Primus releases official video for “Follow The Fool,” vinyl edition of new EP


On the heels of a run of shows in Colorado next week – including a two-night appearance at the “South Park: 25th Anniversary Concert” at Red Rocks and the final US shows of the band’s wildly popular ‘A Tribute To Kings’ Tour in Vail on 8.12-13 – Primus has unveiled a music video for “Follow The Fool,” the final single off their new ‘Conspiranoid’ EP. Their first new music in more than five years, the EP features several commentaries on what frontman Les Claypool described as “the mental state of the contemporary world,” with “Follow The Fool” asking the pointed question – “who’s the bigger fool? Is it the fool, or is the fool who follows the fool.” A special vinyl release of the ‘Conspiranoid’ EP is out now via ATO Records.

Primus announced the ‘Conspiranoid’ EP in April with the release of its epic, 11-minute opening track, “Conspiranoia.” “I’d been itching to record an opus–basically a long, winding, bastard of a song, reminiscent of some of the compositions I cut my teeth (or ears) on, in my music-hungry adolescence,” bassist Les Claypool said. “”Conspiranoia” was sprouted from a seed I had planted in my notebook a year or so ago–a few lines commenting on the mental state of the contemporary world.”

The release of the “Follow The Fool” video comes just before the final US shows of Primus’ wildly popular ‘A Tribute To Kings’ Tour in Vail, CO on 8.12-13, which will find them performing Rush’s 1977 album ‘A Farewell To Kings’ in its entirety, following a set of their own music. As Claypool told Rolling Stone, the ‘A Tribute To Kings’ Tour was about paying tribute to a band that has given him so much inspiration over the years. The band will also be performing a two-night run of ‘A Tribute To Kings’ on 11.2-3.

“Hemispheres was my first concert,” Claypool said, referring to Rush’s 1978 album and tour. “Originally we’d always kind of joked around about doing Hemispheres…but we settled on Kings, because A) it was the first Rush record I ever heard and B) it contains ‘Cygnus X-1,’ which has always been my favorite Rush tune. It seems to be a good one for us to tackle; 2112 seemed a little obvious.”

For more information on Primus’ upcoming performances, including the South Park: 25th Anniversary Concert, please visit

‘Conspiranoid’ EP – Out April 22nd
1. Conspiranoia
2. Follow The Fool
3. Erin On The Side Of Caution

Friday, August 12 – Vail, CO – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 13 – Vail, CO – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre
Wednesday, November 2 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Coliseo
Thursday, November 3 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Coliseo