Fronted by maverick Les Claypool, Californian oddballs Primus rose from the underground circuit to the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 with a weird and wonderful blend of speed metal, punk rock and funk. Founded in 1984 by singer/bassist Claypool, the group’s core line-up eventually settled in 1989 when ex-Possessed guitarist Larry ‘Ler’ LaLonde and former Major Lingo drummer Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander joined the fold. Recorded during two Brooklyn shows, live album Suck on This was followed by 1990 studio debut Frizzle Fry, which thanks to a supporting tour with Jane Addiction and an appearance from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett in the video for lead single “John The Fisherman” saw the band attract the attention of Interscope Records. Their first major label album, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, arrived in 1991 and spawned a number of MTV hits, while appearances in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey and support slots with U2, Anthrax and musical idols Rush also helped to raise the group’s profile. Despite tackling darker themes of murder, alienation and suicide, 1993’s Pork Soda proved to be the group’s commercial breakthrough, peaking at number seven on the Billboard 200 and leading to headline appearances at Lollapalooza and Woodstock ’94. After releasing 1995’s Tales from the Punchbowl and picking up a Grammy nomination for the single, Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver, Alexander left to be replaced by Bryan ‘Brain’ Mantia, whose first notable contribution was to record what would become the band’s most recognisable song, the theme to animation phenomenon South Park. Following 1997’s Brown Album and an appearance on the inaugural Sno-Core tour, Primus went back to their heavier roots for 1999’s Antipop, a star-studded affair which featured appearances from Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and The Police’s Stewart Copeland. The group then embarked on a three year hiatus to focus on various solo and side projects including Oysterhead and Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade. On their return in 2003, the band became something of a nostalgia act, performing several of their previous albums in their entirety, and releasing a hits collection, They Can’t All Be Zingers, in 2006. However, the line-up of Claypool, LaLonde and ex-Furthur drummer Jay Lane eventually headed back into the studio to record new album, Green Naugahyde, in 2011. Three years later, the band added to their catalog with Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, a reimagining of the soundtrack to 1971 children’s classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
Green Naugahyde (2011)
Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People (2003)
Brown Album (1997)
Tales From The Punchbowl (1995)
Pork Soda (1993)
Miscellaneous Debris (1992)
Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (1991)
Frizzle Fry (1990)
Suck On This (1990)
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5-28-15: The clock is beginning to tick. In a month and 14 days Primus will begin the North American tour leg of their Primus & The Chocolate Factory Tour. Opening in Toronto for two shows at Danforth Music Hall followed by a trip to Montreal they will visit 13 different states. Averaging $91.31 per show, August 7h at the Sumtur Amphitheatre in Nebraska will be the least expensive show of the tour, with the average secondary market price currently $56.52.
5-7-15: The rock band Primus have been around the mid 1980’s and the band continues to release albums, releasing their 8th studio album last October and have been on tour in North America this year supporting it. The band performs a show this Thursday night at the Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado before departing for their European leg of the tour next month.
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5-6-15: Primus is currently on the road promoting its eighth studio album, Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble. A summer tour with fellow alternative rockers Dinosaur Jr. is also scheduled to begin in July. The most expensive date that Primus will play along their summer run will be on July 25 at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston. That show currently owns a secondary average of $144.59 and get-in price of $46.
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Primus 2015 Tour
7-11-2015 – Toronto, ON at Danforth Music Hall
7-14-2015 – Quebec City, QC at QC International Summer Festival
7-15-2015 – Montreal, QC at Metropolis
7-17-2015 – Wallingford, CT at Toyota Presents Oakdale
7-18-2015 – Raleigh, NC at Lincoln Theatre
7-19-2015 – Birmingham, AL at Sloss Festival
7-20-2015 – Charlotte, NC at The Fillmore Charlotte
7-23-2015 – Philadelphia, PA at Penn’s Landing
7-24-2015 – Asbury Park, NJ at The Stony Pony
7-25-2015 – Boston, MA at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7-27-2015 – Portland, ME at Thompson’s Point
7-28-2015 – Holyoke, MA at Mountain Park
7-30-2015 – New York, NY at Pier 97
7-31-2015 – Cooperstown, NY at Brewery Ommegang
8-1-2015 – Columbus, OH at LC Pavilion
8-2-2015 – Sterling Heights, MI at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
8-4-2015 – Huber Heights, OH at Rose Music Center
8-6-2015 – Milwaukee, WI at Eagle’s Ballroom
8-7-2015 – Papillion, NE at Sumtur Amphitheatre
8-8-2015 – Moorhead, MN at Bluestem Center for the Arts
9-1-2015 – Modesto, CA at Modesto Center Plaza
9-3-2015 – Tucson, AZ at Rialto Theatre
9-4-2015 – Las Vegas, NV at The Joint
9-5-2015 – Flagstaff, AZ at Pepsi Amphitheatre
9-7-2015 – Reno, NV at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
9-8-2015 – Boise, ID at Revolution Center
9-9-2015 – Missoula, MT at Big Sky Brewery
9-11-2015 – Calgary, AB at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
9-12-2015 – Edmonton, AB at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
9-14-2015 – Vancouver, BC at Malkin Bowl
9-16-2015 – Jacksonville, OR at Britt Pavilion
9-17-2015 – Eureka, CA at Eureka Municipal Auditourium
9-18-2015 – San Francisco, CA at Palace of Fine Arts
9-19-2015 – Los Angeles, CA at Orpheum Theatre