PICS: A Perfect Circle at Cal Coast Open Air Theatre

Shadows reigned at A Perfect Circle's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre appearance on Tuesday, April 11.

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A Perfect Circle, as usual, kept it mysterious with a combination of fog and minimal light.
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This was the calm before the storm.
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When the band members did reveal themselves, it was otherworldly.
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A Perfect Circle is one of the more notable supergroups from the last couple of decades.
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Guitarist, composer and producer Billy Howerdel was a guitar technician for everyone from David Bowie to Nine Inch Nails.
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Lead singer Maynard James Keenan is best known for fronting the band Tool.
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The band formed when Howerdel became friends with Keenan in 1992 when Tool opened for Fishbone.
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Initially, Primus' Tim Alexander took on drumming duties. Today, it's Jeff Friedl.
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On bass was Paz Lenchantin (who is now the bassist for the Pixies).
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On rhythm guitar was Troy Van Leeuwen, guitarist for Failure and Queens of the Stone Age.
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The title of their debut album ("Mer de Noms") is French for "sea of names."
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One of these names -- "Judith" -- is Keenan's mother's. She was paralyzed by a stroke when he was 11.
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A Perfect Circle's follow-up album, "Thirteenth Step," was mired in disagreements and departures.
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Nonetheless, it debuted even higher than their previous album and received more critical praise.
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"Emotive" was their third album, and they are expected to release a fourth this year or early next year. We can only hope.
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