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A Perfect Circle

Nothing stops groups in their tracks faster than flaming egos or legal snafus. To prove the point, Tool was temporarily sidelined in '97 when the lawyers stepped in to resolve contractual disputes. Tool lead singer Maynard James Keenan took the time off to recuperate but wound up adding lyrics to Billy Howerdel's music. Aside from working with Tool, Howerdel had also composed songs for Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails.

Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, bassist Paz Lenchantin and Freese completed the line-up. The group's maiden show at L.A.'s Viper Club in '99 was followed later in the year by the release their debut album "Mer De Noms." While the band found immediate chart success Keenan returned to Tool for that group's highly popular '01 release "Lateralus." That put A Perfect Circle on hold.

With the addition of former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha (replacing Van Leeuwen) and Jeordie White (taking over from Lenchantin) A Perfect Circle released "Thirteenth Step" in September of '03.

A Perfect Circle's third album, "eMOTIVe," was primarily a creation of Keenan and Howerdel. While the '04 set failed to dazzle critics, it did contain a less-than-hopeful cover of John Lennon's anti-war song "Imagine."

"aMOTION," a CD-DVD set that contained videos for six singles and previously unreleased videos came next. And for a while, that was it.

During an '06 interview, Keenan said, "I think [APC] is over. We pushed this project as far as it could go, and I see ourselves playing again together only in a few years." A 'few years' turned out to be four, when A Perfect Circle launched a lengthy tour. However, the group lost Josh Freese who left in '12 without any intentions of returning.

On the heels of the release of the band's greatest hits album, "Three Sixty," the group unfurled the box set "A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone And Echo." The '13 compilation had four audio CDs and a DVD of Stone And Echo, a full-length concert film of the band's 08/02/11 performance at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

At a time when it looked as though Tool might enter the studio following an extended (over a decade) break, A Perfect Circle served up "Eat The Elephant." "I'm extremely excited to finally be completing this album after a 14-year hiatus," explained Keenan. It was the first collection of studio recordings in fourteen years.

The album was the first to feature bassist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl. Also, Dave Sardy served as the producer which made "Eat The Elephant" the first A Perfect Circle album without Howerdel or Kennan at the controls.
A Perfect Circle Discography

Studio Albums:

2000 Mer de Noms
2003 Thirteenth Step
2004 eMOTIVe
2018 Eat The Elephant

A Perfect Circle is Nu-Metal Goth and often a Tool variant.

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