Primus reveals 2017 summer tour dates

Before they release their first studio album since 2014’s Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, Primus is set to hit the road for a monthlong summer tour of the U.S. The Les Claypool-led trio kicks off the tour on July 17 at the Uptown Amphitheater in Charlotte, N.C., and wraps Aug. 18 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif. Joining Primus on the tour are Maryland-based rockers Clutch, best known for their 2001 alt-rock hit “Careful With That Mic…” The complete list of Primus and Clutch tour dates can be found below.

According to Rolling Stone, Primus has returned to the studio to record their first album of new material since 2011’s Green Naugahyde. Their most recent album, Primus & the Chocolate Factory, was a reimagining of the soundtrack to “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” for which the band developed its own line of chocolate bars as a nod to the film’s famous Wonka bars. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said the accompanying tour captured the band “at its imaginative best” and referred positively to its “delightfully strange production.”

“As we started putting it together, especially with the expanded soundscape of having string and vibraphone and marimba, it started sounding to me like one of the early Peter Gabriel records meets Dark Side of the Moon meets the Residents,” Claypool told Rolling Stone last year.

Following the tour, Claypool joined forces with Sean Lennon to form The Claypool Lennon Delirium, which released their debut album Monolith of Phobos last year. The collaboration arose out of a series of off-the-cuff jams and live guest spots—not to mention Claypool’s failure to corral Phish’s Trey Anastasio and The Police’s Stewart Copeland for a reboot of their Oysterhead project—and wound up touring the country over three months last summer, with stops at Bonnaroo, Peach Fest and Vertex Festival.

Primus’ 2017 summer tour dates:

July 17 - Charlotte, NC - Uptown Amphitheater

July 18 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater

July 20 - Detroit, MI - Freedom Hill Amphitheater

July 21 - Rochester, NY - The Dome

July 22 - Lancaster, PA - Freedom Hall

July 23 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

July 25 - Portland, ME - Maine State Pier

July 27 - Burlington, VT - Lake Champlain Festival

July 28 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summerstage

July 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier

July 30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE

Aug. 1 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom

Aug. 2 - Mankato, MN - Vetter Stone Amphitheater

Aug. 4 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheater

Aug. 5 - Kansas City, MO - Crossroads

Aug. 6 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom

Aug. 8 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater

Aug. 9 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint (click here for tickets)

Aug. 11 - Bonner, MT - Kettlehouse Amphitheater

Aug. 12 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield

Aug. 13 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater

Aug. 15 - Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park (click here for tickets)

Aug. 17 - Stateline, NV - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Aug. 18 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre