Primus Auctioning Festival-Played Fenders for Charity

Les Claypool with Fender Bass

Primus faced a dilemma last week at the Sick New World Festival in Las Vegas. The band’s gear was stranded in a snowstorm en route from two sold-out nights at Red Rocks during the Sessanta Tour.

Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde didn’t think twice – they knew the show must go on. So they ran to the nearest guitar shop and bought a pair of matching Fender instruments, on which they delivered their set as planned.

Now that they’re reunited with their trusty instruments of choice, they’re auctioning the Fender guitars to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

“Ler and I wanted to match up (like ZZ Top!),” Claypool posted on Instagram. “The bass turned out to be very nice and played like a dream. Tempted to keep it but want to do something for St. Judes because they are a magical entity.”

No official footage is out, but you can see the trio playing “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” in this fan-shot clip:

All three members of Primus signed each instrument, which are up for auction now via Closiit. At the time of writing this, Claypool’s P-Bass has a high bid of $20,000.

Primus is still on the road and will be playing headline, festival, and co-headline dates through the rest of the summer. More details here.

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