A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel recently spoke to Canada's Chart Attack about the addition to the group's ranks of ex-SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist James Iha and ex-MARILYN MANSON bassist Jeordie "Twiggy Ramirez" White.
"I couldn't have asked for a smoother transition," he said. "And without trying to sound cocky, this is certainly some very complex music to be pressured to learn."
"I had to send James a videotape of myself playing the songs acoustically so he could learn the chord phrasings," Howerdel added. "While I was doing it, I thought, 'This might not be so simple,' but I passed it off until James called me up and was like, 'What the hell is this?' He pulled it off exactly though."
"Contrary to what some might think, [the decision to ask James and Jeordie to join the band] wasn't based on name," said Howerdel. "We don't bring someone into this band unless we feel comfortable with them as a person. When you're going to be surrounded by them for a year straight, you have to be able to deal with their personality traits. It doesn't matter if they can play their ass off… if we can't stand them, why bring them into the band?"
"I think Jeordie already proved himself with what he added to the recording. He's fallen into APC's not-so-MARILYN MANSON life quite well. James… well, he had to learn so much dense material so quickly, we couldn't help but be impressed. They've already injected some fresh life into things."