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Five Highlights from the Puscifer Show at the Gusman Center, June 12

Last night Maynard James Keenan brought his creative side project, Puscifer to the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center in Miami. (View a slideshow here.)

To describe it in complete detail would be doing a disservice to those attending future shows. But, if you do enjoy a spoiler, venture on over to the Miami New Times to read their review

However, we will share our five highlights from last night's Puscifer show. If you attended, be sure to share yours as well in the comment section below.

5. Carina Round
Opening the show was British singer/songwriter Carina Round -- both a solo artist and touring member of Puscifer, this badass female artist has been putting out albums for over a decade. Her voice is captivating, extraordinary, and never skipped a beat as she belted out tracks like "The Last Time" and "You and Me". Her vocals, and whimsically spooky stage presence complimented the Puscifer set beautifully.

4. The show's intimate setting and casual atmosphere.
After seeing Tool in an arena show, this was definitely quite a change. Not only visually scaled down, but the smaller venue at the Gusman Center provided for a more intimate show. It was also interesting to see Maynard in a totally different light. Not literally of course -- he still spent most of the night in the darkness -- but Keenan seemed more at ease on stage. Throughout the performance, Keenan occasionally spoke to the audience, made rounds to fellow band members serving wine, and danced alongside Carina Round.

3. The visuals.
While it certainly wasn't a Tool laser light show, the visuals were still nothing short of amazing. Between the opening "documentary", large scale projections, and stage setup, there wasn't a lull in the sensory delights.

2. Maynard James Keenan telling the audience to stand up.
While the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center provides for a more intimate show, it was a bit awkward at first. Should we sit down? Should we stand up? Is this a concert or a performance? Well, about two songs in, Keenan cleared that right up for crowd. "You know this isn't a movie. This is happening live in front of you. You can stand up." he told the crowd. Followed by cheers and applause, the audience promptly stood to its feet.

1. Not having to be a Tool fan to enjoy a Puscifer show.
Look, I'm going to be honest. I'm not a fan of Tool. But, before you burn me at the stake, I will say that I can appreciate the talent and creativity behind the band. And after getting to see them live a few months back, I did have a greater appreciation for the force that is Tool.

Going into the Puscifer show, I didn't read much about what to expect, I felt like I'd enjoy it more that way. Like Keenan told our sister paper in Miami, "Expectations pave the road to hell." Needless to say, it was definitely one of the better live shows I've seen in this lifetime.

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