PRIMUS Frontman To Issue Solo Debut

PRIMUS frontman Les Claypool has set a September 24th release for his solo debut, The Les Claypool Frog Brigade Presents Purple Onion, which will be issued on his own Prawn Song label. "This is the first time I've actually sat down and written material without other musicians in mind," Claypool told Billboard.com. "It was the song first, then bringing in musicians and instrumentation to support the song structure and whatever visual image I had in my head. This record has a plethora of interesting characters and textures on it."

In addition to the current and former members of THE FROG BRIGADE — including former PRIMUS drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander, percussionist Mike Dillon, guitarist Eonor, and horn player Skerik — the album features appearances by GOV'T MULE guitarist Warren Haynes on "Buzzards of Green Hill", and FISHBONE's Norwood and Fish Fisher on "D's Diner", which also features WEAPON OF CHOICE bassist Lonnie Marshall.

"I think PRIMUS fans are going to be happy with this record, because it does hearken back to a lot of the earlier PRIMUS stuff," Claypool said. "It reflects a lot of that but it stretches quite a bit more. It's almost like an early PETER GABRIEL record meets TOM WAITS meets PINK FLOYD or something. I tend to think in visuals, and it's a very visual record."

The full track listing for the album is as follows:

01. Purple Onion
02. David Makalaster
03. Buzzards Of Green Hill
04. Long In The Tooth
05. Whamola
06. Ding Dong
07. Barrington Hall
08. D's Diner
09. Lights In The Sky
10. Up On The Roof
11. David Makalaster II
12. Cosmic Highway

Les Claypool's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Jun. 21 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Jun. 22 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Jun. 25 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Jun. 27 - Farmingville, NY @ Brookhaven Amphitheatre
Jun. 28-29 – Boston, MA @ FleetBoston Pavilion
Jun. 30 - Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Farm
Jul. 03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Station Square
Jul. 04 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
Jul. 05 - Mariaville, NY @ Indian Lookout Country Club
Jul. 06 - Chilicothe, IL @ Three Sister Park
Jul. 08 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
Jul. 10 - Columbus, OH @ Promowest Pavilion
Jul. 11 - Wilmington, DE @ Kahunaville
Jul. 12-13 - Brandywine, MD @ Wilmer's Park

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