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Formed: 1999
From: CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Billy Howerdel used to be the guitar tech for Maynard James Keenan's band Tool. Maynard heard Billy's material and asked to sing on them. Billy quickly put together a band, originally with Danny Lohner of Nine Inch Nails on guitar and Tim "Herb" Alexander of Primus and Laundry on drums.

Maynard met Josh Freese at Lollapalooza '96 when Josh played drums for Devo. Subsequently, Josh found himself working with Billy on the Guns N' Roses CD "Chinese Democracy." Maynard and Billy were both significantly impressed with Josh's talent, and were honored to bring him into the fold, alternating with Tim Alexander as drummer until becoming a full-time member in 1999.

Troy Van Leeuwen of Failure and Enemy became the full-time guitarist in 1999. Troy had worked as a Tool guitar tech with Billy, and Failure (with Troy on guitar) had toured with Tool. Maynard and Billy considered Troy an excellent rare combination of studio musician precision, live flair, and creativity.

The lineup of Billy, Maynard, Paz, Troy, and Josh recorded "Mer De Noms" (though Tim Alexander contributed drums for The Hollow), and toured as a live band throughought the summer of 2000 with NIN, and through the fall and following winter as a headlining act. At that point, Maynard went back to the Tool camp for a new album ("Lateralus") and Billy went back to the studio to begin work on the second album "Thirteenth Step."

In the meantime, Paz Lenchantin began playing with Billy Corgan's new band Zwan and Troy begain playing with Queens Of The Stone Age as a live guitarist. In early 2003, Billy and Maynard announced that Paz and Troy would not be returning to APC, and would be replaced by Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez, formerly of Marilyn Manson) and Danny Lohner. However, in early July 2003, Danny Lohner's work on movie soundtracks and various projects had taken him away from the fold and James Iha from the Smashing Pumpkins had come in to replace him.

Latest A Perfect Circle News

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Monster Energy Fort Rock Lineup Announced

A lineup featuring some of rock’s biggest artists has been announced for the fifth annual Monster Energy Fort Rock taking place this coming Saturday, April 29th & Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.

South Florida’s biggest rock festival will be led by Def Leppard (Saturday headliner), Soundgarden (Sunday headliner), and A Perfect Circle, and will feature performances from over 25 bands on two stages, including The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, and more.

Specially priced tickets as well as VIP packages for Monster Energy Fort Rock will be available starting Tuesday, December 6th at this location. The current music lineup for Monster Energy Fort Rock includes:

Def Leppard, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, In Flames, In This Moment, Motionless In White, All That Remains, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, and more to be announced. More...

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Tool Frontman Adds Toronto Book Tour Date

Another date has just been added to the brief Maynard James Keenan book tour as the previously announced appearances have been selling out.

The front man of A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and Tool has added a Toronto date to his upcoming "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" tour: November 14th at 8 p.m. at the Convocation Hall (University of Toronto, 31 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ont.).

Keenan will participate in a moderated discussion about the book and his decision to share such intimate details about his life. The special evening also includes Keenan reading passages from "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" (due Nov. 8, Backbeat Books). Dates are as follows:

November 9 Nashville, TN City Winery SOLD OUT
November 11 New York, NY The New York Society for Ethical Culture
November 12 Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
November 14 Toronto, ON Convocation Hall (University of Toronto)
November 16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall SOLD OUT More...

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Maynard James Keenan Adds Book Tour Dates

Maynard James Keenan just added two new dates to his previously announced book tour: November 11th at The New York Society for Ethical Culture and November 12th at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C.

Keenan will participate in a moderated discussion about the book and his decision to share such intimate details about his life.

The special evening also includes Keenan reading passages from "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things," which is coming November 8th via BackBeat Books. Dates for the book tour are as follows:

November 9 Nashville, TN City Winery SOLD OUT
November 11 New York, NY The New York Society for Ethical Culture
November 12 Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
November 16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall More...

