Primus to honor Rush with 'Tribute to Kings' show in downtown Indianapolis

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 04: Singer/bassist Les Claypool of Primus performs at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on September 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Iconic funk-metal band Primus is paying homage to to progressive-rock legends Rush with a new tour that will make a stop in Indianapolis.

Primus: A Tribute to Kings will feature the Bay Area trio playing Rush’s classic 1977 album A Farewell to Kings album in its entirety, in addition to their own music.

Primus will appear live in downtown Indianapolis on Monday, July 6 at The Amphitheater at White River State Park with special guests Wolfmother and Battles.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, February 21 at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com.

A special pre-sale, including VIP upgrade options, will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19 at 10 a.m.

Live Nation said A Tribute to Kings kicks off in May and spans over 40 dates through August, including Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival in Tennessee, New York City’s Beacon Theatre, LA’s Greek Theatre, and a Bay Area hometown show at Berkeley’s Greek Theater.

Primus frontman Les Claypool released the following statement:

“A little over one year ago, Ler Lalonde and I started kicking the idea around of Primus performing a series of shows featuring an iconic Rush album from our youth. Being that A Farewell to Kings was the first Rush record I ever heard, and that it contains my all-time favorite Rush tune, “Cygnus X1,” the choice narrowed quickly. Years ago I had done something similar with Colonel Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, when we covered Pink Floyd’s Animals in its entirety.

It was an insane amount of work, but ended up being one of the most enjoyable live endeavors I’ve ever done. Dubbing the tour Primus: A Tribute to Kings, it was originally scheduled to be performed in the Fall of 2019 but, when we were asked to support Slayer on their Final Campaign, the Tribute to Kings tour was postponed.

Geddy, Alex and Neil had been superheroes to Larry, Herb and I in our teens, so when we all became pals while touring together in the early ’90s, we were pretty delighted; partially because of the musical geek-out factor but mostly because the three guys whom we had admired so much from afar, turned out to be truly great, down-to-earth humans, and like us, a tad eccentric.

The ‘Tribute to Kings’ tour will be just as it is implied, a respectful and loving tribute to three spectacular musicians, songwriters, legends and friends.”

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