A Perfect Circle Tickets
A Perfect Circle is a rock supergroup that was formed in 1998. It features guitarist Billy Howerdel, Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, bassist Matt McJunkins, and drummer Jeff Friedl (both of whom are contributors to the bands Puscifer and Ashes Divide).
Formed at a time when Tool was experiencing some upheaval, A Perfect Circle was an extension of the alt-metal sound of Tool, fused with a more melodic, ambient, and theatrical quality. A Perfect Circle exhibited many of the same characteristics of Tool, especially the melancholy and intensity, but added new elements, such as unusual instrumentations, to make the new venture distinctly its own.
If you’re a fan of A Perfect Circle and want to learn more about the band and find out when they’re playing live so you can get yourself a pair of A Perfect Circle tickets, continue reading.
The Formation of A Perfect Circle
A Perfect Circle was a project that came together after Tool was involved in a lengthy legal battle with their former label, Freeworld Entertainment. The drawn out proceedings left the band burned out and in need of some time off. It was during this time that vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitar tech Billy Howerdel, and bassist Paz Lenchantin decided to create A Perfect Circle.
They recruited ex-Vandals and Guns N' Roses member Josh Freese to play drums and ex-Failure and Enemy member Troy Van Leeuwen to play guitar.
While the band rehearsed frequently together, they didn’t officially announce the creation of their new band until their first live performance on August 15, 1999 at a benefit concert in Los Angeles.
Howerdel had extensive experience in production as well as songwriting after working with bands like Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins and so became the band’s producer and main songwriter. They released their first album, Mer de Noms, in 2000. The album did very well, both commercially and critically. It also debuted at the number 4 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the highest debut for a rock band.
To promote their debut album, the band toured extensively for eight months across the world.
Evolving Sound and Growing Success
Due to Keenan’s commitments to Tool, A Perfect Circle not only featured numerous musicians over the years, the band also had alternating periods of activity as well as inactivity.
By the end of 2000, Keenan spent more of his time with Tool recording their latest album. While he returned to A Perfect Circle in the middle of 2001 for a tour, he went back to Tool for the rest of the year for the promotion and touring cycle of their album Lateralus.
The band’s second album Thirteenth Step, was released on September 16, 2003. The recording process of the album was difficult, with Keenan and Howerdel butting heads on the musical direction of the album. There were also several line-up changes within the band.
In its opening week, the album debuted at the number 2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was another critical and commercial success.
After the touring cycle for Thirteenth Step, the band announced that they would be going on a hiatus to allow Keenan to work with Tool and Howerdel to pursue a solo career.
However, they decided to release their third studio album Emotive by the end of 2004. The album was much more political in tone and also featured radically reimagined cover songs.
A Perfect Circle in 2017
After not having toured for 6 years, A Perfect Circle announced that they would be hitting the road quite extensively in 2017. For the first time since 2011, the band embarked on a spring tour across the U.S. This will be followed by a couple of performances at big festivals including Aftershock Festival.
A Perfect Circle has also announced that right after their festival performances, they will be heading out on a 27 date North American tour in the fall. This will see them perform in some big arenas in cities like Toronto, Seattle, Brooklyn, Chicago, and many more.
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