Primus Enlists Tool Members & Special Guests For April Benefit Concert

Proceeds will go toward filmmaker Jimmy Hayward as he battles cancer.

By Scott Bernstein Mar 23, 2023 12:44 pm PDT

Primus will perform a benefit concert to raise funds for close friend Jimmy Hayward at The Belasco in Los Angeles on April 17. Tool drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor as well as “surprise guests” are also aboard for the fundraising event.

Canadian film director Jimmy Hayward is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Hayward is also an animator who worked on such movies as Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life and Finding Nemo. Proceeds from the concert will go to Hayward and his family.

Tickets for the intimate show go on sale tomorrow (Friday, March 24) at 10 a.m. PT. Buy Primus tickets via

“Every now and again cancer steps into our world and pulverizes the lives of people that are dear to us,” Primus bassist Les Claypool stated. “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,” added Claypool. “Please come down and witness a one-time collaborative music event in celebration of our good friend.”

Primus closed out their two-year A Tribute To Kings tour last November. Les Claypool will hit the road for Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade's first tour in 20 years this May. The 41-date Summer Of Green Tour 2023 runs through July 15.

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