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Concert Gallery: Primus at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY

October 16, 2012 by  
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Primus
October 13, 2012
Mid Hudson Civic Center – Poughkeepsie, NY
Photos by: Antonio Marino Jr.


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Primus Announce Plans To Release “Green Naugahyde” On September 13th

June 6, 2011 by  
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Primus has announced that it will be releasing its first studio album in 11 years on September 13, 2011. Titled Green Naugahyde, the record was produced and engineered by Les Claypool in his personal studio, Rancho Relaxo, in Northern California, and features Claypool, long-time guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Lane was in an early lineup of the band, and was also in Sausage, a 1994 reunion of the 1988 Primus lineup.

About Green Naugahyde
Green Naugahyde expands on Primus’ incomparable sound and also sees them bringing it into the next millennium. It is a cerebral and complex album that, like all of the band’s output, is teeming with the band’s signature blend of whimsy and underlying darkness.

Says Claypool, “If I were to look at all of our records, it seems like this is reminiscent of the early stuff. Obviously, with Jay there’s a newness to it, but because he left the band right before we recorded our first record, his approach has an eerie harkening to the old Frizzle Fry days.”

Like Primus’ early output before they were international superstars, there was no earth-shattering catalyst behind Green Naugahyde other than the fact that all three of these musicians-and life-long collaborators who have worked together in various contexts-were getting the itch to experiment again.  “There wasn’t a lot of pre-thought to this as much as, ‘Oh here we are, we should make a record,'” explains Claypool. “I’ve been playing with Jay quite a lot over the past 10 years and we have an intuitive bond, so for me he was a natural choice to be back in the mix,” Claypool continues when asked how Lane came about rejoining the band after nearly two decades apart.

Claypool and LaLonde concur that Lane injected the band with a new energy that’s evident in every note of Green Naugahyde. “We recorded this album in the same way we always do but having Jay there made this a whole different experience,” explains LaLonde. “It definitely made it more collaborative and it made us excited about the album as we went along because we had so much fun in the process.”

For the past 27 years, Primus have followed in the footsteps of boundary-pushing artists like Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd to create some of the most original and inventive music in existence. Green Naugahyde is a Primus record with all of the magic and mystery that phrase entails-and while no one can say for sure what the future will hold in store for the band, the most important thing is that the album exists and will inevitably hold its own in the band’s impressive cannon of music.

After dates at Bonnaroo and Red Rocks with the Flaming Lips, Primus will hit the road in September with a major fall tour in support of Green Naugahyde.

Primus To Kick Off Summer Tour On May 19th

March 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

Primus have announced plans for a headlining tour this summer starting on May 19th at the Murat Theater in Indianapolis, IN and wrapping up at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. The tour comes in anticipation of their upcoming album, with a late spring/early summer release. The as-yet untitled album will be their first full-length album of brand new music since 1999’s Antipop.

Check out the full list of tour dates and locations below:

5/18 — Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst  (Benefit show – details here)
5/19 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
5/20 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
5/21 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
5/23 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
5/24 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
5/25 – Dallas, TX – Palladium
5/27 – Fayettevile, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion
5/28 – Omaha, NE – Downtown Benson St
5/29 – St. Louis, MO – Pageant
5/31 – Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
6/01 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
6/03 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
6/04 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore
6/07 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
6/08 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
6/09 – Charleston, SC – N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
6/10 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Primus Announce May 18th Santa Cruz, CA Benefit Show

February 24, 2011 by  
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Primus have announced an intimate club date on Friday, May 18th at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA as a benefit to support Les Claypool’s nephew Matthew. Matthew was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at 2 months old and was admitted into the hospital, undergoing rigorous chemotherapy treatment which is expected to last a minimum of three years. All proceeds from this show will go towards Matthew’s medical bills.

The show is being presented by Green Gopher Garden Supply, which is owned and operated by Matthew’s father Ron. In a letter to his fans about his nephew’s health, Les said “this has been a gut wrenching experience for all of us and as the big brother, it breaks my heart to watch Ron and his wife Amy go through the torment of seeing their little boy suffer.”

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, February 25th here.

