Les Claypool Says Tim Alexander Will Reunite With Primus, Jay Lane To Rejoin RatDog
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Les Claypool revealed drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander will rejoin Primus beginning next week. Alexander originally left the band in 1996, before they released Brown Album in 1997. “Herb had been peeking out of the woods and wanting to play again, so we thought, ‘Well, let’s talk to Tim about it.’” Claypool also mentioned the band plans on heading into the studio this November, but says that is still premature.
As for current drummer Jay Lane, Claypool says, “It’s kind of odd – we love Jayski, he’s my buddy, and we very much enjoyed playing with him. But he has a relationship with Bob Weir that is very tight, and of course, they started RatDog together many years ago, and RatDog’s getting back together this next year.”
For Oysterhead fans, don’t give up hope of a reunion just yet. “We always talk about it. There’s a lot of talk. I think it’s an itch we should start scratching here pretty soon. It’s been long overdue,” Claypool says.
UPDATE: The band confirms the addition of Tim Alexander as well as scheduled studio time this November. In addition, Primus will also hold their New Year’s Eve show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. Currently, Claypool is preparing for a tour with Duo De Twang upon completion of their album slated for a 2014 release. Check out the full list of tour dates below.
Duo De Twang Tour Dates:
October 10 Boulder, CO—Fox Theater
October 11 Denver, CO—Gothic Theater
October 12 Ft. Collins, CO—Aggie
October 14 Minneapolis, MN—Varsity
October 15 Madison, WI—Majestic
October 17 Ozark, AR—Harvest Fest
October 18 Lawrence, KS—Liberty Hall
October 19 Covington, KY—Madison Theatre
October 20 Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall
October 25 Santa Cruz, CA—Catalyst
October 26 Placerville, CA—Hangtown Halloween