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Latest Primus News

Below is our complete Primus news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Primus Australian Tour Announced

Primus announce an April Australian tour with The Dean Ween Group as direct support. Dates for that run include:

04/06 Sydney, AUS – Enmore Theatre
04/08 Brisbane, AUS – Eatons Hill Hotel
04/11 Adelaide, AUS – Thebarton Theatre
04/13 Perth, AUS – Metro City
04/15 Melbourne, AUS – Palais Theatre

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Just For Fun

Orange Amplification Posts Spoof TV Shopping Video

Orange Amplification is in on the joke as International Artist Relations Manager, Alex Auxier stars with Troy McLawhorn of Evanescence in a new video that spoofs all their new guitar pedals, parodying a TV shopping channel.

In the new video, Alex overcomes hitches with the film set, sound technical difficulties and the bored, stroppy, foul-mouthed presenter Jeremy to tell viewers about the attributes of each pedal as Troy demonstrates them.

Following an argument about whether he can take calls from potential customers, Alex eventually gets to talk to Ler LaLonde (Primus), Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Gary Busey (Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story), Jim Root (Slipknot), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy) and Matt Pike (Sleep / High On Fire).

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Clutch And Fantômas Announce Show With Tool

Clutch and Fantômas - in a very rare live performance - will join iconic band Tool along with Primus, Melvins, and DJ sets by The Crystal Method at Glen Helen Amphitheater in Southern California on Saturday, June 24th, 2017.

Clutch is touring in support of the band's 11th album "Psychic Warfare," while laying the groundwork for a next studio album release.

The brainchild of Mike Patton, Fantômas is an anti-hero from a series of pre-WWI French crime novels, sometimes dubbed the “lord of terror.” Rounding out the lineup are Buzz Osborne on guitar (Melvins), Trevor Dunn on bass (Mr. Bungle, Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant) ,and Dale Crover (Melvins) on drums. This will mark the band’s first U.S. show since 2008.

Tickets for the show, which is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and Live Nation Los Angeles, are on sale now. More...

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Sunday Old School: Primus

It is often said that the most original bands don't make it in the mainsteam. Many of metal and punk's most influential bands such as Venom, Bathory and Bad Brains have found commercial success a lot harder to come by than those whom they inspired such as Metallica or Amon Amarth, though matter how much these groups cite and praise them in the press. There is of course, exceptions to every rule and one band who were able to garner plenty of commercial success with a sound practically all of their own, was California's own, Primus.

Primus began life as Primate in 1984, formed by bass player Les Claypool and guitarist Todd Huth, who utilised a drum machine at first as they found drummers hard to come by until Claypool's friend Vince Parker returned from the army and filled in the position. With a full lineup of musicians, the band recorded their first demo, which was financed by Claypool selling his car, around the same time that they decided to change their name to the more familiar Primus, after another group called The Primates threatened legal action. This was also to be their only recording with Parker, whose departure began a revolving door of drummers, with Tim "Curveball" Wright taking over the position in 1986 for two years, before they recruited Freaky Executives drummer Jay Lane. More...

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"Underground Inc." Trailer Posted

It was the early 90's - seemingly out of nowhere, a little grunge band called Nirvana began outselling massive commercial artists like Michael Jackson. This immediately caught the attention of the giant record companies. These small underground bands branded as alternative or post-punk went from being inconsequential to being potential behemoths in record sales - and the hunt began.

Hungrily sweeping for the next Nirvana, a buying frenzy ensued as small indie labels were bought out by the commercial labels on a never before seen scale. A&R execs would see random alt-rock bands perform in a bar and appear after their set offering unheard of financial offers and immediate global exposure. It seemed these band members were set for life - so what happened?

Verity is revealed in "Underground Inc: The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock," an upcoming documentary destined to be the ultimate look at the alternative punk and metal scene in the 90's, and a must see for serious music lovers. Told by the artists who pioneered a sonic subculture, this feature-length documentary tells the real story of the 90's - exposing viewers to an amazing catalog of the era's rarities and buried treasures, while re-living the struggles, triumphs and tragedies, as well as the debauchery.

