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Les Claypool anyone?

Okay, ol' Les opened for Phil one time and has become something of a staple on the jamfest circuit, so I think it's fair to have a topic for him...

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I remember Primus Helmet at Fox

who can forget, jerry died that next morning. Helmet was so loud ears bleed and some one got on stage and stole Les hat during a money solo. Les came back after the hat was returned anda said " among the thousand of you in the audience there has to emerge one dick to almost ruin it for you all." that place raged that night.

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Primus

I saw Primus at the Fox in Atlanta in the mid 90s. I think the band that opened for them was Helmet. They melted the place

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Swing over to here folks - http://www.moshcam.com/primus/enmore-theatre-880.aspx
Complete show of Primus at the Enmore Theatre, 28th February 2011. Courtesy of those fine folks at Moshcam.

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at the shore she loves the seashells

Absolutely love the Colonel!!

First heard Primus when "Frizzle Fry" was released. Seemed a combination of everything that i wanted to hear at that time; tasteful drumming, textural guitars, skewed lyrics and dosed vocals. (Still don't know why i passed over a copy of the Blind Illusion vinyl before then; guess i didn't have enough money and wasn't sure who they were!! Cover was kinda bad, so....!!).
Later began to realise a common linkage with some of my other favourites; Zappa, Dead Kennedys, King Crimson, Isley Brothers, Tom Waits, XTC, The Residents, Possessed!!! ("Seven Churches" was awesome at that time, still is! ahh, the heady days of Death Metal!).
Saw him live loads of times (remember catching him in London with Primus during the Pork Soda era; he was coming back from Denmark Street (musical instrument alley!!), to the gig at the terribly now sadly defunct Astoria Theatre; in the cold, wearing a particularly loud hawaiian shirt. Signed my ticket and with a "well, take it easy, man!" vanished inside).

I loved all of his projects too. Always worth checking out (only downer for me was Primus's "Anti-Pop" which i thought was dreadful and disjointed).
Glad to see he's back to enjoying himself musically; the new material sounds mighty fine, "Jilly's On Smack" in particular. Here's to many more years to come.

Just one thing though; The Oddity Faire really wasn't. Apart from the always impeccable Secret Chiefs 3, there really wasn't any weirdness or oddness on display. Kinda limp really.

No matter, the man is corker. A Top Cat, Top Banana and we're glad to have you around.

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I caught his set at Bonnaroo

I caught his set at Bonnaroo last year and it was the surprise highlight of the weekend. His band was two percussionists, a random horn playing/multi instrumentalist, and Les. It was sick. Some of the most amazing music- composed and jammed out and just all around unique.

Missed Primus at Bonnaroo this year cause of MMJ though.

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I love Primus!

Plain and simple. I love Primus! Les Claypool in general is a huge influence on the jam band scene now a days. I'm stoked to see that Primus has gotten back together and plans to release a new album

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If you like Primus~ Gathering of the Vibes

The Primus reunion is here....and if you like the band and the Deadhead type mentalitty you shouldn't miss the Gathering of the Vibes this year.

Vibes 2010 Line-Up from Vibe Tribe on Vimeo.

Gathering of the Vibes 2010 Line-Up. Sunday Headliner coming soon.

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One Thing I can Tell you about Les...

Is fish ON! There is nothing like hearing everywhere you grew up in the bay area right there in the songs......One of the most underated bands of all time is Primus....cept you know what?
Ler told me once that they aren't underated at all, cuz dude.....they are still playing!!!!! Check out Gathering of the Vibes...Primus is back again and they SUCK!
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Bay Area Les Fans...

It's not absolutely clear to me whether the man himself will be in attendance, but fwiw:

Les Claypool Listening Party

Saturday, March 14, 6-8pm

East Bay Express and Rasputin Music Present

Les Claypool Listening Party
At Godspeed
5532 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Preview Les Claypool's Of Fungi And Foe three days before the album drops, courtesy of Rasputin Music. The event will feature:

Drink specials until 8pm
Prizes and giveaways
Signed Booklet with purchase of album. (Quantities are limited).

Pre-sales brought to you by Rasputin Records. RasputinMusic.com

Godspeed. 5532 San Pablo Ave.. Emeryville. 510-547-1331. Godspeed.biz

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My absolute favorite music is the Dead and Les

I was introduced to my first Primus show in 1995 and saw them in a very small bar in Cincy. Ever since that first moment of seeing Les live, I have been completely captivated by all of his music. We go see him every chance that we get and I even went to see the Frog Brigade when I was 8 months pregnant with my first son. (He is now 5 and loves Les.) I think I own almost every studio album that he has ever made and you can buy live shows on his web site for both Primus and C2B3. Les's bass playing is amazing and his wacky lyrics keep me coming back for more. He is an amazingly talented musician, artist, and even author. You should check out his novel South Of The Pumphouse. It is typical Les-fishing, drugs, and crazy times. The novel is actually very good and I read it in one afternoon. One thing that I love about Les is that he will play with anyone and loves to experiment. The Oysterhead line up is fantastic- Les, Trey, and Stuart! It is definately one of my favorite albums combining a bunch of crazy musical styles to create a SUPER jam band. As far as Primus goes, it is not surprising to find out that the Dead was Ler's favorite band and they had a lot of influence on his willingness to experiment and just jam. PRIMUS SUCKS! I guess that's all for now but Les is currently touring-Just check out his web site for info.

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Les Claypool anyone?