Tool Drummer Danny Carey To Play With Primus At September Shows


Tool drummer Danny Carey will take over the kit for Primus on their September live stops. The temporary pairing allows Primus‘ original drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander additional recovery time after having recently undergone a triple bypass following a heart attack. Primus frontman/bassist Les Claypool told of the pairing:

“The mighty Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey. Whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble sequoia.

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I can’t wait to see that menacing grin of Danny‘s shine out as we pound our way through ‘Here Come the Bastards‘ and ‘Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers.’ He’s a dear old friend and we are extremely excited to have him aboard, and I would wager we are equally if not more intrigued than most by what kind of sounds are going to come out of the three of us once we actually get in a room together and do more than just consume fancy booze.”

Claypool also revealed that they are going ahead with those September dates in order to help out Alexander financially. Shows they will be playing with Carey on drums include:

09/13 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
09/12-14 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09/19-21 Denver, CO – Riot Fest

Claypool also opened up on Alexander‘s health troubles, stating:

“When Tim ‘Herb the Ginseng Drummer’ Alexander had a minor heart attack a few weeks back we were all startled. When he went in for an angioplasty the next morning and they said he needed a triple bypass we were all shocked. Tim is the ‘Ginseng drummer’ for a reason: He was always the non-meat eating, teetotaling, mastodon of a man who could throw a football over a mountain, chuck a curve ball at 89 miles per hour and could play his drums for hours on end without breaking a sweat, but unfortunately genetics and a taste for dessert have a way of catching up and kicking one’s balls. The great Herbinator has undergone his surgery and has come out with flying colors, but alas, it will be weeks before he can man the Primus percussion helm.”

Alexander is due to rejoin the band on their October tour. He also recently shared the following tidbit about his triple bypass surgery through his Twitter:

“found out today my surgeons were playing primus on pandora while doing my triple heart bypass. They had never heard it before.”

Primus will release their tribute to the music of the original film adaptation of “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” on October 21st. That effort will be titled “Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble“.

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