As reported on Rolling Stone earlier today, Primus has tapped Tool drummer Danny Carey for a handful of tour dates next month, including Riot Fest sets in Chicago and Denver and an after-party at Concord Music Hall on September 13. The decision was made to help with the medical costs of Primus drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander, who underwent open heart surgery last month.
“The mighty Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey,” said Primus frontman Les Claypool. “Whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble sequoia.
He continued, “I can’t wait to see that menacing grin of Danny’s shine out as we pound our way through ‘Here Come the Bastards’ and ‘Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers.’ He’s a dear old friend and we are extremely excited to have him aboard, and I would wager we are equally if not more intrigued than most by what kind of sounds are going to come out of the three of us once we actually get in a room together and do more than just consume fancy booze.”
Alexander is expecting a full recovery, and will rejoin the group for their tour in support of Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble this fall. That album is due out October 21 through ATO. Meanwhile, Tool is still trudging along with their first record since 2006. According to Carey, “It’s all a little more ‘metal’ sounding” and he’s “having fun drumming on it.” Singer Maynard James Keenan has yet to record any vocals, however, as Carey and guitarist Adam Jones are still busy editing the music they’ve written together down.