|A PERFECT CIRCLE|
AUF DER MAUR
|on stage - 25/01/2004 at C-Side - Milan|
|live- review by Francesco "Hangedpuppy" Casale|
|AUF DER MAUR|
|A PERFECT CIRCLE|
waiting here i am to attend this faboulous concert...a lot of expectation and
a little bit of nervousism... about the location too, sincerely not able to contain the human flow that i
found in front of the discotheque...but it’s better to analyse step by
little discotheque in Milan.
normal place...about 15 meter of stage. Very minimalistic stage...all in
black, with a big structure in the middle of it, covered with black
tissue...i wasn’t really surprised cause i "know" Maynard and i know the
he’s really strange :-p
place was very simple...i have got the sensation i went to a concert of a
local music group...but im not here for the place...i wanna see the
the C-Side its a good place...good visibility and especially good
acoustic..a little thanks to the security staff, they are really
“engaged” to play with their new walkie talkie's and with their radio's....but
not really able to manage all the people.
little problem is given by the various “emergency exit lights” that
little glowing...this cause the the stage not to be completely dark...and knowing Maynard
and A Perfect Circle i was a little displeased.
A lot....various, kindly, someone with his leather jacket ( it was really hot...43° and a lot of smoke)...i saw a lot of boys and girls with Tool’s t-shirt's...and a lot of metal girls (ehehehehehe).
|AUF DER MAUR|
Auf der Maur. The
new band of Melissa Auf Der Maur (ex Hole and ex Smashing Pumpkins)
promotes their first new album.
can i say about their show....mhhhhh...strange sound, two or three
powerful song, but i hear a lot of Hole mixed with an electronic sound
like Smashing Pumpking in their last albums...nothing new...a particular
sound...but nothing new.
is really pretty but not so able to sing and play bass, two guitarists,
very minimal guitar sound ( some riffs, but more an accompanyment guitar).
ray of light, in all this boring pre-concert,
is the drummer: powerful, precise, basic but with some nice expectations....really
good and round sound.
|A PERFECT CIRCLE (finally)|
have an heartbreak....at the beginning i see James Iha (blonde?), Howerdel,
Twiggy Ramirez....Freese..but where is Keenan???
song “Vanishing”....Keenan-Maynard sings...he is in the middle of the
black structure on the stage...he is covered with black tissue and
wonderful lights reflect his shadow in the middle of a circle (a kind of
chinese shadow) , so seems that he sings from different places....i am hypnotized.
sings like a demon...he is possessed by the music, dances in his little
black structure, wet long hair on the face, delay effect on the voice (expecially
in “Magdalene”), simply wonderful.
Iha, is dressed like a top model but he creates together with Howerdel
these sonorous atmosphere, this acoustic dreams, Twiggy plays bass quitely
(really far from his shows when he was together with Manson)....a big
concert for Freese...creative and exceptional, fantasious and powerful, a
great session with his drums....crash, ride, crash again, ride again,
especially in “The Outsider”, wonderful during the whole the show.
tracklist covered the best song of their
two albums: “Mar der Noms” and “Thirteenth
start off with “Vanishing” and they ebd with a triumphal
“Judith”, they play the aggressiveness of “The Outsider” and the
sweetness on “The Noose”, passing through “Pet”, “Thinking of
You”, “Weak and powerless”, “Thomas”, “The Hollow”, “The
Package”, “3 Libras”, “Orestes”, “Blue”and “Magdalena”
till a wonderful rock version of “The Nurse who loved me” .
They ask for interaction with the public...try to
make us smile, with a little tribute to Backstreet Boys, and a little song
for Mr.Bush. Really nice.
think that isn’t so difficult to use a mixer....and probably the person
who manages this stuff doesn't know the difference between a jack and a
cannon so at the beginning the volume is really low...i can hear only
Maynard’s voice...but after a general F**K O*F they equalize better so
we can listen better the other members of the band...sometimes brusque
negative considerations involve A Perfect Circle too.... it is absolutely prohibited
to take pictures and videos...so the image of the band is a precious
and rare thing,
reserved only to those who saw their concert. ..
A wonderful concert....a great Maynard, i see this demon, his energy and his passion, his rage and his sweetness... now im satisfied i can go back to sleep now...listening to Magdalene...
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