Critical Mass conducted an interview with Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend before his November 3 concert at the Brewhouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. You can now watch the 28-minute chat below.
Townsend played a special concert on 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 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
Devin Townsend played four shows in London in November 2011 dedicated to his tetralogy album concept — a great journey through Devin‘s different states of musical moods — which he started in 2009 with the albums “Addicted” (2009) and “Ki” (2009) and finished with last year’s “Deconstruction” and “Ghost”. The concerts were professionally recorded and filmed for a unique box-set release, which he has decided to call “By A Thread – Live in London 2011”.
Released on June 18 in Europe and June 19 in North America through HevyDevy Records/InsideOut Music, “By A Thread – Live in London 2011” contains all four shows on four DVDs, plus a five-CD set (the four albums and one disc with all of the encores).