Bad news for those wishing for a new A Perfect Circle record. It’s going to be a while.
With a one-off show set to invade Las Vegas tomorrow night, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel recently sat down with Las Vegas Weekly for a chat. While he did confirm that a new song or two may find its way into the setlist at Planet Hollywood, he shared the following information when asked if he was against a new album from A Perfect Circle.
“No, I’d love to — when the time is right. It would be awesome. I’m trying to write songs with that in mind, but… right now, I’m focusing most of my energy on a new Ashes Divide record, which is under way with 11 songs. Still working on finishing vocals and writing lyrics, and hopefully [will] get that thing mixed in January or February.”
Howerdel goes on to express his thoughts as to why A Perfect Circle has gotten back together after a six year hiatus, thoughts on touring the world and his thoughts on guitarist James Iha joining the band after being fired from The Smashing Pumpkins.
“It’s been a while, so I don’t even think of it like that anymore. I mean, this is the reality. When it first came down, I didn’t feel weird. To me it’s shocking — James is — and I say this without exaggeration — shockingly humble. He’s done everything he can to do what’s best for the band and not for his personal gain. I think a lot of people in his position, with his history, could have taken this a very different way, could have come in and tried to strong-arm or sabotage the group in a kind of way because of what the dynamic in his last band. And in no way did that happen. I’m not just trying to blow smoke up his ass. Truly, he’s never a pain in the ass in any kind of way. He’s great to have around and important to have around, musically and socially.”
Tickets for tomorrow night’s show (with special guest Neil Hamburger) are still available. To pick one up for yourself, click here. From there the band is off to Australia to take part in the 2013 Soundwave Festival.