MTV News will present a one hour special designed to give viewers "an in-depth look at the not-so-perfect turbulence and triumph of A Perfect Circle". Included will be an interview with Maynard James Keenan, cuts from Thirteenth Step and the "scoop" behind the album's title. Yeah, it's MTV, and I don't have high hopes that this will reveal to the world anything new, exciting or shocking, but I thought I'd pass along the info anyway. You never know. Showtimes are as follows: Monday, January 5th at 6 a.m., 12 Noon and 6 p.m.; Saturday, January 10th at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. All times are Eastern Standard Time.
Along with his growing list of musical credits, "photographer" can now be added to Jeordie's resume. His newest artistic venture has him receiving credit as one of several photographers contributing to photos and artwork on Skew Siskin's newest release entitled Album of the Year. The photo taken by Jeordie, which appears on page 16 of the album's accompanying booklet, can be viewed here. Skew Siskin begins a European tour starting in late February/early March. For more information on the band, you can visit their official website at www.skewsiskin.net. Thanks to twikkie for the info.
In other news, the EP which Jeordie produced for SoCal rockers March several months ago can now be purchased for $5.99 plus shipping and handling by going to this location.
A Perfect Circle have added a second Sydney date to their Australian tour and now will be playing the Hordern Pavillion on February 21st as well as the 20th. Tickets for the February 21st show go on sale Saturday, January 5th at 9:00 a.m. at this location.
For those who have been wondering whether Jeordie will still have a role in the upcoming "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!" animated film as announced several months ago, yes, he is still involved and will, in fact, be recording his part during A Perfect Circle's current break from touring. The film is currently scheduled for an April 2004 release. Thanks to John Roecker for the update.
According to the Melissa Auf der Maur fansite Firecrasher, Melissa will open for A Perfect Circle on their European trek. It is not clear whether this will be for the entire tour or for select dates. Jeordie and James are two of the many artists who contributed to Melissa's solo album, due to be released in the first half of the new year.
Finally, a third review of the December 9 Grand Rapids show from popmatters.com has been added to the Reviews page. A popular show, this one.
The final status on the Desert Sessions Tonight Show appearance is that it has been cancelled. There is no information at this time indicating that it will be rescheduled.
The Desert Sessions performance on the Tonight Show, which had been scheduled for December 18th, now seems to be up in the air. The latest listing on the guest calendar shows the Desert Sessions as having been removed and replaced with "Music - TBA". I will keep checking to see if it turns up again, perhaps on another night.
You might want to check out the Jay Leno show on Thursday, December 18th. According to this website as well as the official page, that night's show will feature a Desert Sessions performance. No word yet on who, besides Josh Homme, will participate, but since A Perfect Circle will be on break, it's certainly a possibility that Jeordie could show up as well as Josh Freese, who also took part in the recording of the album. If I come up with any further info on this, I'll be sure to pass it along. Thanks to skwerl for the early warning on this one.
The release of Melissa Auf Der Mauer's solo album, on which Jeordie makes a guest appearance along with APC bandmate James Iha, is now set for February 2, 2004 internationally and May 4, 2004 here in the U.S.
A Perfect Circle plays Fargo, ND tonight, where Jeordie took the time to speak with the local press. The interview can be read here. A brief audio clip of the interview in mp3 format has been added to the Audio page.
Australian tour dates have been confirmed for February 2004 as follows:
February 19 • Brisbane • Convention Center
February 20 • Sydney • Hordern Pavillion
February 24 • Melbourne • Festival Hall
February 25 • Adelaide • Entertainment Center
February 27 • Perth • Robinson Pavillion
For advance ticket information, click here. These are the dates that have been announced so far; perhaps more dates are to be added, perhaps not. If more information comes my way, I'll let everyone know.
In a recent interview, Amen's Casey Chaos was asked if he thought Headband, the collaboration between himself, Jeordie and members of Queens of the Stone Age, would ever release an album. Saying he would love for it to happen, Casey explained as follows:
"I think Headband probably will [release an album] at some point. Because, I think with Headband... they're neighbors of mine, they live right down the road from me, we're friends, and I think... I hope it happens. I mean I would really love for it to happen. But the only thing now, though, is that Twiggy's in A Perfect Circle, so I think it's going to be less likely, but, who knows? Maybe we'll leak the demos. The rehearsal tapes. Because that was... Josh [Homme] and I were just beating ourselves, just going 'Man, we should have had, like, an eight track or something. Anything. Because if we would have had something set up it would have been done. We all had ideas. We all came up with songs."
To read the full interview, go here. If you are a fan of Amen, this one's definitely a must-read.
Another review of the 11/20 Syracuse show has been added to the Reviews page and new tour dates in Spain and Germany have been added to APC's European Tour. Also note that there has been a slight scheduling change to the dates in Strasbourg and Lyon.
"The music lasts forever, the celebrity -- it dies out eventually." An interview that Jeordie did with Massachusetts Daily Collegian has been added to the Press page.
I normally don't bother with record reviews since, even if it's a good review, it's usually just the same old shit and not very in-depth, wherein you wonder if the reviewer ever really listened to the album. This one from knac.com, however, I thought was a good read, not to mention the fact that the reviewer gives Jeordie a thumbs up right from the get-go . Click here to read the article. [Thanks to fahQ for finding this one.]
With both shows having sold out within minutes of going on sale last night, KROQ has now confirmed the line up for the Almost Acoustic Christmas show being held on December 13th and 14th at the Universal Ampitheatre in Los Angeles. A Perfect Circle will NOT be playing either night.
A review from APC's show in Syracuse last night has been added to the Reviews page. In other tour-related news, two more dates have surfaced for APC's European trek,those dates being January 26th in Zurich, Switzerland (Volkshaus) and the 27th in Vienna, Austria (Bank Austria Halle). Dates for Japan and Australia are expected to be announced shortly.
If you haven’t already seen the news at aperfectcircle.net, it is strongly rumored that APC will be among the acts to play the KROQ Acoustic Christmas show to be held at the Universal Ampitheatre in Los Angeles on December 13 and 14. Tickets go on sale tonight at 7 p.m. (check KROQ’s official website for more information), but the catch is that the lineup won’t be officially announced until tomorrow morning at 7:15 a.m. and therefore it is not known which day APC would be playing if they do indeed play. So, if you’re the gambling sort – this one’s for you. Other acts rumored to be appearing are Jane’s Addiction, The White Stripes, Linkin Park, AFI, The Distillers, The Deftones, and No Doubt.
Jeordie phoned in to Ames, Iowa radio station 101.5 Channel Q earlier this afternoon to do a short interview, which is now available on the Audio page. For some reason, you can't just click on the link of this one to listen (I couldn't, anyway); instead, you will have to right click and save it to your media files, and then right click on the file and select the option to open in Media Player. It will also play in Creative PlayCenter2. [Thanks to "Larry Dallas" @ 101.5 for passing along the audio].
