Drummer JOSH FREESE To Miss A PERFECT CIRCLE's Summer Tour Dates

May 24, 2011

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Josh Freese, drummer and a founding member of A PERFECT CIRCLE, has announced that he will not be performing with the band on its upcoming summer tour, which is slated to begin on June 29 in Portland, Oregon. Freese issued a statement at his official web site in which he said his decision was "maybe the hardest . . . I've ever had to make professionally and it hasn't been easy on me. I've been looking forward to APC reforming for years now and the timing just couldn't have been worse. I'd already committed the time to WEEZER and I am a man of my word. As much as I hate to have to miss the APC tour there wasn't a whole lot I could do about it."

For years, Freese has been one of the most in-demand drummers in rock for both touring and recording, working with groups like NINE INCH NAILS, EVANESCENCE, THE OFFSPRING, PARAMORE and dozens more.

He told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he has no problem being a drummer for hire. "The fact that I can go play drums and get paid for it, it's like, is awesome," he said. "It's really hard for me to say no about things like that. If I was super-rich, I would say no to a lot of these things, but I'm not, so that's how I kind of maintain making a living. I know a lot of great musicians that don't make a living playing music, and I kind of owe it to myself and them to work when someone calls me to work."

In his statement about the APC tour, Freese wrote, "I get asked all the time how I manage to 'do it all.' Well, usually I do 'do it all' and it's a combination of working really hard and driving myself and my family a bit crazy. But sometimes it doesn't work out and this time I'm forfeiting something very close to my heart and something that I take a great deal of pride in."

Freese apologized to APC fans, adding, "The APC guys have been unbelievably cool, understanding and supportive about my situation. Yes, they're bummed but no, they don't hold it against me and all is well with us." Freese concluded by saying he is still a member of the band and will rejoin them as soon as possible.

Jeff Friedl of ASHES DIVIDE and PUSCIFER will fill in on drums for A PERFECT CIRCLE until Freese returns.

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