"I’m always excited to get the machine back up and going,” says guitarist Billy Howerdel.
It’s been six years since A Perfect Circle’s last proper U.S. tour and 13 years since the alt-metal mainstays released a studio album, but the band has “every intention” of ending both droughts in 2017, says 46-year-old guitarist Billy Howerdel. Last week’s spring tour announcement was coupled with the news that the band has begun work on its first album since 2004’s eMOTIVe, and Howerdel says that the group, led by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, sees the 21-date live trek — kicking off April 7 in Las Vegas — as a springboard to new studio ideas.
“We’re not promising anything, but I have every intention of doing my best to have us playing some new tracks during this run -- with the idea that new music is coming very soon after,” Howerdel tells Billboard. "It felt similar to me to the very first thing we ever did. When Maynard and I first started talking about working together in 1999, we collaborated on two songs, and the idea hatched to, ‘Let’s do a live show,’ and let that fire under our ass be what’s going to propel us to finish this music. … And we approached it the same way this year. I said, ‘We’re gonna do shows,' and with those shows there’s the hope of having some new music to go along with the shows. So let’s let that be the thing that puts us in a panic mode.”