A Perfect Circle
The formation of A Perfect Circle began like every amateur musician's fantasy for Billy Howerdel. Howerdel was a well known guitar tech for bands like Fishbone, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Tool. He and Keenan became friends on tour dates in 1992 and, in 1995, Howerdel played a few of his original songs for Keenan. Keenan enjoyed the music and agreed to sing for Howerdel should he ever put a band together. And put a band together he did, with Pez Lenchantin on bass, Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar, and Tim Alexander on drums, with Alexander soon being replaced by Freese. After playing gigs around Los Angeles, A Perfect Circle released their debut album, Mer de Noms, in 2000. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum in just six months, a feat that was extremely rare for a new rock band. The album produced the three singles "Judith," "3 Libras," and "The Hollow," and critics praised the combination of Keenan's voice and Howerdel's lyrics.
The band's second album, Thirteenth Step, wasn't released until 2003, but was praised as a positive evolution of A Perfect Circle's sound. The album debuted at #2 on the charts and featured a softer, more melodic sound; despite the change, fans responded positively. A Perfect Circle's third album, Emotive, was released in 2004, to coincide with the US election day. The album featured ten covers of war protest songs, along with original tracks like "Passive." While the album performed well, it marked a hiatus for A Perfect Circle as the musicians took time to work on their previous or independent projects.
In 2010, the new lineup of A Perfect Circle announced a new concert schedule where they would be playing three shows in each town, with each show consisting of one of the group's albums. A Perfect Circle have tour dates in 2011 set for Rock on the Range Festival in Ohio, Boonstock Music Festival in Alberta, and Edgefest in Toronto. In addition to festival appearances, A Perfect Circle has announced North American tour dates beginning on June 29 in Portland, Oregon. There are 23 tour dates scheduled in 2011, with the tour covering most major American cities. The concert schedule will end on August 9 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and tickets are already on sale. With A Perfect Circle's many side-projects and commitments, fans should take this opportunity to check out what could be band's final concert schedule.