As first reported here on Feb. 7, former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez (a.k.a. Jeordie White) has now officially replaced Paz Lenchantin in A PERFECT CIRCLE. In addition, the band have announced that guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen has left the group to become a full-time member of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and has since been replaced by Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS).
The following is the group's somewhat cryptic and obviously tongue-in-cheek statement on the recently personnel changes:
"Regarding the departure of the one known as 'Paz'-
"Paz has been a vegan for many years. As many of you may know, sometimes the lack of protein in one's diet can leave them borderline anemic and, occasionally, a bit delirious. After a festival show featuring APC and the SMASHING PUMPKINS, Paz, in a state of 'meat deprivation,' followed a 'bald man named Billy' onto the wrong bus and we haven't seen her since. Milk carton photos have, so far, been ineffective. Any help would be appreciated.
"Regarding the 'New Guy' on bass-
"Jeordie White, otherwise known as 'Twiggy,' (formerly of 'MARILYN MANSON') has replaced Paz as the new APC bass player. Jeordie, in between jobs, answered a classified ad in the 'Music Connection' which read… 'Established band seeks professional, experienced bass player. Must have a van and must resemble Don Knotts. Long hair a plus.' The rest is history. Congratulations, Jeordie. This is the biggest mistake you have ever or will ever make.
"Regarding the abduction of the one currently known as 'Troy VanLeeuwen,' and occasionally known as 'Toby or Todd Lewin,'-
"Reports have come in stating Troy has been seen hanging around with Craig Kilbourn. Other sources say Troy has been abducted by a hostile yet stable group of extraterrestrials posing as a band of Gypsy crack whores. Lucky for us, we have 'fitted' Troy with a self-destruct mechanism for just such an occasion. If any of these 'aliens' attempt what we in the biz refer to as a 'Greek Wedding'… KABOOOM! Good luck, Troy. Come back often.
"Regarding the 'New Guy' on guitar-
"Renholder. Figure it out. This multi-talented individual (who suffers from an extremely rare form of social tourette's) wears many hats, all of which he hangs on the wall next to his soiled futon. Impersonator of circus gorillas, moon walker, psychic medium to the stars, serial/cereal coupon hoarder, owner of the most extensive collection of 'COPS' episodes on this planet, coined the term, 'Tijuana boob job,' as well as aficionado of all things 'boob job.' These are just a few of his many, many talents.
"Regarding the 'New Album Title'-
"We are currently in litigation with THE OFFSPRING over this. More info on this subject will be posted as it becomes available."