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


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

Below is our complete A Perfect Circle news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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Altitudes & Attitude Premiere New Single

Altitudes & Attitude have a new record called “Get It Out” in the works for a January 18th release via Megaforce. The band’s core consists of Megadeth‘s David Ellefson and Anthrax‘s Frank Bello and the first single from the outing has been launched in the form of the below lyric video for the song “Out Here“. Guitarist Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall) guests on this song.

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A Perfect Circle: Strictly For Fans

After a long absence, A Perfect Circle are back. Now with their fourth studio album, "Eat The Elephant" in stores, their first in fourteen years, A Perfect Circle are once more on the lips of all rock and metal fans who like their music on the more progressive side of things. As part of their tour of Europe, I went along to London's famous Brixton Academy to see what the band are like in the live setting.

Opening the show was Cork, Ireland's own, Talos. While there seemed to be a few fans in, for the neutral this was as boring as music gets. From the slow, whale like vocal delivery to the meandering music, which may have had the intention of a nature walk, but was more of a slow moving traffic jam. I'm sure Talos work well as background music and as mentioned, they clearly work for some people, but there wasn't anything to get excited about, or even interested in for those watching out of curiosity. More...

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A Perfect Circle Debut New Song

A Perfect Circle debut their new track “Disillusioned” via YouTube below. The will song be available for digital purchase beginning today, January 02nd. Additionally, a limited edition 10'' featuring the song and the recently released single "The Doomed" will be released on March 09th. A new studio album from the group is expected to arrive later this year.

A Perfect Circle also shared the official lyrics for the song via their Instagram. The song seems to deal with society's current obsession with online devices/social media and the disconnect it can bring to "real life".

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"Hellfest Open Air" 2018 Full Lineup Revealed

The full lineup is in for the 2018 ‘Hellfest Open Air‘, which will be held from June 22nd-24th in Clisson, France. Check out the billing below:

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Tool Set For 2018 "Northern Invasion"

Bands have been announced for the fourth annual edition of the "Northern Invasion" festival. The 2018 edition will return to the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI on May 12th and 13th and features the below acts:

Avenged Sevenfold
A Perfect Circle
Alice In Chains
Breaking Benjamin
Stone Temple Pilots
The Used
Black Veil Brides
Asking Alexandria
I Prevail
Parkway Drive
Black Stone Cherry
Red Sun Rising
Andrew W.K.
10 Years
We Came As Romans
The Bronx
Dance Gavin Dance
Butcher Babies
Hawthorne Heights
New Years Day
Senses Fail
Stick To Your Guns
Miss May I
Like A Storm
The Fever 333
I See Stars
Mutoid Man
Cane Hill
Black Foxxes
The Blue Stones
Joyous Wolf
Spirit Animal
Stitched Up Heart
Big Story

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2018 "Las Rageous" Festival Lineup Revealed

The lineup for the 2018 edition of the ‘Las Rageous‘ festival has been unveiled. ‘Las Rageous‘ will be held at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on April 20th and April 21st. Set to perform next year at the event are the following bands: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2018

The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced a string of new names for next year's edition of the event, which will be held over four days from June 21st to June 24th. In addition to the previously announced acts, Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden, the festival will also host such big names as British heavy metal icons Judas Priest, thrash metal legends Megadeth, Kreator and Exodus, nu metal giants Limp Bizkit and the Ice-T fronted, Body Count, amongst many others.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Guns N Roses
Iron Maiden
Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
A Perfect Circle
Limp Bizkit
Parkway Drive
Body Count
Anti Flag
Killswitch Engage
Asking Alexandria
At The Gates
Less Than Jake
The Darkness
Iced Earth
Thy Art Is Murder
Miss May I
Stray From The Path
Knocked Loose
Carnivore A.D.
Modern Life Is War
Planet Of Zeus
Zeal & Ardor
Stone Broken

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A Perfect Circle Announces Short European/UK Tour

A Perfect Circle just announced a short European/UK tour for 2018. A new album from the outfit will be out next year and will be in stores in time for the tour. Check out all dates below:

06/01-03 Nurburgring, GER – Rock Am Ring Festival
06/01-03 Nuremberg, GER – Rock Im Park Festival
06/05 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset
06/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
06/12 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
06/13 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
06/17 Berlin, GER – Zitadelle
06/20 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
06/23 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
06/26 Paris, FRA – Olympia
06/29 Barcelona, SPA – Be Prog! My Friend
07/01 Verona, ITA – Rock The Castle

Currently A Perfect Circle are out on this North American tour: More...

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A Perfect Circle Releases New Song "The Doomed"

A Perfect Circle has released the new song, "The Doomed," which you can check out in the player below. The track is the first music to be heard from the multi-platinum outfit’s highly anticipated 2018 full-length. Purchase "The Doomed" over at this location.

"Fourteen years have passed since we released eMOTIVe," said Maynard James Keenan. "A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder."

"Years of life experience has brought our music to this moment," added Billy Howerdel. "We know where we came from. Deeply connected to the path we’re on."

A Perfect Circle recently announced they had signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and are in the studio working with producer Dave Sardy on the follow-up to 2004’s "eMOTIVe."

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A Perfect Circle Working On Album, Announces Tour

A Perfect Circle will trek across North America this Spring in the outfit’s first tour since 2011, with the month long outing kicking off at The Pearl in Las Vegas (April 7th and 8th).

The band previously announced a May 7th performance at the Hollywood Bowl as well as a trio of festival dates: Welcome to Rockville (April 29th), Fort Rock (April 30th) and Carolina Rebellion (May 5th).

The tour news arrives as the band begins work on a first new album since 2004’s "eMOTIVe." APC co-founder and guitar player Billy Howerdel comments: “Getting back to writing music with A Perfect Circle is a great way to start the new year." More...

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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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