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The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Breath of a Salesman
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The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Breath of a Salesman

Les Claypool’s latest project with Sean Lennon, aptly named The Claypool Lennon Delirium, is everything you’d imagine it would be. Built upon the bassist’s unmistakeable style, the band has a mind-altering style of rock and psychedelia. Check out this clip of “Breath of a Salesman” taken from The Late Late Show with James Corden. The synergy between Claypool and Lennon...

Les Claypool & Sean Lennon Collaborate on “Monolith of Phobos”
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Les Claypool & Sean Lennon Collaborate on “Monolith of Phobos”

Primus bassist Les Claypool and Sean Lennon began to jam together in 2015 when Lennon’s band, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, opened for Primus, and that musical connection spawned an album: The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s Monolith of Phobos. “I use the metaphor that a musical interaction or jam is a conversation, and the best conversations are the ones that...

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon Team Up for Album, Tour
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Les Claypool and Sean Lennon Team Up for Album, Tour

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...

Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour
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Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour

In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2016, Tool and Primus are teaming up for a set of tour dates in January. The 8-date trek is a rare outing for Tool, who have seldom played more than 20 shows in a single year since 2007. Kicking off on January 9th in San Diego, the tour...

Primus: Lee Van Cleef
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Primus: Lee Van Cleef

Just about all of Les Claypool‘s bass lines are catchy and fun to play, but “Lee Van Cleef” is one of my favorites. The song, which pays homage to the actor with allusions to Claypool’s childhood, centers around a springy slap bass line on the D and G strings. Check out this clip of Primus performing it on the Jimmy...

Primus Announces Summer Tour Dates
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Primus Announces Summer Tour Dates

Primus will be hitting the road again this summer with a U.S. tour focusing on the East Coast and Midwest. Fronted by bassman Les Claypool, the trio will kick things off with an appearance at the All Good Festival before snaking their way to end up at the Sumtur Amphitheater in Papillion, Nebraska on August 7th. Primus is currently touring...

Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album
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Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album

For some reason, it just doesn’t feel surprising that Primus leader/bassist Les Claypool loves the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory so much that he, the rest of the original Primus lineup (that hasn’t played together since 1995) and the 2-member Fungi Ensemble, would create a take on iconic film’s music. is as unique as you’d expect, while...

Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989
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Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989

Les Claypool has always marched to the beat of his own drum. That’s why we’re celebrating his birthday today with a clip of the trio playing “To Defy the Laws of Tradition” from their 1989 radio performance on Stanford’s KZSU. The video captures the band’s eclectic energy as they start with a spacey atmosphere before kicking into the song’s groove....

Primus and Les Claypool Get the History Treatment in New Book
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Primus and Les Claypool Get the History Treatment in New Book

With his band, Primus, bassist Les Claypool not only helped bring alt-rock to the world in the early 1990s, but also infused the music scene with tunes that were fun, funky, experimental, and one of a kind. The group’s influence is significant, making it the perfect subject for a book. And now one has arrived — . The book is...

Les Claypool Auctions Pachyderm Bass For Charity
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Les Claypool Auctions Pachyderm Bass For Charity

Les Claypool is once again auctioning off his personal bass to benefit Jacob’s Heart, an organization that offers children’s cancer support services. Similar to the instrument he auctioned in 2012, the bass is his own Pachyderm design. “This particular bass #122312003 was delivered to me on December 29th, 2012,” Claypool states. “I’ve always found that maple instruments have a very...

Primus Announces New Album and Tour Dates
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Primus Announces New Album and Tour Dates

Primus reunited their classic lineup of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander back in September, with a tease that they were heading into the studio. Now Claypool has announced that the group will be releasing a new album on October 21st with a tour to boot. The record, which will be the lineup’s first album...

Primus Announces May/June Tour Dates
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Primus Announces May/June Tour Dates

Les Claypool has been focusing on his Duo de Twang lately, but he’s getting geared up to return to Primus with a string of dates announced for May and June. The jaunt will kick off with a three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada from May 1st to May 3rd, after which they’ll join Queens of the...