Primus is a rock band from San Francisco, California. Since its inception, it has established itself as one of America’s top alternative bands. And now it is going on tour again, in support of its new album. With a large fan-base of devoted fans all over the country, Primus tickets are sure to be in high demand. The band was formed in the early 1980s, by lead singer and bassist Les Claypool. Initially, the band was called Primate. It featured Todd Huth on guitars as well as a drum machine instead of a real drummer. The band soon changed its name to Primus and recruited drummer Vince Parker. In the early days of the band, Parker was replaced as the drummer by Peter Libby. Since then, Primus’ line-up has changed considerably and often. In the band’s current line-up, there are a total of three members. Apart from Claypool, there is Jay Lane who plays the drums and Larry “Lel” LaLonde who plays guitar.
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After the band was founded, it started work its first demo. Soon, the band gained a following in underground music circles as a hybrid metal and funk band. However, due to a series of circumstances, the band was forced to go on hiatus. The band returned a short while later, boasting a new line-up, and released their first ever album. The latter was titled Suck On This and was a live recording of one of the band’s sold-out Berkeley Square shows. Primus’ music has always defied easy classification. At different times, the band’s musical style has been referred to as thrash-funk, alternative metal, progressive metal and funk metal. Some critics have commented that the band sounds like “the Freak Brothers set to music.” Others have described Primus as “a post-punk Rush spiked with the sensibility and humor of Frank Zappa.” The latter, along with classic rock heavyweights Pink Floyd and Rush, is one of the band’s influences. Aside from that, many rock bands have cited Primus as an influence. These bands include Korn, Pleymo, Muse, Deftones and Limp Bizkit.
Primus released its debut studio album, called Fizzle Fry, 1990. The album was a breakout success for a small underground band. It featured such hit singles as “John the Fisherman” and “Too Many Puppies.” The band’s popularity grew almost overnight. This was mainly due to a music video that featured Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammet as well as a tour with popular grunge band Jane’s Addiction. As a result of this recognition, the band was signed to the influential Interscope Records.
Primus released their follow-up the year after they were signed to Interscope. The album was called Sailing Seas of Cheese and contained the singles “Tommy the Cat” and “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver.” Both songs received heavy rotation on MTV. Sailing Seas of Cheese was certified gold by the RIAA. The band then toured with many prominent rock bands as a supporting act. These bands included luminaries like Rush, U2, Anthrax and Fisbone. The band’s next release, an EP made up of cover songs, was released a year later. This release was met with critical acclaim and received extensive airplay on the radio. It reached number thirty on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Primus net studio album, Pork Soda, became its most successful yet. It was also the band’s darkest, in terms of subject matter. Nevertheless, the album reached number seven on the Billboard Top 10 chart upon release. The band continued to tour, headlining Lollapalooza in 1993 and making a memorable appearance at Woodstock ’94. The band’s next album, Tales from Punchbowl, continued its success. The album contained “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”, Primus’ most successful single ever. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award and led to performances on late night talk shows. This increased the band’s profile. For the remainder of the 1990s, Primus continued to release albums. The band was consistently successful and toured extensively. As the decade came to an end, the band went on hiatus.
Primus reunited in the early 2000s and started touring again. The band released a number of live recordings of their shows and performed at the Lollapalooza and Vegoose festivals. The band also spent most of the decade touring extensively and releasing mostly live DVDs and recordings. These included a four-track recording of the band rehearsing in June 2010. This was released a free download. The band’s most recent album, Green Naugahyde, was released in 2011. It is now touring in support of that album. Eager fans will be happy to know that cheap Primus tickets are now widely available.
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