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Published on October 17th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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It’s Not a Tool Album, But Maynard Returns with A Perfect Circle

It’s been more than eleven years since Tool released an album of new material, but we haven’t seen a full A Perfect Circle album since November 2, 2004. That’s 12 years, 11 months and 15 days ago. That hiatus has come to an end. Almost.

Yesterday, Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel dropped a new single called “The Doomed,” which they say is a taste of a full album due next year.

“Fourteen years have passed since we released eMOTIVe,” says Maynard. “A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

Check out this piece of symphonic-ish prog metal.

The band’s current line-up is Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), James Iha (Tinted Windows, ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine).

The question for Tool fans is “How does this impact the next Tool album?” Great question, but like everything Tool, the answer is elusive.

The first APC tour starts this week at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento. Here’s the full itinerary.

October 21  Sacramento, CA  Aftershock Festival
October 23  Colorado Springs, CO  Broadmoor World Arena
October 25  Albuquerque, NM  Tingley Coliseum
October 26  El Paso, TX  Don Haskins Center
October 28  Toluca, Mexico  Knotfest Mexico
October 30  Knoxville, TN  Thompson-Boling Arena
November 1  Fairfax, VA  EagleBank Arena
November 2  Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
November 4  Reading, PA  Santander Arena
November 5  Uncasville, CT  Mohegan Sun Arena
November 7  Camden, NJ  BB&T Pavilion
November 8  Boston, MA  Agganis Arena
November 10  Portland, ME  Cross Insurance Center
November 11 Albany, NY  Times Union Center
November 12  Syracuse, NY  The OnCenter Arena
November 14  Montreal, QC  Place Bell
November 15  Toronto, ON  Air Canada Centre
November 17  Pittsburgh, PA  Petersen Events Center
November 18  Cleveland, OH  Wolstein Center
November 19  Highland Heights, KY  BB&T Arena
November 21  Detroit, MI  Fox Theatre
November 22 Grand Rapids, MI  The DeltaPlex Arena
November 24  Chicago, IL  UIC Pavilion
November 25  St. Paul, MN  Xcel Energy Center
November 28  Spokane, WA  Spokane Arena
November 30  Vancouver, BC  PNE Coliseum
December 1  Seattle, WA  Key Arena
December 2  Portland, OR  Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
December 4  Eugene, OR  Matthew Knight Arena



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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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