Primus Reuniting With Tim 'Herb' Alexander, Looking to Enter Studio in November

"A series of events made the ever-elusive Viking known as Tim 'Herb' Alexander come out of the forest," says frontman Les Claypool.

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After almost a two-decade studio separation, power trio Primus have once again reunited with drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander, but this time around with plans for releasing a new album. As frontman Les Claypool told Rolling Stone, "a series of events has made the ever-elusive Viking known as Tim 'Herb' Alexander come out of the forest, and he's going to start beating drums again for us - starting next week. It should be an interesting experience." The band released their last album with Herb, "Tales From the Punchbowl," way back in 1995. And although not everything's 100 percent certain, that's all about to change; if not, Alex Van Halen might receive a surprise call from Claypool. "We're talking about going into the studio in November," Les explained. "But it's all a little premature - we'll see what happens next week. If we get together and things are just flowing like crazy, then I'm sure we're going to hop right in the studio. If not, then ... we'll be calling Alex Van Halen. [Laughs]" When it comes to Alexander's return to the fold, Claypool also gave a bit more of a thorough explanation. "It's kind of odd - we love [now former drummer Jay Lane] Jayski, he's my buddy, and we very much enjoyed playing with him," he said. "But he has a relationship with Bob Weir that is very tight, and of course, they started RatDog together many years ago, and RatDog's getting back together this next year.

"It was conflicting with some stuff that we were doing, and so he opted to go with Bob and RatDog over the Primus stuff. Just coincidentally, Herb had been peeking out of the woods and wanting to play again, so we thought, 'Well, let's talk to Tim about it.'" He concluded, "So we've been talking, and it seems like he's in a much better space now than he had been in the past. He's got a little girl now and it just seems like he's excited about playing drums again, which I hadn't seen that from him in many years." The latest Primus studio effort, "Green Naugahyde," dropped in September 2011. So the classic Primus gang is officially back on track. Do you think we're up for an epic record here? Let us know in the comments.

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    Arfing Thumb
    Primus sucks
    Where are all the misinformed commenters to bash on you?? There's ALWAYS at least one in a UG Primus article.
    Sammy Mantis
    Actually even Primus themselves don't go for the whole "Primus Sucks" thing anymore. They even changed the name of their website a few years back to, formerly
    For me Primus is a small doses band. I can really enjoy a song or 2 but its just too weird for extended play.
    Primus sucks so hard it was as if they give out free penis microdermabrasions.
    I don't know too much about Primus, but what I've heard of them has been pretty damn cool. Also Les Claypool is a monster of a bassist. Primus sucks
    They are an aquired taste for sure. Listen to Pork Soda, and Sailing the Seas of Cheese. I guarantee you will be hooked.
    Tim's my fave drummer for them. Brain is quite insane as well behind the kit.
    I love Tim Alexander but I hope this doesn't ruin what they've been doing with Jay Lane the last few years. My point I'm trying to make, I guess, is that I hope they don't just play the Tim Alexander era Primus songs all the time. That being said, he's definitely THE Primus drummer.
    Sammy Mantis
    Yeah, the tours with Tim Alexander in 2003 and 2004 were completely void of anything from the Brain era, which is a shame because a lot of great stuff came out of those albums.
    Oh my God. This could be really interesting. All 4 of their best records were the ones they did with Herb.
    Tales from the Punchbowl and Frizzle Fry ****ing ruled, those were my 2 favorites out of those 4 he did
    HERBBBBB Random, but I find it weird that he used to have tremendously long hair but now keeps it buzzed all the time
    Primus suck a golfball through a garden hose! Looking forward to get more of them
    Sammy Mantis
    Actually the last album they did with Herb was the Animals Should not Try To Act Like People EP/DVD in 2003. They've also done at least two tours with him since that time as well, so it hasn't quite been two decades. I'm just happy they're doing more Primus and not going on hiatus for another 10+ years! Although Jay Lane did an amazing job on Green Naugahyde.
    Jay is great, he can go more nuts on hihats than pretty much any other drummer I know. I still prefer the downright funkiness of Herb though.
    Sammy Mantis
    Agreed, Herb is the ultimate Primus Drummer. The best songs/albums came out of the Herb era.
    While I agree with you, some of my favorite tracks come off of "Antipop" and "The Brown Album"