Former SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist James Iha has reportedly been approached to replace Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS) in the current A PERFECT CIRCLE lineup.

According to Australia's Undercover News, Iha — who has remained relatively low-key since the breakup of SMASHING PUMPKINS — became "suddenly available" just as A PERFECT CIRCLE were about to audition guitarists.

Auditions that were to take place this week for A PERFECT CIRCLE have now apparently been cancelled.

A PERFECT CIRCLE were formed by Billy Howerdel, the former guitar tech for SMASHING PUMPKINS. Lohner was brought into the group's fold earlier this year as a replacement for Troy Van Leeuwen, who has since become a full-time member of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.

A PERFECT CIRCLE's as-yet-untitled sophomore album is due on September 16 through Virgin Records.


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