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Les Claypool Celebrates Two Decades of New Years’ Performances

Primus 2010-2011 New YearsLes Claypool will be pulling out all the stops this year at Primus’ 2010-2011 New Years celebration. Claypool and his trio will be playing the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California on December 30th and 31st as part of the special event, which is a milestone for the innovative bassist. It will mark his 20th anniversary of playing New Years performances, though 10 years ago he tried to swear them off.

“In 2000 I told myself, ‘I’m done with these New Year’s Eve shows,’” Claypool said. “They’re in the middle of the holidays, all my relatives are out and I have to rehearse up a new theme every year; it’s a pain in my ass. Then Michael Bailey offered me a solo show at the Fillmore for the 2000-2001 New Year’s Eve. So I said, ‘Ok’, thus spawning another decade of New Year’s Extravaganza’s.”

The first night will feature the Residents opening up for Primus, who will be playing their classic album Sailing the Seas of Cheese in it’s entirety. The New Year’s show will include performances by the Dead Kenny G’s, Primus, and Les Claypool’s “band of all-stars,” the Fancy Brigade. Tickets go on sale Sunday, October 24th.

Claypool promises an event like you’ve never seen. “Be prepared to be dazzled, amazed and surprised beyond comprehension.”