Paul Schulte, lead vocalist for Orange County rockers March, was recently interviewed by troublebunchmusic.com and talked a little bit about working with Jeordie as the band's producer for their newly released EP. "It was good. He's really cool. You know, initially when he was brought to the table I was concerned 'cause I'm not a huge Manson fan per se but I do respect what they do. But after meeting him and talking to him, he's pretty much a regular guy." says Paul. "He was involved and played on all the songs a little bit here and there, guitar mostly but the production got cut short 'cause they [A Perfect Circle] started touring, so he didn't really get to complete it." He explains that Jeordie helped them achieve the sound they were looking for. "That's the reason why we picked him because he had a lot of the same ideas that we wanted to do in the studio. We didn't really want that huge thin metal guitar sound. He helped us to get more root rock, more alternative type guitar sound like what's in 'Me:Alone.'" Go here to read the interview in its entirety.
A review of the Pompano Beach show from the Miami Herald has been added to the Reviews page and another photo from Voodoo Music Experience has been added to the Live photo gallery and can be viewed here.
We went through the ever-changing release info while waiting for Desert Sessions Vol. 9&10 to drop, and it looks like we're in for more of the same regarding the Melissa Auf Der Mauer solo album. While both MTV and Rolling Stone are going with the February release, an article over at billboard.com today indicates a late spring release instead. Not even sure it's worth guessing as to whose info is correct, since it will more than likely continue to evolve anyway.
A little heads up for Jeordie/APC fans in and around Amsterdam: aperfectcircle.net reports today that APC will more than likely be playing there on February 12 at the Heineken Music Hall. Hopefully we can expect an official confirmation soon regarding this date and the entire European tour.
Melissa Auf Der Mauer's solo album, on which Jeordie makes a guest appearance, is now set for a February 2004 release by Capitol Records. Produced by Chris Goss, the album will also feature appearances by A Perfect Circle's James Iha, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri and Troy Van Leeuwen, Mark Lanegan, Foo Fighters' drummer Dave Grohl and ex-Zwan/APC bassist Paz Lenchantin.
Here is an update on A Perfect Circle’s touring plans for those who aren’t already aware. The current leg of the U.S. tour is scheduled to wrap up on either December 12th or 13th – it’s still not clear whether the Kansas City show scheduled for the 13th is on or not – and, while not yet confirmed, a tour of New Zealand and Australia is likely to take place possibly in January. It also appears that the band will indeed be returning to Europe sometime in January, as aperfectcircle-france is showing them as playing Paris on January 31st. It is expected that a massive U.S. tour will take place in the Spring of 2004, with dates in Canada likely as well. Overall, expect to see APC on the road until Summer 2004.
A review from tonight's tour opener in San Antonio, TX is now up on the Reviews page. To elaborate a bit on the review's rather sketchy description of the costumes worn by the band, Jeordie came out sporting the Mechanical Animals era Twiggy look, James was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Billy was a "drunken gay sailor" as stated by Maynard, and Josh appeared to have adopted the Devo look (my view of him was somewhat obstructed, so I'm not sure on that one). As stated in the review, Maynard was Shakes the Clown. What the review also doesn't mention is the jam that took place at the end of the show, continuing even through the house lights coming on (and house music, which Jeordie demanded be turned off) and the crew was tearing down the stage. Highlight: Metallica's "Master of Puppets", with Jeordie on guitar and vocals, Billy on bass and Josh on drums. All in all, another amazing effort on the part of A Perfect Circle!
With A Perfect Circle's tour gearing up again in San Antonio, Texas this Friday, Halloween night, Jeordie has spoken to San Antonio's Express-News regarding his transition from Marilyn Manson's Twiggy to A Perfect Circle's Jeordie White. The interview has been posted on the Press page and can be read by clicking here.
A new interview from German magazine Orkus has been translated by New Model No. 15 and is the latest addition to the Press page and two new photos have been added to the Live gallery. Also, just a reminder that A Perfect Circle will be featured on Rockline tonight starting at 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time. For those who don't get Rockline in their neck of the woods, you can listen on line by going to wrif.com.
A new tour date has shown up on the APC official site’s tour schedule. The band will be performing on December 8th in South Bend, Indiana at the Morris Performing Arts Center. In the meantime, the December 13th date in Kansas City has disappeared, although it was still listed in the mailing that went out yesterday to those who are signed up on the mailing list. Go figure. If I hear anything further on the status of this date, I’ll be sure to post it.
An interview with Jeordie from today's online edition of Billboard Magazine has been added to the Press page.
A Perfect Circle will appear on the syndicated radio program Rockline on October 27th between 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time. You can phone in with questions during the broadcast at 1-800-344-7625. Not sure which members will be interviewed, but I thought I'd let everyone know just the same. For a list of radio stations carrying Rockline, go to www.rocklineradio.com.
Another new show to report on APC's itinerary. According to this location, the band will be playing the Hara Arena in Dayton, OH on November 28. Tickets go on sale on October 25, presumably through Ticketmaster. And to follow up on the discrepancy regarding A Perfect Circle's Wisconsin appearance, Ticketmaster has now updated its site to confirm that the band will be playing the Milwaukee Theater on November 30 after all. The date is also listed on the Milwaukee Theater's website.
A new photo has been added to the Candid gallery, taken from the photo gallery on the enhanced version of the Desert Sessions 9&10 CD. There is also a short video included with this CD which shows more footage of Jeordie at Rancho de la Luna, where the writing and recording of this latest Desert Sessions installment was done over a period of a eight days back in February 2003. The enhanced version is available through www.101cd.com.
A lot of stuff today...
The EP that Jeordie produced for Orange County-based March is now available online in mp3 format at this location. The EP will also be available at their October 22nd show at the Anaheim, CA House of Blues and on the band's official website when it is revamped soon. You can request a CD by sending an email to email@example.com. [Thanks to Kaeden a/k/a Mastin Kipp]
Another string of tour dates has been confirmed as follows:
November 30 • Milwaukee Theatre • Milwaukee, WI
December 2 • Stephans Auditorium • Ames, IA
December 4 • Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium • Fargo, ND
December 5 • Xcel Energy Center • St. Paul, MN
December 6 • US Cellular Center • Cedar Rapids, IA
December 9 • Deltaplex • Grand Rapids, MI
December 11 • Shrine Mosque • Springfield, MO
December 12 • Pershing Auditorium • Lincoln, NE
December 13 • Municipal Auditorium • Kansas City, MO
Although APC's official site lists the December 9 Grand Rapids date as being in Iowa, this must be a typo as I have found that the Deltaplex is in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I don't think there even is a Grand Rapids in Iowa.
According to an article at mtv.com, A Perfect Circle are in the process of choosing between "Blue" and "The Outsider" for the next single, with Jeordie opting for the latter. "It's the one track that sticks out and seems really strong to me," he said. "I think it's a high point in the record because it's very aggressive and it's surrounded by some more moody material, which makes that song even better." It's also been revealed that Jeordie intervened when Maynard insisted on making changes to the material which Billy had previously written for the album. "I tried to mediate some of the differences and play the middle man since I was not as close to the songs as they were," White said. "Billy felt married to the way the songs were, so he took offense at being asked to change them. But that's the whole point of the writing relationship. If everyone agreed on everything it would probably come out pretty boring."
