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Formed by Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan and former Tool guitar tech Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle is an extension of the alt-metal-fused-with-art rock style popularized by Tool in the early to mid-'90s. While similar to Tool in intensity and melancholy, A Perfect Circle is less dark and more melodic, with a theatrical, ambient quality that incorporates occasional strings and unusual instrumentation. After the release of Ænima in 1996, Tool found themselves in the midst of an extended legal battle with former label Freeworld Entertainment. When the dust settled two years later, the band reached a 50/50 joint venture agreement for future recordings and, feeling a little burned out, decided to take some time off. It was at this point that Keenan joined up with Howerdel and Paz Lenchantin to form A Perfect Circle. Keenan had met Howerdel in 1992 when Tool opened for Fishbone. Howerdel had been Fishbone's tech at the time and had played Keenan a few of his songs. Keenan was impressed and the two talked of collaborating in the future. However, the opportunity didn't present itself until after the Freeworld settlement. With Keenan on vocals, Howerdel on guitar, and Lenchantin on bass, the trio recruited ex-Failure and Enemy member Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar and ex-Vandals and Guns N' Roses member Josh Freese on drums. The quintet rehearsed together but didn't announce the formation of a new band until performing for the first time on August 15, 1999, at a benefit concert at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Howerdel, who had been composing songs for years, as well as working with bands such as the Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, became the band's chief songwriter and producer. A Perfect Circle released their debut album, Mer de Noms, in 2000. Thirteenth Step followed in 2003, and the covers album Emotive appeared in 2004. Shortly after the release of their DVD set aMOTION, A Perfect Circle went on hiatus. During their downtime, Keenan went on to record albums with his solo project, Puscifer, while Howerdel began making albums with his new band, Ashes Divide. While rumors of the band writing songs cropped up now and again, A Perfect Circle returned (to the stage, at least) in 2010, and released their first new song, "By and Down," on their 2013 greatest-hits compilation, Three Sixty. ~ Tracy Frey
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Albums by
A Perfect Circle

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    14 songs

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    eMOTIVe - Live

    13 songs

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    Mer De Noms - Live

    20 songs

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    Stone and Echo: Live at Red Rocks

    12 songs

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    Thirteenth Step - Live

    19 songs

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    Three Sixty

    19 songs

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    aMOTION

    12 songs

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    eMOTIVe

    12 songs

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    Thirteenth Step

    12 songs

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    Mer de Noms

    12 songs

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    Mer de Noms

    4 songs

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    3 Libras

    46 songs

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    Complete Collection

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    Three Sixty

    1 song

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    Imagine

    1 song

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    Blue (remix)

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    Deep Cuts

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    Weak and Powerless/Blue

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    Lost in the Bermuda Triangle


Top Songs by
A Perfect Circle

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Judith
  3.   Weak and Powerless
  4.   The Outsider
  5.   3 Libras
  6.   Passive
  7.   The Hollow
  8.   Ashes to Ashes
  9.   By and Down
  10.   When the Levee Breaks
  11.   The Package
  12.   Imagine
  13.   Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
  14.   Pet
  15.   The Noose
  16.   Magdalena
  17.   Rose
  18.   Thinking of You
  19.   The Nurse Who Loved Me
  20.   Blue
  21.   Orestes
  22.   Let's Have a War
  23.   Sleeping Beauty
  24.   Gravity
  25.   A Stranger
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Stations & Shows Featuring
A Perfect Circle

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    Rock Hits

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    Hard Rock Deep Dive

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    '00s Rock

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    Hard Rock

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    '00s Alternative

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    Rock

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    Alt. Hard Rock

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    Led Zeppelin: DNA

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    Alternative Hits

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    Masters of Metal

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    Black Sabbath: DNA


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