If you cannot attend the show but would still like to support baby Matthew and his family, please visit http://www.babymatthew.org to make a donation.

Primus Offers Free Downloads of Rehearsal Tapes

August 10, 2010 by  
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Primus is offering fans a free download of a handful of tracks from their tour rehearsals at Primus HQ in San Rafael, CA, earlier this summer. You can download them here.  Turns out the tapes came out great and Les, Ler and Jay thought it would be fun to share them with their fans. The band plans to head into the studio soon to record their first album since 1999.

Les Claypool said, “I haven’t rehearsed a band this hard since Frog Brigade decided to perform Pink Floyd’s epic Animals album.  Having Jay back in the band has rejuvenated our excitement for Primus and being that he is one of my favorite drummers in the world, the music that is coming out of us is beyond anything we’ve ever done before.  It’s like ‘sultry-acid-space-rock’.”

Primus Announce Second Annual Oddity Faire Tour Dates

June 14, 2010 by  
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Primus have confirmed the dates for The seccond annual Oddity Faire. .  The musicians and performers will rotate from region to region. The tour begins in Sacramento, CA on September 14th and ends in Detroit, MI on October 3rd. The pre-sale for tickets begins on Monday June 14th. The tickets officially go on sale on June 19th. 

The first Oddity Faire was created in 2009 by Primus’ Les Claypool as a way to perform with a group of likeminded bands that, in his words, “dwelled outside the box and broke beyond the parameters set by the safe pallett of the mainstream.” Claypool noted at the time, “Having trod the stages of such events as Lollapalooza, Woodstock 94, Reading, Bonnaroo, etc. I’ve come to realize that there really hasn’t been an event that truly represented the type of creative individual that I am kin to.”

The complete tour dates are below:

Sept

14                 Sacramento, CA                        Memorial Auditorium w/Mariachi el Bronx
16 & 17            Los Angeles, CA                        Club Nokia  w/Mariachi el Bronx
20                 Eagle, ID                              Eagle River Pavillion
21                  Central Point, OR                     Lithia Motors Amphitheater
22                  Portland, OR                         Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
24                  Seattle, WA                          Wamu Theatre at Qwest Field
25                 Vancouver, BC                        PNE Forum
27                 Edmonton, AB                        Edmonton Events Centre
28                  Calgary, AB                      University of Calgary
30                   Winnipeg, MB                        Burton Cummings Theatre
 
Oct
1                    Minneapolis, MN                        Orpheum Theatre
2                   Chicago, IL                              Congress Theatre
3                     Detroit, MI                       The Fillmore Detroit

 

Primus Announce Tour Dates & Plans For New Album

May 3, 2010 by  
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Primus have announced their first headlining tour in four years.  Gogol Bordello will be joining them on the road playing such venues as the Willamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, NY, and the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug 12th. More dates to come as the band refines their chops before heading into the studio to record their first album of brand new music since 1999’s Antipop. The new album will be released in 2011.

The dates for the tour are below. Fall dates will be announced soon.
 
July
27                        Toronto, ONT                        Sound Academy
29                        Essex Junction, VT               Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley  w/ Gogol Bordello
30                        Brooklyn, NY                        Williamsburgh Waterfront      w/Gogol Bordello
31                        Bridgeport, CT                       Gathering of the Vibes
 
Aug
1                        Charlottesville, VA                   Charlottesville Pavillion w/Gogol Bordello
3                        Cleveland, OH                         Time Warner Cable Amphitheater    w/Gogol Bordello
5                        Columbus, OH                        LC Pavillion w/Gogol Bordello
6                        Nashville, TN                           Ryman Auditorium
7                        Milwaukee, WI                        The Rave
9                        Council Bluff, IA                     Stir Cove at Harrah’s w/Gogol Bordello
10                        Kansas City, MO                   Uptown Theater w/Gogol Bordello
12                        Denver, CO                             Red Rocks w/Gogol Bordello
13                        Salt Lake City, UT                  The Rail w/Gogol Bordello
14                        Las Vegas, NV                        The Joint
15                        Santa Barbara, CA                  County Bowl w/Wolfmother