In the summer of 1971, Primus' Les Claypool was a couple months shy of his eighth birthday when David L. Wolper's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory debuted in movie theaters; based on the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like many people of a certain age and temperament, the movie became a perennial favorite that Claypool would come back to repeatedly, throughout different stages of his life, taking something different away from it each time.
So it seemed equal parts genius and obvious when he decided to throw a Willy Wonka-themed Primus show on New Year's Eve last year. During the second set, Primus performed the soundtrack in its entirety. "Of the 23 or so New Years shows, I don't think we've ever had a better combination of elements," Claypool reflects, seven months later. "It felt good. It felt like we needed to be doing this."
"Our project is an homage to Gene Wilder and David L. Wolper's, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the effect it had on me in my youth," spouts Les, "Now we get to sell PRIMUS bars and hang out with demented Oompa Loompas. Plus to top it off, it gives me an excuse to wear a purple, velvet waistcoat and brown top hat for the next 18 months."
"Bassist and songwriter Les Claypool is among the most innovative and unpredictable musicians to emerge from the '90s alternative rock scene, mixing various influences -- from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham -- to create his own style. His main band, Primus, is known for its funky, oddball songs. Claypool has influenced many young musicians with his outrageous playing and warped sense of humor." - from NPR.org
Primus are a band who need no introduction. For the past 27 years the group have followed in the footsteps of boundary-pushing artists like Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd to create some if the most original and inventive music in existence - and they've collaborated with everyone from Tom Waits to Tom Morello over the years in the process. This special show will feature the return of Tim "Herb" Alexander playing with Les and Larry for the first time since 2008's Outside Lands Music Festival. In addition to a full nights worth of Les, Larry, and Tim, Primus will be joined by the Frog Brigade Ensemble for a psychedelic and whimsical journey through the music of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This promises to be a Primus show like you've never seen before.