A PERFECT CIRCLE SETS TITLE, RELEASE DATE FOR FOURTH STUDIO LP
A Perfect Circle will release its long-awaited fourth album, Eat The Elephant, on April 20th. The band has debuted a new song called "TalkTalk" from the disc, following earlier releases of the tracks "Disillusioned" and "The Doomed." Eat The Elephant will be A Perfect Circle's first collection of new studio recordings since the 2004 covers collection eMOTive.
Singer Maynard James Keenan said, "Although I'm extremely excited to finally be completing this album after a 14-year hiatus, I'm actually more excited that its intentional release date is serving a greater purpose. The 20th of April is Carina Round's birthday. She is a dear friend who is extremely difficult to shop for. Pressure off. Of course, I must also note that the potheads are gonna be thrilled that this album comes out on 4-20. May it serve as a glorious soundtrack to accompany all of the giggling and vexing sounds of nibbling and snacking. Fingers crossed, Cheech & Chong will be proud."
- Guitarist Billy Howerdel added, "Demos are these precious ideas that you love in their initial state. Then you collaborate, invite other ideas, and watch them progress. That's the dynamics and growth of a great record. I feel we've made a great record."
- Howerdel told us that he always knew A Perfect Circle would return: "I didn't have any doubts. We did have a couple of false starts, so maybe it would be two years later than I thought, maybe? But I always knew we'd be back."
- Pre-orders for the 12-song album are available now and come with instant digital downloads of all three previously heard songs. Eat The Elephant is being released in multiple formats, including digital, CD, double gatefold 180-gram vinyl and a box set with vinyl, CD and hi-res digital download as well as a prism and custom playing card deck.
- A Perfect Circle is set to hit a number of festivals this summer, including a headlining slot at Indio, California's Coachella Festival on April 15th and 22nd, plus events in Las Vegas, Dallas and Somerset, Wisconsin.
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- In addition to the three songs already issued, tracks on Eat The Elephant include the title cut, "The Contrarian," "So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish," "By And Down The River," "Delicious," "DLB," "Hourglass," "Feathers" and "Get The Lead Out."
- "Hourglass" and "Feathers" were both performed live last year by the band.
- Joining Keenan and Howerdel once again are James Iha on rhythm guitar, Matt McJunkins on bass and Jeff Friedl on drums, all of whom have appeared on the band's recent 2017 tours.
RUMOR: AC/DC TO MAKE ALBUM WITH AXL ROSE ON VOCALS
An unconfirmed report from a longtime Australian music journalist suggests that AC/DC will continue to record and tour, with 2016's tour vocalist Axl Rose staying on the mic for the band. Murray Engleheart, who has longstanding and deep ties within the Australian music scene, wrote on Facebook over the weekend, "Speculate all you want but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: AC/DC will continue with Axl on vocals -- new album, touring, the whole nine yards. What was a massive gamble by Angus (Young) turned out to be an equally enormous triumph that has set the scene for the future."
- Rose stepped in on vocals after severe hearing damage forced singer Brian Johnson off the road after 35 years with the group. Rose's stint on a North American and European tour was acclaimed by fans and critics.
- Johnson's exit was one of many difficult moments for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band during the promotional cycle for its 2014 album Rock Or Bust.
- The band recorded the LP without founding member Malcolm Young, who was suffering from dementia and died last year, while drummer Phil Rudd's arrest also prevented him from touring. They were replaced respectively by Stevie Young and Chris Slade. 40-year bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement at the end of the band's world tour as well.
- Co-founder and sole original member Angus Young has not indicated yet whether he intends to keep the band going. If he does plan to ask Axl to remain in the lineup, AC/DC would have to work around the ongoing Guns N' Roses' "Not in This Lifetime" tour.
Story source: Loudwire
HALESTORM DEBUTS NEW SONG
- Halestorm debuted a new song called "Black Vultures" at the opening show of its Canadian co-headlining tour with Stone Sour on January 27th in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance has been posted online. Halestorm is putting the finishing touches on its fourth album for a tentative mid-2018 release. (Blabbermouth)