Primus Announce Rescheduled Dates For “A Tribute To Kings” Tour

Primus have announced the rescheduled dates for their “A Tribute To Kings” North American tour. The band will be performing Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” in full on the trek, which will also feature Wolfmother, The Sword, and Battles on select dates.

2021 Tour Dates:

With Wolfmother & The Sword:

06/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
06/11 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
06/12 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
06/13 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
06/15 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
06/16 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
06/18-19 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06/20 Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
06/22 Asheville, NC – Exploreacheville.com Arena
06/23 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
06/25 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union Live!
06/26 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
06/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
06/29 Essex Junction, VT – Midway Law at Champlain Valley Expo
07/01 Westbrook, ME – Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
07/02 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre
07/03 Scranton, PA – TBA
07/05 Lafayette, NY – Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (no The Sword)
07/06 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
07/08 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
07/09 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony Summer Stage
07/10 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
07/13 Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
07/15 Columbus, OH – Express Live! Outdoor
07/16 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
07/17 Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
07/19 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion

With Wolfmother & Battles:

07/20 Chicago, IL- Chicago Theatre
07/21 Indianapolis, IN – Amphitheater at White River Stage Park (no Battles)
07/23 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
07/24 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
07/25 Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
07/27 Kansas City, MO – Grinders SKC
07/29 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
07/30 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
07/31 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex Outdoors
08/02 Phoenix, AZ – Commerica Theatre
08/04 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
08/06 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
08/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
08/10 Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden
08/11 Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
08/13 Spokane, WA – Riverfront Park
08/14 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park

With Battles:

08/17 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
08/18 Bend, OR – Les Schab Amphitheater
08/20 Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theater

Primus frontman Les Claypool commented:

“Third time is the charm…we’ve postponed this ‘Tribute to Kings’ tour twice now. Once, because we opted to help send Slayer on their way into retirement, and once because mother nature decided to slap us all into isolation with a nasty virus. This time, I will get to go out there and get my ‘Geddy on’. I’ve got my Ricky shined up and have been practicing my Moog licks. 2020 has proven to be one nasty kick to the crotch on many levels.

This nation is divided beyond anything I’ve ever seen; from who’s wearing masks or not to who’s treating folks with common dignity…or not. Let’s hope 2021 will resolve us all into some form of unity. As far as touring, it will be nice to be back in the saddle again, see y’all next summer…’Geddy up!’”

The Sword Stream B-Side Track “Daughter Of Dawn”

The Sword are streaming a b-side track titled “Daughter Of Dawn.” The song originally appeared on the Japanese edition of “Warp Riders“ and it will also be featured on the band’s new career-spanning compilations, “Conquest Of Kingdoms” and “Chronology 2006 – 2018,“ both of which are set to be released on June 5. J.D. Cronise told Revolver the following about the song:

“I’m very glad to have [“Daughter of Dawn”] included on Chronology and Conquest of Kingdoms because I felt that it never really got its due. Everyone’s playing is impeccable, and Matt Bayles really outdid himself on the production. It was a little outside of our comfort zone at the time, but I think it turned out great and was actually pretty prescient with regards to how our sound would evolve. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite things we’ve ever recorded.”

The Sword Postpone Tour With King Buffalo

The Sword have postponed their headlining dates with King Buffalo due to the coronavirus pandemic. This news comes after the band’s tour with Primus and Wolfmother was postponed earlier today. The Sword commented:

“The upcoming Spring/Summer tour is being rescheduled into 2021. New dates are being worked on at this time and information will become available the moment it’s able to be shared. Please hold onto your tickets as they will be valid for the new dates. We will offer refunds when the new dates are announced or after 60 days if it takes extra time to find new dates. Please reach out to your original point of purchase with questions regarding refund policies and any other ticket inquiries. Thank you for your understanding and support. – The Sword“

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Primus Postpone “A Tribute To Kings” Tour

Primus have postponed their “A Tribute To Kings” North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band were scheduled to perform Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” in full on the trek, which was also set to feature Wolfmother, The Sword, and Battles.

Primus commented:

“The upcoming “Primus: A Tribute To Kings” tour is being rescheduled. Primus has been looking forward to celebrating this legendary Rush album, but want to ensure everyone’s health and safety is not at risk.

New dates are being worked on at this time and information will become available the moment it’s able to be shared. Hang onto your tickets as they will be valid for the new dates.

