Band Photo: A Perfect Circle (?)
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.
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Signs of life have been spotted in the A Perfect Circle camp with band frontman Maynard James Keenan recently posting a short update, you can check it out in the news section of www.aperfectcircle.com.
MTV.com reports: About a month ago, Maynard James Keenan told a French magazine that A Perfect Circle was, if not dead, on life support. The band, he added, "pushed [it] as far as it could go," and he said he sees the group "playing again together only in a few years to make one or two songs, nothing more." But Keenan stopped short of saying the group had officially called it quits.
Guitarist Billy Howerdel's not so sure what's happening with A Perfect Circle. The creative strength behind the band has been working on his own material. He's also in the throes of assembling a fresh outfit he'd like to record and tour with. But when it comes to A Perfect Circle, he'd rather not think about it.
"We don't know what's happening," said Howerdel, one of Keenan's best friends. "[Maynard and I have] talked about it lightly. A few months ago, it was like, 'If we did A Perfect Circle again, I'd want to do this or that.' It was a benign conversation. I think we both entertain the fact that it could happen again, but for right now we don't have any plans to do it again. We're focusing on what we're doing now. A Perfect Circle is done for now."
Not long after the release of 2004's Emotive, Howerdel began sculpting and recording material on his own, bouncing ideas off session drummer Josh Freese. He's written 14 tracks, nine of which he's content with.
Two weeks ago, Howerdel — who hasn't found a record label for his forthcoming, yet-untitled project — teamed up with Freese, Jonny Polanski ("The first bass player we had try out for A Perfect Circle"), ex-APC guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and Freese's brother, keyboardist Jason Freese, "to flush them out in a live rehearsal situation." Of course, Howerdel's not sure his next band's going to feature any of these players.
Howerdel hopes to have his band in place by late summer so he can get back out on the road. He'd like to be able to release the record before year's end. But first he needs to make sure everything about these songs is just right.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has posted the following message on his web site, HeadtoChrist.com:
"I'm in the recording studio in Phoenix. I hooked up with a drummer named Josh Freese [A PERFECT CIRCLE] [in mid-September]. He recorded 23 songs for me while he was here. He's by far the best drummer I've ever witnessed in a recording studio. The guy can play anything. While he was recording, I was still writing about a song a day. So now he has to come back and record another 10 or 20.
"I can't stop writing. I've never written so much music in my life! I am completely speechless when I listen back to these songs. It's so clear that I am only a vessel. Nine months ago, I could barely piece one song together.
"I'm going in to record my guitars tomorrow. It should be early 2006 when [my solo album] comes out. Sorry I can't answer all your questions right now. Just trust that I will deliver the most intense music you've ever heard in your life."
Nine Inch Nails drummer Jerome Dillon may be forced to quit the band's current US tour due to ongoing health problems. If this turns out to be the case, expect A Perfect Circle's Josh Freese to step in.
Deftones, A Perfect Circle and Cave In are among the bands featured on an upcoming tribute album to Failure. Melissa Auf Der Maur and Poison The Well are also involved. The record will be released by the Renfield label.
Launch Radio Networks reports: With his second movie, "The Devil's Rejects", opening in July and a new studio album still to be completed, you might think Rob Zombie has enough on his plate. But instead, Zombie is also headlining the second stage of Ozzfest 2005. The rocker-turned-filmmaker told Launch why he decided to spend his summer on the road. "The timing was good, because the movie will be completely done," he said. "There'll be nothing more to do and I'll have enough time where I wouldn't jump into the next thing yet. And the main thing was just the idea of headlining second stage, is what really attracted me."
Ozzfest 2005 begins on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Written and directed by Zombie, "The Devil's Rejects" is a loose sequel to his 2003 directorial debut, "House Of 1000 Corpses". The film opens in theatres on July 22.
Zombie recently told Rolling Stone that he'll finish his new album this fall after Ozzfest is over. Among the people who have played on the record so far are LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Josh Freese.
Launch Radio Networks reports: Rob Zombie has been hard at work on his second movie as a director, "The Devil's Rejects", but what about his next album? Zombie's been recording the disc in bits and pieces for the last year, but said it's still not completed. "I've been making a record forever, I mean, and once again it's on hold 'cause I'm mixing the sound (for 'Devil's Rejects') and then in a couple of weeks I'll go back to the record and hopefully finish it someday," he said. "It's just one of those things, it's just — it always takes a backseat to the movie, and until the movie's, like, really done done, I can never say, 'Okay, it's record time.' But I mean, I have a lot done."
Zombie says he has 26 songs in various stages of readiness for the album.
Among the people who have played on the record so far are LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Josh Freese. Former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5, who just joined Zombie's touring band, will also contribute to the album.
Zombie will headline the second stage of this summer's Ozzfest, beginning on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
"The Devil's Rejects" opens in theatres on July 22.
Check out Sleeping Dogs Lie, starring Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan. Sleeping Dogs Lie is an independent film that just won the grand jury award for best short film at the New York International Independent Film Festival. Sleeping Dogs Lie comes out this Monday, the 28th of February. Watch the trailer at www.sdlmovie.com.
