While the fate of Primus’ future is thankfully safe with the news that drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander had pulled through his open-heart surgery okay, there were still a few shows on their calendar that remained posted and scheduled with no clear choice as to who would be filling in on drums. So Les Claypool just broke the news to Rolling Stone on who would be filling in: Tool drummer Danny Carey will play with them.
The drummer will be joining the bass-rumbling alt-rockers for their Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver, as well as an after party at the Windy City’s Concord Music Hall on September 13th. Claypool reports that they decided to go through with the shows as a way to give Alexander some financial relief and that Carey was their top choice, since “we figured it would be hard to get [the Police's] Stewart ‘Stew-daddy’ Copeland out of his ivory tower,” as Claypool joked.
While we love Jay Lane and all of his wonderful talents, it’s great to see that the band didn’t choose him obviously and went for some other star-studded fill-ins. If you’ve never heard the magnificence that is Carey’s drumming, the Tool song, “Schism”, always blew me away. Stay on until the end.