Friday, July 8, 2011

Who the Hell Covers John Lennon's Imagine?

I mean, wow.
Just over a decade since A Perfect Circle’s previous show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium (they last played the Twin Cities at the Pantages in 2003), the band returned to St. Paul offering little in the way of excitement and freshness after their six-year hiatus.
I saw A Perfect Circle play a handful of times between 2001-2003, and many of them were fantastic shows, but sadly, what we got on Wednesday night in St. Paul was a band that seemed to be going through the motions. It also did not help the band’s case any that over half of the setlist came from their awful third album Emotive, eight of the show’s 18 songs being covers from that record. The politically charged album was released to coincide with the 2004 Presidential election, and while the cover choices were poignant and timely then, a lot has changed in the political landscape in the last seven years and most of the covers felt a bit forced as a result. Songs like John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” are timeless, but the messages behind those cover choices the band made almost a decade ago were mostly lost on the audience, and the slow and dull arrangements offered nothing of interest musically.
A FANTASTIC example of what a review should be. When I read this review, I don't know about you, but I want to thank the reviewer for laying it on the line. When you give a review that tells the truth about what you've seen, you open yourself up for attacks. I'm sorry, but that's the opinion of the person reviewing it. Post your own if you disagree.

If your band is playing a cover of "Imagine" as the second song in your setlist, forget it. You are completely and utterly out of fucking ideas and have no idea how to present yourself to the public. Talk about absolutely killing any enthusiasm for your show. Here's a song that will bring everything to an immediate halt and now we'll have a decades-old moment of chin stroking.


  1. I won't comment on A Perfect Circle's cover of "Imagine" because I wasn't there. But I respectfully disagree with the last paragraph. It is possible to perform that song successfully. I've
    experienced it personally, watched in awe as the cover-song "Imagine" sparkled and shivered through everyone. It wouldn't be my choice of coversongs and only few can pull it off. Peter Murphy happens to be one performer with enough charisma and presence to make it work. And he did!


    1. I'm sorry but I have to stand by what I said. Why would that be your second song in a live set? No ideas? Nothing else to play?

      You put your Lennon cover at the end, not at the beginning. And why would Imagine be your choice?

      Seems weird to me.