A majority of the shows will offer refunds when the new dates are announced or after 60 days if it takes extra time to find new dates. Please reach out to your original point of purchase with questions regarding refund policies and any other ticket inquiries. Thank you for your understanding and support during this unprecedented time.”

The Sword Stream Cover Of KISS’ “She”

The Sword are streaming their cover of KISS’ “She.” This track will be featured on the band’s new career-spanning compilations, “Conquest Of Kingdoms” and “Chronology 2006 – 2018,“ both of which will be released on June 5.

The Sword To Release Two Career-Spanning Compilations

The Sword will be releasing two career-spanning compilations on June 5. The first one, “Conquest Of Kingdoms,” is a vinyl set featuring 30 tracks including various covers, b-sides, live recordings, and more. The second one, “Chronology 2006-2018,” is a three-disc set featuring 52 tracks with a lot of the same rarities plus fan-favorites, and more.

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton, and Clutch’s Neil Fallon contributed some new liner notes to “Chronology” and some excerpts can be found below:

Lars Ulrich:

“The Sword blew my mind. The best music always sounds like it threads through, and is part of, some sort of lineage, some sort of continuity, some sort of history, but always with its own additional X factor… For me, they were one of the few with that aforementioned additional X factor, so we should absolutely celebrate their inspirational music.”

Mark Morton:

“The Sword was a band I had been waiting for… a band that I wished I was in… a heavy blues, acid rock, psychedelic, intergalactic riff paradise. In my estimation, The Sword was the perfect blend of Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Sleep and Clutch… somehow familiar yet incredibly fresh at the same time.”

Neil Fallon:

“The phrase ‘world building’ is usually reserved for science fiction and fantasy. But I think you could apply it to The Sword as well. The lyrics and music capture the spirit of what first attracted me to heavy metal, namely, the escapism. There’s only a handful of bands that do this convincingly, and The Sword is one of them.”

The Sword’s Bryan Richie also said the following about the new releases:

“We’ve got all these exclusive 7”s and a split record or two, that were pressed in 1,000 quantities — maybe people heard those tracks on a YouTube stream in not really the greatest quality.

As the band had gone on hiatus, we had this wealth of material to share including live sets — things that were sitting on my hard drive for years, things that were given to me at shows. It seemed like the right time.”

John D. Cronise added:

“The CD package will be more of a career retrospective with selections from each of our albums as well as the rarities and B-sides and things. Sort of a mini box set, you could say. The set will include a booklet with essays and photos, to make it special and extra.

Whereas the LP release [‘Conquest of Kingdoms‘] is more streamlined, with just the B-side and rarities material. Personally for me, that’s what’s exciting about the releases. A lot of that stuff I never thought would see the light of day but I always thought was really cool and was proud of.”

Here’s the track listings:

“Conquest Of Kingdoms” (digital):

01. “The Horned Goddess” (live) (previously unreleased)
02. “Barael’s Blade” (live) (previously unreleased)
03. “Lament For The Aurochs” (live) (previously unreleased)
04. “Iron Swan” (live) (previously unreleased)
05. “The Sundering” (live) (previously unreleased)
06. “Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians” (live) (previously unreleased)
07. “The Black River” (live) (previously unreleased)
08. “The White Sea” (live) (previously unreleased)
09. “Sea Of Spears” (live) (previously unreleased)
10. “Freya” (live) (previously unreleased)
11. “Night City” (live) (previously unreleased)
12. “The Chronomancer II: Nemesis” (live)
13. “He’s Waiting” (C Average Version)
14. “Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings”
15. “Freya ‘08” (previously unreleased)
16. “Forever My Queen” Pentagram cover) (previously unreleased)
17. “She” (Kiss cover) (previously unreleased)
18. “Daughter Of Dawn”
19. “Farstar”
20. “Cheap Sunglasses” (ZZ Top cover)
21. “Hammer Of Heaven”
22. “Hexenringe”
23. “Seriously Mysterious (Level One Remix)” (previously unreleased)
24. “John The Revelator” (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
25. “Turnt To Dust”
26. “Serpent Weather ”

“Conquest Of Kingdoms” (vinyl):

Side A:

01. “The Horned Goddess” (live) (previously unreleased)
02. “Barael’s Blade” (live) (previously unreleased)
03. “Lament For The Aurochs” (live) (previously unreleased)
04. “Iron Swan” (live) (previously unreleased)

Side B:

01. “The Sundering” (live) (previously unreleased)
02. “Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians” (live) (previously unreleased)
03. “The Black River” (live) (previously unreleased)
04. “The White Sea” (live) (previously unreleased)

