Billy Howerdel Says His Game Is Elevated Around Maynard James Keenan
A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel joined an interview with Heavy Consequence and shared his ideas about his bandmate and singer, Maynard James Keenan. The guitarist drew attention to some of the vocalist’s characteristics that his bandmate truly values.
Before becoming a famous guitarist, Howerdel worked as a guitar technician for several notable bands such as the Smashing Pumpkins, Fishbone, Nine Inch Nails, and Tool. When Tool performed an opening act for funk rock band Fishbone, the guitarist came across Keenan, and the duo became friends in a short time. Howerdel showed him some demos, which marked the turning point of A Perfect Circle.
The California-based band has dropped four studio albums since 1999, and the latest one, ‘Eat the Elephant,’ was released on April 20, 2018. Despite several lineup changes and taking long breaks between recording sessions because of Keenan’s other projects, A Perfect Circle members have maintained a good relationship. During his interview, Howerdel detailed his relationship with his longtime friend and bandmate.
As the composer and performer of the riffs, Howerdel stated that his game elevated around Keenan, which can be one of the secrets behind the band’s success. The guitar virtuoso highlighted that Keenan’s energy and love for crafting greatly inspired him. Howerdel added that Keenan’s awareness of his personal capacity and limits is one of the most incredible things about him since they help him succeed.
In Howerdel’s words, he said:
“I always feel like my game is elevated around him — whether in conversation, in the studio with him, or on the stage rehearsing or playing. He’s got an energy and loves the craft and the business part of it, too. I feel like Maynard has his bearings more solid than most people I know in music. He knows his lane. He knows what he can and can’t do and is great at what he does.”
Maynard James Keenan had previously stressed that the band members had not decided to part ways, but he emphasized that their fans had to wait a little longer to listen to their new works. The main reasons were Puscifer’s upcoming projects and Howerdel focusing on his solo album, ‘What Normal Was.’