Tuesday night at 151 West Randolph Street in downtown Chicago; tattoos, leather jackets, cigarettes, nose-piercings, long haired-hippies and dudes wearing Tool t-shirts were standing outside of the Cadillac Palace. Once an old home to Vaudeville and now a place for pre-Broadway shows this place looked a little different last night. Sometimes, an act like a rock band named Puscifer comes here to “perform.”
The band is a side project of frontman, Maynard James Keenan (normally a part of the band Tool, hence the t-shirts). He knows a thing or to about putting on a dramatic performance. The show began around 9:00 pm and things started off with a small projected screen of Keenan and others dressed like redneck cowboys with an ignorant attitude and a comical documentary about a fake band. Keenan came out onto the stage with a cheering crowd yelling out his name. He wore a black cowboy hat, black cowboy shirt, and big sunglasses. Maynard was setting up a camp on the stage while chatting with the crowd. It was funny how he was dragging around this silver trailer.
The stage eventually contained a picnic table, camping lawn chairs, wine glasses with a bottle of wine next to them and the band members casually drank the wine throughout the show. A fake rattle snake was placed out in front.
So he opens the door to the trailer and lets out a brunette girl named Carina Round, who is a British singer and guitar player. Earlier, she was the opening act. She helped Keenan set up some more stuff on the stage like a drum kit and really cool looking microphones. The true genius of this show was about to begin.
A gigantic screen filled the walls and floor to ceiling that stood behind Keenan and Round. All during the night, several images drifted through it. Bizarre desert landscapes, oceans, clouds, colored bubbles and faces were popping in and out of the screen. It looked really cool as their shadowy figures danced back and forth in a ritual-like motion. The two of them were perfectly harmonizing together. Both have quite strikingly beautiful voices that blend with the industrial sounds of guitars and drums strumming and beating away. It was hypnotic, trance-inducing and alarming to watch and listen to.
They were promoting the new album, “Conditions of My Parole.” I know I already stated this but Keenan performed like a champion. The music and theatrics were simply amazing! this 2 hour show left me dazed but not confused. I was filled with enthusiasm. My wife Denny was so enthralled watching this show. Probably her favorite rock show to date.
Ultimately, there was this cool Arizona desert vibe while camping outdoors with a fire pit and drinking wine while jamming in a rock noir fashion. That is how I felt and I think Maynard was also promoting his wine that he makes in the Arizona desert. So there you go, a little plugging while plugged in and jamming. Can’t wait to see what He has in store next for the band Tool or any other unusually fitting Maynard James Keenan project. Just as long as Carina sings backup with him. She was quite a performer too.
So that’s my review, I hope you enjoyed it! Until next time,
C-Note signing off