Puscifer w/ Carina Round
Nov. 27, 2011
Those talks set the tone for a night of music that was high on creativity —Â� from a 30-minute mockumentary interlude to short skits between songs — and the band's own musical paintings that drew from its two albums for an 18-song journey.
The night started with "Green Valley" and "Tiny Monsters" before kicking into high gear with "Vagina Mine." Various videos ran in the background while a hanging LED screen showed occasional mock advertisements such as one for the Arizona Border Patrol with the slogan, "We put the 'Panic' in Hispanic."
The slow and haunting "Rapture" was set against a video of solar flares, while "Rev 22:20" — the night's biggest singalong — featured a video of George W. Bush, Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Rush Limbaugh and others falling into a fiery pit.
A brief video of Keenan dressed in his redneck finest imposed the question, "What kind of music do aliens listen to?" His character replied, "Good aliens listen to Christina Aguilera and Brittney. Evil aliens listen to Tool." It wasn't the only tongue-in-cheek jab at one of Keenan's other bands, as he earlier referred to A Perfect Circle as "the Full Circles."
Keenan wasn't much for words after his opening rant. He thanked the crowd twice at the end of the night. Before the final song, "Tumbleweed," Keenan told a cheering crowd, "You're still here? I'm trying to enjoy a glass of wine and you're disturbing me." He went on to introduce the band, discuss how Puscifer is 100 percent independent and telling the crowd they "behaved yourselves very well — we had to tell New York it was OK to stand up, but you figured that out quickly."
There might not have been many surprises in the set — they've been playing the same songs each night — but the videos, interaction and overall performance gave people plenty to witness and take in.
The Green Valley
The Rapture (Fear is a Mind Killa Mix)
Conditions of My Parole
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