Live review: A Perfect Circle @ Red Rocks AmphitheatreBy Paige Montgomery | August 3rd, 2011 | 2 comments
Maynard James Keenan is a rock star. The notoriously aloof front man simply had to utter the words “Good evening” to send a packed Red Rocks crowd into a frenzy at the start of last night’s A Perfect Circle performance.
Keenan performed virtually the entire hour and 40 minute set from a dimly-lit platform towards the back of the stage, which was encased in a cargo net touting the APC logo. The production was incredibly simple and despite more prominent flashing lights during the band’s bigger singles, there were no fancy theatrics, no talking between songs — it was all about the music.
APC’s set started with “Annihilation” and a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and for the first 30 minutes the down-tempo, beautifully executed songs sent the eerily mellow Red Rocks crowd into a musical trance. When they jumped into “The Outsider,” however, the crowd snapped back into concert mode and the entire venue sang along, arms thrusting in unison toward the stage.
For the next hour, the combination of tranquil music and an oddly relaxing rain shower (that never let up through the entire show) sent the APC crowd back into a mesmerized Maynard coma. It was at the very moment when you wanted to sit down and relax when they unleashed “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums.” Yes, the song which ironically repeated the lyrics “go back to sleep” was one of the most powerful songs of the night. The drums and bass were so intense you could feel them pulsing in your chest and with Red Rocks as the back drop, it felt like your were in the middle of an epic tribal rave.
The band ended its set with a new song “By & Down.” The track went over well with the APC fans, and just as soon as the crowd had gained its second wind with the excitement of the new material, Keenan exited stage right with the simple gesture of a peace sign, and the show was over.
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