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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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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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A Perfect Circle's "Passive" Featured In Film

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'.

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A Perfect Circle Posts Interactive Video Online

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.

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Twiggy Ramirez To Join Nine Inch Nails?

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.

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A Perfect Circle To Do Exclusive TV Event

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.

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Maynard James Keenan Blames President Bush

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.

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Preview A Perfect Circle's "eMOTIVE" Tracks

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.

Click here to hear the new track w/ Maynard's commentary
Click here to hear the new track without commentary

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A Perfect Circle Release New Animated Video

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.

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Preview The Headbangers Ball Vol 2 CD Online

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

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Listen To APC's New Single "Imagine"

A Perfect Circle's new single is "Imagine" is now available online: Windows Media or
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"eMOTIVe," the new A Perfect Circle album comes out on Election Day - Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004.

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A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe Artwork Posted Online

The cover artwork for A Perfect Circle's upcoming album, "eMOTIVe", and remix/DVD album, "aMOTION", have been posted online at the band's official web site. Check them out: eMOTIVe, aMOTION.

As previously reported, "eMOTIVe" is scheduled for release on Election Day, November 2. To fit with the LP's political positioning, it features 10 covers of civic-minded tunes such as John Lennon's "Imagine", Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding", Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and Black Flag's "Gimme Gimme Gimme". A video for one of the two new songs on the album, "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums", is posted on the band's web site. "aMOTION" will be released later in November.

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APC's "eMOTIVE" Tracklisting Revealed

Billboard.com is reporting that A Perfect Circle's forthcoming album, "eMOTIVe", will include 10 covers and two new songs.

In addition to previously announced versions of John Lennon's "Imagine," Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin On" and Fear's "Let's Have a War," "eMOTIVe" includes renditions of songs by Joni Mitchell, Devo, Depeche Mode and Black Flag, as well as the original song "Passive."

The album, due on November 2, will be followed two weeks later by "aMOTION", a remix CD and DVD package with live clips.

"eMOTIVe" track listing: More...

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A Perfect Circle Release New Album In November?

According to A PERFECT CIRCLE's official website, APerfectCircle.com, the band will be releasing a brand new CD on November 2nd. More details to come!

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New A Perfect Circle Song And Video

From the official A Perfect Circle website:

November 2nd, coinciding with the presidential election, APC will be releasing a collection of songs about War, Peace, Love and Greed, entitled "eMOTIVe." Featuring new material and songs like "Imagine" by John Lennon, "What's Goin On" by Marvin Gaye, "Let's Have a War" by Fear. This week we will release one of these new songs entitled, "Counting Bodies like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums," with an animated video poking fun at our fearless leader. Hopefully, you'll find it as entertaining as we do.


Don't let yourself be tricked into thinking it does not. It is important for us all to engage this political system and to be conscious of who is being chosen to speak for us. If you choose not to be involved with decisions that affect your life on a daily basis, in our opinion, you forfeit your right to complain about it later. Think for yourself. Question authority. Hopefully you will choose to vote on November 2nd.


Watch "Counting Bodies like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" video:

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A Perfect Circle New Album Update

Perhaps seeking to address the rumors of a new A Perfect Circle album surfacing this November, which have been moving around the Internet at a rapid rate since we first made the suggestion early this month, the band's frontman Maynard James Keenan made an announcement on stage at last night's "Axis Of Justice" event in Hollywood, California with regards to the outing. He said that A Perfect Circle are in the process of recording a collection of political songs, which they hope to release by November this year.

In related news, the group's former bass player Paz Lenchantin will be contributing to the album by recording both violin and piano parts, although she will not be returning as a full time member (read more about this at simplypaz.com). As previously reported, there is a tentative release date of November 16th through Virgin for the album, and this is also the date that the band's live DVD and remix album are currently expected out in stores.

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Headbangers Ball CD Tracklisting

The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...

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Metal, Metalcore Fill Out Resident Evil Soundtrack

Rob Zombie and A Perfect Circle will contribute new recordings to the fist-pounding soundtrack to the flick "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," which comes out August 24. Other artists signed on for the disc include Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, and some unnamed emo/metalcore acts, according to a spokesperson for the project.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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