Les Claypool Recalls Asking Geddy Lee And Alex Lifeson’s Permission To Cover Rush

Primus’ Les Claypool answered the questions in a recent interview with Guitar World about the band’s most current tour. Claypool recalled when he asked Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to cover the band’s album entitled ‘A Farewell To Kings.’

In 1977, Rush released its fifth studio album named ‘A Farewell To Kings,’ including long-time songs in which every band member played different instruments than the other albums. The album provided the group to announce its name to the whole world. While it reached number eleven on the Canadian chart, the album became among the top-40 in the United States and the United Kingdom for the first time.

Two years ago, Primus announced that they would hit the road for a tour in which they would cover the full album of Rush’s ‘A Farewell To Kings.’ Primus initially postponed the tour because of joining Slayer’s retirement tour. Later on, the COVID-19 restrictions forced the band to re-schedule the dates for the second time. The band headed the ‘Tribute to Kings Tour‘ in August 2021 and ended in October, extending at the beginning of April 2022.

Vocalist and bassist Les Claypool talked about Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson’s reaction when he mentioned Primus’ plan to play complete ‘A Farewell To Kings.’ Claypool stated that when he texted Lee and said they had such a plan, Lee found this plan excellent. As the Primus musician revealed, Lifeson was also as supportive as Lee. Claypool mentioned that Lifeson helped Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde with the guitar parts. He added that he was a little nervous since they had not played in front of Rush yet.

Les Claypool explained Geddy Lee’s reaction:

“I asked him about it quite a while ago. We originally planned on doing this thing a while ago, but then we ended up taking the Slayer tour, which postponed it, and then COVID hit and postponed everything. When we originally talked about doing it, Neil Peart was still on the planet. I texted Geddy and said, ‘Hey, we’re thinking about doing this. What do you think?’ He said, ‘Oh, that would be great.’ He was stoked about the idea.

And Alex has been very supportive too. Lor will call him and say, ‘What the hell chord are you playing in this one section?’ Alex has been very helpful with that, and he loaned him some guitars as well. So they’ve both been extremely supportive. We’ve yet to play it in front of them, and I’m all nervous about that.”

As Les Claypool mentioned in the interview, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were very supportive of Primus’ covering the entire ‘A Farewell To Kings’ during its tour. Primus members have been excited and nervous about performing Rush’s album before the band, but they pulled it through.