1. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the ...

  2. Primus Take on 'Willy Wonka' Songs For New Album & Tour With 'Classic' Lineup

    July 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Les Claypool also sips some haterade on Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka' remake. In a very Flaming Lips-ian move, zany prog-rockers Primus have decided to dedicate an album, tour and band reunion to the 1971 culinary classic Willy Wonka an ...

  3. Les Claypool Talks Twangy Duo, Primus' Future

    March 27, 2014 2:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 The bassist-vocalist grew up listening to "hillbilly stuff" and found a natural fit in the roots-flavored Duo de Twang; also says Primus is talking about recording their version of the "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" so ...

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  5. Primus to Launch 'Trippy' 3-D Tour Oct. 12

    July 30, 2012 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Les Claypool says that Primus ' fall tour is "for the head." During the 21-date (so far) trek -- which kicks off Oct. 12 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the trio will employ a special 3-D backdrop screen as well as a quadraphonic sound system ...

  6. Backbeat: Rolfe Kent Receives Career Achievement Honor at BMI Film and TV Awards

    May 17, 2012 3:12 PM EDT BMI president and CEO Del Bryant, BMI Richard Kirk Award recipient Rolfe Kent, and BMI vice president of film and television relations Doreen Ringer Ross pose during the 2012 BMI Film & Television Awards. (Photo: Randall Michelson/Wire Image) ...

  7. 12 No. 12 Rock Hits for 2012

    January 24, 2012 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking country hits, including T.G. Sheppard' ...

  8. Hank Williams III a Busy Man After Label 'Killed My Creativity'

    August 25, 2011 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hank Williams III wants "to come out of the gate strong" as he launches his own label, Hank3 Records, after 15 years with Curb. And three albums, all of different genres, certainly qualifies as making a grand statement right off the bat. O ...

  9. Music Stars Talk Career Longevity - Presented by Stride

    Music Stars Talk Career Longevity - Presented by Stride

    June 21, 2011 9:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 Artists including Charlie Daniels, Les Claypool, Carrie Underwood, Wiz Khalifa, Donald Glover, Aziz Ansari and many more discuss the secret to career longevity, and tell us about the artists that inspire them. donald glover , Carrie Underwood , Wide ...

  10. Bonnaroo 2011 I Les Claypool Q&A + Primus Performance

    Bonnaroo 2011 I Les Claypool Q&A + Primus Performance

    June 11, 2011 4:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bonnaroo 2011 I Les Claypool Q&A + Primus Performance bonnaroo 2011 , interview , performance , Les Claypool , primus , Les Claypool , Interview , Performance , Primus Videos Les Claypool Interview Performance Primus ...

  11. Primus Readies First New Album in 11 Years

    September 21, 2010 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Les Claypool says Primus is "accumulating material on a daily basis" for the group's first new studio album since 1999's "Antipop," and its first new material since 2003's "Animals Should Not Try to Act Like P ...

  12. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 10:25 AM EST 0 0 0 J ay-Z , Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem , Faith No More , Thom Yorke , Pavement and the Spec ...

  13. Stewart Copeland Tells Police 'War Stories' In New Book

    September 30, 2009 12:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Police drummer Stewart Copeland doesn't want to make his new book, "Strange Things Happen: A Life With the Police, Polo, and Pygmies" (HarperStudio) a conventional autobiography. "It really isn't because of all the stuff I l ...

  14. Matisyahu Sees The 'Light' This August

    June 05, 2009 8:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 After numerous delays, Hasidic reggae artist Matisyahu's third studio album, "Light," will finally hit stores August 25. The thirteen song set was recorded in numerous locations over the last year, including Jamaica, New York, Los Ang ...

  15. Bob Dylan, The Dead Lead Rothbury Lineup

    March 16, 2009 1:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Dead, Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes are among the top acts set for the second annual Rothbury, a weekend-long festival produced by Madison House Presents and AEG Live. The event will be h ...

  16. This Day in Music

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - California country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at a nursing home in Sylmar, Calif. He is 85. 2003 - California country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at a nursing home in Sylmar, Calif. He is 85. 2003 - DMX guest st ...

  17. Les Claypool Scores 'Mushroom Men' Video Games

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Primus principal Les Claypool has written the original theme track and four other themes for the Nintendo Wii "Mushroom Men" video games, due this fall. Primus principal Les Claypool has written the original theme track and four other them ...

