Primus will hit the road later this year for an extensive run of summer tour dates which will see the veteran rock outfit pay tribute to their heroes in Rush every night on stage.
As per the band’s announcement on Tuesday, Primus’ upcoming A Tribute to Kings Tour (named after Rush’s 1977 A Farewell to Kings studio album) will hear the band play the classic rock album in full at every show when the summer run begins on May 26th in Irving, TX.
Each show on the tour will hear the band perform the music featured on A Farewell to Kings–the first Rush album bassist/singer Les Claypool ever heard–in addition to original material out of the Primus songbook. The tour’s name and overall mission also make for a fitting tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart, who died unexpectedly earlier this year.
The upcoming tour will follow the band’s one-off performance in Missoula, MT back in November when it begins in late May. The extensive run of shows will take the band through a long list of North American cities before the tour wraps following a performance at Phoenix, AZ’s Arizona Federal Theatre on August 2nd.
Primus will be joined in support throughout the tour on select dates by Wolfmother, The Sword, and Battles.
“I talked to Geddy [Lee] about it, yeah. I texted with him — I keep in touch with Geddy — just to make sure we weren’t trodding on something weird,” Claypool said about the upcoming run with the tour’s announcement on Tuesday. “He just got excited; he thought it was a great idea. You know, we go way back with those guys so I think it made him feel good that it was going to be us that was going to do this thing.”
Claypool’s other band, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, recently welcomed Geddy Lee to sit in during a recent performance in Toronto last spring.
Claypool also touched on the final memory of his old friend and rock colleague in Neil Peart in adding, “The last time I saw Neil was at Stewart Copeland’s house. He had one of his Sacred Grove jams, and it was he and I and Neil and [Tool drummer] Danny Carey, and Matt Stone was there.”
A special pre-sale for the tour begins this Wednesday, February 19th, at 10 a.m. local time. Public on-sale will follow starting this Friday, February 21st, at 10 a.m. local. Head to the band’s website for ticket info.
Scroll down for the full listing of 2020 tour dates.
A Tribute to Kings 2020 Tour Dates
May 26 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory *^
May 27 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center *^
May 29 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater *^
May 30 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater *^
June 1 – Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena *^
June 3 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando *^
June 5 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy *^
June 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre *^
June 7 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *^
June 9 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion *^
June 10 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! – Outdoor *^
June 12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival
June 15 – Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE! *^
June 16 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion *^
June 17 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *^
June 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia *^
June 20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage *^
June 21 – Essex Junction, VT @ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition *^
June 23 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion *^
June 24 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre *^
June 26 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill *^
June 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica *^
June 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Outdoor *^
June 30 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach *^
July 2 – Lafayette, NY @ Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards *
July 3 – Westbrook ME @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
July 6 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Amphitheater at White River State Park *+
July 7 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion *+
July 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory *+
July 10 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre *+
July 11 – St Louis, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park *+
July 12 – Kansas City, MO @ CrossroadsKC *+
July 14 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom *+
July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *+
July 17 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater *+
July 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *+
July 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort *+
July 21 – Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden *+
July 23 – Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater *+
July 24 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park *+
July 25 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield *+
July 28 – Spokane, WA @ Riverfront Park Amphitheater *+”
July 29 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater *+
July 31 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre *+
August 1 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU *+
August 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre *+
* w/ Wolfmother
^ w/ The Sword
+ w/ Battles
[H/T Rolling Stone]