I was honestly shocked when I heard back from the powers that be that I could even bring my camera into a Puscifer show, turns out it barely mattered anyway. Maynard is notorious for dodging cameras and hiding in the shadows so getting any photos worth using was difficult to say the least. They even threw people out if they produced a camera phone and tried to take photos!
It’s easy to feel like he’s a dick (we all know who makes the creative decisions) and whine about the way he is, but something came to mind sometime during Puscifer’s set that I hadn’t really thought about before. We are losing musical characters at an increasing rate. It feels like every week, someone steps off the earth. Sometimes naturally, sometimes by the needle, sometimes by hearing loss.
We don’t have many eccentric rockers anymore. Lemmy is gone, Bowie is gone, Weiland, King and Cocker just to name a small few. That is just one reason why I kind of like when Maynard is weird, I like that he is a strange oddity.
When it comes down to it, Puscifer makes it very clear that they are there to entertain you, not coddle you. Sit down, shut up, put your technology away and be within the moment. Money Shot Round 2 is the second leg of the Money Shot album tour and it’s sure as hell one of the most interesting and strange live shows you will see. It comes complete with five Luchadores (Luchafer), a full size wrestling ring, bleachers of fans and a genuine robotic cock fight…Dick jokes. I won’t go into toooooo much detail, you can see a bit from the pictures (I tried to get), and what I’ve already said. Other than that, it’s up to you.
Money Shot Round 2 is one part Nacho Libre, one part Tarantino flick, mix in a hefty helping of musical genius and bake to a golden brown, remove from oven and sprinkle your soul to taste.
If you get the chance, get your ass out to a Puscifer show, leave the damn phone at home and enjoy the buffet of music Puscifer has laid out for you
Money $hot was released on Oct. 30 via Keenan’s Puscifer Entertainment. The album landed at #1 on Billboard’s Independent Music chart, #2 on the Alternative Albums chart and #30 on the Top 200. In a four star review, Revolver Magazine described the album as “a meditative and hypnotic – not to mention wholly engaging – offering” and both Crave and Kerrang placed the release on their year end, best of lists, with Crave saying, “The yin and yang of masculine and feminine energy interweave a pulsing eroticism that curls itself around the mind like one of Keenan’s many grapevines.”
March 17 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
March 18 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
March 20 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
March 22 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theatre
March 23 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
March 25 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
March 26 Grand Rapids, MI Devos Performance Hall
March 28 Rockford, IL Coronado Theatre
March 29 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
March 30 Columbus, OH The LC Indoor Pavilion
April 1 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
April 2 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
April 4 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
April 5 Buffalo, NY Center for the Arts
April 6 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
April 8 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
April 9 Huntington, NY The Paramount
April 10 Reading, PA Santander Performing Arts Center
April 12 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
April 13 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
April 15 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
April 16 Providence, RI Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
April 18 Richmond, VA The National
April 19 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
April 20 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
April 22 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
April 23 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater
April 24 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
April 26 Wichita, KS Orpheum
April 27 Lubbock, TX City Bank Auditorium
April 28 Albuquerque, NM Popejoy Hall
April 30 Tucson, AZ TCC Music Hall
May 1 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall
May 30 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
May 31 London, UK The Roundhouse
June 2 Paris, France Le Grand Rex
June 6 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks
June 7 Milan, Italy Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
June 9 Nickelsdorf, Austria Novarock Festival
June 12 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique
June 13 Esch Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
June 15 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
June 16 Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
Luchafer open on all non-festival dates.
Puscifer’s touring line-up is Keenan, guitar player Mat Mitchell, singer Carina Round, drummer Jeff Friedl, keyboard player/vocalist Mahsa Zargaran and the newest addition, bass player Paul Barker (Ministry, Lead Into Gold).