Primus to Play Rush’s ‘A Farewell to Kings’ in Its Entirety on New North American Tour
This summer, Primus will pay homage to prog-rock group Rush by playing Rush's classic 1977 album A Farewell to Kings in its entirety, in addition to their own music.
This summer, Primus will pay homage to prog-rock group Rush by playing Rush’s classic 1977 album A Farewell to Kings in its entirety, in addition to their own music. The cross-country tour will be titled A Tribute to Kings and will kick off in May.
Rush’s “Geddy [Lee], Alex [Lifeson] and Neil [Pert] had been superheroes to Larry [Lalonde], Herb [Tim Alexander] 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,” said Primus bandleader Les Claypool in a release.
“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,” Claypool added.
A Tribute to Kings spans over 40 dates through August, including Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival in Tennessee. Launching at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas, the tour will run through Austin, Atlanta, Orlando, New York, Cleveland, Toronto, Chicago and more.
The final date for the tribute tour will take place on Aug. 2 at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix. Wolfmother will open the entire tour with additional support from The Sword and Battles.
Tickets will be available to the general public starting on Friday at 10am local time. Check out a full list of dates below.
PRIMUS: A TRIBUTE TO KINGS
5/26 — Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory *^
5/27 — Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center *^
5/29 — Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater *^
5/30 — New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater *^
6/01 — Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena *^
6/03 — Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando *^
6/05 — Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy *^
6/06 — Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre *^
6/07 — Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *^
6/09 — Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion *^
6/10 — Columbus, OH @ Express Live! – Outdoor *^
6/12 — Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival
6/15 — Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE! *^
6/16 — Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion *^
6/17 — New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *^
6/19 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia *^
6/20 — Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage *^
6/21 — Essex Junction, VT @ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exposition *^
6/23 — Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion *^
6/24 — Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre *^
6/26 — Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill *^
6/27 — Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica *^
6/28 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Outdoor *^
6/30 — Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach *^
7/02 — Lafayette, NY @ Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards *
7/03 — Westbrook ME @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row *
7/06 — Indianapolis, IN @ The Amphitheater at White River State Park *+
7/07 — Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion *+
7/08 — Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory *+
7/10 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre *+
7/11 — St Louis, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park *+
7/12 — Kansas City, MO @ CrossroadsKC *+
7/14 — Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom *+
7/15 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *+
7/17 — Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater *+
7/18 — Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *+
7/19 — Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort *+
7/21 — Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden *+
7/23 — Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater *+
7/24 — Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park *+
7/25 — Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield *+
7/28 — Spokane, WA @ Riverfront Park Amphitheater *+
7/29 — Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater *+
7/31 — Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre *+
8/01 — San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU *+
8/02 — Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre *+
* w/ Wolfmother
^ w/ The Sword
+ w/ Battles