A Perfect Circle and Night Club Band out at Comerica Theatre

The Darkest Night, The Brightest Stars and A Perfect Circle.
Daisy Fromkin


An unusual evening with tightly enforced rules: NO CELL PHONES, NO PHOTOS and yes they mean it, violators will get ejected from the show. Prior to the show starting I watched security race this way and that shining flashlights and reminding the audience to unplug.

The sheer size of Comerica Arena doesn’t shout intimate music performance at 1st glance, but the removal of the cell phone glow removed a layer of reality at shows 1st opening notes, A solid blackness with the hazing illumination of the stage, Just barely visible intentional vagueness like a dream.  A disembodied voice from the depths of darkness floated out with “looming, omnipresent” to start “Eat the Elephant”. This tranquil full stage experience continued with hazy blue and purple backlights pierced with minimal whites spotlights aimed at audience, adjusting your eyes and keeping vision from ever fully adjusting, suspending the audience between audio and visual as they end their North American tour in Phoenix, Arizona.

A Perfect Circle walks that line of minimal to excess with a playful coquettish grace.  Heavy guitar riffs and textured drums layers into the surreal vocals that crescendo and then softly crash, only to look up from the floor to smile wickedly and rise again.

A Perfect Circle is a rock supergroup formed in 1999 by Billy Howerdel (Guitar) and Maynard James Keenan (Vocals).  During the early 2000s APC released 3 albums before going back to their other projects and then going into a pattern of on again/off again relationships by regrouping/hiatus until finally in 2017 APC regrouped to create “Eat the Elephant” with its current line up of James Iha (Guitar), Matt McJunkins (Bassist), Jeff Friedl (Drummer), and of course Keenan and Howerdel which was released April 20th, 2018.  Despite all of the changes through out the years, the content of APC has remained consistently stylized and well received.

The music is relentless, flowing through “Disillusioned, The Hallow, Weak and Powerless” shifting silhouette of Keenan changing to darkness between songs.  Relentlessly tight in musical execution they made up for the low visual with high audio perfection.

We swim along the darkest points of the human soul with Judith and The Noose to Delicious consequences as Keenan’s lyrics are both seductive and dark, growing from our inner-depths and feeding the mischievous succubus that lives just below our conscious. He reminds us that the human soul is vast and complicated, but the best way to Eat an Elephant?

One bite at a time.


Check them out here: https://www.aperfectcircle.com/

Stalk them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aperfectcircle/

Check them out Live:

December 3 Manchester, UK Victoria Warehouse
December 5 London, UK SSE Arena Wembley
December 7 Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
December 13 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
December 15 Kraków, Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
December 16 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
December 18 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
December 19 Rome, Italy Palalottomatica


Impression: Worth every moment

Songs I can’t live without: The Noose & Judith

Best Overheard: “So wait, no phone at all? I don’t understand.”

The opening act Night Club hails from Los Angeles with a solid electronic sound. Consisting of Mark Brooks and Emily Kavanaugh in 2012 they have been featured in numerous TV shows including The Jersey Shore, ATWs Awkward, VH1s Miami Monkey, NBC The Mysteries of Laura and Style Networks XOX Betsey Johnson just to name a few.  Night Club’s sound can be described as a thickly dense and delicious ear candy that spirals you though the vapors of our very existence into the sweetness of electronic truth.

We had a chance to sit down with Emily and Mark before the show. Check out the interview below.

Photos By Adam Messler

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