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Primus teamed with Stern Pinball to create a custom pinball machine being sold in a limited edition of 100.
“Captain Jack Sparrow,” a.k.a. Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds joined Primus for a portion of their encore in Athens on Tuesday night.
Primus had such a good time this summer, the trio decided to expand a short Fall Tour to a full three weeks.
Primus added a handful of headlining shows between festival appearances in September.
Read a note from Les Claypool of Primus warning fans the trio’s current tour will be their last for awhile.
Check out photos, the setlists and videos from Primus & Mastodon’s recent tour stop in Oklahoma City at The Criterion.
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Primus at Teatro Diana
- Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
- Too Many Puppies
- Sgt. Baker
- Last Salmon Man
- Frizzle Fry
- Jilly's on Smack
- Seas of Cheese
- Spegetti Western
- The Seven
- Groundhog's Day
- American Life
- Here Come the Bastards
- The Storm
- Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
- The Scheme
- Welcome to This World
- My Name Is Mud
- Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
- Southbound Pachyderm
“Tommy the Cat.” “John the Fisherman.” “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver.” “My Name is Mud.” “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.” Yessiree, Primus is responsible for some of the most cutting edge and original rock music of the 1990’s. And now, the definitive Primus line-up – singer/bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander – is back together and planning on getting the worldwide masses bobbing up and down in unison once more.
Although originally formed in 1984, it was not until shortly before the end of the decade that the aforementioned classic line-up was solidified. With most hard rock/heavy metal acts at the time either neatly falling into either “thrash” or “glam” categories, Primus joined a variety of underground bands that refused to be pigeonholed (and by the early ’90s, had fully infiltrated the mainstream) – merging metal, funk, alternative, punk, country, roots rock, and experimental music, along with Claypool’s penchant for witty and often humorous storytelling lyrics.
Building a large and loyal following first in and around San Francisco (before eventually, going global), Primus kicked things off with a string of releases that are now considered classic alt-rock titles – 1989’s ‘Suck on This,’ 1990’s ‘Frizzle Fry,’ 1991’s ‘Sailing the Seas of Cheese,’ 1993’s ‘Pork Soda,’ and 1995’s ‘Tales from the Punchbowl.’ Along the way, Primus toured with some of rock’s biggest names (Jane’s Addiction, Public Enemy, Rush, U2, etc.), headlined the third-ever Lollapalooza Festival, and issued a variety of crafty music videos, which stood out in sharp contrast to the ultra-seriousness of most other video clips at the time.
Alexander exited Primus in 1996, but returned in 2003, in time for an EP/DVD set, ‘Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People,’ and a sold out reunion tour, that lasted over the next few years, before the drummer departed once more. But as Claypool got to work on putting together a forthcoming book about the band’s history, Les began longing for the days of when Alexander’s unmistakable and powerful drumming provided the beat. A phone call was placed, a conversation ensued, and before you could say, “Here come the bastards,” the Claypool-LaLonde-Alexander line-up was back in business. Plans to tour the world over and offering up new music are already in place. Be forewarned…here they come!
Guest-filled sets from Sister Sparrow, Galactic, The Nth Power and TAUK were among the highlights of day four aboard Jam Cruise 17.
Jam Cruise 17 hit the halfway mark on Thursday. JamBase’s Scott Bernstein shares five of his favorite moments from day three.
The Avett Brothers announced a batch of 2019 Summer Tour dates with Lake Street Dive tapped to open.
The first full day of Jam Cruise 17 included a mass wedding, a Bob Marley tribute, two outstanding Khruangbin performances and more.
Ryan Adams’ upcoming single “Fuck The Rain” features John Mayer and the singer-songwriter revealed he working on a “secret thing” with Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir.