A Perfect Circle embarks on the final stretch of an extended journey to promote their new release, Eat the Elephant.
As long as his hiatuses may be at times, Maynard Keenan seems to be on a showmanship splurge as of late. For its newest incarnation, Billy Howerdell's and Keenan's supergroup sent off the famed guitarist James Iha on tour with his "primary" band, the Smashing Pumpkins, and welcomed Greg Edwards of Failure and Autolux. Though the band had played more than 40 dates worldwide in 2017, a slew of dates was announced again back in February this year, ahead of their first album in the past 14 years, Eat the Elephant. The critically acclaimed LP, released (finally) in April, saw A Perfect Circle, reinvigorated by a political landscape even more worrisome than the one in 2004, come back in full swing.
The first leg of the tour featured a headlining show at Coachella and about 30 other gigs all over the U.S. and Europe, both at festivals and as stand-alone performances, while the Fall leg commenced on 20 October in Salt Lake City. In the meantime, the legendary alternative rock band unveiled a deluxe box set of Eat the Elephant, which includes (on top of the usual CD and vinyl editions) a custom deck of cards featuring band members, and a 58-minute visual recreation of the album by the Patti Smith documentarian, Steven Sebring; plot twist - the work is only properly consumed by placing a prism, which comes with the set, on top of one's cell phone, and using a downloadable app to project "hologram" images, for the viewer's pleasure.
The final stretch of the APC 2018 world tour kicked off on 2 December in Glasgow and will conclude on 19 December in Rome. One can only presume that Keenan will then return to the states to wrap up the new TOOL album with Adam Jones, Danny Carey, and Justin Chancellor, before their own world tour in 2019 (in his quarter of a century in the spotlight, Keenan has never been such a vagabond).
A small batch of tickets are still available for some of APC's shows, including the one in Tauron Arena in Krakow, from which PopMatters will be reporting. Find out more about A Perfect Circle's final dates on the band's official website.
12/02 – Glasgow, UK @ Scotland Glasgow Academy
12/03 – Manchester, UK @ Victoria Warehouse
12/05 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena Pavilion
12/06 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
12/07 – Antwerp, BE @ Lotto Arena
12/13 – Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle Hamburg
12/15 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena Krakow
12/16 – Vienna, AT @ Wiener Stadhalle
12/18 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum
12/19 – Rome, IT @ Palalottomatica