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Primus To Reunite After Four Years

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Tuesday, August 12, 2003 @ 1:32 PM


Primus -- Featuring Les Claypo

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From Primussucks.com:

FALL TOUR AND DVD/EP WITH ORIGINAL DRUMMER TIM ALEXANDER

Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander are back as Primus. On October 7th, Prawn Song/Interscope Records will release Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People. This two-disc package will combine the long awaited career spanning Primus DVD, with an EP containing 5 new songs.

In June, three old friends reconvened at Rancho Relaxo and recorded 5 new songs. Some of these musical ideas were generated in May in LA, when Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde and Tim Alexander (don't call him "Herb") first got back together and spent 3 days jamming, testing the waters, feeling each other out and working on new jams. The new songs are "The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride," "Pilcher's Squad," "Mary the Ice Cube," "The Last Superpower aka Rapscallion," and "My Friend Fats."

"The track 'Pilcher's Squad' was written and recorded in one afternoon. The lyric was inspired by the activities of the notorious Sgt. Norman Pilcher, a London police detective that used to bust Pop stars (including John Lennon and George Harrison) in the late sixties for drug possession. He was later convicted and subsequently jailed six years for planting evidence," states Les.

The folks at Zoltron (in conjunction with the band) have pulled out all of the stops to create a comprehensive 3+ hour DVD that will satisfy the most hardcore fans. It compiles all 12 of the Primus videos, including the rarely seen "Too Many Puppies" clip directed by Kevin Kerslake, the stop-motion animation classic "Southbound Pachyderm," and the innovative "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver." Also included are the award winning short animated film "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," Sausage's "Riddles Abound Tonight" and the out of print 1992 home video release "Cheesy Home Video." The DVD has short documentaries on the making of "Mr. Krinkle," "Riddles" and "Wynona's" as well as "The Making of the Brown Album (Back In Brown)," which have never been seen before. Live performances on the DVD cover every single era of the band's career, from a 1989 college radio appearance, to Woodstock '94, to latter day shows with Brain (just to name a few). A rarities section even includes pre-Ler and Tim performances from the eighties with first guitarist Todd Huth, and drummers Jay Lane and Tim "Curveball" Wright.

And if that wasn't enough, there is still more: backstage footage, extra animation, a Primus photo gallery and more.

"It seems of late that bands are adding supplemental DVD material to their album releases to promote record sales. We've done the opposite. We've added a supplemental audio recording of brand new music to an extremely comprehensive DVD of classic visuals. Also, we've enlisted the incredible talents of some local artists to create a cutting edge, interactive interface," adds Claypool.

You can pre-order your copy soon for delivery on October 7th. One pre-order buyer will win a copy of the forthcoming Jay Blakesberg Primus/Les Claypool photo book, "To Defy The Laws of Tradition" autographed by all three members of the band.

Pre-orders will be available soon at primussucks.com

We are also happy to announce the fall 2003 "Tour de Fromage."

Kicking off in mid October, the tour will continue through a large percentage of the US and Canada up until Thanksgiving. The dates are still being determined now so stay tuned to the Tour Page for all of the details, including onsale dates and ticket purchase links. Confirmed shows so far include Halloween at the Warfield in San Francisco, 10/21 at the Fillmore Denver, and Friday, 10/17 at the Wiltern Theater in LA.

The tour will be a multi media theatrical stage production with two full sets by the band. The first set will vary on a nightly basis sampling from the band's vast repertoire. The second set will be a one time only start to finish performance of the pinnacle Primus masterpiece Sailing The Seas Of Cheese. "The spontaneous visual presentation and the varied song selection will insure that no two performances will be the same," says frontman/bassist Les Claypool, who has spent the last three years creating and collaborating on a range of projects with a wide array of influential musicians. "It has been an incredible period of growth for me as an artist and performer. And one thing I have gained from this time away from Primus is a huge respect for the unique creative chemistry that Larry, Tim and I have together."


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