A Perfect Circle Signs Worldwide Deal w/ BMG, New Album Coming
A Perfect Circle: James Iha, Billy Howerdel, Matt McJunkins, Jeff Friedl, and Maynard James Keenan
BMG has signed a worldwide recording deal with multi-platinum rock band A Perfect Circle. Currently the band is in the studio working on material for a new full-length album to be released via BMG, 13 years since their last release eMOTIVe (2004). A Perfect Circle recently announced a string of dates for their upcoming APC Spring Tour kicking off April 6.
A Perfect Circle formed in 1999 with principal members Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide) and Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer) creating a fluid band where line-ups were free to shift with each ensuing album. The band’s current line-up is Howerdel, Keenan, James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Devo/The Beta Machine) and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal/The Beta Machine).
Howerdel said, “We just signed a new record deal with BMG! Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. New APC-2017!”
Jon Cohen, EVP Recorded Music at BMG, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome A Perfect Circle to BMG and excited to present their highly-anticipated new music to the world. Their uncompromising approach, vision and legion of fans have made them one of the most artistic and commercially successful acts in rock.”
A Perfect Circle has released three studio albums: Mer de Noms (2000), Thirteenth Step (2003) and eMOTIVe (2004). Following a whirlwind period of multi-platinum album sales and sold out worldwide touring, the band took a self-imposed hiatus, which lasted until the fall of 2010. A Perfect Circle shook the dust off by announcing a series of multi-night, full album performances and a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band followed with a sold-out North American tour, festival outings at Lollapalooza (U.S./South America) and the Australian Soundwave Festival (2013). That same year, they released the retrospective Three Sixty and their first live release A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo. In late 2016, the band announced a new round of U.S. tour dates and word came that Howerdel and Keenan were writing music for a new album.