Primus To Perform Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” In Full On North American Tour

Primus will be performing Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” in full on a 2020 North American tour with Wolfmother. The Sword and Battles will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

With The Sword:

05/26 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
05/27 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
05/29 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
05/30 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theater
06/01 Asheville, NC – Arena
06/03 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live Orlando
06/05 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
06/06 Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
06/07 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
06/09 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
06/10 Columbus, OH – Express Live! – Outdoor
06/12 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival (Primus only)
06/15 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
06/16 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
06/17 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
06/19 Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
06/20 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony Summer Stage
06/21 Essex Junction, VT – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition
06/23 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
06/24 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
06/26 Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
06/27 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
06/28 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Outdoor
06/30 Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
07/02 Lafayette, NY – Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards (no The Sword)
07/03 Westbrook ME – Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row (no The Sword)

With Battles:

07/06 Indianapolis, IN – The Amphitheater at White River State Park
07/07 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
07/08 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
07/10 Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
07/11 St Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
07/12 Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC
07/14 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
07/15 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
07/17 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theater
07/18 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
07/19 Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
07/21 Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden
07/23 Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
07/24 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
07/25 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
07/28 Spokane, WA – Riverfront Park Amphitheater
07/29 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
07/31 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
08/01 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
08/02 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

Primus’ Les Claypool commented:

“A little over one year ago, Ler LaLonde and I started kicking the idea around of Primus performing a series of shows featuring an iconic Rush album from our youth

Being that ‘A Farewell to Kings‘ was the first Rush record I ever heard, and that it contains my all-time favorite Rush tune, “Cygnus X1“, the choice narrowed quickly.

Years ago, I had done something similar with Colonel Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, when we covered Pink Floyd ‘Animals‘ in its entirety. It was an insane amount of work, but ended up being one of the most enjoyable live endeavors I’ve ever done.

Dubbing the tour ‘Primus: A Tribute to Kings‘; it was originally scheduled to be performed in the Fall of 2019, but when we were asked to support Slayer on their Final Campaign, the “Tribute to Kings” tour was postponed.

Geddy, Alex and Neil had been superheroes to Larry, Herb and I in our teens, so when we all became pals while touring together in the early 90’s, we were pretty delighted; partially because of the musical geek-out factor, but mostly because the three guys whom we had admired so much from afar, turned out to be truly great, down-to-earth humans, and like us, a tad eccentric.

The “Tribute to Kings” tour will be just as it is implied, a respectful and loving tribute to three spectacular musicians, songwriters, legends and friends.”

Les Claypool Says Primus Are Going To Open For Slayer On The Final U.S. Leg Of Their Farewell Tour

According to Les Claypool, Primus are going to open for Slayer on the final U.S. leg of their farewell tour. He said the following during an appearance on Bill Burr’s Thursday Afternoon Monday Morning Podcast:

“There’s another thing too that’s kind of a secret, but maybe I can tell you now… So it looks like we’re confirmed — we’re gonna play the last, the very last run supporting SLAYER’s very last tour; PRIMUS is… It’s starting at Madison Square Garden [in New York City] and ending at The Forum [in Los Angeles]. That’s the rumor.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Primus To Release Official Pinball Machine

Primus have joined forces with Stern Pinball to create an official pinball machine. The game will feature artwork by Zoltron and Zombie Yeti, custom voice overs by Les Claypool, a custom “Frizzle Fry” shooter knob, and more. It will be limited to 100 units and each one will be signed by the band. Pre-orders will be available HERE on November 26 and they will cost $7,995.

Primus Announce Limited Edition Vinyl Reissues

Primus will be reissuing a number of albums on limited edition colored vinyl. They include: “Pork Soda”, “Brown Album”, “Miscellaneous Debris”, “Tales From The Punchbowl”, “Antipop”, “Rhinoplasty”, and “Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People” The efforts have been remastered and pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s the release dates and available options:

November 16:

  • “Pork Soda” (2LP on gold metallic color vinyl, limited to 1,000)
  • “Brown Album” (2LP on translucent orange color vinyl, limited to 1,000)

November 30:

  • “Miscellaneous Debris” (1LP on olive green color vinyl, limited to 1,000)
  • “Tales From The Punchbowl” (2LP on magenta color vinyl, limited to 1,000)

December 14:

  • “Antipop” (2LP on translucent blue color vinyl, limited to 1,000)
  • “Rhinoplasty” (2LP on translucent red color vinyl, limited to 1,000) [includes bonus cover of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”]
  • “Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People” (1LP on opaque yellow color vinyl, limited to 1,000)

Primus Announce Fall U.S. Tour

Primus have announced a fall U.S. tour. Les Claypool commented:

“Hey all you Primates out there. So, due to popular demand and the fact that such a spectacular time on this latest summer tour was had, we’ve decided to extend our short fall run into three glorious Goblin filled weeks of Primus. If you haven’t seen it yet or want to catch it one last time, now’s your chance to get your “gob on”. We might even slip a little Nutbutter onto your Glass Sandwich as we all ride the Hamburger Train to Kalamazoo…well maybe. And, don’t forget, dress like your favorite Goblin or Primus character and win a prize. (We are thinking jars of Pickled Ler Underpants but we’ve yet to work that out).”

Tour Dates:

09/09 Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
09/19 Flagstaff, AZ – Pepsi Amphitheatre at Fort Tuthill Park
09/22 San Antonio, TX – River City Rockfest
09/23 Tulsa, OK – The Brady Theater
09/25 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
09/26 Asheville, NC – Highland Brewing Company
09/28 Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live
09/30 Louisville, KY – Louder than Life Music Festival
10/01 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
10/03 Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
10/04 Sioux Falls, SD – The District
10/05 Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino
10/07 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10/08 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

Primus Perform Peter Gabriel‘s “Intruder” With Mastodon & Tool Members

During their July 5 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, Primus were joined onstage by Tool’s Danny Carey and Mastodon’s Brann Dailor and Troy Sanders for a performance of their cover of Peter Gabriel‘s “Intruder.” You can see footage of that below: