The ever evolving and undefinable supergroup Puscifer descended upon Denver’s Mission Ballroom on Wednesday, July 6th. Headed up by Maynard James Keenan, of TOOL fame, the band played to an ecstatic sold out crowd. The general consensus amongst those who have seen this act at a Summer festival, or their last major tour over a decade ago, is to expect the unexpected, and the five-piece enigmatic troup did not disappoint.
Starting off the show were dual video screens detailing the consequences of recording or using cellular technology during the performance. Delivering this message was one of Maynard’s various personas, Dick Merkin, and the punishment was simple, a gruesome death in which your physical body will be creatively used for others sustenance. This set the tone for what the audience was about to experience, but by no means indicated how far it would go. What proceeded to unfold was a carefully crafted mix of schtick, extraterrestrial abductions, and the cleverly veiled magic of some very talented artists. The stage setup itself was morphing and seeming to come alive, propelling us through each song.
At a few key moments during the show, Dick Mirkin reemerged on the screens detailing Hollywood revelations and some very unique conspiracy theories. Laughs burst from the crowd throughout the skit and without much warning, it was back to the journey into the unknown. The band kept the surprises coming up until the finale, and based on the excited chatter from the droves of spectators leaving, this was not an experience to miss!