A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle Record Store Day’s Black Friday release

A Perfect Circle will be celebrating the Black Friday edition of Record Store day with a 7 inch featuring So Long And Thanks For All The Fish as well as an unexpected AC/DC cover:

We’re celebrating Record Store Day‘s Black Friday event with a limited-edition 7” of our new single “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish” with a cover ofAC/DC‘s “Dog Eat Dog.” Get it on Black Friday at a local independent record store near you. #RSDBF

Black Friday is November 23rd FYI.  Details on other releases can be found on the Record Store Day website.

Billy discusses upcoming A Perfect Circle shows

I came across an interview with Billy Howerdel on Las Vegas Weekly today where he talks about the coming A Perfect Circle Las Vegas show, as well as the Soundwave and South American shows. He also talks about the probability of a new album:

The last A Perfect Circle album came out in 2004. Are you guys against putting out another one?
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 get that thing mixed in January or February.

Interesting interview, though doesn’t reveal anything especially exciting…

A Perfect Circle track featured in Safe trailer

Matt sent me an email a few days ago pointing me to the trailer for the new Jason Statham movie Safe, which features the Apocalypse remix version of A Perfect Circle’s The Outsider:

The movie looks like an ok, if somewhat generic action movie.  If you want more details then check out the Safe IMDB page.  Personally I haven’t heard that remix of The Outsider before, so I might have to see if I can get a copy of it from somewhere…

Maynard talks about Puscifer and updates us on APC & Tool

UncleJackson emailed me today with this quite interesting interview with Maynard on Loudwire, where he mainly discuss Puscifer, but also comments on his recent work with A Perfect Circle, and the progress on the new Tool album.

Here’s a bit I know interest the majority of you:

Tool are reportedly working on a new album, as well. In the past, you’ve expressed frustration with sitting around in the studio with guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey’s aesthetic of going over endless combinations of song structures before committing to anything.

I’m allowing them their space to do what they do, so we’re still in that mode. Even if they told me how close they are to being done, I couldn’t tell you because if I say 60 percent people will start counting down. When it’s done everyone will know. But I haven’t done anything yet. They write forever and then we go in and knock it all out. We’re writing. We’re writing vocals. But nothing’s solid. With Puscifer, there’s ideas and then we’ll record stuff. Then we’ll go back and change stuff and fix stuff and record new stuff before we finally put it all together. But with Tool, we practice jams, but there’s no actual recording going on until it’s time to record.

Are you prepared to tour for a year for the next Tool record whenever it’s ready or have you put your foot down and said, “I don’t want to spend my life on the road.”

It has nothing to do with putting my foot down. Physically, I can’t do it, so that’s not gonna happen. We will tour, but it won’t be the old school dog and pony show of eight months of beating yourself to death.

For most bands now, staying out on the road for a year-plus and selling lots of tickets and merch is the only way to make money because their albums are being downloaded for free by file-sharers.

How much do you need, really? If we can make a living going out for a few weeks a year and keep people satisfied by making sure we play the locations we need to hit, I’m not Kirk Hammett. I don’t need to buy $10,000 guitars every day. That’s not my lifestyle. I love Kirk, but that’s not me. I have a very sustainable vineyard industry in the Valley which will eventually start to pay its own bills.

I love to go on the road and play music for people and express myself, but for it to be something where I’m out there to make money, that’s depressing to me. You end up beating yourself up. Who gives a s–t how much money you have if your back hurts so much you can’t stand up. Money’s not the goal. Having fun making the art, that’s the goal. Finding a nice, happy medium. Being healthy and still expressing what you need to express in an effective way, that’s the ideal.

The end of lengthy world tours comes as no real surprise to me.  I’ve said before (at least in the forums) that I expect Tool’s touring habits will become a little less album orientated, where they hit the road for a month or two once every year or so.  Though I imagine with the new album there will still be a world tour, it just may not be so tightly scheduled as it has been in the past.

A Perfect Circle featured in Rage TV ad

Got an email from Graham yesterday tipping me off to a TV advertisement for the coming ID game Rage which features the track Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums by A Perfect Circle. We couldn’t find the link, but this morning I read on the Bethesda Blog that it’s now available on Youtube.

I can’t verify the video at the moment, as I’m in the office, so let me know if if it works, and presuming it does, what you think.

Rumour: A Perfect Circle for Big Day Out

I’m extremely doubtful this is the case, but in the last few days a Twitter account called BigDayOutSpy has been leaking the alleged lineup for the 2012 Big Day Out.  Acts so far have been somewhat interesting, without being amazing until this post earlier this evening:

A Perfect Circle are the other Green/Converse stage headliner at Big Day Out!

So far, I found the leaks believable, but to be honest I’m not sure I can see A Perfect Circle playing the Big Day Out next year.  Headlining the small stage sounds tantalising though (however it would be annoying if the rumoured Pearl Jam main stage headliner were true).

Definitely file in the “I’ll believe it when I see it confirmed” category…

For the record, the Big Day Out Spy alleges the following lineup (in no particular order):

  • The Killers
  • SOAD
  • A Perfect Circle
  • Underworld
  • Chase and Status
  • Florence and the Machine
  • Opeth
  • Cake
  • The Decemberists
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Cut Copy
  • Boy and Bear
  • Karnivool
  • Architecture in Helsinki
  • Josh Pyke
  • The Vaccines

Other rumours suggest Pearl Jam will headline, and Kasabian & My Chemical Romance will also play.

