A Perfect Circle is an American rock supergroup formed in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool vocalist
Maynard James Keenan. Despite having a varied cast since inception, the stylistic content of the songs has
remained consistent with Howerdel as composer, and Keenan penning the lyrics and melodies.
Los Angeles, California, United States
Alternative rock, alternative metal
Where They Met:
Keenan had met Howerdel in 1992 when Tool opened for Fishbone. Howerdel was the guitar tech for Fishbone
Got Their Start:
When the band Tool took some time off after an extended legal battle with former label Freeworld Entertainment
Tool, Ashes Divide, Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm
Maynard James Keenan - lead vocals (1999-2004, 2010-present)
Billy Howerdel - lead and rhythm guitars, vocals (1999-2004, 2010-present)
James Iha - rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (2003-2004, 2010-present)
Matt McJunkins - bass, backing vocals (2010-present)
Jeff Friedl - drums, percussion (2012-present)
Tim Alexander - drums, percussion (1999)
Troy Van Leeuwen - rhythm guitars (1999-2002)
Paz Lenchantin - bass, strings, backing vocals (1999-2002, 2004)
Josh Freese - drums, percussion (1999-2004, 2010-2012)
Danny Lohner - rhythm guitars (2003)
Jeordie White - bass (2003-2004)
A Perfect Circle Quotes
"Don't disturb the beast, the tempermental goat, the snail while he's feeding on the Rose. Stay frozen, compromising what I will, I am. Bend around the wind, silently thrown about again I'm treading so soft and lightly. Compromising my will, I am."
~Rose - A Perfect Circle
"Here I am expecting just a little bit too much from the wounded. But I see, see through it all, See through, and see you. So I threw you the obvious. Do you see what occurs behind the eyes of a fallen angel - Eyes of a tragedy."
~3 Libras - A Perfect Circle
"Don't fret precious i'm here step away from the window go back to sleep safe from truth and choice and other poision devils"
"See,they don't give a @#$%& about you like i do"
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"counting bodies like sheep to the rythm of the war drum"
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A Perfect Circle Awards
California Music Award for Outstanding Debut Album "Mer De Noms"
MER DE NOMS 06/23/00 (Label: Virgin) Gold Album
MER DE NOMS 10/31/00 (Label: Virgin) Platinum Album
THIRTEENTH STEP 11/04/03 (Label: Virgin) Gold Album
eMOTIVe 12/09/04 (Label: Virgin) Gold Album
aMOTION 12/17/04 (Label: Virgin) Platinum Video Longform
aMOTION 12/17/04 (Label: Virgin) Gold Video Longform
THIRTEENTH STEP 03/24/06 (Label: Virgin) Platinum Album
ARIA Certifications (Australia):
The Thirteenth Step (Label: EMI) Gold Album (2004)
MER DE NOMS (Label: EMI) Gold Album (2000)
CRIA Certifications (Canada):
Emotive (Label: EMI) Gold Album (December 2004)
"Mer De Noms" (Label: Virgin) Platinum Album (March 2001)
"Thirteenth Step" (Label: EMI Music Canada / Virgin) Gold Album (November 2003)