Jeordie also talks a little bit about the video which accompanies "Weak and Powerless" and those of you confused as to the meaning of the video will find yourself in good company. "I have absolutely no idea what it means," he said. "There's some girl in a forest throwing snakes into a hole. I'm as confused as you are. I'm just glad I didn't have to be involved. Press photos and videos can be a little silly because you see yourself posing in pictures and you start to believe your own hype. I like not being in the videos and letting the music speak for itself. No one makes live videos anyway. You're just pretending to play your instruments, so it's all a big hoax that I'd rather not be a part of."
To read the rest of the article, click here.
The St. Paul, MN show, originally listed on APC's official website for December 10 and then subsequently removed, is now confirmed to be taking place on December 5 at the Xcel Energy Center. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, with a presale through radio station 93X starting on Friday, October 10th. Go to their website for details.
A Perfect Circle have pulled out of performing at Australia's Big Day Out in January according to the festival's official website. It is, however, looking more likely that the band will undertake a tour of their own in lieu of appearing at BDO. Pay no attention to some rather colorful rumors circulating at the moment regarding the reasoning behind the cancellation; it appears that a shift in the scheduling, resulting in an undesirable time slot for the band, is the real culprit here. Thanks to Skwerl at aperfectcircle.net for getting to the bottom of this.
Go to deadohiosky.net for some new audio clips of an impromtu jam which took place at the end of A Perfect Circle’s Astoria gig on October 2nd. The jam features Jeordie (on guitar and vocals), Billy (on drums) and James playing snippets of songs from artists such as Metallica, the White Stripes, Motley Crue and Marilyn Manson.
A brief interview from Bass Guitar magazine has been added to the Press page and a review of APC's Berlin show can now be found on the Reviews page. Also, the Live and Group/Promotional galleries have been updated with new photos (3 and 1, respectively).
Dates for Japan have been added to APC's tour itinerary. The band will play Osaka on October 16th (Shinsaibashi Club Quatro) and Tokyo on October 18th (Shinjyuki Liquid Room).
Big Day Out 2004 dates have been confirmed as follows:
January 16 • Auckland
January 18 • Gold Coast
January 23 • Sydney
January 26 • Melbourne
January 30 • Adelaide
February 1 • Perth
Additionally, more tour dates – cities only, no venues -- have been announced at aperfectcircle.com as follows:
Monday, November 17 • Columbus, OH
Tuesday, November 18 • Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, November 20 • Syracuse, NY
Friday, November 21 • Durham, NH
Saturday, November 22 • Portland, ME
Monday, November 24 • Providence, RI
Tuesday, November 25 • Wallingford, CT
Wednesday, November 26 • Albany, NY
Friday, November 28 • TBA, OH
Saturday, November 29 • Louisville, KY
Wednesday, December 10 • St. Paul, MN
Expect A Perfect Circle to be third in line when the official Big Day Out 2004 lineup is announced on Friday morning, preceeding The Strokes and headliners Metallica. Other acts include The Mars Volta and Peaches.
"Crawl Home", which features PJ Harvey on vocals and Jeordie on "non-surf" guitar, will be the first single off the newly-released Desert Sessions Vol. 9 & 10. A video has already been shot, although it appears the only players featured are Josh Homme and PJ Harvey. There is also talk of a live Desert Sessions peformance sometime this Fall on The Jay Leno Show, but of course whether or not Jeordie could participate depends on his being able to work around his touring schedule with A Perfect Circle
Thirteenth Step debuted on the charts this week at #2, with sales of just over 225,000 units.
The interview in Visions that goes along with yesterday's photo has been translated from German to English and transcribed by New Model No. 15. Each band member is interviewed individually. To read the interview(s), go here.
The UK version of Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10 will have something that the U.S. release apparently won't -- a photo gallery and behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. Pre-orders are being taken at www.101cd.com for £ 9.99 which includes shipping if you are in the UK. For orders outside the UK, a shipping charge will apply. If you are ordering from the US, the shipping charge is £ 3.00, which would bring the total to approximately U.S. $21.00. Note that while the U.S. pre-order through RekordsRekords indicates a release date of September 23, it is shown here as having an October 6 release.
Just a note to let everyone know that aperfectcircle.net is now up and running, although some of the sections are still under construction. Keep checking back for more material to be added and especially keep an eye on the Multimedia page, which is reputed to contain one of the best APC media libraries on the internet.
Jeordie recently spoke to Launch Media to shed a little more light on the reasons behind his departure from Marilyn Manson. While insisting that the "Twiggy" makeup and costume was part of his personality, he says that he doesn't miss playing the role at all. "You know, ninety percent of the time in Manson, during the years I meant it, you know, it was a real extension of myself and I was really expressing myself and I was honest." he says. "But, towards the end, it got to be more of a job, so I kind of wanted to explore being a musician more than, um, you know, just a performer."
Congratulations to A Perfect Circle for putting out what has to be one of the best albums of the year, a truly amazing piece of work!
A Perfect Circle's official site has put up in Real Audio format a roughly hour long interview aired last night on Seattle's 107.7 The End, which features Jeordie, Josh and Billy and debuts tracks from the new album. For anyone who is unable to listen, an in-depth written run-down of the interview can be found here, courtesy of StigmA.
The first round of U.S. tour dates have been confirmed as follows:
Friday, October 31 • Freeman Coliseum • San Antonio, TX
Saturday, November 1 • Reliant Arena • Houston, TX
Sunday, November 2 • Voodoo Festival • New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, November 4 • Bayfront Auditorium • Pensacola, FL
Wednesday, November 5 • Boutwell Auditorium • Birmingham, AL
Friday, November 7 • USF Sundome • Tampa, FL
Saturday, November 8 • Pompano Beach Ampitheatre • Pompano Beach, FL
Sunday, November 9 •Moran Theater • Jacksonville, FL
Tuesday, November 11 • Hard Rock Live • Orlando, FL
Thursday, November 13 • Knoxville Coliseum • Knoxville, TN
Friday, November 14 • MidSouth Coliseum • Memphis, TN
Saturday, November 15 • Municipal Auditorium • Nashville, TN
Monday, November 17 • Venue TBA • Baltimore, MD
According to the Calendar Section of the Los Angeles Times, APC will also play the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on October 24th. There is no official confirmation on that one yet, however.
An interview from the November 2003 issue of Guitar World is now available on the Press page and can be viewed here. A photo from this same issue has also been added to the Group/Promo gallery and can be viewed here. A big thanks to Brian a/k/a/ B.Diddy a/k/a McPherson a/k/a Brv1983@aol.com for scanning the interview and sending it over.
One of the first (if not *the* first) tour dates of APC's Fall U.S. tour has surfaced through Ticketmaster. The date is Friday, October 31st in San Antionio, TX at the Freeman Coliseum. Information regarding the on-sale date is not yet available.
With the release of Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10 getting closer (scheduled for release on September 23rd or October 7th, depending on which source you consult), Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme talked to this week's New Musical Express, going into detail about each track on the album. Since this might be of interest to some, what with Jeordie's involvement in the project, Josh's comments have been added to the Press page.
