Contemporary rock forerunners A Perfect Circle are now going on their 18th year as a band (excluding their 5 year hiatus) and are bringing it around full circle with their first full-length album since 2004’s eMOTIVe.
Spearheaded by Billy Howerdel and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, the ’90s rockers have been making a steady return since ending their hiatus in 2010. Currently on their spring tour, the band has been active with live performances through their own tours and one-off festival stops at events like Rock on the Range and Lollapalooza. Amidst their travels, they’ve released several new singles, a greatest hits compilation titled Three Sixty and a live album box set, but have yet to come out with a full-length effort of new releases.
So far, all we know about the upcoming album is that they are aiming to release through BMG by November of this year or early spring of next year at latest. Though there haven’t been many official announcements regarding the release, the band’s taken to their current spring tour to debut a couple of the songs.
In a phone interview with the Salt Lake Tribune Keenan shares, “We have a good batch of material under way that I’m feeling good about. It’s been a solitary process up until very recently. It’s an interesting thing sitting with these songs in their infancy and you’re the only one who really knows them or hears them, and then all of a sudden you’re releasing them into the world for the band to hear and to get their interpretation on, and Maynard’s interpretation. It’s a wild process.”
Though their return to form has been gradual, it’s uncommon for bands of this status to have smooth sailing for decades straight, so we’re just glad to have them back!
A Perfect Circle’s setlists have varied only slightly from show to show, so fans have a pretty solid idea of what they can expect for the remainder of this tour. From Mer de Noms’ “The Hollow” and “Thinking of You” to Thirteenth Step’s “The Package” and “The Noose,” they touch base with highlights from each of their albums. Here’s the setlist from their most recent performance in Georgia:
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