According to The Pulse Of Radio, A PERFECT CIRCLE's ban on mobile phones and other devices that could be used to film the band's live show could not defeat fans at last weekend's Coachella festival in Indio, California. During the band's set this past weekend, either the crowd was too big or festival organizers just didn't enforce the group's policy. As a result, the band’s entire set was filmed and posted online — although it has since been taken down.
Guitarist Billy Howerdel admitted that at some point the band cannot completely control the situation when it comes to people using their phones or cameras. "We have our security staff, they interface with local security and the local law enforcement, and it's left to their discretion at the end of the day," he said. "There's only so much, I guess, you can ask them, how sophisticated they can be in trying to be sensitive to somebody paying money to come experience something and then breaking the rule or whatever, you know."
It was reported last fall that more than 60 concertgoers were ejected from an APC show for taking photos in violation of the band's stated policy.
A PERFECT CIRCLE frontman Maynard James Keenan has also enacted a strict ban on photos with his other groups, TOOL and PUSCIFER, but it got renewed scrutiny after the ejections that took place at A PERFECT CIRCLE's show on November 4 in Reading, Pennsylvania.
A PERFECT CIRCLE's fourth album, "Eat The Elephant", will be released on April 20 via BMG.
The last APC studio effort, a covers collection titled "eMOTive", came out in 2004.
A PERFECT CIRCLE plays this weekend in Las Vegas and at the second weekend of Coachella before beginning a North American tour in mid-May.