A Perfect Circle is featured in this week's Kerrang! magazine. The photos, one of which is a cover shot, have been added to the Group/Promo gallery. The interview is with the entire band and an excerpt featuring Jeordie reads as follows:
Sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of one of APC's two tour buses alongside a smiling Josh Freese, now shorn of his temporary facial appendages, Jeordie White, who replaced APC's original bassist Paz Lenchantin, (she left to follow another bald Billy in Zwan, and has since left that band too), is pausing for a second before answering the question he gets asked in every interview. His voice is slow and soothing, and a pair of piercing brown eyes stare out from his Picasso-esque features. The question, of course, is how being in APC compares to being in MM.
"It's like starting a relationship with somebody; you can't really compare them to each other. This band is definitely a group of equals," White begins. Wearily.
Whereas MM was ...
"I didn't say that," he snaps. "Don't put words into my mouth. I just said this is a group of equals. It's a relationship with four other people.
It came together real quick. Playing together, getting drunk together. Doing magic tricks together ..."
I will try to have the entire interview up sometime next week. Thanks to Xerxius, suicidedoll and lindalou for all of the above.
A couple of brief items to report today: First up, Billy Howerdel talked to Canadian music news outlet Chart Attack about the new album and the new lineup. Following is an excerpt from the interview concerning Jeordie (and James):
"I think Jeordie already proved himself with what he added to the recording. He’s fallen into APC’s not-so-Marilyn Manson life quite well. James… well, he had to learn so much dense material so quickly, we couldn’t help but be impressed. They’ve already injected some fresh life into things."
At this point, White and Iha begin an impromptu jig around Keenan at the other end of the tour bus. White’s hands flail madly about as Iha sports a lovely newspaper pirate hat. Howerdel and drummer Josh Freese are lost in laughter.
"Yeah, I think they’re going to add something special… and certainly keep us on our toes."
In conjunction with their sold out shows in Toronto tomorrow night and Thursday night, members of APC will make a guest appearance on Much Music at 5 p.m. on Thursday and following at 6 p.m. there will be an interview with radio personality The Brother at 102.1 The Edge.
In news from Down Under, according to the "Hard Rock" column of Sydney weekly publication Drum Media, Jeordie confirmed to them last week that APC will indeed be a part of Big Day Out 2004, which takes place in January.
Jeordie's Metal Hammer interview can now be read on this site's message board under the A Perfect Circle forum. As soon as I get settled in my new place and get my life in some kind of order again, I will post the full interview, which also includes words from Billy, on the Interviews page. Thanks very, very much to "suicidedoll" for transcribing this, thus making it available a lot sooner than it would have been otherwise!
According to mtv.com, Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10 is now set for an October 7th release rather than September 23rd, although there still is no official confirmation on either date. Meanwhile, a track listing has surfaced as follows:
1.Dead In Love
2. I Wanna Make It Wit Chu
3. Covered In Punks Blood
4. There Will Never Be A Better Time
5. Crawl Home
6. I'm Here For Your Daughter
7. Powdered Wig Machine
8. In My Head...Or Something
9. Holey Dime
10. A Girl Like Me
12. Subcutaneous Phat
13. Bring It Back Gentle
14. Shepherds Pie
Jeordie is not the only member of A Perfect Circle to have had a part in the recording of DS9/10, which took place out at Joshua Tree back in February under the direction of Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme. Look for appearances by drummer Josh Freese, as well as former APC guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen.
An interview with Jeordie appears in the October issue of Metal Hammer, where he talks openly about his new gig with APC and departure from Marilyn Manson, among other things.
"It's a little less unpredictable and there's a lot less danger involved - as far as comparing APC to Marilyn Manson is concerned," Jeordie says in the interview. "Being in MM was definitely more of a lifestyle and I had to pay way more attention to image and theatrics - but this band is just a little more classy. Don't get me wrong - I have no bad words to say about MM - but APC is definitely more focused on the music than on the attitude and image. It's not that I had a problem with the celebrity of MM - it's just the fact that the celebrity and the image outweighed the music and I wasn't happy with that. It seemed to get to the point where you could capture pictures of us in celebrity magazines at a movie premiere - which had nothing to do with music. Living in Hollywood you rub shoulders with other famous people and you find yourself hanging out with your peers like Sean Penn and Johnny Depp - which is great 'cos they're cool guys - but living with fame I obtained with MM I kind of personally lost perspective of why I got into this in the first place - you know - for art and music. But being part of APC excited me again."
I’m in the middle of a cross-country drive…well, semi-cross country, I guess, since my starting point was Chicago…but hope to have the full interview up in a few days when I get to LA where I can get my hands on the magazine. In the meantime, however, if anyone gets ahold of the magazine beforehand and can scan or transcribe (preferably the latter) the interview and email it to me or, better yet, post it on the message board, it will hopefully get on the site a bit sooner. A big thanks to Krazzy Joe and gabrieltoxic for the heads up on this item, since my internet access has been a bit more limited than usual the last few days.
A Perfect Circle has landed a spot among Pollstar's 15 top concerts of 2003, coming in right at #15. In other APC news, the "Weak and Powerless" video is now in rotation and can be seen on Canada's Much Music. No word yet on when MTV will be airing it. A good summary of the visuals can be found over at aperfectcircle.net's BBS by clicking here
For anyone who's been wondering as to the status of Jeordie's project with Chris Goss, better known as the "Snowballs" project, the Masters of Reality official site has finally updated the news and, among other things, reports that the pair continue their collaborative effort, even with Jeordie on the road with A Perfect Circle. Nothing definitive, however, as to when this might actually see a release. You can check the MOR news page for the rest of the updates on what Chris has been up to over the last several months.
In Lollapalooza news, after wrapping up another well received performance by A Perfect Circle last night in Seattle, Jeordie later returned to the stage to join Jane's Addiction on rhythm guitar during "Mountain Song". Josh Freese also made a guest appearance, playing drums during "Jane Says".
Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10 is now available for pre-order at this location, with the release date of September 23rd still seeming to hold.
An interview with Jeordie from the new Kerrang! has been added to the Interviews page. Also, a new promotional photo of the band can be found in the Promo gallery [Thanks to lindalou and metalchick, respectively].
Regarding APC's appearance at the three day Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, they have been confirmed and are scheduled to play on Sunday, November 2nd.
A Perfect Circle are expected to be among 80+ artists scheduled to appear at this year's Voodoo Music Experience, which takes place at New Orleans' City Park October 31st through November 2nd. Other acts scheduled include Queens of the Stone Age, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Cypress Hill and Mos Def, though a complete schedule is not yet available. Tickets go on sale this Friday via voodoomusicfest.com or by calling 1-800-594-8499. A three day pass will be available for $80.
Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10 has now been given a September 23rd release date by Ipecac Recordings. Hopefully this one holds.
A Perfect Circle's 7-date trek with Lollapalooza 2003 starts today in Phoenix. They are scheduled to take to the stage at 5:35 p.m. at all 7 dates.
Two songs off the upcoming Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10 are available for download in mp3 format at this location (right click and use the "save target as" function). Also featured here are tracks from the new Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan and Troy Van Leeuwen's Enemy. These tracks are reportedly off of a sampler CD that has been available at recent Lollapalooza dates, so those of you attending any of the upcoming Lolla dates be on the lookout for it. Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10 is currently scheduled for a late September release.
