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Interview:
Primus gives fans "trippy" treat with 3D show
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Primus' Les Claypool says the trio like to joke that it's "bringing acid rock back to the masses." So what better than a 3-D show to make things that much more trippy.

On its fall tour, the San Francisco-based group is employing a special 3-D backdrop screen showing images created especially for the tour, as well as a quadraphonic sound system. Fans are issued 3-D goggles as they enter, while he, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane "actually turn around during improv sections (of the songs) and sort of jam along with our visualist."

"Every show will be different," promises Claypool, 49. "Different environments, as far as venues, are going to lend themselves to different experiences, depending on where you are and whatnot in the crowd. It's very heady. People that are going to be moshing around probably won't get any of this, but the Heads [cq] will get it."

Primus, which is still promoting its 2011 album "Green Naugahyde" and is putting out a 5.1 SurroundSound reissue of 1991's "Sailing the Seas of Cheese," first went the 3-D route for a 2008 New Year's Eve show this fall, but new music is not on the trio's

really trippy" experience for fans. "It's a pretty adventurous undertaking," Claypool -- who first used the 3-D system for a 2008 New Year's Eve 2008 show by his own band at the San Francisco Opera House -- tells Billboard.com. "Had we not done it once before, I'd be a little skeptical. But the show we did at the San Francisco Opera House was pretty amazing, and the notion of touring it seems to be an even more amazing concept, so we're doing it."

Primus performs Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45-$75. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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