|Also known as||Ler|
September 12, 1968 |
Richmond, California, California, U.S.
|Genres||Alternative metal, funk metal, fusion, progressive metal, progressive rock, technical thrash metal, death metal, experimental|
|Labels||Prawn Song, Interscope, Relativity, Combat, Stray|
|Associated acts||Primus, No Forcefield, Possessed, Blind Illusion, Serj Tankian and The F.C.C., Corrupted Morals|
Reid Laurence "Larry" LaLonde is an American musician best known as the guitarist for Primus since 1989. Previously he played guitar for Possessed, Blind Illusion, No Forcefield, and the Frank Zappa tribute band "Caca".
Early career 
LaLonde was born in Richmond, California. Originally inspired by guitarists such as Frank Zappa, Snakefinger, East Bay Ray, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, and his teacher Joe Satriani, LaLonde eventually became interested in early thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Slayer. LaLonde formed his first band in high school, a speed metal band called Blizzard. LaLonde left the band later on to join the first generation death metal band Possessed. Possessed's landmark first album, Seven Churches, was released in 1985 when LaLonde was just 17 years old.
Possessed released two less successful albums before breaking up in 1987. LaLonde then joined experimental thrash metal band Blind Illusion, appearing on the 1988 album The Sane Asylum, through which he became friends with bassist Les Claypool. At around the same time LaLonde was also a member of Corrupted Morals, with whom he recorded the album Cheese-It, released the following year. At the start of 1989, LaLonde left Blind Illusion and Corrupted Morals when Claypool invited him to reform the funk metal outfit Primus, which had been on hiatus since original guitarist Todd Huth left the previous year.
With LaLonde on board, together with drummer Tim Alexander, Primus released their first album, the live Suck on This, in 1989, followed by the studio album Frizzle Fry in 1990. In 1991 came their major label debut Sailing the Seas of Cheese. The band's next studio album, Pork Soda, arrived in 1993 and landed in the Billboard Top 10. Tales from the Punchbowl followed in 1995, featuring one of Primus's most well-known songs, the single "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver," which was nominated for the 1996 Grammy for "Best Hard Rock Performance." Alexander left Primus in 1996 to be replaced by Bryan Mantia, and the group released two more albums, Brown Album in 1997 and Antipop in 1999, before going on hiatus in 2000.
In 2002 Primus returned from their hiatus with Claypool and LaLonde reuniting with Alexander, releasing the DVD/EP Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People in 2003 and the Hallucino-Genetics live DVD in 2004. On October 17, 2006, Primus released both their first greatest hits CD They Can't All Be Zingers and their third DVD Blame It on the Fish: An Abstract Look at the 2003 Primus Tour de Fromage.
Other projects 
During the Primus hiatus, LaLonde formed the experimental alternative band No Forcefield with Bryan Mantia, releasing two albums between 2000 and 2002.
In 2007 and 2008, LaLonde toured with Serj Tankian and the F.C.C. in support of the album Elect the Dead. Two live tracks featuring LaLonde were later released on the digital EP Lie Lie Live. Throughout 2011 he recorded several tracks for the 2012 game Twisted Metal.
Playing style 
Known for his technical proficiency as a guitar player, LaLonde uses many advanced guitar techniques such as pinch harmonics, sweep picking, chicken picking, pick tapping, volume swells and tapping, as well as other extended techniques in his music. His influences include funk, world music, heavy metal and film music.
LaLonde's primary guitars are a Fender Stratocaster and Fender Telecaster, but he used to play a PRS, Gibson Les Paul and Gibson SG. In the early days of Primus, up until 1992, he played a vintage Fender Stratocaster, and a custom Ibanez, as seen in the "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver" video (which he has since either lost or had stolen from him).
LaLonde's rig was overhauled in 2011, and it now centers around several Fender American Deluxe and custom shop HSS Stratocasters, a Fender American Deluxe Telecaster, Fender Super Sonic 60 Watt heads, and Fender EVH 4x12 cabinets.
Guitar Rig & Signal Flow 
A detailed gear diagram of Larry Lalonde's 1998 Primus guitar rig is well-documented.
Personal life 
Blind Illusion 
- 1988: The Sane Asylum
Corrupted Morals 
- 1989: Cheese-It
- 1989: Suck on This (live)
- 1990: Frizzle Fry
- 1991: Sailing the Seas of Cheese
- 1992: Miscellaneous Debris (EP)
- 1992: Cheesy Home Video (VHS)
- 1993: Pork Soda
- 1995: Tales from the Punchbowl
- 1997: Brown Album
- 1998: Rhinoplasty (EP)
- 1998: Videoplasty (VHS)
- 1999: Antipop
- 2003: Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People (DVD/EP)
- 2004: Hallucino-Genetics: Live 2004 (DVD)
- 2006: They Can't All Be Zingers (compilation)
- 2006: Blame It on the Fish: An Abstract Look at the 2003 Primus Tour de Fromage (DVD)
- 2010: June 2010 Rehearsal (EP)
- 2011: Green Naugahyde
with Tom Waits 
- 1999: Mule Variations
- 1999: Jack Kerouac Reads On the Road
- 2006: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
No Forcefield 
with Serj Tankian 
- 2008: Lie Lie Live (EP)