Maynard James Keenan Talks Tool And A Perfect Circle On Lars Ulrich’s “It’s Electric!”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich recently interviewed Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) for his Beats 1 show “It’s Electric!.” You can check out the full chat below, along with some excerpts [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

Keenan on the long lengths of time between new A Perfect Circle and Tool albums:

“There’s a lot of timing issues with TOOL getting to the studio, I always try to gauge where they’re at, how things are going, and if I see a window where, ‘Okay, doesn’t seem like things are going to get done any time soon…’ The window might expand based on me going ‘I’m gonna go do something then.’ That’s why you had a lot of PUSCIFER for many years.

“I felt like if I was to go back and I do another PUSCIFER record, someone was gonna sneak into my bedroom and slit my throat, so I figured I’d go and call Billy [Howerdel, A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist] and see where he’s at with music.”

Keenan on staying creative without chasing trends or consciously trying to appeal to the youth:

“Just be okay with not being part of the future, if you can get your head around the fact that you’re not going to be part of the next generation’s focus.”

“It gets easier to get lazy, so the only way to really do that is to always try to figure out some way to take yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you can get outside your comfort zone, you can then tap into things that are in a way fresh. I guess you could chalk it up to staying relevant. At our age now, you see a lot of artists coming out of the woodwork trying to clearly desperately trying to remain relevant, that stinks. That’s just stenchy.”

The first part of the “It’s Electric!” episode featuring Keenan will officially be released on April 22, while the second part will officially be released on April 29.


A Perfect Circle Premiere New Song “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish”

A Perfect Circle have premiered a new song titled “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish.” This track is from the band’s new album “Eat The Elephant,“ which will be released on April 20. Maynard James Keenan commented:

“We all cope with the absurd in our own manner. The Italian side of me produces and shares wine with friends in order to feel grounded and connected in the midst of all the madness. But once the wine is gone, the drunk and sarcastic Irish side of me goes straight for the unreasonable jugular. #comedyfirstandalways”

James Iha To Miss A Perfect Circle’s Upcoming Touring

With Smashing Pumpkins set to hit the road on a reunion tour, guitarist James Iha will now be missing A Perfect Circle’s upcoming touring. In his absence, Failure’s Greg Edwards will be filling in.

The band commented:

“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.”

A Perfect Circle will released their new album “Eat The Elephant“ on April 20, and currently have the following dates scheduled:

04/14 Tucson, AZ – Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
04/15 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/17 Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
04/18 San Jose, CA – San Jose State University Events Center
04/20 Las Vegas, NV – Las Rageous
04/22 Indio, CA – Coachella
05/12 Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
05/15 Omaha, NE – Baxter Arena
05/16 Columbia, MO – Mizzou Arena
05/18 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
05/22 Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
05/25 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
05/26 Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
06/01 Nuremberg, GER – Rock Am Ring
06/02 Nurnberg, GER – Rock Im Park

Ghost Drop Off Las Rageous Festival, A Day To Remember Added

Ghost have dropped off the 2018 Las Rageous festival. The band commented:

“Due to unforeseen production delays, Ghost regretfully will not be able to appear at the Las Rageous festival next month in Las Vegas, NV. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing our friends in Las Vegas very soon.”

With them gone, A Day To Remember will now be taking their place at the festival. The event will be held at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on April 20-21, and the updated daily lineups can be seen below:

April 20: A Perfect Circle, A Day To Remember, Clutch, Underoath, Beartooth, Pop Evil, New Years Day, Vyces, and Otherwise.

April 21: Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, In This Moment, Saxon, Hollywood Undead, Black Star Riders, Adelitas Way, Joyous Wolf, Ded, and Bad Wolves.

A Perfect Circle Premiere “Disillusioned” Video

A Perfect Circle have premiered a new video for their song “Disillusioned.” The track is now available on a new 10” along with “The Doomed”, and it will also appear on the band’s new album “Eat The Elephant” (out April 20).

A Perfect Circle, Stone Temple Pilots, Jonathan Davis, Etc. Set For 2018 KFMA Day Festival

A Perfect Circle, Stone Temple Pilots, Jonathan Davis (Korn), 10 Years, Two Feet, and Vista Kicks have all been booked for the 2018 Rock 102.1 KFMA Day festival. That event will take place at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson, AZ on April 14.