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Primus to Toast Rush with ‘A Tribute to Kings’ 40+ Date Tour with Wolfmother, the Sword and Battles

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This summer, Les Claypool and Primus will head out on a 40+ date North American tour — but this won’t just be any tour.

With a special emphasis on paying homage to the spirit and creative vision of prog-rock kings Rush, not to mention honoring the legacy of drummer Neil Peart, who passed away last month, Primus will take the opportunity to cover Rush’s 1977 opus A Farewell to Kings in its entirety each night — in addition to their own music.

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This summer, #Primus will pay homage to prog-rock legends @rush with a "Tribute to Kings", a cross-country tour that will feature the iconic 'A Farewell to Kings' in its entirety. Special guests @officialwolfmother will be joining the tour, with @theswordofficial and @battlestheband opening select dates. "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," says bandleader Les Claypool. "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" A special pre-sale, including VIP upgrade options, will go on sale tomorrow, Wed, February 19 at 10am local time. General public on sale is this Friday, February 21 at 10am local time. Ticket & show info at www.primusville.com/tour

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As if the above wasn’t enough of a reason to get you out to a Primus gig later this year, the tour also features Wolfmother, the Sword and Battles, so it’s going to be an epic night no matter what.

A statement from Claypool, via the news release:

“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’s 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 ’90s, 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.”

Here’s the schedule for this tour, which hits festivals and mid-size venues across the country:

5/26: Irving, TX: The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory *^
5/27 Houston, TX: Revention Music Center *^
5/29 Austin, TX: ACL Live at the Moody Theater *^
5/30 New Orleans, LA: Saenger Theater *^
6/01 Asheville, NC: ExploreAsheville.com Arena *^
6/03 Orlando, FL: Hard Rock Live Orlando *^
6/05 Atlanta, GA: Coca-Cola Roxy *^
6/06 Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre *^
6/07 Raleigh, NC: Red Hat Amphitheater *^
6/09 Cincinnati, OH: PNC Pavilion *^
6/10 Columbus, OH: Express Live! – Outdoor *^
6/12 Manchester, TN: Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival
6/15 Richmond, VA: Virginia Credit Union LIVE! *^
6/16 Baltimore, MD: MECU Pavilion *^
6/17 New York, NY: Beacon Theatre *^
6/19 Philadelphia, PA: The Met Philadelphia *^
6/20 Asbury Park, NJ: The Stone Pony Summer Stage *^
6/21 Essex Junction, VT: Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition *^
6/23 Boston, MA: Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion *^
6/24 Wallingford, CT: Toyota Oakdale Theatre *^
6/26 Sterling Heights, MI: Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill *^
6/27 Cleveland, OH: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica *^
6/28 Pittsburgh, PA: Stage AE – Outdoor *^
6/30 Toronto, ON: RBC Echo Beach *^
7/02 Lafayette, NY: Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards *
7/03 Westbrook ME: Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row *
7/06 Indianapolis, IN: The Amphitheater at White River State Park *+
7/07 Milwaukee, WI: BMO Harris Pavilion *+
7/08 Minneapolis, MN: The Armory *+
7/10 Chicago, IL: The Chicago Theatre *+
7/11 St Louis, MO: Saint Louis Music Park *+
7/12 Kansas City, MO: CrossroadsKC *+
7/14 Denver, CO: The Mission Ballroom *+
7/15 Salt Lake City, UT: The Complex *+
7/17 Berkeley, CA: Greek Theater *+
7/18 Los Angeles, CA: Greek Theatre *+
7/19 Las Vegas, NV: Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort *+
7/21 Boise, ID: Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden *+
7/23 Bonner, MT: KettleHouse Amphitheater *+
7/24 Redmond, WA: Marymoor Park *+
7/25 Troutdale, OR: Edgefield *+
7/28 Spokane, WA: Riverfront Park Amphitheater *+
7/29 Bend, OR: Les Schwab Amphitheater *+
7/31 Paso Robles, CA: Vina Robles Amphitheatre *+
8/01 San Diego, CA: Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU *+
8/02 Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Federal Theatre *+

* w/ Wolfmother
^ w/ The Sword
+ w/ Battles

Stream Rush’s A Farewell to Kings album below, via Spotify, as a refresher:

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