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Maynard James Keenan Announces Book Tour

Maynard James Keenan, front man of A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and Tool, embarks on a book tour this fall to accompany the release of his authorized biography, "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things," with the first two dates confirmed for November 9th at Nashville’s City Winery and November 16th at Thalia Hall in Chicago.

Keenan, who is known for not merely being protective about his personal life but at times pointedly cagey and misleading about his history, will participate in a moderated discussion about the book and his decision to share such intimate details about his life.

The special evening also includes Keenan reading passages from "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" with a backdrop of never before seen photos and videos, as well as taking questions from the audience in what will be a rare moment of direct interaction between the elusive musician and the fans of his projects.

Tickets for the Nashville and Chicago events are on-sale this Friday. Additional dates will be announced soon. More...

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Audio Of New A Perfect Circle Track Available

A new live track from A Perfect Circle has made its way online. The new song, titled "By and Down," was performed live by the band during its June 29, 2011 performance in Portland, Oregon. You can check out the song by using the player provided below.

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A Perfect Circle Adds Three More Tour Dates

A Perfect Circle, who kicked off their 2011 tour dates with a headlining set at Rock on the Range last night, has added three new dates to their upcoming six week swing across North America. The new dates are as follows:

August 1 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
August 8 - Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
August 10 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre

Tickets are on-sale June 3. VIP packages go on-sale simultaneously but can only be purchased through this website.

Here's the full list of the latest A Perfect Circle tour dates: More...

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A Perfect Circle Announces North American Tour

A Perfect Circle will tour North America for the first time in six years, kicking off the band's 2011 tour dates with a headlining performance at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio on May 22nd. The band returned from their self-imposed hiatus in the fall of 2010 for a handful of intimate Western U.S. dates, which sold out within a minute of going on sale.

Here are the latest A Perfect Circle tour dates:

May 22 - Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
June 29 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
June 30 - Kent, WA @ Showare Center
July 2 - Gibbons, AL @ Boonstock Festival
July 4 - Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall
July 6 - St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
July 8 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
July 9 - Toronto, ON @ Edgefest
July 12 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
July 13 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
July 15 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Penn's Landing - Festival Pier
July 17 - Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall
July 19 - Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
July 20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
July 22 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
July 23 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
July 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
July 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
July 29 - Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
July 30 - Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre
August 2 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

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Avenged Sevenfold To Headline Golden Gods Show

Orange County, California based hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have been confirmed as the headliners for this year's edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place on April 20th at the Nokia Centre in Los Angeles, California and will be televised by VH1 on May 28th.

Also performing at the show will be the original lineup of the Alice Cooper band, as well as Duff McKagen's Loaded, Devildriver, Asking Alexandria, Volbeat and Fozzy, who's lead singer Chris Jericho will also be hosting the event. Alice Cooper is also set to receive the eponymous Golden God award, while Motley Crue will be picking up the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The list of other nominees for the awards are as follows: More...

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A Perfect Circle To Headline Edgefest

American progressive metal act A Perfect Circle has been announced as the featured headline act for the upcoming Edgefest festival. Edgefest 2011 is set to take place on Saturday, July 9 at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Festival organizers commented on the event by saying:

"102.1 The Edge is excited to bring Edgefest back to Downsview Park for a jam packed lineup of Canadian and international talent on two stages. This year’s lineup features 14 homegrown bands that are making a mark in the music scene and we are proud to showcase this great talent to our dedicated listeners right in our backyard."

Tickets go on-sale this coming Saturday, January 29th at 12:00pm.

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A Perfect Circle Performs On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Video footage has been posted online from A Perfect Circle's October 27th, 2010 performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. You can view a video of the band performing "Weak and Powerless" below:

A Perfect Cicle has announced the following tour dates set to take place in November:
November 4 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre (playing Mer de Noms)
November 5 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre (playing Thirteenth Step)
November 6 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre (playing eMOTIVe)
November 8 Los Angeles, CA Avalon (playing Mer de Noms)
November 9 Los Angeles, CA Avalon (playing Thirteenth Step)
November 10 Los Angeles, CA Avalon (playing eMOTIVe)
November 12 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market (playing Mer de Noms)
November 13 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market (playing Thirteenth Step)
November 14 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market (playing eMOTIVe)
November 16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (playing Mer de Noms)
November 17 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (playing Thirteenth Step)
November 18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (playing eMOTIVe)
November 20 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl (playing Mer de Noms)
November 21 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl (playing Thirteenth Step)

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A Perfect Circle Posts Rehearsal Clip Online

Los Angeles, California progressive metal act A Perfect Circle, led by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, has posted a new rehearsal clip online. The band are currently preparing for its forthcoming five city U.S. tour. You can view the rehearsal clip below:

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A Perfect Circle Announces Tour Dates

A Perfect Circle, who announced their return from hiatus last week, has announced a five-city, multi-night tour for this fall with ticket on-sales slated for this week.

Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle tickets go on-sale on Sept. 24 at 10 am pst. Las Vegas tickets are on-sale the same day, Sept. 24, at 12 noon pst. Tickets for the San Francisco shows are on-sale on Sept. 26 at 10 am pst. There is a two ticket limit on all shows. A very limited number of VIP packages will be available for each show. The two different packages are: 1. Wine tasting, meet and greet, admission ticket; 2. Meet and greet, admission ticket.

Shows in Phoenix (Marquee Theatre), Los Angeles (Avalon), Seattle (Showbox at The Market) and San Francisco (The Fillmore) will be three-night stops with each night featuring one of A Perfect Circle’s three albums in its entirety (Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step and eMOTIVe). Las Vegas (The Pearl) will be a two-night outing (Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step).

Here are the tour dates: More...

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A Perfect Circle Returns From Hiatus

A Perfect Circle has returned from their self-imposed hiatus. The band, led by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer) and Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), will embark on a five-city tour this fall (dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly).

Shows in Phoenix (Marquee Theatre), Los Angeles (Avalon), Seattle (Showbox at The Market) and San Francisco (The Fillmore) will be three-night stops with each night featuring one of A Perfect Circle’s three albums in its entirety (Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step and eMOTIVe). Las Vegas (The Pearl) will be a two-night outing (Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step).

The band will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 27.

A Perfect Circle has sold four million records in the U.S. After the band announced their hiatus in 2005, Keenan focused on Tool, launched the multimedia project Puscifer and worked on his burgeoning Arizona vineyards. Howerdel went on to form Ashes Divide who released their debut album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, in 2008.

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Guitar Hero 5 Tracklisting Revealed

The complete tracklisting for the forthcoming new installment in the popular "Guitar Hero" video game franchise, "Guitar Hero 5" has been revealed. You can check it out below.

