An Evening With....
Friday, May 24, 2013
General admission advance tickets on sale now at all Safeway TicketsWest outlets, online at ticketswest.com, and the Cuthbert Box Office (show nights only) for $40, which includes a City of Eugene facility fee / parking.
Tickets day of show will cost $45.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
All tickets subject to service charges and/or user fees.
The concert will feature a 3D-enhanced live musical performance with Quad Surround Sound during two full sets.
Primus teamed with 3D Live to create original 3D content that will be broadcast on a special backdrop screen produced specifically for the tour. Audience members will be given 3D glasses upon entering in order to fully experience the visual and audio performance.
Primus has been called everything from “thrash funk” (as the band blends funk-style bass technique with thrash influenced guitar riffs and songs tempos), to “alternative rock” to “the Freak Brothers set to music.”
Les Claypool himself once described their music as “psychedelic polka.”
Thanks to the diversity of their sound they have been able to gain fans from nearly all rock subgenres. Primus is the only band to have their own ID3 genre tag in Winamp. They are characterized by their irreverent approach to music — they release their records on Claypool’s Prawn Song Records label, a parody of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song, and their catchphrase was, for several years, "Primus Sucks!."
In 2003 the band dropped that catchphrase, as well as Tim Alexander’s nickname “Herb.”
Primus began as Primate in the mid-1980s with Claypool and guitarist Todd Huth. Drummer Peter Libby was added in later, although the band would go through many other drummers throughout their early history.
They formed in El Sobrante, California, United States. After rising to local music scene stardom with their brand of funk/metal fusion, Huth and current drummer Jay Lane left in 1989 to pursue other projects. Claypool recruited death metal guitarist and one time Joe Satriani student Larry LaLonde (usually referred to as “Ler” later) and eclectic drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander.
Primus gained even greater popularity and soon released their first album, Suck on This, a live recording culled from two of their Berkeley concerts. The album was financed by Les’ father.
In their early days, Primus were heavily associated with the Bay Area Thrash scene. Opening for bands such as Testament and Exodus they picked up a following of fans who were involved in the scene as a result. Today, Primus is one of few “alt-metal” bands commonly enjoyed by “true metal” fans, perhaps as a result of this.
It is an infamous fact that after the death of their bassist Cliff Burton in 1986, Metallica strongly considered Les Claypool (a close friend of the band) to be Cliff’s replacement. After much deliberation, James Hetfield decided that Claypool was “too funky for Metallica”, and Jason Newsted was chosen instead. The rest, for both Metallica and Primus, is history.
On March 18, 2010, it was announced by Phil Lesh on his official message board that former Primus drummer Jay Lane would be leaving his previous band Furthur to rejoin Primus. This new incarnation of the band features Jay Lane, Larry LaLonde and Les Claypool.
On August 5, 2010, the band released a free EP on their website simply entitled “June 2010 Rehearsal” which contains a rehearsal of four songs: “Pudding Time”, “American Life”, “Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread” and “Harold of the Rocks”.
Primus released a new album “Green Naugahyde” in 2011.