The best definition of Primus? “Frank Zappa meets metal music”!
For non-Primus aficionados out there, that’s pretty well the closest way you can sum up the rather “particular” music performed by this American trio from California. The band dates back to the mid-1980s and had, back then, to their name three albums: “Frizzle Fry”, “Sailing The Seas Of Cheese” and “Pork Soda”.
A treat for Italian fans as the band includes one of the world’s foremost bass players, Les Claypool (he was joined on stage by drummer Jay Lane and guitarist Larry LaLonde). Claypool and Co. managed to play 19 songs in front of about 2,000 fans over a 2 ½ hour show and included hits such as “Hennepin”, Salmon”, “Moron” and “Tweek”.
The show came with two large inflatable astronauts as well as a 15-minute screening of old Popeye cartoons that were used as an interlude for the band. Definitely a FIRST for a rock concert with some fans actually jeering the band as they hadn’t really come to see Popeye, Bluto and Olive Oil (wonderful memories though for your correspondent who as a child would rush home from elementary school to catch Popeye on tv)!
Future dates for Primus also include two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Indeed a must for Primus fans in England’s capital!