Written and Photographed by Sophia Varoumas
Grammy Award-winning Maynard James Keenan has one of the essential rock voices of our time. He pairs his golden vocal cords with Carina Round, whose angelic voice could be on a loop in the heavens to make the angels happy. Puscifer unites again for the second half of the Existential Reckoning, tour, 2.0. This time, with way more songs and even more antics. Sound Waves at The Hard Rock in Atlantic City hosted the band’s full-throttle performance making for one of the best and most unforgettable shows of 2022.
Going to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is an experience within itself. The path leading to the concert hall is paved with rock history memorabilia. You’ll see musical artifacts that stun, but the true stunner was Puscifer’s concert.
To call it a concert sounds like an understatement. They have stage performers acting out scenes throughout the show. Some of the character’s storylines began four albums ago with the redneck anarchist shenanigans of Billy D (played by MJK) as he’s been hanging around aliens, who have been feeding him alcohol in attempts to probe him.
The light show is mesmerizing and could be a show within itself. The band has been touring all year, with a break in the summertime for Round’s tour with Tears for Fears. As soon as that ended, Puscifer, ready for round two, hopped in their flying saucer to hover over the East coast, hungry for more.
That’s only some of what they have in store for all of their fans this year. For those who don’t make it out to the show, Puscifer has offered a double-feature pay-per-view concert and intimate studio sessions for you to purchase on puscifertv.com. If venturing out this time around is not in the cards, the affordable double feature, at $35, is a must-see for all the die-hard fans and new listeners to their music. This band provides exclusive content that Puscifer’s music videos have provided alongside this project’s work. It’s an entirely awesome experience.
There is something truly special that you feel when you put on a record that MJK puts his vocals on. When releasing his first record with Tool in 1990, the Gods of thunder clapped to hear such greatness. Every one of his releases topped the charts in several countries in addition to ours. He received Grammy awards for best metal performance and hard rock performance. The musical genius exists in his band Puscifer as well.
I’ve never been to a Maynard show where the sound was not pristine. Expect to feel like you are listening to a studio album right in front of your face. The band puts on one hell of a show from beginning to end. Puscifer has an entire production, which feels like the complete package. With an 18-song setlist, wardrobe changes, and storylines to go alongside the characters Billy D, and Agent Dick Merkin, Puscifer puts on a gotta-go to performance that should not be missed.