Tuesday night was absolutely insane. I’d be willing to bet that absolutely no one was working or shopping at Planet K, playing frisbee golf or running The Gaspipe because Primus was in town for a big sold-out show at Stubb’s. The bass heavy alternative rock icons returned with their original line-up to The Live Music Capital to support an upcoming album and of course give fans a chance to hear their old favorites again.
The first two thirds of their set were all three to five minute songs, none of which were their popular radio hits, turned into seven to ten minute jam sessions. If you have ever been to a Primus concert before, that isn’t anything new. In fact, that is what Primus fans love and expect from a Primus concert. Mosh pits were going full steam and four songs into the set, the crowd finally started chanting “Primus sucks.”
Les Claypool did his usual awkward banter in-between songs in which he asks about anyone being French-Canadian or whether or not anyone is interested in hearing new songs. Of course we cheered out of respect whether we wanted to hear new stuff or not, because most in attendance just want to hear the familiar classics. From the new Primus offerings, I was really diggin’ the song about the salmon. Their new album, or any future album from Primus for that matter, should be interesting.
Primus closed out the night, or the last third of the set, with their “greatest hits.” Fan favorites “Jerry Was A Racecar Driver” and “My Name Is Mud” got roaring screams and were of course stretched out to around six to seven minutes live. The one complaint myself and other attendees around me had was that we did not hear “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.” That was probably due to stretching out all their other songs all night and Stubb’s enforcing a hard curfew. Despite not getting a proper encore, we all got what we paid for and Primus still sounds like the Primus of old that we grew up with. And yes, Primus “still sucks.”
(Primus performed at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas on May 24, 2011. Dirtfoot opened the show.)