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Circa:

Live at RoSfest 2008

Review by Josh Turner

Circa was way too loud and believe it or not; much too redundant. They had a nice sound – a lot like Yes - but only to those who had ear plugs in and sat more than a few rows back.
 
One would have thought this was a hardcore metal act. I cannot report much more because the underlining drone totally overrode my senses. What I can say is that Alan White was Alan White and Tony Kaye was Tony Kaye. As for Billy Sherwood, his fingerings were ridiculously quick. I can now understand why he is so renowned.
 
In retrospect, I would have liked to meet Kaye and Sherwood in person at the meet n’ greet (luckily, I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with White during his past tour with The Syn).
 
As it turns out, I foolishly attempted a catnap late in the evening; only to wake up beyond the cutoff. Believe it or not, this is not my greatest RoSfest disappointment either. Back in the day, I went to use the bathroom when Jonas Reingold and Pete Trewawas competed in a bass-off. I’m not superstitious but I might be jinxed as far as these sideshows go.
 
Anyhow, to put this in a strictly positive perspective, I was glad I saw this act once those gummy green plugs were in my ears. Not to mention, it was my first encounter with Jimmy Haun. The guy is so talented that when he shreds; the paper comes out the other side cross-cut.
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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