RUSH members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson had been in attendance on Friday (Might 13) at Massey Corridor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada as PRIMUS carried out RUSH‘s 1977 album “A Farewell To Kings” in its entirety as a part of the “A Tribute To Kings” tour with particular visitors THE SWORD.
On Sunday (Might 15),Lee took to his Instagram to share a backstage photograph of the RUSH and PRIMUS musicians, and he included the next message: “On Friday night time we had the joyful expertise of reuniting with our grand buddies from PRIMUS… Les, Ler, Herb and their gang… We sat aspect stage as they immaculately labored by a cool number of traditional PRIMUS tunes which introduced again fond recollections of our touring collectively again within the early 90’s after which we had been handled to the bizarre expertise of watching them carry out our music: A Farewell to Kings in it is entirety. Completely nailed it! They did us proud and we thank them deeply for the tribute and the lasting friendship.”
PRIMUS frontman Les Claypool lately advised the Nashville Tennessean about why he and his bandmates selected “A Farewell To Kings”: We at all times joked that we had been going to play ‘Hemispheres’ in its entirety. After which it was, like, ‘Properly, possibly we must always do one thing like that.’ ‘2112’ appeared somewhat too apparent. ‘Shifting Footage’ appeared somewhat too apparent. So, ‘A Farewell To Kings’ appeared like the fitting alternative.”
Relating to how PRIMUS approaches a tribute present, Claypool stated: “I used to be a kind of guys as a excessive schooler, sitting within the viewers … understanding each single notice. RUSH followers are very scrutinizing. They’re going to let you know, we had been one of many solely bands accepted by the RUSH crowd again within the day once we had been touring with them. That being stated, it’s extremely treasured to lots of people. We’re taking it very severely. I am going to let you know, we have by no means rehearsed as a band this a lot in our lives as we did for this RUSH factor. We’re doing it as shut as we probably can to the way in which they’d do it.”
As for PRIMUS‘s relationship with RUSH followers at every present, Les stated: “There’s often like 4 or 5 individuals scattered in the direction of the entrance [who] are so into it. They’re singing all of the phrases and a few of them get teared up. It is fairly superb. I do know for me, as an adolescent, RUSH was such a giant a part of me beginning out as a musician. I see these individuals [who] all these years have been so dedicated to that band. To have individuals have that have could be very endearing.”
Claypool beforehand advised Rolling Stone that the “A Tribute To Kings” tour was about paying tribute to a band that has given him a lot inspiration through the years.
“‘Hemispheres’ was my first live performance,” Claypool stated, referring to RUSH‘s 1978 album and tour. “Initially we might at all times sort of joked round about doing ‘Hemispheres’… however we settled on ‘Kings’, as a result of A) it was the primary RUSH document I ever heard and B) it incorporates ‘Cygnus X-1’, which has at all times been my favourite RUSH tune. It appears to be an excellent one for us to deal with; ‘2112’ appeared somewhat apparent.”
“A Tribute To Kings” is simply the newest in a protracted sequence of RUSH-related milestones for PRIMUS, which first opened for its musical heroes in 1992.
“Geddy, Alex and Neil had been superheroes to Larry, Herb and I in our teenagers,” Claypool recalled, “so once we all turned buddies whereas touring collectively within the early ’90s, we had been fairly delighted; partially due to the musical geek-out issue however largely as a result of the three guys whom we had admired a lot from afar turned out to be actually nice, down-to-earth people, and like us, a tad eccentric.”
Posted by Primus on Sunday, Might 15, 2022