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Review: Puscifer at Thebarton Theatre, January 23rd 2017

Puscifer‘s latest Money $hot tour seemed to be getting great reviews on it’s various US and European legs, and Maynard James Keenan and co decided to share the love with Australian audiences with a tour taking in most capitals in Australia, as well as the MOFO Festival at Hobart’s MONA.  I was lucky enough to get along to the show at Thebarton Theatre here in Adelaide, and can report I had a great time!

First stop of the evening was a wine tasting session at local bar Udaberri run by Matt from Sip Wines.  He’s the Australian distributor for Maynard’s drops, and had a few bottles open for sampling.  For tasting were three reds and one white, the highlight for me was the Tarzan, which Matt tells me is out of stock!  I also had a chance to try Sense of Compression by Ochotoa Barrels – it’s a collaboration between a local Adelaide winemaker and Maynard.  It’s an expensive wine (was $13 for half a glass!) and while I enjoyed it, I came away preferring the much cheaper stuff.  Perhaps wine aficionados would appreciate it more then I!

After a quick bus trip home to pick up the car, I made my way to Thebby (as it’s know locally) for the show.  Entry to the venue was pretty easy, unless you were silly enough to pick up tickets at the door, for which there was a pretty long queue.  Once inside I grabbed a beer, chatted to a couple of other Fourtheye readers and then made my way into the main hall.  It was unusual to see this venue full of chairs, as every other show I’ve been to here has been general admission.  Unfortunately my seat wasn’t quite as close as I’d like, and was a bit off to the side, but the view was good enough despite that.

At around 8:00pm Luchafer came onstage to do their wrestling act.  The sound was pretty muffled – I got the impression they were taunting each other or having some form of dialog, and it’s possible we were meant to hear what was being said, but the sound was poor enough at this stage that I had no clue.  They “wrestled” on stage for about 20 minutes, the highlight of which was a Trump style pussy grab (with retribution).  It was interesting, but 20 minutes was more than enough.  The wrestlers were back for more antics during the show.

Puscifer made their way on stage at around 8:30.  Maynard and Carina Round started up on the wrestling ring, but moved around the stage during songs and between the 4 acts.  They played pretty much the same setlist they have for most of the Money $hot tour.  I enjoyed it and didn’t really find that there were any dull moments during the show.  For the most part the songs were heavier and had an extra punch missing from the recorded versions.  As a fan of heavier music unsurprisingly this went down pretty well with me!  I would have liked to have heard a few more older songs, but overall was happy with the setlist choice.

It was a pretty cool visual show as well, with a range of videos projected on the big screens being the band (and occasionally on two screens either side).  Highlights were the excellent visuals from the Grand Canyon video.  There were the occasional skits shown as well, but these seemed to suffer from poor sound quality, and frankly missed the mark for me.  They didn’t appear to get many laughs from the wider audience either.  They were only a very small segment of the show though, so didn’t really take anything away from the night overall.

The crowd was pretty quiet, remaining seated for the first two songs until Maynard proclaimed that if a 52 year old can dance on stage, then so can the rest of the crowd.  Personally I’m not a huge fan of seated shows – if Maynard wanted people to stand and dance, then it should have been GA.  Despite a few signs in the lead-up that the crowd would be small, it seemed as though the venue was reasonably full – it wasn’t a sell out but didn’t appear to be many spare seats either.

As mentioned before, the sound quality of the videos and wrestling was pretty poor, but the quality of the show seemed reasonably good.  Maynard’s vocals were relatively low in the mix I thought, but other than that didn’t have many complaints.  Maynard’s performance through the show was strong, and while Puscifer may not have the same vocal challenges Tool does, he sung well and was quite animated during the show.

In summary it was a really good night – I enjoyed the show from beginning to end and was very happy that Puscifer made the effort to visit our frequently skipped over town.  I’d happily go seem them again, and have no hesitation recommending others to check them out when they get the chance!

Australian Puscifer Tour starts this week!

For any Australian (and New Zealand) Puscifer fans who haven’t been paying attention, Puscifer hit our shores next week for a series of shows across the country (except WA!).

As well as the show at MOFO in Hobart, Puscifer play in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.  Get your tickets if you haven’t already – it looks like we’ll be getting the full Puscifer experience with the tour being the same as the one that went across the US.

Promoter Destroy All Lines have a competition going where you can win a bunch of signed stuff including a post, Maynard’s book and a shirt by Liking and Sharing stuff on Facebook.  Check it out!  More details here!

I’ll be at the Adelaide show – if anyone else is going let me know!

