PUSCIFER, the eclectic music-meets-comedy troupe helmed by Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE), will kick off its first North American tour in support of the band's sophomore release, "Conditions of My Parole", on November 7 in Seattle.
The dates are as follows:
Nov. 07 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
Nov. 09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Capitol Theatre
Nov. 10 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
Nov. 12 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
Nov. 14 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
Nov. 15 - Chicago, IL - Cadillac Palace Theatre
Nov. 17 - Cleveland, OH - Lakewood Civic Auditorium
Nov. 18 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Nov. 19 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 22 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
Nov. 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Nov. 26 - Washington, DC - [to be announced]
Nov. 27 - Charlotte, NC - [to be announced]
Nov. 29 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
Nov. 30 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Dec. 06 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 09 - Las Vegas, NV - [to be announced]
Dec. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - [to be announced]
Tickets for all shows go on sale on Friday, October 7 at 12 (noon) local time via venue box offices, as well as Ticketmaster and Live Nation web sites. A limited number of VIP packages, featuring wine tastings and a more mysterious PUSCIFER encounter, will be available simultaneously via puscifer.frontgatetickets.com.
In other news, PUSCIFER will make its television debut on Halloween with a performance on CBS-TV's "Late Show With David Letterman".
PUSCIFER's live appearance is described in a press release as "a musically driven evening that merges technology, quirky characters and comedy." Spin referred to the shows as an "X-rated episode of 'Hee-Haw'" and the Las Vegas Review-Journal described the set as "a performance art spectacle equal parts comedy cabaret show and guerilla theater."
Keenan has often stated in interviews that his concept for PUSCIFER required nearly two decades to pass before the technology was available to create the live performance.
PUSCIFER's core and touring bandmembers are Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Josh Eustis, Carina Round, Matt McJunkins and Jeff Friedl. Carina Round will act as support for all dates.
"Conditions Of My Parole" is scheduled for release on October 18 via Puscifer Entertainment.
"Conditions Of My Parole" track listing:
01. Tiny Monsters
02. Green Valley
04. Telling Ghosts
06. Man Overboard
08. The Rapture (Fear Is a Mind Killa Mix)
09. Conditions of My Parole
10. The Weaver
"The Verde Valley is an intrinsic part of what PUSCIFER is," explains Keenan. "It's equal parts 'Twilight Zone', 'Mayberry' and 'Road Warrior'. The ghosts and aliens, Republicans and Democrats, cowboys and artists living side by side with hostile creatures such as scorpions, spiders, rattlesnakes, javelina and hippies are just a few of the spicy ingredients that give 'Conditions Of My Parole' its unique flavor."
"Conditions Of My Parole" was recorded in Jerome, Arizona this spring with tracking done amidst the wine barrels from Keenan's Caduceus Cellars. The album was produced by Keenan, Mat Mitchell, and Josh Eustis. Contributing musicians for the new album include the aforementioned Keenan, Mitchell, and Eustis as well as Carina Round, Juliette Commagere, Matt McJunkins, Jeff Freidl, Gil and Rani Sharone, Jonny Polonsky, Tim Alexander, Devo Keenan, Alessandro Cortini, Sarah Jones, and Jon Theodore.
PUSCIFER's debut album, the infamously censored "V is for V*****" (2007), charted on both the rock and dance singles charts simultaneously (the full album at #9 on the Billboard Rock Album and "C*ntry Boner" at #1 on Billboard's Dance Singles Chart). "V is for V*****" entered The Billboard 200 at #25.