The reunion of A Perfect Circle "softly fell into place" in 2010, according to guitarist Billy Howerdel, and has expanded into a more extensive tour this year. But Howerdel says neither he nor co-founder Maynard James Keenan ever felt the group was in danger of ending.
"I don't think that was ever the case," says Howerdel, 41. "I think sometimes if there's an interview and ... maybe someone gets badgered, you finally just go, 'Yeah, it's done' and that's the headline that gets run with. If you want the sound bite, there it is — 'The band's over!'
"But never did say the band is over."
That said, Howerdel is not sure what's ahead for A Perfect Circle after its current tour ends August. It continues to be worked into Keenan’s schedule — with his other bands Tool and Puscifer as well as his Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars winery — while Howerdel maintains his own band, Ashes Divide. A Perfect Circle, which also includes former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, is playing a brand new song, "By & Down," this summer, but Howerdel says "the nature of the availability of time" makes a fourth album something of a question mark.
"Right now the intention is not to put out a (full album) but just to release some songs along the way," he explains, "and then they might be re-imagined and put together in some collection.
"We don't have a record deal anymore. We don't have a record company backing us and financially funding a record or a tour and getting involved. We're doing everything ourselves now. It gives you a lot of freedom, but it gives you limitations as well. You just have to find a balance within that."
A Perfect Circle performs at 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $35-$59.50. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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