Update: A Perfect Circle on their Facebook page this morning mentioned “That’s unfortunately not true” so I guess this myth is pretty much busted.

A Perfect Circle 2011 summer tour wrap-up

A Perfect Circle toured all across the US (and occasionally Canada) this summer and from all reports it was a good, though somewhat controversial tour.

Much of the controversy revolved around the choice of setlist for the tour.  The setlist changed from night to night, however played mainly songs from their last album eMotive.  Many fans, not being such huge fans of this album, were disappointed that they didn’t get to hear more tracks from their favorite albums Mer De Noms and Thirteenth Step.

However those attending the shows generally seemed to enjoy the new additions to the set.  According to, the following tracks were played on the tour:

  • Every show:
    • Imagine
    • People Are People
    • Passive
    • Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
    • Annihilation
    • Weak and Powerless
    • By And Down
    • The Outsider
    • 3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix)
  • Played most shows:
    • The Hollow
    • When The Levee Breaks
    • (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?
    • Gimme Gimme Gimme
    • The Noose
    • Fiddle And The Drum
    • What’s Going One
  • And a selection of these songs each night:
    • Rose
    • Magdalena
    • Gravity
    • The Package
    • Orestes
    • Blue


Personally, I was disappointed to read that the set was largely covers.  Far be it for me to dictate to a band what they should and shouldn’t play, but I find it a little distasteful that a band I’d pay money to see play a set with so many cover songs in it.  If I wanted to see a covers band I could go down to the local pub and see one for nothing.  That said, I do wish I could have seen the tour for myself.  It’s all too easy to judge a band on their setlist, not taking into account the atmosphere and dynamics of the show.

Speaking of which, from all reports the stage setup and lighting was excellent, with the band playing in front of a large metallic curtain with the APC logo on it.  As usual, Junior seems to have done a fine job with the lighting.

One thing many found quite interesting about the shows was that a new song, By And Down was played.  Normally the final song in the set, this moody song sounds more like a Thirteenth Step track than a Mer De Noms one, and there are plenty of bootlegs available on Youtube for those interested.

A reasonable number of you attended the shows as VIPs, and the reports from that experience were generally pretty positive.  VIPs received an APC bag, a poster and possibly some other stuff, and also got the change to experience the sound check, as well as get some premium seats at the shows.  There were a few hiccups here and there, but it seems as the though the VIP tickets offered good value for those that picked them up.

Some were even lucky enough to catch some of the band after the shows.  By all accounts the band were quite happy to chat with fans (though Maynard generally was nowhere to be seen).  Word is that there will be a new album, but don’t expect it any time soon.  A certain member has other priorities in the coming months/years…

One of which of course is Puscifer.  We’ve already been warned to expect a tour in October/November.  On the Ashes Divide front, they are close to completing a new album, so I’d be expecting to hear that and a tour as well, probably early 2012.

A Perfect Circle live tracks and new songs

Regular Fourtheye reader Magnus was lucky enough to have a chat with Billy Howerdel after a recent A Perfect Circle show in Texas, and was kind enough to ask him a little bit about the future for APC.  Billy’s responses were:

  • By & Down is the only new APC track for now, and they’re looking at a release in Fall/Winter.  Digital download was suggested as the format of the release.
  • The recordings for the 2010 show came out well.  Billy was quiet as far as a DVD goes, but suggested that some of the live tracks would be available with By & Down.

Setlist criticisms aside, everyone who’s caught a show on this tour so far seems to have enjoyed it.  If you get the change to catch one of the last few shows this tour, then I suggest you do!

A Perfect Circle debut new song

As Billy predicted in numerous interviews, A Perfect Circle played a new track at last nights show called By And Down.  Those interested in listening to it can do so via the powers of Youtube:

By And Down

The show last night seemed like an interesting affair, and I won’t elaborate any further in order to not spoil it for those wanting to be surprised.  On that note I’d like to remind people to keep setlist spoilers only in the appropriate show thread inside the forum. 

Rajas, Puscifer, Yow, Saturn

A bunch of small non-Tool updates for you all this morning. 

Firstly Blair advised us via Toolband that Tool tour mates Rajas will be playing a handful of shows in June:

June 15th – Portland @ Rotture
June 16th – Seattle @ The Comet
June 18th – Vancouver B.C. @ Funky Winkerbeans
June 23rd – Calgary, Sled Island Fest @ Royal Canadian Legion #1
June 24th – Edmonton @ The Starlite Room
June 25th – Vancouver B.C. @ The Railway Club
June 27th – Portland @ East End

And a nicely done video:


Next up is a short Puscifer update which appeared on the Perfect Circle Facebook page:

Interested in Maynard’s latest project, Puscifer? Big news coming soon; join theFacebook page to be one of thefirst to know.

Nothing has appeared on the Puscifer Facebook page as yet, which can be found here.

Lastly, todays Children of Saturn show features The Jesus Lizard/Qui singer and Schism commentator David Yow.  You can find more details on how to tune in here.

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