The passing of Neil Peart has begun a resurgence of the amazing rock and roll music of Rush. Forbes reported back in January some astonishing statistics. There was a 776% increase in Rush music streaming and a… wait for it… 2000% increase in music sales. Yes, that is a two-thousand percent increase. They also jumped back in to the Billboard 200 at #45 with 2003’s The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974–1987. Peart’s contribution to the world of music affected fans and fellow musicians alike. Case in point: Primus is going to play Rush’s A Farewell to Kings from 1977 in its entirety on their 2020 tribute tour, titled A Tribute To Kings.
Check out That Hashtag Show’s Rush Review of A Farewell to Kings here!
“Geddy, Alex and Neil had been superheroes to Larry, Herb and I in our teens, so when we all became pals while touring together in the early ’90s, we were pretty delighted; partially because of the musical geek-out factor but mostly because the three guys whom we had admired so much from afar, turned out to be truly great, down-to-earth humans, and like us, a tad eccentric.Les Claypool, Primus
I will be the first to admit, I am not a Primus fan. Not that they are bad, not even close. These guys are amazingly talented musicians. I never got into their sound. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t play. There is no doubt they will absolutely slay their covers off of A Farewell to Kings. This isn’t the first time they’ve done this either. Back in the early 2000’s, Claypool had another go at a full-album cover with another group of musicians.
“Years ago, I had done something similar with COLONEL CLAYPOOL’S FEARLESS FLYING FROG BRIGADE, when we covered Pink Floyd’s Animals in its entirety. It was an insane amount of work, but ended up being one of the most enjoyable live endeavors I’ve ever done.”Les Claypool
They also covered Shine On You Crazy Diamond during that tour and introduced the following Animals set as “more Pink Floyd than any human being should ever withstand.” I don’t know about that. I can withstand a whole lot of Pink Floyd and Rush. Let’s hope they do A Farewell to Kings the same way and with a whole lot of righteous justice.
A Tribute To Kings: Where To See It
Primus will tour with Wolfmother, and have some dates with The Sword, and Battles throughout the middle of 2020 for over 40 tour stops. Are they coming to a city near you? Will you be checking out any of the Primus tribute shows? Let us know in the comments, and stick with us for the Rush Review, a trip through the super-groups entire discography, exclusive to That Hashtag Show!