The wait is nearly over. You heard it here first: the side project that became a full band, a Frankenstein of Rock greatness in the early 2000’s, A Perfect Circle have returned from their self-imposed hiatus with some exciting new plans, as promised. 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, so keep your eyes peeled.
It pays to live on the desert side of the country. 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 the hotly contested “album” eMOTIVe). Las Vegas (The Pearl) will be a two-night outing for the band, who will play both Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step in their entirety.
The new Perfect Circle lineup is as follows: Maynard Keenan, Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese, James Iha and Matt McJunkins (Ashes Divide / Puscifer). They’re scheduled to make their televised return with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 27.
A Perfect Circle have sold four million records in the U.S., which means they’re an unparalleled force of total market domination in the industry. Just kidding – but theirs is an inspired collection of musical chemistry that we’re thrilled to see returning. After the band announced their indefinite hiatus in 2005, Keenan returned his focus to Tool, also launching the multimedia project Puscifer and further developing his burgeoning Arizona vineyards. Howerdel went on to form Ashes Divide, who released their debut album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, in 2008.
No, this doesn’t mean the end of Tool. What it means is that we’ll once again be able to witness a stellar collection of musicians taking some hard left turns for the sake of making hot musical monkey love.
Here’s a little sonic refresher course.
The Outsider by A Perfect Circle:
Don’t miss it.
11/04: Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ (Mer De Noms)
11/05: Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ (Thirteenth Step)
11/06: Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ (eMOTIVe)
11/08: Avalon, Los Angeles, CA (Mer De Noms)
11/09: Avalon, Los Angeles, CA (Thirteenth Step)
11/10: Avalon, Los Angeles, CA (eMOTIVe)
11/12: Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA (Mer De Noms)
11/13: Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA (Thirteenth Step)
11/14: Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA (eMOTIVe)
11/16: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (Mer De Noms)
11/17: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (Thirteenth Step)
11/18: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (eMOTIVe)
11/20: The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV (Mer De Noms)
11/21: The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV (Thirteenth Step)
Tempe, Los Angeles and Seattle: This Friday, 09/24 at 10 AM PST
Las Vegas: This Friday, 09/24 at 12 PM PST
San Francisco: This Sunday, 09/26 at 10 AM PST
There is a 2 ticket limit per show.
A very limited number of VIP packages will be available for each show. The two types of VIP packages are: 1. Wine tasting, meet & greet and ticket to the show; 2. Meet & greet and ticket to the show. These packages will also be on-sale at the times listed above.
A Perfect Circle performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 27th.