Way back at Bonnaroo in 2004, 7 years ago (ya, I know that was a while ago), I waited in the mud for a late night set from Primus
that seemed like it would never happen. Because of a huge rain delay, their midnight set didn’t get started until about 2:30, and I ended up missing all of it. After waiting about an hour, I headed back towards my camp just in time to hear the opening notes of their set. I was pissed, and in need of some Les Claypool, but didn’t get my fill that night. Move forward four years and I finally caught Primus live, at Rothbury when my mind was well beyond coherent and I didn’t register their set like I usually do with most bands. Finally three years after that, and I had Primus in front of me in all of their glory in Houston – Les Claypool slapping the bass like he should with Larry LaLonde nailing the simple guitar parts and Jay Lane effortlessly working through the drums. Their music is not the easiest to digest, but being a fan it was nice to hear their versions of early 90’s Primus songs in the live format. Claypool has moved on from the goofy background he’s familiar with and enhanced the act of instrumentation in every group he’s been apart of, specifically Primus. While it has always been a treat to hear Claypool push the boundaries of the bass guitar, I’ve never seen him nearly as comfortable as I did that night at Verizon Wireless Theater – ripping through the songs he grew up playing. Even though I didn’t stay for the whole performance, I still came to realize that I’ll never see a better bass player than Claypool, let alone a better band instrumentally from the 90’s. An hour of music proved to me that the music of the 90’s was more than relevant. That’s a huge statement.
Check out a bunch of pictures from the show and the full setlist after the jump