Oct 28, 2012

The Retinal Circus of Devin Townsend

The only guy in the world who has time to record seven albums in a year, produce other bands, perform live and maintain his cleanly shaven head, can also blow the dust of the tunes that paved the way for his prolific career. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and generally a funny guy, Devin Townsend performed a couple of tracks from his Strapping Young Lad project for the first time in years last night (Saturday, October 27) at the Roundhouse venue in London, England as part of a one-night-only event that was recorded for both DVD and Blu-ray, likely to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2013 via InsideOut Music.

Devin described The Retinal Circus as "a retrospective of my career in music to date, with the central theme being a metaphor of how life and the adventures therein are a 'circus' of sorts. The show involves a cast of characters and guests that support this theme through carnival type performances. A story about how a troubled young man dreams of fantastic scenarios, (illustrated through the music of my back catalogue), which ultimately crests in the characters realization that life is all about the relationships we have with each other. This is the first opportunity I have been given to make theatrical representations of my music."

This three-hour-plus performance included:

* A retrospective of Devin Townsend's entire career
* Full choir and theatrical cast
* Visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date
* Several special guests
* Circus and carnival performances and cast
* Art exhibit of Devin's albums, including explanations of each album

Don't expect a Strapping Young Lad reunion, back in January 2012 Devin has officially stated that "I don't miss the environment; the environment was really bad for me — it wasn't a healthy place for me to live emotionally or chemically."


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