Here’s Pet for you, one of my fav APC songs! I love how this video came out, I think I finally found a cool little team to work with that I really like, and it only took me about 8 years ? HUGE thanks to my small group of amazing supporters who literally make any and all of this possible – my Patrons!

Album: Thirteenth Step

Released: September 16, 2003
Label: Virgin

Album Cover – Thirteenth Step

A Perfect Circle (often abbreviated as APC) is an American rock supergroup formed in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan. APC was originally conceived by Billy Howerdel, a former guitar technician for Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Fishbone and Tool. Howerdel met singer Maynard James Keenan in 1992, when Tool was opening for Fishbone, and the two became friends. Three years later, Keenan offered Howerdel, who was looking for lodging, a room in his North Hollywood home. This provided Howerdel the opportunity to play demos of his music for Keenan. Pleased with what he heard, Keenan remarked, “I can hear myself singing [those songs].” Although he originally desired a female vocalist, Howerdel agreed that Keenan would be a good fit, and A Perfect Circle was formed a short time later.[5] The two rounded out the band’s initial lineup with bassist and violinist Paz Lenchantin, former Failure guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and Primus drummer Tim Alexander.

Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan

Thirteenth Step is the band’s second studio album, released on September 16, 2003. The album sold well, charting at the number 2 position on the Billboard 200 in its premiere week, selling over 231,000 copies and staying on the charts for 78 weeks. The album went on to be certified as gold on November 4, 2003 and as platinum on March 24, 2006 by the RIAA. Three singles were released from the album, “Weak and Powerless”, which topped both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks, followed by “The Outsider” and “Blue”, which also charted on the respective charts.

Writing for the album started while Keenan was still touring with his other band, Tool, in support of their 2001 album Lateralus. Howerdel would write most of the music, while Keenan would write most of the lyrics. As such, Howerdel would send work in progress instrumental he would create, and Keenan would write lyrics in between shows, a process they found to be efficient, but ultimately more difficult to balance than they initially expected. Keenan’s work with Tool was not the only thing delaying work on the album, as progress was also hampered by other lineup changes, including guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen leaving to be a member of Queens of the Stone Age, and bassist Paz Lenchantin leaving to be a member of Zwan, leading to their contributions to the album being limited to only a few tracks. Lenchantin would be replaced by Marilyn Manson bassist Jeordie White, while Van Leeuwen would be replaced by Danny Lohner on the album and later James Iha for touring purposes, as Iha did not actually perform on the album.

A Perfect Circle live in concert

Fun Fact

APC’s Billy Howerdel nearly lost one of the band’s songs – literally. The track “Vanishing,” which appears on APC’s second album Thirteenth Step, was supposed to be on the band’s debut album Mer Des Noms, but Howerdel couldn’t find the file for it on his computer. He’d named the file “Test” thinking that it would be thrown away but fortunately he eventually found the file years later. The song was re-recorded and released in 2003.

A Perfect Circle

Video Credits

Filmed by Marc Liscio @ 1st Degree Entertainment
Drums Mixed by Kevin Majorino
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