A Perfect Circle honor fallen stars in new track

As though to prove a point after their own, long hibernation, the hard rock band pay tribute to Willy Wonka, Major Tom, Leia and other late celebs.

It’s been about 15 years since A Perfect Circle last released an album. Well, that wait is coming to an end. Yesterday, the hard rock supergroup dropped “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish,” the final teaser for their forthcoming record, Eat the Elephant.

It’s a catchy, upbeat number that drips with sarcasm. While honoring the death of heroes such as Gene Wilder, Bowie, Carrie Fisher and Muhammad Ali, frontman Maynard James Keenan alludes to the absurdity of modern existence. “Bravissimo, hip hip hooray / What a glorious display / Melt our joyous hearts away / Under the mushroom cloud confetti,” he sings.

“We all cope with the absurd in our own manner,” Keenan said. “The Italian side of me produces and shares wine with friends in order to feel grounded and connected in the midst of all the madness. But once the wine is gone, the drunk and sarcastic Irish side of me goes straight for the unreasonable jugular.”

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The single is the fourth single off the band’s fourth studio album, Eat the Elephant, which is slated to drop this Friday.

Listen to “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish,” which takes its name from a book in the deliciously sardonic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, here:

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