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29 October 2009

On Tour With Puscifer
Las Vegas, The Pearl at The Palms

Near the end of the year, Carina did a series of shows as a member of the cabaret style band, Puscifer, which is led by Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle. Carina also appeared on Puscifer's EP, "C" Is For (Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference HERE) EP which was released a few days after the tour began. All songs performed were Puscifer's.

None of Carina's songs were performed but she was featured prominently in many of the songs by either singing as well as playing guitar, mandolin and even banjo.

As far as can be determined, Carina sings on "Rev 22:20" (sometimes singing complete lead, sometimes Maynard sings it completely while other times they alternate verses), "Dozo" (back up), "Undertaker" (back up), "
Vagina Mine" (back up), "The Mission" (singing Milla Jovovich's part), "The Humbling River" (back up), "Queen B" (back up), "Potions" (back up), "World Up My Ass" (acoustic guitar). Haven't determined other songs she plays an instrument on.

Review By Jason Scavone at

Of all the rock concerts we’ve ever been to, this is the first one that started with the audience chanting “vagina.” This isn’t so much an indictment of Puscifer as it is a criticism of other bands. Shoulda thought of that first, The Beatles.

When Maynard James Keenan invoked Andy Kaufman, we should’ve guessed he had something tricksy planned for last night’s show at The Pearl.

We just didn’t anticipate he was going to go full-on, building the first half of Puscifer’s set around “Cuntry Boner.” He came out as Billy Burger, dueting with wife Hildy on twangified versions of “Queen B,” “Dozo,” “Sour Grapes” and “Rev 22′20″ — complete with lap steel guitar on an ironing board. And Chef Kerry Simon — in overalls no less — bringing the band cotton candy on stage. It’s grainy, but we even got a pic. It’s documented. Like the Sasquatch.

It was a ballsy move — the band stayed in dick-joke spouting, country-family-band-that-insists-they’re-anarchy-loving-punks character through more than half the show. But then, remaining behind the scenes is Keenan’s No. 1 weapon in his bag of tricks. Once he ditched the character for just plain old Maynard and came to the edge of the stage to pour himself a glass of wine, the audience couldn’t take the tension any more. They gave over to him then, and every other time he came out from hiding behind a video monitor to refill his glass. Take it as good Halloween advice, gentlemen. If you’re still looking for a costume, find one that covers your face. Like Daphne and Velma, the ladies can’t resist a good mystery.

After the band went into their street clothes (or in drummer Tim Alexander’s case, into his ’70s detective clothes), they only lasted a handful of songs before closing with “The Mission.” We guess the bag of tricks has “Leave ‘em wanting more” in there, too.

Photos by Patrick Surace
Only photos showing Carina are featured here
Additional photos from the show can be seen - HERE

Photos by Denise Truscello
Only photos showing Carina are featured here
Additional photos from the show can be seen - HERE