Buckle up as Primus announces a summer tour with titans Mastodon as they continue on the road in support of their ninth studio album, The Desaturating Seven, out now on ATO Records. Pre-sale tickets start Tuesday, Jan 30 local time HERE (password: Goblins) and general onsale is Friday, Feb 2.
Kicking off May 6 at Red Rocks the tour will cross the country and back with stops at Austin 360 Amphitheater, The Fox in Atlanta, Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, Northerly Island in Chicago, Greek Theaters in San Francisco and LA and many more before ending July 7 in Phoenix. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
The Desaturating Seven led Primus back to some of the sounds and styles of their earlier days and has received praise from Consequence of Sound,Rolling Stone, AV Club and more. The album marks the return of the definitive Primus line-up—singer/bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander—for its first album of original music since 1995.
Inspiration for the album came from a 1978 children’s book called The Rainbow Goblins by the Italian author and artist Ui de Rico. In the story seven goblins come to the valley where rainbows are born, intending to steal the rainbows and eat them. The valley, though, knows that the goblins are coming, and makes a plan to thwart the wicked creatures by hiding the rainbow. After the goblins are caught in their own nets, the flowers release the colors of the rainbow and drown the goblins, and in gratitude, the rainbow turns the flowers into beautiful birds who fly across the valley in freedom.
“It’s a story about gluttonous individuals sucking the colors out of the world,” says Les Claypool. “The overuse of resources by the greedy elite, and how the meek masses can overcome them in the end by unifying. It seemed pretty relevant these days.”
Primus Dates: May 06 –Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater May 08 – Oklahoma City, OK –The Criterion May 10 – Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom May 11 – Austin, TX –Austin 360 Amphitheater May 12 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion May 14 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall May 15 – Nashville, TN –Nashville Municipal Auditorium May 16 – Atlanta, GA – FoxTheater May 18 – Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth Pavilion May 19 – Charlotte, NC –Charlotte MetroCredit Union Amphitheatre May 20 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater May 22 – Reading, PA – Diamond Credit Union Theater @ Santander May 23 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark Amphitheater May 25 – Glen Falls, NY – Cool Insuring Arena May 26 – Providence, RI – Bold Point Park May 27 – Portland, ME – TBA May 29 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills BankPavilion May 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier Jun 01 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage Jun 02 – Baltimore, MD – Pier 6 Pavilion Jun 03 – Brooklyn, NY –Ford Amphitheater@ Coney Island Boardwalk Jun 05 – Columbus, OH –Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre Jun 06 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Jun 08 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Jun 09 – Sterling Heights, MI –Michigan Lottery Amphitheaterat Freedom Hill Jun 10 – Indianapolis, IN –Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park Jun 12 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilionat Riverbend Music Center Jun 14 – Minneapolis, MN – MYTH LIVE Jun 15 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater Jun 16 – Camdenton, MO – Ozarks Amphitheater Jun 18 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood BowlTheater Jun 21 – Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater Jun 22 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park Jun 23 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater Jun 25 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield Jun 28 – Avila Beach, CA – Avila BeachResort Amphitheater Jun 29 – Berkeley, CA –The Greek Theatre Jun 30 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder ValleyResort Casino Jul 02 – Salt Lake City, UT –The Great Salt Air – Outdoors
Jul 03 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Event Center Jul 05 – San Fran, CA
The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley Jul 06 – San Diego, CA –Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater Jul 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre