Primus to Play Rush Album on “A Tribute to Kings” Tour

Les Claypool

Les Claypool and Primus will be paying tribute to Rush this spring and summer with an extensive tour called “A Tribute to Kings.” The trek will feature the trio performing Rush’s 1977 album A Farewell To Kings in its entirety at each show in addition to an all-Primus set.

Claypool told Rolling Stone that they’ve been thinking of doing a full album for a while and had talked about performing Hemispheres since it was the bassist’s first concert. However, they decided to opt for Farewell for logistical reasons.

“[Hemispheres] has always had a very big place in my heart and head. But as we got to thinking about the record and how to tackle it — because it’s not going to be an easy feat, on many levels,” he explained. “A) I gotta try to sing Geddy Lee shit [laughs]. His older stuff is up in the stratosphere. I was texting with Geddy and saying, ‘Man, is any of this falsetto, or…?’ And he was like, ‘Nope, that’s my full voice.’ So I might need some help from the audience on some of this stuff. I gotta play the keyboard parts. But we settled on Kings, because A) it was the first Rush record I ever heard and B) it contains ‘Cygnus X-1,’ which has always been my favorite Rush tune. It seems to be a good one for us to tackle; 2112 seemed a little obvious.”

Primus spent a lot of time on the road with Rush back in the day and befriended each member. The idea for the tour came last summer and was supposed to happen in the fall, but they opted to tour with Slayer instead. Now with Neil Peart’s passing, the performances will be more poignant, but Claypool says he wants to honor the music and band as a whole. “We’re trying to be very sensitive about doing the tour and not having it be, ‘Hey, all about Neil,’” he says. “It’s about admiration for these amazing musicians and friends.”

Support for the tour will be coming from Wolfmother, The Sword, and Battles on select dates.

Primus “A Tribute to Kings” Tour Dates:

May 26Irving, TXThe Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory *^
May 27Houston, TXRevention Music Center *^
May 29Austin, TXACL Live at the Moody Theater *^
May 30New Orleans, LASaenger Theater *^
Jun 1Asheville, Arena *^
Jun 3Orlando, FLHard Rock Live Orlando *^
Jun 5Atlanta, GACoca-Cola Roxy *^
Jun 6Charlotte, NCCharlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre *^
Jun 7Raleigh, NCRed Hat Amphitheater *^
Jun 9Cincinnati, OHPNC Pavilion *^
Jun 10Columbus, OHExpress Live! – Outdoor *^
Jun 12Manchester, TNBonnaroo Arts And Music Festival
Jun 15Richmond, VAVirginia Credit Union LIVE! *^
Jun 16Baltimore, MDMECU Pavilion *^
Jun 17New York, NYBeacon Theatre *^
Jun 19Philadelphia, PAThe Met Philadelphia *^
Jun 20Asbury Park, NJThe Stone Pony Summer Stage *^
Jun 21Essex Junction, VTMidway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition *^
Jun 23Boston, MARockland Trust Bank Pavilion *^
Jun 24Wallingford, CTToyota Oakdale Theatre *^
Jun 26Sterling Heights, MIMichigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill *^
Jun 27Cleveland, OHJacobs Pavilion at Nautica *^
Jun 28Pittsburgh, PAStage AE – Outdoor *^
Jun 30Toronto, ONRBC Echo Beach *^
Jul 2Lafayette, NYBeak and Skiff Apple Orchards *
Jul 3Westbrook MEMain Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
Jul 6Indianapolis, INThe Amphitheater at White River State Park *+
Jul 7Milwaukee, WIBMO Harris Pavilion *+
Jul 8Minneapolis, MNThe Armory *+
Jul 10Chicago, ILThe Chicago Theatre *+
Jul 11St Louis, MOSaint Louis Music Park *+
Jul 12Kansas City, MOCrossroadsKC *+
Jul 14Denver, COThe Mission Ballroom *+
Jul 15Salt Lake City, UTThe Complex *+
Jul 17Berkeley, CAGreek Theater *+
Jul 18Los Angeles, CAGreek Theatre *+
Jul 19Las Vegas, NVPearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort *+
Jul 21Boise, IDOutlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden *+
Jul 23Bonner, MTKettleHouse Amphitheater *+
Jul 24Redmond, WAMarymoor Park *+
Jul 25Troutdale, OREdgefield *+
Jul 28Spokane, WARiverfront Park Amphitheater *+
Jul 29Bend, ORLes Schwab Amphitheater *+
Jul 31Paso Robles, CAVina Robles Amphitheatre *+
Aug 1San Diego, CACal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU *+
Aug 2Phoenix, AZArizona Federal Theatre *+

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

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