I've uncovered some ticket info for APC's upcoming Toronto date -- tickets go on sale August 14th through Ticketmaster. However, only the September 10 date was mentioned, so it is unclear now whether there actually will be a show on the 11th as well. If I get any further info on this, I will let everyone know.
More dates for the Canadian trek have been announced. APC will play the Grand Theatre in Quebec City on September 8 and on September 10 and 11 they will play the Opera House in Toronto. I don't have ticket info for these gigs, so please check local listings for that information.
Another date has trickled in for the Canadian leg of the tour with A Perfect Circle now scheduled to play the Metropolis in Montreal on Saturday, September 6th. Tickets are on sale now at this location.
Having a night off between Ozzfest dates, Marilyn Manson, girlfriend Dita Von Teese and bandmates Tim Skold, John5, Ginger Fish and Pogo all came out for A Perfect Circle's show last night in Philadelpia. Realizing that his former co-workers were in the audience, Jeordie addressed the issue by telling the crowd that it felt "kind of like having sex with your new girlfriend with your old one watching."
Jeordie recently lent a hand to SoCal-based March by producing a four song EP for the group. A limited edition of the EP will be available at an August 13th show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Free tickets to this show are available to the first 100 people to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two more Canadian dates have been added to A Perfect Circle's tour schedule. The band will appear at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario on Thursday, September 4th and at the Ottawa Congress Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday, September 5th. Tickets go on sale August 7th and 9th, respectively, through Ticketmaster. Also, please note that the August 29th Edmonton show will now take place at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium rather than Red's as originally indicated by Ticketmaster last week. Tickets for this one go on sale August 8th.
MTV's review of last night's show at Irving Plaza in New York has been added to the Reviews page.
Jeordie took to the airwaves this afternoon to be a guest DJ on Boston's WBCN radio along with bandmate Billy Howerdel, where the two served up an eclectric mix of Ozzy Osbourne, Richard Marx, Men Without Hats, KISS, Queens of the Stone Age...and Marilyn Manson(!). A Perfect Circle play show #6 of their sold out promo tour tonight at the Berkley Academy of Music.
The album cover for Thirteenth Step has been revealed today and can be viewed here. Also, aperfectcircle.us is now hosting the official full studio version of "Weak and Powerless", so be sure to head over there for a listen.
Good news for those of you in Western Canada -- A Perfect Circle will be coming your way after they wrap up Lollapalooza on August 24th. The dates are as follows:
August 27th - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
August 29th - Edmonton, AB - Red's West Edmonton Mall
August 30th - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall Ballroom
September 1st - Winnepeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets for all shows go on sale August 1st through Ticketmaster. [Thanks in part to aperfectcircle.us for the above dates].
A second review on the Denver show has been added to the Reviews page, along with one of the Dallas show.
An indepth review of the Denver, CO tour opener from someone who was there has been posted on the Reviews page. Thanks to Kendra for sharing!
A Perfect Circle's Billy Howerdel spoke to The Dallas Morning News and gave a few details regarding Jeordie's being brought into the fold. Although coming from Marilyn Manson and bringing some "baggage" along with him, Howerdel says that Jeordie ended up being a good fit for the band. A former guitar technician, Billy knew both Jeordie (as well as new guitarist James Iha) previous to his joining up with A Perfect Circle. "I worked for Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Manson was the opening band," he says of his initial introduction to Jeordie. "This was 10 years ago. I'd bumped into Jeordie over the years. He heard we were looking for a bass player. It really clicked." Howerdel claims he was surprised at everyone's enthusiasm and that he "didn't know that Maynard would be that into it. When we'd been out and seen Jeordie, it would be real low-key. But when his name came up, Maynard was interested."
A Perfect Circle performs a sold out show tonight at Dallas' Granada Theater.
Before heading off to Denver today on the eve of their 12 city promotional tour and Lollapalooza performances, A Perfect Circle held a private showcase last night for family and friends at their Los Angeles rehearsal studio, wherein they debuted their new material and stage show. A full review of the show will be up later today at aperfectcircle.us, to be followed by a few mp3 clips of the performance itself. Also, be sure to bookmark this site for future reference -- the launch of the full site is expected to occur shortly and will feature, among other things, a huge archive of A Perfect Cirle news and multimedia, which should be of interest to die-hard APC fans as well as new fans looking for an extensive history and background on Jeordie's new band.
The promotional clip of "Weak and Powerless" reported on yesterday has hit the internet and is now available on the Audio page. Click here to listen. Also, if you are in the San Antonio, Texas area, local radio station KISS 99.5 has stated on its website that if the single is delivered to them as expected on July 29th, they plan to debut it sometime between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and noon on that same day.
Though it still has not been confirmed as to whether or not A Perfect Circle will be playing Nottingham on September 16th, there is a new show for the UK which has been confirmed. That show will take place on September 17th in Manchester (Manchester University) and APC will be headlining this one. Tickets are on sale now at this location.
An additonal date may have been added to A Perfect Circle's UK itinerary, with the Deftones recently confirmed for a September 16th show at Nottingham's Rock City (a venue considerably smaller than Wembley Arena) along with "very special guests". I have contacted the venue with hopes of confirming just who the openers are, but in case I don't hear back, those of you in the area with an interest in this might want to do some checking around yourselves.
Filming for the video to accompany A Perfect Circle's "Weak and Powerless" commenced on Monday, July 21st in Los Angeles. No word on when the video will premiere but the single is set to debut on radio stations on August 4th. Also, a 30 second sound clip of "Weak and Powerless" will reportedly be making the rounds shortly as part of an internet promotion campaign. [Thanks to aperfectcircle.us.]
"Weak and Powerless" has been selected as the first single from Thirteenth Step and, as reported last week, is set to debut on August 4th. [Thanks to www.aperfectcircle.org]
Will A Perfect Circle follow up their September UK/Euro trek opening for the Deftones with such a tour of the US? While nothing is confirmed, the Deftones’ Chino Moreno indicated to New York’s K-Rock radio last week that he hopes it can be pulled together. If you are a fan of either or both bands, you are no doubt aware of the fact that APC vocalist Maynard James Keenan is featured on the track "Passenger" off the Deftones’ 2000 CD White Pony.
The yet-to-be-determined single from APC's forthcoming Thirteenth Step will reportedly hit the airwaves on August 4th, just a few days after the start of the band's promotional club tour.
A Perfect Circle has announced a 12 date club tour to showcase material from the new album beginning in Denver, CO on July 26th. The dates are as follows:
July 26 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
July 28 - Dallas, TX - Grenada Theatre
July 30 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre
August 1 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
August 2 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
August 3 - Boston, MA - Berklee Academy of Music
August 5 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
August 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
August 8 - Cleveland, OH - Odeon
August 9 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
August 10 - Chicago, IL - Cabaret Metro
August 11 - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages
Also, the name of the album has been announced -- Thirteenth Step -- and the track listing is as follows:
Weak and Powerless
The Nurse Who Loved Me
Read the full Virgin Records press release here.