"Underground Inc." features interviews with members of White Zombie, Queens Of The Stone Age, Primus, Bad Religion, Stone Sour, Clutch, Red Fang, Failure, Ministry, Quicksand, Helmet, Steve Albini, Sepultura and dozens more. More...

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Rock On The Range 2017 Lineup Announced

An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range festival taking place May 19th, 20th, and 21st at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH.

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden, and Korn will each headline one night of the festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017 - fueled by Monster Energy - will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus the comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

Presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at this location. The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: More...

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3Teeth Supporting Tool And Primus On Tour

West Coast industrial rock foursome 3Teeth, hand selected by Tool to open its January U.S. arena tour, will begin a three-plus week trek tonight in San Francisco.

"We feel so very honored to have been picked by Tool to hit the road; we're ready to bleed for these crowds," commented vocalist Alexis Mincolla. "Make sure you come early."

"We are extremely excited and proud to have 3Teeth join us on the road," said Tool guitarist Adam Jones. "Combining the styles of Tool and 3Teeth at a live show will result in a naturally induced chemical overload of sonic and visual horripilation. I love electronic metal and got totally addicted to 3Teeth ever since I saw them play at the Viper Room here in Los Angeles. They are a brutal and intense entity dripping with talent on stage and I can't wait for our fans to witness the mayhem for themselves."

You can stream the 3Teeth debut via Bandcamp here or grab it on physical formats at this location. See 3Teeth live with Tool and Primus on these dates: More...

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Primus Posts New Album Trailer

American progressive rock veterans Primus have posted a trailer online to promote its forthcoming new full-length album "Green Naugahyde." The new record is set to be released on September 13, 2011 and will feature the following track listing;

1. Prelude To A Crawl
2. Hennepin Crawler
3. Last Salmon Man
4. Eternal Consumption Engine
5. Tragedy’s a’ Comin'
6. Eyes Of The Squirrel
7. Jilly’s On Smack
8. Lee Van Cleef
9. Moron TV
10. Green Ranger
12. Extinction Burst
13. Salmon Men

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Primus Reveals New Album Track Listing

American progressive rock veterans Primus have revealed details behind its forthcoming new album, titled "Green Naugahyde." The new full-length is set for release on September 13, 2011 and will feature the following track listing;

1. Prelude To A Crawl
2. Hennepin Crawler
3. Last Salmon Man
4. Eternal Consumption Engine
5. Tragedy’s a’ Comin'
6. Eyes Of The Squirrel
7. Jilly’s On Smack
8. Lee Van Cleef
9. Moron TV
10. Green Ranger
12. Extinction Burst
13. Salmon Men

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Primus Announces New Album Title

American progressive rock act Primus has announced that it will be releasing its long-awaited new album this year. The record, which has been titled "Green Naugahyde," will see its release on September 13, 2011 through ATO Records. Primus bassist Les Claypool commented on the album, the first studio release from the act in 11 years, by saying;

"If I were to look at all of our records, it seems like this is reminiscent of the early stuff. Obviously, with Jay [Lane, drummer] there’s a newness to it, but because he left the band right before we recorded our first record, his approach has an eerie harkening to the old 'Frizzle Fry' days. There wasn’t a lot of pre-thought to this as much as, ‘Oh here we are, we should make a record.' I’ve been playing with Jay quite a lot over the past 10 years and we have an intuitive bond, so for me he was a natural choice to be back in the mix."

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Primus Announces New Tour Dates

American progressive rock act Primus has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues in the list below.

03/18 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
05/19 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
05/20 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
05/21 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
05/23 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
05/24 Austin, TX – Stubb’s
05/25 Dallas, TX – Palladium
05/27 Fayettevile, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion
05/28 Omaha, NE – Downtown Benson St
05/29 St. Louis, MO – Pageant
05/31 Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
06/01 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
06/03 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
06/04 Miami, FL – The Fillmore
06/07 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
06/08 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
06/09 Charleston, SC – N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
06/10 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

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Opeth To Headline Bonnaroo Festival

Swedish progressive metal act Opeth has been confirmed to be one of the many headlining performers at the forthcoming edition of the Bonnaroo festival. Bonnaroo 2011 is set to take place between June 9-12, 2011 in Manchester, Tennessee. The final Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is set to feature 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages. Other announced bands set to appear include:


The 2011 event marks the 10th year for the diverse festival.

