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A Perfect Circle can't stop cameras at Coachella

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A Perfect Circle's ban on mobile phones and other devices that could be used to film the band's live show could not defeat fans at last weekend's Coachella Festival in Indio, California. During the band's set this past weekend, either the crowd was too big or festival organizers just didn't enforce the group's policy. As a result, the band’s entire set was filmed and posted online -- although it has since been taken down.

Guitarist Billy Howerdel admitted that at some point the band cannot completely control the situation when it comes to people using their phones or cameras: "We have our security staff, they interface with local security and the local law enforcement, and it's left to their discretion at the end of the day. There's only so much, I guess, you can ask them, how sophisticated they can be in trying to be sensitive to somebody paying money to come experience something and then breaking the rule or whatever, you know."

The show also marked one of A Perfect Circle's first performances with Failure’s Greg Edwards on guitar, who is subbing for James Iha while the latter does the Smashing Pumpkins reunion.

Most of the set list of the Coachella show was taken from A Perfect Circle's new album, Eat The Elephant, which arrives on Friday (April 20th). The act played just one song from its 2000 debut, Mer De Noms.

The last APC studio effort, a covers collection titled eMOTive, came out in 2004.

A Perfect Circle plays this weekend in Las Vegas and at the second weekend of Coachella before beginning a North American tour in mid-May. You can see A Perfect Circle in Columbia, Missouri on May 16th. Get details on the Iron Age Concert Calendar.

Story source: MetalSucks

SIDE NOTES: More than 60 people were forcibly removed from A Perfect Circle's show last November 4th in Reading, Pennsylvania. The concertgoers were ejected for taking pictures during the band’s set in violation of A Perfect Circle's super-strict "no photos" policy.

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