More album release news, this time on Melissa Auf der Maur's upcoming solo effort on which Jeordie is reported to be among the many guest musicians making an appearance. The album, originally forecast for release this Summer, has now been scheduled for an early 2004 release.
Got new info on the film project "Live Freaky! Die Freaky" to report. While the film will only have a limited theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles in the Fall, an official release date of February 15, 2004 has been set for the DVD, a date which holds for Europe as well as the U.S. The DVD will include behind the scenes footage and will also come with a soundtrack. For the full update, go to www.livefreakydiefreaky.com.
The latest update from Ipecac Records on Desert Sessions 9/10 now forecasts a September release date, pushed back from the August 12th date as had previously been set by the label (but bumped up from MTV’s report of October).
In APC news from Down Under, while rumors that the band will appear at Australia’s upcoming Livid Festival appear to be unfounded at this point, talk that they will be a part of the Big Day Out 2004 lineup seems a bit more plausible. Thus far, however, Metallica is the only band to be confirmed. Look for more artists to be added to the roster over the coming months, with the complete lineup expected to be announced in early October.
An initial set of dates for A Perfect Circle's September UK/European trek, during which they will be opening for The Deftones, have surfaced as follows:
September 19th - London, England - Wembley Arena*
September 20th - Leuven, Belgium - Brabanthal
September 21st - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Ahoy Rotterdam
September 23rd - Munich, Germany - Zenith Hall
September 24th - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
September 27th - Paris, France - P.O.P. Bercy**
September 29th - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
September 30th - Dusseldorf, Germany - Phillipshalle
**confirmed and on sale
The information keeps coming in this week regarding the new album and single, with www.aperfectcircle.org showing the release date of the album to be September 16th rather than the 30th as reported by MTV and further stating that blabbermouth.net's report of "The Outsider" as being the single was incorrect.
Reports are increasing regarding the possibility of an APC UK/European tour with the Deftones, which would commence in mid-September. Aside from a September 19th performance at London's Wembley Arena, no other dates have been spoken of at this time.
A track from Desert Sessions 9/10 was previewed the other night when QOTSA's Josh and Nick stopped in to talk to Mary Ann Hobbs on the BBC Radio 1's Rock Show. The track, featuring P J Harvey on vocals, is titled "Crawl Home". To listen to the interview and the song, click here and then look for the link for "The Rock Show" dated Tuesday, June 24. The interview with Josh and Nick kicks in about a half hour or so into the program. This is just an estimate, though, so don't be too liberal with the use of the "skip 5 minutes" function, should you choose to use it. Judging by this track alone, my bets are on this Desert Sessions being the best one yet!
There's new information today on the release of APC's upcoming album, with mtv.com now giving it a release date of September 30th. Their info was very sketchy, with no news on a title for the album or whether a single will be released to coincide with the band's Lollapalooza dates in mid-August.
The single from the A Perfect Circle's new album (still tentatively scheduled for an August 19th release) is said to be called "The Outsider". [Thanks to blabbermouth.net)]
In an attempt to clarify whether Desert Sessions 9/10 is still set for an August release or if it indeed has been pushed to October, I emailed the webmaster of Ipecac Recordings over the weekend. I received a reply this morning, stating that they do not yet have an official release date and I thought I would pass the info along for anyone who might be interested. While this certainly doesn't dismiss the possibility of an August release, I am now more inclined to believe that an October/Fall release is probably more likely. As soon as Ipecac has something official, I will let everyone know.
A photo of Jeordie which appears on the collage-style insert to the upcoming Mondo Generator CD, A Drug Problem That Never Existed, has been added to the Promo page. There is no official information that Jeordie had a part on the album itself, however, a press release warns that several of the guests may be using aliases, so you never know. To view the press release, along with lyrics and the rest of the album images, go here. A release date is set for either July 1st or July 7th (while the press release indicates July 7th, several other industry sources have indicated July 1st). Pre-orders are now being accepted at this location.
Lollapalooza has added another date which includes A Perfect Circle. The new date is August 24th at Columbia Meadows in St. Helens, Oregon, which is 33 miles west of Portland. Tickets are on sale as of 9:00 a.m. PST today at ticketswest.com. This will now be the final date of the Lollapalooza tour. Also, the August 16th show originally scheduled to take place at the Glen Helen Hyundai Pavillion in Devore has been moved to the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre in Irvine, closer to the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Giving further rise to hopes for APC's new album to hit the streets sometime this summer, cduniverse.com has it available for pre-order and gives the release date as being Tuesday, August 19th (with the title yet to be determined). Click here if you wish to put in your order, keeping in mind, however, that there still has not been an official announcement from either the APC camp or their label as to a release date and as such, this date could still be changed.
Although Ipecac Recordings still lists the release date as being in August, according to an article/interview that appears on MTV’s website today regarding the various side projects of QOTSA’s Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, the release date for Desert Sessions 9&10 may now have (unfortunately) been pushed back to sometime in October. To read the full interview, click here. Hopefully there will be some good official news soon on the APC front and we'll still have something from them, if not in July, at least sometime in August to coincide with the band's Lollapalooza dates.
Amen frontman Casey Chaos spoke with Kerrang! after the band's performance at this weekend's Download Festival and again indicated that the Headband collaboration is still in the works, even if it might not be everyone's main priority at the moment. "Headband is a band that Josh Homme put together and he asked me to do it. It’s me Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Twiggy Ramirez, but we’re looking for a drummer to complete the band." says Chaos. "We spoke to Dave Grohl, that would be our dream drummer for our line-up, but I guess he’s real busy! Maybe we could use Dave just on the record, but we all have such conflicting schedules, and we’ve got this new Amen album, it’s 2 years since we’ve released an Amen album and we want to focus on that." The full interview with Casey Chaos will appear later this week on kerrang.com.
In addition to his musical projects, Jeordie is also slated to lend his voice to the forthcoming animated/puppetry (a la "The Nightmare Before Christmas") film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!", taking on the role of a TV anchorman. Written by independent filmmaker/California punk scene veteran John Roecker and produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, the film will also feature Jeordie's APC bandmate Josh Freese, White Zombie's Sean Yseult, members of Green Day, AFI and Blink 182 along with "Lord of the Rings" actor Viggo Mortenson. A brief synopsis of the story appears on the film's official website as follows: "It is the year 3069 and the earth has been raped of all its natural resources, destroyed by war and ozone depletion, and is now only a barren desert. The humans who inhabit this empty vessel search not only for food but for a god to save them. Their search will soon be over when Charles Manson returns to save them." The film is scheduled for limited release in the Fall and will be available on DVD everywhere in time for the holidays. [Thanks to KrazzyJoe for providing the lead on this story.]
Josh Homme again comments on the making of the Desert Sessions during an interview published in the Toronto Sun earlier this week. "I present a theme that can be used or thrown away, and start the first song. And it's amazing what happens. In five days we did 16 songs, and there wasn't a dog among them," says Homme. "In the desert you have the ability to truly be left alone. You get a real brotherhood/sisterhood thing, and you feel part of something that's bigger than you are. It's a big influence on me. Working with such good players keeps you from getting writer's block or repeating yourself, which is worse than repeating others."
