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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
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Selected Discography

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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

7. 3 Libras (Live)

8. Gravity (Live)

9. Fiddle And The Drum (Live)

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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: 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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Never get enough of the Reverend Maynard!!!!!
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lovett8530
3 libras... Absolutely wonderful song
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Love!
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You don't see me
You don't see me at all
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Love
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Although MILLIONS disagree...T h e song Imagine from the Beatles SUCKS. That's my opinion...Wo r l d peace now that's a obtainable concept (rolling eyes) Go do some more DOPE, DOPERS. As long as Satan is the Prince of this world there will be NO peace between mankind. True Peace is found in the Prince of Peace that is Christ!
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Oh yea I love all of you btw
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rwb1239
I love tool and perfect circle. I don't know what I would listen to, Justin beber :0
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The Beatles of Imagine is the best Beatles cover song I've ever heard!
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Motor city sex you guyskick a**
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I wish that the Tapeworm project that Trent and Maynard were working on actually came to fruition..
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Anything Maynard is involved in is gold.
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Trump4Prez amirite
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Pet...What a deep song! The hurt, the pain and the will to protect...Do e s anybody get it? Who can protect us from ourselves? Love it!
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jasongiberso n
Amazing work of art!
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Ashley I told you if you don't want me to address you personally just say the word.....
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Really banned from what?
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Really?
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Indiana, flyinghomo, and fat nutsac all got banned? Hahahahahaha ! !
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Yes, and some idiot named "fat nutsac" who does nothing but constantly s**t talk bands on a music site isn't a waste of oxygen. ����
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djsjqjqjqj
Spamming Pandora is NOT "telling the world"
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djsjqjqjqj
You don't seem to understand that Pandora isn't the place to spew this crap... Nobody comes on here to be preached to
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Why should I listen to some hypocrite that doesn't tell you anything but the same thing over and over again? My cousin committed suicide because he was bullied at a church. Very dumb religion and very hypocritical
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Maynard would laugh at some of the s**t being spewed on this thread. Btw, anyone who knows Maynard and his band mates. Started out in a band called Children of the anachronisti c dynasty. I give a shout out to all the true lovers of all his music. Who actually understand his lyrics. Tool, APC. And Puscifer are all anti religious (im not just talkn about Christians either. So dont get wet panties over thinkn u r the religion he's bashing.) He is alerting the world of all fenced in ideas, expectat
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Addiction. This song sums it up. Bravo yet again! Message heard.
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You're not changing anyone's mind. Music can't influence religion.
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@Indiana70- I want to talk & read about......M U S I C ! That's what these artist and song pages are for. Pandora listeners come here to read comments relevant to that. Anything else, including the iPhone under pillow chain messages or you can make $10,000 in month spam and your religious messages are unwanted. People are annoyed by them. Same goes with politics :-) I'm sure most agree w/me but they don't have the cajones to say it. Good luck to u.
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I believe in God but this is not the place to preach about religion of ANY kind and to force your beliefs upon people. Especially when it's spoken ad nauseam all over Pandora. This is not the proper place. Maybe join a ministry? @indiana70
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I honestly don't care about religion in music. If the music is good, then I'll listen to it
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Deaf dumb and born to follow what you need someone strong to follow
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I like Sam Harris and this band.
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Freedom of religion is a right but this isn't Sunday school....th i s is suppose to be a blog on Perfect Circle songs... By and Down is just an awesome combination of music and lyrics. ..Maynard is a genius. I can find my spirit in most of what he writes about being an addict in recovery from a 20 yr battle with heroin. So relative.... .
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Keep your fantastical bullshit to yourself. Do you pray to the Jedi, as well? Same difference.
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@jcousineau. m i 1 0 0 2 - je ne sais pas, mais c'est tres ennuyeux! Beaucoup "p" s there
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Can someone tell me why this person is persistently proselytizin g on Pandora wow check out the alliteration
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aj04062
Go check out Puscifer!
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I enjoy macaroni salad more, but that's just me... I think God is macaroni salad... luckily neither of us are wrong
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I too am God Jeremy... Let's be God's together and make macaroni salad.
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I am God .
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A perfect circle is perfect
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APT= A Perfect Tool
APT is awesome

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I feel you. TOOL ROCKS FOREVER.
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All I have to say is f**k yeah to all the true tool fans n to the ones that aren't no one cares to hear your comments! Tool has been my fav band for almost 20 years n I have loved everything thing since that man has done! Well said bargasryan 'All things Tool are dear to me!' How can u not love it... u can cry to it, jam to it, party to it n f**k to it! Cant ask for more!
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Love Maynard. Anyone named Maynard is a great musician.
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Yeah, what's up with all the song pages not being available? Pet, also Gravity, I'm sure there's lots more. I'm listening to Gravity now, so good
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Mind Blowing!!!
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Only a little bit lost in a sea of s**t today...
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This music literally takes my breath away.
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tbofficial84
Since Pandora is censoring dialogue about "Pet", let's all talk about it here!
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The Hollow at 11:11pm. Yes!
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