Puscifer release video for The Arsonist

Yesterdays Instagram post was a hint towards a new Puscifer video it seems, this time an animated feature with Joe Rogan, Ronda Rousey and Trumpzilla accompanying The Arsonist – in my opinion one of the better tracks from Money Shot.  It’s pretty good!  Watch it below:

More info on the video at AV Club

Puscifer announce Australian tour in January 2017

Puscifer will be bringing their Money $hot tour Down Under in January, with dates all over Australia and New Zealand, including a headline slot on the Mofo Festival in Tasmania.  Here’s the press release:

Returning to Australia in January 2017, the genre-defying Puscifer will unleash their legendary Money $hot – Round Under Tour on audiences around the country across four huge all-ages shows. The Money $hot tour will take in Melbourne’s Plenary MCEC on Sunday 22nd January, Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on Monday 23rd January, Sydney’s Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC on Wednesday 25th January and will wrap up with the ultimate Australia Day party at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Thursday 26th January.

Puscifer will descend on Australia straight off the back of a mammoth world tour that marries the concept of concert and theatre, and has been chalking up epic reviews from around the globe:

“Welcome to one of the most intoxicating, semi-befuddling and downright incredible live shows, well, ever… Puscifer’s whole philosophy is about making their live show a unique experience… Nothing is more impressive than the performance, though… one of the best live bands on the planet.” – Kerrang!

“Mindbending, brain-frying, totally unique and definitely worth the wait. Gig of the year. Done.” – Metal Hammer

“Maynard James Keenan’s vocals were in beautiful harmony with Carina Round’s… (this together with) the stunning visuals that accompanied Puscifer’s show throughout the night, made for an incredible gig that won’t be easily forgotten.” – Loudwire

The brainchild of one of music’s most enigmatic personalities, Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer is an accomplished collective of musicians. Puscifer’s touring line-up is Keenan, guitar player Mat Mitchell, singer Carina Round, drummer Jeff Friedl, keyboard player/vocalist Mahsa Zargaran and the newest addition, bass player Paul Barker (Ministry, Lead Into Gold).

‘Money Shot’, Puscifer’s third studio album released in October 2015, is the most confident release to date and easily the most openly “Maynard James Keenan” of the bunch.

“I don’t really know how else to talk about it other than it’s more,” says Keenan. “It really is kind of a culmination of all the things I’ve been exposed to and inspired by over the years. That combination of the digital programming combined with that acoustic element of the harmonies…. Trying to find that actual pulse, that breath of life within the digital landscape — and then just going ahead and bringing it in for real.”

“Money Shot takes a more refined approach to all the things that make Puscifer Puscifer”, wrote Rolling Stone. “The raunchy sense of humor is still there, but the overall mood of melodically pulsing songs like “Grand Canyon,” “Galileo” and “The Remedy” is darker, more sombre and more reflective… Money Shot feels like the most focused work the band has created to date, and maybe also the most personal.”

Do yourself a favour, and don’t miss this one-off live experience  when it rolls into town in January.

TICKETS ON SALE 10AM LOCAL TIME, FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

PUSCIFER : JANUARY 2017 TOUR DATES

With Special Guests Luchafer

Presented by Destroy All Lines & Chugg Entertainment

HOBART

Friday 20th January – MONA FOMA

mofo.net.au

MELBOURNE

Sunday 22nd January – Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (All Ages)

ticketek.com.au or 132 849

ADELAIDE

Monday 23rd January – Thebarton Theatre (All Ages)

ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

SYDNEY

Wednesday 25th January – Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney (All Ages)

ticketek.com.au or 132 849

BRISBANE

Thursday 26th January – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (All Ages)

ticketek.com.au or 132 849

AUCKLAND

Sunday 29th January – Vector Arena (All Ages)

ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999

For more information go to:

Puscifer.com

DestroyAllLines.com

ChuggEntertainment.com

Sounds like fun times ahead.  The Mofo lineup also features a Mike Patton project called tētēma.

BBC Puscifer in Session

Some of you may remember a few photos posted on social media while Puscifer were in the UK showing them recording for the BBC.  Well it looks like that recording will be broadcast tomorrow:

Dan has an exclusive Rockest Record from Biffy Clyro and Puscifer in session, with Maynard from the band chatting to Dan!

BBC recordings are usually pretty good, should this should be worth a listen!

