Last week Primus came through the Seattle area for a show at Marymoor Concerts in Redmond, WA. If you’ve never seen a Primus show before, you’re missing out. The show was kicked off for the evening by Clutch, you can read about that here.
The intermission between Clutch and Primus was filled with interesting Wonka’ish instrumental music that was a bit creepy at the same time. If you’ve ever followed Primus you know that the stage has been the set for Wonka escapades at many of their live shows. How could it not be when they’ve performed the entire soundtrack from the original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory film and subsequently went on to record the soundtrack in the studio and released Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble in 2014. Primus has always been experimental and willing to test new material out.
Just before their show started fog started to cover the stage, the outdoor venue had just started to lose daylight and the fans erupted with cheers. One by one Primus members walked out onto the stage. At first, the giant led backdrop was completely dark, the overhead spotlights lit up in blue that illuminated the fog and band start into the first song of the night, “American Life”. Fans against the stage barrier, were fully enjoying themselves but politely not crowding each other. Fans raised their beers, sang along and set in to enjoy the rest of the evening. The lighting for the show was really amazing and when the led backdrop lit up during the second song of the night “Too Many Puppies”, it complete the stage setting. All through the set, the backdrop was choreographed change which changed the atmosphere through the entire show.
All around the venue there were fans that spread across much the entire age spectrum. A few dads could be seen with children sitting on their shoulders to see above the packed crowd and some fans could be seen dancing around to the music. At the 5th song of the show, Les Claypool approached the mic and said “this next song is Trump’s Big Black Beaver” which instantly drew loud cheers from the audience.
I moved around the venue throughout the show to catch the vibe from the fans. This show had a friendly, good-time vibe. People were clearly there to enjoy the show and just relax. The venue catered to this as well by having a great layout that offers small grass covered hills that fans can bring in chairs and blankets to kick back, relax and enjoy the show.
The band played a a decent sized set and the fans clearly enjoyed the entire show. Catching Primus at this show was a lot of fun. The weather was perfect for an outdoor show and it just added to the entire evening. If you’ve never seen Primus perform a live show, make the point to do it. It’s sure to be a great time.
Too Many Puppies
Sgt. Baker ( > puppies reprise)
Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver (Introduced as Trump’s Big Brown Beaver)
Harold of the Rocks
Candy Man (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover)
Eyes of the Squirrel
Welcome to This World
My Name Is Mud
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
Here Come the Bastards
Review/Photos by: Diane Webb www.Facebook.com/YesterdazeNewsPhotography