Primus is back and in fine form with one of their early drummers and "gasp" new songs.
Though frontman Les Claypool threatened that the new works would be heavily influenced by BOC's "Don't Fear The Reaper", nary a cowbell was to be heard Tuesday at their way sold out show at Stubb's, if you could get in. Even the scalpers were out of tickets for this one.
Primus first full release since 1999, tentatively titled Green Naugahyde, was slated to be out by now in time for the U.S. tour but has since been pushed back til July.
Fans anxious to hear the new songs as well as classic Primus tunes showed up early and the line to get in wrapped around the end of the building by the time gates opened.
Packed like sardines, the heat and humidity was almost too much for the audience, but they were a Primus crowd and long before the band appeared the traditional mantra "Primus Sucks" was ringing in my ears, drowning out the inevitable cartoon soundtrack playing over the P.A....
Jammed into a 2 hour set to meet the weeknight curfew, the show was a tasty mix of songs from the upcoming release and favorites from throughout the band's career, a melange sure to please even the most discriminating Primus fan.
With Claypool thumping out bass notes like Woody Woodpecker on benzadrine and guitarist Larry LaLonde head down focusing intently on his lead runs, returning drummer Jay Lane was swathed in blanket of colored lights as he pounded on his drum kit strategically placed between 2 huge inflatable spacemen. Claypool's distinctively annoying vocals were broken only by the inevitable monster bass runs that are also a trademark of Primus music.
New songs, old songs, classic lineup, whats not to like?
For more info on Primus current U.S. tour and upcoming European tour, check out their website at primusville.com