A Perfect Circle Reveal If James Iha Contributed To New Album

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A new Guitar World article reveals that despite his lack of involvement in upcoming tour dates, James Iha contributed to A Perfect Circle’s new album Eat the Elephant.

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.”