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Primus Issues Band Update

Les Claypool, bassist of progressive rock act Primus, has issued the following update on the band's 2011 plans:

"Hello there folks. First off I just want to say how fantastic it is seeing the support that has been put forth for my brother and his family. Little Matthew is plugging away and though he has got a long way to go, it appears he is a tough little fellow with a lot of heart. Keep your eyes peeled for a special show in his honor and for his benefit in the Santa Cruz area in the near future.

"Since the New Year’s Shows there has been a lot of speculation about my new four string bass that I was sporting. What I played at those shows was a semi-finished prototype bass that I designed and had built by my old pal Dan Maloney. I've known Dan since high school and in fact it was he that drove all of us to my first concert: Rush, Hemispheres Tour, Cow Palace. I slammed three beers and threw up in the parking lot. Those were the days. Dan is also known in our camp as the guy that built my banjo bass or “"he Banji." More...

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More Soundwave "Sideshows" Announced

Metal Obsession reports that a number of new off-date "sideshows" by bands on Australia's Soundwave festival have been announced. These upcoming side shows include performances from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (no supports announced as of yet), BRING ME THE HORIZON (with Amity Affliction and Asking Axelandria) and PRIMUS (with The Melvins) who are currently on this years Soundwave festival roster, among other metal and hard rock heavyweights, which include IRON MAIDEN, DIMMU BORGIR and SLAYER.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE recently announced sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney to coincide with the current Soundwave festival tour coming this March. The sideshow events will take place on Wednesday, March 2nd at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney and on Thursday,March 3rd at the Palace Theatre in Melbourne.

BRING ME THE HORIZON along with AMITY AFFLICTION and ASKING ALEXANDRIA have announced sideshows for Thursday, March 1st at the UNSW Roundhouse in Sydney and on Wednesday, March 2nd at the Hifi Bar in Melbourne.

PRIMUS and THE MELVINS will be playing in Sydney on Monday, February 28th at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney and Thursday, March 3rd at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne. Primus/Melvins sideshow for Melbourne is currently on sale.

Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, January 14th at 9am through all respected outlets.

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Primus Posts Behind The Scenes Footage From Tour

Progressive rock act Primus has posted some behind the scenes footage from the band's recent North American "Oddity Faire" tour. You can view the video below:

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Iron Maiden To Headline Soundwave 2011

British heavy metal icons Iron Maiden have been confirmed as the headlining act for next year's edition of Australia's Soundwave festival. Also on the bill will be American thrash metal legends Slayer, shock rocker Rob Zombie, hardcore outfit Terror and former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash amongst others. Iron Maiden will also perform two arena shows in February.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Primus Announces "Oddity Faire" 2010 Dates

Legendary prog rockers Primus have announced the dates for "The Oddity Faire" North American tour. This is the second annual Oddity Fairre, a multi-medium event. The musicians and performers will rotate from region to region. The tour begins in Sacramento, CA on September 14th and ends in Detroit, MI on October 3rd.

Concert Dates Include:

14 Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium
16 & 17 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
20 Eagle, ID Eagle River Pavillion
21 Central Point, OR Lithia Motors Amphitheater
22 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
24 Seattle, WA Wamu Theatre at Qwest Field
25 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
27 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Centre
28 Calgary, AB University of Calgary
30 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre

1 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
2 Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
3 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit

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Headline News

Primus Announces North American Tour and New Album

When it was announced by Phil Lesh on his official message board this March that former Primus drummer Jay Lane would be leaving his previous band Furthur to rejoin Primus, it has been anticipated that a new album and tour is likely inevitable. On May 3rd 2010, it was announced that Primus will be coming out with another studio album and touring specific locations throughout America. It has been confirmed that this will be a full-length studio album, and is expected to come out in 2011. This is the first studio album since 1999's "Antipop."

The latest 2010 Primus tour dates: More...

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