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Legendary Tool drummer Danny Carey to play with Primus at Riot Fest dates

Les Claypool of Primus performs live for fans at the 2014 Big Day Out Festival on January 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
Les Claypool of Primus performs live for fans at the 2014 Big Day Out Festival on January 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
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After their drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander was forced to undergo a triple bypass, Primus was in need of a replacement to fill in for awhile. The guy that they found is kind of a ‘Tool.”

“The great ‘Herbinator’ has undergone his surgery and has come out with flying colors,” Primus frontman Les Claypool told Rolling Stone. “But alas, it will be weeks before he can man the Primus percussion helm."

The band announced on Thursday, that Danny Carey will be filling in for Alexander. Carey’s “day job” is playing in the metal band Tool. Currently working on a new album, Carey will take a brief break from Tool to join Primus for a few dates in Sept.

"The mighty Tim 'Herb' Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent,” said Claypool. “So the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey."

Primus still was forced to cancel three of their Sept. dates, but another three will go on as planned. Primus will still play Riot Fest’s Chicago (Sept. 14) and Denver (Sept. 19) dates; as well as a Riot Fest after party in Chicago on Sept. 13. They decided to go through with these shows in an effort to provide Alexander with some financial relief.

Alexander took to Twitter on Wednesday, providing an interesting note about his operation:

Found out today my surgeons were playing Primus on Pandora while doing my triple heart bypass. They had never heard it before.

Alexander is expected to rejoin the band in Oct. when they will embark on a tour for their new album: “Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble” (due Oct. 21). The collection, which is a tribute to “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”, will be Primus’ first with Alexander in nearly 20 years.