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A Perfect Circle

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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Complete Collection

Disc 1

1. The Hollow

2. Magdalena

3. Rose

4. Judith

5. Orestes

6. 3 Libras

7. Sleeping Beauty

8. Thomas

9. Renholdër

10. Thinking Of You

11. Breña

12. Over

Disc 2

1. The Package

2. Weak And Powerless

3. The Noose

4. Blue

5. Vanishing

6. A Stranger

7. The Outsider

8. Crimes

9. The Nurse Who Loved Me

10. Pet

11. Lullaby

12. Gravity

Disc 3

1. Annihilation

2. Imagine

3. Peace Love And Understanding

4. What's Going On

5. Passive

6. Gimme Gimme Gimme

7. People Are People

8. Freedom Of Choice

9. Let's Have A War

10. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums

11. When The Levee Breaks

12. Fiddle And The Drum

Disc 4

1. Judith (Renholder Remix)

2. 3 Libras (Feel My Ice Dub)

3. Outsider (Apocalypse Remix)

4. Weak And Powerless (Tilling My Grave Renholder Mix)

5. Outsider (Frosted Yogurt Mix)

6. Blue (Bird Shake Mix)

7. 3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix)

8. Hollow (Constantly Consuming Mix)

9. Hollow (The Bunk Remix)

Disc 5

1. By And Down

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Track List: Three Sixty (Deluxe Edition) (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. The Hollow

2. Rose

3. Judith

4. Orestes

5. 3 Libras

6. The Package

7. Weak And Powerless

8. The Noose

9. The Outsider

10. Blue

Disc 2

1. Imagine

2. Passive

3. People Are People (Live)

4. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums

5. When The Levee Breaks

6. By And Down

7. 3 Libras (Live)

8. Gravity (Live)

9. Fiddle And The Drum (Live)

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Track List: 3 Libras PT 1

1. 3 Libras

2. 3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix - Massive Attack)

3. Judith (Live)

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Track List: Deep Cuts

1. Sleeping Beauty (Acoustic)

2. Magdalena (Live)

3. Brena (Live)

4. Orestes (Demo)

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Track List: AMOTION

1. Judith (Renholder Mix)

2. 3 Libras (Feel My Ice Dub)

3. The Outsider (Apocalypse Remix)

4. Weak And Powerless (Tilling My Grave Mix)

5. The Outsider (Frosted Yogurt Mix)

6. Blue (Bird Shake Remix Mix)

7. 3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix)

8. The Hollow (Constantly Consuming Mix)

9. The Hollow (The Bunk Remix Mix)

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Track List: Emotive

1. Annihilation

2. Imagine

3. Peace, Love And Understanding

4. What's Going On

5. Passive

6. Gimmie Gimmie Gimme

7. People Are People

8. Freedom Of Choice

9. Let's Have A War

10. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums

11. When The Levee Breaks

12. Fiddle And The Drum

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Track List: Blue (remix)

