A smart writer once said that talking about Primus is like trying to stuff a baboon into a paper bag; you don’t know where to begin. For the purposes of this preview, let's just say Primus is one of the most creative and unique bands of the last 30 years, an insane mixture of funk, punk, and experimental music centered around Les Claypool's fantastically innovative bass riffs.
Thus, it makes sense that such a unique band would put on a unique show, and on paper they don't get more innovative than this: at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday night, Primus will put on what is likely the first 3-D rock concert. Concertgoers will be presented with 3-D glasses as they enter the hall, which are utilized as the band jams along to images projected on a screen behind them. The images pop off the screen and float above the audience creating what the band calls a "fully immersive psychedelic experience." The concert will also be presented in quadraphonic Surround Sound - at least one speaker is placed in each corner of the concert hall so the music comes from all directions, much like the 3-D imagery. At various times, the band will turn around and "jam" to the images their "visualist" projects on the screen.
All of which would simply be smoke and mirrors if the music was no fun, but this is Primus. The evening's two sets will be culled from last year's Green Naugahyde (which features the amazing Meters-on-acid jam “Lee Van Cleef”) as well as 90s classics such as "My Name Is Mud" and "Jerry Was A Racecar Driver," to mention the improv and random covers the band does so well. This could be the future of concert going, and you can say you saw it first.
Tickets are still available HERE. We'll see you out sailing the sea's of cheese tonight at The Fillmore.