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Interview:
A Perfect Circle at The Fox, 5 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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A Perfect Circle has been making up for lost time.

The heavy rock group, formed by during 1999 by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel, had bene idle since 2004. But the group began playing again in 2010 and this year has been particularly busy, with two North America tours, a new single, “The Doomed,” and he promise of a new album in 2018 -- recorded with producer Dave Sardy, the first time Keenan and Howerdel have ever worked with an outside producer.

So the group has not only come full circle but it moving ahead, and Howerdel is happy to have it moving, period...

• Despite the delay, Howerdel, 47, says by phone that he “didn’t have any doubts” that APC would return to action at some point. “It’s all schedules coming together,” he explains. “Ultimately Maynard’s really bus with two other bands...and his winery, so this worked in with his schedule. We did have a couple of false starts, so maybe it was two years later than I thought, but we finally found the time.”

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• Even as it tours, APC’s next album is “ well over the midway point and still working,” Howerdel says. “I’ve got a studio out on the road and Maynard’s still working. He’s still writing. It’s tough on the road. I knew it was gonna be hard, but it’s been tougher than I thought it would be, y’know, to get in a groove and keep going. But we’re about to have a stretch here in about a week when I think it’s gonna be time to get a lot done.”

• “The Doomed,” according to Howerdel, “was a fairly new thing. I just kind of presented a little snippet to Maynard and he thought there as something there and asked me to kind of flesh it out into a song,” Howerdel says. “So I came back with a song and he wrote it quickly, and that’s one of those song that came together quicker than most.”

• APC has been playing two other new songs, “Feathers” and “Hourglass,” since the spring, providing a bit of a hint as to how the entire album will sound. “We play the (new) songs neck and neck with the old songs live, so I can hear how they are the same band, but moving forward -- I guess that’s the way I would look at it,” says Howerdel, who also works in the band Ashes Divide and has contributed to video game soundtracks among other projects. “I think that’s the healthy approach, if there is an approach. I think you’d have to hear it to comment on it, really.”

• Like Keenan’s other bands, Tool and Puscifer, APC has a strict no photo/video policy during its shows and its security actively polices and ejects those who don’t comply. “Maynard set this precedent many, many years ago, starting with Tool.” Howerdel notes. “First and foremost it’s just rude to the people around you. I’m guilty of it, too, but I try not to block anybody’s view, and if somebody asks me not to I’m not going to. But it’s also just being present and being connected with us. Some of the songs are more subdued, there’s more soundscapes that we go into that take paying attention to. And I think at the end of the day it’s time to just disconnect for a second. The videos that you take and for your own benefit, you put online, they look like s*** and they sound like s***. We’d rather you communicate this orally; let people know what you saw and how you felt. It’s much more powerful than given a bad representation.”



If You Go:

• A Perfect Circle and the Beta Machine

• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21

• Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $75-$90.

• Call 313-471-6611 or visit 313Presents.com.



Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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