Primus will pay tribute to the late, Neil Peart by playing Rush’s album A Farewell To Kings in full.

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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

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Frontman, Les Claypool’s love for Rush started back in 1978 when the bands Hemispheres tour made its way through California’s Bay Area.

“Hemispheres was my first concert. Little 14-year-old guy who just threw up in the parking lot from drinking three Löwenbräus, having my mind blown by watching these guys do their thing” said Claypool.

The love affair continued to grow in 1992 when Primus had the opportunity to open or Rush on their Roll The Bones tour. Additionally, Claypool performed at Rush’s Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction in 2006.

Claypool will once again have the chance to show his love for Rush when Primus brings their “A Tribute To Kings” tour across North America this spring/summer.

Check out the FULL tour below.

May 26 — Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
May 27 — Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
May 29 — Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
May 30 — New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater
June 1 — Asheville, NC @ Arena
June 3 — Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando
June 5 — Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
June 6 — Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 7 — Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 9 — Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
June 10 — Columbus, OH @ Express Live! – Outdoor
June 12 — Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival
June 15 — Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
June 16 — Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
June 17 — New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
June 19 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
June 20 — Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage
June 21 — Essex Junction, VT @ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition
June 23 — Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
June 24 — Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre
June 26 — Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
June 27 — Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
June 28 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Outdoor
June 30 — Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
July 2 — Lafayette, NY @ Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards
July 3 — Westbrook ME @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
July 6 — Indianapolis, IN @ The Amphitheater at White River State Park
July 7 — Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion
July 8 — Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
July 10 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
July 11 — St Louis, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park
July 12 — Kansas City, MO @ CrossroadsKC
July 14 — Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
July 15 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
July 17 — Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
July 18 — Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
July 19 — Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
July 21 — Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden
July 23 — Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater
July 24 — Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
July 25 — Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
July 28 — Spokane, WA @ Riverfront Park Amphitheater
July 29 — Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
July 31 — Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
August 1 — San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
August 2 — Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre



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