Primus has announced they’ll perform a benefit concert at The Belasco in Los Angeles on April 17 in support of their dear friend, renowned director, screenwriter and animator Jimmy Hayward, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. The event will feature Tool’s Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor, along with surprise guests.

“Every now and again cancer steps into our world and pulverizes the lives of people that are dear to us,” Claypool said in a statement. “Such a thing happened a while back with our good friend Jimmy Hayward. Over the past couple years Jimmy has undergone many major surgeries to remove then reconstruct major damage from a cancer that invaded his bones. With a wife and two very young children at hand, Jimmy has shown incredible courage and tenacity in an unbelievably challenging time.”
“It is at this time that we in Primus and some of Jimmy’s good friends in the music/entertainment world have decided to give a ‘brother a hand,’ and do a live performance in his honor and for the benefit of his family,” Claypool continued to say. “Please come down and witness a one-time collaborative music event in celebration of our good friend.”

In other Primus news, Claypool will set out on a 41-date Summer of Green Tour 2023 with the Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, marking the band’s first appearances together in 20 years. Read more about the ensemble featuring Claypool (bass), Sean Lennon (guitar), Harry Waters (keys), Paulo Baldi (drums), Mike Dillon (percussion), and Skerik (horns) here.
Tickets are on-sale this Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. PT. Find information and purchase tickets to the event here.