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
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