by Chris Conde
Seems like there have been many old nu-metal and “active rock” groups descending upon San Antonio recently, like a '90s baggy jeans-wearing, Airwalk-rocking blast from the past. Last week P.O.D. played a set at this year’s Oyster Bake, tonight Stabbing Westward and SA’s The Union Underground are slated to play Siesta Fest and last night, A Perfect Circle rocked the walls of Freeman Coliseum.
Maybe we’re just suckers for nostalgia. Whatever the reason, last night made it crystal clear that the Alamo City still has a big place in its heart for A Perfect Circle — and, in particular, for singer Maynard James Keenan.
Even as the “cholo goth” duo Prayers (which was kind of like Depeche Mode meets Beastie Boys at a graveyard party) took the stage to open the show, fans kept screaming for Keenan to come out as the lights dimmed and fog started to roll across the stage.
A Perfect Circle opened with “The Package”, the first track off the band’s second album Thirteenth Step. The arena erupted in a roar of applause and screaming from the crowd. The band then took a dive into “The Hollow”, which the opener on their debut album Mer De Noms, all as the veil that had covered the front stage fell to the ground in a dramatic reveal.
These guys don't really move around too much while they play. Not that A Perfect Circle’s music calls for an epic stage show, however. In fact, some of the night was mellow and melodic. It was a set list designed for true A Perfect Circle fans – fans who appreciate the deep cuts and non-radio tracks. Except they didn't play “Judith” or even “3 Libras" (which I'm sure some people were waiting to hear). Plus there was a random rant from Keenan about experiencing music in real life and not through your phone.