Primus & The Chocolate Factory


The definitive Primus line-up – Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander – is back together and have released their first full-length studio set in nearly 20 years, ‘Primus & the Chocolate Factory,’ on ATO Records.  “The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,’ says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the ‘Willy Wonka’ movie – the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971’s ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that’s what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot.”

It felt so good, in fact, that he decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release.  Claypool admits that he’s always, “in some way, wanted to be Willy Wonka,” and, also, that he’s always wanted to work a cover of “The Candyman” — a memorable number from the film’s soundtrack — into Primus sets.

Primus plans to tour the Chocolate Factory beginning in late October.  “We’re going to do some touring with it and we put together this pretty abstract stage production,” says Claypool, “We’re going to take it out there, around the planet, and see what happens. And, in light of the record business being gutted by the internet, we’ve made some PRIMUS brand chocolate bars to peddle as well.”

Of course, Claypool realized that it was risky business to adapt a cinematic classic that is so close to so many people’s hearts.  And, naturally, he realized that it was dangerous waters to swim in the wake of Gene Wilder, who portrays Willy Wonka in the original film.  The band pulls it off by making something that is truly their own, without taking anything away from the movie.

“Our project is an homage to Gene Wilder and David L. Wolper’s, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the effect it had on me in my youth,” spouts Les, “Now we get to sell PRIMUS bars and hang out with demented Oompa Loompas. Plus to top it off, it gives me an excuse to wear a purple, velvet waistcoat and brown top hat for the next 18 months.”

Primus & The Chocolate Factory

October 24 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre

October 25 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

October 26 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for Performing Arts

October 28 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater

October 29 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome

October 31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

November 1 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre

November 2 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory

November 3 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit

November 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House

November 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre

November 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

November 9 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live

November 11 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater

November 12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall

November 14 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

November 15 – Austin, TX @ ACL live at the Moody Theater

November 16 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre

November 17 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre

November 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre Phoenix

November 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre LA

November 22 – Escondido, CA @ Center for the Arts

November 23 – Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center

December 6 – Santiago, Chile @ Rockout Fest

December 31 – Oakland, CA # Fox Theater*

January 2 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

January 3 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater

*annual New Year’s show, without Chocolate Factory

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Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypoolpublished by Akashic Books will be available on September 16, 2014 Here is the link to order:

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