Band-wise, if most of who we cover are hot girlfriends, A Perfect Circle is sort of our ex-wife. As some of you know, they brought Johnny and I together back in ’99, and we have a great, storied history with them. But their breakup with fans hasn’t been very clean; since getting back together in 2010, the promise of new music has been an endless tease, as the band tours old material with a lineup that, while competent, just doesn’t have the chemistry of the Thirteenth Step players, let alone the OG Mer De Noms team. New music from Billy Howerdel and Maynard Keenan? We’re in. If they put that hot dress back on, we’re going to remember why we fell in love. As it stands, we run into her every few years at the supermarket, and too much hasn’t changed.
This morning, sharp Tweeter @TenVs tipped us off to an Amazon listing for a release called Three-Sixty, slated for November 19th. It sounded like the live album that our friend Sean Beavan was mixing early last year, so we did a little digging. The plot thickened, but not by much.
Three-Sixty may be nothing, a phantom, and almost certainly not a new album. Most likely, it is the name (or an alternate name) for a retrospective box set actually due out November 26. This set will be comprised of a full-length DVD (and audio CD) called Stone And Echo, which is the band’s August 11, 2011 performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater (which is what Sean was working on last we checked). It also includes a multi-disc set called Trifecta, which is the band’s three LPs as recorded live on their 2010 tour.
Bonus tracks include a live version of their only new song, By And Down, as well as the David Bowie cover Ashes To Ashes, and their classic Cure / Ozzy mashup Diary Of A Lovesong (both live). There will also be some physical treats: Five lithographs, a sculpted resin frame, a Billy Howerdel guitar pick, and a media book full of artwork.
Oh, and it’s going for $149.95. Full details and a photo available here on the pre-sale site. Our guess is that Three-Sixty is a “lite” version that may hit shelves sooner. We’ll see.