Les Claypool says that Primus' fall tour is "for the head."
During the 21-date (so far) trek -- which kicks off Oct. 12 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the trio will employ a special 3-D backdrop screen as well as a quadraphonic sound system to create what Claypool calls "a 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."
Fans will be issued 3-D goggles when they enter the venues, and Claypool says he and his bandmates -- guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane -- plan to "actually turn around during improv sections (of the songs) and sort of jam along with our visualist" and images that are being created especially for this tour. "The past couple of years, Primus has gotten pretty psychedelic," Claypool adds. "We keep joking that we're bringing acid rock back to the masses, and I think this is another enhancing element of that."
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He also promises that "every show will be different. 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 will get it."
The 3-D technology for the tour was developed by 3D Live, a Burbank, Calif.-based outgrowth of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic. Claypool is viewing the first leg of the tour as a dry run and says Primus is "working to potentially expand it, depending on how it goes. It's one of those things. We've got to see how it goes."
Primus is still promoting 2011's "Green Naugahyde," the group's first new album in 12 years. The group will put out a 5.1 SurroundSoud reissue of 1991's "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" this fall, but new music is not on the trio's mind yet. "We haven't really been working on anything new at this point. We haven't even really been talking about it," Claypool says. "We've still been kind of hammering away at this record. It's been a very pleasant record to play. It flows really well, so it's been a good one to hammer away on. I doubt we'll take as long (to make the next album) but we're not on the 18-month schedule."
Primus' 3-D Tour Dates:
Oct. 12 - Poughkeepsie, NY (Mid Hudson Civic Center)
Oct. 13 - Burlington, VT (Memorial Auditorium)
Oct. 15 - Washington, DC (The Fillmore)
Oct.16 - Wilkes Barre, PA (Kirby Center)
Oct. 17 - Philadelphia, PA (Tower Theater)
Oct. 19 - New York NY (Hammerstein)
Oct. 20 - Boston, MA (Orpheum Theater)
Oct. 21 - Providence, RI (Veterans Memorial Auditorium)
Oct. 23 - Niagra Falls, NY (Rapids Theater)
Oct. 24 - Detroit, MI (Fillmore)
Oct. 27 - Indianapolis, IN (Murat Theater)
Oct. 28 - St Louis, MO (Peabody Opera House)
Oct. 30 - Cincinnati, OH (Taft Theater)
Oct. 31 - Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle)
Nov. 2 - Kansas City, MO (Uptown)
Nov. 3 - Denver, CO (The Fillmore)
Nov. 4 - Wichita, KS (Cotillion Ballroom)
Nov. 5 - Dallas, TX (McFarlin)
Nov. 7 - Austin, TX (Bass Hall)
Nov. 9 - Orlando, FL (Hard Rock)
Nov. 10 - Miami, FL (Fillmore)