  18. Les Claypool Scores 'Mushroom Men' Video Games

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Primus principal Les Claypool has written the original theme track and four other themes for the Nintendo Wii "Mushroom Men" video games, due this fall. This is the first game music for Claypool, who previously created the themes for TV& ...

  19. Organizers: Bonnaroo A Success Despite No Sell-Out

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 An ambitious lineup helped the seventh Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival overcome inflated gas prices and a more crowded North American festival scene to post attendance of more than 70,000. An ambitious lineup helped the seventh Bonnaroo Music &am ...

  20. Metallica, My Morning Jacket Sizzle On Bonnaroo Day One

    June 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In its first major U.S. outdoor festival date in several years, Metallica ran through a blistering, two-hour set Friday (June 13) to headline the first official day of music at the seventh Bonnaroo mu In its first major U.S. outdoor festival date in ...

  21. Digital Briefs: Bonnaroo, XM, Squeezebox

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -ATT’s Blue Room has won exclusive rights to webcast select performances from the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival June 13-15. Artists to be featured include Metallica, the Raconteurs, Les Claypool, Ozomatli and several others. The site will also ...

  22. Widespread Panic Subs For Allmans At Bonnaroo

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Widespread Panic has been named as the closing main stage act of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, set for June 12-15 in Manchester, Tenn. Widespread Panic has been named as the closing main stage act of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, set ...

  23. Azoff, Gould To Co-Manage GNR, Axl Rose

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Guns N' Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represented by longtime managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould, according to a statement from Rose on the band's Web site. Guns N' Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represent ...

  24. SXSW '07: Spoon, Damon Albarn, Stooges

    SXSW '07: Spoon, Damon Albarn, Stooges

    December 10, 2007 10:03 AM EST 0 0 0 Billboard talks with Paul Simonon and Damon Albarn, as well as Les Claypool. Also see footage of the Stooges, Spoon, Joan Jett and more. music , Stefani , exclusive , SXSW , The Good The Bad & The Queen , joan jett , sxsw 2007 , The Stooges , Au ...

  25. Phish Dusts Off Vegas Gig For CD Release

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Phish's Dec. 6, 1996, performance at Las Vegas' Aladdin Theatre will be released Nov. 20 on CD via the band's own JEMP Records. Phish's Dec. 6, 1996, performance at Las Vegas' Aladdin Theatre will be released Nov. 20 on CD v ...

  26. This Day in Music

    September 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - California country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at a nursing home in Sylmar, Calif. He is 85. 2003 - California country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at a nursing home in Sylmar, Calif. He is 85. 2003 - DMX guest st ...

  27. Collins Looks To Future with Science Faction

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bassist Bootsy Collins has always been out there, but he's pushing his next project, Science Faction, even farther than usual. Bassist Bootsy Collins has always been out there, but he's pushing his next project, Science Faction, even farth ...

  28. SXSW: Episode 4

    March 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard talks with Paul Simonon and Damon Albarn of the Good, The Bad & The Queen, as well as their biggest fan Les Claypool. Also see footage of the Stooges, Spoon, Joan Jett and more. Billboard talks with Paul Simonon and Damon Albarn of the ...

  29. Morello, Townshend Kick Out The Jams At SXSW

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With hundreds of performances every day, its identity as a festival is pretty easily established. But two particularly special performances on Thursday (March 15th) marked South by Southwest's second With hundreds of performances every day, its ...

  30. Rock Star Supernova, the Panic Channel / Jan. 24, 2007 / Toronto (Massey Hall)

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After some initial hiccups with its name and then an injury to bassist Jason Newsted, Rock Star Supernova began its current North American tour with a New Year's Eve gig in Las Vegas. Some critics wer After some initial hiccups with its name an ...

  31. This Day in Music

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1998 - </b>The family of Frank Sinatra files suit against Newark, Calif.-based discount clothing company Ross Stores Inc. for copyright infringement. The suit alleges that an album of 75 songs, "Th 2003 - California country singe ...

  32. Anastasio Opening 'Bar 17' On Fall Tour

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will hit the road for an October North American tour in support of his upcoming album. Former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will hit the road for an October North American tour in support of his upcoming album, ...

