Video channel to sponsor spring outing

A Perfect Circle will hit the road on a U.S. spring tour that will be sponsored by cable music video channel Fuse. Kicking off March 18 in Salt Lake City, the run is expected to last through an April 16 concert in Chicago. Opening acts for the tour have not yet been announced.

"The network's proactive interaction with the fans will make the live experience for us even more exciting," band co-founder/guitarist Billy Howerdel says in a statement.

APC will set off on a European tour next week, with the first show set for Jan. 14 in Rome. A swing of the South Pacific will take the band to New Zealand and Australia on the Big Day Out tour in February and to Japan in early March.

Like Fuse's sponsorship of the upcoming Simple Plan/MxPx tour, and past tours by the Deftones and Staind, the A Perfect Circle outing will be supported through broadcast and online elements such as contests and interviews. "This tour is about ultimately giving music fans experiences and opportunities they cannot get anywhere else," Fuse VP of marketing Mary Corigliano added.

A Perfect Circle is touring in support of its sophomore Virgin album, "Thirteenth Step." Released in October, the set debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 643,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.