Sessanta, Evening Two – A Good Circle (w/Josh Freese!), Puscifer and Primus rejoice Maynard James Keenan’s sixtieth at Boston’s historic Wang Theatre


In what could also be one of many extra random and distinctive turns of occasions within the current reminiscence of a minimum of one long-time DS staffer (learn as: me), we had the chance to shoot evening two of Sessanta at Boston’s Wang Theatre. What’s Sessanta, you may ask? Legitimate query. Sessanta – the phrase – interprets from the unique Italian to “sixty” and never, opposite to well-liked perception, to “attractive Santa.” However Sessanta on this case is a lot extra. Particularly, it’s a touring celebration in honor of famous oenophile and Brazilian jiu-jitsu fanatic Maynard James Keenan turning – you guessed it – sixty years previous, a reality that’s a minimum of as mind-blowing because the present itself that celebrated the momentous event. (Severely…Elvis died at 42 and Wilford Brimley was like 49 when he began capturing Cocoon and Jerry Garcia died at 53 and Maynard nonetheless seems like has aged possibly two weeks since he was stalking the stage at Lollapalooza 1993 throughout the handful of Software appearances on that iconic tour. Possibly there’s one thing to a lifetime of wine and martial arts and never, in Elvis’ case, Demerol and tranquilizers and, properly, and martial arts. However I digress. As regular.)

The Sessanta touring monster is a three-headed beast that options Primus and two of Maynard’s non-Software-related musical initiatives, A Good Circle and Puscifer. The tour marks the primary A Good Circle dates since 2018 – and I believe the primary dates with Josh Freese on drums since like 2011. Every band is actually greater than able to headlining a similarly-sized venue (now in its hundredth yr, the historic Wang Theatre holds 3,500) in their very own proper, so having all three on the identical invoice creates the issue of “who’s going to headline?” To sort out that, Keenan and firm created a night occasion with all three bands buying and selling spots and relying on and off one another’s units over the course of three hours. The stage was arrange with three drum kits on a shared riser that was bookended at stage proper and stage left by staircases that result in seating areas every adorned with twin couches for the rotating solid of characters to hang around on and watch the festivities when it wasn’t their respective turns to carry out.

All instructed, the trio of rock heavyweights pounded out twenty-nine songs over the course of the night, with not one of the bands actually taking a lot in the way in which of precedent over the others. After a collection of video reminders concerning the penalties of violating the present’s cellular phone/digicam coverage, the musical portion of the celebration kicked off with a trio of songs from A Good Circle – “The Package deal,” “Disillusioned” and “The Contrarian” who then gave approach to Primus’ well-received run-throughs of “These Rattling Blue-Collar Tweakers,” “Too Many Puppies,” and “American Life.” Then it was Puscifer’s flip to take center-stage, with commanding performances of “Galileo,” “Horizons” and “Indigo Youngsters.” With every band’s preliminary three-song mini-set out of the proverbial approach, the night turned progressively extra collaborative. Act 2 kicked off with Primus enjoying a trio of their greatest hits in succession: “Jerry Was A Race Automobile Driver,” “My Identify Is Mud,” and “Tommy The Cat,” the latter of which noticed Keenan himself taking Tom Waits’ place within the titular function from atop the stage left staircase. Puscifer returned for what actually was the guts of the set – a four-song assortment of “Flippant,” “Momma Stated,” “Bullet Prepare to Iowa” and “The Underwhelming.” A Good Circle returned for “The Hole” with Primus’ Tim Alexander on drums. Astute observers will recall that Alexander was APC’s founding drummer and his drumming on the studio model of that music marks his solely recorded look within the APC catalog. On this evening, as he did within the band a quarter-century in the past, Alexander then handed the reins again to Freese for “So Lengthy, And Tanks For All The Fish,” “Weak And Powerless” and “The Outsider.”

Act 3 began with a Puscifer return, closing out their portion of the night with “The Humbling River” and “The Treatment.” A Good Circle then performed arguably their two greatest hits – “The Noose” and “Judith” earlier than Primus closed out their portion of the primary set with an prolonged “Southern Pachyderm,” which featured Freese and Olsen becoming a member of Alexander as a three-headed drum soloing monster. The set closed with every band performing their new tracks that seem on the tour-exclusive new EP; APC’s “Kindred” carried out with Puscifer’s Carina Spherical, Puscifer’s “No Angel,” and eventually Primus’ “Pablo’s Hippos,” carried out with Keenan himself. Then it was time for the grand finale; your entire twelve-headed monster took to the stage concurrently to bang out what I assume you’d name a canopy of Puscifer’s “Grand Canyon.” You actually ought to watch the latter – it’s one thing to behold.

As I alluded to earlier than, the present introduced with it a strict “no cellular phone/no pictures” coverage which was startlingly properly adhered to. It sounds bizarre possibly to say in a present assessment, however we’ve reached the day and age the place it’s actually noteworthy – and undoubtedly refreshing – to be at a present full of people who find themselves simply reveling within the expertise in actual life and never by way of a display screen…and I say that as somebody who watches reveals by way of a display screen for a (fake) residing. The environment made for a compelling watch. Definitely, it appeared most show-goers have been most stoked to see A Good Circle, particularly with the powerhouse that’s Josh Freese supplying the drumming duties. I believe Billy Howerdel is an incredible author of poignant, heavy but atmospheric music, and it creates for a reside efficiency that borders on haunting at occasions. Primus, although, had a big contingent of their very own followers singing and dancing alongside as Les Claypool and crew frog stomped their approach by way of their explicit model of psychedelic prog funk jam rock. Puscifer are a band that I believe lots of people historically sleep on, as a result of possibly of the form of juvenile band and music/album names generally, and since I believe they’ve been mischaracterized as a catch-all for Maynard’s non-Software/APC musings and, as such, not as “severe” a band, however let me let you know…that band guidelines. Onerous. Particularly reside. The interaction between Maynard and the spell-binding Carina Spherical’s voices and personalities was charming, and genuinely lent itself completely to the gothic, theatrical setting.

I used to be going to write down a extra considerate outro to this present assessment, however in my mind, I maintain listening to Stefon, Invoice Hader’s good metropolis correspondent/membership promoter from SNL’s Weekend Replace like 15 years in the past. “This present had every part; a birthday cupcake for Maynard James Keenan, three drummers on the similar time, Les Claypool in a pig masks enjoying standup bass with a bow, an Ameriglide stair elevate, Josh Freese and Billy Howerdel enjoying ping-pong, not a single cellular phone in sight for 3 full hours (minus a ten-minute interlude); a hundred-year-old theater the place they filmed Witches Of Eastwick.” It actually was a particular form of present, and for being solely evening two of a tour full of quite a lot of chaotic shifting components, it appeared from the place I used to be sitting to go off with out a hitch. Verify our extra pictures beneath, albeit solely from the present’s finale as a result of that’s all we may shoot. The grasping photographer a part of my mind thought it was tremendous unfair as a result of the folks need to see pics of such a tremendous environment…however the cranky previous man show-goer a part of my mind feels completely happy we acquired an uninterrupted deal with all to ourselves!


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