A Perfect Circle Biography
The Alternative-Metal outfit A Perfect Circle started out as a side project
for Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan, who
formed the band in 1997, with guitarists Troy
Van Leeuwen and Billy Howerdel, bass player + violinist Paz Lenchantin and
drummer Josh Freese.
Their debut album, 2000's "Mer De Noms", was a surprise hit, entering the Billboard Top 200 chart at #4 on the strength of three smash singles: "3 Libras" peaked at #12 on both Mainstream and Modern Rock charts, "Judith" crashed into the top 5 on the same charts and "The Hollow" also became a top 20 hit on the Billboard's Rock charts.
Keenan subsequently returned to Tool to record "Lateralus" and Paz Lenchantin joined Billy Corgan's new band Zwan.
Three years later the group returned with a new line-up, including ex-Marilyn Manson bass player Jeordie White and guitarist James Iha, ex-member of The Smashing Pumpkins as the replacement of Leeuwen who had left to join Queens Of The Stone Age, "Thirteenth Step" peaked at #2 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and its first single, "Weak And Powerless", topped both Active and Modern Rock charts. It was followed by the Mainstream Rock top 3 hit, "The Outsider" plus one more top 20 hit, "Blue".
In late 2004, A Perfect Circle, released "eMOTIVe", a collection
of covers; the song chosen bridge three decades of protest songs, spanning
an array of genres such as Punk, Heavy-Metal, Synthpop and Classic Rock. The album debuted at #2 on The Billboard 200 while the first single, "Imagine", peaked at #26 on both The Mainstream and Modern Rock charts. The second single, "Passive", did better hitting #14 on both the same charts.
Following the release of "eMOTIVe", Keenan and Howerdel focused on their individual projects with Keenan working on Tool's fourth album and launching the Industrial outfit Puscifer and Howerdel creating Ashes Divide.
A Perfect Circle will release "Three Sixty", the band's first greatest-hits collection, on November 19. 2013, via Universal Music Enterprises. The set includes the band's first new original, studio recording in a decade with the inclusion of "By And Down".