Les Claypool and Sean Lennon Team Up for Album, Tour

Sean Lennon and Les Claypool

Primus frontman and bass wizard Les Claypool has teamed up with Sean Lennon to form a new band called The Claypool Lennon Delirium, and they’re taking the show on the road. The duo has announced their album, Monolith of Phobos, will be released on June 3rd with a three month tour to follow.

Claypool and Lennon first got together during last year’s summer tour with Primus, Dinosaur Jr. and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, which Lennon co-leads. After a backstage jam session on “Southbound Pachyderm,” Claypool invited Lennon to collaborate. “One thing I think folks will be surprised by is what a monster of a guitar player Sean is,” Claypool told Rolling Stone. “Not only does he have technical ability, but also the sounds that come out of his rig tend to be pretty bent and compelling. His DNA definitely shines through, though it isn’t just his father’s musical sensibilities that he reflects but also his mother’s abstract perspective, which to me, makes for a glorious freak stew.”

The Claypool Lennon Delirium has released two songs so far. Check out “Cricket and the Genie” and “Mr. Wright”:

The live band will include Beastie Boys’ Mark Ramos Nishita and Paul Baldi of the Fungi Band. Together they’ll kick off their U.S. trek in Orlando, Florida on June 4th before tackling the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest before heading back east to finish up at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Claypool Lennon Delirium Tour Dates:

June 4Orlando, FLThe Beacham
June 5Tampa, FLThe Ritz
June 7Athens, GAGeorgia Theatre
June 9Wilmington, NCGreenfield Lake Amphitheatre
June 10Asheville, NCOrange Peel
June 11Manchester, TNBonnaroo
June 12St. Louis, MOThe Pageant
June 14Kansas City, MOCrossroads
June 15Minneapolis, MNSkyway Theatre
June 17Garrettsville, OHNelson Ledges Quarry Park
June 18Port Chester, NYCapitol Theatre
July 21Seattle, WAThe Showbox SoDo
July 22Jacksonville, ORBritt Pavilion
July 23Portland, ORRoseland Ballroom
July 25Jackson Hole, WYPink Garter Theatre
July 26Missoula, MTWilma Theatre
July 27Salt Lake City, UTThe Depot
July 29Los Angeles, CAFonda Theatre
July 30Tempe, AZMarquee Theatre
July 31Las Vegas, NVBrooklyn Bowl
Aug 2Santa Ana, CAThe Observatory
Aug 3San Diego, CAObservatory North Park
Aug 4San Luis Obispo, CAFremont Theatre
Aug 507 Buena Vista, COVertex Festival
Aug 9Iowa City, IAEnglert Theatre
Aug 11Detroit, MIMajestic Theatre
Aug 12Columbus, OHExpress Live! Indoor Pavilion
Aug 13Scranton, PAPeach Fest
Aug 26Boston, MAHOB Boston
Aug 27New Haven, CTCollege Street Music Hall
Aug 28Portland, MEState Theatre
Aug 30New York, NYIrving Plaza
Aug 31Philadelphia, PAThe Fillmore
Sep 1Washington, D.C.9:30 Club

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  1. Mark S B.

    Experiencing a little delirium and fungi at the same time , twisted sister boys.

  2. John

    Eh… I hear lotsa wonky keyboard but minimal guitar on that – I was hoping they would showcase Lennons ‘monster guitar’ playing more. Perhaps I’m skeptical because Les’s side projects peaked with the Frog Brigade, IMHO.

  3. John Morgan

    I haven’t enjoyed any new music as much as I have this for a while now. I’ve appreciated a fair bit, but this is actually fun to listen to. These guys are clearly having a great time making this. I’d happily watch them do this live.