Primus Add Two More Dates To “A Tribute To Kings” Tour

Primus have added two more dates to their “A Tribute To Kings” tour, including new stops in Cedar Rapids and Las Vegas. As previously reported, that trek will find the band performing Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” in full. Wolfmother will serve as direct support and The Sword will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

08/10 Boise, ID – Outlaw Field
08/11 Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
08/13 Spokane, WA – Riverfront Park
08/14 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
08/17 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
08/18 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
08/28 Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville Arena (feat. The Sword)
08/30 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock (feat. The Sword)
08/31 Atlanta, GA – Roxy Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/03 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
09/04 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater (feat. The Sword)
09/05 Charlotte, NC – Metro Amphitheater (feat. The Sword)
09/07 Houston, TX – The Bayou (feat. The Sword)
09/09 Austin, TX – ACL Live @ Moody Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/10 New Orleans, LA – The Saenger Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/11 Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory (feat. The Sword)
09/14 St. Louis, MO – Music Park (feat. The Sword)
09/16 Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn (feat. The Sword)
09/17 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
09/18 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
09/20 Columbus, OH – Express Live Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
09/21 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/22 Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheater (feat. The Sword)
09/24 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
09/25 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Lot (feat. The Sword)
09/26 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/28 New York, NY – Beacon Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/29 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
10/01 Philadelphia, PA – MET Opera House
10/02 Essex Junction, VT – Midway Lawn Chamlain Valley Expo
10/03 Westbrook, ME – Main Savings Pavilion
10/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10/06 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
10/08 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Pavilion
10/09 Kansas City, MO – Grinder’s
10/10 Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre
10/13 Salt Lake City, UT – Complex Live
10/15 Berkeley, CA – The Greek
10/16 Raso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheater
10/17 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theater
10/19 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast
10/21 Denver, CO – The Mission
10/22 Denver, CO – The Mission
10/24 Las Vegas, NV – The Theater At Virgin Hotels
10/25 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater

Rush’s Alex Lifeson Releases New Instrumental Tracks

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has premiered two new instrumental songs, “Kabul Blues” and “Spy House.” You can check those out at alexlifeson.com. The tracks, which feature bassist Andy Curran and drummer David Quinton Steinberg, were released to promote the new Alex Lifeson Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess electric guitar. Lifeson said the following about that instrument:

“The introduction of the Epiphone Alex Lifeson Axcess model based on my Gibson Les Paul Axcess model has all the same attributes and characteristics that I desired so much when we originally designed it. The look, the sound, the playability and the utility — it’s all there for the player at any level. I’m very proud of this guitar.”

Primus Announce Rescheduled Dates For “A Tribute To Kings” Tour With Wolfmother & The Sword

Primus have officially rescheduled their “A Tribute To Kings” North American tour. That trek will find the band performing Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” in full. Wolfmother will serve as direct support and The Sword will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

08/10 Boise, ID – Outlaw Field
08/11 Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
08/13 Spokane, WA – Riverfront Park
08/14 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
08/17 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
08/18 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
08/28 Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville Arena (feat. The Sword)
08/30 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock (feat. The Sword)
08/31 Atlanta, GA – Roxy Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/03 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
09/04 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater (feat. The Sword)
09/05 Charlotte, NC – Metro Amphitheater (feat. The Sword)
09/07 Houston, TX – The Bayou (feat. The Sword)
09/09 Austin, TX – ACL Live @ Moody Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/10 New Orleans, LA – The Saenger Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/11 Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory (feat. The Sword)
09/14 St. Louis, MO – Music Park (feat. The Sword)
09/16 Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn (feat. The Sword)
09/17 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
09/18 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
09/20 Columbus, OH – Express Live Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
09/21 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/22 Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheater (feat. The Sword)
09/24 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
09/25 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Lot (feat. The Sword)
09/26 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/28 New York, NY – Beacon Theater (feat. The Sword)
09/29 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion (feat. The Sword)
10/01 Philadelphia, PA – MET Opera House
10/02 Essex Junction, VT – Midway Lawn Chamlain Valley Expo
10/03 Westbrook, ME – Main Savings Pavilion
10/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10/06 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
10/08 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Pavilion
10/09 Kansas City, MO – Grinder’s
10/13 Salt Lake City, UT – Complex Live
10/15 Berkeley, CA – The Greek
10/16 Raso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheater
10/17 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theater
10/19 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast
10/21 Denver, CO – The Mission
10/22 Denver, CO – The Mission
10/25 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater

Primus’ Les Claypool commented:

“Finally, the clouds are parting, the planets are aligning, the dough is rising…whatever metaphor floats your preverbal boat, Primus is going on tour again. We were poised and ready for a massive, bent-rock extravaganza when the gremlins of covid came and yanked the rug out from under us all.

I personally have been climbing the walls like a shit-house rat and, after my first season off in 30 some odd years, I’m very anxious and excited to stand in front of the microphone with my four string piece of furniture and belt out some girthy ditties to sweaty throngs of punters.

C’mon Down,
Les Claypool“

Watch Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members Cover Rush’s “Subdivisions”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Brandon Yeagley (Crobot), and MeeEun Kim (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) have shared a quarantine cover of “Subdivisions.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“One year ago I had this idea to make a video while in quarantine. I was feeling pretty down about the passing of Neil Peart and about the Pandemic…I needed to be creative and play! I contacted Alex and Ra about doing a Rush song and video and they both liked the idea. I felt that they were probably feeling the same way I was, and that this would be a great way of jamming and entertaining while we were stuck home.

The response to the initial video was overwhelming! It really made us feel good during a bad time. A whole year ago…I cant believe it! It ended up being a year of making music and videos after all; I now have a record that’s coming out May 14 with most of the Jams. The Rush songs will be out on a special EP on Record store day in November. This song will be included on that.

Subdivisions is probably in every Rush fan’s top 10 songs, definitely one of their best. The keyboards dominate this tune and Neil‘s sound on it is so unique! His drum fills are so precise and powerful…like little hooks throughout the song, an air drummer’s dream! The lyrics tell a tale of life in the burbs and being shunned when you don’t meet a certain standard.

Subdivisions
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out!

@alexskolnik @ra @brandon bring it big time – Alex captures Lifeson’s vibe so well, Ra kills Geddy’s bass parts and Brandon brings his amazing voice. We’d like to welcome @meeeun ,(Thanks to Alex for the suggestion), she is an awesome musician and kills the keyboard parts on this. I hope you enjoy this one, It may be one of the last ones for a bit…unless Alex wants to do that Emerson lake and palmer tune (hahahahaha)”

Rush’s Alex Lifeson And Geddy Lee “Still Talk About” Working On New Music Together

During a recent interview with Make Weird Music, Rush’s Alex Lifeson revealed that him and Geddy Lee “still talk about” the possibility of working on new music together. However, he went on to say that scheduling conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic ended up putting the idea on hold.

Lifeson said the following:

“After we finished the last [RUSH] tour in 2015, I started just writing on my own and doing some stuff. Geddy was working on his book. We talked about getting together and doing some stuff together, but it got very, very busy for him, even after he finished writing the book — taking it on the road. So we never got a chance to sit down and start working or just having some fun together. We still talk about it, and I’m sure we will. Of course, now with the pandemic, it’s kind of wrecked things for a bit. But we’re both eager to get back together and kind of get back into that thing that we’ve done since we were 14 years old that we love to do. And we work really, really well together. So we’ll see what happens with that.”

He also reflected on the first anniversary of Neil Peart’s death:

“After Neil passed, it was very difficult to get inspired or motivated to play. As you can imagine, we were very, very close. You lose anybody that’s close, it’s a profound thing. And I think both Geddy and I expected to be better with it. Neil was sick for three and a half years, and no one really knew about it. Well, lots of people knew about it, but it wasn’t public, the information. So we thought that we would be prepared for the end when it came, and we weren’t. We both really struggled with it.

