On Saturday night, Primus, San Francisco’s legendary weirdo bass-driven rock trio (composers of the iconic South Park theme song), closed its tour behind its seventh studio album, Green Naugahyde, at the Fillmore Miami Beach with a 3D spectacular.
There was no opening band and the stage had two giant inflatable astronauts on either side. When a projected face appeared on the astronauts, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde emerged, followed by drummer Jay Lane and finally singer/bassist Les Claypool.
The show was divided into two sets with one ~15-minute intermission, during which played an old Popeye cartoon. With “Lee Van Cleef” Claypool sporting a pig mask, Primus kicked the first set with “Those Damned Blue Collar Tweakers”, “Last Salmon Man”, and “American Life” before embarking on a psychedelic jam and finishing off with “Glass Sanwhich” and “Harold of the Rocks” as visuals of bubbles and liquids spewed into the audience.
In the second set we got our fix from Primus’s early days, including songs off of Frizzel Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, and Pork Soda. “Hamburger Train” was beautifully executed with an impeccable jam in the middle, and it was nice for long-time fans to hear songs like the “Heckler” and “Southbound Pachyderm” while 3D elephants bounded into the audience. The encore was “Tommy the Cat” and the funky classic “Jerry was a Race Car Driver”, which left the Filmore wanting more.
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