a perfect circle

A Perfect Circle – The OnCenter, Syracuse, NY (12th November 2017)

From behind a large veil, the band A Perfect Circle took the stage on Sunday night, hidden from view, with only their silhouettes projecting through. For a few minutes, it appeared as though the audience would be given the same sort of performance they would receive from front man Maynard Keenan’s other band, Tool. However, mid-way through the first song, ‘The Package’ the screen fell, and a colorful light show began.

The veil falling brought a huge roar from the crowd that would not be equaled again until the band played one of their biggest hits, ‘Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drum’ and their newest single, ‘The Doomed.’ The crowd was uncharacteristically subdued mainly due to the vast number of security constantly pacing around the darken arena, continuously scrutinizing the crowd.

The audience received several announcements prior to the start of the show that photos and videos were not permitted, and any violators would be ejected from the show. This was strictly enforced by not allowing patrons to use their cell phones whatsoever.

While this is not a new policy for any of Maynard Keenan’s bands (Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer), such strict enforcement seemed to have sapped some of the excitement from the crowd. The bands policy is not something that was set down with malicious intent, in fact, it was with the audience’s viewing pleasure in mind that they adapted such a policy. If anything, it was the attitude of the security more than the policy itself that dampened the crowd’s fervor.

With the news of more than 60 people having been ejected just a week prior from one of their concerts in Reading, Pennsylvania, compiled with the extremely heighten and vastly overzealous security present at the OnCenter, the crowd seemed to be reining in their enthusiasm.

The band put on a memorable performance and their stage show was an artistic arrangement of colorful lights and mist, with the band clearly in view and Keenan shrouded in the rear of the stage in a cloud of mist, with only his shadowy figure visible. This down playing of his role as lead singer, almost hiding from view, Keenen himself points out to the crowd that it is the band as a whole, not just him as the lead singer, that is responsible for their incredible sound.

A Perfect Circle delivers a powerful and uplifting performance that is unique and in many ways unmatched in the world of music. As unpopular as the video and photo ban at their shows may be, concert goer should be prepared to just unplug and enjoy the performance.

The full setlist was as follows…

The Package
The Hollow
The Noose
Weak and Powerless
Imagine – Cover version
By and Down
(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding – Cover version
A Stranger
3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix)
Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
The Doomed
The Outsider