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, speaking with Billboard magazine about upcoming projects (which includes hitting the studio possibly this fall to commence recording the next QOTSA album), gave another brief preview of what to expect on the upcoming Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10. "There is a mellower, dark brooding vibe to some of this," says Homme, "that is more realized than on some of the other ones." Meanwhile, although there is no way to know right now if this is one of the tracks that Jeordie has contributed to, a sample has now been made available of a track from the CD entitled "I Wanna Make It Witchu". You can listen to it by clicking here. As previously reported, the release date is currently set for August 12 on Ipecac Recordings, in tandem with Homme's Rekords Rekords imprint.
The Manson Museum currently has available for sale a limited number of a never before seen, autographed 8x10 Holywood promo shot of Jeordie (well..Twiggy) on the Trade Page. The going price is $50 each.
Though there has been no official announcement regarding a release date for A Perfect Circle's new album, just wanted to let everyone know that the buzz is now that it will be released shortly before the band's performances on the Lollapalooza tour, which would indicate a release sometime in late July or early August. No word yet on a title for the album, but as soon as I have more info on that, track listings and an actual release date I will let everyone know. For now, this at least gives a better timeline as to when the album may drop.
The pre-sale for the 8/23 Auburn, Washington Lollapalooza show is now underway at lollapalooza.com (and registration is apparently no longer required). There will be a pre-sale open to American Express cardholders for the Mountain View, CA show at ticketmaster.com beginning tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (PST) and ending on Friday, 4/25 at 5 p.m. There is no information thus far as to whether or not the Lollapalooza site will hold their own pre-sale for this one, but you should definitely keep a watch for one. Tickets for Mountain View go on sale to the general public on Sunday, 4/27 at 10:00 a.m.
Just to update everyone, the release date for Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10 has now been pushed back from July 29th to August 12th.
An upcoming issue of Revolver magazine features an interview with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, during which Josh talked a little bit about the making of Desert Sessions Vol. 9/10:
After five and a half months on the road, the Queens recently had a two-week break- and Homme spent the entire time recording with the Eagles of Death Metal (a duo composed of demented singer/guitarist Jesse “the Devil” Hughes and Homme on drums) and Desert Sessions, Homme’s long-running musical project that features an ever-changing cast of collaborators. “It was 16 songs written, arranged, and recorded in five days,” says Homme of the latest Desert Session incarnation. “We had, like 12 different people on it--not all at once but, like, going in and out in waves. When you get the chance to hang with Twiggy Ramirez or Dean Ween or PJ Harvey for seven days straight, you take it. I mean, they’re friends of mine, but you only get to see them backstage most of the time. It’s such a different environment, waking up and going to breakfast together five times, six times in a row. It’s like camp!”
The issue containing the full interview should be available at newsstands shortly (features Metallica on the cover).
If you haven't been to the Manson Museum website lately, Twiggy's "Dope Show" bass is the latest item added to the site's Trade Page. It has been autographed by Twiggy and the price is $3,000.
A first round of tour dates for A Perfect Circle has been announced. The band will be joining the Lollapalooza festival on a few select dates, replacing Queens of the Stone Age who will be heading over to Europe during that time. The scheduled dates are as follows:
August 15th - Phoenix, AZ (Cricket Pavillion)
August 16th - Devore, CA (Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavillion)
August 17th - Chula Vista, CA (Coors Ampitheatre)
August 19th - Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Ampitheatre)
August 21st - Salt Lake City, UT (USANA Ampitheatre)
August 23rd - Auburn, WA (White River Ampitheatre)
Please note that these are the ONLY Lollapalooza dates that APC is scheduled to play at this time. Ticket sale dates are still t/b/a and all information will be listed on the Upcoming Shows page once it becomes available.
Anyone who has been waiting to hear Twiggy sing now has their first chance to do so. Not only does he play bass on the Masters of Reality cover of "Devil's Radio" which appears on the George Harrison tribute album Songs from the Material World, but he also provides vocals along with MOR vocalist Chris Goss.
In other news, though it has yet to be mixed and mastered, a tentative release date for Desert Sessions Vol. 9-10 has now been set for July 29th on Ipecac Recordings.
Camp Freddy, with whom Twiggy has made several guest appearances in the past, will be making their national television debut on Friday, March 28th on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. While the band is not promising any guest appearances, they are also not ruling out the possibility. Of course, even if there are any guests, it goes without saying that there is no guarantee that Twiggy would be one of them. However, I thought I would pass along the information anyway since this show is LA-based and the possibility of a guest appearance, no matter how slim, is always there. For anyone in the Los Angeles area who would like a chance to get tickets to the live performance, go to this location for more info.
For anyone who has been looking for Amboogalard's A New Hope, this hard-to-find CD is now up for auction on eBay at this location, with 3 days and 7 hours to go and a current high bid of $15.50.
Twiggy has joined Chris Goss and Masters of Reality to play on their cover of George Harrison's "Devil's Radio", which appears on the recently released George Harrison tribute album Songs from the Material World. A 30 second sample of the song has been added to the Audio page and can be directly accessed by clicking here. While this album doesn't seem to be readily available in record stores, it can be purchased online by going to www.amazon.com or towerrecords.com.
Here is a brief rundown on the now completed Desert Sessions #9-10. There are about 20 songs, all written and recorded in 6 days, one titled "neva Be" which features PJ Harvey on vocals. Of course, which songs make the final product has no doubt yet to be decided. Aside from Twiggy and PJ, the other major contributors included Chris Goss, Alain Johannes (Chris Cornell Band/Eleven), Dave Catching (Earthlings?), Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle), Dean Ween (Ween) and of course, Josh Homme, the guiding force behind the Desert Sessions series. Unfortunately, no confirmation on a release date yet, but hopefully this information will be forthcoming in the near future.
In addition to his work with A Perfect Circle, the Desert Sessions and Snowballs, now comes word that Twiggy has also lent some of his talents to Melissa Auf der Maur's (ex-Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) upcoming solo effort, slated for a late summer release on Capitol Records. Produced by Chris Goss (with whom Twiggy recently recorded what is said to be "truly amazing" tracks for the Snowballs project) the album also boasts appearances by QOTSA's Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan and Troy van Leeuwen (who has left A Perfect Circle to become a permanent member of QOTSA). Meanwhile, work on the Desert Sessions is expected to wind up this week before QOTSA hit the road again this Saturday.
An interview that Twiggy did with MTV yesterday, telling his own story about joining A Perfect Circle, has been added to the Press page. Click here to read it. Early indications point to Twiggy using the name Jeordie White in this band. As he makes the transition, so will this website.
With writing and recording sessions for Desert Sessions Vol. 9&10 underway this week, this latest installment is tentatively scheduled for release sometime in August on the Ipecac label.
It's official: Twiggy has landed the bassist slot in A Perfect Circle. The press release issued today by APC reads as follows:
"Regarding the departure of the one known as "Paz" -
Paz has been a vegan for many years. As many of you may know, sometimes the lack of protein in one’s diet can leave them borderline anemic and, occasionally, a bit delirious. After a festival show featuring APC and the The Smashing Pumpkins, Paz, in a state of “meat deprivation,” followed a “bald man named Billy” onto the wrong bus and we haven’t seen her since. Milk carton photos have, so far, been ineffective. Any help would be appreciated.
