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After making the rounds with Nine Inch Nails and impressing that band's notoriously rabid fanbase, A Perfect Circle will kick off their own headlining tour Aug. 18 in Boston.
The brainchild of guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, the group is supporting its debut album, Mer de Noms. Sunna will be the tour's opening act.
The cross-country trek will once again find Howerdel and bandmates Josh Freese, Paz Lenchantin and Troy Van Leeuwen providing a bombastic musical backdrop for the soaring emotional vocals that have been Keenan's trademark with A Perfect Circle and Tool. The frontman, who seems to set the bar fairly high for himself in the studio, said he has no problem reaching that same intensity onstage.
"The music is what took me there to begin with," Keenan said. "As long as the music is there and the people that are playing are committed to pushing those rhythms and those notes and that geometry where it goes, you just go there. Like when Roberta Flack sings 'Killing Me Softly,' you can hear that song whenever, and if you're a fan of that song, it just gets you."
After the tour wraps in mid-September, Keenan is due to join his Tool bandmates (drummer Danny Carey, bassist Justin Chancellor and guitarist Adam Jones) to finish writing and begin recording Tool's long-awaited new album.
A Perfect Circle tour dates:
Aug. 18; Boston, Mass.; Avalon
Aug. 19; New York, N.Y.; Roseland
Aug. 20; Philadelphia, Pa.; Electric Factory
Aug. 21; Washington, D.C.; Nation
Aug. 23; Atlanta, Ga.; Tabernacle
Aug. 25; Detroit, Mich.; State Theatre
Aug. 26; Cleveland, Ohio; Agora
Aug. 27; Chicago, Ill.; Riviera Theatre
Aug. 29; Minneapolis, Minn.; TBA
Aug. 30; Kansas City, Mo.; Memorial Hall
Sept. 1; Denver, Colo.; TBA
Sept. 2; Salt Lake City, Utah; Salt Air Pavilion
Sept. 4; Seattle, Wash.; Paramount
Sept. 5; Portland, Ore.; TBA
Sept. 6; San Francisco, Calif.; Warfield
Sept. 8; Los Angeles, Calif.; Palladium
Sept. 10; San Diego, Calif.; TBA
Sept. 12; Phoenix, Ariz.; TBA
Sept. 14; Dallas, Texas; Bronco Bowl
Sept. 15; Austin, Texas; TBA
Sept. 16; Houston, Texas; Ariel Theatre