PUSCIFER, the eclectic music-meets-comedy troupe helmed by Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE), made its television debut last night (Monday, Octoebr 31) with a performance on CBS-TV's "Late Show With David Letterman". The group played its current single, "Conditions Of My Parole", with a special guest solo from Letterman's musical director Paul Shaffer. Check out video footage below.
PUSCIFER 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.
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" was released on October 18 via Puscifer Entertainment.
"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.