3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"
Arctic Monkeys - "Brianstorm"
Blink-182 - "The Rock Show"
Dire Straits - "Sultans Of Swing"
Jimmy Eat World - "Bleed American"
Johnny Cash - "Ring Of Fire"
Megadeth - "Sweating Bullets"
Mötley Crüe - "Looks That Kill"
Muse - "Plug In Baby"
Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Queen & David Bowie - "Under Pressure"
Stevie Wonder - "Superstition"
The Killers - "All The Pretty Faces"
The Raconteurs - "Steady As She Goes"
TV On The Radio - "Wolf Like Me"
A Perfect Circle - "Judith"
AFI - "Medicate"
Attack! Attack! UK - "You And Me"
Band Of Horses - "Cigarettes, Wedding Bands"
Beastie Boys - "Gratitude"
Beck - "Gamma Ray"
Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself"
Billy Squier - "Lonely Is The Night"
Blur - "Song 2"
Bob Dylan - "All Along The Watchtower"
Bon Jovi - "You Give Love A Bad Name"
Brand New - "Sowing Season (Yeah)"
The Bronx - "Six Days A Week"
Bush - "Comedown"
Children Of Bodom - "Done With Everything, Die For Nothing"
Coldplay - "In My Place"
Darker My Love - "Blue Day"
Darkest Hour - "Demon(s)"
David Bowie - "Fame"
Deep Purple - "Woman From Tokyo ('99 Remix)"
The Derek Trucks Band - "Younk Funk"
The Duke Spirit - "Send A Little Love Token"
Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"
Eagles Of Death Metal - "Wannabe In L.A."
Elliott Smith - "L.A."
Elton John - "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"
Face To Face - "Disconnected"
Garbage - "Only Happy When It Rains"
Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc."
Gov't Mule - "Streamline Woman"
Grand Funk Railroad - "We're An American Band"
Iggy Pop - "Lust For Life (Live)"
Iron Maiden - "2 Minutes To Midnight"
Jeff Beck - "Scatterbrain (Live)"
John Mellencamp - "Hurts So Good"
Kaiser Chiefs - "Never Miss A Beat"
King Crimson - "21st Century Schizoid Man"
Kings Of Leon - "Sex On Fire"
Kiss - "Shout It Out Loud"
Love and Rockets - "Mirror People"
My Morning Jacket - "One Big Holiday"
Nirvana - "Lithium (Live)"
No Doubt - "Ex-Girlfriend"
Peter Frampton - "Do You Feel Like We Do? (Live)"
The Police - "So Lonely"
Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde - "Bring the Noise 20XX"
Queens Of The Stone Age - "Make It Wit Chu"
Rammstein – "Du Hast"
The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy For The Devil"
Rose Hill Drive - "Sneak Out"
Rush - "The Spirit Of Radio (Live)"
Santana - "No One To Depend On (Live)"
Scars On Broadway - "They Say"
Screaming Trees - "Nearly Lost You"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Sonic Youth - "Incinerate"
Spacehog - "In The Meantime"
Sublime - "What I Got"
Sunny Day Real Estate - "Seven"
T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
The Sword - "Maiden, Mother & Crone"
Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"
Thrice - "Deadbolt"
Tom Petty - "Runnin' Down A Dream"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "American Girl"
Vampire Weekend - "A-Punk"
Weezer - "Why Bother?"
The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"
Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music"
Wolfmother - "Back Round"

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Trailer For Keenan's "Blood Into Wine" Now Online

A trailer for “Blood Into Wine,” the widely anticipated documentary that shares the story of Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer front man Maynard James Keenan and his vineyard partner Eric Glomski and their quest to bring the wine industry to Arizona’s Verde Valley is now available as a high resolution download and streaming at www.twinklecashcompany.com.

Keenan’s various musical entities (Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle) have sold over 10 million records in the US alone while the man himself has revealed little of his personal life. “Blood Into Wine” gives unprecedented insight into Keenan’s world and his motivations for taking on the arduous task of bringing winemaking to the region’s unforgiving landscape and how winemaking fits into Keenan’s creative trajectory.

The film is being co-directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke (the filmmakers behind critically acclaimed documentaries "Moog" and "The Heart Is A Drum Machine") and is set to wrap production in September with a limited theatrical release in February and March 2010. With the striking setting playing such an integral role in the shaping of this story, Page and Pomerenke elected to use a Red One camera (one of the highest quality digital cinema cameras available). The film is being shot by Cary Truelick, edited by Rob Beadle, and produced by Ryan Page, Christopher Pomerenke, Chris McDaniel, and Jason Stall.

An accompanying soundtrack with original material from Keenan will accompany the release of the documentary with more details to be announced soon.

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First Bands Announced For Guitar Hero 5

RollingStone.com has issued the following report:

The rock video game war will heat up again in the fall: both of the industry’s flagship series are hitting consumers with tantalizing titles in 9/09. Harmonix’s THE BEATLES: Rock Band arrives September 9th, and now Activision has confirmed Guitar Hero 5 is due September 1st. The game will boast 85 brand-new master recordings, and this week Activision is announcing the band lineup in a series of scavenger hunt-like stories; fans who track down all the featured artists can enter a sweepstakes to win five tickets to concerts at a venue of their choice.

