists, which would be this:
Pet
The Hollow
Magdalena
Weak and Powerless
Orestes
Rose
Thinking of You
The Package
Three Libras
Thomas
The Outsider
The Nurse Who Loved Me
Judith

Maynard, as always, sounded amazing. he is definitely, hands down, best male rock singer ever. the stage set up for the show is maynard on an elevated platform in the middle back of the stage. to the left is james iha, to the right is josh freese. the front left is twiggy/jeordie, and front right is billy howerdel. maynard acts like maynard, but doesn’t have his back to the audience the entire time like with tool. but he’s still maynard…maynard the freak. twiggy and james iha still look like their in their old bands…just their mannerisms and what not. billy howerdel is an amazing guitarist. and well josh is the one man orgy…

the new songs were definitely interesting and intriguing, i really can’t wait to hear them. of course now that i saw the show i’m allowed to listen to the new songs from the bootleg haha. the old songs sounded as good as ever. for “thomas” danny carey and one of the pygmy guitarists came out to do extra drums and guitar, really rocked it out. sounded great. i don’t think they’ve been doing that at every show either, so that was really cool. the whole time you can’t help but be blown away by maynard’s voice. it’s just…so amazing. “judith” rocks as always, cuz how can that song not rock live? you get everyone screaming the lyrics, it’s a good time.

gah. i walked out in a complete high daze with a big smile on my face. haven’t gotten that since u2 2 years ago. it was fantastic. i really wish i could get my hands on at least one of the toronto shows next week, but i’m not going to pay above face value for them. ah well….

i had some wicked urbex dreams i forgot to mention…one was about getting into the psych center through a side door that went into a giant library, still full of books up to the ceiling. there were workers inside, but they didn’t notice me, and when they did, didn’t really care that i was there. but the building was sorta boring, cuz it was mostly empty and clean, so i was disappointed. the other one had to do with the terminal, and i can’t really remember it anymore. but they were awesome hah.

A Perfect Circle Boston

August 18-20, 2000

August 18th, Danielle and I headed out to Boston to see A Perfect Circle in concert. We made plans for where to stay, and all that jazz, only we didn’t have tickets to the show. We figured we’d get scalper tickets, and go anyway. So we left around 7 am, after getting breakfast at McDs. We stopped to eat twice. We were starving, and so we got off at an exit in Mass, but it just turned into another expressway, and then into another one. We got off that and ended up in a mall parking lot, but I managed to get back to the Mass Pike without getting any food. After that small detour, we made it to Belmont, where we were staying, around 3:30. We got pizza, and made plans to take a taxi to the show. Debbie drove us to the subway station at 5:30 to catch a taxi to Avalon, which was in Boston, across the street from Fenway Park. The taxi driver, who didn’t speak English, dropped us off at Kenmore Square, because Lansdowne St. (where Avalon was) would be too crowded. So he pointed us in the direction of the street and we walked to the venue.

When we walked up lots of people were outside looking for tickets, and we found Krista and her friend Sarah. They needed one ticket, and ended up getting it from this guy with a stuttering problem. They went inside, and left us out to find tickets. We ended up getting some free promo stuff, the Mer De Noms 4 song sampler CD, and the Sunna sampler tape. We walked around and asked a few people. One guy offered us backstage passes. I asked to see them, and he showed me, but it was so generic it was obviously fake. So he said he’d try to find us tickets, because he felt bad we had driven so far to see the show. Then we ended up getting our tickets from the stuttering guy. It felt like a drug deal. We walked down the street a bit with him (away from the cop who had been sitting in front of Avalon. There was a baseball game too, so there were lots of people selling tickets), he gave us the tickets, we gave him the money and pretended nothing happened. So we went inside, by this time, very low on cash. We passed the merchandise for sale, and saw a shirt we NEEDED to have. So Danielle got money out of the ATM for them. We got our shirts, and headed inside the bar area.

We made our way closer to the stage on the floor, and I was looking for Krista. I had given up and was just looking around the club when I saw her standing on these steps that went from the bar/table area to the dance floor. So we pushed our way through the crowd over to her, and got on the steps with the people who were over there. We could see great because we were higher than everyone else, but we were right in front of the speaker. Sunna was the opening band, and they were pretty good. Just really, really loud, so I was totally deaf after their set. Next to us was this guy who seemed really nice, cuz he helped us onto the steps, and stuff, but he turned perverted. He was trying to get between us girls, and ended up almost groping Danielle during A Perfect Circle’s set.

So anyway, Sunna played, and left, and APC set up their stuff. A black translucent curtain fell in front of the stage, and we waited for the show to begin. After a long wait, 2 women walked on stage, sat at a table and lit a candle (so we could see through the black curtain). They played some card game, and whoever lost took a piece of clothing off. The point of this, I don’t know, but of course the guys loved it. So they got down to their underwear, blew the candle out and left. Then APC finally came on. They opened with “Magdelena”, half of the song performed behind the curtain. Then the curtain fell and it was just so way cool. After ‘Magdelena” was “Orestes”, and ‘Sleeping Beauty”. I have no idea the order of the set, but I know they played everything except “Renholder”, and they added “Diary of a Lovesong”. They closed with “Judith”, as expected. It was so awesome to hear everyone scream “fuck your god” along with Maynard during that song. During one of the first songs, people were pushing everyone on the floor, and everyone on the right side of the stage (where we were) fell like dominoes. This caused everyone on the steps to fall too. I think I was one of the last people to fall, but this guy fell on my leg, which was caught between him and the steps. I’m so lucky it didn’t break, cuz this guy was really heavy. My leg hurt a lot, and I thought I was bleeding, but this hot guy in a black mesh shirt helped me up. Danielle asked if I was ok, and I was. So we watched the rest of the show which kicked ass. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen. Maynard’s vocals sounded incredible, and everyone played with such excitement and passion. It was incredible. Maynard had a blonde wig on instead of the brown one he had been wearing. He talked to the crowd a lot, about living in Boston, and his reason’s for writing Diary of a Lovesong (to mediate his liking of Black Sabbath and the Cure). Paz had “D Lohner” written on her bass. I tried to get pictures of it, but even though I was close, I was too far away for the writing to turn out good. After the show, we got out of Avalon, and it was raining. We walked to the Square where we had been dropped off to get another taxi home. This guy didn’t speak English either, yay. So we got back to Belmont, and put ice on my leg. I had a big red welt, bruise and brush burn near my knee, inline with where the edge of the top step would have been, and a big bruise on my ankle where the edge of the lower step was. I am so damn lucky I didn’t break my leg. It hurts like a bitch.

Saturday Debbie and Kenny took us to Harvard Square to look around and shop, and to Newbury Street. We had dinner at Friday’s on Newbury. I bought a bunch of used CDs at one shop. At the Tower Records in Harvard Square, they had a big APC display of the promo poster, and album flats pasted onto one of those Styrofoam tack boards. I asked the guy if I could have it since the concert had been the day before, and they didn’t need to advertise it anymore. He asked me if I was trying to convince him, or myself, and I said him, so he told me to get it out of there. So Danielle and I took the display, and are going to use it at school. At Newbury comics, I asked for a few more APC album flats. Saturday night we went back to Belmont and watched “The Jackal”. Good movie. Sunday we got up early and headed back home around 10. We stopped to eat at the same McD’s we did on our way home from Salem last Halloween. We got home around 5/5:30.

It was an awesome trip, and an amazing concert despite the leg wound.