Primus Cancel European/UK Leg Of “A Tribute To Kings” Tour

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 Watched Primus Perform “A Farewell To Kings” In Full In Toronto, ON

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, Gogol Bordello, Etc. Members Release New Ukrainian Benefit Single “Zelensky: The Man With The Iron Balls”

Les Claypool (Primus) and Eugene Hütz (Gogol Bordello) have teamed up for a new Ukrainian benefit single titled “Zelensky: The Man With The Iron Balls.” The track, which also includes contributions from Stewart Copeland (The Police), Sean Lennon (The Claypool Lennon Delirium), Sergey Ryabtsev (Gogol Bordello), and Billy Strings, was released to raise money for Nova Ukraine.

Hütz told Rolling Stone the following:

“As soon as Russian aggression broke out, Les and I connected to address the catastrophe ASAP. We jumped on creating affirmative music that calls for unity and pays respect to the real doers in Ukrainian defense, such as President Zelensky, who demonstrated previously unheard of stamina and heroism. It is our way to show that heavyweights like Les, Stewart, Billy, and Sean stand with the people of Ukraine and the country’s sovereignty from the very start of Russian-led terror.”

Claypool went on to say that he contacted Hütz after finding out about the Russian invasion during a meal with some of his Polish friends:

“In that vodka-laced dialogue, we started mutually praising Zelensky for his surprisingly epic display of courage. ‘Zelensky has balls of steel!’ we agreed. It was then that we decided that some freaky ‘East meets West’ art needed to be thrown that way.”

He also added that the track “is not intended to be a song of condemnation” and that it is supposed to stand for “unity” :

“We now have a recording to help rally support for a bullied country, and a David versus Goliath-type man who stood up for their liberty, freedom, and homeland… [We’re] giving praise to a man who stepped up for his people beyond anything I’ve seen in my tenure on this planet. This unlikely fellow has grabbed the reins of leadership and held fast in such a way that the world is now galvanized in support.”

In addition to the single, the musicians will also be teaming up with Fandiem to raise more money for Nova Ukraine. Those that donate on April 22 will have a chance to win a trip to the “South Park” 25th anniversary concert at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 10. Fans are also encouraged to submit footage of themselves clapping along to the song to ironballs@primusville.com.

Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz Band Announce West Coast Tour

Les Claypool (Primus) will be taking his “Bastard Jazz” band on the road this summer. The trek will find the frontman performing with drummer Stanton Moore (Galactic), percussionist Mike Dillon (Critters Buggin), and saxophonist Skerik (Critters Buggin). Here’s the dates:

07/25 Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
07/26 Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
07/28 Menlo Park, CA – The Guild Theatre
07/29 Los Angeles, CA – John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
07/30 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy + Harriet’s
08/01 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Memorial Library
08/02 Petaluma, CA – Lagunitas Amphitheater
08/05 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
08/06 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

Primus Premiere New Song “Conspiranoia”

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.“

Les Claypool told Consequence the following:

“‘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.”

Les Claypool (Primus) Announces Oakland “Bastard Jazz” Shows

Primus frontman Les Claypool has announced two more “Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz” shows with drummer Stanton Moore (Galactic), percussionist Mike Dillon (Critters Buggin), and saxophonist Skerik (Critters Buggin). Here’s their updated schedule:

04/28 New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater
07/26 Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s (8:00pm show)
07/26 Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s (10:00pm show)

Primus Announce European/UK Leg Of “A Tribute To Kings” Tour

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.

Tour Dates:

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

Primus Working On New EP

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.”

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Primus & Ween To Perform At “South Park” 25th Anniversary Concert At Red Rocks In Colorado

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.

Primus Frontman Announces April “Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz” Show

Primus’ Les Claypool will be playing a “Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz” show at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, LA on April 28. The frontman will be performing with Mike Dillon, Skerik, Stanton Moore.