Saturday, March 20, 2010
Jay Lane leaves Furthur to rejoin Primus
Phil's message reads as follows: "Over the past year, both Jill and I have come to know and love Jay for the great guy that he is. At the end of our tour he rode back on Bob's bus and informed Bob that he had an opportunity to play drums with Primus. He and Bob discussed it, and they decided that the logical time to make the change would be after the birthday show. I only found out about this the day before the show; as their relationship goes back a long way, I told them both then that I support any decision they might make. I will miss Jay's enthusiasm and ebullience; he's a great guy to hang and play music with."
Jay Lane was a founding member of Primus along with bassist Les Claypool and guitarist Todd Huth. The trio also played together in the group, Sausage, in the 90s. He is also a founding member of the Bob Weir fronted jam band, Ratdog. Lane will join Claypool and long-time Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde on tour this year. Furthur is expected to play with only one drummer, Joe Russo, for now, but it is rumored that the band could fill the seat with Phil Lesh and Friends' drummer, John Molo.