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A Perfect Circle: While A Perfect Circle might have started as a side project for Maynard James Keenan while on hiatus from Tool, the supergroup and its tour dates have become just as popular as its predecessor. A Perfect Circle currently features Keenan, Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Vandals drummer Josh Freese, the band's founder and lead guitarist Billy Howerdel, and Puscifier bassist Matt McJunkins. Their unique brand of heavy alt-rock and metal has thrilled grateful fans by filling a gap that has been left by the popularity of hardcore and metalcore. Howerdel recently announced that the band is working on new music (the first since their 2004 hiatus), and that some of the songs might appear on tour dates in 2011. With a possible album and concert schedule in the near future, it's a good time to be a fan of A Perfect Circle.

The formation of A Perfect Circle began like every amateur musician's fantasy for Billy Howerdel. Howerdel was a well known guitar tech for bands like Fishbone, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Tool. He and Keenan became friends on tour dates in 1992 and, in 1995, Howerdel played a few of his original songs for Keenan. Keenan enjoyed the music and agreed to sing for Howerdel should he ever put a band together. And put a band together he did, with Pez Lenchantin on bass, Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar, and Tim Alexander on drums, with Alexander soon being replaced by Freese. After playing gigs around Los Angeles, A Perfect Circle released their debut album, Mer de Noms, in 2000. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum in just six months, a feat that was extremely rare for a new rock band. The album produced the three singles "Judith," "3 Libras," and "The Hollow," and critics praised the combination of Keenan's voice and Howerdel's lyrics.

The band's second album, Thirteenth Step, wasn't released until 2003, but was praised as a positive evolution of A Perfect Circle's sound. The album debuted at #2 on the charts and featured a softer, more melodic sound; despite the change, fans responded positively. A Perfect Circle's third album, Emotive, was released in 2004, to coincide with the US election day. The album featured ten covers of war protest songs, along with original tracks like "Passive." While the album performed well, it marked a hiatus for A Perfect Circle as the musicians took time to work on their previous or independent projects.

In 2010, the new lineup of A Perfect Circle announced a new concert schedule where they would be playing three shows in each town, with each show consisting of one of the group's albums. A Perfect Circle have tour dates in 2011 set for Rock on the Range Festival in Ohio, Boonstock Music Festival in Alberta, and Edgefest in Toronto. In addition to festival appearances, A Perfect Circle has announced North American tour dates beginning on June 29 in Portland, Oregon. There are 23 tour dates scheduled in 2011, with the tour covering most major American cities. The concert schedule will end on August 9 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and tickets are already on sale. With A Perfect Circle's many side-projects and commitments, fans should take this opportunity to check out what could be band's final concert schedule.


The Offspring: The Offspring were our favorite punk band of the 1990s and continued their successful run well into the new millennium. The screaming vocals of Dexter and the intense guitar riffs of Noodles made them rock gods during the golden age of KROQ and Southern California rock music. In their near quarter century as a band, the Offspring are still going strong and are currently on tour. Don't miss a date on the Offspring concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for The Offspring tour dates and concert tour information.

The Offspring was founded by high school classmates Dexter Holland and Greg Kriesel who met each other on their cross-country team. They decided to form a band when they were denied entrance into a Social Distortion concert. They hired Noodles, the school janitor, on lead guitar and released their first single "Ill Be Waiting" in 1987. The band continued to record even though Dexter was conducting research for a PhD in Molecular Biology at USC. The band was signed to an indie label deal with Nemesis Records and released their self-titled debut in 1989. While the record didn't take off, they scored huge buzz with their sophomore album, Ignition, released in 1992. The Offspring tour dates included a near two-year outing alongside punk rockers Pennywise and So-Cal favorite No Doubt. The Offspring, along with other So-Cal acts, were about to explode onto the Mainstream rock scene.

The Offspring released their breakthrough album and biggest hit to-date, Smash, in 1994. The album was a runaway hit and featured the singles "Self Esteem" and "Gotta Get Away" before selling over 16 million copies worldwide. The bandmates decided to start their own label, Nitro Records, and signed acts such as the Vandals and Guttermouth. The Offspring themselves then signed with major label Columbia Records and released Ixnay on the Hombre in 1996. While the album reached platinum status, it was considered a departure from Smash and sold only a fraction of the amount of records. The Offspring were not out of the count and returned with the multi-Platinum album Americana in 1998 which featured the hit "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)". They closed out the decade as one of the top rock acts of the '90s and continued to tour and record.

During the 2000s, the band released Conspiracy of One in 2000, Splinter in 2003, and Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace in 2008 all which were certified Gold or Platinum. The Offspring tour dates included a headlining stint on the Vans Warped Tour and a Europe and Japan wide tour in 2005. In 2008, The Offspring tour dates included a headlining stint alongside Incubus on the Soundwave Festival and they headlined the 19th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. The guys are currently in the studio recording their ninth album. In addition, an extensive Offspring concert schedule has been planned for 2011. The Offspring tour dates are booked on a national tour this summer and fall. The Offspring concert schedule 2011 also includes a headlining stint at the Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK. Use Eventful for more on Offspring tour dates and venue information!

Def Leppard: After releasing two albums in the early eighties to mediocre sales, this English metal band hit rock stardom with the release of their third album, Pyromania, in 1983. In total, the band has released two diamond certified albums, countless singles, and headlined over a dozen tours. Along the way, the band suffered through tragedy, fluctuations in success, deadly battles with addiction, and several line-up changes. They have however, endured, and Def Leppard tour dates are scheduled internationally this spring and summer 2011.

The Sheffield, England natives formed in the late seventies and are considered the forerunners of New Wave British Heavy Metal. Through their strenuous touring efforts and energetic metal shows, Def Leppard were able to secure a major label contract with Mercury Records. Their debut album, On Through the Night, was released in 1980 to mediocre sales. However, Def Leppard were able to book tour dates at the Reading Festival and were the supporting act for AC/DC and Ted Nugent. Their touring attracted the attention of famed record producer, Mutt Lange, who produced their second album, High 'n' Dry in 1981. In spite of their talent and Lange's fame, this album also had tepid sales. Not to be outdone, the Def Leppard concert schedule saw the band opening for Ozzy, and they continued to cultivate a hard rock following throughout their prolific touring. Due to excessive drinking, the band was forced to fire their lead guitarist and replace him with Phil Collen. Sadly, this wouldn't be the only alcohol/drug related issue that the band would face.

In the end, 1983 proved to be the big year for Def Leppard. Their third album, Pyromania, was again produced by Mutt Lange and released in January. Their hard rock image and catchy songs translated well through videos, and Def Leppard band found themselves in heavy rotation on MTV. Pyromania spawned hit after hit, including "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages," and was certified diamond by the RIAA. The Def Leppard concert schedule included a major headlining tour and to top it all off, they were voted as 1984's favorite touring rock band in a Gallup poll.

Under pressure to record a hit follow-up, Def Leppard relocated to Ireland to craft the sequel entitled Hysteria. Tragedy struck later that year when drummer Rick Allen was involved in a car accident that severed his left arm. Undeterred, the bandmates decided that he would stay on as drummer with Allen finding alternate ways to keep the drums beating. After a four year recording session, Hysteria, was released in 1987 and was also certified diamond by the RIAA. The album would go on to produce seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and also featured the crowd favorite, "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Def Leppard booked a worldwide tour entitled "Adrenalize," which had the band on the road internationally for fifteen consecutive months.

Upon returning from the road, Def Leppard quickly hit the studio, only to encounter more setbacks and tragedy. Due to his continued dependence on alcohol, guitarist Steve Clark was granted a leave of absence from the band to get sober. Clark was later found dead in his London home in 1991 after consuming a lethal amount of drugs and alcohol. The tragedy left the bandmates shaken; however, they continued to record their fifth album Adrenalize. It was released in 1992 and was instantly successful, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200. This was the band's last runaway commercial hit. The band has continued to release more material, a total of five albums, including the most recent, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, which was released in 2008.

During the last decade, the band has continued to tour. Def Leppard has also received one of music's greatest accolades with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A testament to their longevity, Def Leppard tour dates 2011 have been announced, and the band will co-headline a tour with Heart this spring and summer. Headbangers and eighties rock fans alike, don't miss out on the chance to catch these living legends in your area: use Eventful as your source for Def Leppard tour dates and concert schedule updates through 2011 and beyond.

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