A Perfect Circle React To Rumors That James Iha Quit For Smashing Pumpkins


A Perfect Circle have announced the following:

As you most likely have heard, James Iha’s original band, the Smashing Pumpkins, have announced a Summer tour that James will be taking part in. Because James will be busy gearing up for that tour he won’t be able to join us for our upcoming tour dates. James’ temporary replacement will be none other than our longtime friend and one of our favorite guitar players, Greg Edwards (Failure/Autolux). We want to reiterate that this is a temporary situation and James remains a part of A Perfect Circle.

Yesterday we reported:

Guitar World have up a new article on A Perfect Circle that reveals that James Iha will not be touring with A Perfect Circle in April due to his commitments to The Smashing Pumpkins.

With the help of guitarist James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), bassist Matt McJunkins and Puscifer drummer Jeff Friedl, Howerdel and Keenan finished Eat the Elephant in early 2018 and scheduled a tour. Then, in typical A Perfect Circle fashion, Smashing Pumpkins announced their reunion, which prevented Iha—who remains a member of APC—from touring with the band until June. In the interim, longtime friend of the band Greg Edwards (Failure, Autolux) will perform on the dates, which begin April 14 in Tucson, Arizona.

Remaining fluid through such transitions has kept Howerdel grounded. A Perfect Circle will always be his primary gig, but he realizes-everyone else in the band has different priorities. So when he writes these days, he keeps his options open for using the music in Ashes Divide, a film score or APC.

“When APC will reconvene is never exactly defined,” Howerdel admits. “That frustrating, for sure, but maybe that contributes a little bit to the magic that can happen when we do get together—that feeling of not being predictable, not punching a clock. There’s an artistic value to it. But I’d still prefer to tour, make a record, take a little break, then tour and make another record.”