Travis Hay of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has issued the following report:
Who would've thought Maynard James Keenan, the spooky singer for TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE, would have made a near-perfect singer for ALICE IN CHAINS? That was one of the many surprises Friday night when some of Seattle's brightest musical stars came out for a cause at Premier nightclub.
The cause was a benefit concert for victims of last year's tsunami and the stars included Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART, NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic, SUPERSUCKERS, SIR MIX-A-LOT, THE CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION and others. But the brightest stars were the remaining members of ALICE IN CHAINS — drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and guitarist Jerry Cantrell — who performed together for the first time in six years.
Novoselic acted as emcee for the show, which was put on by radio station K-Rock (KRQI-FM/96.5) and raised more than $100,000 for relief efforts. More...
A Perfect Circle are out with the video to their new single 'Passive', which features clips from the upcoming Keanu Reeves thriller 'Constantine'. You can watch it online at their official website.
A Perfect Circle's "Passive" video was directed by the legendary music video team, The Brothers Strause. It features performance scenes shot with thermal cameras and exclusive scenes from the upcoming motion picture Constantine.
Based on characters from the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer graphic novels, supernatural thriller Constantine stars Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, a man who has literally been to hell and back. Teaming with a police detective to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. The film also stars Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale and Peter Stormare and marks the feature directorial debut of famed music video director Francis Lawrence.
Film release date is February 18, 2005
Godhead mainman Jason Miller has written a song called 'Forever In Our Hearts'. He intends to rope in various big names to join him on the recording, with all proceeds being donated to help the victims of the tsunami tragedy. So far, he's had commitments from members of A Perfect Circle, Evanescence, Papa Roach, Hoobastank and 311.
A Perfect Circle are to have the song 'Passive' featured in the new Keanu Reeves thriller 'Constantine'. The track originally appeared on the APC album 'eMOTIVE'.
A Perfect Circle have posted a new interactive version of the video for their cover of John Lennon's "Imagine." The video assembles stock and news footage into a powerful commentary on the current social and political climate. The interactive version features clickable "hot spots" that link to websites that elaborate on the imagery and lyrics of the video, which was directed by Gerald V. Casale of Devo.
The links provide background on such subjects as the cost of the Iraq war, environmental issues, and vote fraud. Casale provided links for the video, and Avant Interactive (avantinteractive.com) of Los Angeles provided the technology that powers the "hot spots."
The video is viewable exclusively here.
Tune into Fuse on December 24, 30, and 31 at 10:00am (Eastern Standard Time) to watch A Perfect Circle's exclusive TV event.
Former MARILYN MANSON/current A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Jeordie White (a.k.a. Twiggy Ramirez) is strongly rumored to have joined NINE INCH NAILS' touring lineup. Two recent photos of White in the recording studio with NINE INCH NAILS during the making of their new album have popped up on NIN's official web site (Photo#1, Photo#2), with one of them appearing to depict Jeordie laying down bass tracks for the CD, which is believed have a working title of "With Teeth". Adding fuel to the speculation, MARILYN MANSON stated in an interview with the New York radio station K-Rock 92.3 FM on Thursday (Nov. 18) that Jeordie was "in NINE INCH NAILS now" (Audio). There has been no official statement or confirmation on the matter from any of the parties involved.
Tune into Fuse on Tuesday, November 23rd at 10am for an exclusive premier event of an "eMOTIVe" discussion featuring Maynard, Billy, and Matt Pinfield. This is a never before seen broadcast of the exclusive interview with A Perfect Circle, talking about "eMOTIVe," politics, and the music.
Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle appears on two politically oriented Election Day albums tomorrow (Tuesday, November 2nd) -- APC's "eMOTIVe," and as one of the performers on the Axis Of Justice Concert Series Volume 1. Keenan told Launch that he feels the world is a more dangerous place than it was four years ago, and he blames the Bush administration:
They've had four years to reunite this country and show them that they do have good intentions. They keep trying to say the world's safer without Saddam (Hussein), but it's not. They've fostered more terrorists, and we've lost control of the north and south of Iraq now. We used to have control of it, with him in power. He was contained. Now it's a mess.
"eMOTIVe" features two APC originals along with covers of political songs by John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Nick Lowe, Depeche Mode, and others. The first single is a remake of Lennon's "Imagine."
Keenan plans to begin working on a new Tool album next month.
A Perfect Circle is rolling out a track a day from "eMOTIVe" leading up to Tuesday's release date. Click the link below to check out today's featured track. Make sure to come back every day to hear a brand new APC song.
A Perfect Circle have released a new animated video on their website. The video takes a few shots at George "Dubya" Bush and the world in general right now. To see the video just click here. The video is for the song called "Counting bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums" and is the lead song off of their new album, eMOTIVe, the release date will coincide with the election as well. For those who aren't political or don't know when election day is, that would be November 2nd.
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here