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Primus' 2021 A Tribute to Kings Rush tribute tour kicks off next week in Boise

Thu, Aug 5, 2021@2:12PM | comments

Primus' postponed A Tribute to Kings Rush tribute tour will kick off at the Ford Idaho Center in Boise, ID this coming Tuesday, August 10. The band had originally planned the tour for last year, but were forced to postpone it to the summer of 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The tour will honor the band's musical heroes Rush where they'll cover the A Farewell to Kings album in full every night, before playing a full set of Primus classics. For all the details and to purchase tickets, visit Primus frontman Les Claypool was recently interviewed for to talk about the tour, the difficult task of rehearsing Rush songs, and some of his recent artistic endeavors with his son Cage (also a Rush fan), who is helping to provide visual elements for the tour (thanks RushFanForever):

... I go to this new rehearsal space, and we're playing hour after hour after hour to get this shit right. And it's been very good for us-it is bringing us back together after all this time and challenging us. We have a common interest, which is Rush. That's what brought us together in the first place. We always have this kind of collective prog-element to what we do. And that all came from the first time that the three of us played together-one of the things that we were able to just jam on was Rush tunes. ... I know how scrutinizing Rush fans can be so we have to be on this shit. There's a reason why they were Rush; they were fucking good. And they played this crazy shit. We're trying to learn it, and it's coming along and I'm excited. But it's also very daunting because we know we have to really land it. ... My first concert was the Hemispheres tour, and that's one of the reasons why we chose A Farewell to Kings. I remember being a 14-year-old kid watching the Rocinante fly through the black hole. I remember just sitting there, urinating in my pants with excitement. And it's really stuck to me. So it's a full circle thing. It's an honor. It's a wonderful thing to be able to go out and do this and hopefully do it well. ... we were trying to get the visuals from the Rush camp-the originals. But a lot of that stuff is just in storage, and we just didn't want to pester them too much about this stuff. And it hasn't been able to come to fruition. So, I just said, "Well, let's get Cage on it." He's on it. And he's happy to do it. [Surviving Rush members] Alex [Lifeson] and Geddy [Lee] have been super supportive. Alex loaned Ler one of his guitars. It's been very cool. It's been a good way for us to kind of reconnect with those guys, too. I keep in touch with Geddy fairly regularly, but we have been even more in touch with those guys recently, especially with Alex. ...