Primus Announces New 2021 Dates for ‘A Tribute to Kings’ Tour, a Salute to Rush (with Wolfmother/The Sword)

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Back before the COVID-19 pandemic, Les Claypool and Primus had big plans to hit the road in a toast to Canadian prog-rock gods Rush with the “A Tribute to Kings” tour, which would find Primus performing all of Rush’s A Farewell to Kings album each night.

The pandemic forced the tour to be postponed, but it is now back on — barring any more delays, of course — and is set to kick off in August.

A message from Claypool about the new dates, as shared on the Primus website:

Finally, the clouds are parting, the planets are aligning, the dough is rising…whatever metaphor floats your preverbal boat, PRIMUS is going on tour again. We were poised and ready for a massive, bent-rock extravaganza when the gremlins of covid came and yanked the rug out from under us all. I personally have been climbing the walls like a shit-house rat and, after my first season off in 30 some odd years, I’m very anxious and excited to stand in front of the microphone with my four string piece of furniture and belt out some girthy ditties to sweaty throngs of punters. – Les Claypool

Back with the original tour announcement, Claypool also explained the impetus behind a trek honoring Rush:

“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.”

Wolfmother will open the full slate of shows, while The Sword will also appear on select dates.

The schedule:

Aug 10 Boise, ID Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden
Aug 11 Bonner, MT Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Aug 13 Spokane, WA Riverfront Park
Aug 14 Redmond, WA Marymoor Park
Aug 17 Troutdale, OR Edgefield
Aug 18 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
Aug 28 Asheville, NC ExploreAsheville Arena
Aug 30 Orlando, FL Hard Rock
Aug 31 Atlanta, GA Roxy Theater
Sep 03 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo
Sep 04 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
Sep 05 Charlotte, NC Metro Amphitheater
Sep 07 Houston, TX The Bayou
Sep 09 Austin, TX ACL Live @ Moody Theater
Sep 10 New Orleans, LA The Saenger Theater
Sep 11 Irving, TX Toyota Music Factory
Sep 14 St Louis, MO Music Park
Sep 16 Indianapolis,IN The Lawn
Sep 17 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion
Sep 18 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion
Sep 20 Columbus, OH Express Live Pavilion
Sep 21 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
Sep 22 Sterling Heights, MI Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Sep 24 Boston, MA Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Sep 25 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Lot
Sep 26 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theater
Sep 28 New York, NY Beacon Theater
Sep 29 Baltimore, MD MECU Pavilion
Oct 01 Philadelphia, PA MET Opera House
Oct 02 Essex Junction, VT Midway Lawn Champlain Valley Expo.
Oct 03 Westbrook, ME Main Savings Pavilion
Oct 05 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Oct 06 Richmond, VA Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
Oct 08 Milwaukee, WI BMO Pavilion
Oct 09 Kansas City, MO Grinder’s
Oct 13 Salt Lake City, UT Complex Live
Oct 15 Berkeley, CA The Greek
Oct 16 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheater
Oct 17 Los Angeles, CA The Greek
Oct 19 San Diego, CA Cal Coast
Oct 21 Denver, CO The Mission
Oct 22 Denver, CO The Mission
Oct 25 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Federal Theater

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