A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha is going to sit out the band’s tour this spring because of his commitments to the Smashing Pumpkins reunion trek.
According to Guitar World, A Perfect Circle has tapped longtime friend Greg Edwards from Failure to fill in on guitar. A statement from the band reiterated that Iha remains a member of A Perfect Circle.
A Perfect Circle will begin its spring run on April 14th at a radio festival in Tucson, Arizona. The band’s new album, Eat The Elephant, is set for release on April 20th and will be the first collection of studio recordings from the band since the 2004 covers LP eMOTive.
The long-awaited semi-reunion of the original Pumpkins was confirmed last month with the announcement of a 36-city North American tour that will begin in Glendale, Arizona on July 12th. Joining the three charter members — Iha, frontman William Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin — will be Jeff Schroeder on guitar and Jack Bates on bass. Founding bassist D’arcy Wretzky will not participate, and has accused Corgan of rescinding an offer to join the reunion.