Side C:

01. “Sea Of Spears” (live) (previously unreleased)
02. “Freya” (live) (previously unreleased)
03. “Night City” (live) (previously unreleased)
04. “The Chronomancer II: Nemesis” (live)

Side D:

01. “He’s Waiting” (C Average Version)
02. “Sea Of Spears”
03. “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)
04. “Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings” (ZZ Top cover)
05. “Codex Corvidae”
06. “Freya ‘08“*

Side E:

01. “Forever My Queen” (Pentagram cover) (previously unreleased)
02. “She” (Kiss cover) (previously unreleased)
03. “Daughter Of Dawn”
04. “Farstar”
05. “Cold Sweat” (Thin Lizzy cover)
06. “Cheap Sunglasses” (ZZ Top cover)

Side F:

01. “Hammer Of Heaven”
02. “Hexenringe”
03. “Seriously Mysterious” (Level One Remix) (previously unreleased)
04. “John The Revelator” (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
05. “Turnt To Dust“
06. “Serpent Weather”

“Chronology 2006 – 2018“:

Disc 1:

01. “Freya”
02. “Winter’s Wolves”
03. “The Horned Goddess”
04. “Iron Swan”
05. “How Heavy This Axe”
06. “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians”
07. “Maiden, Mother & Crone”
08. “The Black River”
09. “Acheron/Unearthing The Orb”
10. “Lawless Lands”
11. “The Warp Riders”
12. “(The Night the Sky Cried) Tears Of Fire”
13. “The Horned Goddess” (live) (previously unreleased)
14. “Barael’s Blade” (live) (previously unreleased)
15. “Lament for the Aurochs” (live) (previously unreleased)
16. “Iron Swan” (live) (previously unreleased)

Disc 2:

01. “Cloak Of Feathers”
02. “Dying Earth”
03. “Seven Sisters”
04. “Apocryphon”
05. “Empty Temples”
06. “Mist & Shadow”
07. “Early Snow”
08. “The Dreamthieves”
09. “Seriously Mysterious” (acoustic)
10. “Buzzards” (acoustic)
11. “Deadly Nightshade”
12. “Sea Of Green”
13. “Used Future”
14. “Come And Gone”
15. “Sea Of Spears” (live) (previously unreleased)
16. “Freya” (live) (previously unreleased)
17. “Night City” (live) (previously unreleased)
18. “The Chronomancer II: Nemesis” (live)

Disc 3:

01. “He’s Waiting” (C Average Version)
02. “Sea Of Spears”
03. “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)
04. “Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings” (ZZ Top cover)
05. “Codex Corvidae”
06. “Freya ’08” (previously unreleased)
07. “Forever My Queen” (Pentagram cover) (previously unreleased)
08. “She” (Kiss cover) (previously unreleased)
09. “Daughter Of Dawn”
10. “Farstar”
11. “Cold Sweat” (Thin Lizzy cover)
12. “Cheap Sunglasses” (ZZ Top cover)
13. “Hammer Of Heaven”
14. “Hexenringe”
15. “Seriously Mysterious” (Level One Remix) (previously unreleased)
16. “John The Revelator” (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
17. “Turnt To Dust” (previously unreleased)
18. “Serpent Weather”

Pre-orders can be found HERE and a live version of “Freya“ from a 2011 show in Austin, TX can be streamed below:

Moon Destroys (Ex-Torche, Etc.) Premiere “Stormbringer” Video

Moon Destroys (ex-Torche, etc.) have premiered a NSFW video for their new song “Stormbringer.” The track, which features guest vocals from Cynic’s Paul Masvidal and synth from The Sword‘s Bryan Richie, will appear on the band’s debut EP “Maiden Voyage“ (out March 27). Juan Montoya commented:

“Now is the time to connect with people, through music, through love. ‘Stormbringer‘ is from my soul. We will weather the storm together.”

The Sword Announce New Dates With King Buffalo

The Sword have announced some headlining shows with King Buffalo. These concerts will take place around their tour with Primus and Wolfmother. Here’s the dates:

06/02 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco (no King Buffalo)
06/04 Tampa, FL – Orpheum (no King Buffalo)
06/11 Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
06/12 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
06/13 Indianapolis, IN – Vogue
06/25 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
07/01 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
07/02 St. Louis, MO – Ready Room (no King Buffalo)
07/03 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street (no King Buffalo)

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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 – ExploreAsheville.com 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.”