Photos l Review: A Perfect Circle Brings New Music and Political Angst to Orange County

A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle performed at the Honda Center in Anaheim recently and it was the band’s first Orange County performance in a long time. Prior to the band’s latest release, “Eat the Elephant,” the last studio album the band released was in 2004. However, with a new album and angst at the current state of the nation, A Perfect Circle is back.

“Eat the Elephant” Criticizes the Current Political Climate

A Perfect Circle is currently touring in support of their new, politically driven album. A Perfect Circle/Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has never been on to sugar coat his personal beliefs and the same can be said for both the frontman’s rhetoric at their Orange County performance as well as the themes within the band’s new album.

“There are a lot of scary things going on in the world right now… things of apocalyptic nature,” stated Keenan. Keenan is known to let his lyrics and the band’s melody speak rather than address the crowd, which made his words resonate all the more with the audience.

The band played a handful of songs from the new album that further demonstrated their political angst such as “Hourglass” and “TalkTalk.”

“Hourglass” refers to the universal feeling of dread and anxiety in the current political climate with everything, including the oligarchs, breaking down as the doom approaches. “TalkTalk” references the current state of gun violence in the country and the fact that may political leaders intentionally and hypocritically take a blind eye to the issues at hand and the people afflicted by the violence.

In addition to new material, the band also included some of their greatest hits into their setlist including “Judith” and “Orestes.”

Night Club and Tricky Support A Perfect Circle “Eat the Elephant” Tour

Night Club served as the opening band for the night. Their heavily inspired 80s’ synthpop sound set an uplifting tone for the night. The electronic duo is no strangers to the spotlight as their music has been featured on many television programs including MTV’s Jersey Shore and Awkward. The band also recently put out a new album entitled “Scary World” and performed many songs from this release.

Tricky was no stranger to the spotlight as well. With an impressive career spanning over decades, Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws has made his mark on the industry with his unique blend of “trip-hop.” Tricky has collaborated with many artists in the fields of pop, rock and hip-hop including Beyonce, The Notorious B.I.G and Tool.

What Is Next For A Perfect Circle?

The band will be wrapping up this current North American tour soon and will be spending the month of December in Europe and the United Kingdom with Chelsea Wolfe.

With the current political state and the band’s distaste for it, it doesn’t seem like A Perfect Circle will be slowing down in the near future. Visit to see if the band will be coming to a city near you soon.

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My name is Matt and I am a photographer/staff writer for this site. I'm a writer, photographer, musician, gear enthusiasts, and dreamer. My favorite genres are nü metal, indie pop/rock and pop punk. Other than music, dogs and burritos make me happy.

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