Primus Announces Late Summer Tour Dates March 20, 2017 19:20
Tickets for all newly announced shows go on sale this Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m. local time. A pre-sale begins Tuesday, March 21 at 12 p.m. ET via Primus’s website.
Primus, Clutch 2017 Tour Dates
7/17 — Charlotte, N.C. @ Uptown Amphitheater
7/18 — Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater
7/20 — Detroit, Mich. @ Freedom Hill Amphitheater
7/21 — Rochester, N.Y. @ The Dome
7/22 — Lancaster, Pa. @ Freedom Hall
7/23 — Boston, Mass. @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/25 — Portland, Maine @ Maine State Pier
7/27 — Burlington, Vt. @ Lake Champlain Festival
7/28 — Asbury Park, N.J. @ Stone Pony Summerstage
7/29 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Festival Pier
7/30 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE
8/01 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles ballroom
8/02 — Mankato, Minn. @ Vetter Stone Amphitheater
8/04 — Cedar Rapids, Iowa @ McGrath Amphitheater
8/05 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Crossroads
8/06 — Dallas, Texas @ South Side Ballroom
8/08 — Tempe, Ariz. @ Marquee Theater
8/09 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint
8/11 — Bonner, Mont. @ Kettlehouse Amphitheater
8/12 — Troutdale, Ore. @ Edgefield
8/13 — Eugene, Ore. @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
8/15 — Seattle, Wash. @ Marymoor Park
8/17 — Stateline, Nev. @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
8/18 — Berkeley, Calif. @ Greek Theater
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!