Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Patient Fans of A Perfect Circle Rewarded at Chaifetz Arena Show

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Patient Fans of A Perfect Circle Rewarded at Chaifetz Arena Show

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"This is what we consider our 'get-to-know-ya/re-get to know ya' run," A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan said a few songs into the band's hundred-minute set Thursday night at a packed Chaifetz Arena. "It's been a while since we've been out."

Indeed, the band founded by Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel just before the turn of the century hasn't toured for a half-dozen years nor released a studio album since 2004. Keenan is often occupied with his other musical projects, Tool and Pusifer, and his business interests, which include a winery. So it's a waiting game for fans of A Perfect Circle and for the band itself, the current version of which includes guitarist James Iha, bassist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl.

That wait lasted a few tantalizing minutes into the show at Chaifetz as the band members played their opening number, "The Package," from behind a white scrim, their backlit figures casting long shadows. As the dark, doleful song broke open with its first power chords, the scrim was ripped away, and Howerdel and McJunkins bounded forth.

Keenan, Iha and Friedl were stationed atop lighted risers, where they'd remain, encased in darkness and stage fog, for the entire show.

That arrangement was theatrical, but limiting in terms of creating a sense of intimacy with the crowd. Any emotional connection would have to come from the music, which it did as A Perfect Circle played songs drawn largely from 2003's "Thirteenth Step" as well as "Mer de Noms" (2000) and "Emotive" (2004).

The band's hard, heavy brand of alt-metal is infused with an artfulness and melodic sense brought to the table by Howerdel, whose incisive guitar lines cut through the melancholy of songs such as "The Noose" and "Rose."

Keenan, in a seemingly chatty mood for him, anyway introduced an inside-out, dirgelike cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" with a call to unity among those of all political persuasions. …

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