Primus’ new album “Primus & The Chocolate Factory” out October 21!
Primus is back and stranger than ever with their delicious new studio album, “Primus & The Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble”, a tribute to the weird and wonderful world of Willy Wonka that hits shelves on October 21 and is available for pre-order HERE now.
Primus’ classic lineup – Les Claypool, guitarist Larry Lalonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander – is reuniting for their first full-length release since 1995, a darker, tripped-out take on the classic 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
“I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971’s ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically,” says Claypool. “So that’s what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot.”
Listen to Primus’ rework of “Pure Imagination” below:
The album will be celebrated with a 22-stop national tour (dates below) that kicks off right after the album’s October 21 release date, and fans can expect a surreal experience – with Primus chocolate bars, an abstract stage production, and Les Claypool in the signature purple waistcoat and top hat as Wonka himself .
The LP will be released on chocolate-colored vinyl, but if you’re as lucky as Charlie Bucket or Veruca Salt, you just might score one of the five golden records that will be scattered around the world on release day.
You can pre-order the album here, and you won’t want to miss them on tour:
Primus Tour Dates:
October 22 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
October 24 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
October 25 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
October 26 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for Performing Arts
October 28 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
October 29 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome
October 31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 1 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
November 2 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
November 3 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
November 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
November 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
November 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
November 9 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
November 11 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
November 12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 14 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
November 15 – Austin, TX @ ACL live at the Moody Theater
November 16 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
November 17 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
November 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
November 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre LA