Larry LaLonde

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Larry LaLonde
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Background information
Also known as Ler
Born (1968-09-12) September 12, 1968 (age 46)
Richmond, California, California, US
Genres Alternative metal, funk metal, fusion, progressive metal, progressive rock, technical thrash metal, death metal, experimental
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, banjo, synthesizer
Years active 1984–present
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".

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

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,[1] 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.[2] 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.

Primus[edit]

LaLonde performing with Primus in March 2012.

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.

In 2010, early Primus drummer Jay Lane rejoined the group, and they released the free June 2010 Rehearsal digital EP. A new album, titled Green Naugahyde, was released on September 13, 2011.[3]

Other projects[edit]

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[edit]

Known for his technical proficiency as a guitar player, LaLonde uses many advanced guitar techniques such as pinch harmonics, sweep 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.

Personal life[edit]

In addition to being Primus' guitar player LaLonde is also an avid skateboarder and was the boarder who knocked the nachos out of Bob Cock's hand in the music video for "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver."

Larry Lalonde is married to Shane Stirling, who was a model on the CBS television show "The Price is Right".

Discography[edit]

Possessed[edit]

Blind Illusion[edit]

Corrupted Morals[edit]

  • 1989: Cheese-It

Primus[edit]

Main article: Primus discography

with Tom Waits[edit]

No Forcefield[edit]

with Serj Tankian[edit]

References[edit]

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