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TOOL DRUMMER TO SIT IN WITH PRIMUS ON TOUR

Tool drummer Danny Carey will perform with Primus on the band's scheduled September tour dates, while original drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander continues his recovery from recent open-heart surgery. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Primus bassist/singer Les Claypool called Carey the perfect fill-in for Alexander, saying, "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."

Alexander, who Claypool praised as a "polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent," suffered a heart attack last month and required triple-bypass surgery.

Alexander, a founding member of Primus, has done two previous tours of duty with the band, from 1988 to 1996 and then again from 2003 to 2009. He has also played with Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan's other groups A Perfect Circle and Puscifer.

Carey will play three shows with Primus, two in Chicago and one in Denver. Claypool said that the band is going through with the gigs mainly to earn money for Alexander. Primus begins a full tour in late October, although it is not clear whether Alexander will be ready to resume playing by then.

Tool, meanwhile, continues to make incremental progress on the recording of its new album, although there is no release date in sight.

Carey and guitarist Adam Jones recently revealed that a longstanding legal battle with a friend who had done artwork with the band had consumed Tool's resources and slowed down progress on making new music.

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