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A PERFECT CIRCLE are based around former FISHBONE and GUNS N' ROSES roadie Billy Howerdel. The 2000 album 'Mers De Noms' ('Sea Of Names') features TOOL's James Maynard Keenan, complete with long black wig over his more familiar bald head, on lead vocals. Completing the line-up is ex-FAILURE and ENEMY guitarist Troy van Leeuwen, Argentinean bassist PAZ LENCHANTIN and VANDALS, INFECTIOUS GROOVES, PEARL JAM and GUNS N' ROSES drummer Josh Freese. The band would be joined on the road for later dates by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES bassist Brooks Wackerman. The debut album sold quarter of a million copies in America.

JOSH FREESE issued a solo album in 2000. Both Freese and Wackerman returned to SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in 2001 as Keenan busied himself with the TOOL album 'Lateralus'. Leeuwen would turn up guesting on the debut PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC album and act as co-producer the the APARTMENT 26 'Detachment' album. Bassist Paz Lenchantin meantime would guest session on the QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE 'Songs For The Deaf' album and issue a limited solo release 'Yellow My Skycaptain'.

As 2002 broke Paz Lenchantin revealed her new outfit, THE CHELSEA, an all girl trio completed by former MÖTLEY CRÜE and HOLE drummer Samantha Maloney and erstwhile HOLE and SMASHING PUMKPKINS bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, the latter switching instruments to guitar. Van Leeuwen meantime announced the formation of a side project dubbed REVENGE OF THE TRIADS in early 2002, working in league with NINE INCH NAILS's man Charlie Clouser and Jason Slater of SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY.

Troy Van Leeuwen would team up with famed Stoners QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE as stand in second guitarist for their summer U.S. dates. Meantime Josh Freese would remain active, assembling a project band in league with FOO FIGHTERS guitarist Chris Shiflett and two FACE TO FACE members in vocalist Trevor Keith and bassist Scott Shiflett dubbed VIVA DEATH. The drummer would also participate in a track donated to the 'Triple X' movie soundtrack, fronted up by BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale.

The group underwent a major line-up adjustment in February of 2003, inducting former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez (a.k.a. Jeordie White) as substitute for Paz Lenchantin and revealing that guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen exited in order to become a full-time member of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. New man on the guitar would be Danny Lohner of NINE INCH NAILS. Lenchantin had notably bailed out to join ZWAN, the high profile new band assembled by erstwhile SMASHING PUMPKINS mentor Billy Corgan, ex-SMASHING PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney and ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo.

The line-up turmoil continued as it was revealed auditions had been scheduled to find a replacement for Lohner on guitar. In early July the rumour mill was suggesting former SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist James Iha had landed the role. A PERFECT CIRCLE joined up with the 'Lollapalooza' touring festival for a run of August dates. The sophomore album, 'Thirteenth Step', shifted over 225,000 units in its first week of sale to land at no. 2 in the US Billboard charts. The band's US Spring tour would be affected mid trek by Maynard James Keenan falling ill, resulting in the postponement of April dates.

A PERFECT CIRCLE announced a live DVD and remix album for November of 2004. Also revealed to be in the works would be what Keenan described as a set of "political songs". The band's former bass player Paz Lenchantin, whilst not returning on a full time basis, would be contributing to the album by recording both violin and piano parts. Subsequently this album, lent the title 'eMOTIVe' and timed to coincide with the US presidential elections, would be revealed as including cover versions of LED ZEPPELIN's 'When The Levee Breaks', JOHN LENNON's 'Imagine', NICK LOWE's '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding', MARVIN GAYE's ''What's Goin' On', DEVO's 'Freedom Of Choice', DEPECHE MODE's 'People Are People', CRUCIFIX's 'Annihilation', BLACK FLAG's 'Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie', JONI MITCHELL's 'Fiddle And The Drum' and FEAR's 'Let's Have A War'. The record also included two original tracks, 'Passive' and 'Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of the War Drums'. The record debuted at no. 2 on the US Billboard charts, having sold 142,279 copies in its first week of sale.

Jeordie White joined the NINE INCH NAILS touring line-up during early 2005. Other outside activity saw Josh Freese performing drums on MÖTLEY CRÜE's cover of the ROLLING STONES 'Street Fighting Man' on their 'Red, White & Crue' album. A side venture for Freese would be new band project BLACK LIGHT BURNS featuring former LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland alongside Danny Lohner of NINE INCH NAILS and Josh Eustis from TELEFON TEL AVIV. The drummer would also feature on ex-BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale's INSTITUTE debut 'Distort Yourself'. In October Freese joined the touring ranks of NINE INCH NAILS after regular drummer Jerome Dillon withdrew with health concerns.

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