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In concert: Puscifer

PusciferPuscifer: Not your ordinary show at Lincoln Theatre. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By Dave McKenna

Maynard James Keenan brought Puscifer, the most theatrical and profane of the Tool frontman's many side projects, to Lincoln Theater for two weekend shows. Friday's set opened with Keenan commanding the audience to yell "Vagina!," and never strayed too far from seventh grade. This rock opera was "Godspell" gone to hell, with a nonlinear libretto full of angry Jesus references, guns, body parts and, especially, flatulence. Every character in the multimedia extravaganza had gas issues. And Keenan showed up on video screens every several minutes as Reverend Soquet, a wayward televangelist who had less control of his intestinal system than his morals.

(Still a rock star, plus more pictures after the jump.)


Even amid the bizarre format and middle-school trappings, Keenan remained a rock star. He's a fine and influential singer -- every mopey band to show up on rock radio in the last decade imitates Tool -- and he's an even more compelling performer than vocalist. "Momma Sed" had as much melody and drama as the old-school opuses Peter Gabriel delivered during his days with Genesis. "Take it like a man!" Keenan sang, over spacey, chorused musical backing that briefly took the mood from crass to mystical. Another highlight: "The Humbling River," a tune of redemption delivered as hard-rock gospel.

Keenan spent most of the evening at the back of the stage, bouncing slightly up and down and waving his arms in time with the band's pounding beat. Wherever Keenan was, live or onscreen, you had to watch, even when he was just drinking wine, which he did with flair throughout the night. The beverage could have been religiously symbolic or to promote "Blood Into Wine," a new documentary about another Keenan enterprise, a vineyard business. Or perhaps he just needed something to settle his stomach.




By David Malitz  |  March 8, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Puscifer  
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