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Primus Reunites for First Time Since 1996 for Tour

(CelebrityAccess News Service) – Primus are reuniting the group's classic line-up for the first time in seven years with bassist-singer-ringmaster Les Claypool and guitarist Larry Lalonde re-enlisting seminal drummer Tim Alexander for the first time since his 1996 departure. Primus will embark on a limited national tour kicking off on October 14 in Davis, CA and winding down on November 20 in Burlington, VT. The tour will support the EP/DVD Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People (Interscope Records) to be released October 7 that features five new songs, all the band's videos, previously unreleased live performances and more.

The 2003 "Tour de Fromage" will be a multi-media theatrical stage production with two full sets by the band. The first set will vary on a nightly basis sampling from the band's vast repertoire. The second set will be a one time only start to finish performance of the pinnacle Primus masterpiece Sailing The Seas Of Cheese. "The spontaneous visual presentation and the varied song selection will insure that no two performances will be the same," says Claypool, who has spent the last three years creating and collaborating on a range of projects with a wide array of influential musicians.

The band's show at the Warfield Theatre in their hometown of San Francisco sold out in a swift 20 minutes. Due to overwhelming demand, the band has added a second show at both the Warfield in San Francisco and the Wiltern in Los Angeles. Adds Claypool, "It's amazing to me the response we've had for this upcoming tour. Tickets are blowing out. The hype around these shows is something I haven't seen in the history of Primus."

Primus itinerary:

October 14 Davis, CA Freeborn Hall

October 15 Las Vegas, NV The Joint

October 17-18 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

October 21 Denver, CO The Fillmore

October 22 Salt Lake City, UT Salt Air

October 25 Eugene, OR Hult Center

October 26 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre

October 28 Eureka, CA Municipal Auditorium

October 29 Santa Cruz, CA Civic Center

October 30-31 San Francisco, CA The Warfield

November 6 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre

November 7 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre

November 8 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom

November 9 Detroit, MI State Theatre

November 11 Columbus, OH PromoWest Pavilion

November 12 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre

November 14 New York, NY Roseland

November 15 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre

November 16 Washington, DC Nation

November 18 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre

November 19 Portland, ME State Theatre

November 20 Burlington, VT Memorial Auditorium
–by Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner