Nov 7, 2018

A Perfect Circle - UMBC Event Center

Category: Live Reviews





 A Perfect Circle Set List:  Eat The Elephant, Disillusioned, The Hollow, Weak and Powerless, So Long and Thanks For All The Fish, Rose, Thomas, (What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace Love and Understanding, Vanishing, The Noose, 3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix), The Contrarian, TalkTalk, Hourglass, The Doomed, Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums, Judith, The Package, Delicious

 Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel formed A Perfect Circle in 1999.  The first time they performed in Maryland was when they played at Merriweather Post Pavilion opening for Nine Inch Nails.  Their set was short and those in attendance were blown away by this new band.  They returned to Maryland for a headlining set at the Bender Arena later that year and the nearly sold out show was a good reflection on the passion APC’s fanbase had for the band.

 Billy and Maynard created APC and through the years the “live” band has featured a rotating cast of musicians.  Famous APC alumni include Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson/NIN), Danny Lohner (NIN), James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stoneage), and Josh Freese (Guns N Roses, NIN, Weezer, Sublime, Sting) to name a few.

 The current version of APC features Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal) on bass, Greg Edwards (Failure) on guitar, and Jeff Friedel (Puscifer, Devo, Filter) on drums.

 Night Club opened the show and their set is best described as short but sweet.  Despite performing to an empty venue the band gave it their all.

 Tricky brought an interestingly gloomy set which layered the venue in darkness.  It was hard to tell where the samples and live performance were separated due to the near total darkness onstage; there was a live drummer who clearly played live.  Tricky’s set was filler between Night Club and A Perfect Circle.

 A Perfect Circle took the stage at 9:15 PM and a pre-recorded announcement was played two times which stated that there was no photography of any kind allowed at this performance and violators would be ejected from the show.  Behind every other seat a printed sign also stated in very bold print that NO Photography of any kind would be permitted at this show.

 The stage looked like a post apocalyptic igloo, for most of the show APC utilized deep blue lighting with layered strips of fabric hanging overhead while projected images created the backdrop for the atmospheric bliss that Maynard and the boys created.

 The set list covered all of the bases with “Judith” from their debut record being the biggest crowd pleaser of the evening.

 Maynard pranced on a mini stage set towards the back of the stage and his presence was heard but never truly seen.  The three new members of APC were the stars onstage and bassist Matt McJunkins was the unsuspecting onstage star of the evening with his stage presence, crowd interaction, and overall performance.

 Towards the end of “Delicious” Maynard told the audience that they could take out their cell phones and record the remainder of the show.  Maynard informed security to leave the audience alone that it was ok for them to use their cell phones.  Crowd watching was interesting because there were the renegade fans who took the bold move of snapping a photo; most were caught and asked to leave immediately while others got away with a few photos.  

 If you are planning on catching any dates on the current A Perfect Circle tour be warned, the band and security do not mess around with their no photo policy, they will kick you out if you are caught snapping even one photo.

 A Perfect Circle sounded amazing, the band were clear as a bell, Maynard’s vocals were superb, and the audience absorbed every moment of their performance. 


Author: Bob Suehs