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A Perfect Circle sign with BMG

A Perfect Circle have signed with record label BMG with Billy Howerdel telling us:

We just signed a new record deal with BMG! Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. New APC-2017!

A few music sites around the place were pretty quick to jump on the idea that A Perfect Circle would have an album out in 2017.  Maynard pretty quickly hosed down those suggestions with a typically to the point Twitter post:

My thoughts are that unless APC have an album in the bag, it seems unlikely that a 2017 release will happen.  With an A Perfect Circle and Tool tour in the coming months, I find it a little hard to believe either band will find the time to record before Maynard’s wine harvest duties commence.

Sure, they may have written some songs, and could be well down the track towards recording, but there doesn’t seem to be any suggestion they have yet.  It feels very similar to the Tool situation to me – plenty of songwriting, and possibly even some songs done but no actual confirmation of recording happening.

My expectation is that maybe we’ll see a single or EP by years end, with possibly a new song or two in the tour setlist, and then a new full length sometime in 2018.

The question is of course – can Tool and A Perfect Circle both release an album in 2018?

 

A Perfect Circle announce US dates

It was a while ago that A Perfect Circle announced the Hollywood show as well as two Festival dates, but finally we have a list of other shows for 2017:

  • April 7 & 8 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
  • April 10 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
  • April 11 San Diego, CA Open Air Theatre
  • April 13 San Francisco Bill Graham Civic
  • April 14 Reno, NV Reno Event Center
  • April 15 Salt Lake City Maverik Center
  • April 17 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
  • April 19 Kansas City, MO Starlight Amphitheatre
  • April 20 St. Louis, MO Chafietz Arena
  • April 22 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
  • April 23 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
  • April 25 Austin, TX HEB Center at Cedar Park
  • April 26 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
  • April 27 Houston, TX Smart Financial Center
  • April 29 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
  • April 30 Ft. Myers, FL Fort Rock Festival
  • May 2 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • May 3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
  • May 5 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion
  • May 7 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

These new shows will go on sale on Friday morning – check with your local ticket vendor.

Interestingly it seems to me mostly the southern parts of the US – no word on whether or not these are all the dates.

 

A Perfect Circle confirm Hollywood show

A Perfect Circle have put out a press release that confirms a show at the Hollywood Bowl on May 7th, with the promise of more shows to come:

We are happy to announce that A Perfect Circle will return this Spring for our first North American tour in six years. A home town show May 7 at the Hollywood Bowl is the first of the dates we can share with you. Tickets are on-sale Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 am pacific. More dates will be announced soon.

Previously announced festival performances:
April 29 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
April 30 Fort Myers, FL Fort Rock
May 5 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion

Tickets for the LA show seem to be via Ticketmaster.

A Perfect Circle added to US festival dates

In case you haven’t been following social media, A Perfect Circle have been added to a couple of festival dates on Eastern USA in May next year including the Carolina Rebellion festival as well as two Florida based festivals – Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville and Fort Rock in For Myers.  Tickets for most of these are already on sale I think!

Acts joining A Perfect Circle on these festivals include Soundgarden, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Gojira as well as others that appeal to me at least anyway!

We’re expecting more dates to be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Carolina Rebellion!

A Perfect Circle to tour in May 2017

According to a number of sources, Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan confirmed at last nights Q&A that A Perfect Circle will be touring in 2017, with a show announced for the 7th of May at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

There’s not much other detail at this stage, but word is it will be a decent sized tour and that new material has been worked on.  More details to come soon I expect!

Maynard suggest Tool have found “common ground”

In a recent interview with The Press Enterprise, Maynard James Keenan mostly talks about Puscifer , but also gives us an interesting statement about Tool, as well as expressing a desire to work on A Perfect Circle again:

Keenan said he hopes he will work again with his main A Perfect Circle collaborator, Billy Howerdel, and make new music with that band. As for Tool, there have been signs of life recently, including a 17-show tour this past January, but Keenan wasn’t promising any new music from his main band.

“We’ve found a common ground,” he said. “We just can’t seem to move forward.”

Hopefully some progress forward is made sometime in the next 6 to 10 months.

Interview with APC photographer Sean Murphy

Christophe from Salival.fr contacted me today to let me know of an interesting interview he did with photographer Sean Murphy how capture Maynard James Keenan during his A Perfect Circle days. He talks about a few interesting APC and Tool related anecdotes.

What was your impression of the Tool rehearsal space, the ‘sanctuary’ for many fans?
The Tool rehearsal space was bad ass. After we finished our APC shoot, we went to the back to hang out with a couple of the guys from Tool in the rehearsal space. I was taking snap shots of Danny’s drum kit, and he and I got into a bit of a fight. He asked me for the film out of my camera, and I ripped it out and threw it at him. I was drunk, so my memory is a little blurry, but I am pretty sure he was about to fuck me up.

Nice little interview, and worth a quick read.

Maynard James Keenan.  Photo taken by Sean Murphy

Tool News and Rumours

This page contains all the latest Tool news and rumours collected by me from a bunch of sources. It also collects information for a range of Tool related acts – usually side projects such as A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, and friends of Tool such as Yob and The Melvins.

If you know anything you think is missing from this page, feel free to let me know!

Tool News

Adam Jones News

  • Side project with Robert Fripp tba
  • Side project with King Buzzo and Terry Bozzio tba
  • Lustmord vs. Adam Jones tba

Danny Carey News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Justin Chancellor News

  • Writing Tool songs!

Maynard James Keenan News

Other Bands

Complete Set of Tool Vinyl for sale

Evildiscokid from Toolarmy has a complete set of sealed Tool and APC vinyl up for sale, and wants to avoid putting this up on Ebay.  If this sounds like the kind of thing you’d be interested in (not sure if he’s willing to split the collection at all) then let me know, and I’ll put you in touch with him.  Alternatively if you’re a Toolarmy member just PM him.

Maynard working on new A Perfect Circle?

According to a recent Blabbermouth post, Maynard told Pulse of Radio that he’s been working with Billy Howerdel on some A Perfect Circle tracks:

“I doubt if we’ll do any touring or, you know, do a full album,” he said. “We might do some one-off shows here and there if the timing’s right and it seems like a good vibe and a smart thing to do. But most likely we’ll just kind of concentrate on, you know, one or two songs at a time, rather than investing all the time and money and effort into making those plastic discs that no one cares about anymore.”

I can never find links to the Pulse of Radio interviews on-line (I suspect it’s some kind of radio station) but I think this came from the same interview I quoted yesterday where Maynard mention he expected Tool to be working together again next year.  Personally I hope Maynard finds more time for Tool sooner, rather than playing around with APC again.

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