This past Sunday, I almost forfeited my ticket to see Primus in 3D. I have been in a funk lately, and really didnt feel like leaving the house. When my friends showed up to grab their tickets, all my old Primus memories came back. I quickly called my sitter and jumped in the car. Four, 30-some year old's heading off to the city for a show. The same show we have been driving to for 15 or so years. Fucking Primus!
When we got to the show, I was very happy to be greeted by a middle aged crowd. I love my punk shows, don't get me wrong, but those damn kids can get annoying real fast! This is my kind of crowd. We got to the show about 20 minutes after ticket time, and was happy the band waited for us to perform. We found a nice spot in the small room and the lights went out. 3D glasses on.
I was very curious as to how the band would pull off a show in 3D. From the opening bass intro from "Southbound Pachyderm" it was evident how amazing it was gonna be. The smell of marijuana penetrated the room, as the fans started to dance in a fucked up fury. This was definitely a psychedelic show! The 3D effects were a great idea, and quite groundbreaking. During the opening number we saw jumping elephants, visuals from the music video, and just a bunch of crazy shit flying at your face and raising to the ceiling.
Over the years, Primus have drastically shifted into a jam band. Not a jam band like Phish, where everything is improvised on the spot, but they bring their own flavor. Being that the images were such a big part of the show, it was obvious that Primus' jams were thoroughly worked out and rehearsed in advance. But, that certainly does not take away from the talent behind it all. The crowd was like a Phish show as well. I have probably never seen as many people with dreads in one room before. A fantastic, peaceful audience added to the ambiance of the night.
Primus did a nice mix of classics, as well as performing about half of their latest album "Green Naugahyde". The first set consisted of old numbers such as "Puddin' Time", "Over the Falls", and "Jerry the Racecar Driver". However, the standout was a new one, "Last Salmon Man". This number took the audience to a different universe while large fish blowing bubbles swam around the theater. I was in awe, as was all of the crowd. The band itself stood onstage in the dark with no spotlights whatsoever throughout the performance.
After about an hour, the band left the stage for an intermission. The lobby and bathroom lines filled up, as other folks purchased another round of drinks. Twenty minutes later, we were able to get the exact spot we had for the first set, again, just showing what a great crowd of folks go to see Primus.
"Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers" opened the second set and we were immediately brought back to a far off land. I cant express the effects in words. It must be seen. Once again this set was a mix of new and old. Primus played pretty much everything you would want to hear. That is unless you are not familiar with there career and only know "My Name is Mud", or "Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver". The radio hits were left out of this performance.
After ending the second set, with the crowd favorite, "Tommy the Cat", it didn't take too much time for the band to come on for the encore. "Moron TV" and "Too Many Puppies" ended an unforgettable night of sound, and visual amazement. I would suggest this concert to any fan of Primus, or music in general. Les Claypool is arguably the greatest bass player of our time, and Larry LaLonde on guitar and original drummer, Jay Lane are certainly no slouches.
As someone who has seen countless concerts and have grown bored with most live acts, Primus showed me that there are still shows out there worth your time and money. I hope it comes through town again.