1. Blue (remix)

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Track List: Thirteenth Step

1. The Package

2. Weak And Powerless

3. The Noose

4. Blue

5. Vanishing

6. A Stranger

7. The Outsider

8. Crimes

9. The Nurse Who Loved Me

10. Pet

11. Lullaby

12. Gravity

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Track List: Mer De Noms

1. The Hollow

2. Magdalena

3. Rose

4. Judith

5. Orestes

6. 3 Libras

7. Sleeping Beauty

8. Thomas

9. Renholder

10. Thinking Of You

11. Brena

12. Over

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Love A Perfect Circle! I love anything with Maynard on vocals! Huge fan! Love you guys!!
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I am powerless
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StickyTagz Keep Ta The Dry Beeches We Got U
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Best to keep things in the shallow end cuz I never quite learned how to swim
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All i listen to right now
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This is my s**t!!!
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Counting bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums
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Reminds me of preschool at labrea tar pits fishing for crayfish with meat on a string
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"Give me one more medicated peaceful moment"
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The record industry, producers and radio stations say if a song is over 4 minutes long than it's too long and the public will get bored with it. Well I'm guessing I'm not a part of the public......
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Pandora is trying to play Dreams from the Cranberries on my Candlebox Station does anybody else see anything wrong with this?
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mollycallen
AWESOME
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I wish I could see tool live now cause I saw them for the first time 5 years ago in Hawaii when I lived there to fuc*** sweet
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delone418
Hey redjedi why don't you go back in the barn with the other jackasses where you belong.
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Never said I need to fight God's battles... In fact to the contrary He fight's ours. I'm just sharing His Love in hopes that some will come to know Him....
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This is art. Opinions are part of it. Unfortunatel y yours is less popular and therefore, the populous (myself included) wish you to take your opinions elseware. God doesn't need you to fight his battles. Move along. Bye now. See ya. Go back to listening to Striper or the like. Don't worry be happy!
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Anthony ak A2thak
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What is that your best effort at trying to offend me Anthony....y o u should stop trying to offend people and dig deeper into why your laughing out loud dude.... you may find or fooling yourself...
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LMFAO @Indiana70
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Pandora just tried to play A-Ha (Take me on) on my Station. Really Pandora....
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If hate makes you feel good... Then you are headed in the wrong direction. Their are answers!
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i wish tool would come out with a new album
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If you added Collective Souls lyrics to Tool music, that would be an amazing combo... Rock on....
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No can do... Politics and religion are apart of music... Until the bands stop singing about it I'll stop posting comments about it on Pandora after all this is a COMMENT tread...... may we talk about deeper things that really matter....
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scootsbrowni n g
Why the f**k are tool lyrics under the microscope. Chance the station and f**k off.
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. . . I await the day that Pandora is treated like the Holiday dinner table: leave the politics and religion out of a place that should be for the music!
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of you life.Now you've started don't stop this is so freaky .But is you ignore them you will have bad luck.put this on 15 songs in 144 mins.When you are done push space bar then you crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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& ejamesbrewer 9 steps in to break up the monotony of the subject with childlessnes s .
Good JOB!
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Praying for you and your family Chad...
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Chad how can the value or your judgement of Christ be based on my actions. I'm not Him. That's like saying I don't like your best friend because your being unreasonable . All I've done is share His Love and i'll continue to do that even if it offends a few. There is a greater Hope and that's worth a few ruffled feathers my friend....
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The best part of chad ran in his mommas butt crack
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Chad adore must be an intolerant, illegal and terrorist loving liberal but job. This blasphemous prick sucks in not one but two bands.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday By the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on this screen. This is so freaky it actually works
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Indiana you're exactly the type of person that makes me want to literally run away from Christians. If Jesus exists he must not want people like me to be saved, because he chooses the worst kind of messengers.
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You two go get married
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Solid scope program your not understandin g what I'm saying. Read the comments. I said I love the guy and have forgiven him it's not for me to judge. There is judgment coming and I'm saying there is hope and He has a name. Even Maynard can be forgiven....
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solidscopepr o g r a m s
Tool has a song about this too ironicly enough. The pot. It's about people who hide behind a mask of religion to criticize and judge others. Yet they do all the same things they judge others for. Nobody in this world is perfect. If humanity wasn't flawed we wouldn't have any diversity. Everyone would be boring, the same and perfect. We would have no music, no art, no inspiration and no drive to move forward. It is through our flawed nature we have evolved and discovered. And it gives us a goal t
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Indiana please stop. You are making a fool of yourself and a mockery of your religion. Your obsession with Maynard is unhealthy. Also you so harshly judge and criticize him. The Bible teaches you to forgive your fellow neighbor and to leave the judgement of man to god. you can't begin to understand what lies in that man's heart. Yes you can get a picture fromhis songs but how he truly feels is only for him and God to know. Before you can begin to heal others you must first heal yourself. The amo
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Wish my home (family) had been filled with music. The airwaves were free and the choices were many.
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Evidently not jasondavis_3 3 you responded... .
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Are you talking to yourself Indiana?
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God is good all the time....
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Get the point. You see his lyrics (Music) hit the very heart of my soul and therefore I'm going to Comment on the Comment page... there is a better way , not ashamed to tell of His great Hope....
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You claimed all this time that you would die for me.
Why then are you so surprised when you hear your own eulogy?

He had a lot to say.
He had a lot of nothing to say.

Come down.
Get off your f**king cross.
We need the f**king space to nail the next fool martyr.

To ascend you must die.
You must be crucified
For our sins and our lies.
Goodbye...

Man this song is full of them...... . .
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Will you? Will you now?
Would you die for me?
Don't you f**king lie.


More Lies...
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Standing above the crowd,
He had a voice that was strong and loud.
We'll miss him.
We'll miss him.
Ranting and pointing his finger
At everything but his heart.
We'll miss him.
We'll miss him.

More lies...
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You see it's just not about his mothers death... His Mom's death may have caused this but he has a deep rooted hatred for our Savior. His LYRICS ie music Juan makes me feel DEEPLY saddened for him. This is the very definition of PASSION. The Passion that led Christ and nailed Him to the cross. His cup for our wrong doings...Ris i n g again for us conquering death so that we my have everlasting life...
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Eulogy, Judith and many more of his songs are lies....
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Eulogy ....


He had a lot to say.
He had a lot of nothing to say.
We'll miss him. <2x>

We're gonna miss him. <2x>

Yeah, so long.
We wish you well



Another Lie....
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