Fourteen years after being cryogenically frozen as part of an experimental partnership between the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Dairy Queen, guitarist Billy Howerdel has been successfully reanimated. He has since reunited with his band A Perfect Circle, whose new album, Eat the Elephant, will be released on April 20th.
“It was really relaxing,” said Howerdel of his decade-plus spent suspended in cryopreservation. “You know, not having to respond to fan mail or write songs or eat or pee or do anything really.”
Maynard James Keenan, vocalist and co-writer for A Perfect Circle, was on hand for Howerdel’s unfreezing ceremony at the Dairy Queen in Wickenburg, AZ. The musician noted that while it was wonderful to have his bandmate back at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit again, helping him acclimate to life in 2018 has been challenging.
“When he heard that Prince, David Bowie and Amy Winehouse all died, but Creed and the guys from 3 Doors Down are still around, I didn’t think he was going to recover,” said Keenan, who in addition to singing with a Perfect Circle, also fronts the bands Tool and Puscifer. “He was a big fan of Surreal Life and The Apprentice, too, and, well, I just don’t have the heart to tell him what the hell happened there.”
Howerdel believes Eat the Elephant may well be A Perfect Circle’s finest work to date. “We hope the established rock critics at the major magazines and newspapers really embrace this album,” he said. “It’d be great to get a mention in SPIN or Blender, but let’s face it, when it comes to reaching fans — especially teenagers — nothing is more important than the opinions of middle-aged white men at our nation’s great newspapers. That happens, and this CD will be flying off the shelves at Tower Records and Sam Goody!”
Howerdel added that in addition to print media, the band plans to heavily promote Eat the Elephant on its MySpace page.
“We haven’t told him about any of that stuff yet either,” added Keenan, who has also secretly pursued a career as beloved electro-crossover sensation Moby. “You have to do it in stages or he gets overwhelmed. How do you explain that every entitled idiot with an iPhone now has the power to immediately express their uninformed mean-spirited opinions under the banner of ‘journalism’?”
“What’s an iPhone?” asked Howerdel.
With a title like Eat The Elephant, A Perfect Circle’s new record has clear political overtones that Keenan admits could stir up controversy. It’s something he’s all too familiar with — back in 2003, when he was fronting the Dixie Chicks as his alter ego Natalie Maines, Keenan landed in hot water after making disparaging remarks about President Bush.
“Boy, was I ever wrong about that guy,” he said, shaking his head. “What I wouldn’t give to have ol’ W back in the White House right now.”
About A Perfect Circle
Formed in 1999, A Perfect Circle release their fourth album, Eat The Elephant, on April 20 via BMG. Featuring the songs “TalkTalk, “The Doomed” and “Disillusioned,” the band helmed by Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan found a renewed sense of purpose and inspiration as they began to pen the songs that would become Eat The Elephant. The 12-song release was co-produced and mixed by Dave Sardy (Autolux, Slayer, Oasis) over the latter part of 2017.
A Perfect Circle have released three albums: Mer de Noms (2000), Thirteenth Step (2003) and eMOTIVe (2004), as well as a 2013 retrospective collection dubbed Three Sixty. Following a European tour in support of eMOTIVe, the outfit took a self-imposed hiatus to focus on their other projects, returning in the Fall of 2010 when A Perfect Circle announced fourteen live dates (all sold out in under one minute) in the Western U.S and a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band followed with sold-out tours and festival performances in North America, Australia and South America. In early 2017, A Perfect Circle announced work on Eat The Elephant as well as a pre-release North American tour. The tour included a memorable hometown show, where A Perfect Circle played to a capacity crowd in their debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl. A Perfect Circle’s current line-up is Billy Howerdel (guitar/piano), Maynard James Keenan (vocals), James Iha (guitar), Jeff Friedl (drums) and Matt McJunkins (bass).
Produced by D. Sardy, Billy Howerdel, and MJ Keenan
Mixed by D. Sardy at Hillside Manor, Los Angeles
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering, Los Angeles
Engineered by Jim Monti
2nd Engineer – Cameron Barton
Vocals engineer – Mat Mitchell
Additional engineering - Cameron Barton, Smiley Sean, Billy Howerdel, Justin McGrath
Assistant Engineers – Jeremy Tomlinson, Geoff Neal, Zack Zajdel
Recorded at Sunset Sound, Hillside Manor, Rancho Studios, Puscifer Entertainment, The Bunker, Ollywood, and Backstage
All instruments performed by Billy Howerdel, except as noted
Matt McJunkins – bass on "Feathers" and "By And Down The River"
Vinyl scratches on "Get The Lead Out" by UZ
String Arrangement on "So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish" by D. Sardy
The APC Drum Orchestra is: Jeff Friedl, Matt Chamberlain, Isaac Carpenter, and D. Sardy
A Perfect Circle LIVE is:
Billy Howerdel – Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Keyboards, Sounds
Maynard James Keenan – Vocals
James Iha – Guitars, Keyboards
Matt Mc Junkins – Bass, Keyboards
Jeff Friedl – Drums, Percussion
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