Last Saturday night, September 16, I had the great pleasure of watching 'A Perfect Circle' close their headlining US tour. It was a GREAT concert - and my first time at the Aerial Theatre.
What can I say? ...the band rocked - and Maynard was AWESOME! I originally had floor tickets, but since I had my pregnant wife in tow, traded them for some front row seats in the balcony. I also managed to sneak in a camera - but as you can see - I'm no professional photographer. I also doesn't help being so far away...and in the dark - but hey - I did the best I could.
The show started with a couple hot babes playing strip poker. Just as they were about to take it all off - the lights go off and you hear a child's voice "I'd sell my soul for one taste of you...." - and then the band starts to rip into Magdelana. Next was The Hollow, followed by Sleeping Beauty, Orestes and then Brena.
Thomas was one of the most powerful songs of the night - with Maynard stomping his feet in time with the music. The Rose - while not my favorite song on the album - sounded pretty damn good live. Then, one of my favorite songs - Thinking of you. The Aerial Theatre went wild when Maynard finally ripped off those hip hugger pants...and seemed to really enjoy himself during that song.
I also saw APC when they opened up for NIN - and without a doubt they were more polished - and seemed to be having more fun this time. After Thinking of You they played 3 Libras, then Renholder. At one point Maynard asked the people in the front for a favor - to stop taking flash pictures (how dumb - like a flash would help anyway at that distance). He also mention that this was their last show of this tour. I felt really special to be able to be at this show.
I got a good laugh when Maynard said "...and tonight is also special because we have a winner from the Make a Wish foundation - Danny Lohner." He dedicated the 'Ozzy's Cure' song to Danny - and even changed the lyrics to "diary, of Danny Lohner...".
Next, they played Over, and finished the concert with (of course) Judith. The crowd really went wild for the last song - and I was pumped too. I know it was a VERY good concert because even my wife, who is not a big APC or TOOL fan really enjoyed the show. I just wish it would have been longer. I can never get enough of hearing Maynard - his voice sends chills down my spine and gives me goose bumps.
Thank you APC for making Houston your last stop!!
A friend emailed me these pics. Rather than trash 'em - I decided to post 'em here - enjoy!