Watch A Perfect Circle Raise Up ‘By and Down’ Live at Red Rocks
A freakily adept 2011 take on new song from last November's 'Three Sixty' best-of comp
In 2010, A Perfect Circle mounted their first tour in six years, playing retrospective shows with a powerhouse lineup that joined singer Maynard James Keenan and guitarist co-founder Billy Howerdel with bass player Matt McJunkins, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, and Devo drummer Josh Freese. It wasn’t until the next year, with Ashes Divide’s Jeff Friedl filling in on drums, that the alt-rock supergroup started including new songs in their sets.
Make that new song: They’d perform “By and Down,” a commandingly precise, near-six-minute opus about trying to keep grasping an image of someone who has changed irrevocably for the worse (“Searching your eyes for a hint or a trace of humility,” Keenan repeats. Spoiler alert: He doesn’t find it). A studio version of “By and Down” appeared on APC’s greatest hits comp, Three Sixty, last November. An in-concert take appears on Stone and Echo, a 20-track live album capturing their August 11, 2011 concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, Colorado. Now you can watch that performance above, in a live video that expertly documents the band’s formidably poised onstage interplay.
Keenan has been far from only reliving ’11 lately. The frontman for Puscifer and Tool recently discussed his Denzel Washington fandom and appeared with Breaking Bad‘s Bob Odenkirk to ask, “What Is Puscifer?” He’ll turn 50 on May 10, and A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and recently reunited art-rockers Failure are all on the MJK birthday bill.