Monday night, A Perfect Circle
and The Beta Machine
played an early show at the Broadmoor World Arena. Partway through that headlining set, singer Maynard James Keenan confirmed that, yes, A Perfect Circle will release a new album in 2018. And if our recent interview with guitarist Billy Howerdel
is anything to go by, the album should come out second quarter.
At the show, openers The Beta Machine played a brief but intense set of electronic-inflected rock, guitars more driving and textural than riffy. Claire Acey (vocals) and Nick Perez (guitar) form half the band, along with APC bassist Matt McJunkins (bass) and APC/Puscifer drummer Jeff Friedl (drums).
McJunkins and Friedl did an admirable job with their double-header, helping Billy Howerdel (guitar) and James Iha (guitar/keyboard) perform a selection of highlights and deep cuts, including two covers (John Lennon's "Imagine" and Depeche Mode's "People Are People") and the Massive Attack-remixed 3 Libras (All Main Courses mix) from 2004's remix album aMOTION
The quintet also stomped through new single "The Doomed," as well as "Hourglass" and "Feathers" from the upcoming album. And while APC's set stayed largely moody and intense, Keenan's signature sense of humor shone through at points. During the bridge of Mer de Noms
cut "Thinking of You," Keenan, hair done up in partial pigtails, skipped the vocals and whipped out a pair of shake weights.
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