Puscifer announced November shows in Florida

Puscifer have announced a couple of shows in Florida in November, as well as the promise of more:

Floridian friends, we’re stopping by for a visit in November. We’ll see you:

November 1 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Theater
November 3 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tickets for Orlando available this Friday, May 6 at 10 am; tickets for Clearwater available this Saturday, May 7. More dates will be announced soon.

No word on how extensive this tour might be – we’ll just have to wait and see!  Probably not a great sign for those hoping Tool might hit the studio in 2016 though.

Record Store Day 2016!

Don’t forget it’s Record Store Day this weekend on the 16th of April, and among the releases for this years event is a Picture Disc edition of Puscifer‘s  V is for Viagra The Remixes.  Probably not the album I would have preferred a picture disc of, but I went on down to a local record store in town and noticed they have several copies, so snapped one up.

Here’s a shot:

View post on imgur.com

Support your local record industry, and check out their RSD booty!

Puscifer announce Money $hot Heard Around The World tour

This evening Puscifer have announced further European dates, for what I expect will go close to finishing off their touring schedule for 2016:

We’re pleased to announce The Money $hot Heard Around The World Tour:
May 30 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
May 31 London, UK The Roundhouse
June 2 Paris, France Le Grand Rex
June 6 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks
June 7 Milan, Italy Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
June 9 Nickelsdorf, Austria Novarock Festival
June 12 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique
June 13 Esch Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
June 15 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
June 16 Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
Tickets for all dates, except Novarock (which is already on-sale), are on-sale this Friday, Feb. 19.

They’ve got a bunch of US (and Canadian) dates as well in case you forgot!

March 17 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
March 18 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
March 20 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
March 22 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theatre
March 23 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
March 25 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
March 26 Grand Rapids, MI Devos Performance Hall
March 28 Rockford, IL Coronado Theatre
March 29 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
March 30 Columbus, OH The LC Indoor Pavilion
April 1 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
April 2 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
April 4 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
April 5 Buffalo, NY Center for the Arts
April 6 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
April 8 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
April 9 Huntington, NY The Paramount
April 10 Reading, PA Santander Performing Arts Center
April 12 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
April 13 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
April 15 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
April 16 Providence, RI Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
April 18 Richmond, VA The National
April 19 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
April 20 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
April 22 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
April 23 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater
April 24 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
April 26 Wichita, KS Orpheum
April 27 Lubbock, TX City Bank Auditorium
April 28 Albuquerque, NM Popejoy Hall
April 30 Tucson, AZ TCC Music Hall
May 1 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall

Puscifer playing in Europe

Looks like Puscifer will be getting over to Europe and taking part in the Nova Rock Festival in Austria on the 9th of June. Joining them on the day will be such greats as Korn, Billy Talent and Breaking Benjamin!

Puscifer play Nova Rock Festival in June

I’d say it’s pretty likely more shows will be added, so stay tuned!

More Puscifer dates announced

There are a few more dates added to the coming Puscifer tour, with the promise of more to come. They are:

April 15 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
April 18 – Richmond, VA – The National Richmond
April 19 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
April 24 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater

Tickets go on sale later this week.

Puscifer Money Shot Tour Dates 2016

  • Thursday 17th March 2016 Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
  • Friday 18th March 2016 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
  • Sunday March 20th 2016 Pikes Peak Center – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Tuesday March 22nd 2016 Orpheum Theatre – Omaha, NE
  • Wednesday March 23rd 2016 Northrop Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN
  • Friday March 25th 2016 Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
  • Saturday March 26th 2016 Devos Performance Hall – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Monday March 28th 2016 Coronado Theatre – Rockford, IL
  • Tuesday March 29th 2016 Old National Centre – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
  • Wednesday 30th March 2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
  • Friday April 1st 2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Saturday 2nd April 2016 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
  • Monday 4th April 2016 Akron Civic Theatre – Akron, OH
  • Tuesday 5th April 2016 University At Buffalo Center for the Arts – Buffalo, NY
  • Wednesday 6th April 2016 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Toronto, ON
  • Friday April 8th 2016 Merrill Auditorium – Portland, ME
  • Saturday April 9th 2016 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
  • Sunday 10th April 2016 The Santander Performing Arts Center – Reading, PA
  • Tuesday 12th April 2016 Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ
  • Wednesday April 13th 2016 Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
  • Fridya April 15th 2016 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Atlantic City, NJ
  • Saturday April 16th Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium – Providence, RI
  • Monday April 18th The National Richmond – Richmond, VA
  • Tuesday April 19th Raleigh Memorial Auditorium – Raleigh, NC
  • Sunday April 24th Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK

Puscifer live in Chicago.  Photo by James Currie

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