Primus drummer Tim Alexander suffers heart attack ahead of Riot Fest Denver performance


Tim “Herb” Alexander, the drummer for Primus and Maynard James Keenan’s side project Puscifer, had a heart attack over the weekend, according to a post on Friday via Puscifer’s Facebook Page. He is scheduled for open-heart surgery on Monday.

A note from Alexander’s family reads:

Some time during the hours of 7:30 am to 12:30 pm (pacific time) tomorrow, July 21st, Tim’s heart will be stopped for his open heart surgery. The heart is like a drum and we need to help keep it going, so during this time we ask you to please help carry that beat. Whether it be drums, percussion or even in your head, we would like to start a global drum circle to send positive, healing energy to Tim. Any and all prayer, healing words and thoughts at this time would also be greatly appreciated. Follow and send any caring, healing words to #carrythebeat on Twitter (@TimAlexander or @Primus). Thank you.

The drummer has performed and recorded with Primus from 1988-1996, 2003-2009 and 2013-today and has also drummed on both Puscifer albums. Primus is set to perform at Riot Fest Denver, which was recently relocated to Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Many Primus fans have taken to social media to wish the drummer a speedy recovery. The band is scheduled to play Riot Fest Denver on Sept. 19.

Drummers have been known to pull through with some fairly serious injuries and continue to play the skins. Take for instance Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, who famously continued to drum for the band after having lost an arm in an street-racing accident. Travis Barker of Blink-182, who played Denver’s inaugural Riot Fest in 2013, has sustained a few injuries in his time, performing with a broken arm on tour with side project +44 and then coming back to tour with Blink-182 after a plane crash that killed four on board. The crash left himself and DJ AM (who later died of a drug overdose) as sole survivors, though Barker suffered second and third-degree burns on his body and hands.

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James Garcia is a community reporter at the Loveland Reporter-Herald and a new blogger at Reverb. Follow him on Twitter @JamesGarciaRH.