A Perfect Circle Drummer Turns Up On Hoku CD

You would not expect the worlds of progressive art rock outfit A Perfect Circle and teen pop confection Hoku to collide at any point, but shockingly enough they do.

A Perfect Circle drummer and noted studio musician Josh Freese found himself in the credits of the debut album from the Hawaiian popster, the result of a random session all but forgotten by Freese... and apparently completely forgotten by Hoku's camp.

"She owes me money," Freese told MTV News on Monday. The drummer, whose credits also include work with Guns N' Roses and The Vandals, went on to explain, "I was glancing over at the TV when we were doing press at the hotel, and there was this game show on this afternoon and Screech [from 'Saved By The Bell'] was a panelist, and someone else, and then I saw this girl with blonde hair. I'm

going, 'How do I know

that girl? Oh, I recorded with her like two months ago... and I still haven't gotten paid.' I forgot I played on that thing until I saw her today."

"I will be representing the artist currently known as Josh Freese in this matter," [RealAudio] A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan joked.

These days, Freese is about as far from Hoku territory as one man can get, providing the beats that anchor A Perfect Circle's heady metal soundscapes. Playing behind the creative union of Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel, and alongside bassist Paz Lenchantin and guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, Freese and A Perfect Circle are currently making the rounds on Nine Inch Nails' U.S. tour.

The band's debut album, "Mer De Noms," arrives on May 23, and the group will promote its arrival even further with an appearance on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on May 16. If you'd rather

catch them

live, here's where to look:

  • 5/9 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • 5/12 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post
  • 5/13 - Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek
  • 5/14 - Charlotte, NC @ Blockbuster Pavilion
  • 5/17 - Miami, FL @ Miami Arena
  • 5/18 - Lakeland, FL @ Lakeland Center
  • 5/20 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
  • 5/22 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center
  • 5/23 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amphitheatre
  • 5/25 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
  • 5/27 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Riverport Amphitheatre
  • 5/28 - Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
  • 5/30 - Omaha, NE @ Omaha Civic Auditorium
  • 6/2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center
  • 6/4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Mem. Coliseum
  • 6/6 - Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
  • 6/7 - San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
  • 6/9 - George, WA @ The Gorge
  • 6/10 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
  • 6/12 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
  • 6/13 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
  • 6/15 -

    Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center

  • 6/17 - West Valley, UT @ E Center
  • 6/18 - Denver, CO @ TBA