PRIMUS has announced the rescheduled dates for its tour where it will pay homage to prog-rock legends RUSH. Postponed from last year, "A Tribute To Kings" is a cross-country tour that will feature the Bay Area trio playing RUSH's classic 1977 album "A Farewell To Kings" in its entirety, in addition to their own music. The trek will now kick off August 10 in Boise, Idaho and hit more than 40 cities before wrapping in Phoenix, Arizona on October 25. Support on the tour will come from WOLFMOTHER and THE SWORD at select shows. Previously scheduled Toronto, Lafayette, and Minneapolis dates were not able to be rebooked.
"Finally, the clouds are parting, the planets are aligning, the dough is rising … whatever metaphor floats your preverbal boat, PRIMUS is going on tour again," frontman Les Claypool said in a statement. "We were poised and ready for a massive, bent-rock extravaganza when the gremlins of Covid came and yanked the rug out from under us all. I personally have been climbing the walls like a shit-house rat and, after my first season off in 30-some-odd years, I'm very anxious and excited to stand in front of the microphone with my four-string piece of furniture and belt out some girthy ditties to sweaty throngs of punters."
All original tickets will be honored. Refunds are available at points of purchase over the next 30 days.
When "A Tribute To Kings" was originally announced in February 2020, Claypool said: "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. 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's '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 '90s, 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."
Aug. 10 - Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Gardens
Aug. 11 - Bonner, MT @ Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Aug. 13 - Spokane, WA @ Riverfront Park Amphitheater
Aug. 14 - Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
Aug. 17 - Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
Aug. 18 - Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
Aug. 28 - Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena
Aug. 30 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Aug. 31 - Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
Sep. 03 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Sep. 04 - Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
Sep. 05 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sep. 07 - Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Sep. 09 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Sep. 10 - New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Sep. 11 - Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sep. 14 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park
Sep. 16 - Indianapolis, IN @ Amphitheater at White River State Park
Sep. 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
Sep. 20 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live! - Outdoor
Sep. 21 - Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
Sep. 22 - Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sep. 24 - Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Sep. 25 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
Sep. 26 - Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theater
Sep. 28 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Sep. 29 - Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
Oct. 01 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Oct. 02 - Essex Junction, VT @ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
Oct. 03 - Westbrook, ME @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
Oct. 05 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Oct. 06 - Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
Oct. 08 - Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion
Oct. 09 - Kansas City, MO @ Grinders
Oct. 13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex (Outdoors)
Oct. 15 - Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theater
Oct. 16 - Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Oct. 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Oct. 19 - San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open-Air Theater at SDSU
Oct. 21 - Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
Oct. 22 - Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
Oct. 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater