Friday, April 27, 2007

Les Claypool ro release "Fancy" May 29

On May 29, renowned bassist and legendary Primus front man LES CLAYPOOL will release FANCY (Prawn Song), his first solo live concert DVD from his 2006 summer tour with his latest group of accomplished players. A major market tour commences May 23 in Minneapolis and wraps July 14 at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, WV. CLAYPOOL will also perform at the Wakarusa and High Sierra festivals (a full itinerary is below).

FANCY shows the latest band at its peak performance. With long time associates Skerik on sax and Mike Dillon on vibes, marimba and percussion (both of Garage a Trois and Critters' Buggin'), the band is rounded out by Cake drummer Paolo Baldi and multi-instrumentalist Gabby La La. The 2006 tour was in support of Claypool's then-current CD release Of Whales and Woe, and thus material from this album is favored here. Other songs are drawn from 2002's Purple Onion and the 1996 Interscope release Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel: Highball With the Devil.

In other exciting news, National Lampoon has announced its first feature film acquisition, Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo, the directorial debut of Les Claypool. Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo a comedy that takes an endearing yet twisted look at the American cultural phenomenon known as the Jam Band scene. Claypool compares the film’s comedic style less to Spinal Tap and more to Ricky Gervais’s seminal BBC comedy “The Office.“ Look soon for the theatrical release of the “mockumentary” which follows four head-strong musicians and their desire to make a big splash.

Long acknowledged as one of rock's leading bassists, Les Claypool began branching out from the alt-rock sound of Primus in 2000, starting Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, courting the jam band audience. Selling over 500,000 CDs since then under a few different band names including Oysterhead (with the Police's Stewart Copeland and Trey Anastasio of Phish), Les put out the career-spanning DVD 5 Gallons of Diesel in 2005. This disc captured the complete myriad of band projects Les has worked with outside of Primus.

Les Claypool’s Fancy tour dates are as follows. For more information, visit: and

Wed 5/23 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Fri 5/26 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp 2007
Sun 5/27 Milwaukee, WI The Rave/Eagles Club
Tue 5/29 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Wed 5/30 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Fri 6/1 Boston, MA The Roxy
Sat 6/2 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
Sun 6/3 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Tue 6/5 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
Wed 6/6 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Fri 6/8 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Sun 6/10 Lawrence, KS Wakarusa Festival
Tue 6/12 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
Wed 6/13 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Fri 6/15 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
Sat 6/16 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Sun 6/17 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Tue 6/19 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ
Wed 6/20 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Fri 6/22 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Sat 6/23 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Mon 6/25 Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
Tue 6/26 San Diego, CA 4th & B Concert Theatre
Wed 6/27 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda
Fri 6/29 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Sat 6/30 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
Mon 7/2 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
Tue 7/3 Seattle, WA The Showbox
Sat 7/7 Quincy, CA Plumas County Fairgrounds
Sun 7/8 Quincy, CA Plumas County Fairgrounds
Sat 7/14 Masontown, WV All Good Music Festival


Les Claypool is the one of the most unlikely success stories in music history. His trademark voice, thumping bass lines and unique worldview have become the calling cards for a number of wildly successful and influential albums in the last two decades, including the seminal alt-rock band Primus. But through his myriad of musical and creative projects, Claypool has also become a favorite of metalheads, jam banders, funk connoisseurs and pretty much everything in-between.
“Let’s put it this way … I think, with Primus and without, I’ve played every music festival in the last ten years, except Lilith Fair,” he says, laughing. “You could say I’m the guy who doesn’t fit in anywhere, but a little bit everywhere.”
Claypool’s boundless creativity is now paying off in other mediums. His debut novel, South of the Pumphouse (Akashic Books), was released last year and earned critical accolades. The book, originally conceived as a screenplay, can best be described a character study revolving around three guys on a fishing trip. Les explains, “It’s sort of an Old Man and the Sea meets Deliverance.”

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