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James Iha still part of new A Perfect Circle record

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Although he won't be touring with the band, guitarist James Iha was still part of the recording sessions for the new A Perfect Circle album, Eat The Elephant. An article in the latest issue of Guitar World chronicles the making of the long-awaited LP, mentioning that Iha, bassist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl all assisted in the making of the record after being part of the lineup for years.

Iha, however, has had to drop out of touring with the band due to the recently announced Smashing Pumpkins reunion trek. Iha will be unable to join A Perfect Circle on the road until June, with Failure guitarist Greg Edwards tapped to temp in his place.

APC guitarist and founder Billy Howerdel acknowledged that the band's always uncertain schedule can cause problems, explaining, "When APC will reconvene is never exactly defined. That's frustrating, for sure, but maybe that contributes a little bit to the magic that can happen when we do get together -- that feeling of not being predictable, not punching a clock."

Howerdel added, "But I’d still prefer to tour, make a record, take a little break, then tour and make another record.”

Howerdel told us that even when APC is dormant, he is always writing music for that group, his other band Ashes Divide or other outlets: "I never stop writing, so where the songs go is always the trick, you know. They're in the 'Billy' folder and then they get designated into either the 'Ashes' folder or 'APC' or 'other artists' or 'film score'...I'm always working."

The last APC studio effort, a covers collection titled eMOTive, came out in 2004. Eat The Elephant arrives on April 20th.

A Perfect Circle will begin touring in support of the new album on April 14th in Tucson, Arizona, The Smashing Pumpkins' "Shiny And Oh So Bright" tour kicks off on July 12th in Glendale, Arizona.

Story source: Guitar World

DID YOU KNOW?  According to Guitar World, while A Perfect Circle will "always be (Howerdel's) primary gig," he understands that everyone else in the band has different priorities. So when he writes music, he keeps his options open to use it for APC, film scores or his own side project, Ashes Divide.

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