In 2006 Primus main man/bass legend Les Claypool will be revealing his multi media talents as he releases a new solo studio album in the spring (first since 2002), publishes his first novel and releases an independent feature film that he wrote, directed and stars in. He will be doing a US tour with stops at the Bonnoroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester TN (June 16-18th) where he will be playing with his solo band, and the band Oysterhead featuring Trey Anastacio and Stuart Copeland. The Claypool train
will also be stopping at Wakarusa festival in Lawrence Kansas in June.
Les will also be releasing his first novel “SOUTH OF THE PUMPHOUSE”. A dark, clever tale of two brothers, a fishing trip, misconceptions, drugs and murder, South of the Pumphouse skillfully combines classic motifs of epic struggle and intelligent layers of imagery, reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea, and the raw, tweaked perspective and hallucinogenic tutorial of a
Hunter Thompson novel.
Les’ movie debut “Electric Apricot” a mockumentry on the Jam Band scene that is not only enlightening, but also hysterical at the same time. (http://www.electricapricot.com) Electric Apricot will be screened at The Tiburon Film Festival on March 15th and Portland Lonbaugh Film Festival April 6th. It features cameos by actor Seth Green, South Park co-creator Matt Stone, and such jam band legends as Bob Weir, Mike Gordon and Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes and Matt Abst.
Live On Stage:
Les is no stranger to Manchester having performer at Bonnaroo with a number of bands over the years. This time he's being billed as a solo act, so we'll see what's in store. Here's he is with Rancor...
Let's kick it with some Primus, here's a few videos to check out...
Jerry Was Racecar Driver
My Name Is Mud
Winona's Big Brown Beaver
For more on Les Claypool head on over to his official site.
Saturday, June 7, 2008