After six years off in which the world thought the band was dissolved, A Perfect Circle is back and is set for a West Coast tour in November.
In fact, the band will play three-night sets and each night will be one of its three albums played from start to finish. Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step and eMOTIVe are the three albums to be played.
An interesting fact about the pseudo-reunion, even though the band never officially broke up, is that former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha will rejoin the band after originally joining the group around 2003.
Recently, Mike Rothman spent some time with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who touched on his tumultuous past with his former bandmates, including Iha.
It was a sorrowful and heart-breaking Christmas for the family and friends of Vic Chesnutt, who died in a hospital in Athens, Georgia on December 25th. The 45 year old folk singer-songwriter had spent two days in a coma after attempting suicide by overdosing on muscle relaxers. The founders of Constellation records, Chesnutt’s label, released this statement:
"In the few short years that we knew him personally, Vic transformed our sense of what true character, grace and determination are all about. Our grief is inexpressible and Vic's absence unfathomable."
Oh sweet Billy Corgan, what is it about your misery that is so compelling? In recent news, the Smashing Pumpkins have lashed out against their fans and decided to stop touring all together. After their reunion album, Zeitgeist, and a recent 20th anniversary tour they have decided to call it quits as a band.
“There is no point,” says Corgan “people don't even listen to it all. They put it on their iPod; they drag over the two singles, and skip over the rest.” The band will instead be driving their sales with individually released singles and no live concerts. What a labor of love that will be.