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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

Puscifer Money Shot Tour Dates 2016 announced

Puscifer were expected to add more dates to their Money Shot tour in 2016, and the first batch seem to have appeared in Ticketmaster recently. From all accounts, the shows this year have been great, so if Puscifer are heading your way then I recommend getting along to Maynard and co at one of the shows.

Update: several more dates have been added. More dates to be announced in 2016.

Date announced so far:

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
  • Saturday April 16th Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium – Providence, RI

No doubt there will be more dates added in the not too distant future! Tickets for the shows announced so far seem to go on sale in the next couple of days, so be prepared!

Puscifer at the Monster Mash Festival in 2015.  Photo by Jim Louvau https://www.facebook.com/LouvauPhotography/

Puscifer have The Remedy

With all the current Tool tour hype happening at the moment, it’s easy to miss that Puscifer have released a video for Money Shot track The Remedy. Blow it up to full screen, crank up the speakers and take a look:

Maynard upsets humourless Tool fans

There’s a new interview with Maynard on the Phoenix New Times this morning, mostly related to Puscifer, Money Shot and Winemaking, but as is usually the case, offers a few thoughts from Maynard on Tool. Before I give you my opinion on what I think it’s all about, here’s the text from the article related to Tool:

You’d think Keenan hates Tool. In fact, his reputation as a recluse comes largely from his stubborn refusal to answer questions about Tool, including the undying question: “When’s the next Tool album coming out?” New Times pointed out to him that he seems freer to express his less serious side in Puscifer, as critics and fans tend to view his other projects more seriously.

“It’s weird. It shouldn’t be,” Keenan says. “I mean, this one’s named dick, this one’s named vagina. That’s the start there, okay?”

He acknowledges that there was indeed humor in the Tool albums. But as with any time he’s asked about Tool, his answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.

“Yeah, it’s there,” he says. “But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.”

He shakes his head.

“It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”

Did he have to corral the other band members to play this one show in 2015?

“No, they had to con me into it.”

Deftones is also playing the festival. Are we going to hear “Passenger,” the Deftones song featuring Keenan guesting on vocals? Keenan hasn’t performed it live in more than a decade.

He shakes his head vigorously.

Then the million-dollar question: When’s the next Tool album coming out?

“There’s nothing to say,” he says. “I can’t.”

For insufferable, humourless Tool fans, this seems like it’s a simple kick in the nuts. I think it’s not quite what it seems. The problem with interviews published on websites is that some much of the nuances of communication are lost as they are transcribed from sound to text. Maynard tells fans to “lighten up” and then in the next sentence says he was conned into playing with Tool. Everyone seems to immediately assume he’s being serious – personally, I’m not so sure. Maybe I’m just naive.

Reading reactions from Tool fans here on Fourtheye, Facebook, Reddit and all over the net, it’s almost like a self fulfilling prophecy. Maynard says Tool fans are insufferable, overly serious people, and the next minute the internet is full of them complaining about Maynard’s attitude to Tool. Maynard has a history of being dismissive of Tool fans, so today’s revelations should really be no surprise to any of us.

The full interview can be found on the Phoenix New Times website. It’s a shame that what is a good interview is going to only be discussed because of the small section dedicated to Tool.

Is Maynard in Tool jail?

Maynard speaks with AZ Central

In the leadup to the release of Money Shot (now streaming on Pandora in case you missed it) Maynard James Keenan has had an interview with AZ Central about Puscifer and the the making of the new album. Nothing especially revealing in the interview, but is a good read regardless (the website is a bit shit though). Here’s a cut:

Question: How do you know when it’s time to start putting an album together?

Answer: (Lead guitarist) Mat (Mitchell) and I are always kind of throwing around ideas. We always have stuff up our sleeves. A lot of it comes down to scheduling. What’s going on with other projects? What’s going on with harvest? When we hit critical mass with ideas, we just want to pull the trigger and get ‘em done.

Q: Do you and Mat get together sometimes and play music just to mess around and songs come out of that?

A: Not really jamming so much as reading articles online, watching films, “Adult Swim,” listening to music, playing a song you really like, and trying to put together juxtaposed things. I might say, “I really like this show ‘The Newsroom’ and some of the speeches on that. And I also really like this Helmet song. Or this Joni Mitchell song.” So we’ll start sticking that in our brain and letting it rattle around until something comes out. Or a book. Or an article. Or a view. Just elements.

Q: Did “The Newsroom” actually inspire a song?

A: Oh yeah, that crazy speech in the first season is pretty much the song “Money Shot.” Loosely related. But similar energy as far as we can do better.

Speaking of Puscifer related stuff, I read the other day on Instagram that there will be a sale happening at the Puscifer store in Jerome over the Halloween weekend. Sale items include a range of rare and signed posters from various MJK related acts, including Tool and A Perfect Circle.

