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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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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.

ASHES DIVIDE has yet to announce tour plans or a live lineup. More...

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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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Watch Puscifer's "Cuntry Boner" Video Online

PUSCIFER, Maynard James Keenan’s (Tool, Puscifer, Cadaceus) [clearly non-metal] side project will have its debut album released on October 30th through Red. You can watch a video for Puscifer's “Cuntry Boner” that Maynard put together online on YouTube.

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Daath Plan Remix of "Dead On The Dance Floor"

DAATH has concocted a cocktail of metal’s most eclectic elements. The band will be releasing an exclusive remix of “Dead on the Dance Floor,” a track from their debut Roadrunner release, The Hinderers, via digital EP this summer. The track was remixed by Danny Lohner, ex-NIN and A Perfect Circle, and is due out in July. Daath guitarist and co-founder Eyal Levi states: “At some point in our lives each member of Daath has done their time with Nine Inch Nail’s music. They are a huge part of our musical upbringing and collaborating with one of their main minds is an honor that we are very excited about.” Describing their sound as “versatile,” Daath stray away from a traditional approach to death metal – weaving deep pockets of groove with electronic nuances, making a remix by Danny Lohner a natural progression for the band.

Having just completed a sold-out UK tour alongside metal juggernauts Unearth, Job For a Cowboy, and Despised Icon, Daath has returned to conquer North America.

Daath will hit the road on June 2nd and will tour through August 30th, showcasing their bombastic live show throughout North America. Their touring journey will begin as part of The Summer Slaughter Tour, featuring a bounty of respected extreme metal acts such as Necrophagist, Decapitated, Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation. Following Summer Slaughter they will play a string of select dates with Dying Fetus, Psyopus, and Covenance, until launching into this year’s Ozzfest. Daath will dominate the second stage with fellow underground acts such as Nile, 3 Inches of Blood and Chthonic and will be playing select Off-Fest dates with Nile. “This is a breakthrough time for extreme music,” Levi says, “Ozzfest has begun to pick up on the value of underground, truly extreme music. For us it’s not only a great honor, but also a huge opportunity to see how much we can help push the genre.”

Here's the complete list of Daath summer tour dates so far: More...

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Ex-The Esoteric Drummer Joins Wes Borland's Band

Drummer Marshall Kilpatric, formerly of Today Is The Day, and most recently of The Esoteric, has officially joined Black Light Burns, an alternative outfit fronted by Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit fame. The band also features Danny Lohner (A Perfect Circle). You can check out the group on their MySpace page. The Esoteric officially announced Kilpatric's departure in early-January. Kilpatric has issued the following statement:

"I have officially joined Black Light Burns. For anyone not in the know, it is rounded out by Wes Borland, Danny Lohner, and Nick Annis. I am very excited and eager to begin a new chapter amongst artists who I consider innately talented and highly accomplished. I feel as though I finally have found a group comprised of artisans in a dying age where integrity, initiative, and risk are taken for granted and traded for instant gratification and comfort. I cannot wait for everyone to hear, see, and experience what is in store with us. For everyone who has stood by me and been there along the way for all of the obstacles and difficulty, thank you."

Black Light Burns will release their debut album 'Cruel Melody' on May 22nd.

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Puscifer Set Date For Launch Of Official Website

Maynard James Keenan, of Tool and A Perfect Circle notoriety, has another project in the works; in an outfit known simply as Puscifer, Keenan lets his creative juices flow unhindered. Maynard, and special guests he works with on any particular song, are just getting the project off the ground, with only a few songs yet done, one of which, Rev 22:20, was featured on the Underworld soundtrack. Now Puscifer is announcing the launch of its official corner of the web, www.puscifer.com, which will open its gates to the world on October 13th. Head along to check out the latest in Puscifer news, hear the project's musical offerings, and even purchase some brand new Puscifer merchandise.

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A Perfect Circle Give Short Update

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.

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Howerdel Says "A Perfect Circle Is Done For Now"

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.

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Former Korn Axeman To Work With APC Drummer

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."

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Nine Inch Nails Drummer May Have To Drop Off Tour

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.

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Deftones, A Perfect Circle On Failure Tribute

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.

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Zombie Explains Why He Decided To Do Ozzfest 2005

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.

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Zombie Says New Album Has Taken Backseat To Movie

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.

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Indie Film Starring Maynard To Come Out Feb. 28

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.

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Tool's Keenan 'Near Perfect' For Alice In Chains

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...

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Watch A Perfect Circle's "Passive" Video Online

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.

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New A Perfect Circle Video Available Online

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.

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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

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Godhead Frontman Writes Charity Single

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.

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