At Maynard James Keenan’s live interview in Los Angeles last night, Billy Howerdel was the moderator. Keenan and Howerdel confirmed that A Perfect Circle will tour next year, and that they have been working on new songs. The band will also perform at the Hollywood Bowl on May 7, 2017, according to Keenan.
A Perfect Circle have been inactive for the last few years, last releasing a new track titled “By and Down” on a greatest hits collection in 2013. Billy Howerdel discussed the track in a November 2013 interview with Alternative Nation.
“I guess it seemed to make sense to go on the best of record. Like I said I didn’t pick the tracklisting, but I’m glad that was an idea that was presented to me to put it on the Three Sixty release. I feel personally it’s [one of the] top 3, top 5 A Perfect Circle songs, in my opinion. It felt like, if I was going to give somebody our body of work and if I had to give them just a few songs, that song would definitely be on it. The idea to release that as a new record, we talked about that, if it was going to be on the next batch of songs. It seemed like the right time, enough time had gone by and we had played that song enough that people were familiar with it. But who knows, it just seemed like the right time to do it.”
He also discussed the progress of a new A Perfect Circle album in the interview, “Yeah there are fully developed songs without lyrics and melody as far as I know. I’ve given Maynard a few, I don’t know how many I’ve given him over the years. But as far as the music end goes, I’ve got 75% of the foundation of [the next] A Perfect Circle record ready to go. I think that all will change once Maynard gets involved and he has more time to focus on it. All those things can change and get ripped up, or maybe stay the same. He might just sing over them the way they are, and then I’ll tighten them up from there. Time will tell, in the beginning of the band that’s the way it was. I had songs that were pretty well realized, and Maynard sang on them. Who knows, it could go back to that or we could find a different direction.”