Les Claypool Tour Schedule
Lovers of alternative rock, metal, funk, or prog rock are well aware of the unrivaled
talents of bass player extraordinaire Les Claypool who has been redefining what music fans come to expect from a bassist for
decades. Best known as the bass player and singer of Primus, Claypool has also had a number of side projects as well as a
prolific solo career. No matter the moniker under which Les Claypool performs you can count on hearing some of the most interesting
and compelling music in all of rock which will be brought to you with incredible energy and enthusiasm courtesy of one of
the greatest bass players of all time.
Les Claypool has two exciting solo performances lined up in early 2014 and rock
lovers will be coming from all over the country to be in attendance. The first show is on March 1st at The Sinclair in Cambridge,
Massachusetts and you can be sure that the youthful energy of this college town will make for a special atmosphere the night
of the show. The second show is on March 6th at The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio. Expect this one to sell out quickly as Les Claypool
has a huge following in the area. Keep checking back on StubHub to see when more dates are added to Les Claypool's tour and
head out to a show you won't soon forget.
About the Artist
Les Claypool grew up in El Sobrante, California
where he was childhood friends with Kirk Hammett, guitarist of Metallica. He chose to play the bass early on because he felt
that it would be easier for him to join a band playing the bass as everyone else was trying to learn guitar to become the
next Eddie Van Halen. This proved to be a wise decision, and in the mid 1980's Les Claypool formed a band called Primate with
some friends. As line ups changed over the years the band's name also eventually morphed into Primus. In 1989 Primus released
a live album called Suck on This, followed the Next Year by Frizzle Fry and 1991's Sailing the Seas of Cheese. Around this
time Primus started really gaining national and mainstream attention as they ended up touring on Lollapalooza and were chosen
to play at the 1994 Woodstock festival. In the mid Nineties he began pursuing a solo career and released albums as Les Claypool
and the Holy Mackerel as well as Les Claypool and the Frog Brigade. Additionally he formed the band Oysterhead in which he
played with Stewart Copeland, formerly of the Police, and Trey Anastasio of Phish. He continues to play and record solo and
as part of Primus.
In 1991 Les Claypool released Sailing the Seas of Cheese with his band
Primus. For years Primus had been gaining the attention of metal and alternative rock fans across the world but the release
of Sailing the Seas of Cheese would bring the band, and Claypool, a whole new audience. The single Jerry Was a Racecar Driver
received major airplay on MTV's 120 Minutes and won over the hearts of alternative rock fans across the country looking for
a new sound. From there, Primus' popularity only grew and hordes of fans came to love Claypool's bass playing and vocals.
the next two albums were also huge hits for the band and by the time Claypool began his solo career he was widely recognized
as one of the best bass players of all time.
The chance to see one of the best bass players
of all time, one who has redefined the instrument, performing live does not come along often, and when that person is Les
Claypool it is an opportunity not to be missed. For many just being in the same room as Les Claypool is a dream come true
and when the house lights finally dim and he struts out onto the stage and picks up his bass there is an excitement in the
air that is palpable. Before you know it his legendary voice is saying hello to the crowd and he and the band bust into one
of his classic songs like Tommy the Cat, My Name is Mud, Winona's Big Brown Beaver, or others. These are some of the most
well known songs in all of alternative rock and continue to influence many of the best bassists of the day. By the time the
night is over and you have been dancing along to some of the catchiest and most interesting songs of the day and are eagerly
awaiting the next time he rolls through town.
Having been friends with Kirk Hammett since childhood,
Les Claypool was approached by the members of Metallica to join their band after their first bass player Cliff Burton died
in a tragic car accident. He agreed to audition but was not chosen to join the band because, according to James Hetfield,
he was too good and needed to be encouraged to do his own thing. Les Claypool later said he was glad he was not chosen to
join Metallica because he would have looked really weird on stage with them.
In addition to being a prolific musician
and singer/songwriter, Les Claypool has written and directed a movie, 2006's Electric Apricot, and has written a novel 2006's
South of the Pumphouse.