New Puscifer Album Money Shot now streaming on Pandora

For those keen to have a listen to the new Puscifer album Money Shot, it’s now streaming in full on music website Pandora. I don’t have access to it here at work, so might be a while before I get to have a listen, but I welcome your thoughts and reviews in the comment section below!

Update: Direct link to album added.

New Puscifer Album Money Shot is now streaming on Pandora

Puscifer release Money Shot video

Puscifer have released an official video for the title track of their next album Money Shot. I haven’t seen it yet, but it supposedly features a near naked Maynard, and presumably some Mexican wrestling as well. I take it “near naked” means he’s not wearing a shirt or something, so don’t go in expecting to see Maynard’s Dick.

Witness the majesty below:

So what’s the verdict on the Money Shot video? Good? Bad?

In case you’ve forgotten, Money Shot will be released on October 30th, and can be ordered from places like Amazon or the Puscifer Store. If you have any money left after forking out for $500 VIP sessions (now including rehearsals) then go and buy this album!

Maynard cooks up some new tunes

Maynard, Mat and Carina talk about Money Shot

This has been out for a few days now, so apologies for the delay in getting onto Fourtheye. In the video below Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell and Carina Round discuss Money Shot, Puscifer and all things related to this definitely not a side project.

WARNING: If you’re an easily offended Tool fan, I’d suggest not watching.

Go and pre-order Money Shot straight from the Puscifer website! Don’t waste your time with iTunes! You order copies on CD and Vinyl, and depending on how deep your pockets are, you can even get an autographed version.

Puscifer – Money Shot

Puscifer is back with a new album and a huge buzz! Money Shot is coming your way Oct. 30 and we couldn’t be more excited. Have you seen the video for the first song the band released for Grand Canyon? Money shot is the follow up to Conditions Of My Parole and marks Maynard Keenan and company’s third full length album and its first new album in four years. ‘It’s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes,’ Keenan told Rolling Stone. ‘And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes.’ In addition, fans can look for Puscifer hitting the road in November for their first extended North American touring in support of the Money Shot album. Dates begin Nov. 1 at the Monster Mash Festival in Phoenix with shows booked into mid-December. For the upcoming shows, the live lineup will consist of Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Masha Zargaran and Paul Barker. Luchafer will open all of the band’s late fall tour dates. As is the Modus Operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany the Money Shot release. ‘We’ve been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail,” says Keenan. ”As usual, we prefer to Show rather than Tell. Odds are if you’ve been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you¹ll want to go ahead and place those bets.’

1. “Galileo” 5:17
2. “Agostina” 4:24
3. “Grand Canyon” 5:57
4. “Simultaneous” 6:42
5. “Money Shot” 2:32
6. “The Arsonist” 4:45
7. “The Remedy” 6:07
8. “Smoke And Mirrors” 5:05
9. “Flippant” (Itunes exclusive track) 6:24
10. “Life Of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)” 4:41
11. “Autumn”

Puscifer - Money Shot

Puscifer release title track from Money Shot

You may have taken a quick listen to the 30 second Money Shot snippets on Amazon yesterday, but today it appears the second full track has been released from the album. This time around it’s a much rockier number and the smooth poppy sounds of Grand Canyon. It’s certainly not a Tool track, but will appeal more to those who prefer their music with a harder edge.

Also with the track is a new Maynard James Keenan interview on Rolling Stone by Dan Epstein. If the interview is anything to go by, it seems as though the new Puscifer album may have a more serious one than their last two:

It seems like Puscifer’s trademark sense of humor has taken something of a back seat to heavier themes on this record.
Yeah, I guess so. I can see how someone would think that, but I see the humor all the way through it, even in the heavier tracks. On our earlier stuff, we completely separated it — “Cuntry Boner” over here, and then “Indigo Children” over here. Here, they’ve been integrated more. It’s like a fine wine that’s been aging in a large cask for two years, instead of being right out of the press and into the bottle.

They do ask a quick Tool question, with a not unexpected response:

So, last question… what’s up with the new Tool record?
I write lyrics and melodies to music. If I don’t have music, I can’t.

Listen to Puscifer’s Money Shot

Maynard looking dandy

Money Shot samples on Amazon

Aenimal from the Fourtheye forum posted this afternoon to let me know that Amazon now has 30 second samples for each of the tracks from Puscifer’s upcoming album Money Shot. In case you’re forgotten, the latest album from Puscifer comes out on October 30, just in time for their tour.

I won’t get a chance to listen to the samples for a little while, but I’d love to hear what you guys think. Good, bad, average, awe inspiring? I wasn’t blown away by Grand Canyon, but am still keen to see how the album pans out, and also to see what they have in store for their tour later this year.

You can pre-order Money Shot from Amazon using the widget below:

Money Shot track list:

1. Galileo
2. Agostina
3. Grand Canyon
4. Simultaneous
5. Money Shot
6. The Arsonist
7. The Remedy
8. Smoke and Mirrors
9. Life of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)
10. Autumn

Puscifer Money Shot album cover

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