Primus to Play War Memorial Auditorium Oct. 24

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Eclectic rockers Primus are gearing up to release their first studio album in six years (assuming you discredit their reimagining of the music of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory three years ago), and have reassembled the classic lineup for their first album together since 1995’s Tales from the Punchbowl.  Legendary bassist and vocalist Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde (guitar), and Tim Alexander (drums) will be releasing Primus’s The Desaturating Seven on Sept. 29, and have announced a fall tour, including a Nashville date at War Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 24, in support.

In typical oddball style, the inspiration for the new record came from Claypool reading bedtime stories many years ago to his now-grown children.  “My wife turned them on to a book called ‘The Rainbow Goblins’ by Ul De Rico,” Claypool explains. “The dark imagery and beauty of the art struck me immediately and I thought, ‘this would make good fodder for a piece of music.’ The use of color and darkness, both in the paintings and the writing was compelling, and now, near two decades later, the metaphor of greed, gluttony and deceit vs unity of the masses is eerily relevant. I brought the notion to the Primus guys and they were all for it. Plus, I figured it’s about time someone brought ‘Goblin Rock’ back to the fold.”

Hard to disagree with that, and it is hard to disagree with the impressiveness of a Primus show, as we learned (again) when they last played Nashville with Tool in January of 2016.  Head below to listen to the first single, “The Seven,” and check out rest of the tour schedule.  Tickets for the Nashville show run $35, and you can get them here starting Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. CDT.


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8/1 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom*
8/2 – Mankato, MN – Vetter Stone Amphitheater*
8/4 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheater*
8/5 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads*
8/6 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom*
8/8 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater*
8/9 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint*
8/11 – Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater*
8/12 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield*
8/13 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater*
8/15 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park*
8/17 – Stateline, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino*
8/18 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theater*
10/20 – San Antonio, TX – Sunken Gardens
10/21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Lawn
10/22 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live
10/24 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial
10/25 – Richmond, VA – The National
10/27 – Albany, NY – Palace Theater
10/28 – Washington DC – The Anthem w/ Clutch
10/29 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater
10/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
11/2 – Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater
11/3 – Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Theater
11/4 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theater
11/5 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Theater
11/7 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theater
11/9 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
11/10 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Hotel
11/11 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/13 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
12/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
12/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

* with Clutch

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