Words by: Jeanette LeBlanc
Photography by: Adam Harrison
On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, A Perfect Circle made their way to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with support from The Beta Machine. The rainy weather was perfectly matched for the foggy-dark vibes that awaited as all of the “tool shirts” entered the venue.
Before stepping through the curtains to the main event, fans were reminded to leave all recording devices and cellphones away at all times. Taking your phone out to text a friend, could result in you making your way back outside in the rain. They meant business, and did not hold back from kicking fans out.
Did fans enjoy the no phones rule? You either loved it or hated it. Personally, I loved it. The crowd was pitch-black and there were no distractions. When it came time to throw light up in the air, everyone dug out their lighters. I know, so old school right?!
A Perfect Circle kept the mystery of vocalist Maynard James Keenan alive, as they do at every performance. All that could be seen of him was a large shadow of his silhouette. But, you knew he was there the second he sang into the microphone… you could feel it.
With the lack of visible stage presence from the band, there were moments where you would catch yourself drifting or waiting for something that never came. The stage production and lighting were beautiful, the colors were rich and vibrant and the mood was on point, but you couldn’t help yourself by wanting more from the performance.
A Perfect Circle are definitely a band made for an arena tour. Their sound feels like it is too big for anything but that. They managed to tear through every album and although they dodged performing their Canadian radio hits like “Judith” and “Passive”, they dug deeper into their library and broke out rare songs like “Blue”.
Maynard also made sure to clear the air and let fans know that the rumors going around over a new A Perfect Circle album are 100% accurate. We’re pretty stoked about this one because their new single “The Doomed” is a gem!
A Perfect Circle’s Setlist:
Weak and Powerless
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
By and Down
People Are People (Depeche Mode cover)
Thinking of You
Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums