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Interview:
Primus Keeps The Comeback Coming
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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When Primus reunited in 2003 — after a short three-year hiatus — the band members weren’t entirely sure if it was for the long haul or just a quick hit.

“We’re definitely a onething-at-a-time band,” guitarist Larry LaLonde says with a laugh.

But one thing has led to another. This year the Bay Area trio is back with a best-of set, “They Can’t All Be Zingers,” as well as a DVD, “Blame It on the Fish,” which offers “an abstract look” at the 2003 tour.

“We’re having a great time,” says singer-bassist Les Claypool, who founded Primus in 1986. “We’re all enjoying each other’s company. In the old days, when we were asked by journalists how long this would last, I always said ‘It’ll last as long as it’s fun.’

“It got to a point where it wasn’t fun anymore, and it stopped. Now it’s enjoyable again.”

Claypool, LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander have all maintained their other musical interests, which in Claypool’s case includes the all-star group Oysterhead with former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland. But Primus’ main man says he’s developed a new perspective on the band in the past six years.

“One thing I’ve come to appreciate over the past few years is the chemistry that Larry and Tim and I have together,” Claypool, 43, explains. “I’ve been playing with some incredible people, and each of those things I’ve done with those people has had its own chemistry and its own positive qualities.

“But what I do with Tim and Larry, it’s just got a uniqueness to it that is Primus. We bring out the Primus in each other — for good or bad, the sound that comes out when the three of us just let go and play is very unique, and I really like that it’s there.”



Primus performs Tuesday (November 14th) at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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