Billy Howerdel (A Perfect Circle, Ashes Divide) Readying Solo Debut, Single “Poison Flowers” Coming 3/4

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Tonight, Feb. 23, Billy Howerdel, a musician/multi-instrumentalist known for his work alongside Maynard James Keenan and his band mates in A Perfect Circle, will make his solo debut at an event in Las Vegas.

It’s the first step toward a new endeavor for Howerdel: His first solo album, which will be previewed on March 4 with a song titled “Poison Flowers.” Here’s a brief snippet:

“This new album was birthed while on tour with A Perfect Circle,” said Howerdel. “A weird blend of confidence, vulnerability and mortality urgently compelled me to write a letter of sorts in the form of an album.”

Accompanying him in this Las Vegas live debut will be drummer Josh Freese, Danny Lohner of Nine Inch Nails, Kaela Sinclair (M83) and Kevin Maher (Fake Shark).

More on the Las Vegas event, which is titled #Happens:

#Happens is an organically driven, rock and alternative new music experience that brings together artists, radio programmers, label executives, and streaming experts over a three day conference that encourages thought-provoking conversations and dynamic performances against the colorful backdrop of downtown Las Vegas. Howerdel’s performance is part of the opening night party, which is open to the public, with tickets available here.

Some biographical information on Howerdel’s career, per a news release:

Billy Howerdel has perhaps one of rock music’s most well-rounded and interesting resumes. Growing up in West Milford, New Jersey, he spent hours listening to WLIR emanating out of Long Island, New York. Lying in bed, he would scribble down playlists and then scout out the records he loved in stores, among them The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Dead Kennedys, and Elvis Costello. However, it was the experience of seeing Pink Floyd at Giants Stadium that triggered his lust for finding a way to work in the music industry. Howerdel initially racked up experience in stage lighting, working for almost any band or theater production that would ask, while at the same time devoting the rest of his free time to practicing guitar. A few years of work led to a chance meeting with Fishbone, a move west and quickly becoming a sought-after road and studio tech, working with David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, and oh yeah, being roommates with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan. It was that friendship that birthed the multi-platinum alternative rock supergroup, A Perfect Circle.

Howerdel’s most recent album with A Perfect Circle was 2018’s Eat the Elephant, the group’s fourth.

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