  33. Waits Round Up Three Discs Worth Of 'Orphans'

    August 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tom Waits opens his vaults for the first time on the three-disc collection "Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards," due Nov. 21 via Anti-. Tom Waits opens his vaults for the first time on the three-disc collection "Orphans: Brawlers ...

  34. Bonnaroo Day Two: Radiohead Rocks, Everybody Jams

    June 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The long awaited and much-discussed collision of hipsters and hippies arrived at Bonnaroo last night (June 17), with a headlining main stage appearance from Radiohead, taken in by the vast majority of The long awaited and much-discussed collision of ...

  35. Bonnaroo Day One: Petty, Oysterhead, My Morning Jacket

    June 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The annual, sun-drenched music-marathon that is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicked off its fifth year yesterday (June 16) with more than 14 hours of music. First-day highlights included Stevi The annual, sun-drenched music-marathon that is ...

  36. Dixie Chicks Retain Lead On Billboard 200

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In a slow week for new album releases, the Dixie Chicks are queens of The Billboard 200 for a second week straight with "Taking the Long Way." Despite a slip of 48% in sales at 271,000 copies, accordi In a slow week for new album releases, ...

  37. Oysterhead Hoping To Tour Later This Year

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rock trio Oysterhead is hoping to mount its first tour since 2001 later this year, drummer Stewart Copeland said during a teleconference with journalists today (June 6). Rock trio Oysterhead is hoping to mount its first tour since 2001 later this ye ...

  38. 'Whale' Tales

    May 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Primus bassist/vocalist Les Claypool brings forth a new solo album, "Of Whales and Woe," this week via his own Prawn Song label. The follow-up to 2002's "Purple Onion" was recorded in Claypool's home Primus bassist/voca ...

  39. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    May 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Les Claypool bangs around for tales of "Woe," Obie Trice is back for a second engagement, Mike Patton enlivens Peeping Tom and Ralph Stanley salutes a legendary musical family in this week's Hot Produ An EP featuring a host of new son ...

  40. Claypool Scores With Book, Jam Band Mockumentary

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The book, "South of the Pumphouse," is due in July via Akashic Books, while the movie, "Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo," has been making the rounds at film festivals in recent months. Between finishing a new studio album an ...

  41. Claypool Crafts A 'Whale' Of An Album

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Primus bassist/vocalist Les Claypool has put the finishing touches on a new solo album, "Of Whales and Woe," due May 30 via his own Prawn Song label. Primus bassist/vocalist Les Claypool has put the finishing touches on a new solo album, & ...

  42. Q&A: The Police's Stewart Copeland

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 You spent a half-dozen years in one of the most popular bands in the world -- but that was more than two decades ago. So how do you refresh your memory? For the Police's Stewart Copeland, there was a You spent a half-dozen years in one of the m ...

  43. Copeland Curates New Police Documentary

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Add "filmmaker" to drummer Stewart Copeland's list of credits. His documentary, "Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out," will debut Jan. 22 at the Sundance Film Festival. Add "filmmaker" to drummer Stewart Copelan ...

  44. Ringin' In The New Year

    December 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 At best, New Year's Eve is not only a time to celebrate another year passing, but also a time to see great music. New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas will be hosting the biggest names in pop and rock, At best, New Year's Eve is not only a ...

  45. This Day in Music

    September 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1998 - </b>The family of Frank Sinatra files suit against Newark, Calif.-based discount clothing company Ross Stores Inc. for copyright infringement. The suit alleges that an album of 75 songs, "Th 2003 - California country singe ...

  46. Nokia Theatre Opening In Times Square

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 New York's 2,100-capacity Nokia Theatre Times Square, AEG's newest concert venue, will open in September, with tickets for many shows set to go on sale Aug. 12. New York's 2,100-capacity Nokia Theatre Times Square, AEG's newest c ...

  47. Billboard Bits: Primus, Jerry Douglas, Barry Manilow

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on Primus, Jerry Douglas, Barry Manilow Primus' classic lineup of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander will hit the studio later this year to record its first album together sinc ...

  48. Collaborations Highlight Fifth Jammy Awards

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A number of intriguing collaborations highlighted the fifth annual Jammy Awards, held last night (April 26) at New York's Theatre at Madison Square Garden. A number of intriguing collaborations highlighted the fifth annual Jammy Awards, held la ...

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