Maynard James Keenan is a billowing furnace of creative expression wrapped in a dark mystique.
Regardless of which of his many musical projects you catch him in, he is always elusive on the stage.
With Tool, on their most recent tour, he decked himself out in riot gear and stood near the back of the stage.
With Puscifer, on their most recent tour, he wore a lucha libre mask and stood mid-stage in a WWE-style wrestling ring.
With A Perfect Circle, at this specific show, he wore a strange headdress and rarely, if ever, had a front light shine on his face.
He likes to keep out of the spotlight, literally.
The goal of the entire band, for each of Maynard’s projects, seems to be to make the shows a completely immersive experience, something made even more evident by the strict no-camera policies they enforce.
Their efforts are paying off. During the show, I was never distracted by some imbecile videotaping the entire show on his iPhone. I was never bothered by a sea of electronic devices dotting my sight line to the stage. I was left to watch and enjoy the performance, both visually and aurally, with little diversion.
That uninterrupted show was wonderful.
The band was tight and powerful.
Keenan’s vocals were smooth and haunting.
Visually, the show was beautiful. It felt minimalist on the surface but you can tell a lot of work went into the production to make it that way.
I hope the band comes back to Vancouver very soon.
Weak and Powerless
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
By and Down
People Are People (Depeche Mode cover)
3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix)
Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
Photos © Jamie Taylor \\ Cryptic Photography