If you know what I mean when I say “Primus sucks!” and you live in the Albany area, then you probably already have tickets for their September 27th show. If not, listen up. Primus has been kicking around since 1989 or so, with virtuostic bass player Les Claypool leading the trio as they bash out tunes that encompass metal, funk, hard rock and even a little jazz. They don’t necessarily fit into one genre or another – their earlier stuff leans toward metal/hard rock, but as they have evolved, the elements of funk and jazz have crept in, and in recent years, Les has become a regular on the jam band scene, and Primus has incorporated more jamming in their live shows, which is wonderful to see. Claypool even directed and starred in the film “Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo,” a mockumentary about a band trying to break into the jam band scene (it’s pretty funny and worth seeing if you’re really into music).
But I digress. The point here is that Primus is a band with a truly original sound, and if you have never seen them live, you really must in order to appreciate them in full. This will be my 5th time seeing the San Francisco-based band, and each show has been phenomenal. This tour, as they have done in previous tours, they will be playing two full sets of material, some of which will be from their upcoming album “Green Naugahyde,” due out mid-September. This is their first new full-length album since their 1999 release “Antipop,” and their first studio recording since the 2003 EP “Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People.” This tour will take them around much of the Northeast, with a few stops in the Midwest and the West coast. The Palace is a relatively small place to see this amazing band – it should be fantastic. I heartily recommend you get tickets now!