Matt McJunkins

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Matt McJunkins
McJunkins performing in July 2011
Background information
Born 19 March
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, keyboards
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts A Perfect Circle, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ashes Divide, Puscifer, Eagles of Death Metal

Matt McJunkins is an American musician best known for touring and recording with the American rock band A Perfect Circle. He is currently the touring bassist for Eagles of Death Metal. He is one of the founding members of The Beta Machine, a rock band formed with friend Jeff Friedl. McJunkins has also worked with Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ashes Divide, Puscifer, and Socadia.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Matt McJunkins was raised in Palm Springs, California, where he started playing bass guitar at the age of 13. After high school, McJunkins moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. He attended the Musicians Institute and honed in on his craft while writing music and playing in several rock bands.[2]

In 2008, Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle asked McJunkins to join his side project Ashes Divide, with Jeff Friedl, Andy Gerold and Adam Monroe completing the line-up.[3][4] The band toured extensively in support of their debut album Keep Telling Myself It's Alright (2008), opening concerts for Seether, Stone Temple Pilots, and Filter, and also performed at the Projekt Revolution festival. McJunkins later toured with Puscifer, sharing bass guitar with Rani Sharone.[2][5]

In September 2010, A Perfect Circle announced that they would reform and McJunkins was asked to join on bass alongside co-founders Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan with Josh Freese and James Iha.[6] In the following years, McJunkins formed The Beta Machine with Jeff Friedl and toured with Thirty Seconds to Mars in 2011.[7]

McJunkins was on stage with Eagles of Death Metal during the November 2015 Paris attacks, and escaped the Bataclan with the rest of the band.


With Puscifer
With A Perfect Circle


  1. ^ "Matt McJunkins". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Matt McJunkins". Musicians Institute. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Billy Howerdel from Ashes Divide announces tour lineup". The Gauntlet. March 20, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ashes Divide Video Interviews". IGN. January 28, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ Peters, Mitchell (April 3, 2008). "Linkin Park Snags Cornell, Bravery For Projekt Revolution". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle Interview Exclusive". Blow The Scene. September 20, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ D'Auria, Jon (October 25, 2011). "A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Ashes Divide, 30 Seconds To Mars Matt MCJunkins Mer De Bass". NewBay Media. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 

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