Primus have announced a benefit show for director Jimmy Hayward, who is currently battling cancer. The event will take place at The Belasco in Los Angeles, CA on April 17 and it will find the band joined by a number of special guests including Tool’s Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor.
Primus frontman Les Claypool commented:
“Every now and again cancer steps into our world and pulverizes the lives of people that are dear to us. Such a thing happened a while back with our good friend Jimmy Hayward. Over the past couple years Jimmy has undergone many major surgeries to remove then reconstruct major damage from a cancer that invaded his bones. With a wife and two very young children at hand, Jimmy has shown incredible courage and tenacity in an unbelievably challenging time.
It is at this time that we in Primus and some of Jimmy’s good friends in the music/entertainment world have decided to give a “brother a hand”, and do a live performance in his honor and for the benefit of his family. Please come down and witness a one time collaboration music event in celebration of our good friend.”
“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the iconic series with two special concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. The shows found the duo joined by Primus and Ween as they ran through various “South Park” songs and tracks from both bands’ catalogs. Notably, Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson also took the stage for a performance of “Closer To The Heart.” Some fan-filmed footage from the shows can be found below. Pro-shot footage from the concerts will also air on Comedy Central on August 13, before hitting Paramount+ the next day.
Primus have premiered a new video for their song “Follow The Fool.” This track is from the band’s latest EP “Conspiranoid.” Les Claypool commented:
“‘Fool that Follows the Fool‘ seems frighteningly poignant at this particular time in history. Directed by my son Cage Claypool, the video took on a life of its own, as we see ranting lunatics spewing irrational perspectives onto the eager masses looking for answers and scapegoats for the shortcomings of their lives. Cage paints the picture of these lost creatures blindly following their leader, like glossy-eyed lemmings, to their ultimate downfall. I puff my chest like a proud papa as I watch my son develop into a truly insightful artist.”
Primus are planning to release a new 7 inch vinyl box set, titled “The Revenant Juke: A Collection Of Fables And Farce,“ as part of Third Man Records’ “Vault Package” series. The effort will include six discs with individual sleeve artwork housed in a custom telescoping box. Fans that want the set will have to sign up HERE before midnight CST on July 31. Here’s the contents:
Disc 1: “John The Fisherman” b/w “Too Many Puppies” (on soft purple vinyl)
Disc 2: “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” b/w “Tommy The Cat” (on bitter lime vinyl)
Disc 3: “My Name Is Mud” b/w “Mr. Krinkle” (on fermented orange vinyl)
Disc 4: “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” b/w “Southbound Pachyderm” (on bruised peach vinyl)
Disc 5: “Shake Hands With Beef” b/w “Over The Falls” (on ducky yellow vinyl)
Disc 6: “The Antipop” b/w “Coattails Of A Dead Man” (on generic turquoise vinyl)
Primus have cancelled the European/UK leg of their “A Tribute To Kings” tour. The band commented:
“We are very sorry to announce that due to unavoidable logistical challenges, Primus has cancelled the upcoming European tour dates scheduled for the Fall of 2022. We apologize to our fans who were planning to attend and look forward to performing in Europe again soon. Ticket refunds will be available at the original point of purchase.”
Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were among the attendees at Primus’ May 13 show in Toronto, ON. The concert was part of the band’s “A Tribute To Kings” tour in which they have been performing Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” in full. Lee said the following about the show:
“On Friday night we had the joyful experience of reuniting with our grand pals from Primus… Les, Ler, Herb and their gang… We sat side stage as they immaculately worked through a cool selection of classic Primus tunes which brought back fond memories of our touring together back in the early 90’s and then we were treated to the weird and wonderful experience of watching them perform our music: ‘A Farewell to Kings’ in it’s entirety. Totally nailed it! They did us proud and we thank them deeply for the tribute and the lasting friendship.”
Primus have premiered a new song titled “Conspiranoia.” The nearly 12-minute long track is from the band’s new EP “Conspiranoid,“ which will be released on April 22. That effort will also feature two more songs titled “Follow The Fool” and “Erin On The Side Of Caution.“
“‘Conspiranoia‘ was sprouted from a seed I had planted in my notebook a year or so ago — a few lines commenting on the mental state of the contemporary world. I watched the distrust and divide grow between friends, colleagues, relatives, and the general population because of the consumption and digesting of disinformation, misinformation, warped information, and flat-out fairy tales being perpetuated by anyone with a slight hint of web design aptitude. I was compelled to shed light on the ridiculousness of many of these perspectives and the lack of rational thought that was being applied in the interpretation of many such entities and theories.
Because the single “Conspiranoia” is of such length, I realized that for a B-side of the vinyl, we would need at least two tunes to fill out the real estate of the actual 12-inch disc. I had the song ‘Follow The Fool‘ in the chamber and we fleshed it out. Larry Lalonde had the riff for the song that became ‘Erin On The Side Of Caution‘, which I supplied the lyrics for by again pulling from my notebook of notions. Because all three songs were bred in an odd time of divide, confusion, angst, frustration, and social senility, the title Conspiranoid seemed like an appropriate moniker for the EP.”
Primus have added a European/UK leg to their “A Tribute To Kings” tour. Like the previous dates, these shows will find the band performing Rush‘s “A Farewell To Kings” in full.
09/09 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset Arenan
09/10 Oslo, NOR – Oslo Spektrum
09/12 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
09/14 Berlin, GER – Huxley’s Neue Welt
09/16 Warsaw, POL – Klub Stodola
09/17 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
09/18 Munich, GER – TonHalle Munchen
09/20 Zurich, SWI – Kaufleuten
09/21 Padova, ITA – Gran Teatro Geox
09/23 Bogerhout, BEL – De Roma
09/24 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
09/25 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
09/27 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow
09/29 London, UK – Eventim Apollo
09/30 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
10/01 Dublin, IRE – Olympia Theatre
During a recent interview with Kyle Meredith, Les Claypool revealed that Primus are working on a new EP. The effort will feature three songs including a 13-minute track titled “Conspiranoia.” Claypool said the following:
“Basically, what I wanted to do was record one giant song, which we did. But you can’t just release one song, so we had to have a b-side. We recorded another song but the first song was so giant that we had to do two [other] songs. So now we’re doing a three-song 12-inch single. We didn’t have a lot of time to make a full-blown album. But also, how many people are open to us playing a full-blown album live these days? We’ve got the Rush stuff, we’ve got all our stuff and when you go see a band you’ve been seeing for many years, often watching them go and play a bunch of new songs isn’t necessarily what you [want]. But trickling in a few new songs… that way we can actually play these things live and we’re not burying people with all this music they don’t know.”
Comedy Central will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of “South Park” with a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. The event will be held on August 10 and it will feature the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, as well as Primus and Ween. Both of the aforementioned bands have a history with the series. Primus frontman Les Claypool wrote and recorded the show’s iconic theme song, while Ween contributed “The Rainbow” to the program. Both groups are also among the artists featured in the 1998 episode “Chef Aid.” Fans that wish to attend the concert can register for a chance to buy tickets HERE.
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