Maynard James Keenan couldn't have picked a more perfect place to debut his Puscifer live show than Sin City. His performance -- a variety show featuring a revolving group of musicians and performers, complete with comedy skits both onstage and onscreen -- was pure Las Vegas. The first of a sold-out three-night stand at the 2,500-capactiy Pearl Theatre began with a Patton-like video intro from Keenan as character Major Douche, followed by a cast of performers (including comedian Brian Posehn) asking the rhetorical question, "What is Puscifer?" Things got even more meta as two performers dressed as a nun and priest acted out their own variety show onstage, in a talk-show-style lounge setting. Keenan, in a velour tracksuit with the word "Jesus" embossed on the butt, joined them as evangelist Neil Suckit.
2007 might've been the year Britney Spears hijacked the MTV Video Music Awards. At least according the large marquee outside the Palms hotel-casino last night (Sept. 9). This was the first year Las Vegas played host to the 23-years-old ceremony -- feeling your age yet? -- and if the lure of a Sin City setting wasn't enough to tempt the curious, the troubled tart's return to the stage should have been. So big the red carpet nearly came to a standstill and the table gamblers -- or, the human backdrop to the red carpet -- attentively gazed up at the monitors to catch Britney's opening number, and curiosity quickly turned into frowns and grimaces. Spears half-assed her dance routines and lip-synching for the entirety of the song, looking overmedicated and underwhelmed. This was not lost on the onlookers expecting flashes of her former VMA self.