has just been confirmed to play drums for Primus
during a handful of September US tour dates. Longtime Primus drummer Tim Alexander
, who also plays with Maynard James Keenan
, suffered a heart attack last month, successfully undergoing open heart surgery. Alexander is expected to make a full recovery, but he will be resting up while Primus entertains the masses with Danny Carey manning the kit. "The mighty Tim 'Herb' Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent 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 frontman Les Claypool
tells Rolling Stone
). "Whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble spruce."
Claypool continues, "I can't wait to see that menacing grin of Danny's shine out as we pound our way through 'Here Come the Bastards' and 'Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers.' He's a dear old friend and we are extremely excited to have him aboard, and I would wager we are equally if not more intrigued than most by what kind of sounds are going to come out of the three of us once we actually get in a room together and do more than just consume fancy booze."
Primus will release their "Willy Wonka
"-inspired album, "Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble
," on Oct. 21.
As for Tool's highly anticipated new album, the band continues to brainstorm and write. Guitarist Adam Jones
recently stated that the jam sessions are "a little more metal sounding"
while Carey expressed that he's "having fun drumming on it."