Same thing happened when [Neil’s] daughter passed away. I didn’t play for quite a long time at all; music just didn’t seem that important. And it was the same thing with this. And then COVID hit, and now we’re all sort of in a different mental space.

For me, that first year of grieving is the milestone, and once you get past that, I think you… I don’t know. It’s an anniversary that you process, and it becomes a little easier to handle.

With Neil, I’m always seeing pictures, and I’m always reminded of him, and all that stuff, and that was difficult, but now that it’s [been] a year, I find that I think of the good times that we had together more than the sadness. And we had so many great times — we laughed so much over all those years. Aside from the work that we did and being a partner to one of the greatest drummers in history, and bass players for that matter, I just remember the laughing and the smiles and all of that stuff. So it rounds out the picture and makes it a little easier to move forward.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rush’s Geddy Lee To Appear At The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Gala Concert

Rush’s Geddy Lee will be taking part in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s “Resilient Symphony: The Show Must Go On” virtual gala concert on February 18. The event will support the VSO and the VSO School Of Music and tickets for it can be found HERE.

The VSO issued the following statement:

“These are imperfect times. It takes courage, imagination, and sheer determination to navigate this new world. The VSO and VSO School of Music are steadfastly committed to keeping the music alive and thriving.

On February 18, 2021 we invite you to join us for the VSO’s Gala Concert: The Show Must Go On: Stories of Resilience.

This is no ordinary Virtual Gala Concert – this is a once in a lifetime experience not be missed.

Join host Steve Maddock and special guests Maestro Otto Tausk, James Ehnes, Itzhak Perlman, Measha Brueggergosman, k.d. lang, Geddy Lee, Steven Page, Jens Lindemann, Stewart Goodyear, Bria Skonberg, Red Robinson, and the musicians of the VSO for an evening of music and stories. Stories you never get to hear – the missed flight; the story behind the story of the delayed start; the imposter Maestro; what the VSO did when Queen Latifah became ill two days before she was to appear with the VSO; stories of intrigue and mystery – all accompanied by inspiring music, amazing food, wine and ambiance – in the comfort and safety of your own home.

See you at theconcerthall.ca this February 18.”

Late Van Halen, Rush, Power Trip, Etc. Members Featured In NBC News’ 2020 “In Memoriam” Segment

Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), Neil Peart (Rush), Riley Gale (Power Trip), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Peter Green (ex-Fleetwood Mac), Brian Howe (ex-Bad Company), and Jack Sherman (ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers) were among the musicians featured in NBC News’ 2020 “In Memoriam” segment. You can watch that video HERE.

Fu Manchu Release Cover Of Rush’s “Working Man”

Fu Manchu have released a cover of Rush’s “Working Man.” Proceeds from the track will be donated to brain tumor research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in honor of the late Neil Peart.

Fu Manchu commented:

“In Tribute to The Professor, Neil Peart, we are releasing our version of Rush’s ‘Working Man” that we recorded January 2020. All Proceeds will benefit Brain Tumor Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in his memory.

Members of our band and our manager were in the audience on August 1, 2015 when this was the final song played by Neil, Geddy and Alex. We are forever grateful for all of the music and memories.

Thanks to Carl Saff for donating his mastering services and to David Medel for donating his art services. Thanks to Jim Monroe for the studio time, engineering & mixing hook up. Thanks to Meg and everyone in the Rush family. Thanks to John Raso for going the extra mile to help us get this out.

This is a digital release only… for now.”

Neil Peart (Rush) To Be Honored At Modern Drummer Festival

LiveXLive have partnered with Modern Drummer to stream a virtual tribute concert for the late Neil Peart (Rush) as part of the Modern Drummer Festival. The event will take place on September 12 and it will feature: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Ray Luzier (Korn), Eric Singer (KISS), Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater), Jason Bittner (Overkill), and more. Tickets can be found HERE with proceeds set to benefit brain tumor research.