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Slayer Announces Final Tour Dates with Primus, Ministry, Philip Anselmo
Concerts & Tours

Slayer Announces Final Tour Dates with Primus, Ministry, Philip Anselmo

Since announcing their farewell tour last year, Slayer has been unleashing their signature thrash metal around the world. The band announced the final leg of dates, dubbed “The Final Campaign,” with Primus, Ministry, and Philip Anselmo.

Primus: “Tommy the Cat” with Upright Bass
Bass Videos

Primus: “Tommy the Cat” with Upright Bass

Wayne Brannon shared this video on the No Treble Facebook group, and it got my attention. “A little fun! From 1992, Primus appears as Bob Cock and His Yellow Socks for a jazzed up version of ‘Tommy The Cat’!” he wrote. Les Claypool’s bass line on the song is so iconic that hearing him take a different direction on the...

Primus Adds to Final 2018 Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Primus Adds to Final 2018 Tour Dates

After announcing the final batch of tour dates in support of their latest album, The Desaturating Seven, Primus has listened to the fans and added a handful more dates for the rest of the year. The band has been performing the album, which is based on a trippy goblin-themed children’s book, in full during their shows alongside classic tracks. Les...

Primus Announces Final “The Desaturating Seven” Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Primus Announces Final “The Desaturating Seven” Tour Dates

Primus has been pounding the pavement in support of their latest rainbow goblin-themed album, The Desaturating Seven, for the better part of a year, but Les Claypool says a new batch of dates this fall will mark the end of the tour cycle. “This will be the last Primus run for a bit as we will need to cool-out for...

Primus and Mastodon Team Up for Expansive Tour
Concerts & Tours

Primus and Mastodon Team Up for Expansive Tour

The bass will be riding high this spring as Primus and Mastodon have announced a co-headlining tour. With Les Claypool and Troy Sanders at the helm of each band, the tour is not to be missed. The lengthy trek kicks off May 6th at Red Rocks in Colorado before heading South, up the Northeast, through the Midwest, and down the...

Primus Announces New Album, Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Primus Announces New Album, Tour Dates

Primus fans rejoice! Les Claypool and the gang have announced a new album, entitled The Desaturating Seven, will be released on September 29th. It’s their first studio album of original material since 2011’s Green Naugahyde and will feature the band’s classic lineup of Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander. The bass guru broke the news to...

Primus and Clutch Team Up for Summer Tour
Concerts & Tours

Primus and Clutch Team Up for Summer Tour

In what may be one of the best things to happen all year, Primus and Clutch are teaming up for a summer tour that will span the entire United States. The trek starts July 18th in Charlotte, North Carolina and will tackle the Northeast and Midwest before ending on the West Coast at the Greek Amphitheater in Berkeley, California. Clutch,...

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
Bass Videos

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
Concerts & Tours

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....