Like a summer storm, Primus rolled through Detroit Sunday night with Dinosaur Jr. and The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger in support.
With the wind whipping through Les Claypool’s hair he stomped around the stage in circles to his own melodic bass lines to such tunes as “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver,” “Lee Van Cleef,” “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver,” and the encore was the crowd favorite, “Tommy The Cat.” One giant stage mushroom down due to some issue, Claypool quipped that guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde “looked fairly nude without it (the mushroom) and that could be a good thing for you folks.” The fun being had on stage was infectious and is carried out into the crowd on a steady diet of solid hooks and deft bass lines all backed by longtime drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander.
Dinosaur Jr. started a little slow as Jay Mascis was having a bit of an issue with his guitar rig. This seemed to cause a bit of an issue with the mix initially, but it was quickly ironed out and, as usual, they pulled off a short but solid performance.
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger or GOASTT with Sean Lennon at the helm played an inspired set in spite of heavy winds that seemed to mostly bother Charlotte Kemp Muhl, the bassist and collaborator of GOASTT. A person going to see GOASTT and expecting anything resembling the sound of his late father will be sorely disappointed, as this Lennon has found a sound that, while not new, seems fresh and revived; a sort of spacey hippie rock that fills the senses and puts your mind in a good place.