Jay Lane Quits Furthur, Joins Primus

Big news in Deadhead land today: Jay Lane will abandon Furthur after just a short 6 months to re-join Primus (Lane was a founding member). While the news hasn’t been officially announced yet, Phil himself confirmed it on the PhilZone today, stating that:

“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.”

In response to whether or not Lane would be replaced Lesh said that both him and Bob feel it is best to continue on with Joe Russo solo on drums at this time. More to come as this story develops and formal announcements are made.


  1. […] a story first reported by Welcome to Now, Phil Lesh has confirmed that Jay Lane has left Furthur to re-join Primus. Phil took to the […]

  2. OBAMASUX Said:

    Bunch of dick eating fagz

  3. phish junkie Said:

    bring Micky and Bill back!!! it’s only right……

    • Karen Said:

      yes yes yes to that one Bring BACK THE Rhythem Devils

  4. you said deadheadland. heh heh!

    Russo rocks. Joe can hadle it, the man is a monster drummer!

  5. DARKSTARR Said:

    Mickey and bill would make it for us!!!

  6. golmajer Said:

    What the hell,Primus without Tim isn’t Primus,at least they can change their name now.Damn it…

  7. Ken Said:

    lol you do know that Jay Lane was a FOUNDING MEMBER of Primus don’t you? I look forward to the return of the ORIGINAL DRUMMER.

    • ststeven123 Said:

      Ken, it says in the post that the is returning to Primus and that he was a founding member…

      • drug Said:

        lane was an original member , but the recordigns are of alexander or mantya
        lane its not worst than the others , but tim s style its more unique
        mantya give a funk-groove style that fits better on primus than , lanes
        i had no particular oprder of favoritism for this drummers but i think , that seat belongs to tim

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