Rolling Stone can exclusively reveal that tracks from QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE (presumably 'Under Pressure'), KINGS OF LEON, SANTANA, SONIC YOUTH and A PERFECT CIRCLE will appear in the game. The title will also come equipped with tunes by WEEZER, BON JOVI, BILLY JOEL, ELLIOT SMITH and THE BRONX.

Read the full article at RollingStone.com.

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A Perfect Circle Writing New Material

Maynard James Keenan, frontman of Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle has revealed that he has been working with A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel on new material. When asked about releasing the material or touring, he stated: "I doubt if we'll do any touring or, you know, do a full album," he said. "We might do some one-off shows here and there if the timing's right and it seems like a good vibe and a smart thing to do. But most likely we'll just kind of concentrate on, you know, one or two songs at a time, rather than investing all the time and money and effort into making those plastic discs that no one cares about anymore."

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Keenan Says A Perfect Circle Is Still Alive

Blabbermouth.net reports via The Pulse of Radio: TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan sent an email to fans last week in which he said that A PERFECT CIRCLE, the band he formed in 2000 with guitarist Billy Howerdel, is still a going concern even though both Keenan and Howerdel are both now involved with other projects. Keenan wrote, "As many of you may have heard, Billy and I are engaged in our own little projects for the moment. His is called ASHES DIVIDE and mine is called PUSCIFER...Please be advised that A PERFECT CIRCLE and TOOL are still alive and well. This is simply MORE." A PERFECT CIRCLE went on hiatus in 2004 after issuing three studio albums and one live set, while Keenan went back to work with TOOL and Howerdel began assembling ASHES DIVIDE.

ASHES DIVIDE's debut album, "Keep Telling Myself It's Alright", was released last month, with Howerdel unveiling the project's touring lineup this past weekend.

Keenan issued the debut PUSCIFER album, "V Is For Vagina", last fall, and continues to work on additional music for the project.

TOOL's latest album, "10,000 Days," surfaced almost exactly two years ago, and Keenan has said recently that the band could regroup later this year to begin work on its next effort.

Howerdel told The Pulse of Radio last year that he wasn't really sure whether A PERFECT CIRCLE would ever be reactivated, saying, "We might do something in the future, but all I can see is ASHES DIVIDE right now. That's kind of all I have in front of me."

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APC Guitarist Talks About His Work with GNR

The Pulse of Radio reports that ASHES DIVIDE, the new project fronted by A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel, has launched its own YouTube channel at this location. An initial group of interviews between Howerdel and MTV personality Matt Pinfield has been posted at the site. In the exchanges, Howerdel discusses his musical upbringing, recording with A PERFECT CIRCLE, the assembly of the ASHES DIVIDE touring band and the inspiration behind some of the project's songs.

One little-known fact about Howerdel is that before forming A PERFECT CIRCLE with TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan in 2000, he spent several years working on the still-unreleased GUNS N' ROSES album, "Chinese Democracy". Howerdel told The Pulse of Radio what he contributed to the record. "I came in there initially to program some guitar sounds, and then wound up hitting it off with Axl (Rose, GUNS frontman), and then my job kind of migrated into the computer guy. I don't know what you would call me exactly. I kind of was there all night with Axl as he would work. The band came in during the day with a producer and would work most of the day, and then I would come in ten o'clock at night, say goodbye to those guys, Axl would show up later on, and then we'd do our thing all night and then do it the next day."

ASHES DIVIDE's debut album, "Keep Telling Myself It's All Right", is due out on April 8. The first single is called "The Stone". Howerdel sings and plays guitar, bass and keyboard on the album, which also features A PERFECT CIRCLE's Josh Freese on drums and Maynard James Keenan's 11-year-old son Devo on cello.

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Maynard James Keenan Talks Music and Wine

Suicide Girls has posted an exclusive video featuring Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan, shot on the grounds of his vineyard in Arizona, Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards. Maynard, who keeps a blog on SG.com, talks about making both wine and music and where the two merge in his world. More...

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