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Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour
Concerts & Tours

Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour

In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2016, Tool and Primus are teaming up for a set of tour dates in January. The 8-date trek is a rare outing for Tool, who have seldom played more than 20 shows in a single year since 2007. Kicking off on January 9th in San Diego, the tour...

Primus: Lee Van Cleef
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Primus: Lee Van Cleef

Just about all of Les Claypool‘s bass lines are catchy and fun to play, but “Lee Van Cleef” is one of my favorites. The song, which pays homage to the actor with allusions to Claypool’s childhood, centers around a springy slap bass line on the D and G strings. Check out this clip of Primus performing it on the Jimmy...

Primus Announces Summer Tour Dates
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Primus Announces Summer Tour Dates

Primus will be hitting the road again this summer with a U.S. tour focusing on the East Coast and Midwest. Fronted by bassman Les Claypool, the trio will kick things off with an appearance at the All Good Festival before snaking their way to end up at the Sumtur Amphitheater in Papillion, Nebraska on August 7th. Primus is currently touring...

Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album
New Albums

Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album

For some reason, it just doesn’t feel surprising that Primus leader/bassist Les Claypool loves the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory so much that he, the rest of the original Primus lineup (that hasn’t played together since 1995) and the 2-member Fungi Ensemble, would create a take on iconic film’s music. is as unique as you’d expect, while...

Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989
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Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989

Les Claypool has always marched to the beat of his own drum. That’s why we’re celebrating his birthday today with a clip of the trio playing “To Defy the Laws of Tradition” from their 1989 radio performance on Stanford’s KZSU. The video captures the band’s eclectic energy as they start with a spacey atmosphere before kicking into the song’s groove....

Primus and Les Claypool Get the History Treatment in New Book
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Primus and Les Claypool Get the History Treatment in New Book

With his band, Primus, bassist Les Claypool not only helped bring alt-rock to the world in the early 1990s, but also infused the music scene with tunes that were fun, funky, experimental, and one of a kind. The group’s influence is significant, making it the perfect subject for a book. And now one has arrived — . The book is...

Les Claypool Auctions Pachyderm Bass For Charity
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Les Claypool Auctions Pachyderm Bass For Charity

Les Claypool is once again auctioning off his personal bass to benefit Jacob’s Heart, an organization that offers children’s cancer support services. Similar to the instrument he auctioned in 2012, the bass is his own Pachyderm design. “This particular bass #122312003 was delivered to me on December 29th, 2012,” Claypool states. “I’ve always found that maple instruments have a very...

Primus Announces New Album and Tour Dates
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Primus Announces New Album and Tour Dates

Primus reunited their classic lineup of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander back in September, with a tease that they were heading into the studio. Now Claypool has announced that the group will be releasing a new album on October 21st with a tour to boot. The record, which will be the lineup’s first album...

Primus Announces May/June Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Primus Announces May/June Tour Dates

Les Claypool has been focusing on his Duo de Twang lately, but he’s getting geared up to return to Primus with a string of dates announced for May and June. The jaunt will kick off with a three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada from May 1st to May 3rd, after which they’ll join Queens of the...

Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang Releases “Four Foot Shack”
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Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang Releases “Four Foot Shack”

So what do you call a group with one bass, one guitar, and a beat provided by a tambourine-type thing? You’d call it Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, composed of Primus leader/bass monster Claypool and guitarist Bryan Kehoe. It’s a departure from Primus’ freewheeling, iconoclastic funk — kind of. Duo de Twang’s first album , is, as you would imagine...

2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #8: Les Claypool
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2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #8: Les Claypool

Les Claypool was busy in 2013, as he always seems to be. His new project – Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang – released their debut album and toured. The versatile bassist was also keeping things moving with Primus, including a line-up change, a tour, and the reissue of Sailing the Seas of Cheese. It all added up to a lot...

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Announces Debut Album
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Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Announces Debut Album

Les Claypool is never one to stand still, a fact that is evidenced by his many musical groups. Now his latest project, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, has announced that their debut album Four Foot Shack will be released on February 4th via ATO Records. Claypool is joined by longtime friend and guitarist Bryan Kehoe for the group. Together the...