Saturday June 18, 2022

Billy Howerdel brings Danny Lohner on tour

My first introduction to Billy Howerdel was over two decades ago, when it was announced that A Perfect Circle would be opening up for Nine Inch Nails on the Fragility tour. This new band famously featured Maynard James Keenan from Tool on vocal duty, along with Billy Howerdel on guitar - the two were roommates when they started working on what would become A Perfect Circle, and in very early live performances, Danny Lohner performed live with the band - although he soon rejoined Nine Inch Nails, and Paz Lenchantin recording taking up the bass.

Everyone's kept busy in the intervening years, but recently Billy dropped a new album, "What Normal Was", which Danny Lohner co-produced. He's taking the opportunity to tour while the weather's nice and COVID cases are low, he's put together a band to tour the US with material from this debut album being released under his name, with Danny on guitar, Nylo on keyboards, Greyson Nekrutman on drums, and Eliot Lorango on bass.

San Francisco Bay Area Concerts posted a review from the kickoff of the tour, and I love the point about this being the rare opportunity to see a band of this caliber in more intimate settings. There are dozens of upcoming shows - more details here - and it's a rare opportunity to catch Danny Lohner on stage. They're playing the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, for example - where I was fortunate enough to see A Perfect Circle perform when they toured for Thirteenth Step.

If you've been coming to this site long enough to remember us posting the initial announcement of APC opening for NIN, chances are you'll really enjoy seeing this crew up on stage, so check to see if they're playing near you and grab some GA tickets at the kind of prices you remember from 20 years ago - or go for a Meet & Greet package - Early entry into the venue, Exclusive meet & greet with Billy Howerdel, Personal photograph with Billy Howerdel, Q&A and autograph session, Specially designed Billy Howerdel tour shirt, Exclusive Billy Howerdel merchandise item, Official meet & greet laminate and On-site host. Which, now that I'm looking at that, is pretty great bang for the buck, at least in Philly anyway.