Regarding the “New Guy” on bass-
Jeordie White, otherwise known as “Twiggy,” (formerly of “Marilyn Manson,”) has replaced Paz as the new APC bass player. Jeordie, in between jobs, answered a classified ad in the "Music Connection” which read… “Established band seeks professional, experienced bass player. Must have a van and must resemble Don Knotts. Long hair a plus.” The rest is history. Congratulations, Jeordie. This is the biggest mistake you have ever or will ever make.
Regarding the abduction of the one currently known as “Troy VanLeeuwen,” and occasionally known as “Toby or Todd Lewin,”-
Reports have come in stating Troy has been seen hanging around with Craig Kilbourn. Other sources say Troy has been abducted by a hostile yet stable group of extraterrestrials posing as a band of Gypsy crack whores. Lucky for us, we have “fitted” Troy with a self-destruct mechanism for just such an occasion. If any of these “aliens” attempt what we in the biz refer to as a “Greek Wedding”… KABOOOM! Good luck, Troy. Come back often.
Regarding the “New Guy” on guitar-
Renholder. Figure it out. This multi-talented individual (who suffers from an extremely rare form of social tourette's) wears many hats; all of which he hangs on the wall next to his soiled futon. Impersonator of circus gorillas, moon walker, psychic medium to the stars, serial/cereal coupon hoarder, owner of the most extensive collection of “COPS” episodes on this planet, coined the term, “Tijuana boob job,” as well as aficionado of all things “boob job.” These are just a few of his many, many talents.
Regarding the “New Album Title”-
We are currently in litigation with The Offspring over this. More info on this subject will be posted as it becomes available.
APC are currently in the studio working on their follow up album to Mer de Noms, released in May of 2000. The new album is tentatively scheduled for a summer release.
Congratulations Twiggy -- or Jeordie, whichever it may be -- and best of luck to you in this newest venture! Your fans are proud of you!
An update on the Twiggy/Perfect Circle story: If KISS bassist and Tongue magazine editor Gene Simmons is to be believed, Twiggy is indeed a part of, or at least involved in some capacity with, A Perfect Circle. The following is a part of a February 7th news item over at Gene's official page, genesimmons.com:
"Bob Ezrin, who produced our best records, dropped by to say hello and after rehearsals took me next door to see PERFECT CIRCLE -- the new Virgin Records band that features Maynard from Tool on vocals and Twiggy Ramirez from Marilyn Manson."
Thanks to "zax546" for this latest information.
I must stress that at this point it is still in the rumor stage, but reports are circulating this afternoon that Twiggy has joined A Perfect Circle, replacing bassist Paz Lenchantin, who it appears has left to permanently join up with Billy Corgan's Zwan. This is all I have at this time. As soon as I can get more information and/or confirmation on this either way, I will let everyone know the status of this story. Stay tuned!
Fans of P J Harvey will be happy to know that all indications point to her being on board when Josh Homme, Twiggy and Dean Ween come together next week in Los Angeles to begin work on Desert Sessions Vol. 9-10. Recording is expected to be completed by time Queens of the Stone Age embark on another U.S. tour starting in Las Vegas on February 22. For more information on P J Harvey, this seems to be one of the better websites out there at the moment.
More words on Head Band from the mouth of Casey Chaos, this time during an interview yesterday with UK online radio station TotalRock. "The other project in question," Casey said, speaking of his various endeavors outside Amen, "is one with Josh and Nick from Queens of the Stone Age, which basically has only seen rehearsals and preproduction type things and jamming, and Twiggy's in the band as well, he plays bass in it as well. So that's just seen rehearsals but we have probably about 8 songs, I would think, ideas, skeletons together." He goes on to describe the music as "Queens of the Stone Age meets Amen meets Bauhaus."
In the ongoing effort to introduce some of the people Twiggy has been working with of late to those who may not already be familiar with them, I found two really good articles on Chris Goss over at mastersofreality.co.uk that I thought I would share, one from 2001 and a more recent one from 2002, both of which should give some good background information on Goss' prior work, both with Masters of Reality and as a producer. Many other good articles can be found at that site for those who may have a further interest.
Perhaps there is still some hope for Head Band seeing the light of day eventually. Amen's Casey Chaos is interviewed in the new issue of Metal Hammer, wherein he speaks a bit about his side projects, including Head Band. That part of the interview reads as follows:
"Josh came up to me at a show and said 'Hey, I want to start a band with you and I want it to be really broadshouldered so you walk down the street and no one can bump into you. It's going to be so in your face, like a brawler.' We set up a week of rehearsals, and the day before Josh called and said, 'What do you think about Twiggy being involved? Two bass players?' I thought it sounded great! The next day we went in and started on a song I worked on, then a Josh one, then a Twiggy one. We collaborated as a group of people and it was inspiring. I look forward to finishing it...when we have the time."
Amen kicks off a UK tour on January 31st. Meanwhile, work continues on the Snowballs project, which so far consists of Twiggy, Chris Goss (sharing vocals) and Zach Hill, who it seems has taken permanent leave of his drumming chores with aforementioned Amen.
A new photo, taken at the October 30th Blender Sessions party (where Twiggy jammed with Camp Freddy), has been added to the Candid Gallery.
A new message board has been added to the site, and thus, the old one has been deleted. Those who were registered on the old board will obviously have to re-register on this one, but the registration process is a lot simpler and less confusing than the old one. After playing around with several over the last month or so, this one seemed to be the easiest to work with all around. Click here to access the new board.
Just wanted to briefly address the Twiggy/Metallica rumors that seem to be running rampant at the moment. The official stand taken by the Metallica camp when the invitation-only auditions for the open bassist slot began late last year was that out of respect for the candidates involved they would not be releasing any names. Therefore, anything you are hearing now about Twiggy having auditioned for Metallica really comes down to nothing more than speculation. Since there have been so many different names tossed about during the last few months regarding who is or will be auditioning, who’s been chosen, etc., I think at this point it is best to wait for word from Metallica themselves before jumping to any conclusions. If and when the Metallica boys officially confirm anything that concerns Twiggy, I’ll be sure to pass it on here. In the meantime, I will continue to follow up on the work on his solo material and his anticipated involvement in next Desert Sessions installment.
Twiggy's bed, as seen on MTV Cribs, is now up for sale at the Manson Museum Trade Page. The bed is cast iron and comes with the smoke machine as demonstrated by Twiggy on the Cribs episode. The cost is $1500 plus shipping fees.
Hello, and welcome to the new year, a year in which we can hopefully anticipate new material from Twiggy. News is a little slow at the moment, typical for this time of year as everyone gets back in gear from the holidaze, but I've added two pics from a 1998 in-store appearance to the Candid gallery. As soon as there are any updates regarding Twiggy's activities and projects, I will let everyone know.
With Twiggy scheduled to participate in the upcoming Desert Sessions #9-10 project, I found an interview that Josh Homme did with VH-1 at the time of the release of Desert Sessions #7-8 which should give anyone unfamiliar with the Desert Sessions series a little bit more information on what it's all about. Click here to read the article.